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Is Eurail worth it? 5 train trips in Europe within 3 weeks.

I am traveling to Europe this upcoming May and I am stuck on whether it is best to use a Eurail pass or buy point-to-point tickets. I know which dates I want to travel and my accommodation is all pre-booked. Are point-to-point tickets always more cost effective? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Apr 1, 2014 - 16 answers

 

Where to buy small pieces of art in Barcelona (under $50)?

Due to a scheduling change on a work trip, I will be spending tomorrow in Barcelona with nothing to do. I would love to buy a small piece of local art to fit into my carry-on for my SO. Nothing bigger than a single shoe (my carry-on is already pretty full) or more than $50?
posted by Spurious on Mar 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Barcelona accommodation recommendations?

Looking for recommendations for a hotel or B&B in the Barcelona area. We are driving and arriving late May. Need a place with parking ideally north of the city but easy walking distance to the metro. €150 or less. TIA!
posted by cosmac on Mar 14, 2014 - 2 answers

Where in the US is like Barcelona?

Last year I spent some time in the Eixample district of Barcelona. We really liked the scale, the feel, the streets there. Are there places in the United States like that? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Where to stay and what to do in Barcelona and Venice?

Mrs. Arbac and I are going to be taking a cruise from Barcelona to Venice at the end of August. We're getting to Barcelona a few days early and staying an extra day in Venice. Where should we stay and what should we see? Budget and likes/dislikes inside. [more inside]
posted by Arbac on Jul 31, 2013 - 7 answers

LGBTQ+ activism/volunteering while studying abroad in Barcelona?

I'm studying abroad this fall in Barcelona with pretty workable Spanish but very limited Catalan, and I'd love to do some work/activism/volunteering/organizing around queer or related issues (HIV/AIDS, youth development, homelessness, etc.) while I'm there. Is this possible given my language limitations? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Jul 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Where to stay inexpensively in Barcelona and surrounds

I need to figure out lodging in Barcelona for one Saturday night, and then two weeks later I am interested in rock climbing in the region and would like to know where to stay then. [more inside]
posted by nat on Jul 1, 2013 - 2 answers

Suggest some pretty places near Barcelona for a short pre-Barca trip!

I'm going to Barcelona for a week at the end of May. I fly in at about 7pm on Saturday, and want to spend three days seeing the countryside around the city before spending the rest of the time in the city itself. [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on May 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Things to do in Barcelona on a rainy Monday

I'm in Barcelona with a friend. We've spent two pleasant days wandering around and seeing the sights, and we'd be happy to keep doing that, but tomorrow the weather is forecast to be wet. No problem, we'll go to some museums! But tomorrow is Monday, and most of the museums are shut... What can we do instead? [more inside]
posted by ManyLeggedCreature on Mar 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me plan a two week trip to Spain in 48 hours!

Due to some last-minute circumstances, I just booked a trip to Barcelona for two weeks starting on Monday. I'm a mid-twenties guy in-between jobs and traveling alone. What can I do over the next 48 hours to make this trip memorable and pleasant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me go on vacation this fall!

In November, I will be flying to Paris, then going to Barcelona and taking a cruise from there to New Orleans with my husband and our 12 month old girl and possibly two other adults. What are your tips for a successful vacation with a young child? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl on Feb 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Where to stop in between Paris and Barcelona?

If you were driving from Paris to Barcelona next spring and had two nights to stay along the way, where would you stay and why? Indirect routes are ok but you also want to break up the trip so you aren't doing more than six hours of driving in one day. [more inside]
posted by stp123 on Nov 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Where to buy clothes for my wife in Barcelona?

I'm going to Barcelona next week on a business trip, and I'd love to buy my wife some nice shirts, possibly some jewellery as well. Also some cute baby stuff for my son would be nice. [more inside]
posted by Admira on Oct 9, 2012 - 4 answers

What to do in Barcelona?

I'll be in Barcelona for a few days this upcoming week with a friend, and we're staying in the Las Ramblas area. What are some fun things to check out while there? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Aug 25, 2012 - 5 answers

Accessible attractions in Barcelona

My sister is travelling to Barcelona, Spain in November. She'll be at a hotel on the Plaza Catalunya for 3 days before leaving on a cruise ship. Sadly, she's on oxygen 24/7 and will be using a walker for short distances and an electric scooter to tour around the city. She'd like recommendations for food and must-see attractions within scootering distance. We've collected info from Google travel results, but they don't address accessibility concerns She plans to go to the Dali museum on a day trip, but other suggestions would be wonderful.
posted by path on Aug 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Need recommendation: guidebook for living in Barcelona

My son will soon be traveling to Barcelona, Spain to attend a five-month student exchange program there. He may end up staying longer. What are the best guidebooks for an American living in that city/region?
posted by zainsubani on Aug 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Bedding Down in Barcelona

We're staying for four nights in Barcelona in mid September. First visit for both of us. Really would appreciate hotel/B&B recommendations, and of course what sights and restaurants the hive mind recommends.
posted by bearwife on Jul 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Which gamble, and when?

How far in advance is it decided whether a La Liga (Spain) game will be played on Saturday or Sunday? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield on Jul 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Teaching abroad in Spain?

Advice on teaching English in Spain (Barcelona)? [more inside]
posted by dkleinst on Jul 23, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me love my chair!

Help me keep my white leather chair looking awesome! [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Jul 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Driving from Barcelona to Girona

Barcelona --> Girona We're picking up a rental car at noon in Barcelona in order to drive to Girona for dinner at 9pm. Any suggestions for routes to take? Or stops along the way? Is there anything significant or beautiful that we should see along the way? Or is it worth taking a longer route in order to visit a town or site? As long as we make it to Girona for our 9:00pm dinner reservation, we're open to any suggestions you might have.
posted by tmharris65 on Jun 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Barcelona in a flash!

Trying to plan a *very* short, cheap, but very special trip to Barcelona later this month. My partner and I aren't great at planning and we're feeling overwhelmed by all the possibilities against the limited amount of time we have. Halp! [more inside]
posted by sundaydriver on May 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Family fun in Barcelona?

Looking for a family friendly resort within a few hours of Barcelona [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Mar 27, 2012 - 4 answers

viability of becoming an ESL teacher in Spain at midlife?

After some recent immersion in learning Spanish, watching Spanish films and going to Spanish conversation Meetups, I have realised I might want to have a go at teaching English as a Second Language in either Barcelona or Madrid. I have a few questions about the feasability of this at my age (42) given that the Spanish economy is not in great shape and my resume has a massive hole in it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 - 1 answer

Where to Eat and Sleep in Spain!

Simple question: Where do we need to eat and sleep in Madrid and Barcelona? We are planning a summer trip to Spain (4 nights in Madrid, 2 nights in Barcelona, 1 night in Girona). The Girona portion of the trip is set -- dinner at El Celler de Can Roca for an extravagant birthday experience. What we need are suggestions for restaurants and hotels in Madrid and Barcelona. (We're also planning day trips to Segovia and Toledo, so you could include lunch spots in those places if you'd like.) A few notes: we are fairly sophisticated dinners, but we also love simple, straightforward food-of-the-people. Our hotel tastes run toward contemporary/modern, but we're not opposed to something classic -- we just want to avoid international chains. Thanks for any/all suggestions!
posted by tmharris65 on Jan 1, 2012 - 12 answers

What's happening in Spain next week?

I'm going to Madrid and Barcelona next week. Anything amazing going on? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Nov 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking for good/cheap hotels in Amsterdam and Barcelona

I will be traveling to Amsterdam and Barcelona at the end of November/early December. Can anybody recommend me any good and cheap hotels? [more inside]
posted by I-baLL on Oct 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Where can I stay in Madrid and Barcelona?

I'm going to Spain in November and desperately need hotel suggestions! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Sep 23, 2011 - 16 answers

Things to do in Barcelona when You're Dead

I need things to do in Barcelona [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Jul 11, 2011 - 20 answers

Don't boats like stop at Islands or something?

Does anyone have any recommendations on one-way ferry travel in early June from Naples to Spain, ideally Valencia? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on May 5, 2011 - 1 answer

Champions League final in Barcelona?

Where to watch the Champions League Final in Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by Infinite Jest on Apr 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Imagine Disco Stick but with more marimba

An international music mystery! What weird cover music was my roommate hearing in the background over the last week in Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Jan 4, 2011 - 3 answers

whats better, a Honeymoon or a MefiMoon?

For our Honeymoon, my other half and I will be going to London for 5 days, Paris for 4 days, make our way to Barcelona for 5 days, then Bangkok for ten days. I'm hoping for some recommendations for the leg from Paris to Barcelona, and Bangkok but feel to offer any recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Admira on Nov 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Urban planning degree in Barcelona?

I need help looking for a graduate school, preferably in Barcelona, or another European city, where they have Urban planning/ urban studies and /or urban design. I have a Bachelor's degree in Art History, minor in Geography and would like to get my Master's in Urban planning/ urban studies and /or urban design and I need a change..picking up and leaving the states. Would you know of any? Thanks.
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Barcelona to Granada - train or plane?

Seeking feedback on travel between Barcelona and Granada - short plane v. long train trip... [more inside]
posted by docpops on Sep 27, 2010 - 14 answers

La nom nom nom.

Where can we make out with Spanish boys and what foodie things can I not miss in Spain? [more inside]
posted by IWoudDie4U on Aug 25, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me find this Barcelona nightclub again!

I would love to find this great Barcelona hidden bohemian opera cocktail bar again, can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by alchemist on Aug 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Best way to get football tickets in Madrid?

What's the best way (i.e., least expensive and safest) to get tickets for the Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona football/soccer game? [more inside]
posted by ciocarlia on Aug 15, 2010 - 0 answers

Where are some cool art galleries in Barcelona?

Where are some cool art galleries in Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by mildred-pitt on Jul 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Where should we look for vacation rentals in Barcelona?

My wife and I will be traveling to Barcelona at the end of this month for our belated honeymoon. We'll be in Barcelona for just under two weeks and we're looking for a good place to stay. [more inside]
posted by jpf on Jul 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Sports Bar...celona?

Can you recommend a good place for a small group of visiting Canadians to watch the Spain-Germany World Cup match in Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by dnesan on Jul 5, 2010 - 1 answer

Advice on my trip to Spain?

I'm going on a trip to Spain with my classmates on Wednesday, any advice? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Jun 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Also, bookstores with especially friendly cats

Bookstore recommendations in London, Paris, and Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by Casuistry on May 30, 2010 - 27 answers

Hair Salon in Barcelona

Looking for hair salon recommendation in Barcelona, Spain. [more inside]
posted by pinkkitty on May 25, 2010 - 3 answers

How can I get to Rome or Barcelona from Paris? With ash-filled skies above?

I need to get from Paris to Rome. Or Barcelona. Or any place really where the skies are blue and planes are flying. Help! [more inside]
posted by costas on Apr 16, 2010 - 38 answers

What's this instrument I've seen playing in Barcelona?

What instrument is this? [more inside]
posted by volpe on Apr 6, 2010 - 3 answers

Day Trip from Barcelona

Should we take a day trip to Montserrat or Carcassonne while visiting Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by emilyv on Mar 30, 2010 - 14 answers

Help plan a Mom-friendly trip from Paris to Barcelona!

In May I'll host my mother and sister for a 10-day European holiday, starting in Paris and flying out of Barcelona. It's my Mom's first time in Europe! How can I plan a trip that's unforgettably awesome but not too overwhelming? [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada on Feb 27, 2010 - 20 answers

MAD or BCN, FTW?

How big of a headache will it be getting to either the Madrid or Barcelona airport using public transport at about 4am local time on a Wednesday? Would it be significantly easier in one city than another? [more inside]
posted by soelo on Feb 9, 2010 - 3 answers

What can we not miss in our two week trip to Spain?

What can we not miss in our two week trip to Spain? [more inside]
posted by emilyv on Feb 6, 2010 - 8 answers

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