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If you're looking for a good free map of Barcellona, don't use the one the tourist office gives you for the Bus Turistic. Instead, ask them for a brochure from City Tour by ALSAtouring. This brochure includes a map that actually details all of Barcelona's streets, especially the confusing ones in Barri Gotic and Ribera. This is essential to finding your way around.
I went on a monthlong tour of Europe in 2005, visiting London, Paris, Rome, and Barcellona each for one week. Barcelona was the only city where I made a point to leave early. It does have its finer points -- the Marina and beaches were worth visiting -- but the heart of the city, Ramblas, had a very tense, uneasy feeling about it. I couldn't put my finger on it, but I knew that the city did not have a homey or vacationy feeling about it. In the evenings, it became apparent very quickly that this area draws a big drunk and wild crowd. Now, I love drinking and partying myself, but this was not a fun, happy crowd -- it was the sort of crowd that brought around lots of crime, drugs, and violence. I wish I could say that the Cultural scene would save my trip, but that was disappointing too. I was not moved by any one particular structure, and I am easily moved. If you find yourself there already, I recommend taking a bus tour of the city, stopping at the interesting spots, and heading to…
There aren't many Catalans/Spaniards in central Barcellona. A tip from a local -- avoid summer at all costs. Barcelona is much better any other time of the year.
Paella and wine is the best thing ever. Barcellona is awesome. Sangreia is cool. After you are done here, go to San Sebastian. It's even better.
Barcellona was the most disappointing city of all the cities we visited during our four-week vacation to Europe. It was just another large city, very smelly, fairly unfriendly, and we had the worst hostel!
Barcellona is beautiful city! If you are thinking about Barcelona -- do not think, just go!


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