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Ebryan
February 24th, 2008, 11:59 AM
I will be traveling from Paris to Barcelona at the end of March and will be in Barcelona for 6 days. This will be my first trip to Barcelona, and because I'll be alone for half my stay I am particularly interested in advice on day trips in the area, as well as the best places to stay for a reasonable price. Any other info would be much appreciated as well--local bars/clubs, off the beaten path neighborhoods, museums not to miss, restaurants, local theater groups, etc.

The Benniest
February 24th, 2008, 02:19 PM
I went to Barcelona in the Summer of '05, so I don't remember a lot, but here ya go:

One of the things I reccomend going is visiting the Hard Rock Cafe (http://barcelonablog.files.wordpress.com/2007/11/hard_rock_cafe_barcelona_catalonia.jpg) and getting a T-Shirt (if ya' want). It's basically right in the middle of Barcelona, next to the Rambla (more info. below). I recommend eating there as well. They have really good cheeseburgers! :D

As said above, walk down La Rambla (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Rambla%2C_Barcelona). It's a really long street that has tons of different things to do. Restaurants, a few cafes, lots of souvenir shops, and of course ... mimes. I highly recommend walking down this strip. At the end of La Rambla, is the Columbus statue and a great view of the Mediterranean Sea. Also, if you have time, visit the beach.

A few blocks away from the Hard Rock Cafe, are a few of Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece buildings. They are very beautiful and must to see! They are: Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà. There might be another one but I cannot seem to find the name or a picture. These buildings are nice to see because they are right next to each other, which saves walking time to see destinations.

Visit Park Güell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_G%C3%BCell), another creation of Gaudi's. Beautiful, beautiful mosaic creations here, including an entire ceiling made of mosaic styles. As well as a really good view of Barcelona.

Yet *another* creation of Gaudi's is the unfinished church of Sagrada Família (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagrada_Fam%C3%ADlia). At least, it was unfinished when I was there in 2005. A beautiful church with a lot of cool architecture involved.

Those are some of the major places I reccomend seeing .. ^^ .. but below is a list of other things to do. :)
Torre de Collserola (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torre_de_Collserola)
Port Vell (http://www.aviewoncities.com/barcelona/portvell.htm) / Maremagnum
Torre Agbar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torre_Agbar)
Barcelona Olympic StadiumI hope this is the kind of information you were looking for Ebryan. Sorry, can't help you find any information on bars/clubs because I was 15 years old when I went, *and* was with a tour group. Sorry...

Hope it helps!
Ben

Alonzo-ny
February 24th, 2008, 02:32 PM
Why would anyone want to go to a Hard Rock cafe in Barcalona?

The Benniest
February 24th, 2008, 02:36 PM
To get a shirt of course. :) I changed the wording of that sentence to recommend instead of "you must" too. :P

Alonzo-ny
February 24th, 2008, 02:43 PM
If you're in Barca the last thing you care about is the Hard Rock cafe. In fact anywhere this is true.

The Benniest
February 24th, 2008, 03:02 PM
When I said go to the HRC, I meant it partially as a restaurant location with good food. Ebryan did ask for restaurant tips.

Alonzo-ny
February 24th, 2008, 03:33 PM
But going to an American restaurant when you have left america to visit Spain??

The Benniest
February 24th, 2008, 03:36 PM
Yes, I'd have to agree with that. :)

Ebryan
February 25th, 2008, 04:22 PM
Benniest thank you for the suggestions!

Alonzo-ny
February 25th, 2008, 05:00 PM
Never been to Barca unfortunately but as a soccer fan Id definitely go see the Nou Camp stadium of Barcalona FC.

MidtownGuy
February 25th, 2008, 06:19 PM
Barcelona is awesome...I loved it, though I would not return in July or August, when too many North Europeans are swarming it like 17 year locusts. I did not care for Las Ramblas, reminded me of a low rise Times Square with all the tourist traps.
I was VERY impressed by the nightlife and fashion.

The Benniest
February 25th, 2008, 07:19 PM
I agree with MidtownGuy about the nightlife. Being only 15 when I went, I didn't get to do much, but we did go to like the downtown areas of Barcelona during the evening. There were always people out having a really good time.

Ebryan
February 25th, 2008, 07:40 PM
Barcelona is awesome...I loved it, though I would not return in July or August, when too many North Europeans are swarming it like 17 year locusts. I did not care for Las Ramblas, reminded me of a low rise Times Square with all the tourist traps.
I was VERY impressed by the nightlife and fashion.

Any advice on nightlife? What about day trips from Barcelona?

MidtownGuy
February 26th, 2008, 11:45 AM
Sure! A great day trip from Barcelona that I can personally recommend is to Sitges. This is a beautiful old town a short bus ride down the coast from Barcelona. It's easy to get there on public transpo or driving, around half an hour! I'll try to post some pictures from there within a couple of days. The town is so pretty with its palm trees, the sea, and a village of traditional architecture. It's bursting with tourists during the summer but in March I imagine it will be very peaceful and lovely. Although the sea will still be too cold for swimming, it will be Spring with flowers and rested, happy locals. Expect weather around 70 degrees and sunny.

Nightlife...a very cool club in the center is Salvation. Everyones hot...the boys, the girls, and everything in between. We left at 5 am and people were still queuing at the door. Reminded me of NY before they killed our nightlife.

Alonzo-ny
February 26th, 2008, 11:49 AM
To cold? Never too cold, I swam in the North Sea in the early summer, very invigorating.

MidtownGuy
February 26th, 2008, 01:44 PM
lol, I should have said for some people,:) I like my water warmer, what you desribe in the North Sea would probably curl my toes.

Ebryan
February 26th, 2008, 11:10 PM
Thank you Midtown Guy, this is exactly the kind of information I am looking for. Sitges sounds wonderful. Coming from Boston, 70 degrees in the Med Sea is more than bearable. I'm looking forward to more of your pictures.

I've been hearing good things about Costa Brava. Did you have an opportunity to travel there?

Ebryan
June 10th, 2008, 10:28 PM
A highlight fom my trip to Barcelona--
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The Benniest
June 11th, 2008, 12:01 AM
Oh wow. Thank you for all of your pictures! :) I really miss Barcelona (and Madrid) and would go back any time. Such a beautiful place it is! A lot of the places in your pictures look soo familiar, like the marina area, the un-finished church, and lots of those Gaudi sculptures. ;)

Thanks again!
Ben

Luca
June 11th, 2008, 07:30 AM
I just came back two days ago from Barça. What a city. I’ll try to post the pics when I get a chance.

Ebryan
June 12th, 2008, 11:04 PM
My only regret is having passed up Spain several times on previous European trips when I had the chance to go. I had no idea just how much I was missing! After spending six nights in Barcelona and Sitges (and briefly in the countryside outside Sitges), I will surely plan any stay in Europe around a visit to Spain. I'm just dying to visit Madrid and Valencia.

Alonzo-ny
June 13th, 2008, 11:50 AM
Spain is one country you could travel solely within and have so many great places to go to, Barca, Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, Zaragoza,.......

Zephyr
June 13th, 2008, 05:56 PM
Barcelona can be unbearably hot, even in the evenings. And there are areas that most people would fear to travel at various times.

But the buildings are a constant source of fascination. And although Spanish in name, it is Catalan in culture and language.

I think I have been there approximately eight times on separate holidays. (It will probably be a long time before I visit again, since I am planning on going to South Africa and Tanzania in the next two years.)

Alonzo-ny
June 13th, 2008, 07:01 PM
South Africa isnt in a happy place right now, I hope things get better before your trip! A friend just returned from Tanzania recently and he loved it, Im quite jealous!

BCNGuy
January 16th, 2009, 04:20 PM
I'm so happy that you like Barcelona.

The catalan and spanish people don't say Barca or Barça. It's Barcelona, Barna, and BCN. You may say Barca because the Futbol Club Barcelona suporters (like me) say Barça, visca el Barça (in catalan). But when we name the city, not the club, we don't say Barca or Barça, that's just for the club. When I name New York, I say I'm gonna to NYC or New York, but not I'm gonna to Yankee or I'm gonna to Knick. But you can name it whatever you like.

I'm catalan and I live next the Sagrada Familia so I'm gonna do a report of Barcelona with the coolest things and places and lot of not famous but beautiful buildings.