Old Town Barcelona, 300 metres from Las Ramblas!
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    It's the tope floor and you have use of the roof terrace above.
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    Really great local veg so cheap on the corner greengrocers
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    Oranges cost about 70p a kilo in the greengrocers on the corner of the square - cheap enough to make your own juice.
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    Cava (that is surprisingly good!) under £2 a bottle at the corner shop (made in Catalonia)
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    when you get Gaudi'd out this beautiful Romanesque Church has a fabulous interior and islamic style courtyard inside, and is just 150 yards from the flat, in a nice park.
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    You can easily walk to all the Gaudi houses that are open to the public from the flat - no need to use public transport
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    You can easily walk to all the Gaudi houses that are open to the public from the flat - no need to use public transport
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    You can easily walk to all the Gaudi houses that are open to the public from the flat - no need to use public transport
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    You can easily walk to all the Gaudi houses that are open to the public from the flat - no need to use public transport
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    You can easily walk to all the Gaudi houses that are open to the public from the flat - no need to use public transport
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    You can easily walk to all the Gaudi houses that are open to the public from the flat - no need to use public transport
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    You can easily walk to all the Gaudi houses that are open to the public from the flat - no need to use public transport
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    You can easily walk to all the Gaudi houses that are open to the public from the flat - no need to use public transport
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Arrival at:
16:00
Depart by:
10:00
Sleeps:
3
Price from:
636.00 (based on two staying)
Price to:
736.00 (based on two staying)
Pets:
Pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking)
Bed layout:
Master Double
 
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  • 'The apartment is amazing. Beautiful and very personally and interestingly designed. Every day we noticed something new. Perfect location, right next to Las Ramblas and lots of restaurants, shops and bars etc. Everything you need on your doorstep. The kitchen is equipped with everything you could ever need which was great for us as we liked to make breakfast and lunch a lot of days in the apartment. ' Laura July 1, 2015 17:35
  • "Very soon after we had shown our interest in the apartment UTT sent a confirmation. The owner was very attentive and responded quickly to my messages. The apartment is special in terms of decor, very spacious and fully equipped. You come after a day strolling through Barcelona really at home. The location of the apartment is also super convenient. The area is fairly quiet, so we slept wonderfully. If you want something different than usual, take some contact with UTT. " Nicole from Breda, Holland June 14, 2015 21:38
  • This is my third UTT holiday and this has been my favourite. Not only is the apartment cool, has a lush roof terrace, and is easy to find, but it's in the perfect location for exploring Barcelona. The neighbours are really friendly, and our guide from UTT gave us lots of ace recommendations for food, bars and clubs. We are already planning our next trip back! May 28, 2015 15:54 , Natalie Boxall
  • 'Perfectly located literally a one minute walk from the famous La Rambla street of Barcelona, we immediately felt relaxed and homely. Everything you would require is there...even a welcoming bottle of wine upon arrival. The guestbook has hints and tips of food/attractions in Barcelona. This greatly helped us plan our itinerary, and saved us money/queuing time due to helpful notes. Solid 5/5 from us! Finally a special thanks to Tom for coming and meeting us so late in the night...after our flight landed late in the early hours of the morning! We will definitely be back to Barcelona, and would not hesitate to book this apartment again.' Gary Mills May 28, 2015 15:04
  • "The flat was incredibly homey and had everything we could have needed. It made such a big difference in our trip staying here as opposed to a hostel, or hotel. After a long day of walking, coming back to a home was the best feeling. Greg was always on top of returning my e-mails leading up to the trip, and definitely made sure we knew everything that we needed in order to get there smoothly. I would definitely recommend this flat to anyone coming to Barcelona, no matter how long your stay! It was such a great access to the city, and we really felt we were a part of it rather than just visitors. Thanks, and best wishes." Nancy-Yu from Kingsville, Ontario May 10, 2015 14:45
  • 'Thank you for sharing your apartment with the rest of the world.It's a hidden gem with a homely feel you just can't get with a hotel...our utt experience was brilliant!' Em, Mel & Al February 21, 2015 11:20
  • "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 July 1, 2014 09:25
  • "What an amazing flat! It's been such a tonic to enjoy its peace & tranquility after enjoying days seeing the sights." Rob & Jess July 1, 2014 09:25
  • "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 July 1, 2014 09:24
  • "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 July 1, 2014 09:24
  • "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 July 1, 2014 09:24
 
INFORMATION

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.

  • Lounge - with two sets of French doors/ Juliette balconies with views over the square. Huge, comfortable 4 seater sofa (ok to sleep 1 adult)
  • Kitchen - simple 'industrial' style kitchen with hob, small oven/grill, fridge freezer, extractor, washing machine and dryer, kettle.
  • Bedroom - double bed with French doors/ Juliette balcony and walk-in dressing area. Steam iron.
  • Shower room - good size with double shower, small hairdryer and shaver socket
  • Lobby

Roof terrace over (NB technically shared use but we've never seen a single person use the terrace over this flat).

  • Original features conserved (Catalan ceiling), local tiled floor
  • Second home that is let for holidays - avoids second-home syndrome
  • low-flush toilet to conserve water
  • low energy lighting

You can easily walk to the beach, the Cathedral, the main Gaudi houses, the Dali museum, the Picasso Museum, the Oympic village...

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.

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.
 
 
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