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El Pueblo Espanhol Theme Park

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

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May 27, 2004

Maremagnum Shopping Cente

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

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Apr 26, 2004

Museum rip-off

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.

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Jan 01, 2004


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 !!!

Sep 26, 2003
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Orienting Yourself

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.

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May 24, 2003

Avoid tapas in bars and restaurants owned by chain

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!

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Feb 11, 2003

Oy, Hard Rock Cafe!

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 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.

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Dec 09, 2002

Keep your hand on your...

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).

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Aug 26, 2002

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Port vell and the nite clubs...

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:)

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Aug 25, 2002

All those tourist-oriented...

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 !!

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Aug 24, 2002

Benasque -...

Benasque - doubtless good for access etc but unless you go for this do not bother.
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Aug 26, 2002

Things To Do Near Barcelona

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Parc de la Ciutadella

This building, located in the middle of the park near the boating lake, is the Catalan parliament. Also in the park are a few museums and the Barcelona zoo - once home to Barcelona's unofficial...
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Museu Picasso - Picasso Museum

This collection of works by Picasso is housed in 5 medieval houses all joined seemlessly together after many years of renovations. Although not born in Barcelona, Picasso spent some years in the city...
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Museu d'Historia de Catalunya - Catalan History Museum

This museum opened during 1943 and one of its major attractions is to take a walk underground and view the streets of the Roman and medieval city. We were on a tour and did not have time to enter the...
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Museu de la Xocolata - Chocolate Museum

This is a museum about chocolate. I love chocolate and found the visit interesting. The exhibition starts with cacao and how it was used in America. And then how it came to Europe and later with the...
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Barcelona Walking Tours Gotic

This Great tour, organized by Turisme de Barcelona, offers you the possibility to walk by the Gothic Quarter, with an experimented guide that will explain you the history of all the hidden corners of...
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Santa Caterina Market - Mercat de Santa Caterina

In Bari Gotic neat the Santa Caterina church is the food market Mercat de Santa Caterina. Much smaller the Boqueria, it still has those wonderful smells and lots of vendors selling all sorts of...
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