Barcelona Travel Guide

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Barcelona Things to Do

  • Sagrada Familia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    More details outside of the birth of Jesus, and above the crucifixion. Another fresco shows the three kings and on the opposite side what seem to be local peasants in Adoration before the new-born baby.

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  • Parc Guell

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This Placa is a great place to obtain a great view over much of Parc Guell. The view extends over the City to the ocean, with views extending Barcelonetta. If you are lucky you may obtain one of the Gaudi design seats located around the edge.An ideal place to relax.

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  • Las Ramblas

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    We stayed in a hotel on Las Ramblas which was located on one of the smaller roads. I cannot stress how careful you have to be in terms of pickpocketing. Especially if you're female and going with a small group of girls, be EXTRA careful. The men are sleazy, and clearly aim at girls who look vulnerable and who are tourists. BEWARE of Danzatoria...

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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

    My journey on Barcelona was short, because I went to a working meeting. But still gave to enjoy the late afternoon and evening! It is a city full of energy, with many pleasant people. The food is fantastic, greatly appreciated Tapas! And the bars are very nice, but get ready because are always full of people! I have to come back to Barcelona,...

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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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  • CDLC - Carpe Diem Lounge Club

    First of all don't tell the taxi driver Carpe Diem, tell him CDLC. We had to take two cabbies there since the first one didn't recognize the name. It was gnarly since we waited nearly an hour to hail an empty cab on a Thursday summer night in Barcelona! The locaton is superb, by the main beach but the VIP area where we were didn't look plush...

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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

    http://www.worldtaximeter.com/barcelona The above is usually very good; an online service to help estimates the cost of a trip in taxi in several cities such as Barcelona. You can access it on the mobile telephone too. The estimates come close , according to the site at about 85% of the actual cost. It's an intelligent mashup, combining directions...

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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

    this is a wonderful shopping experience by the harbor in Barcelona. i have pass by it, and my son did the shopping!!! open everyday from 10h to 22h, and restaurants 11h to 01h00 Many ways to get here in the city Metro L3 Drassanes,or L4 Barceloneta Bus lines 120, 64, 59, H16, D20, 14, 51, 17, 45, 39, V17, N6, N9, N12, N15 By car: off the ronda...

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Barcelona Local Customs

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Purchases to Avoid

    If a 20 euro Messi jersey sounds too good to be true, it is! Avoid purchasing the cheap jerseys on Las Ramblas, unless you're buying it for someone who you don't really like, haha. The jerseys are cheap replicas and the player name and number will rub off after one wash! If you are a fan and really want a Barca jersey that will last, buy a real...

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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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  • Jackets / Umbrellas

    This depends on the length of your visit. Summer clothes takke up less room and are also lighter in weight. September/early October in the city can still be fairly hot in my experience, but arrive prepared for changes in the weather. eg - a couple of fine sweaters/jackets (linen is good if you are partial to it, and dosn't matter about 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

    hi we were in Barcelona a few weeks ago and wanted to get football tickets, the official web site of FC Barcelona didnt work or had no seats together 5 people ... so after checking a few sites we found one called BESTBARCELONAFOOTBALLTICKETS they dont have a variety of tickets, but we got all 5 tickets together just behind the goal and they charged...

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  • Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic

    The Olympic Stadium was built for the Olympic Games of 1936 that never took place because of the civil war. They kept the neoclassical façade and built it again for the 1992 Olympic Games and it’s the home of Espanyol, a much smaller team than Barca that happens to win Barca from time to time! It’s much more easier to find tickets for a football...

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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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  • Parc Guell

    Parc guell is one of the most visited places in Barcelona, as a beautiful Gaudi's design architecture joining gardens and as an island on the sky of Barcelona offers a really great view of almost whole Barcelona!!

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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 (4)

  • bassam8371's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:41 AM

    Great place.

  • 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!!

    • 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!!!

    • Jun 22, 2015 at 2:16 AM

      I love Barcelona! This is the best city in the world!!!!! Barcelona is the perfect place for summer time! For shopping I love Paseo de Gracia street!

 
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