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My favorite city in the world that i've visted so far.

I used semi private hostels when I was there, I believe I used hostelworld.com. Stayed at two of them, both were very clean and people were very nice.

Didn't make it to any clubs other than a back alley jungle party. As a tip, parties there don't start to get busy till 1:30am so plan accordingly.

We spent a day making a trip on the train to see the Dali museam. It was okay, don't think it was really worth spending a whole day to get to though.

Barcelona is amazing, it has a club scene, beach, art, history, so many things to do!

I recommend doing the hop on hop off bus tours your first couple days into the trip to get a sense of the city then you can decide where to go to spend more time at.


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I stayed in a great little apartment right on the beach in Barceloneta last spring. Great price relative to the hotels.

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Bus tour first thing is the way to go for sure. They have two giant bus loops that cover the entire city - I did them both in the same day and saw everything, then went back to visit places I didn't get enough time at, like the Sagrada Familia and Camp Nou. If you want soccer/football tickets, get your ass to Camp Nou for like 6am the day of the game and buy tix when the wickets open. We tried to get scalped tickets at the time of the game and were shit out of luck.

Night life starts when normally we're winding down here so I didn't get up to much. Honestly, I suck and have no advice for you there.

Don't eat on any main streets. Usually the best restaurants are tucked away in back alleys and look like shit from the outside. I liked a place called Ginger a whole lot.

AAaaand - pickpockets. They're fucked over there. Carry your bag/purse infront of you. Don't put your wallet in your pocket. Zip it up in a bag and then zip that up and hold it where you can see it. Hold onto your shit when you're in crowds especially.
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we were there last summer. some highlights for us:

the aquarium
sagrada familia
the retardedly intricate subway system
tapas every night
strolling down La Rambla
walking through Placa Catalan at night, after dinner. it's always alive, and it's usually warm and lovely.
climbing Mont Juic, and taking the teleferic

enjoy your trip. barcelona is amazing. i would love to go back.

if you have the time, i highly suggest you take a bus out to figueres to see Dali museum. it's amazing. totally worth it. although, we had a car, didn't have to take the bus, so that's something to consider. anyways, i loved the museum.
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Can't remember adresses, but Tapaç 24 and Inopia are two "musts" for eating. Both are packed by 9, so either go early and eat with the other tourists, or wait in line and eat with the locals later. They are both casual places, with the best seats at the bar. Tapaç is below Comerç, which is a more traditional sit down restaurant. Make sure you order a "10 minute gin and tonic" at Tapaç, it'll change your life.

The old city down by the waterfront is great for
walking around and getting lost while popping into great little shops and cafès all day.

Also, hit Cafe Vèlodromo for breakfast and order the fresh orange juice and "Potatos con huervos con chorizo". Basically the best hangover food ever. Spicy fried potato wedges tossed with chorizo sausage with two fried eggs over top so the yolk and sausage oil get mixed and soaked up by the potatos. Amazing.

Drink lots of beer, sherry and wine (you're in Cava country, and still wine from the Xarel-lo grape go reeeealy well with Paella!)



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Mmmmmmmm....................chorizo sammiches!

We had 12euro tapas bfasts every morning. Spent a fortune, but it was all worth it!
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We're headed there in August just booked our tickets tonight), so the timing of this thread is perfect! Any tips are much appreciated, including where to stay :)


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We're headed there in August just booked our tickets tonight), so the timing of this thread is perfect! Any tips are much appreciated, including where to stay :)
Dress light and bring sweat towels! I was there in August 2008 and it was next level hot. Three of us went and there was NO part of the day where we all didn't have a 2L bottle of water in our hand.

Most of the best tips are listed above.


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Definitely check out Parc Guell, Gaudi's super-trippy park.

Also, if you like seafood, I'd definitely recommend La Paradetta. They have a counter of fresh seafood (lobster, crab, shellfish, everything you could want). It's so fresh that some of it is still alive. You tell them what you want, they scoop it up and weigh it, cook it and call your number whenever each of your dishes is ready. The best part is that it's really inexpensive compared to most of the shitty touristy restaurants you can get sucked into. My girl & I dined there multiple times, and it cost roughly around 40 euros total including lobster and the most expensive bottle of wine and/or cava. There's 1 near the sea, one near Sagrada Familia, and one in the beach town Sitges.


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La sagrada familia was pretty dope.

Hit up the national museum of catalunya too. I didn't even go in and was impressed with just the outside of it and sitting in the sun while drinkng beer.

Caution: the subways are FULL of pick pockets as with la rambla. If you or your friends have a purse, make sure it has a zipper and is slinged in front of you at all times -I stopped a couple pick pockets in the subway. They follwed me for a bit but after a solid "fuck off", they wen away.

Rent a scooter!! You have to rent a scooter. So much fun. There's a really decent place right by one of the box cable ride things that go over the city as a scenic tour.
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Street beers for a euro are definitely the way to go before going into any clubs(20 euro drinks are hard on the wallet!)

I only spent a couple of days there, but be sure to check out the fountain. I had a really great night out at Metro -- some good banging house chunes and a great crowd!


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p.s all designer shit there (gucci, burberry, etc., etc.) is way cheaper in Canada. Just in more demand there so they charge more.

i.e. I bought a gucci murse at the gucci store and when I came back to Canada, the exact same murse was almost half the price at Holt at regular price.

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yeah, if you're gonna shop in barcelona, go for the stuff that you can't get in canada.

either local designers, or SHOES.
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