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Barcelona, Spain


Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Introduction

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

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Money and Tipping

Spain's currency is the Euro (EUR). It is customary to leave small tip (5-10%) when dining in restaurants. Tipping taxi drivers 5-10% is appreciated but not required.

Local Transportation

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

Hotels

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Must See Sights

  • Sagrada Familia - This church is Gaudi's masterpiece and the expected completion date is 2026. You can take a lift up one of the spires. Entry fee €14.80 (July 2014). Metro Sagrada Familia. http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/
  • Parc Guell - This Gaudi designed park now requires a timed entry ticket to visit the Monumental Zone which was previously free. Follow the signs from Lesseps metro. http://www.parkguell.cat
  • La Pedrera (Casa Mila) - Another Gaudi building, this one is an apartment building with an interesting roof terrace. Entry is €16.50 Metro Diagonal. http://www.lapedrera.com
  • Casa Batlo - Another Gaudi apartment, though Casa Mila is a better option if you only have time or budget to explore one building. Entry is €21.50 (July 2014) http://www.casabatllo.es/
  • Palau Guell - Another Gaudi building off Las Ramblas. http://palauguell.cat/
  • Las Ramblas - Stroll along this long pedestrian street filled with statue people and outdoor cafes and markets. People watch sipping Sangria (a popular fruit-infused wine drink) and be careful of pickpockets.
  • Gothic Quarter - The old medieval part of Barcelona with a gothic church at it's center. Off Las Ramblas.
  • Picasso Museum - located in the Gothic Quarter

Shopping & Restaurants

  • Boqueria Market - Barcelona's central market just off Las Ramblas. Closed Sundays
  • Churreria Granja Ruz - The place for an authentic churro (long and thin Spanish donut) and a thick hot chocolate. Located at Carrer Princesa 12 between the church and Picasso museum in the Gothic Quarter. https://goo.gl/maps/rH3jb
  • Most major stores are closed Sundays. There is a mall at Port Vell. El Corte Ingles is a large department store with a supermarket of the east side of Placa Catalunya at the north end of Las Ramblas. Diagonal Mar is a large shopping mall.

Internet

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/

Post Office

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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