Barcelona, Spain

Courtesy of the American Spouses of Brunssum Travel Information Guide


Upon Arrival at Barcelona Airport
One person needs to get the luggage and the other person needs to stand in line for the Ryan Air Shuttle Service Tickets. Purchase round trip tickets. For two people total cost is 32 euros. Shuttle takes about 1 hour 10 minutes. It will drop you off at the corner of Pg. St. Joan & Diputacio.

Things to see:

  • Flamenco Show @ Tablao de Carmen. Call to make reservations 0039-93-325-68-95. It is an excellent show and costs €53 per person for dinner and show. Check it out at tablaodecarmen.com
  • Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia (Gaudi’s temple) €8 to get in or €11 for entrance and guided tour. I highly recommend the guided tour!!!
  • Cathedral de Barcelona – dates from 1298. BEAUTIFUL!!!! Visitors are asked not to enter on Sat. & Sunday afternoons when there is mass.
  • Placa Villa De Madrid – interesting because crypts/tombs are visible!! Roman custom was that they had to be outside the Roman walls. It was amazing to see these in the plaza with building all around!

Shopping:

  • Cacao Sampaka – located at Consell de Cent 292. There are many different kinds of chocolate (including chocolate w/ anchovies! YUCK!) both chewable and drinkable chocolate. YUMMY!!!!!
  • Antiques Market – on Thursdays in front of the cathedral. Dates from the Middle Ages. They will bargain with you!!
  • Els Encants Flea Market – C/Dos de Maig 186, Placa de la Glories, Eixample – Auctions at 7:00 a.m. and mid-day. Open 8:30-6 pm (auction 7-9) on Mon, Wed., Fri., and Sat. Be careful of pickpockets. Vendors will deal with you!
  • Art Escudeliers – C/Escudeliers 23 – You can do your entire gift shopping at this store in one blow AND they do worldwide shipping! Art market and wine café downstairs. Open until 11:00 p.m.
  • New Deal Factory Store – Passeig de Gracia 81 0 up to 70% off on Moschino, Guess, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace or Ozbeck. VERY loud though (radio blaring!!)

Transportation:

Tour Bus – Red Line/Blue Line bus – Purchase 2 day pass and you can hop on and off the bus for 2 days anywhere you like. Buses come along every 30 minutes and guides give pointers along the route.

IMPORTANT: Restaurants open for dinner around 8:00p.m. There are some that are open earlier but they are mostly for tourists. Not the “experience” you might want. You can catch a good lunch from 2-5ish and call that dinner. – especially when traveling with children.

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