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Richard Roth

Barcelona questions

by Richard Roth »

I am going to Barcelona next May as I am taking a cruise.  I will get there early and was wondering if we should stay in the Las Ramblas area, or somewhere nearer to the port.  Also, I was thinking of making flight reservations in Feb. (90 days) beforehand; is that the right timing? Finally, I was surprised to hear from a firned  that Spain is now so popular.  With that in mind when should I make the hotel reservations?

Pauline Frommer

RE: Barcelona questions

by Pauline Frommer »

You're going to love Barcelona. You don't say how early you're going, but I'm hoping you'll give it a few days (3 minimum). As for where to stay: it's a relatively small city, so you don't need to stay right at the port. I like the El Born area and also L'Eixample, but Las Ramblas is fine (if a bit more touristy). As for when to book a hotel: if you have one in mind that you want to make sure to snag, book now. You can always cancel a few days before if you find a better place (unless you lock in a price by paying in advance). As for the airfare: a recent study showed that statistically people paid less for the Transatlantic fares when they booked about 130 days in advance, and so that's what I'd do. Statistically you'll also get a better deal by buying your ticket on a weekend (try a search enging like Momondo or Kayak).

Have a wonderful time!


RE: Barcelona questions

by largosunset »

Does anyone have an opinion on the value of the Barcelona Card or the Articket BCN?  We're planning to be in Barcelona in October, so I'm not sure whether there is any need to have priority admissions to museums.  If there is little value to priority admissions,, then the T-10 ticket for transportation might be the best buy.


RE: Barcelona questions

by Tobie »

At €30, the Articket BCN is a very good financial value in addition to allowing you to skip the lines.  Even if you don’t go to all six museums, it is s still a good value.  You can buy in advance online, or at any of the museums once you arrive.

There are also several kiosks throughout the city that sell the pass, just make sure you don’t pay more than €30. 

If you plan on visiting Sagrada de Familia, I strongly suggest that purchase your tickets in advance to ensure you can go on the day of your choice.

We spent 8 days in Barcelona last year and had an amazing time!  Two of our favorite places were:

Palau de la Música Catalana – located at Carrer Sant Francesc de Paula, 2. The spectacular concert hall designed by Domènech i Montaner was completed in 1908 and recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.  Take a guided tour, or better yet, attend a concert. Or both! 

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul), located at Carrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167. It is also a complex designed by Domènech i Montaner. Built between 1901 and 1930, it was a fully functioning hospital until June 2009. After extensive restoration, it is now a museum and cultural center and a designated UNESCO World heritage site. A city within a city, it truly is an architectural gem. The complex was by far our favorite place to visit in Barcelona.  I suggest a guided tour (included in the cost of admission) to truly appreciate the architecture and history.  You can still stroll around on your own after the tour.