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Jun122012

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Barcelona Airport Private Departure Transfer

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Everything went well, except our driver dropped us off at the closest door to the RyanAir desk at 4am, when that door was closed. He didn't know that pretty much all but one airport door is open "after hours"? I would have preferred he show us where the door was, and then drove us to the open door so we didn't have to drag our luggage like a half km to the entrance. :o\

Jun112012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Tour including Sagrada Familia

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Worth your $ and taking the full day (especially if you're into Modernist art) if you're not tired (it's a kind of exhausting but not strenuous tour) and you just want a bare bones intro to the main sites. I found that after the tour, I just wanted to have a more in-depth guided tour of each site...! A 3- or 4-day slower-paced but more detailed guided trip would be perfect. History/background were mostly outside of the major sites and then inside (Sagrada, Guell), it's some time on your own to guide yourself through the site. Our tour guide had some great stories and an even better sense of dry humour. Very knowledgable on both Barcelona back in the day and "A Day in the Life" of a Barcelonian. One of my favorite parts of the tour was the Gothic Quarter around Placa Jaume and the Cathedral, where we went into little side streets to get some rich history stories. Unfortunately, I don't remember our guide pointing out the Casa Batlló or Hospital de Sant Pau, which is a bummer. It also would have been nice if the art highlights were a little more well-balanced, i.e. Picasso and Dali, not just Gaudi. It would have been nice if, after la Pedrera, they bussed us right to the door of the Picasso Museum! (Also, it's much closer to the starting point--it was a little disorienting to end blocks and blocks away from our origin). All in all, a solid intro tour that just leaves you asking for more (seriously, spend at least 4 days in this city!)

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  • Gothic
  • Roman

Jun102012

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Right on time, smartly dressed, and introduced a little to the city on our way to our hotel (e.g. described Montjuic, told us that our hotel was near Port Olimpic).

Jun022012

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Yeah, it's everything everyone says. The tour guide was fantastic! which was the best part. I felt like a got a good hearty feel for the city and Barcelona's history (and not the standard recorded or dry or "by the books" account of it). Only thing is that yes, it's flat, so you active-hungry folks will have to sit back--no hard-core biking or hills or workouts here. Darn! All in all, the best best value purchase I made in Barcelona.

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  • To the beach
  • Trusty Guide
  • Meeting Point

May292012

Tour/Activity

4-Day Small-Group Tour from Barcelona including Montserrat, Sitges and Dali Museum

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Bestbestbest. The $700 alone I would pay for food, lodging, and transportation but we got tours and museum admissions and our own personal guide on top of all that?! What a steal. The meals included were hefty (starter, entree, dessert, wine, coffee) and all the hotels were clean, spacious, and modern (gyms and/or pools in all of them). We got a huge bus for our small group of 4 which felt special (but think of the environment!) and our drivers were always reliable (drove us safely up and down Montserrat, thank you!). We were very impressed with our tour guide Olivier--although he hasn't been a Catalonia native all his life he's basically a walking history book and city paper all in one. We threw a lot of questions at him, and was able to elaborate remarkably on all of them, in spite of some funny French-Espanol-ish-isms. In retrospect, wish we'd tipped him, and graciously!!! We took this tour before exploring the city center, so I felt that I really got to know Catalonian culture and history, muchmuch more than the typical Barcelona visitor (or expat resident, even)! The only things I would change would be: [1] less time in Sitges (can't go to the beach after we've packed our things! check-out at 12 would be best), more time in Tarragona [2] nix the Torres wine tour!--I was expecting a small, intimate winery with at least 3 different wines to taste--not so with Torres [3] More time at the Dali Museum (3 hours would be nice for both parts). We bought a lot at the Vic food market (wish we could have gone during the mushroom harvest) and ate a superb lunch. Surprising faves: Dali museum, Santes Creus, morning run by the beach in Sitges.

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