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Catherine Menta

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Tips for Traveling Alone in Barcelona?

Traveling alone for 5 days in Barcelona for the first time. Any tips on where I should go/what to do? 

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  • Brenda Burns

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    hi Catherine, great choice for solo travel. I've traveled 3 times to Barcelona, two times solo. First off, if you are flying in, do not take a taxi, take the Aerobusn which is very inexpensive and safe and will drop you off in the city centre. Il would advise you to take the aborigins - local food insiders walking tapas tour.having been on many food tours, I can tell you this is the best one I've ever done. It is run by several young and very hip foodies that know their town inside out. They tailor the tour to everyone's needs and desires,so you're not getting a cookie cutter tour were they get kickbacks from the different restaurants and shops. Of course, you must go see Sagrada Família. Get your tickets ahead of time and book for either first thing in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds. After seeing that, you will fall in love with Gaudi and will probably want to see his other works. I recommend La Pedrera (Casa Mila) and Casa Batlló which are vastly different homes that were commissioned by wealthy people and built by Gaudi. Make sure you check out all the different neighborhoods. Walking around is the best in Barcelona. Make sure you see Barrio Gótico de Barcelona, El Born, and of course you must walk down La Rambla and go to the La Boqueria. stop at El Quim de la Boqueria inside the market and have a bite to eat. walk to the end of La Rambla, make a left and head down to Barceloneta and the beach. You may enjoy the Museu Picasso, although it does not how some of his greatest works. Finally, make sure you have at least one meal at Ciudad Condal. It's a few blocks up from Plaça de Catalunya and has the best tapas in town. There is always a crowd so just muscle your way in and sit at the bar with locals and tourists.

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    • Catherine M.

      Catherine M.

      Thank you so much! Very helpful - was actually thinking about taking a taxi from the airport, so thanks for that extremely helpful bit of advice! · (0 likelikes)

    • Jahn S.

      Jahn S.

      Hi Catherine! Add a drink at @xampañet. You will not stay alone as people in here love to talk to each other ;-) · (0 likelikes)

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    When I first visited Barcelona, I went to the Iposa that is not far from La Rambla street. Tasty local food, nice people, atmosphere. You won't regret visiting that place. Moreover you should go to Tibidabo!

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    We just came back from our short weekend in Barcelona and Güell Palace is something you cannot miss! It is amazing inside although it does not look very attractive from the outside. Hospital de Sant Pauis a place worth visiting (more here: http://www.wanderingveronique.com/?p=2164). It is opposite to Basílica de la Sagrada Família so it is easy to get to. La Boqueria is free to visit and it is so lively and amazing (more here: http://www.wanderingveronique.com/?p=2131). To be honest - do not bother with Barcelona City Card - it is not very useful (why - find out here: http://www.wanderingveronique.com/?p=2062#more-2062). And Museu Picasso is free every Sunday from 3 p.m. or all day every first Sunday of the month - but do go there in the morning to get your free ticket - we did not think about it and could not get in!. We had only 2.5 day in Barcelona, so decided to skip it. We did the tour in Basílica de la Sagrada Família but you can skip it to be honest - just read about it and you will not be missing much. There is museum there to - interesting if you want to see how the Sagrada looked at first and how it was changed and developed by Gaudi. When in Parc Güelldo not bother with Gaudi House Museum - few furniture and nothing really exciting. But do go to sit on a famous bench :) And Aquarium Barcelona - I have never seen such a big sharks! Beautiful place! Book via internet and save money too - you do not need to chose a specific day and time to visit :) We loved Barcelona! Such a lively and amazing city! We will be back for sure!

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    I agree with Brenda. I would add to visit Parc Güell and take some time to walk Port Vell. I will also suggest that you take the "Barcelona Bus Turistic". It is the city's official sightseeing bus and you get on and off as many times as you like providing audio and individual headphones. It provides 3 routes, so that you plan your day according to the places you are interested to visit. It worked quite well for me as I was just going to have 2 days in the city.

    I booked on line and stayed at an small but nice Hostal BCN Ramblas. It is located in the heart of Barcelona, one of the most visited streets of the city.

    I am sure you will love the city! and please, Don't miss to visit any of Gaudi's masterpieces!!


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