Places To Avoid, Barcelona
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 !!
Benasque - doubtless good for access etc but unless you go for this do not bother.
(Photo unconnected - Hecho)