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by Badger1492

It's about 2km, as the crow flies; a short cab or bus ride from the Colon statue. I believe there is a shuttle on the cruise ship pier that takes you to Colon. If you email me here at VT, I can send you a map, but you can also look it up on Google Maps. The Zoo is on the far side of the Parc de Ciutadella, on Carrer Wellington.


by Badger1492

P.S. (you don't need to shout)


by Doffcocker

Hi Depending on which Quay you berth at it could be 3 kms to the Colom Monument, there is a shuttle bus (the Blue Bus) that runs from the quays to Colom Monument (2€).

From the Colom Monument it is about 2 kms to the Zoo, easily walkable and part of the walk is along side the old port, now a marina, or a short taxi ride. (But to be honest if I only had a short time in Barcelona the zoo would not be on my to-do list, with the lovely old Gothic quarter, the wonders of Gaudi, etc, etc on offer, but different strokes etc)

From the monument it is only 100 - 150 m to Drassanes Metro station, from there you can catch a metro to close to the Nou Camp, click on Metro on this interactive map on the FCB website to see which metro station to get off at and how to get to the stadium from it


by Badger1492

I agree with Doff. The Zoo is nice, but nothing special; very similar to zoos I've been to in the US. Small children will like it. What is your particular draw to the Barcelona Zoo?

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Casa Vincens

by Klod5

The residential Casa Vicens (Vicens House) was built between 1883 and 1888 for the ceramics industrialist Manuel Vicens i Montaner at No. 22 Carrer de les Carolines in Barcelona. Forming part of the architect's early period, the building's structure is still dominated by straight lines. The decoration, however, appears as an explosion of imagination and brilliant colors, ideas that Gaudi would not cease to cultivate. This budding originality is seen in the bands of glazed ceramic on the lower part of the building and on the columns of the upper section with its large towers at the corners. Especially exceptional is the interior decoration in Mudejar style, a combination of the elements of Christian art with Arab ornamentation. The interior is at times completely patterned after decorative styles in vogue in Granada in the 14 th and 15 th centuries, such as the stylized stalactitic ceiling in the fumoir. Indeed, many of these elements can still be seen in the Alhambra.
Throughout the ground floor, ornamentation is linked together by an abundance of color and life. The ceiling is vividly naturalistic in expression with sculpted sparrows and bunches of cherries surrounding the beams suspended by slender cords. The flowers and plants destroyed by the construction reappear in the building as elements of the architecture. The building was expanded in 1925-1926 under the architect Juan B. de Serra Martinez keeping to the original style and under the guidance of Gaudi. The building remains privately owned.

For those great shoppers (non...

by Audrey118

For those great shoppers (non EU residents only) -
you may like to know this bit.

On exit at the Barcelona airport (we were catching the flight to Singapore via Paria CDG),
and we claimed our VAT (Value Added Tax) at the airport. It is at the right hand side of the airport, and you need to show all your documents to officer at the booth. It is very unlikely your goods are checked. After that you claim your money (either in USDollar or Euro), and then you can go in to get your boarding pass and check in your luggages. This mean that you can checked in your shopping goodies into the plane - no need to hand carry them on board.
While I was in Rome, you are required to carry all your goodies through the immigration check point, and therefore you have to carry everything on board. I find this really silly esplly when you have bought 10 suits, and possibly 10 pair of shoes etc!!!

I like the way things are done in Barcelona - after all we are giving their country revenue by shopping there - why make life so difficult for tourist otherwise!!!


by Tasia

After visiting monestery u can get on one of the hills by funicular or on foot.And from that spot there like 3 rutes.One - down to the monastery and two to some high spots in mountains.It's extremaly great trip.Great fillings when u step almostly infront of nowhere...u start to breathe more often, u get so much adrenalin!the highest spot what i reached was 1236m.

Lloret del mar

by emilybcn

Lloret del Mar is about an hour and a half from Barcelona, the beaches are beautiful and clear and there is also an area of the city with an old castle and stone steps leading up to it. Overall however the city is substantially made for tourists and it is overpopulated with large hotels and fast food places bordering the beach! If you're in Barcelona for a long time though you might find a road trip to lloret as a fun beach escape. To get there take a train then bus, ask at sants estacio.

Font de Canaletes in...

by mmurie

Font de Canaletes in Barcelona. This fountain, located at the end of la Rambla, at Plaça Catalunya, is very known among Barcelona inhabitants and those who are not! It is said that if one drinks from this fountain will return to Barcelona someday! Why don't you try??? It is a very good way to assure you another trip to the magic city of Barcelona!!!!


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