Barcelona

I'm going to Barcelona to visit family in a few weeks (spur of the moment kinda trip), flying from the US. What should a US looking guy do there? What should I eat (I love seafood)? I've never been to Spain and my Spanish is very rusty. Will be there end of august and early september

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Part of me never understands threads like this because, sure if you’re asking for super specific information it makes sense that you’d want hands on experiences, but if you’re just asking what you “should do there” there’s a fucking billion resources online specifically dedicated to that purpose already.

    So tell us anon, what is it? Bars? Clubs? Restaurants? Parks? Women? Museums?

    I just came back from Barcelona 3 weeks ago and I’ll be going back in another 3 weeks. Ask away

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Well I've got some family there and they offered to host me, so I'm not sure what might be more geared to family stuff. Not sure if I'll be able to get away to go to a club or something, but that would be cool. I don't drink but am all about trying new food when I go somewhere (e.g. had some incredible schnitzel when I went to Vienna). I'd love to get a woman while I'm there, but again, not sure the logistics.

      Tell me about your experience, and why you want to go back

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Not to sound disheartening, I mean I’m sure you’ll have a great experience just visiting somewhere new regardless, but being tied down to family in an exciting city like Barcelona would destroy me inside.

        If you want to try new local food try a Catalan restaurant, look for somewhere small and authentic around where you’ll be staying and avoid most of the street restaurants in the dead centre of the city.

        Personally if I were you, I’d go out one evening and hit up a local bar nearby. Get a pitcher of sangria and chill out and listen to the music, try and mix with some locals. Somewhere with live music would be even better I might add.

        If you want family oriented recommendations, there’s the aquarium, zoo and park Guel which is worth checking out.

        As to why I’m going back, I met a Spanish girl whilst I was there and we hit things off fast. I’m going back to share a hotel with her for a week and just get up to fun things the whole time.

        I also just realized I should update my wardrobe for the trip. I don't want to look like a twat. Do you have any resources on how to dress?

        Sorry if I come across as a twat here but I feel like if this is something you need to ask (on sighsee of all places) then it’s never a good sign. People who visit this website are (I imagine) probably some of the worst dressed freaks on the planet. Even most of sighsee look like complete autists.

        Get a few white shirts like pic related. Linen, wide collar, short sleeved, slightly oversized. If possible get some black or navy cotton shorts and some decent sneakers.

        Alternatively a few nice t shirts and shorts will probably do. Just go to Zara/H&M - everything there is literally designed to be “in”

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >coomer, opinion discarded

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Being a normal functioning human that attracts the opposite gender is now a bad thing

            Lmao

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          This is helpful, thank you! Granted I am going to visit, I'm not chained to them. They're distant relatives that invited me out. I can hang out with them, and then go out on my own I presume if they get tired. I even offered to stay at a hotel for a few nights just to get out of their hair in the event they get tired of hosting me.

          I'll be in Lloret de Mar, which if it's like American big cities, is just another city inside the metro area. I'd love to go to a local bar and check out the music. I'll just have to go where the wind takes me, and see what I'm feeling at the time.

          In regards to fashion, it appears half of my normal garb might actually fit in there, but I might need to get some shorts that fit the style of the area, and definitely new shoes (I daily hiking boots).

          >Zara/H&M
          Great, this is exactly what I was looking for. You're a blessing, and a great help all around. Thank you!

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Personally, I think having at least a night, so 2 days, in the centre of Barcelona itself is the move. Get a cheap Airbnb, $50 a night and you’ll be sorted, seriously it will make your trip.

            >Lloret de Mar
            Not really in the metro area. It’s a fairly distant town that’s a two hour journey from BCN on the train.

            Transport links in Spain too are pretty shit and can be expensive. You need your passport with you to travel on them and normally need to go through security etc just to get on them. Spending time in Spain over the years made me appreciate the UK’s trains system which is really saying something.

            On one hand, the beach there will be a lot nicer, and most of the people there will be locals. On the other hand, it’s going to be pretty boring compared to Barcelona which (in my opinion) is one of the most exciting cities in all of Europe.

            >Fashion
            Yeah for sure, if you’ve got some basic black or navy cotton shorts you’ll look good. Just nothing too baggy, get some that are just above the knees. Below the knees makes you look like you’re straight from 2003 and not in a good way.

            If you want some cheap, decent looking sneakers H&M or Uniqlo are both good. Some plain white or black ones should do the trick and whilst the quality isn’t amazing they’ll definitely last you a week.

            If you need anything else, specific recommendations or anything I’m happy to help anon.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              You've already been more than helpful, this gives me a lot to work with. I do believe I'll take your advice and just get a night in BCN proper because one of my best trips in memory was a day layover in Vienna where I was just by myself and had no guide. Just went where the wind took me, and it worked out incredibly well.

              Thank you very much anon, this is exactly what this thread was for

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Lloret de Mar

            this is a resort town with lots of English chavs on the piss as well as locals. You could commute to Barca but it'll be expensive and annoying.

            What I suggest doing is spending some time with your senpai in Lloret (it is actually pretty nice off the bit with all the package holidaymakers) and then getting an airbnb or whatever in Barcelona for a few days. Barcelona is one of the world's best cities for tourists and having to commute will just piss you off.

            Barca is rife with petty theft, be prepared for the usual scams, pickpockets and bag snatchers

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          This is helpful, thank you! Granted I am going to visit, I'm not chained to them. They're distant relatives that invited me out. I can hang out with them, and then go out on my own I presume if they get tired. I even offered to stay at a hotel for a few nights just to get out of their hair in the event they get tired of hosting me.

          I'll be in Lloret de Mar, which if it's like American big cities, is just another city inside the metro area. I'd love to go to a local bar and check out the music. I'll just have to go where the wind takes me, and see what I'm feeling at the time.

          In regards to fashion, it appears half of my normal garb might actually fit in there, but I might need to get some shorts that fit the style of the area, and definitely new shoes (I daily hiking boots).

          >Zara/H&M
          Great, this is exactly what I was looking for. You're a blessing, and a great help all around. Thank you!

          Not OP but I am going to Madrid and Barcelona but I am going with family. My dad is paying for most of the trip to get the family together so I said why not. However I want to coom and go out at night but don’t want to worry my parents. Anyway else have this dillema before? What do you do?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I can’t comment on your personal family situation and the relationship you have with your parents.

            Personally, if I were you, I’d ask to get my own room at the hotel, wait until everyone’s back to their place and settled then head out at night.

            If you’re into partying the clubs there are literally going until like 6. If you head out at midnight or 1 you can still have a great time.

            As for cooming, some of the best hookers in the world at a relatively affordable price. Go onto a website called Slumi, put your location in and do +1km. You’ll find amazing hookers literally staying on your street or slightly adjacent.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >What do you do?
            i look on distintas . net for a fine lady of the evening

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I also just realized I should update my wardrobe for the trip. I don't want to look like a twat. Do you have any resources on how to dress?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >what to do
        Club, Bars, Parks, Architecture tourism by going to Gaudi's constructions, Swimming at the beach, natl museum of catalan art is kino, magic fountain at night right outside of the museum is also a nice little show for free. Great museums all around, and the park near the triumphal arch is underrated for a nice walk by. Keep in mind that La Rambla is tourist traps all around, keep left or right of it and spend more time in the Gothic Quarter or El Raval (may get sketchy at night).
        >food
        Breakfast at La Boqeuria (farmers market in la rambla) is great, particularly the baby squid and eggs they serve at El Quim de la Boqueria. Vinitus is a nice modern restaurant for spanish food. I'll also recommend you book the ticket to sagrada familia about 75-90 minutes after La Paradeta opens a few streets away. La Paradeta is a fresh seafood market with a small kitchen where they'll cook what you buy for you, one of the best options for seafood and there will be a line before the place opens so come a bit early, good lunch before going to Gaudi's cathedral. Really try your hand at squid, octopus, baby eels and navajas (some sort of clam).

        Seconding what the other anon said, hit up Zara and H&M. I'm from the Caribbean and shorts are mostly a tourist thing, so really nice jeans, chinos, khakis go well with a polo or button down shirt (if its hot just roll the sleeves up). Linen shirts + shorts works and looks good, it's just not what I'm used to wearing. If you really don't know fashion you should start. Basically learn to pair colors, shoes primarily should be the same color as your pants (or close enough). Massimo Dutti is a better Zara, check out a few shirts there.
        >i dont drink
        you should start, drink at least a glass of water after every cocktail and make sure to stretch a drink to at least 20 minutes rather than chugging it out. It's a marathon, not a race, and after 3 drinks you should have a decent buzz while still being sober enough.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Lloret de Mar

          this is a resort town with lots of English chavs on the piss as well as locals. You could commute to Barca but it'll be expensive and annoying.

          What I suggest doing is spending some time with your senpai in Lloret (it is actually pretty nice off the bit with all the package holidaymakers) and then getting an airbnb or whatever in Barcelona for a few days. Barcelona is one of the world's best cities for tourists and having to commute will just piss you off.

          Barca is rife with petty theft, be prepared for the usual scams, pickpockets and bag snatchers

          Excellent advice, I'll hopefully be able to reference this thread when I'm actually there. Love the food ideas and suggestions as well, as well as the clothes suggestions. I like to think I have *some* sense of style, I just opt not to use it in favor of a spartan lifestyle that is outdoorsy, but I can clean up. Thanks for the reccs.
          Regarding drinking, I've often times had social drinking quickly become problem drinking, so that's why I abstain. I might make an exception for this because it's vacation and I don't have to get plastered, but it's not a necessity for me. I can have a good time without alcohol.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Alcohol culture in Catalonia is very different to Anglo countries. Having a couple of drinks with meals and maybe a couple at a bar/club afterwards is totally normal; getting properly shitfaced is done by alcoholics and shitty tourists. The peer pressure just isn’t there.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              That's actually very good to know, and sounds like a WILD change from where I live (a place where binge drinking 4-7 times a week is considered normal).

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      do you have herpes after going back?

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    is tinto de verano trashy? i love it.
    the quick substitute for sangria

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      As a rule of thumb, if it comes in a box it's trashy. Still, if you don't puke everywhere and act like a retard no one will pay attention to you

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    do you like soccer? duno how easy to get barcelnoa tickets, but their stadium has a museum - camp nou.
    there is another top league team there espanyol you might be able to get game - bottom third of the league last year, but its still an experience

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Go to Carrer de Blai. Street full of tapas and pincho places. Honestly you could just spend all night there hopping between places.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Girona is often listed as a city with medieval architecture still prominent
    (there are a few scenes in game of thrones - kings landing parts - i think the steps the the church standoff scene for sure)
    it is also often listed as a foodie destination.
    your town is closer to there than barcelona (whether or not public transport is quicker i duno)

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Girona is often listed as a city with medieval architecture still prominent
      or rather it is the province girona has medieval towns, not specifically the city

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