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Making the Most of Barcelona
Making the Most of Barcelona
The Disney Magic docks at the Moll D’Adossat Terminal, a large port facility on Barcelona’s coast. Taxis and tour buses leave from the pier. The ship leaves port at 5:00 pm and returns at 7:00 am on most of the 2017 itineraries that include Barcelona (5–, 7–, and 10-night cruises). You can catch a shuttle bus (€3) from the dock to Monument de Colom, which is at the southern end of Las Ramblas pedestrian promenade. Taxis are also available in this area if you wish to go farther afield.
Unlike so many other Mediterranean ports, downtown Barcelona is within easy distance of the dock. Barcelona taxis are black and yellow, and plentiful. Look for a green light atop a taxi that indicates it’s available for hire. Prices are posted inside the taxi, and a meter shows the final price (though do expect an extra fee if you’re going to the airport and/or have luggage with you). Plan to tip about 5–10% of the fare. • If you’ll be in town for a while, consider Barcelona’s excellent public transportation system, the Metro, with six subway lines crisscrossing the city. A subway or bus ride is €2.15, a 2-day pass €14. For Metro routes, visit http://www.tmb.net (L4 route is the closest to the port). If you’re going to a nearby town, the FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya at http://www.fgc.es) commuter line has routes at the same price as a subway ride. • While rental cars are available, we don’t think they are necessary for most of our readers. If you’re in the minority, Hertz, Avis, National Atesa, and Europcar all have agencies at the airport. • Plan to do a lot of walking in Barcelona—most of the city center is pedestrian-friendly.
Despite its charm, Barcelona has a bad reputation for petty crime. Dave lost his wallet in Barcelona, and while we can’t be sure, we suspect his pocket was picked in a subway elevator. Your best bet is to avoid looking like a tourist (keep those maps and books tucked away) and secure your wallet and purse. Avoid tourist dress (i.e., shorts) and wear fitted, earthtone clothes. Be wary of anyone attempting to sell you a trinket, beg, or even help you clean up bird droppings—they may be hoping to distract you long enough to pick your pocket. Carry the absolute minimum in cash and ID, too (thankfully, Dave followed this advice). We also suggest you avoid the southern end of Las Ramblas in the late evening, as it can get rather seedy. If you’ll be spending some time in Barcelona, visit this site with tips on avoiding problems: http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/barcelona-safety.html
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