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Barcelona Sightseeing Bike Tour
"Book this sightseeing bicycle tour and be ready to discover the city center of this internationally known city. Meet your local guide and discover the unique architecture of Barcelona from a different perspective. The route you will follow will be around Sagrada Familia (optionaly) and make your way to several parks and beach areas like the Barceloneta Olympic Port and Ciutadella Park. Be prepared to get to know about the fascinating history of the city and receive their expert advice on what to do and see during the rest of your stay. This tour is suitable for all ages and you will mostly get""Enjoy your Barcelona stay with this 3.5-hour bike tour and discover the most known spots in Barcelona. Cycle through the city center as you sink in all the stories and details that your local guide explains to you.title=Barcelona+Sightseeing+Bike+Tour+Highlights&1=Family+friendly&2=Pickup+from+a+centrally+located+meeting+point&3=Free+drinks+included
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Barcelona Bike Tour Including Tapas Lunch
"Meet your guide in central Barcelona and ride your bike to discover the unique architecture of Barcelona from a different perspective.Make the most of this experience and learn historical and cultural tips from your guide as you move around the city. Las Ramblas the Cathedral and Ciutadella Park.Your included tapas lunch will take place once you have returned your bike at the start point. Your guide will take you to a local restaurant where you will enjoy a tapas menu that consists of four different tapas an""Book this 3-hour sightseeing bicycle tour with tapas lunch included and be ready to discover the centre of Barcelona.Get to know the fascinating history of the city and receive the expert advice from your guides on what to do and see during the rest otitle=Barcelona+Bike+Tour+Including+Tapas+Lunch+Highlights&1=Instant+Confirmation&2=Great+overview+and+orientation+of+the+city&3=Perfect+for+all+ages+and+skill+level&4=Perfect+introduction+for+first-time+visitors""
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Small Group Photo Experience in Barcelona
"Connecting the best places to photograph in the city of Barcelona this photo tour gives you the opportunity to practice in different light situations and with singular elements. The experience will open with a 20-minute discussion focusing on your specific camera equipment and some basic photography elements su exposure white balance and aperture. The tour begins in the narrow lanes and hidden squares of the Barri Gothic (Old Town) including the international Ramblas and colorful Boquería Market. Then there is a break for lunch (not included) in El Born district
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Bullfights: not anymore in Barcelona

The original title of this tip was 'Bullfights: Don't waste your time and money'. I did change it, as nowadays (and I'm glad of it) even if you really wanted to waste your time and money watching a poor beautiful animal being tortured to death, you can't do it in Barcelona anymore.

It is not true there were no local tradition of bullfighting, there were once 3 busy bullrings in town, about 100 years ago. But this so-called "art" was loosing popularity over the years. The residual bullfighting activity in Barcelona during the lasts years was mainly aimed to tourists and the few locals feeling nostalgic of past times. La Monumental, the only bullring that was still in function in Barcelona, only got full a couple of times a year, when a top matador performed in town. For many years the local atmosphere had nothing to do with what you can experience in the bullrings in Madrid or Andalusia.

Some years ago, the City Council of Barcelona abolished bullfights and any other show with abuse of animals in the city. However, this was a quite void declaration, as the City Council has no real authority on these matters, but the Generalitat (Regional Governement).

Later, on 2010, the Generalitat passed a law banning bullfighting in Catalonia. The ban took effect in 2012. Sadly for many of us who campaigned for this ban, it does not includes the "correbous" and other activities involving bulls in some parts of the region (too much money involved and probably fear to loose potential votes). At least the bulls in the Correbous are not killed during the show.

The last bullfight in La Monumental happened in 2011. Now its used for concerts, circus, etc. Another former bullring, Las Arenas, has been converted to a shopping mall (closed as bullring many years before, due to lack of customers).

So, as summary: if someone really wants to attend a bullfight (each to their own) definitely Barcelona was NOT the best place before, and it become impossible from 2012 on.

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Belsaita
Feb 05, 2015

Potential for Danger

Even though we were only two blocks off the main center and section of the city-Las Ramblas, it appeared to have a sense of danger surrounding the area. Raval used to be the mecca for crime, drugs and prostitution. Supposedly the city "cleaned up" Raval area near the water edge in late 1990's. However, during the nights, I would not want to venture outside, and we were told to make sure the doors were locked tight, and the even the window air ventilation above the door, because they will come through that to get inside. Our door had two areas to lock, but it could have been broken into. W e were right off Av Parellel and 2 blocks from Columbus monument, which should have been a good feel; not.
The problem with Raval is there is a large number of youth from many countries, and young families; most of all seem to be unemployed. That leads to further problems and crime. Police and the city downplay it, though. I researched the facts before we booked the apartment, but only once you get there do you really know how a situation feels uncomfortable.

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BruceDunning
Dec 04, 2011

Deserted small streets late at night

Per a police officer my girlfriend spoke to, deserted side streets are a popular haunt for gangs.

Stick to the main roads and busy areas.

Try not to get lost, OK?! And carry a map, even if you're trying to avoid looking like a tourist!

After all this typing, I doubt I've told you something you didn't already know!

(smile)

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mesoblonda
Mar 30, 2004

Vagrants-Homeless

Around the city I saw a fair number of homeless people milling around with little to do, but mill around. It appears the police tolerate the occupancy of sleeping in places that seem out of character for what is presented as a "romantic" city. This is one of those that has a bed laid out. There were also beggars, especially around the churches

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BruceDunning
Dec 04, 2011
 
 
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Climbing the staircase at The Sagrada Familia

There is nothing dangerous about climbing the stais to the top of the Sagrada Famila's tower - except if you are clastrophobic.

Ok, if you are over 30 or out of shape, dont go up either. To go to the top of the tower you need to climb over 400 steps in a spiral shaped stair case. There is one detail: you cant give up in the middle of the way.

The view up there is beautiful and you will definetly take some nice pictures but be aware that climbing the stair case is only for the adventurous.

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danielcv
May 28, 2004

Hotels to steer clear of

Legionnaire's disease is caused by the legionella bacterium. Air conditioning systems are a potential breeding ground for the bacterium (others include grubby showers, cooling towers, and humidifiers).

Barcelona has had several outbreaks - lack of official inspection and poor maintenance of air conditioning plants are the main culprits.

On 28/9/2000 NRC Handelsblad, a Dutch newspaper, published a list of European hotels where at least 2 cases of legionella had been detected during the previous 5 years. The Information was provided by the Dutch Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport [Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport.]

It is estimated that 12,000 European tourists were infected with legionella in the 5 years up to 2000 (most of the cases in Southern Europe), with some 240 tourist deaths a year.

The following list was obtained from an updated (27/8/2001) NRC Handelsblad report (see web site below). Accommodation marked in red is in Catalonia. Try to check current status (don't expect the local tourist board to tell you).

Spanje [Spain]

San Carlos, Rosas (2001).
Hotel Ramblamar, Rosas (2001).
Fariones Apartments and Hotel, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote (2000).
Rey Don Jaime, Santa Ponsa, Mallorca (2000).
Aparthotel Jardin del Sol, Santa Ponsa, Mallorca (2000).
Motel Picon del Conde, Monasterio de Rodilla (2000).
Bermudas Apartments, Benidorm (2000).
Hotel Playa Margarita in Salou (2000).
Hotel Pionerp, Santa Ponsa, Mallorca (2000).
La Brujula Hotel, Monasterio de Rodilla, Castille y Leon (2000).
Estrella Del Mar, Alcudia, Mallorca (2000).
Hotel Victoria, Rosas (2000).
Hotel Nautilus, Rosas (1999).
Hotel Fiesta Park, Benidorm (1998).
Presidente Hotel, Benidorm (1998).
Hotel Tropic Parc, Malgrat de Mar (1997).
Hotel Cambrills Princess, Salou (1997).


The Dutch authorities took the lead in publishing these lists. It is a pity that other countries are less willing to protect their nationals travelling abroad.

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Harold_Godwin
Apr 04, 2011

Abusive waiters!!

Don't eat at Oriental cafe on Las Ramblas!! I almost got into a fight with the asian waiter there. My partner & I had just shared a pizza & a couple of drinks and asked for the bill. Now let me say, the service, and the food, were nothing to write home about! The guy had been sitting there reading the newspaper while we were waiting ages to get served, and the pizza was pretty tasteless.
When my partner offered up her credit card to pay the bill, he asked "will the tips be cash or credit?". Now I had no intention of paying a tip! I was amazed he was rude enough to ask, especially since there was also a 15% service charge already added to the bill - so I said "cash".
After paying, he was hovering around waiting for us to place some money in the tips tray. We got up to leave & seeing there was no money in there, he started waiving the tray around & shouting "tips, tips, you pay tips", so I turned & said "mate, you have to work to earn your tips". As I turned away to leave, he grabbed my arm!! Unbelievable!! Well, that was too much for me, and felt I had to defend myself so I pushed him in the chest and told him to "f*@# off"!!
It was getting rather heated and my partner was telling me to walk away. As we walked across the street, he was yelling out "I kill you, I kill you"!!
So, anyway, it didn't leave a really good impression of Barcelona!! That said, it is a beautiful city. Just be careful where you walk at night and don't eat at Oriental on Las Ramblas!!!

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vishman
Oct 11, 2006

Use common sense

I think it is not worse than any other place. As in any other place such as London, Paris, NY, Chicago: Don´t carry all your money, credit cards, passport, etc. in the same place. Watch out for anyone, and I mean anyone, young, old, well dressed, who runs into you. Have "small money" available in pockets, so if you want to buy a drink, or put money in a moving statue, you don´t have to pull large bills. It is a matter of commkon sense!

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magictravelers
Jul 30, 2003

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Defective Merchandise

There are no bargains when it comes to buying electronics or small appliances in Barcelona. Beware of the small "importers" shops on the sidestreets. They will cheat you right and left. Check the merchandise before you leave the store, to make sure all the parts are inside and the appliance actually works - even if you have to open what looks like a hermetically sealed plastic bag.

My husband asked for a rechargeable shaver, but when we got back to the hotel, it turned out it wasn't. We returned it the next day and - bad mistake - bought a CD player which was offered for the same price. It was in a fancy closed box with a Sony label. We didn't open it because we wanted to give it as a present. It turned out that the earphones were broken, the player itself was cracked and the batteries were dead.

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gilabrand
Jan 03, 2006

Parc Guell - Lots of walking and lots of steps!

It is not difficult to visit the lower portions of Parc Guell and enjoy the unique buildings at the entrance, the grand staircase, the lizard fountain, the hall of 100 columns or even the vast terrace with its broken tile decorated benches.

But if one starts wandering about this large park to see many of the other unique and strange creations of Gaudi you should be forewarned—there are a LOT of steps you might have to negotiate. And many of the steps are made of native stone that is rough and uneven.

There is also a lot of up hill journeying necessary to see the whole park.

If you have respiratory or heart or leg problems, I don't think it would be wise to go adventuring past the main atttractions at the entrance to Guell Parc.

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dlytle
Jul 10, 2003

Streets in Raval to avoid even at daylight!

The following streets are next to each other left of the Ramblas, so just paint the streets red on your map (btw I live in III and have friends living in I)
From worse to bad:

I C/Hospital between C/Robador and Rambla del Raval.
II C/Sant Ramon

III C/Robador
IV C/Sant Pau between C/Robador and Rambla del Raval

So if you want to visit Rambla del Raval, just get there from below (C/Sant Olegue), top,
or from the left using C/Sant Pau (or C/Hospital)

nesher79
Apr 15, 2008

LIFE GUARD YOUR U.S. PASSPORTS FROM PICKPOCKETERS

After so much hazzle reporting to a Spanish Authority -finding a translator (who is standing next to me on this photo) how it all happened so quickly. I ended up spending more than my budget, a New U.S. Passport here in Barcelona cost 96.00 U.S. AMERICAN DOLLARS.
Guard your U.S. Passports, Your Valuables! Your Airline Tickets, Your Train Tickets...pickpocketers are so rampant and so fast hardly felt anything move next to me when my passport was stolen.

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listenandlearn
Jun 29, 2005

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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