|I Like Barcelona and it´s people but we must be careful|
Barcelona is a relatively safe city but you have to be extremely careful with pickpockets, bag snatchers and con men. They are very good and quick. To avoid an unpleasant stay leave your valuables, especially passports and unnecessary credit cards, in the hotel’s safe. Once on the street, if someone gives you a bad feeling tell him to move away in the most unpleasant manner you can think of. Please, if needed, be extremely rude. Keep away from people who ask for money or those who approach you to sell you something. Do not listen to them, do not let them touch you and keep going.
What should I do if my credit card gets stolen or lost?
What should I do if my credit card gets stolen or lost?
What should I do if lose my passport or if it gets stolen?
What do I do if I end up with no money?
Also note that if you have no I.D you will not be able to pick up the money . Get the consulate to help out in such a case or ask me for more info.
Should I report a theft to the Police?
For any type of emergencies call 112
Places to keep away from?
|Like Barcelona and it´s people and it´s tapas|
|Lets have some fun and make the tapa experience an ever long lasting memory. All of the following offer very tasty food. I have chosen five bars for you to discover so as to get a general feel of what tapas is about. All in the city center.
Tapas In Barcelona
Cal Pep. ( Pepe´s house)
La Esquinica. Very popular by locals and very busy. A huge variety of very tasty traditional tapas.
|I Like Barcelona and it´s people and the food|
This is what I really like talking about. The variety of such is enormous. The first thing to consider is that main lunch is served from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm, aprox, and dinner after 8.30 pm but preferably to be eaten around 10 so when you finish you do not end up alone in a club waiting for all the other Spaniards to finish their meals. We eat late and do not start showing up at the clubs until midnight aprox.Please take your time to eat.Let´s take care of our vegetarian friends.
On the following street you will find two nice vegetarian restaurants next to the ramblas, city center.
For the rest of you each week I will be suggesting a little itinerary and activities to be done:
Lunchtime. Only on weekdays. Take the yellow subway line, Line IV and get off at metro stop Llacuna. This is the area of Barcelona city where you have a lot of ware houses, small factories, trucks etc.
How to choose a restaurant?
Can Cortada Av. Estatut de Catalunya, s/n 08035 Barcelona. To zoom in on the map link select “apropar” and press enter.
|I Like Barcelona and it´s people|
|Barcelona Transport Tips
The following questions are those most frequently asked at our hostel . My Barcelona guide does not intend to give you all the information. For further detailed info on Barcelona transport please visit our city´s main web site transport page
Which is the best way to get around Barcelona ?
Remember that all of Barcelona city is one zone for traveling. All public transports use the same 1 zone ticket. This 1 zone ticket does not apply to tourist lines, as airports, some trams, the old funicular ect. I wonder why? I find travel cards confusing. The most practical discount is given by the T 10 of 1 zone. It can be used by more than one person. This card is worthwhile if you are going to be doing more than 5 trips and it gives you a total of 10 trips. You buy it at the subway station and if you do not speak Spanish use the automatic machines.These are the prices. One ticket: 1,40 ? . One T10 for one zone: 7.40
Subway opening times:
Taking a cab, are they expensive? TOP OF PAGE
Make sure that the meter is on and visible when you enter the taxi. There are a lot of taxis in Barcelona. They all share these colours on the right.Even though taxis are privately owned regulations are very strict .So you have your rights. If you ask for the receipt make sure the taxi’s license number is on it, , you will find it on the meter, also make sure it is signed by the driver, it should show the itinerary and the license plate of the car.
How can I get to and from Barcelona airport during the day? TOP OF PAGE
1)Day Bus: Take the aero-line bus, the blue bus, get on or off at Plaça Catalunya, which is last stop.
2)Train: There is only one train line from the airport, at presentget off at at PASSEIG DE GRACIA ( this will be changing soon as there is construction going on) . Price 1.50 Good price. Important buy the subway ticket, the green ticket, and not the train ticket, the red ticket ,as you will be able to continue on the subway without paying again, that is if you need to .
3)The cheapest option BUS 46 Route: PL.Espanya – Aeroport ask us for more info TOP OF PAGE
Ryan air does not fly into Barcelona. It flys to Reus (130 km) and Girona( 80 km) . Calculate at least 2 and half hours between getting off the plane and arriving at the city center . There is a bus service, no need to worry. They are waiting for you to make money of you. The Girona bus ends up at the Estació del Nord and the Reus bus ends up the Sants Estació. You can find the exact timetables on the Ryan air destinations web page . It is very very important to organise your return trip.
For example the bus to get the plane form Girona leaves Barcelona 3 hours before the departure of the flight. So if the plane is leaving at 6 a.m the bus will leave at 3 a.m. Also: No need to stay in a hotel next to the airport. In Spain always go for the city center as there is much better transport as that is where people live.
What public transports are there to get to my cruise ship? None from the city center as the port belongs to the the state and not to the city of Barcelona. I would suggest a cab but if I was on a tight budget, right in front of the Columbus statue at the end of the ramblas, (subway Drassanes green subway line 3) there is a blus bus called the Lanzadera Port Bus, at 1 euro 50 that runs from 8.00 hours until 20.30 only when there are cruise ships to be serviced.
Where should I catch a bus for going to another city? TOP OF PAGE My tip is to try to visit the central bus station´s web site, Barcelona Nord. 902 260 606. Most buses leave or stop at this station. If your destination is not listed on this site then ask us to figure out the service you need to take.
Where to buy train tickets to avoid long cues? My tip is to go the Passeig de Gracia station, 9 am sharp, or call very early or late at night, after 10 p.m, the following RENFE number: 902.24.02.02. If you book over the phone they will tell you where to pick them up. You may also use their website. It is starting to be more efficient but once again you might have a problem with foreign credit cards. I do not kow why but interail tickets are not validated at this station and only at Sants but once again please ask us for more info.