I would recommend using the open-top sightseeing bus to get an overview of the city. You can hop on and off and you should be able to get 2 day passes at a good value. Definitely see some of the Olympic sites – the site of the swimming pool gives a great view of the city; also going up in the cable car to the Castle gives good views across the port. The city is famous for the work of Antoni Gaudi – definitely see La Sagrada Familia, the unfinished church begun in 1882 (and brave the walk up narrow steps to the top of one of the towers), and Parc Guell and see the view fomr the terrace. It is worth a walk round the gothic quarter for the unusual architecture and a walk up the famous Las Ramblas is a must, although they do warn you to be wary of pick-pockets. For football fans go to Camp Nou – a very impressive football stadium. I’d give yourself three days to see the city.
There is a metro system but I did not find it easy to understand. I also found that taxis were expensive and not helpful if you spoke castillian rather than catalan.
If you don’t want to stay in the city then the resort of Sitges to the south is a beach resort used by many of the local Spaniards. There is a long promenade along the clean, sandy beach. There is a regular train into Barcelona which is reasonable value.
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- Hotels.com: 9.00 of 10
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