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Title: Barcelona
Post by: Neph on July 12, 2013, 09:40:12 am
Going on Tuesday for a couple of days with the family. Any tips for things to see and do?
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: döm on July 12, 2013, 10:48:01 am
Quote from: Neph on July 12, 2013, 09:40:12 am
Going on Tuesday for a couple of days with the family. Any tips for things to see and do?


All the Gaudi stuff is a must - Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell etc - a trip up to Tibidado to get great views of the City.  The Nou Camp is well worth a trip to as well if you haven't been.  It's actually over 20 years since I lived there so there maybe some out there with fresher memories than mine
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Fishy on July 12, 2013, 10:59:07 am
Quote from: Neph on July 12, 2013, 09:40:12 am
Going on Tuesday for a couple of days with the family. Any tips for things to see and do?


do the bus tour thing.. you can hop on hop off at various places and then just catch the next one that comes along.. and Camp Nou of the stops which is just waiting to take all your money.. just even visting the shop is an experiience

http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/tour/barcelona-bus-tour.html

Watch out tho if you're on Las Ramblas.. lots of pickpockets about the place
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Bez on July 12, 2013, 11:01:54 am
Quote from: Neph on July 12, 2013, 09:40:12 am
Going on Tuesday for a couple of days with the family. Any tips for things to see and do?


We were there last year....fantastic city

The bus tours are great for getting around and taking in the sites. We bought a 2 day ticket and followed both routes hopping on / off. There's at least 3 different companies, so check the routes that are best for you.
If you're going to the Sagrada Familia get there an hour before opening time. We took a taxi straight on a separate day there having got off the bus and it was mobbed. We then got a bus down to the beach for the afternoon.
Read the warnings about The "Ramblas" We didn't have any problems or see anything, but plenty of people do...

We used the buses & taxis to get around when not walking. The metro system is supposedly very good.

This website is very helpful :

http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Neph on July 12, 2013, 12:37:36 pm
Thanks for the info. Me and my son have already booked for a look round the Nou Camp and the wife and daughter have booked a slot at Sagrada Familia. It's nice to know that the hop on hop off bus stops st most of these places. I have heard warnings about Las Ramblas so I'll be extra vigilant.
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Blastzone on July 12, 2013, 13:53:57 pm
I read somewhere recently that 50% of Europe's pickpocketing is done in Barcelona.
One of our friends got his wallet stolen whilst he was talking to us...they are very slick.

The city is wonderful however, and  as well as the other attaractions already mentioned , we enjoyed a trip up Mont Juic , where the olympic stadium sits , and had some brilliant views over the city.
Def need a bus or taxi trip up to it though
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: zoony on July 13, 2013, 19:36:02 pm
Had a great day there on my one and only trip abroad back in '87. Did the Nou camp tour, and went to the zoo. Didn't see them, but the dancing fountains are supposed to be nice as well.
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Neph on July 17, 2013, 20:11:44 pm
By Christ it´s hot here. 8)
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Neph on July 22, 2013, 23:38:30 pm
Another great city. Fantastic atmosphere and lovely people. I'll certainly be back. Las Ramblas was very well policed so now the only thieves are the overpriced bars.
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 03, 2014, 03:07:20 am
I was thinking of going somewhere in early Feb (I'll be in the UK for a couple of weeks so a few days away for an actual holiday seems like a good idea).

I'll be on my own and my Spanish is non-existent, and it'll be February, but I'm assuming Barcelona is probably still my best option?
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Bez on January 03, 2014, 12:20:23 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 03, 2014, 03:07:20 am
I was thinking of going somewhere in early Feb (I'll be in the UK for a couple of weeks so a few days away for an actual holiday seems like a good idea).

I'll be on my own and my Spanish is non-existent, and it'll be February, but I'm assuming Barcelona is probably still my best option?


Not a bad shout Q....loads to see for a solo tourist. No need for Spanish.
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: NeilP on January 03, 2014, 12:29:46 pm
the footie and availability of tix is a bonus there too
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: captainkurtz on January 03, 2014, 14:31:03 pm
Quote from: Bez on January 03, 2014, 12:20:23 pm
No need for Spanish.

Just speak in a Spanish accent.  Usually helps.  :)
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: JonL on January 03, 2014, 15:50:36 pm
Quote from: captainkurtz on January 03, 2014, 14:31:03 pm
Just speak in a Spanish accent.  Usually helps.  :)


"Normal" Spanish can still make you look silly of they decide to be colloquial.
Bloody marvellous city though.
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: pdw1 on January 03, 2014, 17:57:49 pm
Quote from: JonL on January 03, 2014, 15:50:36 pm
"Normal" Spanish can still make you look silly of they decide to be colloquial.
Bloody marvellous city though.

Most of em dont speak spanish as a first language.
You need to know the difference between your Castile and your Catalan.
They plan to have a vote about it soon ;)
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: döm on January 03, 2014, 19:27:05 pm
Quote from: pdw1 on January 03, 2014, 17:57:49 pm
Most of em dont speak spanish as a first language.
You need to know the difference between your Castile and your Catalan.
They plan to have a vote about it soon ;)


I think the overwhelming majority understand and speak Spanish perfectly well.  Sometimes they prefer not to though.  It always goes down well to say Bon Dia rather than Buenos Dias
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 08, 2014, 04:32:00 am
I've booked myself in for three nights (9th - 12th of Feb), staying at a place 5 minutes walk from La Sagrada Familia. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187497-d585139-Reviews-Hotel_Granados_83-Barcelona_Catalonia.html
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Bez on January 08, 2014, 11:12:59 am
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 08, 2014, 04:32:00 am
I've booked myself in for three nights (9th - 12th of Feb), staying at a place 5 minutes walk from La Sagrada Familia. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187497-d585139-Reviews-Hotel_Granados_83-Barcelona_Catalonia.html


Cool, you can jump on the "hop on hop off" buses at SF and then change at Pedrara or the Cathedral for stuff in the West of the city if you go with the company that runs two different routes (Barcelona City Tours). Don't go all the way down to the "Place De Catalunya" to change....it gets mobbed as that's the start point for all of the different company bus tours  ;)
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Andrew_Haldane on January 08, 2014, 12:08:30 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 08, 2014, 04:32:00 am
I've booked myself in for three nights (9th - 12th of Feb), staying at a place 5 minutes walk from La Sagrada Familia. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187497-d585139-Reviews-Hotel_Granados_83-Barcelona_Catalonia.html


Enjoy!
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: döm on January 08, 2014, 12:43:04 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 08, 2014, 04:32:00 am
I've booked myself in for three nights (9th - 12th of Feb), staying at a place 5 minutes walk from La Sagrada Familia. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187497-d585139-Reviews-Hotel_Granados_83-Barcelona_Catalonia.html


Hopefully Barcelona or even Espagnol will have a home game while you are there.
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 08, 2014, 16:40:07 pm
I'll just miss a Barca game unfortunately, I did look. Didn't think about Espanyol, they're at home to Grenada on the day I arrive, not the most glamorous game in the world but tempting :)

Edit - although tickets look like they're around 100 euros, eek. Will think about it.
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 08, 2014, 16:40:58 pm
Quote from: Bez on January 08, 2014, 11:12:59 am
Cool, you can jump on the "hop on hop off" buses at SF and then change at Pedrara or the Cathedral for stuff in the West of the city if you go with the company that runs two different routes (Barcelona City Tours). Don't go all the way down to the "Place De Catalunya" to change....it gets mobbed as that's the start point for all of the different company bus tours  ;)


Just double-checked and the hotel is pretty much next door to Pedrara, so that sounds like a winner :)
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: döm on January 08, 2014, 17:19:45 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 08, 2014, 16:40:07 pm
I'll just miss a Barca game unfortunately, I did look. Didn't think about Espanyol, they're at home to Grenada on the day I arrive, not the most glamorous game in the world but tempting :)

Edit - although tickets look like they're around 100 euros, eek. Will think about it.


Seriously?  Used to be a relatively cheap pastime when I lived out there.
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Bez on January 08, 2014, 21:10:45 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 08, 2014, 16:40:58 pm
Just double-checked and the hotel is pretty much next door to Pedrara, so that sounds like a winner :)


SF is more than a 5 minute walk then.... ;)
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Bez on January 08, 2014, 21:15:47 pm
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 08, 2014, 16:40:58 pm
Just double-checked and the hotel is pretty much next door to Pedrara, so that sounds like a winner :)


Pedrara well worth paying to go inside as well....the roof is fantastic

Also worth a visit : Parc Guell, SF, the Pcasso museum (a little hidden away, bit worth finding) the Miro museum and the fountains at night. We missed out on the cable car (Mrs B not good with heights), but it looked great
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Chris Quartly on January 08, 2014, 21:18:38 pm
Ha, you're right, 5-minutes by car! 25 minute walk, which is fine :) thanks for the suggestions!

Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Bez on January 09, 2014, 01:22:31 am
Quote from: Chris Quartly on January 08, 2014, 21:18:38 pm
Ha, you're right, 5-minutes by car! 25 minute walk, which is fine :) thanks for the suggestions!


Taxis were pretty reasonable when we were there....we didn't use the underground, but its supposedly pretty good as well
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: döm on January 09, 2014, 10:48:30 am
Quote from: Bez on January 09, 2014, 01:22:31 am
Taxis were pretty reasonable when we were there....we didn't use the underground, but its supposedly pretty good as well

Excellent, as are the buses - all air conditioned too which is a godsend in the Summer.

Not much of a concern in February though   ;D
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Red Star on February 07, 2017, 12:15:21 pm
*Bump*

Taking the family to Barca for Easter 14-20 the April. The main reason for going is for my youngest son (who is 8 in June) to see Barca play Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp on Easter Sunday - He has rebelled against following me in supporting Chelsea and for some reason didn't get too excited with my other suggestion of following Cheltenham Town ::)

We have a 2 bed apartment in the Gracia area and was just wondering if anyone has any must do/visit suggestions? We have plenty of time in Barca due to the flights being so much cheaper on the days selected so it made sense to spend the money on a few more nights accommodation. Cheers.
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Bez on February 08, 2017, 09:51:16 am
Stadium tour would be a "must" I assume !

Previous recommendations stand, although with the kids in tow I'd maybe avoid the museums...

Aquarium, zoo and don't forget the beaches

The cable car from the port up to the mountain may appeal ;)

This was a useful website for pre-planning

https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Blastzone on February 08, 2017, 18:38:51 pm
Keep your wallet very close ....Met a few people who had had their pockets picked.

Lovely city though
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Nick on February 08, 2017, 20:10:09 pm
Good call, pick pocketing is rife in Barcelona.
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Red Star on February 10, 2017, 10:16:40 am
Thanks for the suggestions and the link Bez - very useful, yes the Nou Camp stadium tour will be booked before we go :D

We are well aware of the crime in Barcelona from personal experience - we went many years ago before we were married sometime in the late 90's and were mugged on our way back to our hotel after an evening out. We were staying just off the Ramblas and were almost back at our hotel when 3 youths ran from behind us and yanked Maxine's bag from her shoulder, throwing her to the ground in the process. 2 youths made decoy runs but I clocked the one with the bag and gave chase (I was younger fitter and faster back then!) I was gaining on him as he ran down the myriad of alleyways but a light coating of drizzle on glass smooth well trodden pavings sent me going arse over tit landing heavily on my hip. Bruised and with my pride dented that I hadn't managed to catch the scroat I returned to find Maxine who was shaken but unharmed. They would have been very disappointed when opening her back to find nothing but makeup as I keep all the valuables. We reported it to the police who were worse than useless and treated us with disdain as if we were the criminals. We put it down to experience and we didn't let it spoil our trip or stop us returning but I will be even more vigilant this time around.
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Neph on February 11, 2017, 02:29:52 am
I've been to Barcelona a couple of times in the past three years. From what I've read and heard, the city is a far safer place that it used to be and there is a definite police presence in the city centre.


My last visit was only last month and the main reason was to see Barcelona FC play. I had booked the trip, for my son and myself, last year, never imagining that Celtic would not only reach the CL group stages but be drawn against Barcelona. Anyway, we got fantastic seats and we're only a few yards from Messi and Suarez as they warmed up. It's a different experience watching Messi play from a few feet away than watching him from the back row at Celtic Park.


The highlight, for me if not my son, was La Sagrada Familia. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite as beautiful in my life.
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Bez on April 06, 2017, 00:54:14 am
Quote from: Neph on February 11, 2017, 02:29:52 am

The highlight, for me if not my son, was La Sagrada Familia. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite as beautiful in my life.


I'm going back when it's finished...
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Red Star on April 26, 2017, 11:58:22 am
Well, we didn't get mugged this time! ;D They seemed to have sorted this out particularly on the Ramblas where there was prominent police presence at regular intervals. We did all the main sight seeing on the open top tour bus which was great as we were blessed with excellent 21 degrees weather every day. My little man was very excited when we got to the Nou Camp for the match against Real Sociedad and although we were up in the clouds (almost) we had a fantastic view of the pitch. Luckily for him Barca won 3-2 and his idol Messi score a brace 8) For me, that little magician is without doubt the best player in the world.

Sagrada Familia was as expected amazing - we didn't go inside but even my boys were happy to stand and gaze at it from outside from every angle.

Only downside was the food - not impressed, very uninspiring and expensive but perhaps we just didn't choose the right places to eat. :-\
Title: Re: Barcelona
Post by: Slim on July 19, 2018, 17:39:02 pm
I went there in 2006. Liked the Segrada Familia and Park Güell especially.