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Tell me one favorite thing to do or place to eat in Malaga and Barcelona

Tell me one favorite thing to do or place to eat in Malaga and Barcelona

Jan 10th, 2011, 11:09 AM
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Tell me one favorite thing to do or place to eat in Malaga and Barcelona

As i sit here in the Atlanta snow!, I am hoping to be on a plane Thursday for BCN. My husband and I will arrive Friday am and catch a SpanAir flight to Malaga, speding three nights there and 4 nights in Barcelona. We are late 30's, grandma will have the kiddos. We want to relax, see one or two things each day and enjoy drinking and eating.
We are staying at U232 in BCN and Room mate hotel in Malaga.

Thanks!
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Jan 10th, 2011, 11:17 AM
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Take a tour of the Camp Nou and Barcelona FC museum. If your timing is right see if you can snag tickets for a game.

http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.c...l-stadium.html
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Jan 10th, 2011, 11:37 AM
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For dining in Barcelona, I highly recommend Cerverseria Catalana, our favorite restaurant. We ate there twice & were never disappointed. The tapas are delicious & reasonable. In October they were very busy; we typically didn't sit down to eat until 11PM.

For sightseeing, that's difficult to narrow it down to one recommendation. Some highlights for us: Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlo, Park Guell, wandering around Gracia & Sarria neighborhoods, & La Cascada (the most magnificient water fountain we have ever seen) located in beautiful Ciutadella park, on oasis in Barcelona & somewhat off the beaten track.
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Jan 10th, 2011, 11:43 AM
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My favourite thing to do here in Malaga is sailing in the bay under the warm winter sun, just like past saturday. Cannot help you with that, but I think you'll enjoy walking (idling) in the morning up Larios street to Granada street and down Plaza del Obispo, then going to El Caleño for Malaga fish and shellfish lunch: take a taxi to Playa de Pedregalejo, corner of Arroyo de los Pilones after booking a table outside: phone 952299148 (you can mention my name). If the weather is fine, you can walk back to the city center by the seaside Paseo.
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Jan 10th, 2011, 12:24 PM
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In Barcelona, Los Caracoles is wonderful for classic, traditional old-school food. I particularly like it for lunch, but dinner is delightful, too. For sightseeing, the Picasso museum is great and fans definitely need to make time for it, but the main attraction in Barca is exploring Gaudi architecture. Casa Battlo is my favorite, but it is so close to La Pedrera that it is easy to do both in a morning.
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Jan 10th, 2011, 01:30 PM
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another vote for Cerveseria Catalana...it is mobbed at dinner time!
10 min. from your hotel.
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Jan 10th, 2011, 03:52 PM
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Another good tapas place is Ciutat Condal or also spelled Ciudad Comdal. I believe it may be related to Cerveseria Catalana. It is on Rambla de Catalunya. We loved it.

We also enjoyed the Miro Museum which could be paired with a ride on the Gondola down to the waterfront, Barceloneta. I also recommend the Harlem Jazz Club in the Born area; a nice small atmospheric music club filled with mostly 20 and 30 somethings.

I second the Parc Guell, if the weather is nice. We also enjoyed the Gaudi building La Pedrera. If you like art consider the Art ticket. You get 7 museums for a much reduced price.

We absolutely loved our first and recent trip to Barcelona. Have fun!!
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Jan 10th, 2011, 04:46 PM
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For a nice relaxing bite before heading out for a late Barcelona dinner, go to Bar Zim, Calle Dagueria 20, Barri Gotic. Enjoy a glass or two of wine and amazing embotits (or cheese from sister business two doors down, Formatgeria la Seu, an amazing cheese shop--that has lovely cheese tastings you might try). It's a tiny tiny spot, but absolutely lovely. Francesc and Katherine (two of the three owners; we did not meet the third) are lovely and charming and helpful.

Can we really only give you one favorite?
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Jan 10th, 2011, 04:51 PM
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In Barcelona I would eat as many meals as possible at Cal Pep. This would also fall under favorite thing to do category as it is an experience. Sit at the bar and take everything coming to you. Repeat the next day if you have room in your stomach.

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Jan 10th, 2011, 05:51 PM
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Cal Pep is very good , great vibe... filled with American tourists.
Line up at all times.
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Jan 10th, 2011, 11:34 PM
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'Tell me one favorite thing to do or place to eat in Malaga ' - As one is all you wanted - Casa De La Antigua Guardia, Alameda Principle for the Malaga wines.
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Jan 10th, 2011, 11:48 PM
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Málaga:

The best both traditional and innovative tapas at El Tapeo de Cervantes: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaur...Andalusia.html

See the 8th to 11th century Moorish Alcazaba, a fortress/palace that can compare with the much later and world famous Alhambra in Granada. http://www.andalucia.com/cities/malaga/alcazaba.htm

Barcelona:
Traditional Catalan food in the best atmosphere in the oldest restaurant in town, Can Culleretes from 1786: http://www.culleretes.com/ENGLISH/ENGpresentation.htm

Visit the archaeological remains of the city Barcino, founded by the Romans in the 3rd century BC.
http://www.spain.info/conoce/museo/b...la_ciudad.html

And, despite having been discovered by many, Cal Pep is fabulous. Many think of this as one of the best seafood tapas-bars in the world. Pep himself is evoking associations of both Jack Nicholson, Don Corleone and Charlie Chaplin and his place is so popular that on any time of the year you must cue up in line at least 15 min before opening time to get a seat at the bar. The food is prepared right in front of your eyes. The monkfish is divine, as is the tortilla, the Butifarra etc...: http://www.calpep.com/en/principalen.htm
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Jan 11th, 2011, 01:07 AM
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If you let me have your e-mail address click on my profile and send it to mine), I'll e-mail you a "Things to do in Barcelona" doc that I have that I put together. Ignore the bits about getting there and where to stay.

It is my favourite city after Manchester, England!
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Jan 11th, 2011, 03:00 AM
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Thanks for the responses. You can certainly give more than one if you wish. I know everyone has a favorite and i translate those into must see or must eat. Keep them coming!
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Jan 11th, 2011, 03:49 AM
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Malaga: Casa de Guardia is a tavern, a must, the first place I take visitors to. Only Malaga wines, and some shrimps or cockles at a side counter. No chairs.
El Tapeo de Cervantes: it is a nice place, I went there last week and it keeps its high standards. Ideal for evening tapas.
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Jan 11th, 2011, 11:39 AM
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Bodega El Pimpi is an institution in Málaga for atmosphere, traditional food and late night drinks: http://www.bodegabarelpimpi.com/

Don't miss the Boquería food market in Barcelona, one of the finest in Europe. A couple of excellent tapas bars inside as well (Pinotxo and El Quim de la Boquería): http://www.boqueria.info/

And my final suggestion might litteraly turn things a bit upside down. From the 11th to the 20th of January the aristocracy of the Málaga flamenco scene will perform at the Tablao El Cordobés in central Barcelona as a part of the venue's 40th anniversary. One of the best reputed tablaos/flamenco restaurants in all of Spain, not least among the artists themselves. Performances from the singer La Cañeta (1943) and the dancer Carrete (about 70, his last show was called "I don't know how old I am"). I saw Carrete about a year ago. A memorable flamenco night in Málaga together with world famous flamenco singer Estrella Morente. You might be up for a very special night!
http://www.tablaocordobes.com/espect...eneral/en/1/10

La Cañeta: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYx6s1pPjYg
Carrete: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9V0feq5OC0
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Jan 11th, 2011, 11:39 AM
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Bodega El Pimpi is an institution in Málaga for atmosphere, traditional food and late night drinks: http://www.bodegabarelpimpi.com/

Don't miss the Boquería food market in Barcelona, one of the finest in Europe. A couple of excellent tapas bars inside as well (Pinotxo and El Quim de la Boquería): http://www.boqueria.info/

And my final suggestion might litteraly turn things a bit upside down. From the 11th to the 20th of January the aristocracy of the Málaga flamenco scene will perform at the Tablao El Cordobés in central Barcelona as a part of the venue's 40th anniversary. One of the best reputed tablaos/flamenco restaurants in all of Spain, not least among the artists themselves. Performances from the singer La Cañeta (1943) and the dancer Carrete (about 70, his last show was called "I don't know how old I am"). I saw Carrete about a year ago. A memorable flamenco night in Málaga together with world famous flamenco singer Estrella Morente. You might be up for a very special night!
http://www.tablaocordobes.com/espect...eneral/en/1/10

La Cañeta: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYx6s1pPjYg
Carrete: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9V0feq5OC0
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Jan 11th, 2011, 12:11 PM
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high on my list of favorites in Malaga is the Picasso museum:

http://www2.museopicassomalaga.org/

I don't recall the places we ate in Malaga but all were very, very good! and I'm going to get to the Casa de la Antigua Guardia when I go back in March:

http://www.antiguacasadeguardia.net/home.html
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Jan 11th, 2011, 12:12 PM
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rather, Antigua Casa de la Guardia
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