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BayouGal Sep 21st, 2011 07:19 PM

Phone Apps for Spain: Barcelona and Catalonia
We will be in northeast Spain for the next two weeks.

So far I'm trying out these apps that have been recommended by friends:


I've added all our confirmations, airline ticket info, reservations, entertainment tickets, etc, on TRIPIT. It's a great travel app to keep everything together in one place.

Have you found some excellent phone apps that have proven invaluable for your travels? Please share them here.

Robert2533 Sep 21st, 2011 09:30 PM

There are Apps and there are Apps, but if you are online, and not using a free WiFi conection, they will cost you. Overall, Time Out Barcelona is not that good unless you don't mind spending the money to get what you can from the Tourist Office. TRIPWOLF is only so-so at best. The rest are up in the air.

We use Google map (on free WiFi) while traveling, but nothing else. We try to plan in advance.

almesq Sep 22nd, 2011 03:45 AM

We were there last week. I had used Time Out before our trip just to get some additional ideas and it was ok. Also used GuidePal, and it also was ok. Did not really use them when we were there, but they were good planning/research tools.

happys Sep 22nd, 2011 04:10 AM

Hi there!
I am livinf in Spain from 10 years, so If you need any advices about Barcelona city you can write me.
[email protected]

Dukey1 Sep 22nd, 2011 04:28 AM

Just make certain you have SOME sort of back-up in case

you lose your phone

it is stolen
it becomes inoperable

Yes, these things DO happen

BayouGal Sep 22nd, 2011 06:00 AM

Thanks! We have maps and detailed itinerary printed and packed. Please check out my other thread which has our itinerary and plans.

I've prepared so much I kind of feel like my brain is a Catalunya travel guide. ;-) If we don't have free wi-fi, we won't be using our phone. I've haven't invested anything in apps, they were all free. We'll have GPS in rental car for touring Catalunya. We will pick up another map at a petrol station, and as we visit turismes.

Robert2533 Sep 22nd, 2011 07:11 AM

You'll be better off buying the Michelin regional map 547 (Aragon & Catalunya) and the Micheline Zoom maps 146 (Prinieos Orientales) &147 (Barcelona and Costa Brava), rather than relying on the GPS in your rental car.

BayouGal Sep 22nd, 2011 09:45 AM

Thanks, Robert! We have two of the maps you named, and we will see if we can find the other.

BayouGal Sep 22nd, 2011 10:38 AM

Maybe we can find the other zoom map when we're there. Not enough time to order it before Monday.

susanna Jan 4th, 2012 04:14 PM

I am going next month and I have the same apps as you.

One thing that we use all the time when traveling is International Texting. My service is with
ATT but I'm sure others have it. We get 50 texts for $10, I usually get it for my husbands as well as my iphone. WE are able to text each other without any roaming charges, we can text home or to friends and they can all text back, you only pay for your outgoing texts. It has worked for us for at least 3-4 trips!

Have a great time, I can't wait to go in Feb!

Robert2533 Jan 4th, 2012 11:57 PM

The texing apt form AT&tT works well, but I thought it was 100 fotnot 50.

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