Barcelona - places to visit, things to see, photos, top tips and chat

Discussion in 'travel and world' started by DJ Bigga, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. Winter

    Winter Active Member

    Valencia is great. If I had oodles of dosh, I'd buy a property to live in there. So far a proper Spanish city without the hordes of tourists. And some stunning architecture, old and new. But don't tell anyone!
  2. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    Your secret is safe with me.:)
  3. Winter

    Winter Active Member

    I have an apartment in Spain a bit further down the coast and in the next couple of years I would like to sell that and buy somewhere on the outskirts of Valencia, with a little bit of land and an olive tree, an orange tree, a lemon tree and a lime tree and a tiny pool. Then I shall be truly happy!
  4. Winter

    Winter Active Member

    Sorry, this is a bit off topic.
  5. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    My parents live nearby and I know barcelona pretty well.....

    I'd love to live there at some point.
  6. dessiato

    dessiato I have earned the right to sing the blues

    Come to Andalucia. I moved to Ecija(about half way between Cordova and Sevilla) late last year and, so far, am loving it. The police seem friendly and helpful. the food is good, and the weather is usually good. In six months we've made more friends, and have a better social life than in the six years we lived in Portugal, which I love.

    Galiza is great too, but the weather is a bit too rainy and cold for my taste. Again, fantastic food and some beautiful places to visit. the people are friendly, I even saw Stanley there once, although I didn't know who he was at the time.
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  7. Citizen66

    Citizen66 splash the cistern

    Because the Spanish are famous for leaping to the defence of Catalans and vice versa. :D
  8. Stanley Edwards

    Stanley Edwards 1967 Maserati Mistral. R.I.P.

    Valencia has the same policing attitude as Barcelona. I can't get permission to work there and some police see artists as illegal street vendors/beggars. They cracked down on a very lively squat culture a few years ago and tried to 'clean the streets' of unwanted riffraff. However, these days they allow pretty much anything after 9pm which makes for a fun, vibrant nighttime atmosphere. It is also the most brightly lit city in Spain - very brightly lit.

    It is known as 'little Barcelona' because it has some similar architecture and a beach away from the city centre. Squat living remains popular a short distance out of town, you will still see many 'unwanted' around. The beach is much better than Barceloneta in Barcelona.

    Generally, it has a more sophisticated vibe to it than Barcelona. Less street crime, but it still exists. The historic centre is beautiful. Fabulous river side walks. Plenty of high and low culture. Nice big, traditional market hall full of fresh local produce.

    A certain British politician once described it as Europe's most corrupt city. I tend to agree.

    I spent 3 weeks there a few years ago and return occasionally. Much prefer it to Barcelona, but still isn't a patch on Granada and Andalucia. A very different Spain - my preference is for the rough edges of Andalucia rather than the over polished high culture.
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  9. cemertyone

    cemertyone Well-Known Member

    Yeah the more people i talk to the more of them tell me to stay away from Barcelona..
    I`ve been there a few times and liked it..and ive visted Saville (which i loved)...
    Ive had enough of Belfast..its cold wet and always dark...
    Ive got quite a bit of money coming to me (lucky me i guess) and i just wanted to go away and live in spain for a year and see how things go..i wont have to work or anything.just hang out and see where it all goes...
    so im going spend some time checking out whats what before i make any decesion....
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  10. Shirl

    Shirl Brexit my arse

    I've only been to Barcelona as a tourist but I've been at least 10 times now and love it more and more every time I go.
  11. AKA pseudonym

    AKA pseudonym Well-Known Member

    As you know theres a big spanish crew in Belfast... drink around Kellys Cellars and there's often nights in west belfast? been to some gooduns at conway mill...
    I would say they would keep you right too?
  12. cemertyone

    cemertyone Well-Known Member

    Yeah im thinking more like going some where like Andulica way...
    Get a wee place to all the books ive always said i would one day
    drink cheap wine..bit of puff and write some poetry..(that last bit was a lie...:D)
    and the rents in the Bar area seem quite expensive...
    thanks for all the advice folks....
    if i manage to get a wee cottage in the countryside or near the sea...
    i will extend an invite to urabanites to come by and drink some wine...
    stay for a few days rent free rather than pay hotel/hostel fees...
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  13. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Lots of people seem to love Cadiz. You could think about checking that out.
  14. Stanley Edwards

    Stanley Edwards 1967 Maserati Mistral. R.I.P.

    Cadiz and Tarifa are great if you like hippy beach bums, wind and surfing. You really need to love wind.

    As an introduction to Spain I would recommend Madrid. Learn the language and make contacts there before exploring other areas. It is a very diverse country.
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  15. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    Sounds like you want to rent somewhere in Andalucia near the sea tbh! Good shout on Cadiz or its province, Huelva worth a look too (not the city, the province). Another option might be over in Almeria on the coast there, or there's some really lovely places in Malaga province, especially if you want good access to both mountains and sea within a couple of hours.

    Living in Barcelona or Madrid will rinse your money faster, but then it does depend what you want. If it's music, theatre, art and lots of STUFF going on then a big city would be worth it. If you just want to chill, read and eat good food like you suggest, i'd head south...

    I'd avoid Tarifa personally, unless you really love windsurfing, as well... it's too windy and bleh. Cadiz is a much more interesting place to hang out or live.
  16. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    Ooh, timely thread. I need some tips on Barcelona. I've been many times but not for about 8 years and I used to go for Sonar so it was a completely different experience.

    I am going over the Easter weekend to visit friends but with my 3 year old. Firstly, how shut down will Barcelona be over Easter? Will we be able to eat out? Will we be able to get trains up the coast?
    Secondly, if any of you would know this, things you recommend doing with a 3 year old in Barcelona. There's the beach and he might like the Gaudi park but that's all my ex-raver knowledge knows of the place.
  17. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Here is a list my Catalan friend sent me 18 months ago that might be of use for Urbs. She has good taste and you can assume most of these places will be decent. Where it says "C/" that means Calle/Carrer which are Spanish/Catalan words for "Street"

  18. Stanley Edwards

    Stanley Edwards 1967 Maserati Mistral. R.I.P.

    Barcelona doesn't really do Semana Santa - business as usual.

    As for childrens stuff; I have a friend who does puppet shows. She would know better than me. I'll ask via email now and post the reply.
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  19. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    It's a holiday so eating out will be a big deal. You shouldn't have a problem with that.

    According to this...

    The 29th of March and 1st of April are official holidays in Barcelona so almost all the shops will be shut except for Chinese/Asian convenience shops for basic supplies. I think a lot bars and restaurants will still open on those days though, maybe some only at night time.

    These are the local trains for the Barcelona region.

    These are local trains too. Another system that serves the Barcelona metro area.

    Here is the RENFE website for national trains. If you can get it it to work you'll be doing better than anyone in Spain. The trains are pretty good though.

    Kids are welcome everywhere which is going to help you. I haven't got any specific tips really though.
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  20. Stanley Edwards

    Stanley Edwards 1967 Maserati Mistral. R.I.P.

  21. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    Thanks, we arrive on the evening of the 29th so that shouldn't be a problem as we're being picked up. Don't mind a day when everything shuts down but good to know it won't be the entire time we're there.
  22. Stanley Edwards

    Stanley Edwards 1967 Maserati Mistral. R.I.P.

    My friend replied...

  23. sunny jim

    sunny jim A pikey fluffy type

    Very true. I watched a TV programme about British Consulates in Barcelona and they said in this that as long as the money stolen is less than 500E then no action is taken.
  24. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Those rules apply elsewhere in Spain. It doesn't count as a crime unless it's 500 euros. To be fair to Barcelona, it's not really much worse than the centre of Madrid for pickpockets. I wouldn't say that they're in different leagues in that respect. You shouldn't use your back pocket for anything, store things in the inside pockets of jackets and carry your rucksack the wrong way round in the most touristy areas and you shouldn't get pickpocketed at all.

    Isn't that the same from Leicester Square to La Rambla to more or less every where?

    The Mossos are the worst police in Spain for treatment of detainees though. Even the Catalans hate them.
  25. Stanley Edwards

    Stanley Edwards 1967 Maserati Mistral. R.I.P.

    Barcelona is far worse than Madrid, or Leicester Square.
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  26. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    How was last night's love-making? Were you freaking your visitor until the break of dawn to the sounds of Keith Sweat?
  27. Stanley Edwards

    Stanley Edwards 1967 Maserati Mistral. R.I.P.

    WTF was the point in that post?
  28. dessiato

    dessiato I have earned the right to sing the blues

    If you decide to come to Andalucia you can get a reasonable apartment from about €300 a month, furnished. Of course it depends on where you choose, but even in Malaga there are some very affordable ones. You would need a deposit of one month's rent, the first month's rent and a small fee for the agent. IME there is no minimum period for renting. But avoid the main tourist and holiday home areas for the best value for money.
  29. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Oh. Plate of rice and a quick wank then.
  30. Stanley Edwards

    Stanley Edwards 1967 Maserati Mistral. R.I.P.

    It's your own choice I guess.

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