Barcelona and vicinity

Reply

Feb 24th, 2001, 04:46 PM
  #1
jbering
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Barcelona and vicinity

I plan to go to Barcelona in May. I do not plan to rent a car, but possibly take the train to Bilbao and Madrid (from Barcelona). Has anyone taken this journey? Is it safe travelling solo on the train? What interesting areas are around Barcelona?
 
Reply With Quote
Feb 26th, 2001, 07:45 PM
  #2
Bruce Davidson
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
There are no interesting sites in Barcelona. It's a big bore!!! Go to Cleveland instead. You will have a better time there. Trains are perfectly safe in europe--even in Spain, but make sure your train is on it's way to another country.
 
Reply With Quote
Feb 27th, 2001, 10:38 AM
  #3
Marc David Miller
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
You might consider flying; I took a plane between Madrid-Bilbao-Barcelona last Jan. for less than $60 (Air Europa). Flight is about an hour, and the airport is about 20 minutes by cab from the Guggenheim
 
Reply With Quote
Feb 27th, 2001, 02:09 PM
  #4
Marc David Miller
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Note that the above should have read "less than $60 for each leg".
 
Reply With Quote
Feb 27th, 2001, 02:20 PM
  #5
Capo
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Interesting areas around Barcelona...

To the south: Tarragona, with Roman ruins & Sitges, a resort town.

To the east: the dramatic monastery of Montserrat.

To the north: the towns of Girona & Figueres (where the Salvador Dali museum is located), and the whitewashed seaside town of Cadaques near the French/Spanish border.

Barcelona itself is a wonderful city...you'll love it.
 
Reply With Quote
Feb 27th, 2001, 02:22 PM
  #6
mbb
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I just saved our family an 8 hour train trip by flying to Madrid. $203 for 4 tickets. Try - www.travelocity.com or
europebyair.com
 
Reply With Quote
Mar 4th, 2001, 10:44 AM
  #7
mg
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
The trip from Barcelona to Madrid is very long. Flight is safer for solo travel....many gypsy-type people with quick hands.
 
Reply With Quote
Mar 21st, 2001, 02:11 PM
  #8
Chas
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I haven't done that particular trip, but have travelled throughout Europe via train. It's a very safe and economical way to get around. Just as anywhere else, be aware of your surroundings.

I recall Barcelona as a kid and was personaly impressed (even though myine and my Mom's passports were stolen from our car). One place I hope to visit and spend time in this summer is a small town of Sitges (south of Barcelona), on the beach. I recall much Sangria and fun evenings. Hope you fare well in your sojourn(s).
 
Reply With Quote
Mar 21st, 2001, 02:37 PM
  #9
Gloria
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Hello,
I agree with all the places Capo mentioned and especially, Montserrat, not to be missed! I would include Toledo as another highlight of our trip and the wonderful hotel we stayed in outside the city.
I loved Barcelona! The Palau de la Musica is a must see! It is one of the most beautiful buildings I have been in.
We drove from Madrid to Toledo back to the coast up to, and including Andorra, and back to Barcelona during the 9 days we had a car. I much prefer a car over train travel. We took the night train from Barcelona to Madrid. I didn't care much for that. We had booked a private sleeper for 4 and was put into a sleeper for 6! Not much sleep that night, wouldn't go that route again.
I hope this helps, email me if you would like any more specifics!
Have a wonderful trip!
Gloria
 
Reply With Quote
Mar 21st, 2001, 02:50 PM
  #10
sharona
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
If you like the beach I would also recommend Sitges. The beach in Barcelona is nice, particularly for a city beach, but Sitges is a fun resort town with a nice wide beach. You can easily get there by train.

I also took a tour of the Cordiniu winery, about an hour outside of Barcelona. The grounds were lovely and the tour was very well organized and informative, much more so than some wineries I visited in France (Bordeaux).

And of course Montserrat.
 
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 04:47 PM.