Headed to Barcelona...any recommendations for restaurants, bars, clubs, beaches, tourist attractions?

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    Sep 04, 2009 7:31 PM GMT
    The bf and I are headed to Barcelona next week and I'm hoping some of the world travelers here on RJ can help me out with some recommendations. I've been twice before and have seen a lot, but I'm sure there is a lot I've missed. My bf has never been before so I want to make sure he has a great time. So far the only thing we have planned is a two-day stint mid-trip in Sitges. Let me know if you have any tips and thanks in advance!!
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    Sep 04, 2009 9:13 PM GMT
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  • somedaytoo

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    Sep 04, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    Great neopoliton resturant in the city. Can't remember the name thought. It's an awesome place.
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    Sep 04, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    Barcelona's such a fun city. If you're into parties, the "Arena" clubs on weekends are great. They run like 5 different clubs under that general brand. We enjoyed the "Arena VIP" one the most.

    In terms of food, I don't remember any restaurants in particular. It depends on your budget (BCN can be expensive sometimes). You can get inexpensive fruit platters and snacks at the market right off La Ramblas. I believe it's this one:

    Mercat de Sant Josep/ La Boqueria
    La Rambla de Sant Josep
    Metro: Liceu, (Green Line, L3)
    Mon-Sat: 08:00 - 20:30

    http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/shopping/barcelona-market.html

    Beyond the typical Gaudi sites (which are cool), a nice place to visit is the Picasso museum, featuring his early works. I never appreciated his art until we went there. It shows the whole process and how he developed his unique style. A real eye-opener.

    One thing to keep in mind is the 100ml rule when travelling to Europe. I've seen quite a few people have perfumes, colognes, booze etc. confiscated by airport security. In BCN your bags get scanned also upon arrival (strangely), so it's even more of a problem. It pays to make sure anything with more than 100ml of liquid is packed in your checked luggage, to avoid problems.
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    Sep 05, 2009 12:05 AM GMT
    Be sure to try the ham! Not just any ham, but a jamón de bellota, made from the famous acorn-fed black-footed (pata negra) Spanish pigs. You can get these baguettes with jamón, and a tomato-olive oil spread that is very nice (cheese as well if you are game). I have been to Barcelona a few times and these things are one of my favorite and cheap treats! You can get them at most road-side bakeries and coffee shops.

    Go to the Boqueria and inspect the wares of the many ham vendors found at wondrous market, which is every bit as great as advertised (off La Ramblas).
    There are at least 15 ham vendors at the Boqueria.
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    Sep 05, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    I wasn't hugely fussed by Barcelona, but that may have been because the weather was a bit shite and we had just spent a week in Ibiza, 3 days in Valencia and 2 in Sitges. I'm not sure if you've been to Sitges before, but it's a great place. We lazed on the beach and then just wandered around and got lost in the side streets. Have fun!
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    Sep 05, 2009 12:56 AM GMT
    ...the architecture of Barcelona is amazing and the street life of Spain is the best in the world- make sure you do a tour of Gaudi's work - just ask - hop on hop off buses are cheap -

    the big catalonian gallery is also worth a couple of visits - also read up on the history of the city - always good to know where the city has come from - and how it has evolved

    amazing men and sexy city - to me Stitges is pretty second rate - much too gay for my tastes icon_redface.gif
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    Sep 05, 2009 6:10 AM GMT
    The best place to get up to date information on gay Barcelona is www.revistanois.com. Type in the url. You will get to a pink screen. Click on it, and you will be directed to the latest cover of Barcelona's gay magazine. Just below the cover picture, you will see two download links. Download "pagina 27-52". This is a pdf doc. Once you've downloaded it, scroll down a little and you will find every gay bar, club, restaurant and happening in the city with a little description in spanish, french and english. There is also a very handy city map with the location of all gay places clearly indicated. This site is updated every month.

    Barcelona is a great city. I wouldn't miss the Arena group's partys, or dinner at Castro's. If you're into sex clubs, I would strongly advise you to be safe at all times (there has been an unprecedented outbreak of sifilis in the gay communty in Barcelona). In Sitges there's an all-male nudist beach after the southernmost hotel, just across the little river by the golf course. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
  • GQjock

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    Sep 05, 2009 8:41 AM GMT
    Barcelona is a great city

    I've been there many times It's a great place to sight-see, and a great gay city too
    You can spend days just walking along Las Ramblas
    A huge pedestrian walkway that traverses the entire city
    There are all shoppes and restaurants along the way you can explore and it's fun to just sit and people watch
    The Gaudi homes and his Cathedral to the Family are not to be missed
    as well as the Park that he made that's in his name
    The Old Olympic Park and tramway gives you great views of the city and it's a great workout because everything is uphill

    and lastly you can take a day trip over to Sitges which is a quick train ride away from the city
    It's a great beach resort that has a significant gay presense
    During your stay it's not to be missed

    Barcelona has a great Night Life
    and there is a section called Boystown but there are clubs and bars all over the city
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    Sep 07, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    Thanks, all, for your responses! Appreciate the tips ;)
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    Sep 07, 2009 7:15 PM GMT
    See it ALL! It is spectacular whether on promenades or ancient back streets. Search Youtube for home movies, etc, too.

    I'd return every year, if I could.
  • KepaArg

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    Sep 07, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
    I really feel in love while I was in Barcelona, granted I was only there for 4 days. I stayed at the Arts Hotel near the Olympic Port, there was a really good place to eat seafood and paella around there, but I can´t remember the name off the top of my head.

    There is a really great place for dinner off a side street in the Gothic Corner called Pla, or maybe Re Pla! I ended up meeting a local boy during my stay who took me here, hands down one of the best dinners during my trip.

    Other people have suggested things to do, and I can´t think of whatelse to add as that' s generally what i did on top of lots of shopping. didn´t make it down to sitges that trip, but I plan to stop oiver in BCN again when I head to Europe next spring.

    Enjoy your trip!
  • DuggerPDX

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    Sep 07, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    I just posted a story on Barcelona in my Blog, you might find it interesting:

    http://davaulttravel.blogspot.com/