Barcelona in a Week...HELP

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  1. poths

    poths Well-Known Member

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    I'm heading to Barca for the European Athletics Championships which take place in the Olympic stadium. I have everything booked, aside from accommodation. This is where I need help. I want to be close to the stadium but also have easy access to the rest of the city. Not really concerned about price, Hotel/Apartment. Any reccommendations before I go ahead and book something of my own accord??

    Also, for those who have been to Barca before....tell me, what should I do/see/eat/drink?

    THANKS IN ADVANCE!
    :) :)
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  2. Jackie Sparrow

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    Can't help with accommodation but EAT TAPAS!!! As much as you can. We went to the same tapas place several times. I will try to find out the name and address. It's in the middle of town. I took a business card with me, I might still have it somewhere :D
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  4. allezfred

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    Derval! I'm sure she wouldn't mind. :EVILLE:
  5. poths

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    Wheeeeeeeee, There's my belly sorted. :D and..... I've also been thinking of going full veggie for a while, this must be a sign. :drama:

    Unfortunately, she's taken. But you know who isn't?

    http://www.athleticsireland.ie/content/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/claire-bergin.jpg A member f the 4x4 and the Irish Bobsleigh team from Vancouver...

    Imagine, I turned her down when we were kids and she grew up to be so radiant. :p

    I was watching last night and would almost turn for this dude:
    http://www.lecoinsport.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/renaud-lavillenie.jpg

    ^^ What a legend

    Barca, Barca, Barca........wheeeee
  6. Jackie Sparrow

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    Really??? Aaaah, I always knew you're the man of my dreams! :p
  7. cruisin

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    If money is not an issue for the hotel - Hotel Arts. It is amazing! Right on the marina/beach/boardwalk, next to the casino and most of the "nighttime hot spots". The hotel was built for the Barcelona Olympics, but was not finished in time. It was taken over by the Ritz-Carleton. If you stay on a floor below the 20th, the pricing is pretty reasonable, especially for what you get. If you stay above the 20th floor, the pricing is what you would expect for an R-C property - very $$$. I don't know when you are going, but they run specials at certain off season times, so check into that.

    Food - Tapas, Tapas, and more Tapas. The Papas (potatoes) Brava are amazing (and totally fattening). Also the Paella and Mariscada are fabulous. They tend to put calamari in a lot of those dishes, so if you don't like calamari ask them to leave it out. The Sangria is great, the Mojitos better. Pretty much any little place we stopped in was great. Be aware that in Spain they do still follow the tradition of siesta. Most stores and restaurants close for several hours in the afternoon. Most people eat dinner very late, 10-11 PM. Then they go out!

    Sight seeing, you must go to the Sacrada Famiglia http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/ - Gaudi's cathedral (which is still unfinnished). In the cathedral, take the elevator all of the way to the top, then walk down. Just the walk down is a work out. There will probably be a very long line for the elevator (it is worth it!), but unless you are super human the stairs up is just impossible. Also the Park Guell http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/gaudi/park-guell.html is a treat (also Gaudi). Make sure to go all of the way to the top, the view is fantastic. Go to Gaudi's apartment building, and go on the roof, it's crazy! You might want to read a bit about Gaudi, before you go. He led a rather interesting and ultimately tragic life. Las Ramblas is like Times Square. It was okay, but I could have done without it. You can go to the site of the Olympics, there may even be a concert while you are there. You must also go to the Magic Fountain at dusk, it's amazing! http://www.barcelonayellow.com/bcn-photos/119-pictures-magic-fountain. There is a place called the "Spanish Village" - Pueblo or Poble Espanol (depending on whether you ask someone who speaks Castillian or Catalan). Most people do speak Castilian (what we consider Spanish), but many prefer Catalan (which sounds a little like a mix of Spanish and French). Poble Espanol is a little, enclosed, Disneyesque village that has areas set up to represent the various crafts and cultures around Spain (Madrid, Valencia, etc.). It was charming, but not a necessary site.

    Barcelona is a beautiful, vibrant city. The food, in my opinion is second only to Italy.
  8. Jackie Sparrow

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    Oh and on my first night we went to a place where they had about 100 different shots and they each cost about 2 Euro!!!! I had such a hangover the next day, it took me my whole stay to recover :p
  9. sweetsparky

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    What can be cooler than Barcelona hosting European Athletics Championships?
    Poths attending!!! :cheer2:

    Access to Olympic Stadium is easy through underground and escalators.

    Barcelona is a town worthy of visit, even more when cause 1992 Olympics the city recover all the beach line that before was an industrial zone

    Of course Gaudi route is a must do, and I like the Old city too, Spanish village is kind of cheesy but fun if you have time. I guess not visit out of Barcelona is possible, in other case I´d recommend Figueres to visit Dali Museum and Girona, that is close by train,and has a very nice medieval old town. But attending a sport event Barcelona has enough to visit during your free time. I´m sure you will enjoy the city.

    There are lot of terrazas, to drink and eat out in the street, and places to take tapas. Summer if hot and humid in Barcelona so social life takes place in the evenings and nights. And Barcelona has a great tradition of sweets (uhm, chocolates) even is summer must not be the best time for that :lol:

    Welcome Poths! And cheer the athletes for me too!
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    Well, actually....I haven't got a return flight so I'm going travelling through Spain for a week after the champs.... Just plotting the route now. WIll let you know my plans as soon as I figure them out. :)
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    If you like art, go to MNAC. Monserrat is a day trip and worth it.

    Park Guell is a must-see.

    There's a bar at the top of Montjuic. You can get there by funicular, but we walked it, albeit not in July.

    When I was last there Poble Nou was an interesting neighborhood, but it might be gentrified by now.

    El Glop serves really good calcots. If a wealthy person is taking you to dinner and you like seafood, hope they take you to El Botafumeíro.
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  13. briancoogaert

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    The last time I went to Barcelona (last August), I was at the Hotel LLORET, La Rambla. It's nice.
    It's at Catalunya, in the center, near the subway, not that far from the Montjuic.

    You must eat fruit and jamon at the Market (Mercat de la boqueria) and eat Paella with Sangria at Plaça Reial (for 10 euros). WOW !!!
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    Poths :lol: I misunderstood your original post. From the title of the thread, I thought you meant Barcelona in a week - as in I have one week in Barcelona, what should I do to get the most out of it. I now am thinking you meant you're going in a week! :lol:
  15. Rob

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    This Champaneria was fab:

    http://www.bcninternet.com/touristinfo.php?contentid=293

    I echo Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell. Also liked the Picasso Museum

    Also loved walking around the old city stopping for dinner at a random place. If you like fried calamari, they have little ones called chipirones that just melt in your mouth.
  16. poths

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    Wheeeee, I'm turning into Fred and enjoying the planning. Have the rough Guide highlighted to death.

    I'm staying here from Wednesday to Wednessday:
    Which seems like a great location. :)

    Then it's hello train, I'm gonna see Spain.....:)

    The joys of being a teacher and having weeks off work ;)
  17. poths

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    Um, I could have made that clear but since everyone has the capacity to read my mind...... ;)
  18. cruisin

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    Ordinarily, I do, but the heat is getting to me. :lol: The A/C has been broken for a while (as in through the last 4 weeks of heat wave in the NE). the other day it was 104 upstairs. Not only was I unable to mind read, my reading of actual was compromised. I said you should go to the Olympic Stadium, and you of course, are :duh:.

    You will love Barcelona. Try to see as much Gaudi as possible. Eat, drink, enjoy! Be prepared to need a rest, when you get home. We are not as used to napping in the afternoon and the Spaniards know how to party at night :lol:! All night!
  19. Rob

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    I looked up the hotel I stayed in - Hotel Granvia, very near where you are staying and definitely a great location.
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    :cheer2:

    I'm much more of a Lonely Planet person myself. :shuffle:

    So you won't arrive on time to wake up at 7am to see the 20km walk? :drama:

    Don't hate, alliterate! :D

    I'm kind of jealous, but then I think of nits and snotty nosed brats and I strangely feel better. ;)
  21. briancoogaert

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    That was my hotel last year. Very well centered, just a bit far from the beach (20 minutes by feet). But La Rambla is so good, day and night.
    Don't forget the Market and the Placa Reial. ;)
  22. fsfann

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    Hold onto your wallets/bags when in the busy part of the city.

    I had two friends who had things lifted in one day! (they weren't even traveling together). Barcelona is a busy place, with some people who are very good at lifting things from unsuspecting tourists!!

    Beautiful city...enjoy!
  23. cruisin

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    Second that. Friends of my kids, who did semesters in Europe, said that Barcelona was the city where, either they or their friends got mugged/had a pocket or handbag picked/or had something snatched out of their hands.
  24. allezfred

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    Well, I'm glad poths got the warnings before he went. :shuffle:
  25. cruisin

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    You mean he's not checking in every day? :lol:

    I didn't think of it until fsfann mentioned it. I didn't take any major precautions, but I did carry a smaller purse.
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    A friend of mine always carries a cheap decoy wallet with an expired and canceled credit card and credit card-looking things like Subway and Safeway cards, some low-value currency, (from the last country he was in if that's applicable), etc. He uses a money belt for his passport, cash, real credit card, etc.
  27. cruisin

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    I have a purse with a "false back". It's a hobo style purse with a flap. the flap has a zipper and the pocket goes all of the way to the bottom. If someone reached into my bag they'd get nothing of value. And it would be impossible to un-zip and get into the pocket. Plus the pocket is sewn into the bottom seam of the bag, so if they cut the bottom of the bag (so that your stuff falls out) the valuable stuff will not fall out. I don't bring my usual checkbook sized wallet, I bring a very small one. One that holds 1 credit card and my DL. I keep cash in a little zipper pouch so that the wallet and cash are separate.