Hi all we are going to fly into Barcelona soon and we have approximately 2 weeks in Spain, any suggestions on what we should do?
we are on a modest budget so doing really expensive stuff is out, cheers Dave & Viv
Well there is plenty of good stuff to see in Barcelona.
Weather doesn't look great at the moment, I hope it clears up for you so you can spend some time on the beaches.
The north of Spain is beautiful (although a bit wet) this time of year. Bilbao is a really beautiful city and the coastline is magnificent, although not sunny sunbathing beaches like on the Mediterranean coastline. over 11 years ago
go to la ramblas walk down to the water, the take a left and walk along the beach (past the toless ladies and the big metal fish) go to some bars and rink, eat tapas, be merry
at night eat around 10 pm (normal eating time there) then go to a club called RAZZAMATAZZ - its awesome
Razzmatazz night club
C/ Almogavers, 122
Metro: Marina (Red Line, L1) or Bogatell (Yellow Line, L4)
There plenty to do during the days as well in and around barcelona - go to Gaudi park and La grada familia (I think thats what its called) - an awesome church being rbuilt - wicked architechture. over 11 years ago
Agree with both guys above, definitely check out the old town of the right of LaRambla as you are walking towards the beach, great old architecture and amazing street art.
Gaudi's walk is a must, you can pick up a walking map in most backpacker or hotels and you can trek the city checking out all of his skitched out designs.
Also, near the aquarium, you can catch a cable car to the top of the mini-mountain (I have forgotten what it is called!) but you see over the entire cityscape, gorgeous at sunset.
If you get the chance to head out of Barcelona see if you can make your way north east and stay in Laguardia in the centre of Spain. The most incredible wine and tapas (possibly the best in the country...) and is the centre of the Rioja wine region. over 11 years ago
Everyone else has summed up Barcelona pretty well definitely check out the Gothic Quarter, the Picasso Museum, anything Gaudi related and also an area called Gracia which is kind of on the way to La Sagrada Familia. I would advise staying away from La Ramblas though unless you're into the typical touristy thing, the rest of Barcelona is much better.
You should definitely check out Granada which is in the far south it is a lovely little place. There you can go to the Alhambra or enjoy the free tapas you get when you order drinks : )
It's a historical city with the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop but a student town at the same time so it's got a bit of everything.
Getting a bus is the cheapest way to get there but it's a bit of a hike (the bus takes 14hrs overnight..)
But from Granada you're close to Seville as well.
Hope I helped! over 11 years agoAnswered by louella fitzsimmons via Travellr.com
last time I visited BCN I stayed in a hotel that provided lots of information about what to do in the city. The hotel was properly managed, but the best was their blog... amazing! here it goes (english version) : http://www.hotelcurious.com/eng/blog-hotel-curious-barcelona.
Cheers! almost 11 years ago
Bars and Restaurants:
Le Quinze Nits (Plaza Real - plaza off of Las Ramblas) - amazing restaurant, you must order dessert and $6 bottles of cava (spanish champagne)
Chupitos - boutique shot bar, go for the infamous flaming shots (over 100 to choose from)
Cafe de l'Opera - (off of Las Ramblas) order chocolat and churros for breakfast
Rabi Pelau (Pig Bar) - local dive, learn salsa and drink guarapitas with the Spaniards
Margarita Blue - down the street from Rabi Pelau, good bar atmosphere (get a blue marg)
Go to the neighborhood El Borne for cool little cafes, boutiques and restaurants (if you have extra time)
There are also a ton of bars on the side streets of Las Ramblas (you can’t go wrong)
Do the Gaudi Tour:
La Sagrada Familia - the cathedral
Parc Guell - my favorite park, I used to live nearby
La Pedrera aka Casa Mila - make sure you go onto the roof! (if you only have time for one building chose this one over El Batllo)
Walk Las Ramblas - the main major street (day: performance artists, vendors, food / night: beer merchants, drug dealers, hookers)
Sit on the steps of Montjuic and watch the magic fountain show at night (music and lights water show)
La Boqueria - massive food market off Las Ramblas, get a fruit smoothie at the front
Go to Barceloneta beach - lots of tapas bars, nice boardwalk
Also, don't forget to drink lots of sangria, try a spanish omelette, and catch a flamenco show! almost 11 years ago