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  • Romantic things to do in Barcelona


    Romantic things to do in Barcelona

    Are you traveling to Barcelona with your loved one? Maybe you would like to surprise her / him with a romantic day filled with love, delicious food, and amazing spots of the magical city! Below we listed some of our favorite romantic things to do and see!

    Biking

    What could be a better way to spend a day with your loved one than taking a biking tour together and seeing the amazing city from a whole new perspective. By biking you will be able to see more places and interact with the city in a much more authentic way.


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    Wander around Parc de Ciutadella

    Don’t miss the beautiful park of Ciutadella, you can have a little picnic with strawberries and champagne there. Go and enjoy the gorgeous architecture and relaxed atmosphere of the park!


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    Enjoying the beach

    The city is known for it’s beautiful beaches so why not enjoy a beautiful day at the beach. You can either just relax and take a siesta, or do some beach activities such as stand up paddling or beach volleyball, the beaches offer a wide variety of different kind of activities for each and everyone’s taste.


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    Watch the sunset

    Bunker del Carmel is the best viewpoint in Barcelona, it offers a 360 view over the city! It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the incredible sunset! Bring some drinks and snacks with you and have a perfectly romantic evening with your loved one.

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    Drinks on a rooftop

    Barcelo Raval Hotel has a magnificent rooftop with unbeatable views over the city, the rooftop offers a 360 view, you can enjoy one drink while looking to the sea and one looking at the mountains! On top of the amazing views, the rooftop bar makes the most exclusive cocktails.


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    See the Magic Fountains of Montjuic

    The Magic fountain is an incredible collection of waterfalls and ponds on Avinguda Maria Cristina. During the summer time from Thursday to Sunday at 21:00 to 23:30, there is a series of fountain shows with beautiful music and lights. This is something that can’t be missed!


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    Stroll around the old town

    Gotico and Born are the most romantic parts of the city, they are filled with adorable cafes and bars. Wander around the cutest narrow streets and find some of the most unique buildings and charming plazas!


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    Dine in a nice restaurant

    For dinner we highly recommend a restaurant called El Pla Carrer de Bellafila 5. This restaurant is known for its romantic and cozy atmosphere with an amazingly welcoming staff that will make your dining experience exquisite. This restaurant is specialized in mediterranean dishes and each dish is displayed in a very beautiful way. Check their menu here.

    Contact us for more information and start planning your romantic getaway today!

  • Useful Catalan Phrases



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    Are you traveling to the capital of Catalonia and you are eager learn some Catalan? Learning some Catalan before your trip will help you during your stay in Barcelona and you can impress the locals by speaking their language! Below we have listed some phrases we think are the most important to know when traveling to Catalonia.

    Hello! — Hola, Bom dia!

    Good morning! — Bon dia!

    Good afternoon! — Bona tarda!

    Good evening! — Bona nit!

    Good bye! — Adéu!

    How are you? — Com está? / Com Estás?

    I’m fine thank you. — Bé, grácies, i tu? / Bé, grácies, i vosté?

    What is your name? —- Com et dius? / Com es diu?

    My name is… —- Em dic…

    Where are you from? —- D’on ets? / D’on és vosté?

    I’m from… —- Sóc de… / Vinc de…

    Pleased to meet you. —- Encantat. / Molt de gust. / Tant de gust.

    Bon appetit! —- Bon profit!

    I don’t understand. —- No ho entenc.

    Excuse me! —- Dispensi! / Perdoni!

    How much is this? —- Quant costa aixó?

    Sorry! —- Perdó!

    Thank you! —- Grácies! / Moltes grácies! / Mercés!

    You are welcome! —- De res!

    Where’s the toilet? —- On és el lavabo?

    Help! —- Socors! / Auxili!

    I love you! —- T’estimo!

    Next week we will post about the useful phrases in Spanish! Stay tuned!

  • 5 Fun Facts about Barcelona


    Here are some interesting and fun facts about Barcelona you might not know!

    1. Founding of Barcelona

    There are two Spanish legends concerning the founding of Barcelona. One legend says that Hercules was the founder of Barcelona before building Rome, and the other says that the city was Hamilcar Barca’s, masterpiece. Which one do you believe?


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    2. La Rambla is not just one street, in fact it’s five streets

    The most famous street in Barcelona is La Rambla, but did you know that actually it’s not just one street, but it consists of 5 boulevards, joined to make one long promenade. This is the reason why La Rambla is also known in plural, Las Ramblas. It starts at Placa Catalunya and ends at the Columbus statue by the waterfront. More than 150 000 people walk on La Rambla every day.


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    3. Sagrada Familia and Antoni Gaudi

    Did you know that Antoni Gaudi wasn’t the first architect who was appointed to work on the famous La Sagrada Familia. The person who was appointed first on this huge project was Francisco De Paula. The construction of Sagrada Familia started in 1882, and it’s still an ongoing project, the promise is that it will be ready the year of 2026.


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    4. Barcelona is the reason for World Book Day

    St. George’s Day in Catalan, La Diada de Sant Jordi is one of the biggest, most widely celebrated festivals in Barcelona. It takes place on April 23rd and it’s a celebration of love and literacy, a Catalan Valentine’s day. On this day, the tradition is to give roses and books to the loved ones. UNESCO was inspired by this day and it declared the day as the International Day of Books.


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    5. According to National Geographic Barcelona is the best beach city in the world

    Today there are in total seven beaches located on Barcelona’s 4.5 km long coastline. But did you know that before 1992 Barcelona’s seaside was completely covered by industries and there was no beach existing for leisure use. When the city was hosting the 1992 Olympic Games they moved their industries and converted the seaside area into a nice leisure area by improving two of the beaches and creating five new ones.


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    Start planning your trip to Barcelona today and discover more secrets about the amazing city! Contact us for more information and we will help you plan the perfect trip!

  • Incredible Montserrat



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    How about a break from the hectic city life? Montserrat is definitely a must-visit place, it is a 1200 meters high mountain located only 50 km away from the city of Barcelona. Montserrat offers some of the most spectacular mountain views of Catalunya.

    There is a possibility to take a cable car to the highest point, where it is possible to see almost all of Catalonia and as in addition to this you might also spot the island of Majorca, this of course requires a clear day! It is highly recommended to hike around the peaks and enjoy the amazing natural wonders of Montserrat.

    In addition to the breathtaking views and gorgeous hiking paths, Montserrat is a sacred place as the Monastery and the black virgin statue of Montserrat are located there. The monastery is incredibly beautiful and totally worth a visit! Futhermore, there is an interesting museum, which is in fact considered to be one of the national referent and most visited museums in Catalonia.

    It is quite easy to get to Montserrat, you just have to find your way to the Espanya railway station and from there look for the line R5 towards Manresa. You can find the train schedule and more information here.

    Spend a perfect day by discovering one of the most beautiful places in Catalonia. Bring your own lunch and have a wonderful picnic on the peaks of Montserrat with an amazing landscape!

    Check our Montserrat tour and contact us for more information!

  • Picnic In The Vines


    A new kind of innovative and sustainable event all the way from Australia has arrived to Barcelona, Picnic In The Vines.

    Picnic In The Vines is all about spending a day in an amazing winery, listening to incredible live music, eating delicious food, trying out high quality wines, and most of all having an unforgettable Sunday with friends and families!

    What could be a better way to spend a Sunday than lying on a picnic blanket in the sun with a terrific view of the vineyards while listening to Jazz, Soul Blues, and Bossa Nova played by a talented live band. Taste high quality wines of the award-winning Giro Ribot winery and enjoy mouthwatering BBQ and Paella prepared by a skilled chef.

    This event is different from all the ordinary wine tours because Picnic in the Vines will give you the ultimate relaxed picnic feeling on an authentic winery with a breathtaking view over the vineyards. To create the best possible atmosphere the decoration is done by an artist association, Lartsi, who will create unique items to make this event special!

    When?

    Sunday, 17th of May

    Where?

    The event takes place in an award-winning winery, Giró Ribot.
    Bodega Giró Ribot, Finca del Pont, 08792 Santa Fe del Penedès, Barcelona

    Tickets?

    - With transportation 55€ (Placa de Catalunya at 12:30pm)
    - Without transportation 42€
    - Tickets available here.
    - To get 10% discount enter a promocode: picnicvibes

    This is something you don’t want to miss, buy your tickets today! Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information!

    www.picnicinthevines.com
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    info@picnicinthevines.com

  • The best brunch spots in Barcelona


    Looking for a perfect spot for a brunch in Barcelona? The city has several amazing restaurants and cafes that serves exquisite brunch menus. We have listed above our all time favorites, these are absolutely worth a try!

    Milk bar & bistro €€

    This modern, cozy and colorful restaurant serves a magnificent brunch every day! The food is absolutely delicious and the atmosphere is relaxed with chilled music and extremely welcoming staff. Their brunch menu is full of excellent choices for everyone!

    Calle Gignas 21 – El Gótic


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    Brunch & Cake €€

    This restaurant is simply amazing spot for delicious brunch. They offer rich brunch menu as well as wide variety of sweet delights. Everything is made by hand with organic and fresh ingredients. Enjoy mouthwatering bagels, smoothies, eggs and more in a charming atmosphere.

    Enric Granados 19 – Eixample


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    Picnic €€

    When it comes to breakfast, this restaurant is the absolute expert! The menu has a fabulous selection of brunch dishes for everyone’s desires. The restaurant is tiny and cozy and the staff is very friendly. Outside sitting is possible and recommended as the restaurant is located in the beautiful area of Born.

    Carrer del Comerc 1 – El Born


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    Alsur Cafe €€

    This lovely cafe offers an extensive brunch menu for each and everyone’s preferences and the the cafe’s patio is perfect for a sunny brunch! The breakfast dishes are made carefully with a touch of Catalan and Spanish specialities. Enjoy your first meal of the day in a trendy and pleasant cafe!

    Plaza de Sant Cugat 1 – El Born


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    Caravelle

    This restaurant serves an outstanding brunch menu and some of their specialities are for instance carefully made ice-coffee or eggs with bacon jam. The restaurant itself is very light, spacious and stylish. The staff makes the atmosphere friendly and welcoming!

    Pintor Fortuny 31 – Raval


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    Contact us for more information! We are happy to help you with the restaurant reservations!

  • Facts about tapas and our favorite tapas bars and restaurants in Barcelona!



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    When visiting Spain the must-eat dish is of course the Spanish tapas! Tapas in a nutshell is a wide variety of appetizers and snacks. Tapas can be surprisingly filling and it can be enjoyed as lunch or dinner, also a lot of times it is enjoyed as an appetizer. Tapas can be as simple as a bowl of olives or slices of Serrano ham but also some of the greatest tapas restaurants have come up with more creative tapas with a peculiar touch.

    The history of tapas is quite interesting and it has its roots in Andalucia, Spain. Tapa is translated in English as cover and it was born when the Spanish king Alfonso, the 10th had to take small bites of food with some wine between meals because of his illness. And once he was recovered he said that wine can’t be served without a small bite of food. It was a wise precaution to counteract the adverse effects of alcohol on those people who didn’t have enough money to buy a nourishing meal and drank alcohol on an empty stomach.

    Barcelona has some great and inexpensive tapas restaurants, you just need to find the right ones, not the ones that are “tourist traps” but the ones that are authentic with reasonable pricing. We have listed below couple of our favorite tapas restaurants and bars in the city!

    Quimet i Quimet

    This small tapas bar is absolutely amazing with its terrific selection of different kind of tapas. This place is something you must go to when in Barcelona! As a tip; you should get there early, it can get quite crowded, there are no chairs so be ready to eat while standing!

    Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25 – Montjuic


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    Casa de Tapes Cañota

    This tapas restaurant takes its inspiration from Galician seafood. The restaurant offers delicious traditional tapas from fried fish to ensalada rusa. Highly recommended to make a reservation since it gets packed quite often.

    Lleida 7 – Montjuic


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    Tickets

    This tapas restaurant has a fantastic atmosphere, lovely service, not to mention the marvelous food they offer. Tickets is famous for their truly delightful selection of tapas with a creative touch! Totally worth a try when visiting Barcelona!

    Av. Paral-lel, 164 – El Raval


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    Bormuth

    Bormuth is rather tiny but truly charming restaurant, the atmosphere is cozy and the staff is very welcoming. The restaurant offers a wide variety of different kind of traditional tapas from all around Spain, every tapas is mouthwatering and worth a try!

    Plaça Comercial, 1 – El Born / La Ribera


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    Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information, we are also happy to help you with the restaurant reservations!

  • Barcelona's Top 10 Attractions


    Barcelona is city full of interesting architecture, amazing viewpoints, great museums and more. The easiest way to get around and visit the famous sights is to take the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus it is an affordable way to see the city and its main attractions as well as hear the stories behind each remarkable sight. Below we have listed some of the amazing attractions of the city!

    Sagrada Familia

    Buildings of Antonio Gaudi are certainly the top attractions of the city! The most famous one is of course the spectacular Sagrada Familia, the giant basilica. This basilica has been under construction since 1882 and the plan is to finish it in 2026. This is a sight you don’t want to miss while visiting Barcelona, it is totally worth a visit. Check this video out how it will be when it is done!

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    La Pedrera, Casa Mila

    This building is also one of the incredible creations of Gaudi. You can see Gaudi´s hand mark clearly in this one, the wavy brick work and colorful tiles. Don’t miss this, one of Gaudi’s masterpieces.

    Carrer de Provença, 261-265


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    Casa Batlló

    Casa Batlló is an impressive building located in the center of Barcelona. The building is remarkable with its irregular oval windows and flowing sculpted stone work. This is a must visit!

    Passeig de Gràcia, 43


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    Park Guell

    Park Guell is a public park full of gardens and architectonic elements and it is located on Carmel Hill. This park is considered to be Gaudi´s most artistic work and it is definitely one of the most magnificent sights in Barcelona. In addition to the great architecture you can also admire the amazing view over the city!

    Carrer d’Olot, s/n


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    Picasso Museum

    Here you can find permanently 4,251 art works from Pablo Picasso. This museum is a key reference for understanding the formative years of Pablo Picasso. Barcelona is full of other interesting museums, here you can find some of the best ones.

    Carrer de Montcada 15-23


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    FC Barcelona Museum and Camp Nou Stadium

    The Camp Nou experience is something every football fan should do when visiting Barcelona. It is the largest football stadium in Europe and 4th largest association football stadium in the world in terms of capacity. The seating capacity is 99 354 people. You can book the Camp Nou experience through us.

    Carrer de Aristides Maillol


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    Tibidabo Hill

    This is something fun also for the children since there is a nice amusement park on top of the hill. There is also an impressive church that is free for visits. From top of the hill you have a gorgeous view over the city! You can get there by bus or a funicular.

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    Barcelona Zoo

    The Zoo of Barcelona is located in the Parc de la Ciutadella and it has a wide variety of different animals. Also the zoo offers a restaurant, picnic area, a shop, electric cars, ponies as well as mini-train. This is definitely worth a visit for the families with children! Also the Parc de la Ciutadella is stunningly beautiful and we highly recommend to take a walk around the park. Also the famous Arc De Triomf is located right outside of the park!

    Parc de la Ciutadella


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    Montjuic Cable Car

    Montjuic Cable car is no doubt the most modern and attractive way to see the city´s skyline and the sea. This unique panoramic view over the city is a great experience.

    Avenida Miramar 30


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    The Magic fountain show of Montjuic

    The Magic fountain is an incredible collection of waterfalls and ponds on Avinguda Maria Cristina. During the summer time from Thursday to Sunday at 21:00 to 23:30, there is a series of fountain shows with beautiful music and lights. This is something that can’t be missed!

    Plaça de Carles Buïgas, s/n


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    Start planning your trip today with us and contact for more information!

  • Luxury hotels in Barcelona


    Are you planning on a trip to Barcelona and looking for high end accommodation? The city is full of exquisite luxury hotels that are famous for their uniqueness and creativity. Below, we have listed our absolute favorite luxury hotels in the city!

    El Palace Hotel

    El Palace is located in the heart of Barcelona, close to the Ramblas, main shopping areas as well as main attractions. The hotel has a Michelin starred restaurant and Maya-style Spa. The hotel is decorated with classic luxury style with a touch of 1920´s decor.

    Things we love about El Palace Hotel: Fantastic location, elegant decoration and amazing staff!

    Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 668


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    Hotel Alma

    This trendy boutique hotel is located in the neighborhood of Eixample, right in the center of Barcelona. The hotel restaurant has a marvelous terrace and the hotel spa offers massages, turkish sauna as well as an indoor pool. The rooms are spacious, simple and extremely clean.

    Things we love about Hotel Alma: White marble bathrooms, gorgeous historical building and extremely caring staff.

    Carrer de Mallorca, 271


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    Mercer Hotel

    According to Tripadvisor this is the best hotel in the city due to its outstanding, superb decoration as well as magnificent location, in the Gothic center. The hotel has a gorgeous rooftop pool and it also offers two marvelous restaurants as well as pool bar and cafe.

    Things we love about Mercer hotel: Located in a narrow and rather quiet street, the beds are extremely comfortable and the fact that the hotel has its own library!

    Calle dels Lledo, 7


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    ABaC Hotel

    This boutique hotel is located in the “posh residential area” of Barcelona, only 10 minutes train ride away from Plaza de Catalunya. The hotel offers Michelin starred restaurant and beautiful lounge bar. Furthermore,the hotel has a Zen Garden, a spa including a swimming pool and a jacuzzi. The staff is beyond lovely and caring.

    Things we love about ABaC hotel: Modern decoration, wide variety of spa treatments and the rain showers in the bathrooms.

    Av. del Tibidabo, 1


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    Casa Camper Hotel

    This modern design hotel is located in the very center of Barcelona, between La Rambla and MACBA Art Gallery. The hotel restaurant is known for its incredible Asian tapas. The decoration is charming and the staff is fabulous! Casa Camper is rated as the second best hotel in the city according to Tripadvisor.

    Things we love about Casa Camper Hotel: 24 hours buffet included in the price and the separate lounge area in each room.

    Carrer de Elisabets, 11


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    Start planning your urban luxury vacation today with us and contact us for more information!

  • Cheap Eats in Barcelona


    As a contrast to our previous post about the finest restaurants in Barcelona, we would also like to share information about excellent choices for Cheap Eats. The city has a lot of amazing restaurants with reasonable prices, and some of them might be hard to find since they are not located in the most famous streets. Above we have listed some of our favorite restaurants!

    Bacoa

    Bacoa is an amazing gourmet burger restaurant, the ingredients used are grown nearby and in addition to that also the beef is organic and of good quality. These mouthwatering and humongous burgers you can have for instance with hand-cut chunky chips. In fact there are three different hamburger restaurants from the same owner; Bacoa, Little Bacoa and Kiosko.

    Things we love a about Bacoa: The wide variety of different kind of burgers made with a touch of imagination, from Japanese burger to Swiss burger.

    Rda. Universitat, 31


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    La TaquerÍa

    This restaurant offers magnificent Mexican street food. The food is extremely tasty and the restaurant itself is tiny and delightful. The restaurant is owned by a Mexican, therefore the food is authentic Mexican.

    Things we love about La Taquería: The amazing quesadillas and the colorful decoration of the restaurant.

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    Mosquito Tapas

    This restaurant offers Asian Tapas calle Dim Sum. The restaurant is quite small and intimate, the atmosphere is welcoming and laid back. From the menu you can find marvelous organic flour noodles or Korean Kimchi and much much more!

    Things we love about Mosquito: The wide variety of vegetarian food and the yummy dumplings.

    Carrer de Carders, 46


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    Escairón

    Escairon is especially known for its Galician entrecot and tasty broth. The restaurant offers incredible meat dishes with fried potatoes as well as delightful desserts. This is definitely the best place to enjoy traditional Galician cuisine.

    Things we love about Escairón: Lovely staff, great and fresh food and reasonable prices.

    Carrer Fontrodona, 5


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    Romero

    This restaurant offers fresh Mediterranean food with Venezuelan touch. The dishes are simple but truly exquisite. Friendly staff ensures that the diners have a wonderful dining experience. Romero is for people looking for traditional Mediterranean food with a nice twist!

    Things we love about Romero: The cozy atmosphere and great selection of vegetarian options.

    Bailen, 115


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    Las Sorrentinas

    This tiny and cozy restaurant offers mouthwatering Italian cuisine, delicious pasta as well as salads and incredible desserts. The decoration of the restaurant is adorable and charming, and the staff is very welcoming.

    Things we love about Las Sorrentinas: Trendy atmosphere and nice music not to mention the fresh homemade pasta with terrific sauces

    Plaça de Sant Pere, 5


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    Feel free to contact us for more information!

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