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Organizing your trip to downtown Barcelona

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Tourism | Comments Off on Organizing your trip to downtown Barcelona

Getting from Barcelona airport to downtown or the cruise terminal Barcelona has just about everything you could ask for in a world-class destination and is, without a doubt, the most popular city with a Mediterranean coastline. Blessed with over 300 days of sunshine a year, unbeatable food and a party scene that doesn’t get started until after 2:00am, a trip to Barcelona will bring out your inner child full of energy and eagerness to uncover what this magical city has to offer. Despite being Spain’s second city behind Madrid the 1.6 million people that call Barcelona home are a fiercely independent lot proud of their own language (Catalan)and traditions found only in the northeastern corner of Spain. Do not be put off thinking that you need to learn how to speak Catalan, a language that sounds like French, Italian and Spanish all jumbled together as everyone also speaks Spanish (Castilian) and English around the city’s main sights.

Whether you are visiting Barcelona for the weekend or as the starting point for a Mediterranean cruise you will first need to understand how to get from El Prat International Airport to either the port terminal or downtown Barcelona. While the city of Barcelona has just one main airport El Prat de Llobregat Aeropuerto (BCN) located 13 kilometres south of the city centre, tour operators and budget airlines refer to the airports at Girona and Reus as also being Airports serving the city. Pay attention when booking your flight as Girona and Reus are often cheaper to fly to than El Prat but they are both over an hour’s drive away from Barcelona unlike El Prat which is just 25-minutes from downtown. Upon arrival at El Prat, you have several options of getting into town. You can if in a group or money does not matter hire a private airport transfer online to meet you directly at the airport and take you to the hotel or cruise terminal. Your second option is to take a metered cab from outside the terminal with the fare being either 30€ or 35€ depending on whether or not the pickup point was terminal one or two (T1, T2). Pay special attention to surcharges as it may cost more to travel by taxi in Barcelona during the weekends or holidays. A plastic sticker with all the additional fees should be displayed on the cab’s window. It is a good idea to book a taxi in advance and agree the cost.

The second option is by train from terminal T2 to the city centre at a cost of 2.15€. If you are going to be staying in Barcelona and using the metro to get around, buy a ten journey ticket for considerable savings. The train stops at the city’s three main railway stations Estacio Sants, Passeig de Gràcia and El Clot from where you can take the metro to other parts of the city. The train runs twice an hour and is accessible from terminal T1 by a free inter-terminal transfer bus. The third option and in our opinion the best is to take the direct Airport Express Bus (Aerobus) directly from either terminal to the Plaça Catalunya or Plaça Espanya. The bus runs every ten minutes and costs 5.90 for a single fare with children under four-years- old travelling free. With no direct public transport available between the airport and the cruise terminal, we recommend taking a taxi which will cost around 35€.

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5 Things Any Tourist Should Know

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Tourism, Tourist Tips | Comments Off on 5 Things Any Tourist Should Know

Being a tourist is certainly not easy. Tourism is a fun way for you to experience something new and the new people, make new friends. However, depending on the places you are visiting, being a tourist can be sometimes even challenging. In addition to that, if you find yourself in a foreign country there are certain rules you should obey and things you should know, therefore keep these five things in mind.

 

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  1. How To Keep Yourself Safe

passport U.S.As a tourist you are protected by your status and as well as your country of origin and the local police. However, it’s important to know how to keep yourself safe. Make sure you do not roam around the city when it is dark, and do not explore abandoned parts of the city area on your own. Also, make sure you carry some money with you and your important documents. You can also copy your documents as a sort of precaution, so that you can have a copy just in case something happens to the original. Also, make sure you know where are the embassy of your country is before you come to a certain country or city.

  1. Be Polite!

If you want to be remembered as a good tourist and really leave an impression about your entire country, it’s important that you are a polite and that you behave in an appropriate manner. Remember, you are not just a tourist, you are representing your entire country and your community and you should behave in a dignified manner.

  1. Learn More About Cultural Background And Appropriate Behavior

That being said, some countries and some people have different standards when it comes to appropriate behavior, and it is your duty to explore them before you go to a certain country as a tourist. For example, you shouldn’t tip in Japan, as it can be seen as degrading. Also, do not smile at strangers in Russia, don’t use your left hand in India, don’t eat everything on your plate in China, and don’t honk in Norway are less it’s a real emergency. It is considered to be rude not to say hello in France, as it shows that you believe that the person is beneath you. Thai culture is particularly unique and has many cultural norms, so as a tourist you might what to learn them in order not to offend anyone unintentionally. For example, in Thailand you should not ever touch a Thai person’s head, show the soles of your feet or use your feet to point to something, as the head is considered to be a sacred part of your body and feet are considered to be the lowest and filthiest part of your body.

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  1. The Sights To See

Also, as a tourist, you should make sure that you have a list of sites that you would like to see and that are important to explore in that country.

  1. flagworldSome Phrases Of Foreign Language

Moreover, it’s always a good idea to learn at least some phrases of the foreign language. This will show that you have respect for their language, and if they speak English and they will probably be more than happy to continue talking to you in English.

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