This Barcelona Tour contains 3 pages. At the end of the Tour you will know how to say Tapas and Beer in Catalan. (see Map)
La Rambla is very live at day and in the evening. There are, in fact, several Ramblas in Barcelona and even this one is separated into several ones. The metro stations at la Rambla are : (green line) Catalunya, Liceu and Drassanes.
Watch this Video of a Walk along La Rambla.
If you will look closely at the following picture, you will see a woman holding tightly her bag (focus yourself on the right side). That happens because women in la Rambla are wary of pickpockets. If you happen to be a male, walking alone at la Rambla at above average speed, the women will automatically grasp their bag and you will feel like Al Capone. If you want to avoid this, find yourself a girlfriend or a dog to walk with at la Rambla.
(see Map). At plaza Catalunya you will find the huge department store "El Corte Ingles" and the cool "Fnac" and also an Apple store. There is a tourist information in front of the "El corte Ingles" (at underground level). There is also the airport bus and the touristic bus. A lot of demonstrations are held in this square.
See this Video.
It is situated half way down la Rambla, on the right, metro Liceu. (Map)
A lot of nice fruits at this market:
In the following picture you can see a man in extreme danger and a woman who doesn't really care :
Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy but made his discoveries under the auspices of Spain. It is not clear to where his finger is pointing, it is not towards Genoa and not to the Americas.
Anyway, I think this is a great place to fix an appointment with someone (when it is not raining). Don't believe someone who tells you he couldn't find the statue.
If you don't mind being in a very small space with other tourists, you can go upstairs with an elevator and get a nice view.
(Map). The port is one of the biggest in Europe and the touristic part is called Port Vell (means Old Harbour in Catalan). Port Vell has a marina with yachts and a shopping center (Maremagnum). The wooden docks is a great place to catch the sun. If you happen to be there at dusk you will see a big ferry boat entering the port, it comes from the nearby Baleares islands (Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca). If you really want, and you have a lot of spare time, you can return each 24 hours and see the same boat entering the port and dream with thoughts.
Huge Cruise ShipsSome of the biggest cruise ships of the world are making a stop at Barcelona. Here in the photo you can see the biggest one, it is called Oasis of Seas (361 meters). From port Vell (the touristic one) you can take an excursion of 40 minutes with a touristic boat called Las Golondrinas that will take you visit the port area and if you are lucky, one of these huge boats will be there.
(Map). Visit the page about the Shopping.
These two, live at la Barceloneta and they don't like me to take pictures in their neighborhood :
Opium, Catwalk, Pacha) and on the lower dock there is a raw of disco-pubs (at least 20) which become active late at night. There is also a Casino. (Map)(Metro station: Ciutadella - Vila olimpica)
(Map) in form of a sail. This hotel is for very rich people. At dusk, you can visit the bar at floor 26 and take pictures.
For the rest of us there are many hotels, hostels and pensions in in the heart of Barcelona, at the old town (Ciutat Vella).
At high season (July, August) it can be be tough to find accommodation without a reservation. Prices are fine for Europe: An individual room in a hostel is about 30 euros, a bed in a dormitory 15 euros.
See the page : Where to stay in Barcelona, for an idea about the potential zones for the Hotel.
View from the bar at the W hotel:
(Map). This is probably the most special and beautiful district in Barcelona. Need to be visited at day and at night.
(Map) was built between the 13th to the 15th centuries but the facade is from the 19 century.
Don't forget to see the illuminated facade also at night.
(Map) has the Barcelona municipality building on one side and the Cataluña government building on the oposite.
(Map). This place is specially cool at night with many fashionable bars at Paseo del Born and around.
(Map) to visit at El Born. Don't worry, the picture was taken in Halloween night, usually it is a peaceful place.
Centro Cultural of the Born
Till 1920 it was a covered market. When it was decided to restore the
place, the excavations revealed the city of Barcelona as it was around
1700. Now it is a cultural center, you can see the ruins from above and
read the interesting explanations. Map
(Map) is a nice one. It is right next to "El Born" neighborhood.
(Map), (Zoo site)
Copito de Nieve (Snowflake) was an albino gorilla in the Barcelona zoo, the only albino gorilla known. He became very popular and was the mascot of Barcelona. He died in 2003 but his spirit is still in the zoo and you can see his photo in many postcards in town.
(Map) Visit the Transport page.
Map, Official Site
The Sagrada Familia is very impressive from the outside (from all its angles) but if you wait in a long queue of tourists you can visit also the inside :
And if you visit inside, don't forget the museum in the underground where you can see the workshop in which they are using 3D models and deciphering Gaudi's drawings.
Sant PaoFrom the Sagrada Familia, you can walk 10 minutes in the nice pedestrian street called “Av de Gaudi” and arrive to this lovely building which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was till 2009 a functional hospital, now it is a museum and the hospital has a new building behind.Map
Continue to page 2 of Barcelona
More on Barcelona, on this site :
- Where to Stay in Barcelona - Potential Zones for your Hotel.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Barcelona - Weather, Feasts, Costs...
- Barcelona Tour - How is Barcelona, get the feeling of the city.
- What to Visit in Barcelona - The Tourist Attractions and how to Arrive.
- Shopping Zones and Commercial Centers in Barcelona.
- Barcelona Nightlife - Where to Drink and Dance in Barcelona.
- Barcelona Transport - How to arrive from the airport, metro, buses, trains, outside town...
- Barcelona Cost - Typical prices in Barcelona, change money...
- Barcelona Internet - How and where
to buy a local SIm, cost...
- Vegetarian Restaurants and Fast-Food in
Barcelona - Eating Healthy.
- Barcelona Maps - Google maps with points of interest for tourists.
- Barcelona Photos - Nice photos of the city.
Useful Products for the Trip Hidden pocket to carry cash, padlock, Universal plug adaptor...
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Tour of Tel-Aviv city, with a lot of Info and Maps.
Visit - What to Pack ? - the Visual List that will help you not to forget things before your trip.
If you need a simple and flexible Travel Insurance (Health), fill the dates and you will see the price.
See my Vegetarian page. Why be Vegetarian ? What to eat ?
See my Salsa Dance page. Salsa main Styles. Why Dance Salsa ?
Listen to basic Words In Spanish , Words in French , Words in Hebrew
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