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  • Las Ramblas

    Barcelona Favorites

    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

    Barcelona Favorites

    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

    Barcelona Favorites

    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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  • Parc Guell

    Barcelona Favorites

    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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  • Plaça de Catalunya

    Barcelona Favorites

    [from my Barcelona forum tip] [http://forum.virtualtourist.com/discussion-524988-1-1-Travel-0-0-Barcelona-discussion.html] General Tips: - When you arrive and check in your hotel, try to get some initial food and necessities for the first few days until you get to know where to go. An initial one stop place is El Corte Ingles department store at...

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  • Maps & City Guides

    Barcelona Favorites

    To supplement whatever retail book you buy, have a look / download at Maribel's Guides - http://maribelsguides.com The site has free downloadable .pdf files for the major cities and regions of Spain. It's updated just about yearly. I recently used it along with Frommer's Barcelona Day by Day book on my Barcelona trip in May. I also have the DK Top...

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  • Barri Gòtic

    Barcelona Favorites

    While it is hard to have a favorite place/neighborhood in Barcelona I was constantly drawn to the Bari Gotic area. It seemed like around every corner was another interesting photo op, especially at night where the lighting highlights the medieval era buildings.

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  • Barceloneta

    Barcelona Favorites

    I loved the cable cars that go over the water from the park to Barceloneta. They give you an amazing view of everything. They are also a great way to travel quickly, provided they aren't busy. There is no sitting room but you do have 360-degree views of the city and the sea. Well worth the cost. I found this to be a close representation of what I...

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  • Montjuic

    Barcelona Favorites

    The cost for the card is 20 Euro for entry to sites on the hill. The cost individually for MNAC art museum and Miro Contemporary ARt museum is 8 Euro and 8 Euro, so the card really costs more in the long run

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  • L'Eixample

    Barcelona Favorites

    Barcelona is not only the old town – city, but also it has more districts for a nice visit. Firstly, Barcelona old town is a place with oldest treasures of city – Cathedral, Santa Maria del Mar church, Kings’ palace. Here is also Citadel park, where some time ago town’s citadel was built, also vibrant Rambla street. Montjuic is a place on a...

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  • Art & Sculptures

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    The appreciation of art and its harmonious inclusion in the fabric of the city is one of the most striking aspects about Barcelona. Everywhere you walk, anywhere you look, there is evidence of creativity and artistic expression. Attached are photos of such examples.

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  • Nou Camp Stadium

    Barcelona Favorites

    Hi! This is Laura and I would like to give a tip for those going to barcelona for a Football Game or a regular trip.There is this hostel 10 min walk from the FC Barcelona Stadium, Plaça Espanya and 5 min walk from Sants train station. It is called Alberguinn Hostel Barcelona http://www.alberguinn.com This is the best hostel experience I've had! The...

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  • Barcelona Card

    Barcelona Favorites

    I have extensively looked into this discount card. And, for the places I plan to see and things to do, I will be better off not buying the card. Prices vary according the number of days you plan to use the card. It is not activated until the first time you use it. There is no expiration after your initial purchase. If you purchase online, you will...

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  • Plaça de Colon

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    The famous discoverer Columbus is looking down on everybody who is coming from or going to the harbour. The statue is at the end (or beginning?) of the Ramblas. There is a lift to a viewing platfom in top of the statue. Open from 10-13:30 and 15:30-18:30.

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  • Architecture

    Barcelona Favorites

    This brick arch was designed in the Mudejar style, as the entry gate for the 1888 Expo, by Josep Vilaseca. The coats-of-arms, which represents all the Spanish provinces, were placed around it, with Barcelona's in the middle—the place of honour. On the sides of the arch are four statues of women symbolizing fame. Other stone carvings represent...

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  • Casa Batlló

    Barcelona Favorites

    Gaudi is among the most famous World’s architects. Actually Barcelona is the main city he was working, so it is a center location to see Gaudi architecture. As famous examples of Gaudi works I could mention the Church of Holy Family (Sagrada Familia), Guell park, Casa Batllo, Guell palace and so on. The uniqueness of his architecture is a return...

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  • El Raval

    Barcelona Favorites

    . Barcelona has several and distinct neighbourhoods, with very different atmosphere. I will limit here to a short description of those more central 1) Barri Gotic: from the right side of Las Ramblas to Via Laietana. The oldest part of the town (some Roman remains close the cathedral), very narrow streets, charming for some but intimidating to...

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  • Casa Milà - La Pedrera

    Barcelona Favorites

    La Padrera (The Quarry) is one of architect, Antoni Gaudi's designs. I can't say that I am a fan of his style of architecture, but he certainly is famous in Barcelona. Our city bus tour guide made sure we paused long enough in front of this building to hear all the important facts about La Padrera. Three facades are incorporated into this...

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  • Carrer del Bisbe

    Barcelona Favorites

    This is the most famous street in the gothic area. Probably the most photographed street too. It is called Carrer del Bisbe, and is located between the cathedral and the town hall at Plaça Sant Jaume.

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  • Street Art & Graffiti

    Barcelona Favorites

    It does seem that there is quite a great deal of grafitti scattered around the city even the busy tourist areas. This could be merely a "tag" being sprayed or something more grand being created. In the Jardins de Walter Benjamin, there are several long strecthes of walls which have some very good pieces of art work on show. I was not the only...

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  • Tibidabo

    Barcelona Favorites

    My wife and I made our first trip to Barcelona back in mid-May this year and enjoyed it immensely. There is just so much to see and do and the city is very vibrant and very clean. Now to answer some of your questions. 1) If you are there on a weekend you must get up to the top of Mt Tibadabo. They have a great little old fashioned amusement park...

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  • Walking

    Barcelona Favorites

    this is a good site tells you about buying tickets and description of top 10 places to see http://www.barcelonayellow.com/bcn-photos/204-top-10-attractions-barcelona Enjoy it hope it helps get on montjuic and montserrat

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  • El Born

    Barcelona Favorites

    The Born, also known as "El Borne" or "El Born" is a small, dense district wedged between Parc de la Ciutadella and Via Laietana. This entire portion of the center city was once known as "La Ribera", "the shore", as the port once reached all the way to its edge. But, with the rising popularity of its southern blocks, realtors and residents alike...

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  • Internet Cafes & Access

    Barcelona Favorites

    To keep in touch with people it is always useful to know where the nearest Internet Cafe is located. This one was good for me, I was staying with friends on C. de l'Escorial which is near to Parc Guell.

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  • Port Vell

    Barcelona Favorites

    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...

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  • Bus Tours

    Barcelona Favorites

    Barcelona Bus Tours or "Hop on and hop off sightseeing tourist buses", as they are colloquially known, are a popular way to view Barcelona city. You can watch my 2 min 26 sec Video Along Barcelona by bus part 4 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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  • Catedral

    Barcelona Favorites

    This is a picture of the Barcelona´s Cathedral of Santa Eulalia,built between 13th-15th centuries.Located in the Barri Gotic.Is another beautiful building and don't hesitate to go inside and take a look,it has a lot of nice small chapels also. I just show you the top of the Cathedral because during my last visit,they were making some construction...

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  • Plaça d' Espanya

    Barcelona Favorites

    You must come here at night. We happened to catch a water fountain show, with the water dancing to the music. Just fantastic!! I'm not sure if it was a regularly scheduled event during the summer, but it may be.

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  • Port Olimpic

    Barcelona Favorites

    The place in historical Barcelona, where land connects the sea is called Barceloneta and Port Vell. Barceloneta was a fishing village long time ago, nowadays here is a beach of Barcelona, and walking here you see tall buildings of Olympic village, as well as a hotel with a shape of sail. Another territory – Port Vell – is a place where...

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  • Sitges

    Barcelona Favorites

    It makes sense to get away from it all and go to Sitges. I went in late Fall 2010, and still enjoyed my time there. Although the beach is not that great; overall, Sitges is a nice seaside town to walk around in and visit for the day. Since Sitges is world-renowned for its posh homes and upscale vibe, when you visit, definitely check out the...

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  • Magic Fountain

    Barcelona Favorites

    One of the things that impressed me most in Barcelona is the dancing fountain in Espana square, they are simple fountains during all day, but around 7 pm music plays all around the square and the water starts 'dancing' creating colours and emotions.The show does not happen every day, just on friday and saturday since 7 pm to 9 pm.

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  • Post Office

    Barcelona Favorites

    Does anybody still send postcards I wonder, what with the advent of e-mail? Well we needed to send one and went looking for a postbox, but for some reason could not find one anywhere...Until that is I stood right next to one and realised they are really not that hard to spot if you know what you are looking for. They are painted bright Yellow and...

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  • Plaça del Pi

    Barcelona Favorites

    Must explain about the two sqaures, Placa del Pi and Placa de Sant Josep Oriol. We arrived in the sqaure Placa de Sant Josep Oriol which is on the side of the church Santa Maria del Pi. From there we saw that in the front of the church was another square with a small open air market and THAT SQUARE was called Placa del Pi. So we had TWO SQUARES...

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  • Parc de la Ciutadella

    Barcelona Favorites

    The Ciutadella Park is located near the port, in the Ribera district. It started out as a fortress in 1714 when Philip V became the first Bourbon king and his man the Duke of Berwick ordered its construction. In 1869 it was decided to turn this into a park and the fortress was demolished. The park was going to be used for the Universal Exhibition...

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  • La Boqueria

    Barcelona Favorites

    fellow solo female traveler here. i went and it was as safe as any large city can be. just use common sense. i stayed at the kabul backpacker's hostel just off las ramblas. it's one of the best hostels i've ever been to, or at least it was in '05. make sure to visit "la boqueria". it's one of the best markets in all of europe. the transportation...

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  • Picasso Museum

    Barcelona Favorites

    Visit the old town. The GOTHIC QUARTER contains the famous Barcelona Cathedral & La Ribera (14th century mansions, one of which is the famous Museu Picasso). The BARRI GOTIC is the oldest part of this city & Romans lived here during Augustus (27 BC - AD 14) reign.

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  • Street Performers

    Barcelona Favorites

    Barcelona touristy districts as La Rambla street or seaside (Port Vell) is full of street mummers and musicians. Actually mummers pay their attention on dressing unusually, copying worldwide famous people. Such shows gather lot of tourists around them, but more watchers than money-givers :) The most I liked street musicians, who are usually...

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  • Gracia

    Barcelona Favorites

    this picture was taken in Plaça del Diamant.. (diamond square) closer to other beautiful square as is Virreina.. located in upper Gracia quarter the best thing to do by Gracia is strolling during spring or summer by the street maze that become Gracia for foreigners and sitting and relaxing drinking at any terrace ..

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  • Passieg de Gracia

    Barcelona Favorites

    Paseo de Gracia it is the place that will love everyone, without exception! There are world-famous Gaudi´s buildings here that attract people from the whole world. Additionally, for shopping lovers there are the most fashionable shops.

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  • Palau Guell

    Barcelona Favorites

    Enjoy Catalan Art noveau or Modernisme. Why don't you buy the Gaudi pass for all the modernistic buldings? You can go walking or by bike. Sagrada Familia is the famous one but ALL are mythical and unreal! I recommend that the visit star in Palau Güell, where you can get the tickets for all Modernisme buildings. Palau de la Musica Catalana ,don't...

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  • Weather & Climate

    Barcelona Favorites

    If you're travelling alone, i would definitly recommend barcelona especially in spring/summer where the sun will be up and shining and the beach close by!!! Barcelona is interesting (try to stop by the museum Dali in Figueras) and its night life spectacular. Spanish people are really friendly and it will be easy for you to meet new people Walking...

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  • Water Quality

    Barcelona Favorites

    Here are some tips when preparing PULPOS ... you might want to try when your ready to have one of our favourite tapa "PULPOS" This is an old photo and the reason being is because it's the largest photo we took and it is well showned. REMEMBER IF THEY ARE BOUGHT FROZEN, DEFROST IT AT LEAST 24 HOURS. WASH THE OCTOPUS WELL, REPEATEDLY. HIT IT WITH...

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  • Plaça Reial

    Barcelona Favorites

    Not really a 'must see' while in Barcelona - but Placa Reial is a very beautiful square, and if you have time, you should check it out. I was lucky enough that the hostel I was staying at was situated in one of the buildings around this square. It is filled with cafes and restaurants, and is a great place to grab a meal and relax. Or an...

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  • Tarragona

    Barcelona Favorites

    It is located 12 km from the Roman city of Tarragona and 80 km from cosmopolitan olympic Barcelona, close to the El Císter tourist route, Port Aventura theme park, the nature park of the Ebro Delta, several golf clubs and a wide variety of cultural, sporting and recreational facilities. Magical surroundings for a magical town: a symbiotic balance...

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  • Mirador de Colón - Columbus Monument

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    Just in case you hadn't noticed or heard about the Columbus Monument I thought I would tell you a bit about it. Christopher Columbus was a famous navigator and explorer of the 15th Century. He was born approx. 1451 in Italy and died in 1506 in Spain. He is well remembered for his voyages to the Americas which established trade routes between there...

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