CATERINA PORT VELL

Located at Reina Cristina 12 in Port Vell, Barcelona, Spain. it is a renovated building just minutes away from the sea. 

There are 19 apartments to choose from; 1 and 2 bedroom, 1 to 2 bathrooms, natural light, a completely furnished kitchen, and a large living room.

The building has a rooftop terrace, which is perfect for relaxing and taking in the fabulous Barcelona skyline alongside the calming presence of the sea. The apartments are well connected with the rest of the city and the surrounding neighbourhoods, with easy access to an extensive network of public transport, which includes trains, metro, and buses.

Features:

  • Air conditioner
  • Balcony
  • Bedding
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Emergency contact
  • Furniture
  • Hair dryer
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron/Board
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Laptop workspace
  • Lift
  • Lighting
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pet friendly
  • Refrigerator
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Towels
  • TV
  • Urbanization
  • Washing machine

Extra services:

  • Parking
  • Additional cleaning service

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The definitive guide to feeling like a local in Port Vell

 

Four centuries old, Port Vell is the oldest part of Barcelona’s port which is still fully functional today. It was Barcelona’s first stable quay, where ships could dock to shelter from storms and resulted in the opening up of the city to other lands. Throughout the centuries, this port has given Barcelona a common identity with other Mediterranean cities: commercial, advanced and cosmopolitan. 

In the centre of the Port Vell neighbourhood, you’ll find the CATERINA apartments. It’s a prime location surrounded by bars, restaurants and points of cultural interest which you’ll discover within a few steps from the apartments. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of recommendations so that you won’t miss out on anything and you can enjoy the city like a true Barcelona local.

 

First of all, how do I get around Barcelona?

The metro stations closest to the apartments are Jaume I and Barceloneta, which are connected to the yellow line. With these stations you can travel anywhere in Barcelona. 

With the same transport card that you use for the metro, you can also travel by bus. The streets and plazas that surround your apartment, mainly Paseo Colón, Via Laietana, Pas Sota Muralla y Pla de Palau, have many stops and lines which will take you to any corner of the city you wish to discover. 

Do you prefer fresh air? You can always enjoy the panoramic views of Barcelona by renting a motorcycle with companies like Cooltra. In general, it’s as easy as downloading the app, registering with a valid driving licence and starting to enjoy the roads. 

You can also get around by bike thanks to apps like Smou (which you’ll need in order to use the Bicing bikes) and Swapfiets. Simply download the app, start your journey and begin pedalling! 

Finally, if you are someone who prefers to travel by car, you have two options. You can flag down any empty taxi in the street as if you were in New York or use any of the VTC apps. The most popular in Barcelona is Cabify. The advantage of travelling with these companies is that you can check the price before and pay directly with the app, as well as establishing your journey preferences. 

 

Now that I know how to get around, where are the best places to eat, drink or go for tapas?

There’s no denying that Barcelona has an impeccable gastronomic culture. But where can I make the most of this close by? We recommend going for a bite at Bar Maracaibo (cost per diner; approx. 18). The restaurant is excellently located, very close to the apartments (in Pas de Sota Muralia, 1) and has an amazing finger-food-based menu. It’s the perfect place to spend a lovely afternoon with friends or go for dinner with your partner, and also enjoy the best beer (expect many lager options, IPAs, wheat beers, gluten-free, tripel Belgian beers, unfiltered or craft) and a great music selection. 

Another option near to the apartments is The Green Spot (cost per diner; approx. €35). It’s an excellent option for vegans located on Carrer de la Reina Cristina 12, between Llauder and Pla de Palau. Expect vegetarian specials like their succulent chili sin carne, tasty wood-burned pizzas with squash or their whole wheat squash, leek and truffle spaghetti. All of this is served in a distinctive environment where wood is combined with Scandinavian-style furniture.

Another restaurant you shouldn’t miss is the 7 portes restaurant (cost per diner: approx. €75), located in Xifré house in Barceloneta, Passeig d’Isabel II, 14, near la Lonja de Barcelona). Not only is it famous for its gastronomy but also because it was founded in 1836 and has been frequented by famous artists such as Pablo Picasso and Miró. It is renowned for being one of the most representative eating institutions in the city, with classic paellas, fish and rice dishes, as well as their famous Parellada paella.

Lastly, one of our favourites is the One Ocean Club (cost per diner; approx. €110), a true culinary experience. Awarded the best bar in the world by “Restaurant & Bar Design Awards”, the privileged location of the club at Moll de la Barceloneta, 1, has extraordinary views of the OneOcean Port Vell marina. This restaurant takes inspiration from the sea and offers a menu boasting the most experimental Catalan food that would delight even the most distinguished palates.

Where can I buy food or find a supermarket close by?

To buy groceries, visit the Mercado de Santa Caterina, located in the  Av. de Francesc Cambó. It’s a spectacular building in the shape of a flower with a colourful roof and is the first covered market in Barcelona (built in 1848 and renovated in 2005). Here, you’ll be able to enjoy many different high-quality restaurants and food stalls.

You can also check out Veritas, a leading supermarket chain which can be distinguished by its certified and sustainable organic products offered at affordable prices; the closest is located on la Via Laietana, 28.

Another option is the chain Caprabo, a Catalan supermarket located in la Plaça de la Font, 1, which offers high-quality, fresh produce at affordable prices.

If you prefer to do everything online and have your shopping come direct to your door, you can always order using Glovo. Through their app you can order products from your favourite supermarkets or from their own supermarket SuperGlovo.

And finally, what are the must-see sights in Barcelona?

Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña

The MNAC is located in The Palau Nacional, a building which relates to models of academic classicism. Its façade is crowned by a large dome, inspired by that of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and four towers inspired by the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella.  Inside, you’ll discover the best collection of romanesque mural painting in the world, and the most representative artists of Catalan Modernism, like Gaudí or Casas, Gothic Art, great European Renaissance and Baroque painters and a great collection of photography.  

Palau De La Música

El Palacio de la Música de Cataluña is a concert venue inaugurated in 1908 which has been declared a world heritage site, and is currently the central headquarters of ‘Orfeón Catalán’. It was designed by the Barcelona architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and is of a modernist architectural style. It is still located on Sant Pere més Alt street in the Ribera neighbourhood. There are audio guides available in Spanish and other languages and you can walk on its stage, where many artists have performed such as Ella Fitzgerald, Paco de Lucía and Vicente Amigo.

Gran Teatro Liceu

‘El Liceo’, is the oldest theatre and most prestigious in Barcelona still in operation. Specialising in opera, it is considered one of the most well-regarded theatres in the world; you’ll find it on La Rambla, 51-59.

Parque de la Ciutadella

One of the best places to go for a walk or a run is the Ciutadella park. It’s one of the biggest parks in the city, located in the heart of Barcelona on Passeig de Picasso, 21, very close to the apartments. Its name comes from the old grounds of the city’s fortress of Citadel on which the park was built and tries to imitate the Luxembourg park in Paris in 1881. In the park you’ll find the Zoo of Barcelona, as well as the old arsenal, two museums which are part of the Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Barcelona, a chapel, a school, and two greenhouses, both of which are dedicated to the conservation of botanical species.

La Llotja

And last but by no means least, la Casa de La Llotja or Lonja de Mar. Located in the historic centre of Barcelona, on the paseo de Isabel lI, it is one of the most spectacular buildings representing the neoclassical period from the 14th century. It was once the home of the Consulate of the Sea, where many of the city’s merchants carried out maritime business.

This modern building boasts important works such as Neptune’s fountain by Nicolau Travé, at whose feet are two Nereids by Antoni Solà; in the corners of the patio there are four alcoves with allegories of continents; Europe and Asia, by Josep Bover, Africa and America by Manuel Olivé, and lastly, at the foot of the steps there are two allegories of Commerce and Industry by Salvador Gurri.

We hope that after reading this guide you are starting to feel more like a Barcelona local. If you need more recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact us, we would be happy to help you. 

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