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. nagapie

    nagapie Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Stanley Edwards. The restaurant links had something my partner would like to try. I guess we could do some museums and stuff but we're unlikely too as we're a bit lazy that way, would prefer making sand castles on the beach, even a crap beach like Barcelona's. Might take the train out to Sitges, it's pretty close if I remember right.
     
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  2. sunny jim

    sunny jim A pikey fluffy type

    The coast north of Barcelona is really nice in places - small coves with good snorkelling/scuba diving. We drove but I'm sure you could get public transport there too.
     
  3. Stanley Edwards

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

    40 minutes and Pennies. Well worth a day trip. I like Sitges for all the wrong reasons. Visit The French restaurant on the main prom (Le Ambassador, or summat), admire my art work in the very swanky environment, say 'hi' to Lauren and Francois and their Highland Terrier and you might just get a free meal and star treatment if you mention me.

    On a more down to earth level, give my very good friend Joseph a BIG 'hello' and a €uro, or a beer whilst your son helps him build sandsculptures. Joseph is one of the nicest people you are ever likely to meet!
     
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  4. fakeplasticgirl

    fakeplasticgirl hysterically useless

    yay! going in august :) never been to barcelona before but have heard great things about it. will be keep a beady eye on this thread.
     
  5. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    going for 5 days in July!
    more relaxing this time
     
  6. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    It will be very hot. Probably.
     
  7. fakeplasticgirl

    fakeplasticgirl hysterically useless

    hey urban hive mind,
    What do you reckon the best value accommodation is if there's only two of you going? A hotel - or still an apartment. even though most of them are designed for more than 2 people? We're on a budget - any tips much appreciated! thanks :)
     
  8. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    There are loads of apartments for two on oh-Barcelona . com also Under The Thatch have a nice apartment there.
     
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  9. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I've always found the hotel jardi to be reasonably priced..... Simple but clean and right slap bang in the barri gotic - If you decide to go down the hotel route.
     
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  10. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    right
    long shot - anyone know of a nice interesting place to eat (with vegi stuff lol) or cocktails for gf's birthday when we out there next week please?
     
  11. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    Off to barcelona. Any tips for nightlife? Staying in el borne.
     
  12. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    try and get in the mosquito place, we couldn't, too busy
    some of the Basque places were ok and had crazy looking tapas and cider
    the cat bar can be ok and think is open late, loads of beer and vegan food http://www.catbar.es/
    also a nice red place in a square with a few places, somthing zur iirc that has outside and inside bit
    clubs don't get going til late and didn't go in the end apart from a rock bar/club that had a skate ramp in it.
    have a good trip!
     
  13. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    F**ing city of thieves - bag nicked in less than 30 seconds and in 30 mins of arrival - 2 chancers tried to pickpocket me again last evening -one had his hands almost in my pocket when I clocked him in the ribs. Cunts. They wont see me ever again there ...despite their fu**ing culture and Tapas.
     
  14. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    shit! sorry to hear that davesgcr :(
    hope they didn't get too much or your passport!
     
  15. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Not really - an old HTC phone , cheque book (stopped) all my clothes , books -every stitch of clothes - (no money or IPAD etc. or camera) - some of the stuff was a bit personal , and you know it will end up in a bin.

    This cunt last night was blocked by 2 stuffed hankies - just as well as that was my Passport pocket. It really does put you off though - and makes you feel insecure. Police station was full of people in similar circumstances.
     
  16. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    nightmare
    where abouts in Barca was it?
    hope you can enjoy the rest of your time there
     
  17. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Back home now - stepped off airport bus and navigating way to hotel near Placa del Catalunia. This is equal to Trafalgar Sq. of course , now I have wondered round on my own several interesting places like - squatted ex rail yards in East Berlin and so on.....never mind , insurance claim in , and no harm physicaly done. Thanks for the thoughts. Tidy!
     
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  18. Stanley Edwards

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

    Barcelona has a huge problem with this. It is damaging their image as a tourist city break.

    I have probably posted on this thread before, but...

    When I sketch in the street I see everything. Everything! I know every secret police, every methadone user and every street thief. A few times myself and my roller-blading mate Suzi held theives until police arrived. Within Two hours they were straight back on the street doing the same. I have loads of run-ins with bag snatchers and the like. They expect me to do nothing because they promise they won't touch my stuff - just the tourists things. I can't sit there and watch them rob people and spoil holidays people have saved up for for a year to enjoy.

    Problem is the law in Spain. If you are under 18 and the goods stolen have a value of less than €600 then there is no charge. It is mostly Moroccan kids who think it is allowed, because there is no charge. Seriously, they believe this. They think if they just target rich tourists it is OK.

    Huge problem for Barcelona. They need to deal with it.
     
  19. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    My crime number was 38,000 and something - so if this is City Wide (not just a police station) - as it is only just June - that equates to about 70,000+ reported crimes (let alone the unreported ones) - I am telling everyone I can to forget Barca , lovely city , lots to see , great food etc. They wont see me again , which is a shame ......will stick to my good mates place only , south of Alicante.
     
  20. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    Had a fantastic time in barca yesterday. So cool down near the arc d triumph (bad spelling) watching the roller scaters, break dancers and graphiti artists. I can see why Stan doesn't want to leave Spain.

    Super LOLZ when i noticed Hotel Colon :eek:
     
  21. Stanley Edwards

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

    That is pretty much the only place in Barcelona I am allowed to work. This is where I know rollerblading Suzi from. The bag snatchers are rife on this paseo. From the arch to the zoo they keep the shadows of the sun behind them. Barcelona is known as the roller capital of Europe. However, it is now illegal in all public spaces.

    Barcelona is very different to anywhere else in Spain. It is still Spain, but nothing like Granada which is the Spain I love most. Fabulous country despite the faults. Doubt very much if I will ever leave.
     
  22. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Barca is a small boat. Barça is a football team. Barna is the abbreviation of Barcelona. Pedantry over.
     
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  23. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    "Barna" looks shit and ugly though, does anyone actually write that? What about BCN?

    Just thought i'd wack a 'food for thought' documentary I just watched on this thread. Possibly interesting? I'm going to BCN next month for a couple of days before my flight to South America and it's made me consider various things.

    Anyway, it's pretty well made.

    Bye Bye Barcelona. Subtitiles are available in English, mostly in Catalan and Spanish.

     
  24. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    I'm two minutes into this and they've already summed up why I don't live there anymore.
     
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  25. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    With their crime rate - this city can fuck off as far as I am concerned. 5 weeks later , just sorted out the crap from having luggage nicked (+ an abortive pickpocketing to add to the joy)
     
  26. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    The pickpocketing rate is extremely high. Crime is lower than major British cities apart from that though.
     
  27. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    It may be a non violent crime (as the police said) - but it has really hacked me off me to the extent I will not go there again - (and not reccomend it to anyone else) - shame , as such an attractive city otherwise. The London Evening Standard did a similar profile on pickpocketing a few weeks ago - the figures for London are tiny compared to the "Barca" free for all.
     
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  28. Favelado

    Favelado Half to the Tower, please.

    Totally understandable. The way the pickpockets work on the Metro there is amazing. I remember one guy making a little whistle sound once and 4 others moved into position immediately. They're extraordinarily well organised. Barcelona somehow still has a brilliant reputation with tourists but it's an out-and-out theme park.

    Pickpocketing is quite bad in one or two streets in Madrid as well, but not quite so much, and the wonderful thing about living here is we are the biggest city in Europe to not be totally overrun with visitors. London, Paris, Berlin and Rome are swamped with them, but we're the only city with a very big population that just gets a Goldilocks amount. Not too few, not too many. Thankfully, they never built a particularly iconic monument here that people want to come and gawp at.I think it's down to that.
     
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  29. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    Was in Barcelona recently for less than a day.

    Tons of tourists and tour groups, but about what you'd expect from a super touristy European city.

    It's just clearly very badly managed though, and mainly for the benefit of the rich. I really would recommend that documentary i posted above. Particularly interesting and relevant the stuff bout the privatisation of public space.

    The prostitution on the ramblas was the worst bit for me. Loads of prostitutes at night (mostly african origin it seemed) hassling you, fucking trying to touch and grab me and then being semi aggressive and shouting 'maricon'. Really needs sorting out.

    Still, cracking night out there! Expensive but so fun!!
     
  30. pseudonarcissus

    pseudonarcissus fluttering and dancing

    I'm going to Barcelona in 10 days, just for a long weekend....it is really as bad as this thread suggests?

    After having been stuck on a small Italian island for the last 5 months working on a wreck I was really looking forward to a relaxing time with good food and wine. Now I am convinced I'm going to be in a huge crush of Americans, I'm going to loose all my worldly possessions to thieves, and spend a small fortune.

    The hotel has a spa, so I suppose I don't need to bother going out for 4 days.

    I guess thanks for the warning... :(
     

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