Would love some tips on these topics! Family of 4 traveling to Barcelona over Christmas break or into the new year (just after Christmas). We would like to catch an FC Barcelona game while there, if possible.
We might also consider the month of May, but would have to push off to 2024 if we do that.
Pros and cons of our date choices?
Are lots of things closed over Christmas and into the New Year? Museums and such? Do museums offer nice cafes with a reasonably priced meal like in Ireland or England?
Are FC Barcelona game day tickets cheaper if you buy at the ticket kiosk a few days before? Or maybe they are cheaper if you buy on the website super early? For example the game for December right now is listed for 12/30 or 12/31 with date and time TBD. Maybe it's best to buy a month or two early this way?
Hoping to find very short path over from Portland or Seattle. Best routes or airlines? (I have been watching Google Flights to get a sense of things.) Good timing on ticketing? I tend to buy very early, but maybe that is not best.
I would like to book accommodations in the L'Eixample neighborhood but one student is voting for the Montjuic area. Pros and cons of each? We would like to be close to neighborhood restaurants and shops, but not into the nightlife.
Also, how hard is renting a car there, or rather, driving there? Considering a day trip to Montblanc area. Best to just sign up with a guide once there? If so, favorite travel guides/companies or ones to avoid?
Favorite pocket size guide book (besides Rick's which we have)?