Bailen

68 Carrer de Bailen, Barcelona, 8009, Spain
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Car rental with a driver

by June.b

I'm looking for a car or van with an english-speaking driver in Barcelona for a colleague who will be touring barca for 3 days prior to their cruise.

Any suggestion, email address, contacts, website of a reputable company. I did email some of the big ones i.e. Hertz, Economycar, Europcar but most of them have only car hire w/out a driver.

Thanks as usual for the help.

Re: Car rental with a driver

by Bernd_L

I doubt that this is a good idea. If there is such a service I'm sure it will be quite expensive.

Barcelona has a good public transport system. With a good guidebook you can do the sightseeing on your own. And if you want some info in english you can use the tourist buses that show you the sights. Have a look at this website:
http://w3.bcn.es/XMLServeis/XMLHomeLinkPl/0,4022,495525130_865515845_3,00.html

And another piece of advice: they call only their futball club FC Barcelona with the nickname "barca" not the city itself.

Re: Car rental with a driver

by June.b

Thanks a lot Bernd for the info, I was actually there last month on my own using public transport as I was on a budget. But this one is for a bit upscale family who neither uses public transport nor drive a car in a foreign city.

And thanks too for the barca trivia. Cheers!

Re: Car rental with a driver

by tango_jd

If that was me, I would use a taxi when I needed to go-between sights. Otherwise I would walk.
For example, walking from Catalunya Square up Passieg De Gracia a short way brings you to Casa Battlo - then it's a short distance from there to La Pedrera.
Parc Guell is further out that way so a taxi would be recommended.
The Sagrada Familia is a bit out on its own too.
The Baria Gotic / Gothic Quarter is only really walk-able too.
Good luck though - I am sure it is possible for a price!

Re: Car rental with a driver

by Belsaita

I never used their car+driver services, but I used this taxi company for business: www.taxivanbcn.com

It looks they have English-speaking drivers.

They are not cheap but it looks this does not matter in this case

Re: Car rental with a driver

by June.b

@Tango: thanks, and yes I did a lot of walking there, few metro rides, it's convenient though honestly I got confused the first time and trouble with the vending machine and no coins.

@Belsaita: Thank you, I emailed them too this morning, and juz waiting for a response.

Re: Car rental with a driver

by virtualpatrick

If the person just wants an overview of the city, another option is to use the Bus Turistic bus in Barcelona.

http://www.barcelonaturisme.com

It's a hop on, hop off tourist bus that goes around the major attractions of the city. The bus attendants speak English.

You can go to the Tourist Information Center or the Bus Touristic kioks at Plaza Catalunya for info and tickets since Plz Catalunya is the hub for the tourist bus service companies.

Re: Car rental with a driver

by June.b

@Pedmar: that's exactly what I am looking. Great help indeed! Thanks huge.

Re: Car rental with a driver

by Badger1492

As others have mentioned, using regular taxi services might be the best route in this case. In any case, a car is not the best way to see the city unless you just want to buzz around and look at things from the car. Parking is difficult and time-consuming and some of the most interesting places are best arrived at on foot.

Travel Tips for Barcelona

Minicards

by tweetycaro

Pick up some Minicards. Minicards is the name of the handsomely-designed full colour advertising cards, which, free of charge, are available in hotels and other public places.
Minicards are printed with the advertiser’s every possible message, amongst others: information on product and/or services, the address, a routemap and opening hours. Besides, the advertiser also has the possibility to give attractive discounts through his Minicard.

Port Vell

by sue_stone

Port Vell is Barcelona's old port area, which has been transformed over the last couple of decades from an area of abandoned warehouses to a modern shopping and entertainment complex by the harbourside. It is located beyond the southern end of La Rambla, and is a pleasant place to take a walk and admire the yachts in the harbour, stop off for some tapas or even catch a movie.

Maremagnum is hard to miss - it is a large, shiny shopping complex with a prime position on the dock. It is home to shops (some a bit touristy), restaurants, bars and cinemas. To get there, take a walk along the Rambla de Mar, a wave-shaped, wooden footbridge, which can rotate to allow yachts access to the small marina. Across the harbour you will see the World Trade Centre, which looks like part of a cruise ship, glistening in the sun. Perhaps you might want to take a ride on the Transbordador Aeri, which is a cable car that hangs above the harbour, joining the port area to the Montjuic district above it.

You could visit the Aquarium, one of the largest in Europe, which has an 80 metre long shark tunnel. Or perhaps take a stroll through the neighbouring La Barceloneta area, with its numerous seafood restaurants hidden in its back streets.

Catalan culture

by morganna

When you come to Barcelona, you should know it's the chapital of Catalonia, a sort of little country inside of Spain. We don't dance flamenco or see bullfighting every sunday as some people could think. There is a specific catalan culture that you can enjoy here.
For example, don't forget dancing a sardana in front of the cathedral. Or if you are lucky, and there is some festival in the city, you will see the castellers (something like a human tower), really unforgetable.

Catalan is the natural language in Catalonia, but everybody can speak spanish here, so no problem for tourists.

Mançana de la Discòrdia (1): Casa Lleó i Morera

by Redang

Mançana de la Discordia means Block of Discord. At the beginning of the XX th century, there was, let's say, a special rivalry among the jet set to build the most odd buildings. The most famous are in this part of Passeig de Gràcia.

This house was built by Domènech i Montaner.

Address: Passèig de Gràcia, 35
Metro: Passeig de Gràcia (lines 2 and 3).

The Barri Gotic - Old, Old Barcelona

by dlytle

Immediately to the west of Las Ramblas is the Barri Gotic or Gothic quarter, formerly known as the Cathedral Quarter and Barcelona’s oldest quarter.

Its area extends roughly from the Rambla to the Placa Nova. This is where the Roman Barcino colony was founded in the first century and whose roman wall dates back to the third century. Perhaps the period of the city's greatest splendor were the 13th to 15th centuries, in which most of this Gothic Quarter was built and today contains many of the city's most emblematic buildings.

The Barri Gotic offers everything that Barcelona's Modernista architecture and l'Eixample do not. Streets in this district are very narrow. Its narrow, winding streets were not the products of careful planning and rapid execution, but have developed out of centuries of architectural and cultural mixing, from the early Roman through the medieval Romanesque and Gothic periods.

Although sunshine hardly finds a place here, it is one of the city's best places to stroll. In the Middle-Ages, this neighborhood used to be encircled by the city walls. Big efforts are being made to prevent the deterioration of this quarter.

This area is best enjoyed by wandering slowly and paying close attention to your surroundings. Nearly every street has at least a few interesting historical sights and an endless array of shops, eateries, and cafes.

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