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Barcelona –  chillout city good food and the creations of Gaudi!

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Barcelona City Guide Overview

Accommodation in Barcelona.  In general there is no shortage of hotel accommodation in Barcelona though during ‘ festivals you may be more limited for choice and find it difficult to negotiate rates which can be moderately high though the euro zone crisis has inspired some hoteliers to reduce their prices. Some of the accommodation In the centre of Barcelona will not suit the discerning visitor. For younger visitors there are dozens of hostels in Barcelona all of which offer beds at much more  competitive rates.

It is much easier now than in the past to find apartment accommodation in Barcelona  for a few nights and if you traveling in a group of three or more the savings can be substantial.  outside the city there are three campsites with good transport connections to the centre of Barcelona – one of these is open all year round  more

Airport Information For Barcelona

Some airlines would have you believe that Girona Airport serves Barcelona in spite of the fact that it is over 90km from Barcelona and about two hours travelling time away from the centre of Barcelona by express coach road or rail. Though this is not the best way to reach Barcelona especially if your only staying a couple of nights the Barcelona Airport Guide contains information on Girona Airport which has one terminal and limited facilities.

The main airport is Barcelona El Prat which is 14km from the city centre and served by a suburban rail service that takes just over half an hour to reach the city centre or  bus services which run day night and cost around €2 around an eighth if the cost of the equivalent service from the other airport. There are several road routes into the city centre from the airport.  It is a busy airport with three terminals and good facilities.  more

Clubs Nightlife Barcelona  The Barcelona clubbing guide which includes club reviews looks at what is on offer for clubbers, including gay and lesbian clubber in this very chilled out city.   Barcelona dance clubs are very focused on giving clubbers what they want. usually very loud sound systems and music focused on very specific genres.

Dance floors are often very big and seating limited – air conditioning in some clubs is poor which can be a problem for some people as smoking is still permitted in Spanish clubs Drink prices are cheaper at clubs favoured by locals and these clubs are generally very informal and more likely to play more ‘hardcore’  more.  

GaudI Attractions In Barcelona  Synonymous with Barcelona are the diverse sights of Gaudi’s architecture. In total there are eight of them all very different and you would do well to see them all in a short break –  – bellesguard, casa batllo, casa calvet, church of colonia guell, casa vicens, palace guell, park guell,  La Pedrera Casa Mila and the greatest of them all  La Sagrada Familia more

Public Transport In Barcelona Buses and 11 metro’s lines and a limited number of tram networks are mainstay of Barcelona Public Transport system.  The metro system is extensive and there are plans to extend it further with at least one more line. There is extensive bus service during the day and a reduced but dependable night bus service with all services accessible from Plaça de Catalunya in the centre of the city.

Visitors should note that he ticketing process is complex and the interchange between some lines at stations is quite long and difficult if you have luggage.Disabled travel by the metro is also quite difficult except on metro line 2. However most buses on all routes cater for those in wheel chairs. more

Restaurants In Barcelona Well when it comes to eating out you really are spoilt for choice in Barcelona.  In general the quality of the food served is good though prices can be expensive. In Barcelona you can eat out if your careful from around €12 per head but be prepared to pay €20 – €25 even in the daytime

There are one or two tourist traps when it comes out to eating especially near the harbour which you should be aware of  (see the safety and tourist trap section below) but the our Barcelona Restaurant Guide is bound to find you somewhere to have a good meal with out having to do the washing up because you can’t afford to pay the bill, more

Safety Crime, Terrorism  & Tourist Traps In Barcelona: Barcelona in general is a relatively safe city – physical attacks on tourist are rare. However the main street Las Ramblas is a  popular haunt for pickpockets, bag snatchers and in the evenings prostitutes. Recent history has shown that Spain is vulnerable to terrorist attacks and as the country’s second largest city  there is a risk of a terrorist attack in Barcelona.

Compared with other cities there are not a great number of scams or tourist traps in Barcelona and those there are often involve expensive restaurants or unwanted  food that arrives on you table  more  

Sights Sightseeing & Attractions In Barcelona –  In addition to the Gaudi Buildings and the Sagrada Familia Cathedral there are many places worth visiting in  Barcelona ncluding the Pablo Picasso’Museum, the Miro Museum and the National Museum of Art of Catalunya.

For  children there is the Barcelona Zoo,  the Barceloan Platja De Sant Sebatia a safe supervised beach close to the city centre. and the Magic Fountain of Montjuic which is an amazing  light, water and music festival which is held nightly.

Football fans can also marvel at the achievements of the worlds greatest football team in the Barcelona FC Museum  more

Barcelona Weather Many people expect the weather in Barcelona to be very hot in the summer and mild in the winter In reality in the summer extreme heat is rare even though temperatures in January and February can occasionally reach around 21c (70f), However at times the weather in Barcelona can be barmy.

Moderate frosts during winter are not uncommon and occasional snow is possible, Snowfall is usually light but in March 2010 a heavy snowfall in the  left parts of Barcelona and the surrounding Catalan region with up to 50cm (20 inches) of snow/ The Barcelona weather guide provides the current weather forecast and (extremes aside) the weather you might reasonably expect  throughout the year. more

 

Additional information on the Spain Republic  including its population economy   and useful travel advice please see the Spain Country Profile

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