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Invest in a Dry Egg/Box My suggestion is 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 booking.com terms and conditions state, in part: Obvious errors and mistakes (including misprints) are not binding. All special offers and promotions are marked as such. If they are not labeled as such, you cannot derive any rights in the event of obvious errors or mistakes. You didn't say what the price was that you paid or whether it was ...


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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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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 buses 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 the ...


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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 h....


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According to this page by the Barcelona City Council's Municipal Consumer Information Office (OMIC), the first thing you should do is contact the business to try to mediate the complaint. If they don't give you a resolution within 30 days, you can lodge a complaint with them. The relevant quote from the page: We remind you, in accordance with Decree 98/...


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I live in Barcelona and I have taken a taxi from the airport lots of times. Taxi system is a very regulated sector in Barcelona. Fares of official regular taxis are controlled by the IMET, the Metropolitan Taxi Institute which depends from AMB (Barcelona Metropolitan Area). Specially at the airport, you won't find a "cheapest way" to take taxi, you will find ...


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There is a company handling all cemeteries in Barcelona. Its name is Cementiris de Barcelona. From their website: Cementiris de Barcelona, S.A. is part of the B:SM Group. It manages the new cemeteries in the city of Barcelona, Montjuïc, Poblenou, Sant Andreu, Les Corts, Collserola, Horta, Sants, Sarrià and Sant Gervasi, as well as the two crematoriums ...


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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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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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This should have been a comment but I am forced to expand. I am not 100% sure because IANL and I don't have track of Spanish and European laws, but I am familiar with most principles. Basically, Europe protects consumer as they are in the weakest position. You have likely booked all your transports and entertainment for your trip, so you might suffer ...


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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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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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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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There are a lot of mobile apps to book a taxi in advance in Barcelona, you can use mytaxi, PideTaxi (I've used this one and I recommend it, this is the official app of the spanish radio taxi association) or Joinup taxi. I linked iOS links but there are also versions for Android. Besides, if you look for a cheaper option, you can take a train. The Rodalies ...


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The card which you have seen is the T-10 (http://www.tmb.cat/en/sistema-tarifari-integrat/-/ticket/T10), which costs €9.95 and is valid for 10 journeys on the metro, buses and trains, including up to two changes (eg train to metro to bus, or bus to metro, but not metro to metro). These are valid for more than one person to use simultaneously, as long as the ...


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From Paris, €100-200 per person for (high-speed) international trains like Eurostar to London, Thalys to the Benelux or the TGV to Spain are typical prices. You don't need any special pass and can buy a ticket directly on oui.sncf (official French railway website) or trainline.com. Flying is indeed frequently cheaper but there are also super-saver fares for ...


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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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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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In 2016, a bad online review with a lot of visibility is a big deal. Find a few high traffic websites (tripadvisor, google, facebook) and leave them not an angry rant, but a bad and polite review. Companies are very sensitive about their online reputation and image (and if they're not they won't survive very long) and are much quicker to react than in ...


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These machines have been designed to perform Every Task® bank users need to perform in a bank terminal. Top slot : card bank note. Middle slot: Credit or Debit card bottom middle slot: tickets, receipts. Left bottom slot: Outcoming Cash Right bottom slot: incoming cash in a sealed or unsealed packign ( depends on the version). central keyboard: ...


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It's perfectly feasible, and a lot of people from Gavà (and towns further away) work in Barcelona. It takes about 30 minutes by train to Plaça de Catalunya and there are several trains every hour. If your accommodation in Gavà is by the beach (Gavà Mar) then you will be quite away from the station, but there are buses from Gavà Mar to Barcelona. ...


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No, you can't use Bicing bikes. Only locals can use it, the membership card takes 15 days to arrive. The membership card is personal, and can't be lended. Also, you need a Spanish address, and you pay 48 euros for a whole year.


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Being a victim of crime, and especially having your passport stolen, is a circumstance in which you should contact your embassy's after-hours emergency contact phone number. For Spain, that number is +34 6 1975 2305. You will need to either apply for a duplicate passport, or an emergency certificate to return directly to India. You should expect either ...


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I asked a friend who live in Barcelona to check it. The place is located in the main hall next to McDonalds (Sants station). The address is: Carrer del Rector Triadó, 75. You can see the place in Google Street view, just click here.


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