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“Opera and Flamenco” Show in Barcelona. Theatre Poiliorama

Posted by edux127 on November 29, 2006

Opera and Flamenco BarcelonaOpera and Flamenco at Barcelona

During this month and until January 2007 you can enjoy a great fusion between the Opera and Flamenco in Barcelona. The Poliorama Theatre offers the melody of lyrical singing, the seduction of the Gitano dance and the magic of Spanish music, all in a unique show.This is a festival of music and dance, from Bizet with his passionate Carmen, till De Falla in his Amor Brujo in a Journey through the popular songs and Spanish Zarzuelas. Tradition and flamenco are waiting for you in and unforgettable night.

Program

G. Bizet’s Carmen
Habanera (Mezo-soprano)
R. Martínez Moreno’s
La Cançó d’ Amor i de Guerra
Zarzuela – Spanish traditional Operetta
Anonim Tango
Flamenco Dancers and Guitar
P. Sorozábal’s
La Tabernera del Puerto

Zarzuela – Spanish traditional Operetta
Tomás Breton’s La verbena de la paloma
Zarzuela – Spanish traditional Operetta (Tenor & Soprano)
Anonim Alegrías
Flamenco Dancers and Guitar
Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo
Canción del fuego fatuo (Mezo-soprano)
Manuel Lara’s Granada
Spanish popular song (Tenor)
Anonim Bulería
Flamenco Dancers and Guitar

Where??
La Rambla 115, Tel. +34 93 442 83 65

NOVEMBER 10 – 17 – 19 – 21 – 24 – 26 – 28
DECEMBER 3 – 8 – 10 – 27 – 29
JANUARY
1 – 5

Time

Tuesday: 9:30pm Thursday: 7pm
Fridays November 3&10 6:30pm Other Fridays: 7pm
Sundays: 9:30pm

Price:

VIP (first 3 rows) 40 EUR

House seats A 35 EUR 

House seats B & Balcony 30 EUR

Great Flamenco Gala: January 1st
Ask at the box office for price and program

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Safety tips for Barcelona travellers

Posted by edux127 on November 23, 2006

Barcelona is nowadays, one of the most popular cities in Europe. Its architecture, ambience, the weather, the people… the souls of Barcelone atracts everyday thousands of tourists to the city. But also to a lot of dark people… Though Barcelona is a friendly city,
Barcelona do have its darker side.

Of late the city has witnessed too many crimes. Normally they are not violent, but small thefts and burglary, which sometimes causes big problems specially for tourist from out of the UE, from the USA, or Japan…However, theft and burglary are not confined to tourists only; residents of the city also face problems of pick pocketing and chain snatching.This is the biggest risk one faces on the streets of
Barcelona, Spain. Here you will find some interesting tips for Barcelona.

One should be alert in the crowded places, metro/busses and areas such as Raval and the famous Rambles. If you are just arriving be aware of pickpockets at the bus terminal Estació del Nord and train station Sants Estació. It is wise to take care of your backpack and handbags. Pay attention to sellers. There are many kind of them, flowers sellers, umbrellas sellers… Don’t speack with them…

When surfing the Internet in internet cafes, airport, even in the arrival hall, you may probably be approached by individuals masquerading as foreigners and claiming they have been robbed, and asking you for some 50 or 100 Euros. Be prepared to face this kind of situations.

Some of the places where you should cautiously tread in the city include Plaça Reial, the Raval, and the old town.

It is better to travel in group. Women when traveling alone should exercise caution in exploring the more isolated parts of Montjuïc. The city beaches, particularly the ones adjoining Barceloneta, have proven to be quite lucrative for bag-snatchers.

Men should be aware of aggressive prostitutes. Especially in the wee hours on Las Ramblas, often they are with thieves and robbers. Stories abound of guys’ belongings being stolen while their pants were down in dark back-streets. Be prepared.

If you are travelling by car, read this. This is the latest version of thefts in Barcelona.

 

If you are driving with your own car, showing in your plate that you are a tourist, be careful. The last

 version of robberies, which is becoming extremely popular, is that someone with a motorbike stops you and aware you that your tire is flat. Maybe the criminals flat your tire before and waited for your to take your care. However, someone with a motorbike will tell you that your tire is flat, and you will stop.

 

When you are out of your car, another person will come to you and will try to help you, telling you where is the nearest garage in Barcelona. While you are distracted by this person, someone else (the one of the motorbike) will robb you everything from the car, luggage, bags, purses….BE VERY CAREFUL

 

Caution should also be taken on traffic lights. At times incidents of bag snatching while stopped at the traffic lights have also come to light where thieves open the car doors and take what they can. Please make sure that you always have your car doors locked during both the night and the day.

For easy accommodation in Barcelona log on to: http://www.barcelona-guesthouse.com

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The relation between Picasso and the circus, at the Picasso Museum Barcelona

Posted by edux127 on November 22, 2006

Picasso Museum Barcelona“Picasso i el circ” is on how Picasso dealt with the world of the circus during his long artistic career. There are around 300 items in the exhibition – paintings, sculptures, drawings, etchings, ceramics and photos – from museums and private collections around the world.Picasso had links with the circus throughout his life. In Barcelona at the end of the 19th century, Picasso always used to go to the circus visiting the city, even though his work at this time has no reference to the circus. From 1901, when he was first in the city, the young Picasso, along with his friends, often visited the travelling circuses along the boulevards in Paris.The exhibition is organised by the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and the Pierre Gianadda Foundation in Martigny, with the collaboration of the Spanish society for cultural commemoration, the SECC, part of the Ministry of Culture.

Start date: 22/11/2006

End date: 18/02/2007

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Bed and Breakfast in Barcelona. Something different than a hotel

Posted by edux127 on November 21, 2006

My friend Jimmy from Atlanta (USA) , his wife and his two kids just returned from a fantastic vacation here in Barcelona. They stayed 9 days in the poolside room at the Marina Beach Bed and Breakfast Barcelona and loved everything about the guesthouse and the surrounding area. This is a first class guesthouse that can’t be beat. They had a late check-in and early check-out and never had any problems. Eduardo gave detailed directions and they had no problem finding the guesthouse in Barcelona after a short 1/2 hour drive from the airport Barcelona el Prat (even at night).

Eduardo and Lucia, the hosts, are great! It was clear from the time they booked with them that they are very friendly and accommodating. They are very approachable and more than willing to provide recommendations for dining and activities in the area if needed. However, as someone else mentioned us previously, you never feel crowded or imposed upon. Apparently, the Bed and Breakfast in  Barcelona was full during our stay, but they hardly saw anyone there and had the pool to ourselves most of the time.

The guestroom consist in 2 double bedroom aparment, with a wide living room. It was spacious and there was plenty of room for all of us; the accommodations were immaculate. There was daily maid service and everything was kept very clean. As we read in a Barcelona Guide, the grounds are beautifully landscaped. You can see the even the sea from the balconies and they were lucky enough to have a great weather during the whole stay! . The microwave and mini refrigerator came in very handy! In the refrigerator, we were able to keep the kid’s milk and our drinks ice cold and also had room for our leftovers to be heated whenever we wanted. The food at the Carpe Diem Lounge Club Barcelona, a local restaurant that Eduardo recommended (and mentioned in a previous post) was delicious. I recommend getting there before sunset so you can enjoy the beachside dining and amazing views!

If you order and pay 5 euros per person, a continental breakfast is served from 7-11am with fresh baked bread, yogurt, cereal, hard boiled eggs, coffee and juice. It’s nice and healthy, not too heavy, and the perfect way to start the day!

We all loved the pool. It’s the perfect size for the property and there was also a separate wading pool for the kids. There are plenty of comfortable lounge chairs provided for reading a nice book or just working on the tan! We spent one entire day at the pool and later on watched movies back in the room which we rented from Barcelona Guesthouse. He has an amazing collection with something for everyone. The kids loved his vast selection!

The beaches in the area are fantastic. My friend Jimmy had a great time surfing at the local beaches and didn’t want to leave! The kids and his wife also enjoyed the beaches immensely as there was plenty to keep the kids entertained while my husband surfed. At the bottom of the street where the guesthouse is located is Barceloneta. It’s the perfect beach for the kids to play in the sand and enjoy the water. There’s a good restaurant and bar right on the beach called the Cal Pep. It was a nice break during the day for some good food and cold drinks.

Another wonderful beach is in Sitges, Barcelona, which is a very short drive away. It is a protected Marine Preserve and the snorkeling is fantastic. You only have to go a very short distance out to see all kinds of fish. When we were there, the water was very calm and clear and made it very easy for the kids and me to snorkel.

I highly recommend the Marina Beach Bed and Breakfast to everyone. They loved everything about it and can’t wait to go back! In fact they’ve already booked their next trip to Barcelona!!

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Barcelona at night. Where to go?

Posted by edux127 on November 20, 2006

After dark, Barcelona changes and you must know where to find the best places to enjoy the night . There are a wide range of nightclubs, bars, coffee shops and ice cream parlours, (Some smoking, some non-smoking) theatres, shows, street entertainers, a casino and sporting events.  If you know how to move around, you Barcelonacater for all tastes, young or old, jazz fan or goth, gay or straight, and keep people entertained until 6am every day of the week.  See http://www.barcelonatips.wordpress.com for a list of the main events of the week.  A good tip is that tickets for most theatres and musicals can be bought at the cashpoint machines in
La Caixa bureaux. 
Please heed the following warnings, but don’t be put off by them, you will still have a fantastic time. 

  • Vendors walk up and down La Rambla selling individual cans of beer from the six-packs they carry for about a euro.  IT IS ILLEGAL TO SELL BEER IN THE STREET, AND TO DRINK IN THE STREET THEREFORE THE SELLERS HIDE THE BEER IN THE BINS AND SEWERS.  SEVERE STOMACH BUGS  DO HAPPEN.  
  • After about 2am you will see many lady (and ladyboys) of the night in
    La Rambla, so don’t be shocked! 
  • Around La Rambla, Raval in particular, are more crime prevalent areas – pickpockets, muggings etc.  Have your wits about  you and use common sense (don’t act like a blatant tourist with maps, valuables and cameras on show) and don’t stare at prostitutes or someone in a very drunken state.  
  • When visiting nightclubs please remember that you are in a large European city and keep your wits about you.  Don’t be shocked to be offered drugs. Be on the lookout for drink drugging incidents. 
  • Be aware that the metro system stops operating at around 1am Sun-Thu and 3am Fri/Sat.  You can take a taxi in the beggining of Ramblas, but during the weekends, between 2.00 am and 4.00 am there is a 1hr cue…
  • Final warning: Don’t pee on the street!!  Again it is now illegal to urinate in the street but it seems to be too common a habit to irradicate, meaning the narrow streets are often highly smelly!  The council do wash them down every night in an attempt to make it slightly more pleasant.

Fridays and Saturdays are dominated by a cosmopolitan mix of tourists, and stag & hen parties, specially in the Old
Town area.  Sunday nights are busy with locals as many shops and restaurants are closed on Mondays.  Most of the action is centred around La Rambla, the wide boulevard stretching from Placa de Catalunya to the Port Vell.   There are usually street entertainers wowing the crowds – mime artists, clowns, acrobats, flamenco dancers etc.  Wandering the streets adjacent to La Rambla – the Gothic district, Raval and Born will reveal many fun bars, often aimed at students and budget travellers. Port Vell itself has a modern complex of 5 clubs and bars at the top – they start to fill at 1am and continue until about 5am. Port Olympic has the Casino and many little bars and clubs around the Marina – most relatively downmarket and cheesy, but good fun.  If you walk along Barceloneta beach from the Casino there are 3 very lovely restaurants that turn into modern classy lounge bars/clubs at 1am.  There is also BaJa beachclub infamous for it’s scantily clad dancers (both female and male) and a magnet for the hen/stag do crowd. 
 If you are looking for non-tourist nightclubs, you might go to Upper Diagonal, to the area called Santaló, to the corner of Diagonal and Aribau, etc. There are many nice clubs there, non-touristic at all, as Luz de Gas, Sala B, Bucaro….

  • Razzmattazz is a very large and popular nightclub with lots of events  – Missy Elliott played recently – and is widely acclaimed to be great fun with a choice of 5 different music types. 
  • City Hall nightclub off Placa Catalunya has 2 different music areas and a large outside area – perfect for late night chatting.  International Night on Mondays is good fun with a variety of nationalities wearing their country sticker with pride!For people in their 30s (or who think that way!) top bar recommendations are:
  • Shoko (on the beach near the Port Olympic Casino – particularly good to lounge on the day beds on a Sunday or to go to the club after 1am)
  • Bar Lobo (behind Hotel 1898 at 109 La Rambla, modern with great fusion food and service, and good cocktails – try the mojito)
    Patagonia (great ice-cream, below and 1st floor bar is a fantastic place to sit and watch the world go by on
    La Rambla)
  • Bar 111 (just opened on the corner of Le Meridien 5* hotel La Rambla)
  • Sinatra (off Placa Real, off La Rambla – a modern Irish bar with great service and excellent fusion restaurant above) 
  • Hotel 1898 Bar at 109 La Rambla (good for sitting at the bar from midnight until 2 and chatting to people).
  • Bar Marsella, located on the Carrer Sant Pau, opened in 1820 and looks like it hasn’t been changed much since then. The place is usually crowded as people pack themselves in to enjoy the bohemian ambiance. The bar is known as a place to drink some absinthe, a powerful drink popular when the bar first opened its doors. A slotted spoon, a sugar cube and small bottle of water are served with your order of absinthe to facilitate the ritual of drinking the liquor. This involves placing the sugar cube on the spoon, dipping it into the absinthe, lighting it on fire and then extinguishing it with the bottle of water so that the sugar drips down into the drink. There are a great number of live music jam sessions, jazz music, blues, rock and flamenco. Many people see in the latter a great number of business opportunities and, hence, they charge ridiculous amounts of money for a flamenco session – and usually, it’s not even good! Instead, look around for local flamenco bars and sessions – they are waiting to be found. If you are into more “alternative” bars and events, and want to steer clear away from the tourist crowds in Puerto Olimpico and Las Ramblas, this site, http://www.barcelonatips.wordpress.com has weekly info, news and listings on what is happening in the “real”
    Barcelona.

On weekends, all places in Barcelona are crowded and it is really easy to enjoy the night. Here there is a list of some places to expend all night long inBarcelona during the week:

  • On Mondays: Try Jamboree, at the Plaza Real. It is the best place where to have a real nice party on Mondays. They close at 5.00 am and I am sure everybody will have fun
  • On Tuesdays: The best place is the Buda Bar, in Pau Clarís. It is both a bad restaurant (expensive and bad) and a great club opening till 3.00 am. The ambience is modern and quite posh. Drinks are expensive, but music is nice and it is full of beautiful people. Then, when they close you can try Up&Down, opening until 6.00 am. Just remember to dress very fashion and pass by the cash machine…
  • On Wednesdays, the best discotheque is Bikini, by the Illa Diagonal, in the upper area of the city.
  • Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are all very good days to go out, so you can manage to find good places by your own.

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Getting to Barcelona

Posted by edux127 on November 15, 2006

Arrival to Barcelona by air
Barcelona’s airport is 12km southwest of the city at El Prat de Llobregat, was built when the city was a much less popular destination, and is now expanding to cope with the strain. The airport is linked to the city by regular and direct train or bus services. The train (6am-10.40pm; journey time 30min; 2 weekdays, 2.30 weekends and public holidays; info on 934 811 299) runs every thirty minutes to Sants Estació and – more usefully if you’re staying in the Barri Gòtic – continues to the station at Plaça de Catalunya and on to Arc de Triomf, with the exception of the very last train which terminates in Sants. Buy your ticket from the automatic vending machine at the platform (you don’t need the exact change) or at the ticket office. There’s also a very useful Aerobús service (Mon-Fri 5.30am-11pm, Sat & Sun 6am-11.30pm; 3) which leaves every fifteen minutes from outside both terminals, stopping in the city at Plaça d’Espanya, Gran Via (at c/Comte d’Urgell), Plaça Universitat, Plaça de Catalunya (in front of El Corte Inglés) and Passeig de Gràcia (at c/la Diputació) – this takes around thirty minutes to reach Plaça de Catalunya, though allow longer in the rush hour.

There is a second bus connection from the airport that’s not as convenient but does run throughout the night at irregular intervals: bus #EN, leaving at 10.15pm, 11.25pm, 12.30am, 1.35am and 2.40am for Plaça d’Espanya (just south of Sants Estació).

A taxi from the airport costs roughly 20.50 to Sants Estació, and 21-22.50 to somewhere more central in the old town. There’s a list of current prices posted inside the airport near the baggage reclamation area.

There’s an information office in each terminal of the airport, as well as exchange facilities and car rental offices

Arrival to Barcelona by Train
The main station for national and some international arrivals is Sants Estació , west of the centre. Again, there are exchange, information and car rental offices here, as well as a hotel booking service (see “Accommodation”), a police station, left-luggage facilities (approximately 4am-midnight), and telephone and fax outlets. From Sants, it’s easiest to take the metro into the centre; line 3 runs direct to Liceu for the Ramblas.

Estació de França , next to the Parc de la Ciutadella, east of the centre, handles many of the long-distance arrivals and departures: essentially, this means Talgo services from Madrid, Sevilla and Malaga, intercity services from other major Spanish cities, and international trains from Paris, Zürich, Milan and Geneva. Some trains stop at both Sants and França – check the timetable first. From França either take the metro (line 4) from nearby Barceloneta or simply walk into the Barri Gòtic, up Via Laietana and into c/Jaume I.

Other possible arrival points by train are the stations at Plaça de Catalunya , at the top of the Ramblas (for trains from coastal towns north of the city, the airport, Lleida, and towns on the Puigcerdà-Vic line); Plaça d’Espanya (FGC trains from Montserrat and Manresa); and Passeig de Gràcia (trains from Port Bou/Girona).

At the time of writing, the city’s new AVE (high velocity) train link with Madrid and France is being planned. The projected completion date is 2004, but this seems unlikely, given that in early 2001 the Generalitat, the city and the Spanish government were still wrangling over the route which the train would take into and through the city

Arrival to Barcelona by bus

The main bus terminal, used by most long-distance and provincial buses, is the Estació del Nord on Avda Vilanova (main entrance on c/Ali-Bei), three blocks north of the Parc de la Ciutadella (nearest metro, Arc de Triomf, a 5min walk away). There’s a bus information desk on the ground floor, with the ticket offices above at street level. In addition, some intercity and international departures also leave from the smaller station behind Sants Estació at Plaça Joan Peiró (Metro Sants Estació or Plaça de Sants).

 Arrival to Barcelona by ferry

Ferries from the Balearics dock at the Estació Marítima at the bottom of the Ramblas. There are daily services from Palma (Mallorca) and several times weekly from Ibiza and Menorca. From the ferry terminal you’re only a short walk from Plaça Portal de la Pau at the bottom of the Ramblas; nearest metro , Drassanes.

 Arrival to Barcelona by car

Coming into Barcelona along any one of the autopistes , head for the Cinturó Littoral, the southern half of the city’s ring road. Following signs for the Port will take you towards the main exit for old town, “Port Vell”. There are many indoor car parks in the city centre, and the public ones are linked to display boards which indicate where there are free spaces. Convenient as it may be, parking in one of these is rather expensive (usually about €15 for 24 hours), and you will likely want to park in the street, which is free , apart from the blue meter-zones in the central section of the Eixample. Street parking is permitted in most areas with the exception of nearly all of the old town, but it can be tough to find spaces, particularly in older areas like Gràcia, and be aware that car crime is rife (see “Trouble and the Police”). Don’t be tempted to double-park or leave your car in loading zones – the cost of being towed can exceed €120, and no mercy is shown to foreign-plated vehicles.

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Vegetarian restaurant in Barcelona

Posted by edux127 on November 14, 2006

Barcelona Vegetarian Restaurants

Here is a list of Barcelona Vegetarian Restaurants. They range from offering at least one vegetarian option to being completely vegetarian. They are not all fully vegetarian, but the important issue is that they all understand what being vegetarian is and offer appropriate options. If you have any advice for other vegetarians in Barcelona or some opinions you wish to share with other visitors, please add your comment.

Barcelona Vegetarian Restaurants List

Whilst I make every effort to ensure this list is accurate and up to date, I also appreciate that things can and do change, so if you know of any errors in, or omissions from our listings, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Getting around in Barcelona

Posted by edux127 on November 14, 2006

Modern Barcelona, above the Plaça de Catalunya, is built on a grid system. The old town, from the Plaça de Catalunya to the port, however, is a labyrinth of narrow streets, and you’ll need a good street map to get around it. Most sightseeing can be done on foot – you won’t have any choice in the Barri Gòtic – but you’ll have to use the metro, buses, or taxis to link sightseeing areas.
The T-Dia card costs €3.76 and is valid for one day of unlimited travel on all subway, bus, and FFCC (Ferrocarriles de
la Generalitat de Catalunya) lines.
The 10-trip T-1 card costs €4.96 and is valid for all bus, metro, and FFCC travel. When switching from the Metro line to the FFCC (or vice versa), merely insert the card through the slot and the turnstile will open without charging you for a second ride provided less than an hour has elapsed since you punched in initially. Maps showing bus and metro routes are available free from booths in the Plaça de Catalunya; for general information on public transport, call 93/412-0000.
General information is also available, though not necessarily in English, at 010. Turisme de Barcelona (below) attends calls in English.
Turisme de Barcelona (Barcelona Tourism; Plaça de Catalunya 17 bis, PHONE: 906/301282) sells 24-, 48-, and 72-hour versions of the very worthwhile Barcelona Card. For €16.53, €19.53, or €22.54, you get unlimited travel on all public transport as well as discounts at 27 museums, 10 restaurants, 14 leisure spots, and 20 stores. Other services include walking tours of the Gothic Quarter, an airport shuttle, a bus to Tibidabo, and the Tombbus, which connects key shopping areas.

By Bus

City buses run daily from 5:30 AM to 11:30 PM. The fare is €0.87 to €0.93 Sunday and holidays; for multiple journeys purchase a Targeta T1, which buys you 10 rides for €5 (like the metro’s T2, plus buses).
Route maps are displayed at bus stops. Note that those with a red band always stop at a central square – Catalunya, Universitat, or Urquinaona – and blue indicates a night bus. From June 12 to October 12 the Bus Turistic (9:30-7:30 every 30 minutes) runs on a circuit that passes all the important sights.
A day’s ticket, which you can buy on the bus, costs €8.41 (€5.56 half day) and also covers the fare for the Tramvía Blau, funicular, and Montjuïc cable car across the port. The ride starts at the Plaça de Catalunya.

By Cable Car and Funicular

The Montjuïc Funicular is a cog railroad that runs from the junction of Avinguda Paral.lel and Nou de
la Rambla to the Miramar station on Montjuïc (metro: Paral.lel). It operates weekends and holidays 11 AM-8 PM in winter, and daily 11 AM-9:30 PM in summer; the fare is €1.20.
A telefèric then takes you from the amusement park up to
Montjuïc Castle. In winter the telefèric runs weekends and holidays 11-2:45 and 4-7:30; in summer, daily 11:30-9. The fare is €2.70.
A Transbordador Aeri Harbor Cable Car runs between Miramar and Montjuïc across the harbor to Torre de Jaume I, on
Barcelona’s moll (quay), and on to Torre de Sant Sebastià, at the end of Passeig Joan de Borbó in Barceloneta. You can board at either stage. The fare is €5.11 (€6.01 round-trip), and the car runs October-June, weekdays noon-5:45, weekends noon-6:15, and July-September, daily 11-9.
To reach the summit of Tibidabo, take the metro to Avinguda de Tibidabo, then the Tramvía Blau (€2.10 one-way) to Peu del Funicular, and finally the Tibidabo Funicular (€2.70 one-way) from there to the Tibidabo fairground. It runs every 30 minutes, 7:05 AM-9:35 PM ascending, 7:25 AM-9:55 PM descending.

By Car

Most Spanish cities have notoriously long morning and evening rush hours.
Barcelona is no exception: if possible, avoid peak rush hours, which are between 7:30 and 9:30 in the morning, 1:30-2:30 in the afternoon, and 7-9 in the evening.
Parking can be very difficult in Spanish cities, especially Barcelona. Parking tickets (for fines) range between €30 and €90.
Barcelona’s street parking system runs from 9 AM to 2 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM Monday to Friday and all day Saturday. Park in the specially marked blue spaces (about €1.80 per hour), with tickets valid for two hours, but renewable. There are also underground garages (called “Parking” and symbolized by a white P on a blue background).
On the streets, do not park where the pavement edge is yellow or where there is a private entry (gual or vado). No-parking signs, “1-15” or “15-30,” signify you can park on those dates in the month on the side of the street where indicated. Towing is common.
If your car is towed in Barcelona call a special number (93/428-4595); you will have to pay €90 to get your car back. On top of that you will be presented with a fine, which you can pay at any police station at your convenience.

By Metro


The subway is the fastest, cheapest, and easiest way to get around Barcelona. You pay a flat fare of €1 no matter how far you travel, but it’s more economical to buy a Targeta T1 (valid for metro and FFCC Generalitat trains, Tramvía Blau [blue tram], and the Montjuïc Funicular), which costs €6 for 10 rides.The system runs 5 AM-11 PM (until 1 AM on weekends and holidays).

If what you look is for accommodation in Barcelona, you can try this site where you will find nice

 Bed and Breakfast in Barcelona

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Barcelona Card (Discount card)

Posted by edux127 on November 12, 2006

Barcelona card featuring 100 discounts and free offers at museums, free travel on public transport and , leisure facilities, night-clubs, shops, restaurants and on entertainments, other services and unique means of transport. Valid for 2, 3, 4 and 5 days.

When purchasing the Barcelona Card you will receive a complete informative guide available in two trilingual editions Catalan/Spanish/English and French/Italian/German.

There are three categories and prices:

The Barcelona Card is available in a variety of different permitations. Adult cards are available for 2/ 3/ 4 and 5 days. Prices range from 23 euros to 34 euros. Child cards are available for children aged between 4 and 12, prices range from 19 to 30 euros.

Featured Discounts include:

Transport

  • Free travel on public transport + Airport’s train and RENFE Area 1: Unlimited 2, 3, 4 and 5 day pass
  • 25% Tibibus
  • 25% Tombbus – Bus Shopping Line
  • 15% Aerobus

Museums

  • Free – Museu de les Arts Decoratives
  • Free – Museu Barbier-Mueller d’Art Precolombi
  • Free – Museu de Ceramica
  • Free – Museu Etnologic
  • Free – Museu Frederic Mares
  • Free – Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat (Conjunt Monumental de la Pl. del Rei / Centre d’Interpretacio i Acollida del Park Guell)
  • Free – Museu Monestir de Pedralbes
  • Free – Museu Textil i d’Indumentaria
  • Free – Museu de les Ciencies Naturals de la Ciutadella (Museu de Zoologia/Museu de Geologia)
  • Free – Fundacio Fran Daurel
  • Free – Jardi Botanic
  • 50% Museu Picasso
  • 50% Museu Militar
  • 40% Museu del Perfum
  • 30% Casa-Museu Gaudi
  • 30% Cosmocaixa
  • 30% Fundacion Francisco Godia
  • 30% Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya-Barcelona
  • 30% Museu de la Xocolata
  • 30% Museu de l’Erotica
  • 30% Museu Egipci de Barcelona
  • 30% Museu d’Historia de Catalunya
  • 30% Temple de la Sagrada Familia
  • 20% Centre Cultural Caixa Catalunya – La Pedrera
  • 20% Fundacio Antoni Tapies

Discounts are also available on nightlife, entertainment, bars and shops. A full and comprehensive list can be found on upon purchase.

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FC Barcelona at Camp Nou, much more than a game

Posted by edux127 on November 6, 2006

Even if you’re just a little bit interested in soccer than you should take the trip to the Nou Camp stadium and visCamp Nouit the museum of the FC Barcelona! You see a lot of their cups and medals and photos of victory, history of the club (with all the sports they do, not only soccer but also basketball, rugby etc), the famous players, the boots and jersey of the legendary Bernd Schuster and Diego Maradona for example. What I really liked was the old soccer memorabilia – an old ticket booth, the dressing room, a sports pub, old soccer magazines, board games, balls and other equipment etc. The best of all is of course the view from the president’s seat in the stadium. It is huge (I mean the stadium!) and has an exciting atmosphere even with nobody but a few visitors around. It gives you the shivers thinking about 100,000 supports singing and cheering and just 22 guys fighting on the pitch. You get back to reality in the huge shop with everything from soccer boots, pens, cups, ashtrays, mouse pads and Barca crisps…

Visit to the Museum is 5 Euro, you can do a guided tour with the dressing rooms, press room and a lot more for 10 Euro.

Address: Aristides Maillol
Directions: Entrance 7 for the museum, signs are not that great so look for the 7!! Metro L5 to Collblanc
FC Barcelona Tickets

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