Monday, May 25, 2015

What to see in Barcelona and around

Couple of musts sees in Barcelona and around.
  • Sagrada familia - yes yes, it's a church, yes it's still being built, yes you can visit inside. 
  • Mont Juic - a former castle with great view - and a ride in a cabin car away. This place has everything  Check it out. Olympic stadium and the castle are a must see. 
  • Take a stroll down Pasaig de Gracia - post modernism buildings all around Casa Batllo, La Pedrera
  • Take a walk down Les Rambles from Placa Ctalunya  to Mirador the Colom (Columbus), make sure you stop by Boqueria (a market) for a snack and something to drink. Here have a look.
  • Gotic - historic quarter, narrow streets, churches, old buildings ... and an aquarium Gotic 
Around - places where it make sense to take a half day or a full day trip.
  • Sitges - famous (apparently) for it's film festival, currently the mekka of gay people. 
  • Tibidabo - possibly the greatest view of Barcelona AND a amusement park, and a church. You can take an old cable car to get there. 
  • Park Guell - check out the pronunciation of this one before asking anybody for direction. "Par Uey" :-) - it's a bit harder to reach but definitely worth it once you're there. 

Practical trips when arriving or leaving Barcelona.

Most of you will most likely arrive leave from the airport. 

Depending on your destination and time of arrival you may want to:
- Use train - if you're traveling to one of the bigger hubs/destiantions - Barcelona train runs every 30 minutes. 
- Use bus - pretty efficient and cheap - most of you will be interested stops Place de Catalunya or Place d'Espanya.
- Taxi, avoid, unless you arrive or leave late at night. The fair is reasonable 20-40 euros depending on your destination.
- I'm going somewhere outside of Barcelona. Check out transfers. You might want to be traveling in a group for this one: 

Finding Accommodation for Wedding and your stay.

There are probably two different kinds of visits people will plan.

1) Staying only in Barcelona.
If you plan on staying in Barcelona only, look for accommodation around a metro stop.
Avoid touristic places though, Gracia, Gotic, El Born are great places to visit and have a night out, but not so much if you want to have a good night of sleep.

In general all public transport is pretty good.
Metro is a good way to travel around Barcelona with most sights reachable with one change.
Metro trains are air conditioned but metro stations are not.

If you want your own transportation I would not recommend a car to move around. Renting a moped is your best choice.
Trains within Barcelona and surroundings :

2) Staying on the seaside.
If your ideal rest is just relaxing on the seaside.
Most of the seaside towns within reasonable time from Barcelona are connected via railway.
Rail is actually a pretty good way to make a day trip to Barcelona or other towns around. Trains are frequent and with air conditioning.
I'm mostly familiar with the coast north of Barcelona.,1.6436017,13z?hl=en
but Maite recommends this portion of the coast for people who want to enjoy seaside and visit Barcelona:,2.3466219,14z
Info about trains:

Wedding info summary

In case you need quick reference for wedding information:

Where: Can Ribas, around 30 minutes from centre of Barcelona. Location added.
When: 20th September 2015 at 1PM.

When does it finish: Around 8-9PM.