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The Guardian says this apartment is one of top 10 places in the world to spend a month of your life! We've tried hard to make sure it isn't 'just another Barcelona apartment'!
See inside our Barcelona flat - or click to more photos inside our Barcelona holiday apartment. If you're going to stay in Barcelona, one of the greatest cities on earth, then you'll want to be in the centre. Located by the famous Las Ramblas street in the bohemian 'El Raval' district of the Old Town, this apartment is completely 'Barcelona' - a heady mix of traditions and stylishness with more than a touch of craziness. The wall murals were by Dutch industrial designer Jan Habraken, the bedroom by California designer Mina Javid. The flat is owned by Greg who founded and runs Under the Thatch.
Within a few minutes walk you can be swimming in the Mediterranean, discovering one of Gaudi's masterpieces, or just enjoying the best Tapas in the world from one of the hundreds of restaurants and bars within walking distance; see some local sights that we've snapped. You won't even need to use public transport to see most of the great sights - just walk through the winding streets of the old town. And when you do need to go to the outskirts of town the metro is within sight of your balcony. The newly restored Palau Guell by Gaudi is a mere 250m/ 3 minute walk.
Under the Thatch isn't a very 'city' kind of company but we LOVE Barcelona, its energy, vibrant culture and 'joie de vivre'. This flat will appeal to designers, artists, architects and anyone who likes to have a good time - you're right in the heart of the most fashionable area which has a sense of 'fin de siècle' Paris about it - Absinthe bars, prostitutes, street performers, restaurants that reflect the diverse ethnic community, retro boutiques and tapas bars.
The top-floor flat overlooks a small square with carob trees (mostly pedestrianised) that has a few bars on it, a 3 or 4 minute walk from Las Ramblas. You have a long open view to Montjuic mountain, the Olympic outdoor pool/ diving stages and can see Paral-lel metro station from the balcony. Two minute walk to good, affordable food and stylish bars with retro/designer interiors.
The apartment is 64 m2, and has been converted from three small bedrooms into one semi-open-plan space. There is heating and air conditioning.
Roof terrace over (NB technically shared use but we've never seen a single person use the terrace over this flat).
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This location is relatively accessible via public transport. You may need a taxi or to ask for a lift at the start and end of your holiday if you have heavy cases, but otherwise there are local public transport services available within walking distance. You can get information on UK transport services from Transport Direct using a destination postcode of 08001.
Barcelona is one of the most accessible cities in the world, having three local airports as well as the usual public transport. Many guests have arrived via the efficient train service from London (and you can walk to the flat from station).
There are numerous low-cost flights via carriers like Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Easyjet,Jet2, Monarch from most British regional airports to Barcelona (El Prat - the nearest), Girona (next nearest) and Reus (slightly further but still easy). All are well connected by cheap regular bus services to the centre. A search on skyscanner.net will show all the options - there are probably more low cost carriers here than anywhere in Europe!
You can easily access the flat by public transport - no need for taxis from the airport etc. Information provided in arrivals instructions. You can get into the centre in about 30 minutes from Barcelona (El Prat) airport.
"Having visited Barcelona a number of times, and stayed in many flats...I can tell you that this is a fantastic apartment. The location is perfect for getting a flavour of 'authentic' Barcelona. The eclectic boho-style sets the apartment apart from any other apartment I've stayed in & loved the rooftop terrace for just chilling out as you watch the sun set over the city skyline." Rich & Rick
"Have had such a memorable time here. Love it, love it, love it! As usual, this utt property is just perfect; perfectly done with just about everything you need. Had the "best-ever" lobster and paella on the beach - the food is so good and fresh everywhere. Bueno!" Kate & Emma
"Have had a lovely time - though four days is far too short. The flat is an amazing place and very comfortable - you can while away many an hour on the balcony with a glass of wine, watching life on the square." Clare & Piers
"What an amazing flat! It's been such a tonic to enjoy its peace & tranquility after enjoying days seeing the sights." Rob & Jess
"We have had the BEST time here! What a fabulous flat. It's our 7th visit to this wonderful city and this is by far the best place we've stayed. It feels like you're borrowing someone's home for a week rather than staying in a holiday apartment.' Andrew & Sally
Note the apartment is top (4th) floor accessed by stairs, not lift. It enjoys a position RIGHT in the middle of town, in the lively, bohemian Raval district. You may see prostitutes, Absinthe bars and street performers in the local area. If this isn't your kind of thing then look at accommodation further out from the centre. IMPORTANT - NOTE We try and be as helpful as possible about check in and check out times. I pay for my housekeeper to come and meet you until 22.00 with the keys. If you arrive after 22.00 (even if you intended on arriving before 22.00) there is a 50 Euro payment directly to her which MUST be paid on arrival. We've had a few guests 'forget' to pay this and we will pursue you for it as she has to get taxis in to the centre to meet you etc, apart from the inconvenience. Early check OUT is never a problem as you leave the keys on the table and shut the door after you. The flat has one double bed, but the (very comfortable) sofa is enormous (can easily sleep an adult) so you can sleep separately if you wish - just ask the housekeeper for extra linen on arrival.
We do not accept one night bookings at our accommodation and will also not allow you to leave a single unsaleable night.
Prices include heating and electricity where it is installed, bed-linen, towels, and hot water. Guests may be responsible for purchasing extra baskets of logs/fuel if desired.