Sunday, 23 November 2014

Barcelona, the good, the bad and the unknown...

This weekend I took a trip to Barcelona to celebrate my Birthday and although I had an amazing time, there were a few minor disasters that happened along the way....  So I thought I would share this round up post with you, to avoid the same mistakes repeating themselves.

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you will know that I travel often and love every minute of it.  However, unfortunately I cannot say the same of my trip to Barcelona.  It is an amazing city and it is absolutely stunning – but I fear the reputation their French neighbors have may have rubbed off on them a little. 

So here are the pros and cons of my trip here:

The weather

It is easy to walk around the city

The Gothic quarter is beautiful

Also the port is something that you cannot miss

The views

The Art

The History

  • The trains are difficult to navigate when you first arrive
  • The hop on hop off buses are not great at communicating their stop with you, so you can miss a place that you wanted to jump off at. 
  • Taxi’s are expensive
  • You need to keep an eye on your belongings (I had my ring stolen)
  • The shops close on a Sunday (I was particularly devastated by this one).
So here are some tips on making your trip a lot more stress free than my one…
  1. Email ahead and find out where your nearest train station is to your hotel
  2. Get a train from the airport (its just a little over 8 Euros)
  3. The train will take you to Central Barcelona (the station is called Barcelona Sants)
  4. On your way back to the airport you will need to make your way by train to Barcelona Sants and get the train to the airport from Platforms 9-10
  5. If you are staying in Las Ramblas (central Barcelona) then you are best to get a train to Catalunya
  6. I wouldn't get on the bus tour again but stick to the trains instead if you are pushed for time.
  7. If you are planning on doing some shopping, then do this on a Saturday and explore on a Sunday
  8. Shopping centre that is open Maremagnum Mall

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