Barcelona

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    Jul 17, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    Heading to Barcelona in August... any tips on great stuff to see or do there? Amazing restaurants? The best beaches? Never been to Spain and looking forward to checking it out!
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    Jul 17, 2011 7:41 PM GMT
    Have fun!

    You can't go wrong with a Gaudi highlights tour-- La Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Palau Guell, Casa Batllo, and some others that I've forgotten.
    Then there's the Picasso Museum and the Fundacio Miro.
    Go walk around the city. Head down Las Ramblas, see Barcelonetta and the Olympic port. You could head up Montjuic or even take a hike up Tibidabo.
    Maybe you want to check out an FC Barcolona match.

    For beaches, Stiges is a popular place to go.
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    Jul 17, 2011 7:51 PM GMT
    Ermine said
    [...] Gaudi highlights tour
    For beaches, Stiges is a popular place to go.
    [...]


    I've never been there but from what I've heard these two would be the primary things I would see.

    I used to think that Gaudi was particularly awful but eventually saw the intense beauty, imagination, creativity, and harmony in his architectural art. Hugely recommended!

    I'm not a beach person but Sitges is apparently very Gay friendly by nature.
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    Jul 17, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    Ermine saidHave fun!

    You can't go wrong with a Gaudi highlights tour-- La Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Palau Guell, Casa Batllo, and some others that I've forgotten.
    Then there's the Picasso Museum and the Fundacio Miro.
    Go walk around the city. Head down Las Ramblas, see Barcelonetta and the Olympic port. You could head up Montjuic or even take a hike up Tibidabo.
    Maybe you want to check out an FC Barcolona match.

    For beaches, Stiges is a popular place to go.


    Sitges is beautiful!
    Check out the FCB stadium if you're into futbol icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 17, 2011 9:29 PM GMT
    Haha, it's Sitges (pronounced like 'seed-jess'), people!

    You should have plenty of fun. Even though Madrid is the capital, I've often heard that Barcelona is the more vibrant and interesting city in comparison icon_wink.gif

    Maybe you'll pick up some Catalan along the way. It's by far the preferred language instead of Spanish, although no one will be hostile towards Spanish if you're a foreigner :-p
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    Jul 17, 2011 9:42 PM GMT
    Barcelona is amazing! I recommend checking out La Sagrada Familia, Montjuic, La Catedral, Plaza Catalunya, and Mar Bella beach. I agree, Sitges is a great day trip. Easy to get to by taking the train (cheap too). Have a blast!
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    Jul 17, 2011 9:54 PM GMT
    I'm heading there in August too!

    A friend of mine suggested Bogatell Beach. It's small, quiet and has a bunch of volleyball courts.



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    Jul 17, 2011 10:05 PM GMT
    I love...love Barcelona and Sitges. I have been to both the last two years. As others have mentioned, definitely Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia. I especially love Sitges (will be staying there for a few weeks starting in mid Sept and plan to take day trips to Barcelona). It's a quaint city with great history and beautiful food, wine and nightlife. The people and culture in both areas are great. If you don't know Spanish, it's not a deal breaker as most speak English although I always feel that you should make an effort of learning a little bit of the language of the country/area you are visiting. I find the people of Spain appreciate the effort.

    I highly recommend using the bus/train system as your form of transportation. Both are easy to use and rather inexpensive.
  • IdkMyBffJill

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    Jul 17, 2011 10:18 PM GMT
    I would have to echo the Gaudi and Sitges recommendations. You should definitely take a stroll down Las Ramblas... it's a bit of a tourist destination but it has a lot to do, many restaurants, etc. Night Berry in the l'eixample area was a fun bar. It's a pretty typical/fun bar in the front but has a dark/maze area in the back -- so it suits a wide variety of interests. Haha.

    Depending on how much time you have... I would really suggest trying to get to Palma de Mallorca. It's perfect. I was just there in May and can't wait to get back.

    Have fun!!
  • worley

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    Jul 17, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    Barcelonian here!

    Ok, so all the Gaudi stuff has been very well marketed recently, I'm not a big fan of his work of art but I guess you must see at least a couple of his main works (Casa Mila and Park Guell would be my picks, I find the Sagrada Familia a bit ugly...). I would rather go to Museo Picasso and MACBA (museum of contemporary art).

    Barcelona is a perfect city to walk around all day long, if you enjoy the beach, just go to Bogatell (anywhere between the Hotel W and the Hotel Arts is fine, some areas might be gayer than others but pretty much all of it is pretty gayfriendly).

    In terms of nightlife, you must know that everything happens pretty late compared to US standards: we go to a bar for the first drink around midnight (in this department, I'd suggest Museum, Dietrich and Nightberry, or La Penultima if you want to hang out with the hipsters), and then go to a club around 2:30am (check out Metro, Cabaret Berlin or D-Boy).

    Restaurants: Avoid anything crowded with tourists (i.e. along la Rambla). They will charge you way to much for mediocre food. A few recommendations: Sal Cafe (go there and eat a nice paella by the beach around 1:30pm), Restaurant Pla (a bit sophisticated catalan food for a super nice dinner), Dostrece, Ra, Mamacafé (these three serve simple and not pricey food any time of the day).

    Finally, Barcelona is a safe city, you can walk around anytime of the day or night, but just be aware of pickpockets if you're in a touristic area, the subway or the bus, they will take your wallet away without you even noticing, specially if you look American. ;) If someone on the street is suddenly suspiciously friendly, beware!




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    Jul 19, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    I also would recommend going to Montserrat. It's a Benedictine mountrain retreat area. It's a bit of a trek to get to but definitely worth it.
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    Jul 19, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    La Fonda


    in the Gothic district of Barcelona is the best place for wine and paella (: you will love it!
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    Jul 19, 2011 6:16 AM GMT
    Wow, thanks for all the great suggestions, guys! Really appreciate it. Lots of things to check out and only a few days to do it... I hope I have the opportunity to see it all. icon_surprised.gif
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    Jul 19, 2011 7:11 AM GMT
    I was reminded that there's also a chocolate museum. If you like chocolate, you would like it.
  • Poolboy44

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    Jul 19, 2011 8:43 PM GMT
    Barcelona has a shit ton to do! My favorite city by far.

    Anything Gaudi is a good thing to see. Explore Gracia, bari gotic, barcelonetta, Mont Juic, Tibidabo, The magic fountain of Mont Juic...


    Park Guell/Gaudi Park
    La rambla
    La Boqarilla
    Gothic District
    El Born
    Parc de Ciutadella/Arc Di triumf
    Passeig de Gracia + Manzana de Discodia + The Gaudi Houses
    Barceloneta
    Mont Juic and the Magic Fountain (Go after sunset, and they have the fountain dot a music and light show for free for a few hours.)
    Also, they have a bunch of Olympic stadiums up there.
    Head up to Tibidabo (the church on top of the mountain) You can take a tram up or a metro tram.

    Good places to Eat:
    Sagardi- in El Born close to the metro stop Jaume I, good Basque Pinxtos, very good food
    Allium- good local food in Gothic quarter, next to Plaza Sant Jaume
    La Campainaria- I'm not sure where it is or if I spelled that right but everyone raved about it!
    Cervezateca- if you like beer find this place, it's very chill atmosphere and has a lot of good beers including a choclate beer.
    Oveja Negra- is a good bar (2 different locations, both pretty cool)
    The absinth bar in Raval
    Any Xurraria- Get some churros and chocolate, very very good.


    Be prepared to see signs in Catalan and NOT in Spanish, but don't worry most people speak english and they all speak spanish (though somewhat reluctantly sometimes).


    Can I fit in your suitcase? I lived there for 5 months and want to go back! I can be your tour guide! Lol.
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    Jul 20, 2011 5:50 PM GMT
    Since you'll be there in August, you might just be in time for the annual Circuit Festival. There's a different party every single day/night for 10 straight days but the most worth checking out is the Water Park Party. Had tons of fun the last time I was there!

    Enjoy Barcelona. It's one of my favorite cities and will most likely be yours too! ;-)


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    Jul 20, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    This is going to sound really cheesy, but do the Hop-On/Hop-Off bus tour around the city when you first get there. It is a really fantastic (and cheap!) way to get oriented to Barcelona. The bus provides audio headphones in several languages so you'll learn quite a bit about the city's history and its many landmarks.

    I personally didn't care for la Rambla. It was just a bunch of street performers and people selling crap.

    But Sitges is an absolute must. It's one of the best beaches I've ever been on. In fact, try to spend the night in Sitges if possible. My biggest regret from my Barcelona trip is that we only spent 1 day in Sitges.
  • sloughwest

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    Jul 20, 2011 8:22 PM GMT
    The food and service at Asador de Lugo was good and fair priced, we shared a salad of tomato and basil, and a plate of scrambled eggs with asparagus and garlic. For main we shared paella. I had a traditional milk desert all washed down with a bottle of Cresta sparkling portuguese wine (oops! icon_smile.gif )


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    and it is close to the Station Sants



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    Jul 20, 2011 8:26 PM GMT
    Just got back from there, myself! You will LOVE it.

    Definitely go the Bus Turista - it's a double-decker open-air bus that goes everywhere in the City. There are three different lines that are color coded an you can get on and off as you please. It's the best way to see it all.

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    Aug 09, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    I'll be there from August 27 til September 3rd, thanks for the info and have fun rbdude79!
    I would love to know if it's expensive to live there.

    Poolboy44 , how was your experience living there?
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    Aug 09, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    andymackenzie saidSince you'll be there in August, you might just be in time for the annual Circuit Festival. There's a different party every single day/night for 10 straight days but the most worth checking out is the Water Park Party. Had tons of fun the last time I was there!

    Enjoy Barcelona. It's one of my favorite cities and will most likely be yours too! ;-)


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    aaaaaahhhhh dont post those here. my friends are there right now and they've been posting pictures all over their wall. makes me soo damn jealous i cant be there right now. =(
  • SFGeoNinja

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    Aug 10, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    Go to Raim in the Barrio Gracia - it's a very cool, kinda hipster side of Barcelona and well worth checking out. The place has been in business since the last 19th century and they make an AWESOME mojito.

    For gay spots, go to Punto to start out your night around midnight . A great meat market spot with all types of guys. Then go to Metro if you're into the muscle crowd, Arena if twinks are your thing.

    For live music, check out Sala Apolo or Razmatazz.
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    Aug 10, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    Also, AVOID the Raval and Las Ramblas after midnight. The whole Las Ramblas street gets taken over by prostitutes by 2am, especially at the southern end and in/around the Raval. I made the mistake of walking back on Las Ramblas after a night of clubbing around 6am, thinking I'd be safer on a main street. Oh boy....never seen such aggressive hookers in my life! icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 10, 2011 3:05 PM GMT
    davidp7 saidAlso, AVOID the Raval and Las Ramblas after midnight. The whole Las Ramblas street gets taken over by prostitutes by 2am, especially at the southern end and in/around the Raval. I made the mistake of walking back on Las Ramblas after a night of clubbing around 6am, thinking I'd be safer on a main street. Oh boy....never seen such aggressive hookers in my life! icon_eek.gif


    omg LMAO thanks for the info!!
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    Aug 10, 2011 3:27 PM GMT
    Visca Catalunya!

    By far one of the best and moste interestig cities in the world.

    To stay:
    - Ohla Hotel
    - Oom Hotel
    - Hotel Camper
    - Hotel Cram
    - Hotel Axel (Gay - and in a good way)

    To eat:
    - el Japonés
    - Mordisco
    - Cinc Sentits
    - Velodromo (tapas)
    - Gastronomic Bar (Ohla Hotel)
    - Tapas24
    - comerc 24
    - Cuines de Santa Caterina
    - Le Petit Comité (ultra traditional catalan)


    To Drink
    - Mandarin Oriental
    - Roof top bar at Hotel Axel
    - Gimlet

    You have to check out the food market Bouqueria. Probably the wotlds best.

    Sitges.... ehhr is a bit cheesy though probably a must. The worlds first gay beach cala L´home mort is really nice. Long walk - but wort the effort.

    Marbella beach in Barcelona is the place if your in to a hunky muscular crowd.

    Bon profit!