Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Barcelona tips

This will probably be verrry boring for anyone except me, but I did this last year when I went to Berlin and it was pretty useful to have to refer to while I was tramping the streets. I've had problems with the formatting so it's all over the place- forgive me! There are loadsa links in this post but they don't seem to be showing up as such- just click on every other word and be transported!

First here's some art that I may well see:

Alice Creischer
"Apparatus For The Osmotic Compensation Of The Pressure Of Wealth During The Contemplation Of Poverty", 2005

Rebecca said:

Oooo! You really are spoilt for choice in Barcelona - it caters brilliantly for Vegans and Vegetarians. There are a few great places on La Ramblas…This is a good site to visit.
As for being a tourist you definitely have to check out Gaudi's architecture - which can be found dotted all over the city to be observed for free. Also, La Sagrada Familia is a must and if you have time, Park Guell - it is like something out of a fantasy world :)

Moto suggested many things, including the Museum of Erotica:

it's on the main touristy (but lovely) street of La Rambla. No 96, (not easy to spot, being of the nature it is it's just a door off the street without gigantic pointy signs to it.)

She also suggested a way to deal with the heights of Sagrada Familia:

...it would be a shame not to see the towers. There's a lift, so you could avoid wobble-leg by taking the lift up and back down again and not using the crazy stairs. I recommend the lift at the "back" of the cathedral, the one on the "life facade" side. The lift next to the main entrance had huge queues. The one at the back had barely any tourists, we almost had the life-side towers to ourselves.

Melanie said:

Yes, park güell! Sagrada from the outside is enough, i think. I loved the miro museum, the museum of modern art was amazing, i was rather disappointed by the picasso museum. walk around the gothic quarter for a while, the architecture is amazing throughout the whole city. Unfortunately www.tupalo.com is rather empty in bcn but maybe you can fill it up

Also, thanks to a suggestion from Jodie, I checked out some of the places the Poketo people had been to when they visited Barcelona recently, and this is what I found:

Iguapop Gallery
C/ Comerç, 15
08003 Barcelona

Mon: 17 h. - 21 h.
Tue - Sat: 11 h. - 14:30 h. /// 17 h. - 21 h.
Metro: Arc de Triomf (L1), Jaume I (L4)
Bus: 17, 19, 39, 51, B24, etc.

c/Rossic 6
08003 Barcelona

From their website:
Dudua is a shop who support young artists and sell diy craft products. We sell art books & mags, records, t-shirts, accessories, bags, toys, jewellery, fanzines, etc. Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday 4.30pm to 8.30 pm. Friday - Sat 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm. Closed on Monday and Sunday.

Metro: Jaume I - Line 4

c/de la Mercè, 31

Almacen Marabi
c/Flassaders 30 bis
(08003) Barcelona.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 12:00 to 14:00 hrs. and from 17:00 to 20:30 hrs.

This might be worth getting:

ARTICKET BCN For 20 €, this combined ticket gives admission to:

Plaça dels Angels,
1 08001 Barcelona

Winter Hours
September 25th to June 23th
Closed: Tuesdays (except holidays), December 25th and January 1st
Weekdays: 11 am to 7.30 pm
Saturdays: 10 am to 8 pm
Sundays and holidays: 10 am to 3 pm

  • Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

Parc de Montjuïc, s/n
08038 Barcelona

Tuesdays to Saturdays
10.00 - 19.00 (October-June)
10.00 - 20.00 (July-September)
Thursdays 10.00 - 21.30
Sundays and public holidays 10.00 - 14.30
Mondays (except public holidays) Closed

Bus 50 "Trinitat nova-Parc de Montjuïc
Bus 55 "Pl. Catalana - Parc de Montjuïc"
Funicular de Montjuïc (Metro Paral·lel
the Fundació

  • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona CCCB

C/ Montalegre 5, 08001 Barcelona

Metro: lines 1, 2 and 3 (Catalunya and Universitat) FGC and RENFE
Bus routes: 7, 9, 14, 16, 17, 24, 38, 41, 50, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 64, 66, 67, 68, 91, 120, 141, L94, L95, Tombús, Aerobús

Open From Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am to 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am to 10 pm

  • and the Picasso museum

Phew...that's worn me out. Now I need to go eat another cookie and think about what I should be doing between now and next Monday


littlemithi said...

La Sagrada Familia is definitely a must. I went way back when I was still an undergrad (12 years ago!!!) and I promised myself that one day I would go back ... waiting waiting ...
Are you off on holiday or something else entirely?

Lucas said...

The only exposure to Barcelona I ever had was during the 1992 Summer Olympics. I remember seeing Gaudi's Sagrada Familia lit up at night, and that is about it. When a friend from college and her husband began planning their trip to visit us in England, we decided that a side-trip to Spain would be in order. My friend is fairly fluent in Spanish and we thought it would be a great chance to travel to Spain with someone who knows the language, who would book a room in hotels in Barcelona without problems or explain everything in a restaurant. Now, if you are familiar with Catalonia at all, you are probably laughing at that statement. Because, you may know, Barcelona is a Catalan-speaking area of Spain. Spanish is their second-language. And as we quickly realized upon arrival, it is a very different language! However, most of the signs are in both languages and we actually encountered many people who spoke fairly good English. At no time were we completely lost with the language difference.