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Going to Barcelona this weekend, where to go what to do?

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I have about a week there, leaving this Saturday. What are some must do's, where are some must go's? Also where are the good stores/areas to go to shop?
 
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Amazing city.

Once youve done the essentials (Gothic area, Sagrada Familia, La Rambla, some Gaudi things), just walk around and get completely lost - that was probably the best thing I did when I was there.

I went to the big fountain show thing one night too...that was damn cool.

Have fun
 

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The Contemporary Museum of Art is by Richard Meier ... and worth a visit.
 

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Picasso Museum plus all from above^.
That's my favorite Spanish city. Have fun.
 

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just was there for 10 days. me and my friend rented scooters and climbed the hills around barcelona and just got lost. was amazing. see the gaudi park etc etc. night life is amazing if youre into that.
 

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lots to do.

I took a day trip to figueres to check out the Dali museum, probably the highlight of the trip. So odd and amazing.

Not a fan of the picasso museum, waste IMO since it didnt have the best stuff there.

Miro museum, there is a ruins museum, music hall, etcl..

Check out the free museum days and hit up one or two different places a day. By Friday youll have a good lay of the land and see a bunch.
 

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Just a piece of advice, keep your wallet in the front pocket.
 
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ya, I saw two tourist pickpocket-ings on the subway there, once I saw the guy do it as he got off the train, timed perfectly so the doors shut behind him. The other time I saw a guy freaking out when he realised his camera was gone from one pocket and his wallet from another.
 

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A thing that shocked me about Barcelona is how quickly you can get into really bad neighbourhoods, just by leaving the main street.

I mean, we were walking down Las Ramblas, the street with all the trees, kiosks and that ends at the harbor, and I wanted to see the Liceo Theater... we took a street on the right, just after two minutes walking down the street, and ended up in a square filled with pushers, prostitutes and thieves...

The same thing happens with the market, very near the main square (the one with the Hard Rock cafÃ
), during the day is an OK place, but after dark, you can see drug addicts getting their fix, and prostitutes "working".

I just wonder if this is what happens in many other big cities, I´ve been to Paris, London, Rome, Stockholm (well, a few cities) and I didn´t see anything like that, but I may have been lucky.
 

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Originally Posted by Jarandas
A thing that shocked me about Barcelona is how quickly you can get into really bad neighbourhoods, just by leaving the main street.

I mean, we were walking down Las Ramblas, the street with all the trees, kiosks and that ends at the harbor, and I wanted to see the Liceo Theater... we took a street on the right, just after two minutes walking down the street, and ended up in a square filled with pushers, prostitutes and thieves...

The same thing happens with the market, very near the main square (the one with the Hard Rock cafÃ
), during the day is an OK place, but after dark, you can see drug addicts getting their fix, and prostitutes "working".

I just wonder if this is what happens in many other big cities, I´ve been to Paris, London, Rome, Stockholm (well, a few cities) and I didn´t see anything like that, but I may have been lucky.


Don't be so provincial! Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world to visit. Great food, good beer and wine, and a lot to see. Hit the fish restaurants down by the harbour for lunch, Great atmosphere. Don't forget to buy churros and chocolate for breakfast.
 

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Originally Posted by Annadale
Don't be so provincial! Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world to visit. Great food, good beer and wine, and a lot to see. Hit the fish restaurants down by the harbour for lunch, Great atmosphere. Don't forget to buy churros and chocolate for breakfast.

no he's right. barcelona can be a very dangerous city. you need to be careful. i lived there for more than 2 months and ive seen many bad things happen to tourists who arent careful.

check out sagrada familia, parc guell, monjuic, montseratt (1 hr train ride away) if you have time for a very lovely hike
 

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Originally Posted by facebookdigg123
no he's right. barcelona can be a very dangerous city. you need to be careful. i lived there for more than 2 months and ive seen many bad things happen to tourists who arent careful.

check out sagrada familia, parc guell, monjuic, montseratt (1 hr train ride away) if you have time for a very lovely hike


in comparison to what?
theres nothing VERY dangerous about barcelona. yeah there are tons of pickpockets but thats far from very dangerous. violent crime is pretty rare and i wouldnt worry about it.
 

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Originally Posted by West24
in comparison to what?
theres nothing VERY dangerous about barcelona. yeah there are tons of pickpockets but thats far from very dangerous. violent crime is pretty rare and i wouldnt worry about it.


Cheers! It's as safe as cities go. Bag snatching and pick pocketing are about as bad as it gets. As I said, don't be so provincial.
 

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Visit the Camp Nou. Watch Messi wreak havoc on opposing teams.
 

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I´m not saying "Don´t ever think about going to Barcelona", I´m just saying to be careful. The area I was referring to is "El Raval", you can read about it in this article (you can check the wikipedia too, but the article hasn´t been updated in a while, that, or it´s been written by Barcelona´s Tourism Council): http://twitchhiker.wordpress.com/200...nas-la-rambla/ And this is an Spanish article, use Google translate, or just click in "fotogalerÃa" to see some tourist friendly pictures. http://www.elpais.com/articulo/espan...lpepunac_6/Tes As you can see, it´s not only my "provincial" point of view. Truth is, some years ago, that quarter was improving, but the current economical crisis is turning things back to normal... Barcelona, a few years before the Olympic games, experienced an impressive overhaul, millions and millions of dollars were invested, and that gave Barcelona the international appeal it now has. Many foreigners that came to Spain over the last 20 years, have fallen in love with the city, and I can understand why, but if many of them came back today, they would see a much neglected city, with many of the trendy cafÃ
s and shops with the "cerrado" sign, and a legion of pickpockets and prostitutes crawling in what used to be one of the trendiest cities in Europe. I just hope things get better with time, but, and I may sound like my fellow countryman Spalla, I don´t thing that´s going to happen as long as the socialists are in power.
 

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