Start with the first page of the Barcelona Tour the Transport page for more details about the Metro and tickets.
Visit the Transport page for details about the different ways to arrive to the city center.
Fnac. As far as I'm concerned I could live all my life inside a Fnac. They let you listen to music, sit and read books, touch the cameras and laptops and there is even a coffee place. One of the Fnac is at Plaza Cataluña.
El Cort Ingles is a huge national Spanish department store. There is one at Plaza Cataluña and a second one, not far, at Portal de l'Àngel. The one at Portal de l'Àngel is more sportive and the one at plaza Cataluña is more classic.
(Map). You will find a lot of small commercial streets between "Portal de l'Àngel" and "La Rambla". Also, from Plaza de Cataluña, you can walk at the other direction, to the big avenue "Paseo de Gracia", the shops are more exclusive there. Visit the Shopping page.
Opium and Catwalk at Puerto Olimpico, City Hall club at plaza catalunya and BLVD at the end of la Rambla. Visit the Nightlife page.
At puerto Olimpico there are some fancy Nightclubs but if you want a really fun experience get down to the pier and you will see a row of small dancing clubs. There is not really an entry selection to access these clubs and inside you will meet people of all kinds, ages and countries. The music consists of summer hits and if you want to hear the same song again (and again) just move to the next club in the row. There are also beautiful girls in underwear dancing on the podiums.
(Map) is a good place to go. Also the barrio gótico is busy, around plaza real for example and the street Ample at the end of la Rambla to the left, has many nice bars like Margarita Blue .
If you insist on drinking a Guinness and you are looking for an Irish Pub, there is a concentration of them at Ferran street (Map) (Down La Rambla, to the left). Visit the Nightlife page.
Mojito and Antilla. Like other dancing clubs in Barcelona, also Salsa begins late at night, especially on the week-ends. At Mojito, on the week-ends, the night starts with Salsa but after an hour or so, it changes to popular Latin music like Reggaetons. Watch this Video of Salsa party at "Agua de Luna" at Halooween. Visit the Nightlife page.
Watch this Video of a music parade (drums) in Barcelona.
Palau de la MusicaIf your music style is more oriented towards the classics, you should visit the Palau de la Musica. It is an impressive building from outside and inside.
If you buy a ticket, you could hear a classical guitar concert, Bach, Beethoven...
The place is not far from plaza Cataluña. See Map
November begins to be cold and January is the coldest month with 13 Celsius as average at day and 4 at night. Barcelona and all Spain is very sunny throughout the year. More about the climate here
Visit the Cost page for common prices in Barcelona.
L'Auberge Espagnole in which a French Student comes to Barcelona as part of the Erasmus exchange program. Barcelona has some of the top world ranked universities, among them : the University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra. Because there are so many students, it is quite difficult to find good apartments for long time rentals. On the positive side, the students bring to Barcelona a special atmosphere.
As a tourist it's important for you to know these words in Spanish and Catalan:
Beer = Cerveza (in Spanish) = Cervesa (in Catalan)
Tapas = Tapas (in Spanish) = Tapes (in Catalan)
Watch this Video with Human Castles in Barcelona.
Watch this Video with Giant Dolls in Barcelona.
Watch this Video with Catalan popular dance, in front of the Cathedral.
(see Map). Sitges is a small coastal town, known for its annual film festival and Carnival and as a popular destination for gays and lesbians.
It is easy to reach Sitges. With the suburban train, it takes about 40 minutes. See the transport page, for details.
the transport page, for details.
(Map). You can choose to go to Nightclubs with predominantly German tourists or ones with Russians, there are also some other nationalities in Lloret de mar.
To reach Lloret de Mar you can take a suburban train from Plaza Catalunya till Blanes (one hour and a half) and then a short bus ride till Lloret de Mar.
See the transport page, for details.
(see Map) is located at a 100 Km from Barcelona and it takes about an hour to reach it with the suburban train from "Paseo de Gracia" or "Sants" stations. With the new high speed train it takes just 40 minutes (from Sants station). See the transport page, for details. When you go to Girona you switch to another province, the town has nice streets, a river, a cathedral, an old fortification and an old Jewish Quarter.
(Map) is almost on the French border and just 40 Km from Girona, so you can visit both of them by train. Tourists visit Figueres mainly because it is the birthplace of the artist Salvador Dalí and there is the Dalí theatre and museum to visit. See the transport page, for details.
(Map) can be visited from Barcelona in one long day with a special tourist bus. Andorra is a very small state , bordered by Spain and France. If you enter the many shops in town, you will feel like at a airport, because the goods are tax free and the cigarettes and other merchandises are exposed like in a departure hall. There are Ski stations, at the mountains around. See the transport page, for details.
Barcelona is slightly sloped, the beach is on the down side and the mountains (Tibidabo) on the up side, so if you are lost and without a GPS, you may still know your direction.
La Rambla is a very central street going from Pl. Catalunya to the port. the Gothic quarter is on the left (going down la Rambla) and El Raval is on the right. El Born is right after the Gótico and La Barceloneta is the first beach after the port.
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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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