one day in Barcelona. what would you do?

Jul 11th, 2005, 11:46 AM
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one day in Barcelona. what would you do?

We have one-one half days in Barcelona. Does anyone have any suggestions what we can do in that short time frame? We are open to anything.
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Jul 11th, 2005, 12:11 PM
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we took their hop on hop off bus tour around the city in a day. easy way to see all of the top sites.
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Jul 11th, 2005, 12:21 PM
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Agree with Hop-On/Hop-off; gothic cathedral, Sagrada Familia, other Gaudi architecture and the bird sellers and illegal shell games on La Ramblas.

Watch your pockets if you take the Metro anywhere!
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Jul 11th, 2005, 02:02 PM
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Yes the Bus Turistic is an ideal way to see Barcelona in just one day. The cost is €17 per person for one day (or €20 for two days)
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Jul 11th, 2005, 02:29 PM
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LDTC2,

BTW here is the Bus Turistic site:

http://www.barcelona-on-line.es/eng/...s_turistic.htm

Good surfing.
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Jul 11th, 2005, 03:58 PM
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Thanks everyone! As usual, you were all responsive and informative! LDTC2
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Jul 11th, 2005, 07:35 PM
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Don't waste your time and money going into la Sagrada Familia. We loved the park and would choose that any day over the church. The Ramblas is forgettable and we much preferred the Pagg=sseg de Gracia.
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Jul 11th, 2005, 07:58 PM
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Hi, We were just there before a cruise and had 1 and a half days to explore. Heres what we did. We got there in the early afternoon, so we walked from our hotel in the Eixample area to Las Ramblas and spent a leisurely few hours just strolling and looking. We ended at the statue of Columbus and walked around the harbor and beach close by. Exploring any city by walking around is always the best I think, just not always possible. We went back to the hotel rested and showered and took off again in the early evening for the Bari Gothic. Saw some lovely buildings and the Cathedral and then stopped at a crowded looking cafe for dinner (tapas). The next morning we bought the bus turistic ticket and did the blue route and then the red route. We did not get off at the Sagrada Familia or the Parc Guell, but we saw them and alot of other wonderful places. I could spend a day at Montjuic alone! If you have the whole day, you can get off the bus and look around some of the sights that interest you, but I really think we'll be going back there when we have more time.
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Jul 11th, 2005, 11:23 PM
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Julies is just pissed off because the shell game guy won every time on La Ramblas!
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Jul 12th, 2005, 12:14 AM
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LOL Intrepid1!

I can see why people might prefer the Passeig De Gracia to Las Ramblas but I don't think I would ever describe the latter as "forgettable".

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Jul 12th, 2005, 07:59 AM
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Well, I live in Barcelona and I can say that it's difficult to see the city in one day.
I recommend you the quarter of l'Eixample, which is full or "art nouveau" buildings (not only Gaud&iacuteand the Barri Gòtic, especially two of its squares: Plaça del Rei anf the hidden and unknown Plaça Sant Felip Neri.
One gothic church better than the cathedral: Santa Maria del Mar (it is located in the quarter of El Born, our "SoHo").
Please, avoid the Ramblas and walk in the elegants Rambla Catalunya and Passeig de Gràcia.
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Jul 12th, 2005, 09:51 AM
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Alex2 or anyone who would like to respond,
My husband and I are going to Madrid and Barcelona next week. We are meeting a guide at the Figueras train station and will be given a tour of Girona. My question: is the Cadaques area ( a beach resort I have been told) worth seeing? How far is it? And how far are we from France? Is there anything worth seeing across the border? natjgc
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Jul 12th, 2005, 10:02 AM
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I think the Cadaques area is worth seeing, perhaps not an extended visit, but its scenery is beautiful enough to look at it It's not very far..maybe half an hour.
You are near from France..maybe an hour. But if you see the Spanish side the French side is very similar. Nothing special without going kilometres farther. Anyway, it's only my opinion
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Jul 12th, 2005, 11:53 AM
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I'll top this post with my tag-along question...

For a first trip to Barcelona what district or neighborhood would you recommend staying in for maximum walkability to interesting parts of the city, an area that includes good local shops, cafes, restaurants?

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Jul 12th, 2005, 12:58 PM
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natjgc, the Cadaques area in the north of the Costa Brava is one of the most beatiful areas in Catalonia: Cadaqués (where Dalí lived), El Port de la Selva or Sant Pere de Rodes abbey are very beautiful places. Also the landscapes of the Cap de Creus.
Crossing the border, you find villages like Port Vendres and Colliure where painters like Derain or Matisse stablished.
The only problem is that now, in summer, the area is very crowded.

Suze, I reccommend you to stay in the Eixample.
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Jul 12th, 2005, 04:05 PM
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Thank you Alex & ldtc2.
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Jul 12th, 2005, 06:33 PM
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Thanks alex2, you gave me some very good information. Natjgc
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