Barcelona Travel Guide

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Barcelona Things to Do

  • Sagrada Familia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    That was what my daughter and son-in-law said when we showed them the photos of this place. I was determine to see this church - so much so that when the lines for the hop on-hop off buses were EXTREMELY long, I got impatient and I walked across to the taxi line and got in a cab. My grandson was still in line and wasn't paying attention to what I...

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  • Parc Guell

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I was surprised to find that this once free tourist attraction now charges admission but if you are a fan of Gaudi then it is worth a visit. The architecture is fascinating and there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. The Parc is really well maintained and if you really want to enjoy the place then I would strongly recommend...

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  • Las Ramblas

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    When I went to Barcelona the first think that I do was to visit Ramblas. I went there early morning. In that time there was quiet. But when I came back in afternoon, there was a lot of intresting things and people.

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Barcelona Hotels

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Barcelona Restaurants

  • Cerveseria Catalana

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    For about the last 10 years, we only have one favorite tapa bar/restaurant, we take our friends, relatives and specially for ourselves. It is called CERVESERIA CATALANA. THE COMPLETE ADDRESS IS: CALLE MALLORCA NUMBERO 235 CORNER RAMBLA CATALUNYA. If you were to take the metro. Take the GREEN LINE / or Linea 3 and get off on DIAGONAL. WALK 3...

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  • Les Quatre Gats

    3 out of 5 stars

    Visiting Picasso's hangout was a thrill for us. The restaurant was really full of character but the waiter service was extremely rude to the point where you think there must be some sort of scam going on. I ordered red wine from the menu (pointed it out) and it was 16 euros, showed the waitress exactly what we wanted and when she brought the bill,...

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  • Les Quinze Nits

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    March 2014. Very surly waiter and, at times, quite rude. Extremely miserable Maître d who also, I might add, had the endearing habit of rolling his eyes whenever you asked for anything! We had to ask for a glass in order to drink our beer – twice! – then once the glasses eventually arrived, we had to ask for a clean one!. Again, had to ask for...

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Barcelona Nightlife

  • Clubs & Bars

    If you're looking for dancing and partying and an overall great night out in Barcelona, you will definitely love the club scene here! FYI: +The clubs are not as full during Monday to Wednesday, and sometimes only a small portion of the clubs are open on these days. I'd spend these nights going out to a pub or getting some much needed sleep to...

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  • Pub Crawl

    and so...I was watching at Sagrada Familia when smiling girl came to me and asked what are my plans for tonight...ummm...well...explore Barcelona for sure...she said that she is promoting a tour for Barcelona Party Nights and it an event not to be missed. and it was...the night started in Gran Foc lounge bar with a welcome shot. this place is...

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  • Maremagnum

    My friends and I went on a pub crawl with our hostel, and at about 1 or 2am we ended up here. The place was absolutely crowded, and basically the whole club seemed like a dance floor. I had a lot of fun here, the music was great, a mix of the top 20 music of the time as well as dance and remixed songs. I could have danced all night! And I probably...

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Barcelona Transportation

  • Metro

    Get the T10 ticket. 10 rides for 9,95 euro. Can be used by more persons and valid for more than an hour IF you do not leave the metro. Can also be used from airport El Part into the city by RENFE train.

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  • Taxi

    When there is not a taxi strike, the best way in to town is a regular taxi. When there is a taxi strike, or if you are looking to save money, the bus seems to be the best alternative, as pre-paid taxis are expensive and, in the case of the City-Airport prepaid taxi, it does not show up during a two hour search, does not answer repeated pages on the...

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  • Tickets & Passes

    Hi all, A fellow traveller has asked me the following on a private message but I thought best to reply publicly so others can profit from the response: "Hello. I am the one u r helping concerning barcelona trip. Just one question. Do u have any idea about something called "barcelona card". We read about it on the internet. We can get it upon...

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Barcelona Shopping

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  • Shoes / Clothes

    Bartomeu i Uirbe, a small store of the Born (31 Carrer Carders), where you can find clothes and accessories created by two designers making each piece unique. A shop which sells products different from well-known brands. If you want originality and freshness, I suggest you to visit El Born and to go to this clothes shop. But if you haven’t time,...

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  • Souvenirs

    Formista is a gallery / shop that carries very special objects that are actually made by people. They work with various designers and artists - locals and from abroad - that either personally manufacture their designs or that are are linked to the creation of their designs. The shop concept is based on the importance of the narrative behind a...

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  • Department Stores / Malls

    The famous store is situated at Plaza Catalunya so if you are interested in electronic gadgets, books, cd/dvds you know that this is your place. I bought an amazing hard copy edition of Don Quijote here. But above all this is also the place that you can buy tickets for major events/concerts. I have booked my tickets online many times (for Bruce...

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Barcelona Local Customs

  • Sundays / La Sardana

    If you're in Barcelona on a Sunday, try to see the people dancing the Sardana, the Catalan national dance. Try near the Cathedral. When I saw people doing the Sardana it was in the afternoon in the park across from La Sagrada Familia.

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  • Food / Drink

    The locals flock to get all they can of the ham and pasteries that abound around the city. We saw the real store that only sold the jamon, and yes; it is expensive no matter how you cut it, or how thin it is cut.

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  • Language

    Catalunya is a bilingual community. Everybody in Catalunya do speak Spanish (or Castellano as we prefer to call it here), but in fact NOT everybody do speak Catalan (about 60% in Barcelona, less in some industrial cities, and more inland Catalunya and smaller towns). Correction, not 100% of people in Catalunya do speak Spanish. I would better say...

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Barcelona Warnings and Dangers

  • Pickpockets

    We were waiting for the 104 bus to Palma Nous one night when two women in their late twenties came over to the bus stop.One of the women bent down to look at the bus timetable in a Miley Cyrus twerking pose.The other woman who was facing us giggled and was (we later learned) signalling to two men who were standing directly behind us. As I turned my...

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  • Be Aware!

    I'm sorry, but this is my pet-peeve.... please, please, please... do not call the city "Barca"!!! Well, you can do it, in case you like to sound like "yet another clueless tourist thinking he/she sounds cool, but making fool of his/herself" ;-) FYI: Barça = is used ONLY for the football (soccer) team (Yes, I know many of you do not have the...

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  • People to Avoid

    This is an old scam. A man stands beside a tape recorder playing music. There are some small dolls that jig up and down to the music. When he stops the music they stop dancing. The trick : there is some invisible fishing line attached to the back of the tape recorder, the tape recorder is rigged to move this line up a down and make the dolls...

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Barcelona Tourist Traps

  • Places To Avoid

    If you tell Fernanda I wrote this I'm a dead man. I've been in Barcelona more than 30 years ago, in a rush to proceed to France and Germany. I got an excellent idea of the town, but, for one reason or another, I never went back - even when we went to Andorra, and Salou, visiting Montserrat, we skipped Barcelona. Last year I decided It was time,...

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  • Las Ramblas

    What else to expect at Las Ramblas? Maybe it is too much to mention, but let me have try. First off all I immediately noticed all the street performers the whole way along Las Ramblas. Most of them are human statues, but there were also flexible dancers, musicians, magicians and marionettes. We learned that there is a maximum of 14 human statues...

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  • People to Avoid

    La Rambla is very risky place. Lots of cheaters, beggars and pickpockets are roaming freely, in crowded place without any body protesting and there is no police watch. The worst and the most common is the three boxes and little piece of paper stuff, it is so common in La rambla, after every 40 steps, you would see this happen. They act in a group,...

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Barcelona What to Pack

  • Summer / Winter Clothes

    A big handbag which doesnt keep falling off your shoulder! Not only is it a pain, it also isnt safe from bag snatchers. Bag should be big enough to carry camera, papers, travel guide, water, juice, a thick shawl/sweater for when it gets chilly later in the day, a sandwich for when the only food you can find is expensive and not that great -like in...

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  • Comfortable Shoes

    COMFORTABLE shoes. Let me say it again--Comfortable shoes. Barcelona and Porto have serious cobblestone streets that will do your feet and body in and kill any form of shoe with a heel!!!!! Two pairs with plenty of socks--'cause focused tour freaks like us will go for hours and those tootsies get sweaty. (Did Rome with only one good pair and I was...

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  • Appropriate Bags

    You could just store your luggage in some of the City Lockers. On the first day, we used this and picked up our luggage at night after sightseeing and before checking in to the hotel. This way we did not have to mind about carrying all the stuff with us. You don't need a key, just a code that you make up yourself so no worries about loosing the...

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Barcelona Off The Beaten Path

  • Day Trip: Montserrat

    An hour by train from Barcelona is the impressive Montserrat. From the train station at Espana, you can buy the round trip tickets that include both the train and the cable car for around 18E. The Church features the famous Black Virgin, and there can be a long line to walk up next to the figurine. Unfortunately, we timed it during a school field...

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  • Day Trip

    Take the train (RENFE, blue line) to Blanes, You may buy directly a combined ticket for Lloret. After your arrival in Blanes, take a bus to Lloret departing from the train station (1,80 Euro a ride). After leaving Blanes, it will pass the access to Santa Cristina Beach. One stop further you have to leave the bus to go to Sa Boadella Beach. Behind...

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  • Tibidabo

    You can get to Tibidabo with your metro ticket and a little bit of walking. Take from Passeig de Gracia the train S1, S2 or S5 to Peu del Funicular. Here change to the funicular to Vallvidrera-Superior. It is all included in the metro ticket. From the station Vallvidrera-Superior turn right and follow the street until you reach a dirt road that...

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Barcelona Sports & Outdoors

  • F.C.Barcelona

    Even if there is no game, the Camp Nou is still worth a visit… The stadium was built in 1957, and enlarged for the World Cup (1982) to 115,000 spectators. Today, the old standing places are transformed into seats and the stadium has a capacity of around 99,000 seats. You can take the Camp Nou Experience and visit the Museu FC Barcelona, the...

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  • Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic

    Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys (or Barcelona Olympic Stadium) was built in 1927 for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition (and for Barcelona's bid for the 1936 Olympics, which were awarded to Berlin). It was renovated in 1989 to be the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics, and it was here the opening and closing ceremonies and the...

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  • Beach / Activities

    Lots of people come to Barcelona, city by the sea, and expect to find great beaches to relax on between touring the city's cultural and historical sites. Then they find out they were sadly mistaken. It's not that the Mediterranean isn't beautiful, but those who go to one of Barcelona's many public beaches should be aware that they will have their...

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Barcelona Favorites

  • Las Ramblas

    La Rambla was the first street in central Barcelona I began to explore the city. I knew that it was popular with tourists and locals alike.it stretches for 1.2 kilometers between Barri Gòtic and El Raval, connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. If you stroll along the street you will find a...

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  • Sagrada Família

    There are many places where buying advance tickets to see a place or take part in an event is essential in Spain. My experience with La Sagrada Familia was this was not necessary based on how quick the line moves. We arrived at La Sagrada Familia on a late April Sunday afternoon at just past noon. There was a long line that ran around two blocks....

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  • Antoni Gaudi

    My best trip so far has been to barcelona and I came back home very happy. Apart from the prized presence of Gaudi in every bit of the city, this is how I would sum up my impression about this magical city. Please look at the pictures for a better understanding

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Top 10 Multi-Generational Destinations: Barcelona

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

While many European cities are difficult for an entire family to visit, Barcelona is ideal for a family. While small children can enjoy the amusement park on top of Mt. Tibadabo, they'll also admire the Modernisme architecture of Gaudi's Casa Batilo, La Pedrera, and Park Guell. Kids will likewise enjoy strolling Las Ramblas and watching street performers, with a short break at La Boqueria, Barcelona's famous market. The town's music culture and fantastic shopping will keep teenagers and young adults plenty occupied, as will its fun neighborhoods like El Born and El Raval. For older family members, the compact Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) is great for exploring on foot, with the Cathedral, the archway on Carrer del Bisbe, and Museu d'Historia de Barcelona all within a few blocks of each other. VirtualTourist members have remarked that the Museu d'Historia de Barcelona is a unique find – underneath the Placa del Rei, there is an archaeological site showcasing what the Roman colony of Barcino was like, giving visitors the opportunity to walk among the ruins beneath the square. A short train ride takes the family to Sitges, a beautiful beachside community, for a different view of Catalonia.

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Comments (3)

  • gwened's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    TGV service Barcelona-Paris starts today.

  • gvladi727's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Nice place to visit in the summer, great sea food and the best beach i've been too. The sand is very rare and ladies don't wear bras...

  • rudysmom626's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Barcelona was the best place to study abroad - Mediterranean climate, amazing architecture, tasty food, and outgoing people!!

    • travelman12's Profile Photo
      May 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Wonderful place to visit in the summer. I also love taking a trip down to Mallorca as well

    • May 28, 2015 at 7:45 AM

      Barcelona is the best place for summer time! The most I like Paseo de Gracia street, it is beautiful street with Gaudi's houses!!!

 
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