Barcelona

#1
Right, I'm off to Barcelona tomorrow (first time) and I'm all 'do this thing, do that thing' out.

I'm staying near Sants train station so getting around should be fairly easy.


What would you recommend for a 3 day visit?
 
#3
Sagruda La Familia, excuse spelling, its the Cathedral of the Seven Sisters,, absolutely amazing building, climb into the tower you get quite a good view.

Take the cable car to the olympic stadium, the view of the city is amazing as you go over the port

If you are a footie fan, then take the tour of barcelonas stadium

Last time we went we got a two day travel pass on the tourist bus, we did one complete circular tour on each of the routes, then cherry picked what we wanted to go back and see on the second day.

Good sea food resturaunts around the Olympic Port if you like that, fantastic paella

Hope that helps
 
#4
Ok, I live about 90 minute drive away and don't know it fantastically well but a bit. What do you like doing normally? Sunbathing? Museums? piss-ups?

The old Quarter,- Barri Vell - is worth a look, old churches/buildings. Picasso museum, the Cathedral.
Opposite the cathedral at the end of carrer (Street) Princesa on your left is a small plaça with the Black Horse which I visit when in town.
The area between Ramblas and Barri Vell is fun to do.
DON'T buy anything on Las Ramblas, not even a beer or food, you will just get ripped off for crap.

The Sea-front has got quite a lot to look at, The maritime Museum is not too bad.
Passeig de Graçia is good for high class shopping, and Sagrada Familia (church) is good for architecture (Gaudi).
Plenty of night-life, best between Ramblas and Barri Vell, start slowly and pace yourself as it can finish at really silly o'clock, like the normal time Cpl Darling wakes you from your slumbers.

Warning: It is bloody hot right now so pace yourself during the day, don't try to do too much. Drink loads of H2O you will need it more than you think. Remember shop times are later closing and go on till about 20.00
Lunchtimes, look for 'Buffet Liure' (Libre in Spanish) where you pay a set price and go trotters-in till you feel like a beach-ball, I love the feckers.

Take a day to grab a train from Sants and go to visit Girona (about an hour by train) and look round the old part, stroll round the city walls and visit the jewish museum. Really worth it.

If you fancy a day at the beach get the train to Mataro and have a day at the platja (playa)

Lots of folk in Barna only speak spanish but lots are pure catalan, try saying Bon Dia and adeu instead of buenas dias and adios.

Hope this helps a bit
have a good few days.
 
#5
Fantastic place, brilliant place to eat that has chickens cooking on the spit in the wall that you can see and smell on the outside, you go through the kitchen to get to the tables, food was excellent. It is in the Lost Planet guide.

Also there is the live sex show, greasy spic bloke with pony tail and sunglasses nailing a skinny bird who looked like she was trying to curl one out.
 
#6
And watch your wallet! An unbelievably high amount of pickpockets & thieves roam aroud the Ramblas and other tourist haunts - watch out for the men showing you local papers if you are at a cafe. They tend to walk off with bags, cameras and the like.
 
#7
the_matelot said:
Right, I'm off to Barcelona tomorrow (first time) and I'm all 'do this thing, do that thing' out.

I'm staying near Sants train station so getting around should be fairly easy.


What would you recommend for a 3 day visit?
Had a weekend there with the Mrs last year, absolutely brilliant, the weekend was only spoiled by the OH getting her handbag nicked. This was from one of the nicer cafes in the Pl d Espagnol. I was there with the ship, loads of the lads got mugged/robbed/rolled. The only answer is to go ashore with the bare minimum. The theft did not stop us from having a fantastic time in a fantastic city. The tourist buses are a great way to see everything so you can cherry pick where you want to go.
A walk though the Montjuic parc, over the cable car, and back along the Barcelonetta for a few beers/coffees is a nice way to spend the afternoon.
Have an nice time. Dabber Boy :D
 
#8
dropshortjock said:
And watch your wallet! An unbelievably high amount of pickpockets & thieves roam aroud the Ramblas and other tourist haunts - watch out for the men showing you local papers if you are at a cafe. They tend to walk off with bags, cameras and the like.
Agreed, also beware of pairs of young Latino girls trying the same diversion tactic whilst attempting to pick your pocket, son in law nearly fell victim and was only saved by my daughter (his missus) punching the pick-pocket in the side of the head. Must admit I didn't know that the boxing training when she was younger had been remembered.
 
#10
clanky said:
the_matelot said:
Right, I'm off to Barcelona tomorrow (first time) and I'm all 'do this thing, do that thing' out.

I'm staying near Sants train station so getting around should be fairly easy.


What would you recommend for a 3 day visit?
Had a weekend there with the Mrs last year, absolutely brilliant, the weekend was only spoiled by the OH getting her handbag nicked. This was from one of the nicer cafes in the Pl d Espagnol. I was there with the ship, loads of the lads got mugged/robbed/rolled. The only answer is to go ashore with the bare minimum. The theft did not stop us from having a fantastic time in a fantastic city. The tourist buses are a great way to see everything so you can cherry pick where you want to go.
A walk though the Montjuic parc, over the cable car, and back along the Barcelonetta for a few beers/coffees is a nice way to spend the afternoon.
Have an nice time. Dabber Boy :D
FUCKING DABBER???? How dare you insult me! :D

Cheers to everyone else for their advice :thumright:

It's a shortbreak with the woman so I'll give her the heads up about not carrying her entire life in her handbag (I'll make sure I keep hold of my handbag too before anyone suggests it..)

Filbert, you don't happen to know roughly where that restaurant is?
 
#12
Picking up an old thread as off to Barcelona on Tues of next week for 4 days with Mrs M. Any further recommedations appreciated, especially for a decent guidebook or 2 as there appear to be quite a few on the market between Amazon and ebay.

Any special events on next week that we should be looking at? Any websites we should be visiting before we go etc?

Thanks in advance
 
#14
Definitely take the tour of Camp Nou and take a ride on the open top bus tour if the weather is ok. There are 2 or 3 routes to choose from and you can get on and off at various stops. :wink:
 
#15
The new camp is only a 10 minute walk from sants estacion. Go to the gothic quarter, there are numerous Roman buildings there which are still in use and look amazing. Any of Gaudi's building are a must, the park he designed, Parc Guell is a gorgeous place! The beach and the Port is nice. There is also a really big Zoo. Im sure you will Go to La Ramblas. There are plenty of good places to eat there and cheap if you go down the side streets. La Ramblas has plenty of nice boutiques if you or your other haf goes shopping

I got a one day Bus pass for one of the tour buses. I think they are about 14 euros and well worth it if you dont have much time. They take you pretty much everywhere of interest and are about every 10 minutes well into the night. Failing that get a T-10 underground pass. I think they are about 7 euros and get get you everywhere. They last for 10 journeys.

Lastly there are massive problems with pick pockets so WATCH YOU WALLET!

Austen.
 
#17
I wouldn't eat on las Ramblas, it tends to be expensive especially for tourists. Try the places off to the sides or away from there. Filbert's place looks OK.
Go to Plaça Espanya for the fountains and then up to Montjuic (Jewish Mount/hill) for the view/Olmypic stadium.

What do you generally like to do? Sight-see, sports, get peed, eat gourmet food? Gizza clue and I will see what turns up. If you do today I will confer with a group of adult students tonight and come back to you.
 
#18
I have just had a restaurant recomended as good for typical Catalan food but especially good for wines and desserts, which may be a tad expensive if you go for the really elaborate ones. I checked it out on reviews and it has good and bad, so don't eat the paella there, the reviews of that were uniformly bad.
Restaurant Les Set Portes (7 Doors) in Passeig Isabel II no.14 which is near the sea front by the Old City (Cuitat Vella) and not too far off Ramblas.

Culled from another site:
There's a lot of good restaurants in Barcelona. The following are just a sample:
- La Poma: At Les Rambles, very near of Plaça Catalunya. You can eat there not only Gourmet food, but also something cheaper... ;-)
- Les Set Portes: I'm sorry I don't remember exactly where it is :p but I promise you it's excellent. I think you can arrive there by metro, Line 4 (yellow), Barceloneta. Maybe there you could ask to someone...
- La Mamasita: A cheap but excellent restaurant. Sarrià avenue, very near Urgell street. Near Metro, Line 5 (blue), Hospital Clínic. Look for it carefully, it's a small restaurant but an excellent one.

Asked a group if there was anything good to do, and apart from the above mentioned, not a lot unless you want something specific. -Like the Porn industry in what is known as Bagdad. Like I said gizza clue.

Weather is changable at the moment, gets cold at night but warm at lunchtime, I was walking the dogs in shorts today and have been since summer. We are expecting rain off and on, though it can get spectacular at times. Valencia had 200 litres in a day recently. So bring a mix of kit, but be prepared for abrupt changes.
 
#19
Cheers all, plenty of valuable info there that we will take on board. Happy to do the usual touristy things and need at least one really good place to go for wedding anniversary on 31 Oct 08.

We're doing cheap night in Travelodge for the first night (€40) and then the Hotel Amister for the remainder. Got hotel though the route below if anyone else can take advantage. Actual offer we used has now gone but there appears to be another in it's place.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/254269/going-2-barcelona-real-20-off-acros/

http://www.easyjethotels.net/home/homepage.jsp?idioma=ING&idioma_etiquetas=ENG&ecodWeb=uk
 
#20
Dwarf just spotted your questions apologies. We like doing the sight seeing thing during the day, decent meal in good surrounding in the evening and then watch the world go by with a bottle or 2 of red, presumably Rioja in Barcelona? Happy to wander around on foot if weather and distance allows but will be looking at some of the bus tours etc.

I have a rather large memory card for the digital camera that I try and fill up to Mrs M's horror so will be looking at old town etc plus the best of the 4 or 5 guidebooks that Amazon and ebay are currently delivering to me.

We will be in the Amister (Av. Roma) http://www.hotelamister.com/barcelonahotel/esp/index-esp.htm and would want to eat/drink etc within 20 minutes or so walk of here.

Previously did Barca as my final tour when I left the mob but that was a long weekend with a group of blokes who drank a lot. Always said I would like to take the mrs there and here we are.
 

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