Barcelona

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Right now, on the coast of Spain, is a party and everyone is on the guest list--kids, adults, singles, couples, adventurous spirits, rambunctious party-goers, and quiet loners. So, if you find yourself on that list, you're invited to the Barcelona celebration. Barcelona offers just about everything, everything that is except one second of boredom. It is constantly host to the best concerts, the best art exhibits, and some of the best soccer in the world. This European beach city is not only intoxicating; it's trend-setting and life-changing. The shopping is both upscale and quirky and the beaches offer more than just a pretty view. The Mediterranean water is warm and shallow, perfect for beach swimming. And in Barcelona, you can not only meander down the Spanish roads, you can meander through the Amazon rainforest, as well. Finally, if you aren't worn out by the time the sun goes down, Barcelona is a hot-spot for international electronic music, as well as jazz, rock, and latin music, with passionate Spanish dancing to top it all off.
Photo Credit: Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles
Photo Credit: Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles
Photo Credit: Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles
Photo Credit: Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles
Photo Credit: Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles
Photo Credit: Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles
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Photo Credit: Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles
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Photo Credit: Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles
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    Barcelona, por favor

    09/27/13
    In the Northeast of Spain on the beaches of Catalunya lies Barcelona. A modern and yet friendly metropolis.

    Barcelona is known for its moderate climate, its fabulous architecture, la Ciutat Vella, its musea and parks and yet, that’s not what makes Barcelona so attractive, or at least to me.
    There’s just something about Barcelona, a mysterious unseen force that seems to call people almost like the mermaids’ spellbinding songs “el canto de la sirena”. But unlike the Sirena, Barcelona doesn’t harm its visitors. In fact, it offers a very hospitable welcome.

    Barcelona is just fabulous. The beaches, the culture, the food, the nightlife, the centre’s narrow streets, the wide “plazas”, its countless shops, the good infrastructure, the modern, young and open atmosphere, the variety of sights of the town, but…

    …I would like to recommend something else apart from the normal touristic attractions. A little treat for all you Jauntaristas.
    For great food, go away from the Ramblas and the overcrowded centre. Look for those small traditional bars with plastic chairs, a big TV and 3 old men drinking “cañas” at the counter. Look at the floor, is it dirty and covered with napkins? That’s the place you want to go. In the best case, you get your tapas for free. One tapa with every caña you order. In the worst case you will have to pay, but don’t worry, it won’t be much. Sit down and enjoy! Even if your Spanish is very poor, just try to speak to the old bartender and his friends, who are actually just rascals with “canas”(grey hair) and a walking-cane. They’ll love it and you will too.

    For a stunning view of Barcelona and its surroundings, go to the Serra de Collserola just outside the city. There’s always a cool breeze and it’s quite peaceful. No street vendors, no sweaty tourists.

    You need at least 10 days to immerse yourself in the wonders of this city and I’m sure that you will go again, because you haven’t seen it all and you want more.

    Be careful, because Barcelona is addictive.
    Ingeborg

    BARCELONA is BARCELONA

    09/23/13
    I think Barcelona speaks for itself. A big city full of arts, full of beautiful peolpe, food, things to do, culture, arts and everything you can imagine. The gaudi influence, and the wonderful life you can feel there. Barcelona is Barcelona and theres no words to describe...
    João Paulo

    Barcelona exceeds all

    09/22/13
    Like a little bit of Paris but lower key. A city of amazing food and architecture. It has a wonderful bus that will take you all over the city as many times as you like. Take it once around the city , then next time hop on and off wherever you want to spend more time!
    Susan

    Incredible Food, Great Arts and a Cool Vibe

    09/22/13
    Barcelona has some incredible food, great arts and a cool vibe. When I am in Barcelona, I love to stroll La Ramba, eat Tapas and hang out by the harbor.

    Some of the traditional sites include:
    - Sagrada Família: Designed by Antoní Gaudí and still under construction since 1882.
    - Park Güell: A huge garden complex designed by Antoní Gaudí.
    - Casa Milà: Designed by, you guessed it, Antoní Gaudí.
    - Museu Picasso: Which houses one of the most extensive Picasso collections.
    - Fundacio Joan Miro: Which showcases the work of Joan Miro
    - El Born District: The home to some of Barcelona’s best shopping.

    My favorite hotel is the Grand Marina Hotel, a modern hotel right on the harbor.

    In terms of dining, here are some of my favorites:
    - Quimet i Quimet - ‪C/Poeta Cabanas 25: One of the best Tapas restaurants in Barcelona.
    - Bodega La Plata - ‪28 Calle Merce: It has a very limited menu, but everything is delicious there.
    - Restaurant CAN MAJÓ - Almirall Aixada nº 23: One of the best restauants for Paella in Barcelona, but not the cheapest either.
    - Comerç 24 – C/ Comerç, 24: The chef has been named one of the hottest chefs of New Catalan cuisine.
    - Big Fish - ‪Carrer Comercial, 9: One of the best new restaurant in Barcelona.
    - Moments - Passeig de Gràcia: The restaurant showcases the talents of rising star Raül Balam (son of multi-starred Carme Ruscalleda who oversees the restaurant and comes in every Thursday), who earned a star within minutes of arrival. His cooking, like that of his mother, is pure, delicate, extremely precise, yet exploding with flavour. If you want to taste a pea, a potato, or an artichoke as God intended, or tuck into upgraded Catalan classics such as escudella (Christmas stew) or arroz caldoso (rice broth).
    - Tickets - Avinguda Paral·lel: Tickets is much more than a gourmet Tapas Bar, it is real Avant—garde cuisine; Albert Adrià former Creative Director & Pastry Chef at their brothers brother Ferran Adrià El Bulli is now the head chef of Tickets, where the food is served in a theatrical atmosphere where deconstructed tapas or a simple and traditional pan tumaca are made with refined skills. The good news is that the Adrià brother’s new adventure is a relatively affordable restaurant where you can find all the flavours of Barcelona and el Bulli for about 50 euros and you can book online. The late serving turn (after 10:30pm) is where you meet the locals.
    - Cinq Cintis: Which has a Michelin star.
    - Taverna del Clinic: Another great Tapas restaurant.

    And if you venture out of Barcelona:
    Costa Brava (north of Barcelona)
    My favorite hotel in the Costa Brava is the Hostal de La Gavina - ‪S'Agaro, Spain. S’Agaro is an elegant gated community on a rocky point at the north end of the cove, S'Agaró is 3 km (2 mi) north of Sant Feliu. The 30-minute walk along the sea wall from Hostal de La Gavina to Sa Conca Beach is a delight. Likewise, the one-hour hike from Sant Pol Beach over to Sant Feliu de Guixols for lunch and back is a superb look at the Costa Brava at its best.

    Dining:
    - Restaurant El Pedro – Pals, Spain. Pals is a quaint medieval town. Pals has a historic centre on a hill surrounded by plains with a medieval Romanesque tower built between the 11th and 13th centuries, known as the Torre de les Hores (Tower of the Hours).
    - Sant Pau Restaurant – Sant Pol de Mar (not technically the Costa Brava, but on the way up to it). 48 kms from Barcelona in a charming Mediterranean village. Chef Carme Ruscalleda has built a food temple working closely with the food products of the Catalan Maresma Region which she cooks in a natural and traditional way but with a lot of imagination and full of contrasting textures with some touches of Japanese cuisine. Carme Ruscalleda is the first woman chef to achieve 6 Michelin stars.
    Steve

    POW!

    09/21/13
    Barcelona is one of those places you instantly want to pen home about. It has the power to incite romance in the most callous of hearts. I don’t think anyone can come here and not help but want to get lost in its streets, and roam them aimlessly under the spell they cast upon you. This beguiling metropolis ideally set on the Balearic Sea, ping-pongs your emotions to-and –fro jubilance and exhilaration. As if one were its most valuable prisoner of war, BCN (as some refer to the city the as) captivates a visitors emotions, and for not even a half of a second does it ever attempt to set it free.
    Hector

    Somewhere Near the Rainbow

    09/21/13
    Unlike Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ you won't be yearning for home anytime soon when you're in Barcelona. Located in Spain on the Mediterranean Coast the city is a cacophony of sights, sounds and experiences. Arriving at Barcelona's world class airport is a great start.

    The city is filled with a host of tourist spots and sights from the beaches to Gaudi park and architecture to Las Ramblas there's a nice variety for everyone. I always like to see the main sights of wherever I travel and mix that in with some general exploration. It may not be a trip down the yellow brick road but it's close.

    The public transportation and walkability made for an easy and stress free experience. I don't speak Spanish but like most places in Europe if you speak English you won't have much of a problem. We stayed out by the beaches and had no trouble getting into the heart of the city on the subway.

    No matter where you go there's bound to be an English or Irish pub somewhere near by. Grabbing a pint or two can certainly ease you into the trip and the probability of meeting some unique characters is always a plus. Even if you don't find your Tin Man or Cowardly Lion you at least won't have to worry about evil Flying Monkeys. Check out a Flamenco show though and you may fall in love with an exotic guitar player or a raven haired Glenda the good witch.

    Like anywhere the people are what always make a trip truly memorable. Barcelona is no exception, maybe you'll meet your version of the lollipop kids and forget about those Ruby Slippers as you realize, there's no place like Barcelona, there's no place like Barcelona...
    Tony

    Somewhere Near the Rainbow

    09/21/13
    Unlike Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ you won't be yearning for home anytime soon when you're in Barcelona. Located in Spain on the Mediterranean Coast the city is a cacophony of sights, sounds and experiences. Arriving at Barcelona's world class airport is a great start.

    The city is filled with a host of tourist spots and sights from the beaches to Gaudi park and architecture to Las Ramblas there's a nice variety for everyone. I always like to see the main sights of wherever I travel and mix that in with some general exploration. It may not be a trip down the yellow brick road but it's close.

    The public transportation and walkability made for an easy and stress free experience. I don't speak Spanish but like most places in Europe if you speak English you won't have much of a problem. We stsyd out by the beaches and had no trouble getting into the heart of the city on the subway.

    No matter where you go there's bound to be an English or Irish pub somewhere near by. Grabbing a pint or two can certainly ease you into the trip and the probability of meeting some unique characters is always a plus. Even if you don't find your Tin Man or Cowardly Lion you at least won't have to worry about evil Flying Monkeys. Check out a Flamenco show though and you may fall in love with an exotic guitar player or a raven haired Glenda the good witch.

    Like anywhere the people are what always make a trip truly memorable. Barcelona is no exception, maybe you'll meet your version of the lollipop kids and forget about those Ruby Slippers as you realize, there's no place like Barcelona, there's no place like Barcelona...
    Tony

    A Lively City

    09/21/13
    Barcelona is without a doubt one of the top European cities. There are tourist traps just like every European City, but I feel Barcelona has so much you can do once you venture from the famous La Rambla.

    During the Day
    Places like Parc Guell and Casa Batllo really help give the city a unique personality thanks to the Catalan architect Gaudi. The city has amazing food like every great city should, my personal favorite was a sandwich shop called Bo de B which might have been my favorite sandwich of all time. Outside of that Spanish tapas are a must although I must say I preferred the tapas in Granada. After spending so much time walking through this city you should relax at one of the beaches Barcelona has to offer and soak in the Spanish sun.

    During the Night
    Like the rest of Spain, Barcelona truly lends itself to the night time. When out at night you will see many people eating a late dinner, or congregating at one of the plazas. Barcelona is definitely known for its parties and clubs and there are so many you can go to and have a great night. One of my favorites and one of the more mainstream clubs was Razzmatazz.

    If you are going with a significant other I would recommend the fountain at Placa d'Espanya as there is a show with changing lights between 10-12.

    However if you are going with some friends, I definitely recommend seeing one of the best Football Clubs in the world in Barcelona at Camp Nou!
    Matt

    A lovely city

    09/14/13
    Barcelona is definitely one of the cities you have to see in Europe. It has so much to offer, so much to see, to do.. but most importantly is that you do this all in the Spanish way (i.e. relaxed). Besides the obvious tourist hits (Park Güell, Las Ramblas, Park del Tibidabo, La Sagrada Familia,...), there are also plentiful things to do and enjoy just walking around. The El Born barrio is a good example here, whether at night or during the day, it has something magical. Eating tapas in Bar del Pla or a hamburger in the famous (and busy) Kiosko restaurant, or if you are not that hungry, you can always visit the multitude of small and interesting shops. Personally I can appreciate this 'barrio' more than Las Ramblas. Although a visit to BCLN cannot be complete without walking Las Ramblas until Placa de Catalunya, and even further into Passeig de Gràcia (where you will find Casa Milà and Casa Batllò). Even if you are not interested in all these cultural and historical markers, there is always the beach and the nightlife. Keep in mind however that shops will not sell you any alcoholic beverages after 11pm. However I would strongly suggest that between the party and the relaxing beach you would toss in a few of those interesting cultural activities BCLN has to offer. Public transportation is recommended, there are special plans for tourists; one ticket for metro and bus (and all in all not too expensive)! Two final hints for summer tourists: 1. If you want some peace & quiet in Park Güell; go early or avoid weekends! and 2. From Thursday until Sunday, every night around 8pm, there is a fountain and light show at Placa d'Espanya, but come in time if you want the best view! Have fun!
    Steven

    My favorite city

    08/30/13
    I've been living in Barcelona for several years and there is still so much left to explore - you won't get bored with a vacation in BCN, no matter how long. The city is full of architectural monuments to visit, beautiful beaches, museums, concerts, galleries, olympic stadiums, soccer matches, roman ruins, incredible food... you have to pick and choose by your priorities.
    The review from Abi is spot on but a few extra things (if you can):
    - Come for La Merce in September to see the city at its best - fireworks shows and free public concerts abound.
    - Check out the castellers (human tower builders) in placa sant jaume and if not, go to their practice space (google castellers de barcelona for their schedule).
    - The CCCB is a museum off the normal tourist radar but has incredible exhibits and is free sunday after 3pm.
    - If you are a real museum junkie, get the art ticket - it costs around 30 EUR but gives you access to 7 museums including the Casa Mila which is at least 10 EUR on its own.
    - The fiestas de gracia in the end of August - where each street recycles it's year's garbage into incredible decorations.
    - The Labrynth of Horta is a hidden gem, and a beautiful spot to relax and have a picnic.
    - The trails running through collserolla national park (the largest urban park in the world) have incredible views of the city, but keep an eye out for the wild boar if you go up in the evenings.
    - Beaches outside the city center are cleaner and less crowded. Sitges is 30 minutes away, but you can also take the train north along the beach to Ocata or Sant Pol de Mar and when you see the crowds thin out, just hop off the train at the next stop.
    - Best day trips: Montserrat, Girona, Dali Musem in Figueres, The Costa Brava. If you can get in an overnight in the Costa Brava - Cadaques is your spot.

    This city absolutely has something for everyone - partiers, families, even nature lovers.
    Darcy

    The Picasso Museum

    The museum has the largest, most comprehensive collection of works by Pablo Picasso as a young man and during his early years, and also hosts temporary exhibitions by other artists.

    Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

    This Giant Temple, designed by the master architect Antonio Gaudi, has been under construction since 1882 and has another 30 to 80 years before it will be finished.
    Cost: 12.50 Euros
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    Fundacia Joan Mira Museum

    A fantastic museum featuring over 225 paintings, 150 sculptures and graphic pieces by the Spanish surrealist artist, along with a number of works by his contemporaries.

    La Rambla

    One of the most famous boulevards in the world and a gateway to rural Catalonia, the mile-long road bustles with tourists, artists, fortune-tellers, dancers and musicians.

    Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour

    "Don't miss the most stunning attractions because you did not know about them! This is an easy way to get around to see the main sights of Barcelona on your own."
    Cost: Adults 23 Euros/Children 14 Euros
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    Eixample

    Eixample is the "gay-bor-hood" of Barcelona with many stores, bars and clubs catering to this clientele. The locals nickname this neighborhood the "Gaixample."

    Barcelona Card

    Free Unlimited Transportation And Discount Entry For Attractions in Barcelona City.
    Cost: 2 Day pass Adult 27.50 Euros/Children 23.50
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    Cruise Port of Departure

    Large cruise lines use this as a "Port of Departure" or beginning of itineraries.

    Language

    Spanish

    Currency

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    Airports

    Barcelona Airport [BCN]