Advance Tickets in Barcelona

Apr 30th, 2014, 02:59 PM
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Oh, that's very good to know! Thanks for the tip. Our performance doesn't start until 9:30pm so who knows what we'll end up doing!
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Apr 30th, 2014, 03:17 PM
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I think our performance was at 7:30 or 8:00. I checked the web site and the cafe stays open until midnight, although it looked pretty dark when we left the theater.

http://www.palaumusica.cat/en/cafe-foyer_28802
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May 1st, 2014, 06:41 AM
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Awesome! Thank you!
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May 2nd, 2014, 06:05 AM
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The only place you absolutely should prebook is Sagrada Familia.

La Pedrera Casa Batllo are not worth even paying to go into, let alone prebooking. Neither has much inside, especially Casa Batllo. It's not worth the money to see a few chimneys at La Pedrera.
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May 2nd, 2014, 08:56 AM
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Thanks, 1hughes for confirming what I was thinking when we were in Barcelona last week. We haven't visited Casa Batlló, nor La Pedrera. La Pedrera was completely surrounded by scaffolding which wasn't very enticing to buy entrance tickets.
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May 2nd, 2014, 09:05 AM
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MyriamC-I agree--a lot of Euros for an empty building to see Casa Battlo. I wish I had these comments before putting out 76 Euro for both houses!!
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May 2nd, 2014, 12:05 PM
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Really?? I find it very interesting that you are saying that the Gaudi houses are not worth going in to. This is the first I am seeing that its not worth it. The pictures I have seen look very nice and once when I asked on this forum if I should just look from the outside or pay to go inside, I was scolded for considering not entering. Can you explain in a little more detail why its not worth it?
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May 2nd, 2014, 12:26 PM
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Casa Batllo doesn't have furniture but it has beautiful tile and stained glass and the architecture is interesting. My photos don't do it justice.

I thought the admission fees in Barcelona were quite high but I'm so glad that I saw everything I did. I hardly ever regret anything I see on vacation.

kakiebell - the E76 must have been for 4 tickets, not 2?
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May 2nd, 2014, 12:48 PM
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Adrienne-yes 2 tickets to Mila and 2 tickets to Battlo. Like I said in earlier posts, if you are a huge Gaudi fan, then by all means see Casa Battlo. If you are limited on the amount of time you are in Barcelona, I found much more interesting things to with my time and money. If you are going to kick yourself if you do not go in, then by all means go. I remember your posts from earlier and people telling you "why would you just walk by?" I did not understand that then but now I do after being there. Have a great time in Barcelona. It is a fabulous city and chocked full of great attractions. If you did nothing but walk the streets, it would be a treat. I would love to go back some day!
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May 2nd, 2014, 01:26 PM
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Thanks kakiebell! I felt bad thinking I might not enter all of the Gaudi houses but I'm sure we will pick one of them. I'm not a big Gaudi "fan" but would like to see some of his work. Its nice to see that I'm not crazy for not entering everything.

I do have one question for you. You say that you found much more interesting things to do with your time and money. I'm very interested in knowing what some of those things are.
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May 3rd, 2014, 01:04 AM
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Glad to read that I'm not the only one who found the adminission fees in Barcelona to be on the (very) high side. The drawback of being a very touristy destination.
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May 3rd, 2014, 02:32 AM
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If you do decide to walk by Casa Batllo rather than go inside then do so early in the day before the light washes out the facade colors. We went at mid day and the light was very strong and I felt it wasn't the best time to see the building.

I've mentioned this before but please do add the Palau de la Musica.
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May 3rd, 2014, 03:26 AM
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Casa Batlló is also nice from the outside in the evening. It is nicely lit and I was told that the color of the light is different every night.
http://s23.postimg.org/kdbh9lg3f/DSC08064.jpg
http://s1.postimg.org/tqce4g61r/DSCI0055.jpg

Another vote for the Palau de la Música!
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May 3rd, 2014, 08:34 AM
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Nightfawl--we just enjoy walking through the streets of cities. My husband wanted to see the Jewish Quarter so we found ourselves wandering through lots of alleyways. All of the churches are free to go into and there is some incredible architecture on the outsides and insides.
We went to a concert at the Palau de la Musica one night and it is a very beautiful place. If you do not go to a concert, you should try to go inside. The Museum of History in the Barceloneta is incredibly well done and very interesting. There is a restaurant on the top floor (1881 is the name) and they had a nice lunch menu. Also, from the top floor of the museum you could see all the way to Montjuic and the bay with
the boats and yachts. Barceloneta also has some interesting housing just to show you how the common man lives. We like that kind of exposure to introduce you to how the Catalan people live.
Of course, Sagrada Familia is a must. We spent two hours there without a tour and took the Nativity tower up. You will never see another church like this one.
All the different Placas (squares) have great architectural elements and often you might see a Sardana (local dance on Sundays at noon) or other spontaneous events going on. We saw Placa Reial, Place Catalunya, Catedral de la Seu, El Quatre Gats (restaurant with history), Placa Saint Felip Neri, Placa St. Jaume, Placa del Rei, Santa Maria del Mar,
The Eixample area is great for just walking through--lots of high end stores and good restaurants. Our favorite tapas restaurant was Cervesia de Catalan on Mallorca. Great tapas at a decent price. Try to go there earlier so you do not have to wait. They do not take reservations.
The Picasso Museum was interesting if you are an art enthusiast. We enjoyed it but there are none of his great works there. It was enjoyable to see some of his rough sketches and his exposure to life in Paris and how it influenced his later works.
The Bocqueria was very interesting. Lots of food, drinks, candies, etc. You could wander in there for a hour and have something to eat. A lot of the places had chairs where you could pull up and eat right there.
We did not find The Rambla very interesting. There is traffic in the middle of both sides so to me it took away any specialness of that street.
We just ran out of time--we rode the subway, took taxis and walked a million miles it seemed. We only had 4 days and I wish we had more. I would have gone to the Miro Museum and some of the other art museums.
The time just gets away from you traveling from one site to the other. You think you can do a lot in one day but it seems that I did not get done all that I wanted to.
Any more questions, feel free to ask.
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Jun 10th, 2014, 03:33 PM
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bookmarking for our trip to Barcelona this summer--thank you!
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Jun 10th, 2014, 06:13 PM
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I see that most of these comments are referencing May/June and referring to school groups and crowds. We will be in Barcelona in mid-September. Does anyone have an opinion on if the crowds/lines will be just as long or so many school groups?
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Jun 10th, 2014, 06:25 PM
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There were lines in April at Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Casa Batllo. The only place I saw school groups was at Casa Batllo. I'm sure there will be lines in September. Best to buy tickets ahead so you can walk right into these sights.
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