Planning a July trip to Barcelona and Ibiza. Suggestions?

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    Apr 24, 2013 3:46 AM GMT
    About 10 days.

    1.) What are some fun/interesting things to do?
    2.) How good does my Spanish need to be? (I can count to 10 and say "Where is the bathroom?" right now).
    3.) Beard or no beard?
    4.) Other tips?

    Thanks!!!
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    Apr 24, 2013 7:56 AM GMT
    I don't know anything abt it, but Defs go beard

  • Apr 24, 2013 2:25 PM GMT
    Both are amazing place. Ibiza definitely takes the gold though. Both are beautiful places but very different. Barcelona brings you lots of architecture, history, natural beauty. Ibiza is like a resort island 24-7. Parties/beaches/beauty/anything you could ever want.
    You can get by without knowing much spanish. You can figure a lot of it out while there just by knowing some of the basics so dont sweat it. Have a good trip man. Both are DEFINITELY money well spent.

  • Apr 24, 2013 2:27 PM GMT
    one more thing... I'm not really into the club scene, but Ibiza is all about it and I still had the best weekend of my life with it. Go to the club Pacha. It's the number one club on the island and is absolutely insane. Also, stay on a place on the beach if you can. You wont regret it. AND with Barcelona, check out a shots bar. They are pretty sweet and nothing like you see in the US. Anymore questions, don't hesitate to hit me up.
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    Apr 24, 2013 4:26 PM GMT
    No beard (generally. No idea about Spain)

    Also, watch out there are lots of gays there. You might get attacked.

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    Apr 24, 2013 4:36 PM GMT
    I've been to Spain 15 times but I don't speak Spanish. You'll be fine if you can understand a little, and speak a little tourist. Things like "the bill", "can I get a table for two", saying the drink name in the correct accent, airports & gate numbers, etc get you most of the way. Ask for English menus, your hotel should be no problem.

    BCN is amazing. Go to Tibidabo on a bright sunny day for spectacular views, do the Gaudi things. Please look after your wallet and iPhone in tourist areas - it doesn't mean you should avoid La Rambla, etc but just keep your hands on them if possible, or wear zippered shorts. I had 4 of 4 friends lose their iPhones last summer (I did not, somehow).

    Arena is a fun club in the evenings, as is the rooftop of the Axel Hotel which gets very popular for 'early' (read: 9pm) drinks. Everything is so late in BCN and Madrid, so just stay on US time and you'll be fine. Clubs often START at 2am, in case you didn't know that already!

    The W Hotel on the beach is fun for a cocktail, and the gay beach is worth visiting and has lunch/drinks places all along the various beaches (str8 and gay). It's nice day out if you tired of walking around old cathedrals. You can get a cab there - and the taxis are fairly inexpensive (often with hot drivers - what?!?). Keep in mind Spain is in a financial crisis so people are looking for your dollar and decent deals can be found. If you're going in EARLY July, "Rebajas" should be on where most stores discount clothes etc by 50% or more.

    Don't buy duty free booze on the way there - it's dirt cheap in the small markets / express stores (eg. a bottle of base vodka 10/12 euros). Get out 300-400 euros for your trip once there to avoid the bank fees from multiple smaller amounts too.

    Beard - it looks great on you, but just be aware that Spain led the gay man beard thing about 3-4 years ago, so you may be more of novelty without one. It seems most Spanish men still have 'em, but in those months the city will be swarming with gays from everywhere.
  • builtnycguy

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    Apr 24, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    Don't know about Ibiza, but can tell you some about Barcelona.
    1. Do all the Gaudi stuff, especially Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia. Take the elevator to the top of S.F. (separate ticket). La Boqueria is one of the world's great markets -- amazing food and produce; right off la Rambla; don't miss it.
    2. You're not in Spain; you're in Catalonia, and the language is Catalan -- related to but not always mutually comprehensible with Spanish. But I heard more English spoken in Barcelona than anywhere else in Spain. Smile, wink and you'll be fine. Cerveza, por favor, Euro, gracias -- that and your numbers are all you need to know. Oh, and me mucho gusto jamon Iberico.
    3. Beard in Barcelona, especially if you go to Bacon Bear Bar. You can probably shave it (and everything else) off for Ibiza.
    4. Maybe try Txapela on Passeig de Gracia for tapas one night.
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    Apr 25, 2013 2:12 AM GMT
    Thanks for the tips guys. These are very helpful.
  • Suetonius

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    Apr 25, 2013 6:06 AM GMT
    1) Side trip from Barcelona to Sitges - gay beach resort town - 1/2 hour west of Barcelona by suburban train. Should be hot in July.
  • bobsmith_ca

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    Apr 27, 2013 12:21 AM GMT
    Not sure if some of this is repetitive but here it goes anyway:


    1.) What are some fun/interesting things to do?

    Barcelona is a dream. Fantastic city - easy to get around, great food and lots of stuff to do. Take a half hour train to Sitges which is an uber gay friendly little town.

    Ibiza is phenomenal but I was surprised it was not as gay friendly as I thought it was going to be. Not homophobic by any means but you do need to watch it. If you like clubbing (like I do), you will be pleased. Definitely try Pacha, Amnesia (they have a famous gay party called La Troya) and Space. It's an experience like no other and stunning beaches as well. Ibiza is a huge cash grab though - prepare to spend 30-60 EU to enter a club and 10 EU on water / up to 18 EU for drinks.

    2.) How good does my Spanish need to be? (I can count to 10 and say "Where is the bathroom?" right now).

    I speak no Spanish and found it OK.

    3.) Beard or no beard?

    No beard - it's summer icon_smile.gif.

    4.) Other tips?

    Watch for thieves in bars and on the street. Very common in Barcelona. When some hottie grinds on you, go ahead but just ensure you watch where his hands are going.

    Enjoy the food!!!
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    Apr 27, 2013 12:34 AM GMT
    3) Keep the beard. It looks great on you.

    I have no idea about the other questions.
  • flahotstuff

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    Apr 27, 2013 12:35 AM GMT
    stay at the Axel Hotel and go to Metro Disco everyone is friendly and the Spanish they speak you will never understand- this is Barcelona!
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    Apr 27, 2013 12:52 AM GMT
    Beard...yes.
    The Claris is a great hotel, but you may even try to couchsurf...meet locals and have a better time. Don't worry about your Spanish, I've lived there for 4 summers...aaaaand, you might know more than me. And definately go north or south on other beaches and find a "cherangita" (sp) a bar on the beach...they are open until 3 or 4...best nights.

    Good luck...its an amazing city
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    Apr 27, 2013 1:18 AM GMT
    I usually rent a place on airbnb when I go to BCN - dreta de l'example or el bariri gotic but honestly it's so easy to get around it doesn't really matter.
    If you shave your beard that will qualify as an international incident.
    Your Spanish doesn't have to be good but I think you will be shocked how much you will pick up in a short time. Within a week, I knew how to say all the basic phrases to go about my day. I have been here over a year and I am still learning but you'll figure out how to get by.
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    May 13, 2013 3:41 AM GMT
    I'm visiting Barcelona August 1st, for about two/three weeks. Which are the most gay friendly places? And where are the best gay bars/clubs?