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Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

So in one week we will be in Barcelona for the first time...what would be the the "must" things to do...to see...to visit? Your top 3..top 5...whatever

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Old 16.07.2012, 15:32
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

From my experience ... hold onto your passport. (Mine was lost/stolen on the way to the airport, which led to my visit being extended by 2 days while a new one was prepared for me).

Other than that, Barcelona is a beautiful city - Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, good food and wine, etc.
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

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Old 16.07.2012, 16:44
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

Shopping!!!!!

I love Barcelona, the builings are amazing - take one of the buses that take you around.

And a friend was pickpocketed twice in one day - so be really careful.
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

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Old 16.07.2012, 16:59
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

We were there in April 2010. Here were a few of my favorite places:

1. The CosmoCoaxia Science Museum (I believe this is the largest Science museum in all of Europe -- very interesting and also fun for kids).

2. The Gaudi park

3. The amusement park on top of the mountain (where the huge cross is)

3. Not sure if this would interest you, but you can take a train to the Salvador Dali museum in Figueras (northern Spain). If I remember correctly, it's about a 1 1/2 hour train ride, each way.

Whatever you do, have fun!
And yes, watch your valuables!

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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

Here the tips I gave to a friend

Places to visit

Gaudi route:
- Parc Güell
- Sagrada Familia
- Casa Batllo
- Casa Mila – La Pedrera

Middle age route
- Townhall
- Catalan goverment hall
- Cathedral
- Plaça del Rei
- Santa Maria del Mar church and Born
- Barri Gotic (Gotic square)

Others depending on personal interests
- Montjuic Castle and the Olimpic area
- CosmoCaixa
- Tibidabo (the 3. The amusement park on top of the mountain of Carrie F)
- Picasso Museum
- Tapies Museum
- Aquarium

website: www.barcelonaturisme.com

I also have a list of restaurants, can I also post them?

And yes, be careful. I'm not going to bcn that often now, but I know security is kind of an issue in the city, specially in tourist areas. try not to look as a tourist as much as possible!
and anything else, just ask
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

Thanks a lot,I am going there with my dad, so these tips will help a lot. I am a bit worried, though, because he cannot walk much - but refuses to take a wheelchair. Has anyone been in that situation? Any recommendations for stuff that does not require much walking? We will definitely do the buses.

Also, does anyone have any restaurant recommendations? We are staying in the center of town, near Plaza de Catalunya.
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

Barcelona has a subway system, which was really easy for us to use.

If I remember correctly, there are lots of great restaurants there. Many serve the typical tappas and yummy sangria. I was not impressed at all with the tappas at most of the low and middle-priced places, but we did go to a more expensive restaurant once and their tappas were OUTSTANDING. So I suggest doing that at least once if you want to be left with a good impression of "tappas."

Hope you and your Dad have a wonderful time!
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Thanks a lot,I am going there with my dad, so these tips will help a lot. I am a bit worried, though, because he cannot walk much - but refuses to take a wheelchair. Has anyone been in that situation? Any recommendations for stuff that does not require much walking? We will definitely do the buses.

Also, does anyone have any restaurant recommendations? We are staying in the center of town, near Plaza de Catalunya.
It will be difficult if he doesn't walk much and refuses to take a wheelchair as the main thing when people come to BCN is they walk a lot.
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

Number One must do:

Secure your valuables. Assume that anything that can be easily stolen from a bag or pocket will be.

Number Two must do:

Get a good travel book of Barcelona, get a feel of the metro system and enjoy the sights, the food and the Sangria.
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

go with an empty stomach and eat and eat and eat!
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

I visited many times this city, and I can only say that is a lovely one.
I could propose to visit : Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Güell Palace, Camp Nou, La Pedrera - Casa Mia,Plaça Espania, Montjuïc and the Castle MOntjuïc, Passeig de Gracia, Las ramblas and the list can go on.
In order to see the beauties of this city you have to walk a lot, but in your case, you could also choose the HOP ON HOP OFF busses that are everywhere. I never used them, but for your father would be better if he can't walk a lot .
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

I used the hop-on-hop off buses when I was in Barcelona with the kiddos. There are three or four different routes and they cover most of Barcelona's highlights. It's more expensive than taking the subway or trains, but you can plug in your headphones and learn a lot about the city while being driven around.
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Old 02.04.2013, 16:26
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

Don't forget La Boqueria market. And anything Gaudí is awesome. But I will third or fourth the pickpocket warning as they are everywhere and rather sneaky. I remember watching some tourist play the shell game with the spotter noticing where he put his wallet...to be removed later. Other than that, it's a glorious city with wonderful food, wine and shopping.
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

Thank you so much, everyone. Great tips. I had not seen that there are several bus routes, so that will be the way to go. And the eating!

I have also looked up individual guides, i.e., someone taking you around with his car. We did that in Rome, two years ago, and that worked really well. But in Barcelona, I was quite shocked at the prices - EUR 1'000 for an eight hour day. And I thought Switzerland was expensive!

Again: Thank y'all!
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Old 04.04.2013, 19:04
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Thank you so much, everyone. Great tips. I had not seen that there are several bus routes, so that will be the way to go. And the eating!
The double-decker tour buses allow you to get off and on again. It circles the city. It is actually, IMO, the best way to get around the city.
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From my experience ... hold onto your passport. (Mine was lost/stolen on the way to the airport, which led to my visit being extended by 2 days while a new one was prepared for me).

Other than that, Barcelona is a beautiful city - Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, good food and wine, etc.
Ditto, plus a tapas bar or two and the Museum of Catalan Art
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

go and ask messi if his legs alright, if he'll be back for the semi finals, and indeed if barca will win without him next week. then tell me what he said. thanks.
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Re: Question for those who visited Barcelona :)

My tuppence worth:

- definitely walk around the old town, pleanty to see. And also plenty of cafes to stop and sit down if you're not that good on your feet.

- while you're at it, go into the old cathedral

- the Gaudi stuff is also worth doing, but unfortnately also very popular with tourist so you may encounter long queues

- I generally avoid the tourist buses and take the regular buses, you save money and get so much more immersion into local culture. It helps to have a bus map in your pocket though, as its easy to get confused. The metro is ok if you want to get somewhere fast, but the buses are better for seeing the stuff in bewteen.

- One reastaurant I love is called Els Quatre Gats http://4gats.com/en/
It is a bit of a tourist trap at times, but prices are reasonable (especially at lunctime) and the place is simply amazing. Picasso used to come here as a young man and many of his works adorn the walls. In the evenings they mostly have live music.

- If you want to eat at low cost and authentically, it is worth moving out of the old centre and into the neighbourhoods. There are lots of authentic little restaurants on the side streets in the old 19th Century houses and these cater to locals and haven't adapted their prices for tourists yet. Most neighbourhoods are safe (the pickpockets are mostly after tourists, so once you're off the beaten path you won't see as many) but some situational awareness is required.

- In contast to what other people say, there isn't really much shopping in Barcelona any more these last few years. It's mostly big chain stores now and you can see exactly the same stuff in any other Spanish city. having said that, the one thing I do shop for in Barcelona is books as there are some wonderful secondhand bookstores (of course being able to read books in Catalan is a big plus). I've picked up some really amazing old stuff for very cheap.
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