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“Liked Madrid-LOVED Barcelona!”
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Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
24 helpful votes
“Liked Madrid-LOVED Barcelona!”
Reviewed March 30, 2011

Barcelona has such a wide variety of choices for travelers! There are beautiful cathedrals, bizarre, yet fascinating architecture (Gaudi), historical sites, stunning beaches, music, museums, shopping, etc.,. The Metro system makes it easy for budget travelers to get from site to site. There are hundreds of tiny restaurant/bars to sample tapas and local dishes. You can eat well on a budget!
Barcelona is a unique area within the country of Spain. They have their own language, history, and customs. Invest in a good guidebook such as Rick Steves' Barcelona and research well. Plan to spend several days here. It is worth it!

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Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
24 helpful votes
“Stunning city! Highly recommended!!”
Reviewed March 28, 2011

Went on a group trip to Barcelona to see the sites and architecture.
Amazed byt the city, its stunning, everywhere you look is an amazing piece of architeture or art!! We stayed on the Passeig de Gracia, its a little like the Champs-Élysées of Barcelona, only some of the shops you can actually afford to shop in!! A must see in Barcelona is Le Sagrada Familia or Parc Guell, Gaudi's work is just everywhere in the city and its amazing!! A few things to note, watch your bags watch your bags watch your bags!! Not kidding its really that bad!! If you are smart and have the handbag zipped with the zip in front of you you will be ok, but if you think that the bag being open is ok as long as its under your arm you will get your wallet or camera stolen!! The pickpocketers are professional!! But you dont need to be scared its not a violent city, the pickpocketers are just oportunistic, if you let them. Also Las Ramblas and the beach is cool, a must visit but keep in mind that area is expensive, everywhere else is quite cheap and do take advantage of the supermarkets, they are sooooo cheap!! I cant even believe how cheap they are!! And while there do try the sangria, its delicious!!

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Miami, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
21 helpful votes
“Old World Meets the New World”
Reviewed March 27, 2011

In this Spanish city the old world meets the new world. There is so much to do and the best way to do it is on a double decker tour bus. The Barcelona Bus Touristic is the best out of the companies that offer this service. It will run you about $30US but well worth it. You hop on and off at your leisure. There were 3 lines and all the stops had great sinage and were easy to find.

This city has fabulous shops, sightseeing, and true Spanish Flavour. Must see places are La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell (Gaudi's park), Olympic Stadium, Monjui, Las Ramblas, Mercat De La Boqueria (amazing market...go with an appetite), and Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarters).

There are bars and restaurants in every corner. If you travel in a group try some of the alley ways as we were surprised to find some of the best ma and pa restaurants in the city. The sangrias and beers are ENORMOUS along Las Ramblas, however prepare to pay tourist trap prices.Beer and wine are cheaper than water in Barcelona. You can find wine and beer for a Euro or two in most of the bars that are off the beaten path, just ask for vino de la casa (house wine) it is always the cheapest and in my opinion the best!! :)

For the most part I found locals friendly however, it is a BIG city and you know how city people can be. It move a little faster than the rest of the country. The majority of the people are helpful as long as you are nice. Remember that Europeans in general are at a totally different pace than Americans and we are on their turf.

Tipping is not a norm in Spain in general but a few Euros on the table will make them smile ( you might even get a couple beers on the house).

Nightlife in the city is almost in every corner as well. Most tapas restaurants turn into lounges at night. If you like the club scene (which they call Discos) you should check out Barcelonetta. It is a great coastal area close to the Grand Barcelona Casino which is alive until the wee hours of the morning. Discos as they call them close around 5am. This area is great for bar hopping.

Like in any touristic place there are your petty thieves. Do not leave your camera or purse on the table while you are dining out as it can be snatched. Your best bet is a messanger style bag or purse and keep your money on you in pockets just in case. I have seen it happen so just be proactive to avoid a wrench thrown in your vacation.

I loved EVERYTHING about this city! The energy keeps me going back almost every year. If I travel to Europe I always try my hardest to stop in this spectacular city. It is at the top of my list!!! All I have to say is OLE'!!!

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Ibiza, Spain
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2011

Decided to revisit after 5 years, not a Spanish problem I actually live in Valencia city, so I am a little spoiled with the Valencianos being such nice people.
Nearly every bar and cafe we visited we were ripped off. No prices on display, only a few. 3 large shandies 24 euros.
So we thought ok only bars with menus clearly displayed. Visited another bottle of wine price on menu 10 euros. Bill came, surprise surprise 15 euros. We disputed and were told that the menus were old and were only to inform us as to what drinks are available and if we didnt pay the police would be called.
Next day in a tapas bar of a chain no less. 2 glasses of wine 2.80 euros each for 7cl (we thought expensive but nice location) when the bill came 8 euros, oh!! its because we dont have any house wines only the more expensive ones, forgot to mention it before.
Thieves on the streets, prostitutes on corners near our hotel, people 'shooting up' in doorways.
What has happened to this beautiful city??
I know the country is in economical crisis buts it not like this in other parts.
Shame shame shame....thank God I choose to live in Valencia.

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North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
378 reviews
235 helpful votes
“Visit the Gaudi sites”
Reviewed March 8, 2011

There are lots of Gaudi buildings within walking distance of the central part of Barcelona (e.g. Casa Battlo, Casa Mila, Sagrada Familia) and walking from one to the other gives you a good taste of the city. Each of the buildings provides an extraordinary example of a type of architecture that you rarely see. There are hardly any straight lines - lots of curves and maximum use of colour mostly with mosaic tiles. Make sure to take the time to visit Park Guell. You can reach this easily by city bus and budget 1/2 day to see the whole park - it is an amazing sight.

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