Barcelona is the capital of the Cataluyna region of Spain. It's famous for Gaudi's architecture and beautiful beaches.
Where You're Docked
Barcelona has a large cruise port with multiple terminals which can accommodate quite a few ships close to the city center. Cruise lines may offer a shuttle service to the World Trade Center close to the bottom of Las Ramblas. Otherwise, the Blue bus service may be available to take passengers to the Christopher Columbus Monument. Fares are €2 one way or €3 return. http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/transport/barcelona-cruise-port.html
Cruise schedule here http://www.portdebarcelona.cat/en/web/port-del-ciudada/cruceros
Cruise Terminal A, B & C
Money and Tipping
Barcelona's metro is excellent and there is a station, Drassanes, at the bottom of Las Ramblas. Most sites can be reached by metro. Tickets are €2.15 for a single trip or €7.60 for a one zone day pass (July 2014). http://www.tmb.cat/en/home Beware of pickpockets on the metro, especially when crowded.
Taxis are metered but there are surcharges for luggage and higher rates in the evening. It should cost approximately €30 to get to Las Ramblas from the airport around 12km away. Taxi guide here http://www.barcelonayellow.com/bcn-transport/100-taxi-prices
To/From the Airport
Public transportation options from the airport's website here http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Barcelona/en/Page/1237554338469//Public-transport.html
Search hotels in Barcelona here
Must See Sights
Shopping & Restaurants
McDonalds, restaurants and cafes may provide free wifi for customers. The city has a free wifi network as well. http://www.bcn.cat/barcelonawifi/en/
The main post office (Correos) is at Placa del Antonio Lopezat (Barceloneta metro). There is also one by L3 Passeig De Gracia metro. You can also buy stamps at tobacco shops and look for mailboxes on the street.
Been Here Before
Take a trip out to Montserrat. Here is info on how to get to Montserrat on your own but it looks a bit tricky. http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/tour/barcelona-montserrat.html
Day in Barcelona
Starting at the Christopher Columbus Statue, take a leisurely stroll up Las Ramblas. Take side trips to check out Plaza Real, the market, and the Gothic Quarter. At the end of Las Ramblas, you'll come to a plaza, Placa de Catalunya, but you can continue walking up Passeig De Gracia, one block over to the right. On this street, you'll pass two impressive building on your left, Casa Amatller and Casa Batlo and continue until you hit La Pedrera. Take the metro at Diagonal and head to Sagrada Familia and then over Parc Guell if you have time remaining. Next, head to Barceloneta to explore the beaches by this area. You can walk back to the shuttle stop cutting through Port Vell.
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