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Sightseeing in Barcelona

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An April 2012 trip to Barcelona by Joy S

Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) Photo, Barcelona, Spain More Photos
Quote: The main sightseeing activities we enjoyed during our stay in Barcelona - from the rambling narrow streets of the Barri Gotic to the hustle and bustle of the Ramblas

Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter)

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Attraction | "Barri Gotic"

Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The Barri Gotic, or old town area of Barcelona was just steps from our hotel, so we spent a fair amount of time exploring around here. It is lovely and historically interesting, so even if you are not staying nearby, it is definitely worth visiting.It is the old Gothic area of Barcelona, and is made more fascinating by the fact that most of it has actually survived intact since the Middle Ages. You can even see parts of the old Roman city walls dotted here and there throughout the Barric Gotic. Apparently underneath the streets you walk on, are the actual remains of the first Roman settlement.We greatly enjoyed exploring this area. You don't need a map, the key to appreciat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2012

Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter)
La Rambla To Via Laietana
Barcelona, Spain 08002

Cathedral of Santa Eulalia (Barcelona Cathedral)

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Attraction | "Barcelona Cathedral (Santa Eulalia)"

Cathedral of Santa Eulalia (Barcelona Cathedral) Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The Cathedral of Santa Eulalia is also known as the Cathedral de la Seu - the Catalan name. It is open daily, although reduced opening hours on Sundays. The admission charge is 6 Euros for adults and free for children. We joined a large queue at the entrance, which all of a sudden seemed to move quite quickly. When we were leaving later, there was no queue. We saw a sign that said entrance before 1.45 was free. We arrived just before that, and assume the people in the line were trying to get in free before the entrance charge applied.The building is in the middle of the Barri Gotic or gothic quarter. It dates back to 1298. We spent about 40 minutes exploring inside.Befor...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2012

Cathedral of Santa Eulalia (Barcelona Cathedral)
Capellans, 4
Barcelona, Spain 08002
+933 102 580

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall

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Attraction | "Las Ramblas"

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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The Ramblas is probably the most famous street in Barcelona - everybody has heard of it, and you should walk down it at least once if you visit this city.It is a wide pedestrian walkway and at one time was the main road which connected the harbour to the old city of Barcelona. It is a fun place to stroll, there is always lots to see and take in. Tree-lined, it throngs with people at all times of the day and night. There are lots of souvenir stalls and in the evenings, the locals stroll up and down before or after dinner.We had read lots of warnings that the Ramblas was a lure for pickpockets and to keep a tight hold on your belongings. We had no problems at all....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2012

La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Pedestrian Mall
Central Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

La Boqueria

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Attraction | "La Boqueria Food Market"

La Boqueria Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Be sure to visit La Boqueria if you are walking down the Ramblas. It is easy to spot and is just off the Ramblas. It is a large covered market and is a great place to visit, even if you don't intend buying any food.It is colourful, vibrant and always really busy, with a great atmosphere. The market is filled with all kinds of local food - there is what seems like everything under the sun. From meat and poultry to freshly caught fish, from every kind of fruit and vegetable to the most unusual ingredients, including tripe, you will find it all here. We loved the stalls with the Spanish ham and those stacked with cheese and nuts were also impressive. Our 8 year old had to be dragged awa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2012

La Boqueria
La Rambla, 91
Barcelona, Spain

El Bosc de les Fades

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El Bosc de les Fades Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Close to the end of the Ramblas is El Bosc de les Fades. We had read about it somewhere and wanted to see what it was like. It is unusual and different - probably one of Barcelona's most unusual bars. If you didn't know about it, I don't think you would ever stumble upon it. If, however, you know where to look, then it is very easy to find. Watch out for the wax museum at the end of the Ramblas - it is very well signposted. Underneath these signs is also a little sign for this bar. It is tucked away down a little alleyway right next to the wax museum.Inside the bar is a bit of a surprise. It is dark and decorated like a forest. There are trees with an overhead canopy of leaves and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2012

El Bosc de les Fades
Pasaje de la Banca 7
Barri Gotic, Barcelona
93 317 26 49