Barcelona Favorite Sights & Attractions
Barcelona Favorite Sights & Attractions Reviews
On the main Barcelona strip- beware May 26, 2011
The main strip in Barcelona, las Ramblas, is a must see. Lots of ppl, small cafes And buskers performing.however if you go there, you need to hold onto yourbelongings very tightly. Do not put it down, let it go or out of your arms. Barcelona is the pickpocket capital of the world.
A friend of mine who I was traveling w wanted to stop into a fallalal shop on the strip. I stayed outside to watch a magic show. She ordered her food. Put her bag the counter after she paid, turned to the left (away from the bag) to reach for napkins, and when she looked down- her bag was gone.
We went to the police station and there was a line up of tourists (the line was so long it went outside the station) who has their things stolen. Lots of passports were missing.
We ended up going to the Canadian embassy, had to be planted in Barcelona for 3 days, and missed our flight to Paris.
Please be careful. If u are going to eat, put the bag on your lap- not on the chair or under the chair. Do not let go of you stuff no matter what!! Hold it tight. A young couple was backpacking and had just arrived in the city, an old woman fell in front of them as a distraction, the girl took off herbage to help the lady up- ppl came and took her backpack (had everything in there for her trip). She was devastated, she lost all her documents, clothes, money, meds, phone etc. If u take out your camera to take a photo, have the wrist strap on your wrist. Ppl run by and grab cameras or phones right out of your hands!! And then others from the gang step in to block your path so you cant chase them. If u stay in a hotel - use the safe in the hotel, several ppl from different 4-5 star hotels were at the police station bc their briefcases were missing. These ppl are professionals. Be careful.
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Gorgeous Gaudí Goodies Jul 11, 2005
In my opinion, Barcelona is one of the most remarkable cities in the world. For more than 4000 years, the city has always stood out for its beauty and dynamism.
Before visiting, I recommend that you check out the many wonderful TravBuddy Barcelona blogs and reviews. After getting an area overview from the internet, amble down to your local bookstore, grab a cappuccino, skim several Barcelona guide books and determine the 4-5 things you most want to see.
My personal favorites:
• Park Guell - Gaudí's fantasy place that overlooks Barcelona and the Sea. One of the world's most unique and joyous parks.
• Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) - A maze of buildings and streets from Barcelona’s medieval Golden Age, including the Cathedral built 1298-1459. A wonderfully preserved Old City.
• La Rambla - Stroll east side of Barcelona’s signature boulevard (pickpocket artists congregate on west side and the middle section). Start at Placa Catalunya, the nerve center of the city, and walk south to Columbus Monument and the Mediterranean waterfront.
• Montjuic Mountain - Amazing views of both Barcelona and the city harbor. While there, visit Spanish Town and the Olympic Stadium.
• Picasso Museum (Museu Picasso) - Well-rounded collection of over 3500 Picasso works.
• La Sagrada Familia - The Holy Family Basilica begun by Gaudí in 1883 and still being constructed as an ongoing tribute to God.
Also, consider this worthwhile nearby out-of-town excursion:
• Montserrat Mountains - Explore the jagged mountains and view Royal Basilica’s Black Madonna :-D
Part of the Barcelona, Spain (Montserrat) - July 2005 travel blog
Part of the list My Two Cents On Some Places I've Visited
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