Spain Tourist Traps

  • Ribadesella's lighthouse
    Ribadesella's lighthouse
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  • View of Ribadesella's beach promenade
    View of Ribadesella's beach promenade
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  • Sam at the Placa de la Vila of Begur.
    Sam at the Placa de la Vila of Begur.
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Spain Tourist Traps

  • Places To Avoid

    Barcelona Tourist Traps

    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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  • Eating & drinking

    Madrid Tourist Traps

    Do not be influenced by all the hype surrounding this restaurant. It does have a colorful historical past. Today it is surviving on its past laurels. If you are interested in food and quality then this is not the place for you nor for me. I took 4 people there for lunch April 8th 2012. Dinning room is elegant. Bread and Butter was brought to the...

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  • Flamenco

    Sevilla Tourist Traps

    Even though the flamenco show is meant for tourists, it features excellent bailaores, guitarists, and cantaores. The food is acceptable. What is not acceptable is that our camera with more than 300 photos from Cordoba disappeared. My wife forgot it on the way out. Just as we arrived at the hotel, she realized she'd left it there and started to call...

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  • Dodgy deals / scams

    Palma de Mallorca Tourist Traps

    The Inca Market is something the tourist board advertizes as something to see. We went. It was nothing more than a large flea market at best. Nothing of real interest was sold here - leather purses, kitchenware, t-shirts, underwear, plants, etc. Also, the prices aren't really all that great. The shopping along the strip in Alcudia is actually...

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  • The West End, San Antonio.

    Ibiza Tourist Traps

    Great if you like hoards of drunken Brits marauding around the streets looking for members of the opposite sex in a drunk enough state not to reject them, puddles of vomit and urine (I'm not exaggerating!) karaoke bars and Irish theme pubs. The morning light brings a place for these people to return for their full English Breakfast at Koppas Cafe...

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  • Beaches

    Majorca Island Tourist Traps

    Beware of the very tall man 6ft 4" who slowly walks round the three beaches of Palma Nova pretending to look at the ladies when in fact he is looking for the ladies bags. He carries a towel over his shoulder and also a T Shirt which he puts on and off regurlarly. He walks up beside people and drops his t shirt over the purse or bag to make it look...

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  • Las Ramblas

    Barcelona Tourist Traps

    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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  • Monuments & highlights

    Madrid Tourist Traps

    It's just a big square plaza with very expensive restaurants, nothing to see, nothing to do. Only 'nice' thing is the Casa de la Panederia, wich is 400 years old, with nice fresco's. walk though the nice small streets next to the plaza

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  • Cathedral and Giralda

    Sevilla Tourist Traps

    Giralda is an attraction for itself, in the marvel of the cathedral. It's easy to climb, because it has inclines instead of stairs, and they seem not too steep. That's right. But they are... long. Now imagine the sorrow I felt when, in my way down, we met a Japanese senior couple with him telling her, while resting a bit on his walking stick:...

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  • Overpricing

    Palma de Mallorca Tourist Traps

    Don't go to the Nu-parc bar / cafe beside the lake opposite the Cathedral unless you want to order the most expensive beer or coffee in Palma. The waitresses need a lesson in customer service and the chairs break when you sit down. The view is quite nice but not worth stopping here for. Enjoy the view of the fountain and the Cathedral long enough...

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  • Caves

    Majorca Island Tourist Traps

    Wonderful flyer pictures and descriptions which are overrated. Nice enough for those that like caves but very large groups are ushered through the cave system on hard on the feet paths. Very crowded and you are unable to walk at a leaisurely pace. hearded into an underground auditorium to hear a few musicians play on darkened boats, then hearded...

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  • Overrated Sites

    Barcelona Tourist Traps

    Poble Espanyol was built for the 1929 International Exhibition as an open air museum that was meant to showcase different Spanish architectural styles and crafts. Today, you pay an admission fee to get into this "village", and once you're there there's nothing to do other than visit expensive gift shops. As far as the different architectural...

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  • Transports

    Madrid Tourist Traps

    In order to avoid the hassle with taxi drivers at the Madrid Airport, I had pre-booked the non exclusive shuttle service with Aerocity on GoMadrid.com. The web site stated 6 euro per person. We ended up paying 40 euro for an adult and 2 children for a normal trip from the airport to the city centre. If you only have 1 or 2 pieces of luggage,...

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  • Gypsies and Pickpockets

    Sevilla Tourist Traps

    Around the touristic places there use to be people (usually gypsis) looking for tourist to read the hand or tell them any other story with the aim only of asking you for money. As everywhere, just ignore them or simply, don´t talk to them. This people don´t mind if you understand Spanish or not. The simply talk as if you could understand. Don´t...

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  • Reality check

    Palma de Mallorca Tourist Traps

    There's some really irritating thing about Mallorca: "People see tourists as walking wallets". There are lots of really hard to reach beaches, that after some almost suicinding driving experiences (throught roads where two cars almost can't pass aside, at the same time in diferent direccions), you discover that you are forced to pay up to 6 euros...

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  • Soller & Puerto de Soller

    Majorca Island Tourist Traps

    In my opinion Soller is almost a tourist trap. It is not an ugly town, but it's not a nice place. Do some shopping, have a rest or a stroll. You coud go to Biniaraix; a small village 1,5 km far from Soller. From there you can continue through a path to Fornalutx. This is a beautiful village four km. from Soller (see pics). Another idea; catch the...

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  • Purchases to Avoid

    Barcelona Tourist Traps

    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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  • Nightlife

    Madrid Tourist Traps

    Like all con merchants and charlatans, these Chinese street masseurs can be found at popular tourist spots in Madrid such as Plaza de Santa Ana and Plaza Mayor. My wife and I got conned by them. We were walking around Plaza de Santa Ana one evening and we were approached by a man and wife from Peking who were masseurs. They told us it would be...

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  • More tourists than inhabitants

    Palma de Mallorca Tourist Traps

    Overall we really enjoyed our holiday to Majorca but we did find it very british and lacking in culture in the resorts.There were british pubs,amusements and everything was in english so it sometimes felt as if you were missing out on the spanish culture.There were Burger Kings, KFC's and Pizza Huts everywhere.Sometimes it was difficult to find a...

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  • People to Avoid

    Barcelona Tourist Traps

    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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  • Flamenco

    Madrid Tourist Traps

    This is supposed to be one of the best places to watch flamenco. Unfortunately, the service, food and view were so bad (as well as the stage) that it took the enjoyment right out of the evening. Not only was the service mediocre, but they failed to serve me several of my courses. As shown on the picture, most of the time your view of the show is...

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  • High Prices

    Barcelona Tourist Traps

    Although we liked walking along the promenade at Barceloneta beach the target group of all the cafes there is the tourists. This means high prices, bad service (we were waiting 25 minutes to order in one of them!) and no locals around. It’s worth though to visit at least one café but not waste all your time (and money here). Of course it’s nice to...

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  • Shopping

    Madrid Tourist Traps

    Wealth Warning: Avoid using Chequepoint to change money in Madrid or anywhere else for that matter. Some of my British and American friends have told me horror stories of the rip-off rates charged by Chequepoint when changing currency. The company (click on the logo so you can steer clear of it) has outlets at many tourist sites. Other VT members...

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  • Bullfights

    Barcelona Tourist Traps

    The great majority of people from Barcelona and rest of Catalonia not only are against bullfight but also hate it. In fact the Catalan law of Animal Protection will quite probably be modified next year so that the corrida is banned within Catalonia. This is something we locals never do. The ring is nearly always half empty and 70% of the...

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  • Security

    Madrid Tourist Traps

    Madrid is very safe and not a place to get violently robbed, but pick pockets problem remains. The fast city has certain locations where you should watch out. These are Sol, Plaza Mayor and El Rastro market. these are places overcrowed by people so the pick pockets just pump into you and touch your pockets. wear a money beld under your clothes.

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  • Not a Tourist Trap

    Barcelona Tourist Traps

    This isn't the only city that wants to claim the famous Christopher Columbus.... If I had known about the observation deck at the top of this monument, I would have had travel pictures of the entire city from the "colon." Next time I'll do more research BEFORE I leave home!

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  • Bullfighting

    Madrid Tourist Traps

    In Madrid there are 2 places where you can see the bullfighting. The most importand in all Spain is Plaza de Toros Monumental de las Ventas . The another is called Plaza Vista Alegre and is next to Pl. Matilde Hernandez in Carabanchel ( this is a discrit of Madrid). On the one pic is a wall near of Las Ventas, and on the other a torrero.

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  • Getting Around

    Barcelona Tourist Traps

    A lot of people come to Barcelona to have a look at Sagrada Familia Temple. They are often dissapointed to see the construction which is going more then a century. Why didn't they finish till my coming? When Gaudi was asked when he was going to finish the Temple he answered that his customer (the god) is not in a hurry. It is possible to see the...

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  • Accomodation

    Madrid Tourist Traps

    To rent or buy a flat in Madrid can be really hard.... Sometimes if you are desperate to find something you´ll take whatever seems to help you... (It happened to me) If you are thinking about buying or renting a house, buy the "Segunda mano"... But beware!!! some of the announcements are from agencies that will make you go to them and then tell you...

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  • Ferry tickets to Morocco.

    If you are travelling from Algeciras to Morocco then buy your ticket directly at the harbour and not from the travel agents.They are all very freindly, but many do not know what they are talking about.Several agents were selling tickets to a ferry that had mecanical problems and therefor didn't run, when i was there.

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  • Ferry Tour to Tangiers

    FRS ferry company offers a tour that is the same price as the ferry ride to Tangiers. What they don't tell you is that your tour guide will take you to varioius places within Cazbah where they do very, very high pressure sales. We were the only people on the tour and I didn't think we were going to be about to leave a carpet "factory" that they...

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  • Typical Spain is only in Andalucia, no...

    The real typical Spain as you can see in many postcards you only can see it in the Andalucia province. If you are looking for that atmosphere that you can see in tourist publicity, you must go to south, just to Andalucia (Sevilla region). If you are going to other regions you will never find that typical Spain. You can find lots of lovely places...

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  • Sun and Beaches

    Being on a peninsula with thousands of kilometres of sun-blessed coasts, Spain was an easy prey to speculators and the kind of tourism promoted for decades has, in the long run, brought more havoc than profits. Millions of Europeans could not care less for other places' cultures, but do need their annual fix of UV rays. Therefore, such places as...

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  • The Costa del Sol

    It's full of Brits abroad, English shops, food and culture. It's a replication of Britain in the sun. It is not Spanish any more. It is built for English holiday makers and that's it.Great for a beach holiday and very beautiful, but it's not really a good taste of Spain. If you want to go to sunny Spain and the Costa del Sol, then my advice is to...

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  • Madrid money/Check your Euros

    On arrival in Madrid,first thing,some money,first stop,Cambio money exchangeThat is fine but you should check for counterfiet notes. I was given some and nearly arrested for dealing in false currency.The only thing that saved me is i had just flown in from Heathrow and maybe being Australian helped.Almost every shop will check your hand/over...

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  • taxi drivers

    they pretend not to know the note size youve given them and try to short change you be very careful they all do it, i too am a taxi driver so would not have a go if it was not deserved. the police try to rob you aswell if you dont give them they attack you full force in broad daylight, its an absolute disgrace. ask the taxi drivers if they can...

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  • Toilets!

    Please note that this tip is written from a male perspective, you will understand that I lack the knowledge of what goes on in the other side...Toilets in Spain are a trap for the unwary. In particular, lighting is an issue. Usually, you haev to grope around on the OUTSIDE of the toilet to find the hidden lightswitch, although it can also be...

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  • Service Sucks

    Wait service in Spain is crap, every where I went the service was horrible and terribly slow.Basically don't expect a lot and bring your patience you will need it.Many do not speak english (in case you assumed) so be prepared. Just be patient and firm. There is none, other wise get take out :)

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  • Don't rely on ATM cards

    Bring Traveller's Cheques and cash them all in for cash. ATM's are hard to come by and with foreign bank cards you may find that you have trouble. Many friends had trouble getting $. Plus, there aren't many places to cash Traveller's cheques.

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  • Don't order the sangria

    Sangria is very expensive in Spain--something like 6 euros a glass. Instead, order the Tinto de Verano--it's delicious, and only 1 euro in most bars/restaurants. Sure, it comes pre-made out of a jar, but it's really good! And cheap!

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  • Tapas in Madrid

    We went to a local restaurant at the main square and ordered a Tapas sampler, which was very good. Imagine our surprise however when the bill came to over $70US! Usually tapas are $5-10US. Check the price before you order one of these "Hello, I'm a tourist" meals.

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  • Tourist traps are uncommon in Spain

    By and large, tourist traps are uncommon in Spain. The most popular destinations such as Sevilla, Barcelona, Ibiza ect, are the places where you are most likely to encounter inflated prices and low quality psuedo-spanish events and products. There are 2 things you can do to help avoid being "trapped":1. Travel during the low (bajo) season will help...

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  • Roman bridges.

    Roman bridges. Spaniards tend to think that any old bridge comes from the Roman times, so they call it 'puente romano'. In fact, only a few of them are truly Roman, but most of them were built or reconstructed in the Middle Ages. If you insist in finding a true Roman bridge, then my suggestion is that you go to the small Extremadurean village of...

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  • Paella

    While in Spain I am sure you want to have at least one Pallea (Spanish Rice Dish)While walking through the streets, you will find many places offering Pallea, showing the sort of Photo-menue outside the place.These Palleas are pre-cooked, frozen ones, cheap, but not what you want to try even they are mostly tasty. They advertise them like...

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  • Future Telling Roma

    When traveling the south of Spain and going to the real touristy places, you will meet Roma woman, who will hold up a little green branch and say "una regalo" which means a present for you. You take it, they take your hand and start telling you the future. For that they want some money (up to 10€). They even help you finding the money in your...

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