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Invest in a Dry Egg/Box My suggestion it to take as little valuables as possible, and carry them in the water with you when you go for a dip. What I usually do is I take some form of plastic ID, a bit of cash, a payment card and my phone. I leave everything else at home since most likely I won't need it on the beach. Everything I take easily fits in what ...


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The main Renfe website only lists long-distance trains. The line that goes through Aiguafreda is a local line belonging to Rodalies to Catalunya, operated by the national Renfe but administered by the Catalan government. You can find information about it on the Renfe Rodalies Barcelona (Barcelona suburbs) web page. The line you want is R3, starting in ...


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I´ve never been to Barcelona, but generally beaches have kiosks where you can buy drinks and food. I usually leave my belongings in a kiosk I intend to eat/drink something (or already have). Kiosk owners are usually more than happy to hold your belongings while you're in the water. If you don't intend to eat/drink something, it's a small price you pay for a ...


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In general people speak both languages. And because they can tell you are a tourist from the way you breathe :) they will not expect you to speak Spanish, nor Catalan. Having said this, you should always learn a few common words in the local language, such as greetings and please/thank you, as it shows you are making an effort. You said you are already ...


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I would recommend you to take a train and go a beach further from the city, where you can be a bit less cautious; but in the beaches of Barcelona, never, ever, leave your stuff alone when your are going to swim. Barcelona is a top destination for tourists, but also for pickpockets. They are really good and there are probably some of them in the beach waiting ...


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The normal train is, as described by santiago, still available. You can check the tickets in www.renfe.com. They are not very comfortable, but at least you can walk around and, eventually, spend some time in the bar. The travel time on these regional trains is around 8 h and price is around 50 euros. You can also get a fast train, AVE, that takes around 3 ...


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Generally speaking, train travel on high speed trains is luxury travel. For budget travel in Europe, take the plane. Or the bus if you have time. Neither planes nor busses are as comfortable and convenient as modern high speed trains. The economic explanation is related to the following points: The price is determined by supply and demand. Turnover is ...


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Like many other cities, the metros and regular buses stop at night (between midnight and 5am most nights). There is a different night bus network (NitBus) in Barcelona and its suburbs with 18 lines (N0 to N17). I believe that the fares and passes are the same as for the day buses.


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It's definitively possible. If you check Google Maps, you can see that an one-way journey takes approximately 3 hours. So If you leave early morning, you can be there on late forenoon. Then you can spend some hours there and go back late evening. However, you have to decide by yourself if that's reasonable for you. You will have to drive a long time in one ...


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Any large international car rental firm that operates in both Germany and Spain should work. I just searched via the regular homepages of Hertz and Europcar, and both offered similar rates. It won't be cheap though - around 1000 EUR if you allow only a week for the trip, 2000 if you take a month. Be sure to buy a large enough km package in advance.


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I can't believe that no one has mentioned ride-share sites yet. blablacar, for example, is hugely popular in Spain and many other European countries. From the looks of it, you'll have no trouble finding a ride along that route and the going rate seems to be ~€30. Driving time is about six hours according to google maps.


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I did that a lot for a period. I used several strategies: As a general rule take as little as possible and preferably things without value. Than just do one of the following: Check if the beach has lockers. There are some beaches with lockers and keys that you strap around the wrist. You find these systems many times in swimming pools but some beaches ...


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I live in Terrassa, Catalunya, and I was born in Barcelona. While the political situation might be "tense" I would not worry about it. For those who don't know what's going on, next Sunday a "participation process" is likely to ask catalans whether they want independence from Spain. Spain wants to block this process after blocking attempts for a referendum ...


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Barcelona is a great place to visit; it has been the object of lots of changes some twenty years ago when it hosted the Olympic Games and it has resulted in a general improvement of the area. As you probably know, Barcelona is the town where the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí worked and it can show some of the best examples of his visionary form of art. ...


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It's because it is a High Speed train running at 300km per hour. The only way of getting it cheap is via the Renfe website approx 1-2 months in advance. Then you can get up to 60% discount.


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Acording to this surfing site, which claims to have up-to-date and historical statistics about water temperature, the water is supposed to be warm enough (according to your definition) from June to October. I'm linking below the image of the sea temperature range in Barceloneta (one of Barcelona's beaches) to save it for future readers:


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There are political reasons behind this and I believe that this isn't the appropriate website to discuss this. Anyway, you can find cheaper rail and air tickets for the BCN-MAD route. Try with Rumbo for instance. This website returns prices for airlines and Renfe trains. I've tested for you some dates and you can fly for less than 30 euros and go by train ...


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You could invest in a travel safe. The one pictured below is water-resistant, though not waterproof. So you can't carry it into water. It can be fixed to a pole or a piece of furniture via the cable that comes with it, though it would best if you leave it in the beach lockers when available so you wouldn't have to keep an eye on it.


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I'm not a city person, but I've been to Barcelona as a 13-year old in 1998. One day that I particularly remember is when we hiked up Montserrat, very close to Barcelona and interesting both from a cultural and natural point of view. Should probably still be fine even if it's almost November (the picture below was apparently taken in January). Image ...


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I've travelled by train in many countries in Europe, and I can say that the Spanish AVE is the most luxurious train I've ever been on. It's very fast, the railway and the trains are very new, and travelling conditions are good. For example, at the AVE, you get a 100% refund if the train runs more than 5 minutes late. Try that at the TGV in France or the ICE ...


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Two years ago I drove from Madrid to Barcelona. I didn't rent a car, but used my own. However, I can add some hints: As MastaBaba mentioned, the toll roads are sometimes quite expensive. On the other hand very often you can choose if you want to use the new and empty highway and pay the toll or if you want to use the old highway that is quite often next to ...


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As far as I know there is no such website or app that allows to book last-minute cheap flights. So you have to use any of the well-known services. In particular, the flight trip between Barcelona and Madrid (or viceversa) is known as "puente aereo" (literally "aerial bridge") and in general the cheapest company that operates this route is Vueling (13 flights ...


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'Beautiful' is relative, but if you take the highway, well, it's a highway. Spain ain't, say, the Central African Republic, so, car hire is a pretty boring (and safe) business. All the regular players are available in Barcelona. I recommend booking through 3clickcarhire. They tend to give decent deals. This September, I also rented a car through ...


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Well it's only twenty kilometres from Barcelona, so from that point of view, yeah it's feasible. I've done a similar thing in the past for Valencia; staying just outside of the city. It'll take you about 25-30 minutes to drive to the center of Barcelona from Gavà. Gavà is also very close to the airport, which may be handy depending on how you are ...


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You have to see Sagrada Familia of course. Do the climb up to the top of the tower. See the museumy thing in the basement. Visit the little school right next door with the wavy roof. In addition to any Olympic-y or other Gaudi things, you should walk down Las Ramblas about 10 or 11pm. Don't have a lot of money on you when you do, so you can relax and gawk ...


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I'm a regular visitor to Catalonia and have learned Catalan, but I can say that from my dealings with Catalan people (apart from the mass-tourism areas) they are friendly and tolerant and very happy to hear a foreigner making an effort, but if they see you are having trouble with the language they will automatically switch to Spanish, or English if they can. ...


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The nearest one from Barcelona is Sant Lloren ( 30 minutes by car ). There is a monastery on the top of the mountain. Alternatively you can go to Parc Natural del Montseny. ( 1 hour by car ).


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According to this site there's a bus from Reus Airport to Barcelona: The journey time is one and a half hours, and it costs €12.50 for a single ticket and €22.00 for a return. The bus travels to Barcelona Sants bus station. A similar site states the following about the bus from Girona Airport to Barcelona: Tickets cannot be reserved in advance and ...


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As far as I know: No. There are two combined tickets on sale: Trans Montserrat: 26,60. This includes transportation from anywhere in Zone 1 to Montserrat using the Metro, FGC train and the rack railway, outward and back. Tot Montserrat: 42,65. Transportation as per Trans Montserrat, but with unlimited travel on the local funiculars in Montserrat, access ...



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