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:
It is easy to walk around the city
The Gothic quarter is beautiful
Also the port is something that you cannot miss
- 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…
- Email ahead and find out where your nearest train station is to your hotel
- Get a train from the airport (its just a little over 8 Euros)
- The train will take you to Central Barcelona (the station is called Barcelona Sants)
- 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
- If you are staying in Las Ramblas (central Barcelona) then you are best to get a train to Catalunya
- I wouldn't get on the bus tour again but stick to the trains instead if you are pushed for time.
- If you are planning on doing some shopping, then do this on a Saturday and explore on a Sunday
- Shopping centre that is open Maremagnum Mall