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Discussion in 'Traveling to and from the Camino' started by BROWNCOUNTYBOB, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    BROWNCOUNTYBOB Well-Known Member

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    My wife and I are planning our third Camino Frances for Sept-Oct 2019. Our first two caminos began in Madrid with overnights in Madrid, Pamplona and St Jean. My wife has not been to Barcelona, so we're considering flying from the US to Barcelona, then seeing some of the top sights such as Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Art Museum, wandering the Las Ramblas, etc. We'd plan to stay in the Gothic Quarter. I looked at the Barcelona Metro map, and it appears you can take the Metro from the airport to downtown Barcelona.

    Question: How easy is it to navigate the Metro in Barcelona - as compared to the Metro in Madrid? We'll want to travel to the airport to downtown, then the next day travel from downtown to the Sants train station, where we'll catch a train to Pamplona.

    At the end of our camino, I found a flight from Santiago to Barcelona on Ryanair for 35 euros each.

    Gracias. Bob
     
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    Hi Bob

    I have stayed in Barcelona a few times and used both the metro and the local trains without problems – In fact I started walking one of my Camino’s from Montserrat which is only a short train ride away from Barcelona and also worth a visit if you have time. https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/tour/montserrat-spain.html

    So, I don’t envisage you having any problems at all

    Sounds like a bargain with Ryan Air on your return trip too !!!

    Best Regards

    Rob
     
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    Bob- there is a train directly from the airport. We took the metro airport to downtown and also stayed in the gothic quarter. Al alternative is to take the fast and relatively cheap bus direct from airport to plaza Catalunya. Then walk down La Ramplas and into the gothic quarter (5-10 mins). Or you can take the airport connector directly to Sants station, and the metro back to Sants station when you are ready. The metro is easy, well marked, and lots of maps. The only downside is the reputation of pickpockets on the metro! I love Barcelona- so much to see and do!
     
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  4. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    BROWNCOUNTYBOB Well-Known Member

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    Rob and calowie, thanks for your comments. Very reassuring and good to know. We really love Madrid, but starting from Barcelona would be a nice change for us! Bob
     
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    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey Bob - As you plan for your stay in Barcelona, I thought that you might enjoy reading some of the articles posted on the Culinary Backstreets website.

    https://culinarybackstreets.com/category/cities-category/barcelona/

    Barcelona is one of the cities that they feature. I have found their features on eateries off the beaten (tourist) path very helpful for my stays in Mexico City and Porto. Although I’ll only have about 24 hours in Barcelona in October, I’ll try and take advantage of some of their recommendations. Buen Camino y Buen Provecho!
     
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  6. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    BROWNCOUNTYBOB Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Wily. The renovated market looks great. We'll add this to our list of things to see/do when we pass through Barcelona during our next camino. Bob
     
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    For those of you that have passed through Barcelona before or after your camino frances, I'd like feedback regarding a tour of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. I know that you can order tickets in advance and I'll look into this. Just curious how long it takes for a general tour of the church. We'll skip the trip up to the spires since my wife and I are terrified of heights. We have limited time in Barcelona, so will need to fit this in the day we arrive (therefor fighting jet lag) or the same day we fly from Santiago to Barcelona. Gracias ! Bob
     
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  8. Wily

    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey Bob - Just took the metro from the airport into the city. It’s an excellent, modern system that is no more difficult to use than Madrid’s. I’m guessing that you’ll be flying into terminal 1 as I did. The exit to the metro is well signed (no yellow arrows, but easy to follow). At the automatic ticket kiosque, choose the “airport” ticket which allows you to go into the city or Zone 1. Cost is €4.60, cash or card. Plan about 45 minutes. I was able to get to my stop with only one train stop.

    Visited the outside of the Sagrada Familia this afternoon. What an amazing architectural structure. I was told that tickets for visits inside were sold out until Thursday or Friday. So, no matter whether you want a particular tour or to just visit it on your own, do order your tickets in advance of your arrival in Barcelona.

    Will go check-out the Gothics’ neighborhood a bit later and most likely have dinner there. Buen Camino!
     
  9. Bryan Morlock

    Bryan Morlock Pilgrim Bryan

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    We did not go to Barcelona during our Camino and Barcelona was not the place to be at that time. First, the terror attack in Barcelona happened about two weeks before we arrived in Spain. That was followed by the illegal vote, government crackdown, and mass demonstrations concerning the Catalunya movement for independence from Spain. We were very glad to be heading west away from all of that activity in September/October 2017. The federal government disbanded the regional government. We would stop in bar/restaurants that had news on and people would be screaming at the TV during news reports. We were happy when they agreed to a one week truce, because we would be out of Spain by the time the truce ended. I haven't followed it lately to see if things have settled down a bit.
     
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    Wily

    I love the metro in Barcelona - so efficient and frequent trains. Most of the time I love walking around a city above ground to really soak it in - but the Barcelona metro is great for airport transport and for that end of the day - post dinner and wine trip home.

    Buen Camino
    Amy
     
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    My mom and I were in Barcelona in October 2017 and it was great. We did come upon one of the protests - which got very crowded quickly - it was peaceful but the crowds were a bit scary for my mom. We found refuge in a hotel - as the crowds grew so large we couldn't move. The people at the hotel were wonderful to my mom who had a heart condition. BUT having said all that we were really glad we experienced this - we had nice chats with people who took the time to take care of mom and explain why they were protesting. The protest on this particular day was with those who did not want Catalan to be independent but to remain part of Spain. At that time all CNN and other media outlets were reporting was the separatist side - this group was anxious to tell us their side. It was a historic moment and I am glad we were there.

    If not for my mom's heart - I would have spent all day walking and taking pictures. I never felt I was in danger. As for terrorist attacks - those can and do happen everywhere.

    Buen Camino,
    Amy
     
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    Thanks, Wily for the transit info airport to downtown. The last time I passed through Barcelona was after grad school in 1981. Am really looking forward to visiting again. We'll arrive on a Tuesday morning and have almost one full day there, then after our camino will fly from Santiago back to Barcelona and have most of a day there. Will try to book a ticket on line to visit Sagrada Familia on one of those days. Worse case, we just enjoy the outside. Lots of things to do in Barcelona.

    Congrats on completing your camino via bicycle. Too bad for the rain and mud. I seem to recall you ran into rain / bad weather on the CP or primitivo as well? Maybe you change your luck by walking in the fall?

    Bob
     
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