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Never been - advice?

I am thinking of visiting Barcelona next March, with my 14-year old niece (who is a great traveler). I have never been to Spain and am not terribly familiar with it...want a nice but not four-star place to stay? ANd should I plan to rent a car for out of town excursions? Help!

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1. Re: Never been - advice?

Start with www.bcn.es and select "tourism" in the left column.

You will not need a car in Barcelona.

While we did not travel outside the city proper, if you read other posts in this Forum, there's information on traveling to nearby towns by rail.

(I can tell you where not to stay, but don't have any recommendation for a good place.)

Barcelona has a great deal of variety: great architecture (more than the Gaudi buildings), beaches, parks and historic buildings.

We were just there last month (May 2007) and enjoyed a two day Bus Turistic pass and a walking tour of the Bari Gothic. Info on the website above.

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Mr advice is to stay at the airport hotel Ciutat Del prat. just 10 ins by thie hotwel bus. Excellent rooms and breakfasts, super staff. Use the train which is a 12 min walk from the hotel to get to barcelona centere. Every 12 mins. It takes 20 jmins. use the barcelona tourist bus to get arouns , Use it for 2 or 3 days. After having your fill of barcelona go back to hotel, hacve a rest and go outside into the lovely suburb and use one of the many local snack bars, resaurants. very reasonable as they are catering for the locals( who are very friendly). To rent a car use sol mar who are again based at the airport in terminal B. About £100 for a week, economy model.All the best..With the car you must see Tarragona. If yo7u want a cheap hotel around there use the Best hotels siter and stay in salou, best to be in their hotel in cap Salou, lovely beach frontage, All their others are in the town. All good and reasonable if booked on the web. Hoever there are good rail links along this length of coast and you may find that yopu do not need a car. The resorts to the north will need the use of a car. If you fancy a fairly long drive then go to the Begur area as a base and travel each way from there. to see the beaches. Aguablava and Sa Riera and Sa Tuna are the best small ones. Palamos, Estartit, La Eescala, Roses are the best bigger ones. girona, Figueres are the best larger towns.All the best.

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3. Re: Never been - advice?

Dear Seattle:

On the web they have Maribel's Guide. Look for the one for Barcelona and you will get the best info.

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4. Re: Never been - advice?

Stay in Barcelona itself, not out at El Prat!

If you stay in the Eixample it's central but mixed residential/shopping/ business and not touristy like a lot of Barri Gotic and Ramblas area. Raval in particular is a definite no for 2 women to stay in my opinion (OK during the day ).

Gracia is also pretty, more small-town feel and Vallcarca is further out but 15mins from centre with metro. That's very green and hilly and a completely different side to Barcelona.

You cd look at www.venere.com which is very clear: you can compare prices easily, choose by area, read guest comments. We've used venere quite a few times.

Loads of day-trips can be done by train. Look at my Inside Page "Day trips from barcelona" in Barcelona overview. Girona is my favourite.

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