7 Days in Barcelona - Too long?

Old Jan 19th, 2003, 04:33 PM
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7 Days in Barcelona - Too long?

I am flying into Barcelona in mid-March for my first trip to Spain. I am now looking at the possibility of side-trips [Montserrat, the Pyranees] as well. How many days should I budget to see the major sights of Barcelona? Do you think that there is enough time in a week for an additional sidetrip to the Pyranees?
Old Jan 19th, 2003, 05:31 PM
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I never took any sidetrips outside of Barcelona. However, I think it would take about 3 days to see all the major Barcelona attractions. I was there four days and did a lot in a leisurely pass.
Old Jan 19th, 2003, 06:49 PM
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One day is enough for me! I know I'm in the minority but Barcelona is a port city and so has the coming and going of that of a typical port and not very "Spanish"! You have to know where you are otherwise watchout!After the cathedral,las Ramblas, head down the coast to the true Spain of Granada etc.
Old Jan 19th, 2003, 07:21 PM
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Barcelona is fabulous! I am going for my 4th trip in 7 years in May. I am going for 9 days this time, spending only 4 days in Barcelona and then renting a car to finally drive north to the Costa Brava, Figueres (Salvador Dali's Museum), Girona, etc. I decided that even with 9 days, the Pyrennes would be too much for this period of time. I've spent a total of about 30 days in Barcelona. (I have an artist friend who lives there.) I think it would take 4-5 days to see the "highlights." You can walk to many places, and taxi fares are cheap for the others. Plus, it depends on how leisurely you travel. Just walking around and looking at the architecture could keep you busy for a couple of days. I am also planning on going to Monserrat this time. This would be a good short day trip by train from the downtown station. In the summer, taking the train 30 minutes south to Sitges, a cute beach resort, is also highly recommended.
Old Jan 19th, 2003, 09:20 PM
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I agree with Jordon. There's so much in Barcelona, especially the Gaudi architecture and also the Miro and Picasso museums. Don't miss Parc Guell and Casa Mila. I was even impressed with the port--the water was so clean you could see the fish (rare for a big city). You might want to take in one or two day trips, but there's plenty in Barcelona to occupy your time as well. Have a great trip.
Old Jan 20th, 2003, 02:43 AM
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Outlook Express does not like your e-mail address so if you e-mail me, I will send you some folders of notes on barcelona and around, including the Pyrenees.
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