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Barcelona Spain(3 posts)

Barcelona SpainScot_Gore
Apr 14, 2002 6:21 AM
Hi all,

I'm traveling to Spain on Wednesday. This is my first trip to Europe. It's not a cycling specific trip. For those of you with European travel experience, is there any Cycle specific item I should look for and buy in Spain because you just can't get it here, or it's such a bargain compared to the price in the USA.

TIA

Scot
Nopemuncher
Apr 15, 2002 12:21 AM
Just came back from Barcelona about 3 weeks ago. My advice would be that:

1) All the bike shops I could find were not very good and expensiveish (I didn't hunt on the outskirts of town, but covered the centre/inner)

2) It's a great City - don't waste any time looking for bike shops - there is too much other great stuff to do there.

3) On the other hand, there was a large poster of the Banesto team on the front of a bank building right by the main tourist info centre....

Enjoy - it's great, and the food is fantastic (if you like meat/fish).

M.
re: Barcelona Spainboneman
Apr 15, 2002 12:46 AM
Team clothing, if you can find a shop, is probably the best choice.

If you're time constrained, I'd limit myself to viewing the architecture by Gaudi, including the Guell Park, Mila House, and the unfinished cathedral Sagrada Familia.

Gaudi website

The Picasso and Miro museums are well worth visiting and you'll view works rarely seen in the US.

Las Ramblas is always worth the walk, especially down to the water but beware of pick pockets. I've never had a problem anywhere in Europe but non-locals are targeted and believe me, they'll know you're from the States just by what you're wearing and how you look.

Spanish is obviously understood but Catalan is the language of choice.

Food's excellent and inexpensive. Tapas bars abound and expresso, coffee for the locals, is superb. It's cafe americano if you want coffee as it's know in the States.

If you can get a ticket to see Barcelona football club play at Camp 'Nous, it's an experience not to miss whether you're a fan or not.

Best guide book IMHO is the DK series which has one for Barcelona. Well worth the money.

Enjoy, it's one of my favorite cities in Europe.