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Old 11-22-2004, 06:15 PM   #1
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Hey, I'm going to be in Barcelona for 3 days a Saturday-Tuesday and in Madrid a Tuesday-Friday. Does anyone have a list of things I MUST do, maybe an itinerary they could share with me for both cities, and if possible how much things cost (ie.museums, tours, ect.). I'm really not looking to be at bars and parites and stuff like that, but it would be great to hear of things I shouldn't miss during the day.
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Hi Mari,

Not so say my itineraries are the "be all, end all," but feel free to check out both my travelogues on Spain. You can click on the link, below...

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I haven't been to Madrid..

As for Barcelona, I highly recommend checking out all the Gaudi-designed stuff (Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell). Then check out his "Casa Batlla," despite the steep admission. I think I paid 18e for the full tour, and it's just a house! But really, it's worth it.

Check out one of the bike tours as a primer to the town before you do anything else - better than a bus, and you have a great time getting a feel for a good part of the city. I took the Fat Tire tour that meets at the Colombus statue, and it was fantastic.

Shop at the Boqueria, a farmer's market type thing toward the ocean end of the Ramblas. Excellent proscuitto and jamon serrano. Get naked on the beach after drinking entirely too much sangria.

Walk around the Eixample area at night - it's safe, it's pleasant, you'll wonder why you dont live there already.

If your visit falls on a weekend, you can check out the hippy/stoner drum circles in Parc Ciutadella....

Get as much tapas, paella, and crème Catalán as you can.
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I highly recommend the bus tour, for the reason that you can go in and out of the bus throughout the whole day. I believe it runs from 8am to 10pm. I payed $10 euros. I dont know how much it is now. You get to see all the touristic parts of barcelona.

Omisan has a great point make sure you go to that farmer's market on ramblas, they have some killer deals, and the pineapple is amazing there.

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I second all of Omisan's suggestions about Barcelona, plus you could also visit La Pedrera, another Gaudi building, just down the street from Casa Batllo. It was 7 euros to visit and the roof top is absolutely astounding. You can check out some of my pictures of Barcelona HERE, complete with La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Parc Guell.

Also, we ran into a huge Catalan dance circle at the Plaza de Catalunya one evening... it was so cool, like everyone was in a trance swaying to music, but very somber at the same time. I didn't take any pictures because somehow it felt disrespectful.
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They also have Salvador Dali sculpture exhibit if you're into that. I forgot where exactly, but it was near or in the gothic quarter. And im not sure how hot or muggy it gets at this time of year, but a free swim at the Olympic pool was the perfect capper to a few of my afternoons there.
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I second all of Omisan's suggestions about Barcelona, plus you could also visit La Pedrera, another Gaudi building, just down the street from Casa Batllo.
La Pedrera was great...the displays were informative, and I left with a much greater appreciation of the PRACTICALITY of Guadi's inpractical looking architecture. Freeing the facade from supporting the building, for example, allows him to have huge windows which improves the quality of life for the residents.

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Wow.... Thank you all for your help....I'll definitely be checking these places out...

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