Can you believe there is a Spanish theme park in Barcelona? The " El Pueblo Espanhol" is a theme park in Montjuic that reproduces the artistic and architectural contrasts that can be found thoughout Spain.
Of course this would end up with shopping. And the place is actually filled with dozens of shops selling spanish artcrafts at exorbitant prices.
This is definetly a tourist trap, The whole country of Spain is itself a great theme park and they dont need disney-like places reproducing corners of Catalunia or Andalucia.
Unique Suggestions No, dont go there
Fun Alternatives Travel the rest of Spain! The country is beatiful and the people friendly
This shopping centre is a dive that caters for removing the tourists from their money
Unique Suggestions This criticism excludes the aquarium and I-Max located alongside
Fun Alternatives Anywhere else - port Olympic for food, L'Illa Shopping centre for shopping
The Antonio Tapies museum consists of about 4 "artworks" by Tapies - a few canvases with cement or other junk poured on them and an old wooden cabinet filled with dirty clothes. To see this wonder, you pay something like 4.5 EUR apiece.
Unique Suggestions Remember that nearly all the museums in Barcelona are closed on Monday. On Sunday, some close early. To get into the Picasso Museum on a Sunday, be prepared to wait on a line that stretches to the other side of town...I wasn't, so I never got in.
Fun Alternatives The stuff to see in Barcelona isn't in museums. It's outside.
Don't visit the D'Or Tapas Bar on C de Pelai - this is at the top of La Rambla - they take advantage or mis-interupt your order to bring larger drinks or portions of food and charge you for the priveledge. This has happened not only to ourselves but to other english speaking customers we spoke to. We really love Barcelona BUT shall not be visting this bar again - and strongly urge you not !!!
Downtown Barcelona is divided into distinctive districts including La Ribera, today a popular museum quarter; El Raval (or Barri Xinès, China Town), a run-down area with a high crime rate (and perhaps best avoided); the bohemian 'village' of Grácia; Barceloneta, the former fishermen's quarter; and smart seafront developments - Port Vell, the Olympic village and port.
If you wanna eat good tapas go to small bars with homemade food! Avoid to have tapas in bars or restaurants owned by big chains as "TAPAS BAR" for instance or you will taste industrial food, not real tapas!
Unique Suggestions No choice!
Raise your hand if you've never heard of Hard Rock Cafe....(sound of crickets...)...Okay great, so we all know about Hard Rock Cafe. Need I say more? I do? Well, I was going to do the tourist thing and spring for a t-shirt, but I couldn't. There were too many people in line! And the line, wow, out the door, around the building....so many people waiting out on the street, people who were actually trying to walk down the street had to go off the sidewalk to do so. Now that I think of it, there weren't very many people in line for the actual restaurant though...Hmmm...
Unique Suggestions Well, I was there on a Saturday afternoon, so I imagine that had something to do with how busy it was. I recommend going during off-peak hours if you really have to have that Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona beer cozy.
Fun Alternatives There are so many great restaurants up and down La Rambla.
Keep your hand on your wallet/purse especially when walking around the old town & las ramblas. I had mine temporarily stolen by a woman begging for money and food. She shoved cardboard into myy side and whilst I was distracted stole my wallet. I managed to get it back (thanks for the concern).
Port vell and the nite clubs (discoteca) there... I guess it's ok that you can wander in and out of 5(?) nite clubs next to each other... But not these ones! One is just tackier than the other. Avoid. (If you like tacky places, then go for Port vell:)
All those tourist-oriented bars 'alongside' main streets ... just check if you can see some spanish people seated: if not, leave the bar ...
There's an exception to this rule: tapas bar are usually crowded of spanish people even on touristic paths ... so trust them !!