In case others do not know, learn from my mistake. Park Guell no longer operates the shuttle bus (it was by the metro stop) discussed in RS Spain guidebook. My husband and I waited over 20 minutes. Four people joined us during that time to wait, as well. Finally, a gentleman stopped by and told us there is no longer a shuttle. We walked 20 minutes uphill to get to the park. Ticket office confirmed the shuttle is no more. A taxi down to Barri Gotic cost 12.50 euros. Do yourself a favor and spring for the taxi. We missed our pre-paid tour; no refund. :-(
So sorry to see this. I could see us making the same mistake. You help us all who plan for Barcelona! Bummer!
Yep, during the pandemic, the service was suspended and the City Hall confirmed that won't be restored.
One of the best strolls we discovered was walking from Parc Guell to Catalunya Plaza. The discovery of local shops (eg quilt shop), window shopping, street experience and the architecture is a great experience!
Yep @Marbleskies, that's one of my traditional recommendations....
Sagrada Família is 2,5km on a gentle downhill slope from Park Güell, so say, 40' walk. Having said that, I always advise to detour a bit and visit the neighbourhood of Gràcia, have lunch there and then head to the Sagrada Família for an early afternoon visit, say 3:30-4:00 when it's (or might be) slightly less crowded. For further info re:Gràcia check my answer to @JJ2579 and check for my suggestion on WED 16: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187497-i44-k7350676-First_Timers_Help_With_5_Day_Itinerary-Barcelona_Catalonia.html#57433425
And the map: http://bit.ly/DIYroute-pg-sf
Our family of 11…5 are grade school grandkids will be in Barcelona July pre cruise. We hope to visit these Gaudi inspired places you have mentioned here. We have one full day after the day we land. So 2 nights in hotel. Which hotels would you recommend with these sites in mind? Thank you!
In July Barcelona will be crushed with tourist and quite warm.
- Skip Parc Guell, it will be packed and is a place to stand and look about with little for any kid to enjoy.
- Sagrada is a great experience, but don't count on grade school kids staying engaged for too long. If you go up one of the towers keep in mind it is a long narrow step walk down.
- "If you want to step back through time with the kids go to Granja Viader, a classic of Barcelona. Located a turn away from La Rambla, inside you will be greeted by waiters with dicky bows, café style marble tables and a little deli counter if you feel the need to buy ham or cheese. It has remained in the same family since it opened in 1910. If your kids prefer something lighter they can try Cacaolat, a chocolate milkshake-like drink that was created here and now you can find it in all bars and supermarkets in the country. OUR TIP: If planning churros and chocolate stop with the kids, be aware that it is not a lunchtime custom. Most of these establishments will close for lunch. It is a morning or evening treat for the locals." credit to Barcelona with Kids guide
The above link depicts a market several blocks east of Sagrada, an easy walk, and offers a street park where we always encounter kids playing. Take the family to a local market to gain a true flavor of food experiences.
- El Corte Ingles is your new best friend as they offer public bathrooms on the top floor of their stores. The Plaza Catalunya location is the flagship and a great place to enter, cool off, do interior window shopping and the basement is a full grocery!
Rent an Airbnb for the two nights as having a kitchen will be a huge benefit for the family and extra space to spread out for all.
I so appreciate those great suggestions! July IS a totally crazy time for this trip…but only time it works! Positive thing…the kids are early birds and we can get them going hopefully before heat and tourists crank up! They also do find art interesting….The Sangrada Familia inside and out is truly amazing! We have traveled all together several times…big trips too! We hopefully can do self guided tours as that gives us more freedom when they can’t tolerate any more? Hope that’s possible? They also can walk distances fairly well if they are enjoying different surroundings. Yes and….Food, snacks and drinks help and the recommended locations for that!