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Tours in Barcelona / Tips

Last post 04/14/2014, 7:40 PM by CanAm-MN. 3 replies.
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Re: Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya

04/14/2014, 7:40 PM


Thank you so much for all your hard work to give us this great information. We have decided to stay at the H10. We are also looking into an 8 hr tour around Barcelona with Barcelona Day Tours.  We're really looking forward to this amazing trip.

Thank you again for all your help. I hope we can meet up on the cruise!


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Re: Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya

04/14/2014, 2:14 AM

Hi Yvonne,

No, Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya is NOT located in downtown.  If you are looking something really close to downtown then Urquinaona is OK (have you checked out H10 Universidad rates?  I don't manage their rates but it's just one block away from Plaza Catalunya). 

GHTC is a good hotel too and yes, metro/train/bus stations are close.  You have to take into account that July/August is our high season so if you want to save some money and book additional services like tours my advice is to book ASAP!  During summer weekends we used to receive +30000 tourists/day and that figure is just from cruises and finding rooms gets harder and expensive.  Most of the hotels will ask a credit card just to hold the reservation and won't charge the room rate until your stay is complete or will be charged if you don't notify on time that you don't need the room (cancellation policy varies on each hotel so please read it carefully). 

Nothing is cheaper in Barcelona during summer or convention dates due high demand.  You have to be very patient when trying to access inside to places like Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera etc., that's why private tours work very well although a little bit expensive, you save time, avoid the crowds, skip lines and can take a close look to Gaudi's detailing.  Tours options depends on the client, some people prefer private tours and other ones don't mind to be part of open groups. 

Regards from sunny Barcelona Cool


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Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya

04/12/2014, 3:45 PM

Hi Gladys,

Thank you for all the great help you have been offering us on hotels and tours.

I was wondering if you could tell me if the Gran Hotel Torre is as close to downtown as the  H10 Urquinaona Plaza? I've been noticing with all the posts that some of the rates are cheaper and by Trip Advisor standards are quite good. So if we can save a few bucks here and there we'd switch from H10 to Gran Hotel.

Diane mentioned the Gran Hotel Torre is close to buses/trains.

Anyway, thanks so much for your help with this.


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Tours in Barcelona / Tips

04/09/2014, 4:36 PM

Dear all, for those asking me info about tours in Barcelona here are some tips and ideas of what the city has to offer to you:

Following is a list of the most typical tourist stuff that might help to have an accurate idea of what you want to do or what you want to see:

  • FC Barcelona soccer stadium + museum
  • Montjuic mountain and castell area (includes the Olympic Stadium, Palau Sant Jordi, Poble Espanyol, National Palace of Montjuic, Magic Fountain, National Art Museum of Catalonia, Tower of Communications, Caixa Forum, Palau Sant Jordi, Castle of Montjuic)
  • Palau de la Musica Catalana (modernist building linked to Gaudi's time)
  • Gaudi's buildings: Sagrada Familia, Güell Park, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera.
  • Paseo de Gracia (shopping area.  The Casa Batlló and Pedrera are located in Paseo de Gracia).
  • Olympic Harbor
  • Torre Agbar
  • Tibidabo
  • Flamenco shows
  • Aquarium Barcelona
  • Barcelona Zoo
  • Gothic Quarter
  • El Born neighborhood
  • Las Ramblas
  • Mercado de la Boquería
  • La Barceloneta
  • Museums: Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya, Fundació Joan Miró, Fundació Antoni Tápies, CCCB, MACBA and Museu Picasso).  There's a pass that costs around 30 euros per person that allows you to enter to these 6 museums).

 Here are some types of tours that you might find or ask tailored made for all the above stuff:

  • architecture official tours guided by an architect.
  • longboarding tours
  • photographic walks
  • sailing tours
  • air tours (helicopter ones)
  • bike tours
  • gourmet tours (walking or using the gourmet bus)
  • balloon flights (available in Province of Barcelona only not Barcelona city)
  • self tours (using ipad, driving car, etc)
  • shopping tours

 There is the "bus turistic", this is a sightseeing bus with 3 routes available to discover the city.  This is a hop on - hop off service with open top double-decker bus.  Costs around 27 Euros per person.

Tickets to almost all buildings, transport, attractions or shows can be buyed in advanced. You are coming during the highest turistic season in Spain (July-August) so I advice you to buy or contract most of the services in advance.

Important: for those who would like to go shopping remember always to ask your tax refund forms when you buy good .  The admin procedure is not so difficult and faster than in the airport (15 minutes) and you can get the refund in cash one day prior to leave Spain. Wink  If someone wants to know more about Global Blue and Premier Tax Free companies procedure I'll be glad to explain how exactly it works.

This weekend I will be able to send some touristic brochures for those who already asked me for them. Smile



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