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Travel Guide To Barcelona: Part 1

By Ross Williams, Contributing Editor

Travel Guide To Barcelona: Part 1

Barcelona is a much loved and popular Spanish city located on the northeastern coast of Spain. It is a large and vibrant city with tons of restaurants, bars, and clubs from which to let your hair down and soak up the atmosphere. It is not all go in Barcelona however, for there is a laid back and sophisticated side to the city. Since the late 19th century there have been a lot of advancements made in regards to the cities architecture, art and style. Class and sophistication blends seamlessly with the cities hedonistic atmosphere.

The weather in Barcelona is idyllic, particularly during the summer months, and the city is perfectly set for exploration on foot. There is also a very capable Metro system to connect visitors to places that are a little too far to reach on foot. There is plenty to see and do in this large city, but there is also plenty of opportunity for relaxation on the sun drenched Mediterranean beaches.

How to get in and around Barcelona

Barcelona’s main airport is the Barcelona-El Prat International, which is mainly served by small European flights. There are a few international carriers that serve this airport however, including American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, and Air Canada. El Prat has two terminals, which are connected via shuttle bus, and most international flights serve Terminal 1.

It is quite easy, relatively cheap, and quick to get to the heart of Barcelona from the airport. The city center is only around 12km away. You can take your pick from the bus, train and taxi services available. The bus service is run by Aerobus and runs regularly between the two terminals and the city center. The journey on the bus cost €5.90 and takes approximately 30 minutes, but this can be much longer if you are traveling during rush hour.

The train service is a faster and cheaper option however. Trains depart from the airport train station every 30 minutes and journey times can be as quick as 18 minutes depending on which district you are heading to. Travelcards which enable you to take ten trips at any time are available at a cost of €9.45, but a single ticket cost €3.15. You can always take a taxi if none of the above options sound appealing. This option is much more expensive and you can expect to pay somewhere in the region of €40 to go from the airport to the city center.

Of course once you have settled in you will want to start getting out and about and taking in all the sights and attractions in Barcelona. It will be reassuring to know that the city has a very reliable and well-connected public transportation system. The Barcelona Bus Turistic is ideal because it links to practically all of the tourist sites in the city. This is essentially a tour bus service, but it operates on a hop on – hop off format. This means if a particular spot interests you, you can get off the bus and resume tour on a later bus. One day tickets cost €23, but you can get a two day ticket that costs €30 so you don’t have to try and pack everything into one day.

The metro is also a great option if you want to visit the sites even more independently. A single ticket for the metro costs €2, but it might be a better idea to purchase a ten-ride ticket for €9.80.THE END

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