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Few questions about our trip!!

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Few questions about our trip!!

Hi Everyone!

Just have a few questions regarding our trip to Barcelona from 11th-14th June. We are a hen party of 14 ladies! We have an apartment very near to Urquinaona metro station so this appears to be very centrally located.

We will be heading down to the beach for the first few days, would it be best to hop on the metro down to Barceloneta or how far roughly would it be to walk? And what could we see along the walk?

How busy will Barceloneta beach be at this time of year? And will there be sun loungers for rent if so are they expensive?

My friend (bride to be) would like to visit the place where there is lovely views over the city. From my research I believe this to be Montjuic or Park Guell? If we had to choose just one, which would be the best to visit?

I think on the Friday 13th we will do some sightseeing/shopping....would the sagrada familia be really busy on a Friday? If we didn't manage to get there early, could we just turn up later on and get tickets easily? Also, where would be a good place to go for shopping, not high end or retail shopping, was thinking more boutique/market shopping with quirky items that are a bit different to that in the normal uk high street?

Also, just wondering if there is any local street food/snacks to try? I have heard of Orxata and would like to try this, will I be able to find this quite easily?

Oh just one more thing for now, we will be doing a fancy dress up night on our first night there, I know the clubs wont allow us entry, but I am just looking for some recommendations for an area with a few bars where we will be welcome even in fancy dress?

Sorry the questions are all quite random! Thank you for any advice!

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1. Re: Few questions about our trip!!

From Urquinaona it might be best to get the metro. The walk is along via Laietana which is a busy street with not much to recommend it. There are some highlights but it's mostly traffic, shops that will be of limited interest, offices and a few bars and restaurants. However ig you are in Ribera/El Born then you might prefer to wander through the maze of streets that make up that district. I'd say less than a mile along Laietana.

Someone else will answer about the beach. I don't think it will be packed.

There are views from Montjuich or Park Guell. I prefer Park Guell and IMO it's more interesting than Montjuich.

Sagrada Familia is always busy. Buying tickets on-line in advance makes sense.

I think Orxata is similar to Horlicks/Ovaltine. I'm sure someone will know where to try it. There isn't really a load of street food in Barcelona, probably because there are so many inexpensive places to eat. There are waffle stands along the harbour but that's not exactly local.

There are plentyof independent shops in Barri Gotic and El Born. I think Avinyo is quite good but just wander around.

The fancy dress question gets asked every few months. It's mainly a British thing. I'd head down to Port Olimpic which is where stage and hen-dos often congregate. You might feel a bit silly in the main centre.

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2. Re: Few questions about our trip!!

I find Orxata very different from Horlicks or Ovaltine. Those two are malt-based milk beverages whereas orxata from Spain is made from a tiger nut (xufe or chufa), a tuber. Valencia prides itself on being the home of orxata. I've linked some videos of how it's made. In Barcelona, you can get cheap orxata from most snack bars. They are kept in rotating dispensers next to slushy machines. Some better places include

How orxata is made: …seriouseats.com/2011/11/valencia-spain-how-…

http://www.monorxata.com/default_i.php

In Barcelona, some better places include:

La Valenciana realfoodtraveler.com/2011/…

Horchatería Sirvent culinarybackstreets.com/barcelona/…

For shopping, I agree with pc2. El Born has some cute and quirky independent shops.

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@ luce_uk: both La Valenciana and Sirvent are possible the two most well known sites in Barcelona for good orxata. This was a very popular summer drink back in the 50's and 60's -these places were already serving it then! But with as times evolved now you can also purchase bottled ready to drink it in any supermarket (and as a concentrate pure too so you add the amount of water you like instead). But trust me, nothing as the ones made at la Valenciana o Sirvent.

La Valenciana has a very convenient central location, by the Barcelona University, close to Plaça Catalunya, to be precise in Aribau street. Sirvent has several establishments in town, the two that come to mind now are the one in La Rambla del Poble Nou and the one in Secretari Coloma, in the Gràcia district.

@PandaChris2... I suspect it has to do with the pretentious pr**cks at the City Hall that are not handling licenses any more because 'they don't want this to seem an uncivilized third-world country'. Morons!

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4. Re: Few questions about our trip!!

Ok, now answering your 'random' questions:

1- Barceloneta beach: busy enough but nothing like Benidorm in August so don't worry. Besides, you have 3 miles of beaches in Barcelona: infocatalonia.eu/w/… and since you asked about La Barceloneta: infocatalonia.eu/w/…

2- Park Güell, definitively: infocatalonia.eu/w/… Note that to enter the monumental part you need to get a ticket (best in advance!): http://www.parkguell.cat/en/

3- La Sagrada Família is always busy. Do pre-book in advance or you're unlikely to get in: http://sagradafamilia.cat/sf-eng/?lang=0

4- Shopping: try in the Barri Gòtic, south of Plaça Catalunya. Start by Portal de l'Àngel (it's a street not a shop!: http://bit.ly/1gYtWbJ ) and let your insticts guide you. For less main-street try this: www.shopikon.com/barcelona/shopping_guide

5- Orxata: replied earlier.

6- Oh no, not another one... you Brits! Well, if you must, as PC mentioned earlier, head to Port Olimpic so you don't feel so out-of-place in your funny costumes: apartmentbarcelona.com/blog/… aside from these in the same area there's also Catwalk: http://www.clubcatwalk.net/ and a bunch of other 'joints' by the marina -which I don't recommend, they're tacky and full of drunken tourists! On a different night, since you mention you like 'lovely views', head to Mirabé (http://www.mirabe.com/en/), at the slopes of the Collserola hill, north of the city. Best go by taxi.

Enjoy!

Edited: 24 May 2014, 04:55
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5. Re: Few questions about our trip!!

Good snack stops, a Top Question. tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187497-c178687/Barce…

Enric, Cacao Sampaka served a modern version of orxata a few years back. A cute cafe with good choco stuff.

http://www.cacaosampaka.com/es/cafeteria

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