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Hola Barcelona!

Hi,

I will be traveling to Barcelona for a weeklong vacation during Christmas. Since I have a Youth Hostel worldwide membership, I will be staying at one of the youth hostels there.

1) Can anyone please advise which youth hostel is the best place to stay at (based on prior personal experience)?

2) I very am interested in architecture, monuments, history, cuisine, and and to a certain extent, art. Also like to sample a city's nightlife. Given this, can someone please provide tips on what would be the best places to see/visit/take experience of?

3) I've heard that Girona and Tarragona are two good places to visit if you'r based in Barcelona. Any tips on this?

4) Finally what are the unmissable things that one should do when one is in Barcelona?

Thanks a lot!
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Old 11.12.2008, 11:57
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Hi,

I will be traveling to Barcelona for a weeklong vacation during Christmas. Since I have a Youth Hostel worldwide membership, I will be staying at one of the youth hostels there.

1) Can anyone please advise which youth hostel is the best place to stay at (based on prior personal experience)?

2) I very am interested in architecture, monuments, history, cuisine, and and to a certain extent, art. Also like to sample a city's nightlife. Given this, can someone please provide tips on what would be the best places to see/visit/take experience of?

3) I've heard that Girona and Tarragona are two good places to visit if you'r based in Barcelona. Any tips on this?

4) Finally what are the unmissable things that one should do when one is in Barcelona?

Thanks a lot!
Regards,
Sagar
2) Gaudi, Gaudi, Gaudi and walk around alot. Plus see the Picasso museum. Cuisine, this could be a large post if I went into this.

3) Yes Girona is nice for a day trip. It is about an hour by train.

4) The fish market off the La Rambla for some nice tapas.
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Re: Hola Barcelona!

i'm so jealous - I have been to BCN a few times and absolutely love it.

Definitely check out girona if you have time, it is a quaint little town. Trains run frequently between BCN and girona and it costs about 12 euro round trip. Don't forget to check out Mimolet restaurant when you are there. A 3-course lunch on weekday is only 18 euro.

there is a really good nontouristy tapa place on Mallorca and Bruc um......i'm getting hungry.

also check out the big food market (yes, it's all about food) on rambla. it is midway down the rambla (on the right before you hit kfc)

have fun.
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Re: Hola Barcelona!

I'm sure you've looked at this website which allows you to search for hostels in Barcelona and includes some reviews and ratings:
http://www.hostels.com

I don't know about the "best" hostel in Barcelona. All I can tell you is my son got back from there yesterday and he stayed at this place for four days:
http://www.hostels.com/hosteldetails...stelNumber.722
His verdict was "good location, right in the middle of things, good security, a bit grubby but okay". He was travelling in a group of 10 and stayed in a dorm. Cost him 17 euros per night plus 2 euros for sheets.
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Re: Hola Barcelona!

WOW BARCELONAAA!! My favoured city of all the world,bin there at christmas to 1962 What to see: 'Saraga familia" ,"Casa Batllo","Casa Mila",all by Gaudi. For entertainment "The ramblas" will do,you find everyting there you don`t have enogh time. What to eat paella is a must.WARNING: do not buy the girls any drinks unless you KNOW what it cost you ,pay beforehand
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Re: Hola Barcelona!

The Picasso Museum as dakman say's. And it used to be free on Sundays.

Just watch out for pick-pockets around the city
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Re: Hola Barcelona!

i have stayed in the one that nev quoted, it is called the hostel kabul... was some years ago but it was a great place right in the centre of things, a few steps from las ramblas and in a very nice courtyard.

go for that one... for sure!



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I don't know about the "best" hostel in Barcelona. All I can tell you is my son got back from there yesterday and he stayed at this place for four days:
http://www.hostels.com/hosteldetails...stelNumber.722
His verdict was "good location, right in the middle of things, good security, a bit grubby but okay". He was travelling in a group of 10 and stayed in a dorm. Cost him 17 euros per night plus 2 euros for sheets.
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WOW BARCELONAAA!! My favoured city of all the world,bin there at christmas to 1962 What to see: 'Saraga familia" ,"Casa Batllo","Casa Mila",all by Gaudi. For entertainment "The ramblas" will do,you find everyting there you don`t have enogh time. What to eat paella is a must.WARNING: do not buy the girls any drinks unless you KNOW what it cost you ,pay beforehand

Also the Gaudi Park --can't remember how to get there but it is cool.
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Also the Gaudi Park --can't remember how to get there but it is cool.
I "yahood" it , now I have to go back just for the gaudi park with barbwire around my bocket
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Re: Hola Barcelona!

The Ramblas are great, but watch out for pickpockets.
Sagrada Familia is amazing and the Gaudi park "Guell" as mentioned.
But you need a lot of time to get round everything.

Eat in the tapas bars of the old town - Barri Gotic. Also, the port area has been renovated and is interesting.
If you have the time, you can do a "pilgrimage" to Montserrat, the city's own mountain.
I want to do this the next time I go, because the view must be fantastic!!

Girona is really lovely and the nicest restaurants are around the Placa Independencia - mostly seafood. The calamares a la Plancha are delish!
The cathedral here is worth a visit, too.

Tarragona has many Roman ruins inc. an amphitheatre, but not sure how good these are on a cold winter's day.
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Re: Hola Barcelona!

I've stayed at 2 different hostels in Barcelona. Gothic Point is the best! it is right in the Barrio Gotico (gothic neighborhood), close to the Picasso Museum. Also, located a few meters from a metro stop which is very convenient when travelling to all the Gaudi sites around the city.
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Re: Hola Barcelona!

Pretty easy city to get around with public transport. You can catch a bus to get up to the Parc Guell which is a worthwhile visit. Then you can walk back downhill to town.

Also, check out the Miro museum which is up on Montjuic (lots of other sites up here worth spending a day).

I wouldn't bother taking the trip to Tarragona unless you run out of things to do in Barcelona (not likely if you are only there for a week). Girona is close enough though for a good day trip. If you have a car, there are many nice towns in the Girona region that would make for a good tour.
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Old 11.12.2008, 18:49
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Re: Hola Barcelona!

Welcome to EF you're local travel agent

My advice to you is to watch your belongings especially around Las Ramblas... I had my handbag stolen there when we visited last year...

Another thing thats really cool is the Segway tours! You get a guide and a Segway and you have your own little private tour around plus fun in riding one of those things!!

Enjoy, Barcelona is certainly a vibrant city with lots to offer...
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Re: Hola Barcelona!

Thanks a lot to everyone for all the tips and advice! You guys really rock!

I was actually a lil bit apprehensive that 7 days in Barca would be a bit too much and therefore had made backup plans to scoot to Valencia for 2 days or so ....not exactly sure if thats a good idea or not...

Btw for those who are still interested in Barca, Swiss is offering a return ticket in 190 CHF on certain day combinations.....

http://booking.swiss.com/web/bba.htm...=CHBSLAMSW&p=1
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Re: Hola Barcelona!

Hi Sagar,

I'm Pilar from Bcn. I have found your add cause I am searching info about moving to Basel to work. If you want we can exchange info about the two cities . I have been living in Bcn in the last 9 years, in the city centre, and if you want/need info or a guided tour you only have to ask ;D (I will stay in Bcn until Dec 30, then I will travel to Lisbon until Jan 3).

For seeing all the tourist hotspots there are buses (20€ one day / 26€ two) that make rounds about important points (44 stops)... if you like this kind of tourism or you want to safe a lot of time!
http://www.tmb.net/en_US/turistes/busturistic/busturistic.jsp

But for exploring bcn is better to walk and walk and walk... I mentioned walk?!

Gaudi is fab, the parc güell superb! picasso, miro, tapies's good also!, some districts as raval, gothic, barceloneta (only for eating), born and gracia are very charming. At born area there are a lot of design-restaurants with fusion-food for 25-35 €

About nightlife, best places to go depends on the music style that you like... indie, techno, jazz, pop, etc but in the districts I mentioned above there are nice pubs that open everyday until 3 am, or discos until 6-7 am from thursday to saturday. In saturday nights and holidays metro doesn't close, friday until 2 am and other days until 12pm (opens at 5 am every day).

If you want one day trip, my recomendation are (in this order)...
* figueres- Dali theater-museum- the most impressive musem I've seen but I'm not sure if there is a good combination in train
http://www.salvador-dali.org/museus/figueres/en_index.html
* girona!!
* montserrat - unique mountains in the world and a beatiful monastery
* tarragona - nice city center and Roman ruins
* empuria brava (better in summer)

About Valencia, one day is enough to see "la ciudad de las ciencias" (if you do not want to visit the aquarium, etc in detail) and the city center, the cuisine is more traditional, is cheaper than in bcn and the nightlife is great also! Taste the "agua de valencia"! But I love bcn!!!!!!

have fun!!!

Pilar
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Re: Hola Barcelona!

The recommendations on this thread are great.

Any specific suggestions for things to do with young kids in Barcelona? We're off there for a week with our two.

Thanks in advance.

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The recommendations on this thread are great.

Any specific suggestions for things to do with young kids in Barcelona? We're off there for a week with our two.

Thanks in advance.

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how young? Kids would enjoy Gaudi I think especially the park.
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how young? Kids would enjoy Gaudi I think especially the park.
Two and four.

And yes, Gaudi is definitely on the list thanks to your previous post.

We've got a week though. Would you recommend any specific daytrips with two this small? We'd really rather not rent a car.

Thanks again
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Re: Hola Barcelona!

If you are in a romantic mood and/or love to see Barcleona in all its Glory, I would suggest going up Mt. Tibidabo. The View is great (Night or Day). (Also a beautiful place to propose.) Good place for kids too, if you decide to go to amusement park.

Here is a small snip-it from a review:

So Barcelona has the history, architecture, wonderful temples, cathedrals, museums, beaches, great restaurants and nightlife. All that's needed now is a nearby mountain to view this beautiful city in all its splendour.

It shouldn't come as a surprise to find that there are two, Montjuic and Mount Tibidado. Tibidado is the highest and is very easy to get to. The blue tram takes you up the first stage at a very leisurely pace so that you can enjoy the view. The Funicular then takes you the rest of the way up the steepest part until you reach the summit.

At the summit you will find an amusement park (probably ideal more for children than adults), the Sagrat Cor, a church modelled on the Sacre-Couer in Paris. Atop of the church is huge statue of Christ overlooking Barcelona. The other attraction is the Torre de Collserola, the huge telecommunications tower built for the 1992 Olympics. The view from the summit is spectacular, with an uninterupted view of Barcelona and the Meditteranean.
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(Also a beautiful place to propose.) Good place for kids too, if you decide to go to amusement park.
Not sure if the hubby will like the thought of me being proposed to up there on Mt Tibidabo, and really who'd want to take me on with two kids? But hey, it's Spain and I've only heard good things about those Latin men.
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