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Travelling - Entertainment - Shopping

There are many different kinds of transport in Barcelona. Let us see...

Travelling in Barcelona
A visitor can travel in the city by metro
or underground railway, by bus, by train, by tram, funicular railway or cable car. The metro is fast and comfortable (you can find a metro map o
n the last page of this guide). The trains and buses are air conditioned. In the summer, visitors can buy cheap combined tickets.

Some years ago, there were many trams in the city. Now there is only one tram, Tramvia Blau. Children love going to Tibidabo Mountain on this tram. A funicular train takes you up the mountain.

The black and yellow taxis are very popular in Barcelona. But the roads are very busy and taxi drivers have to go slowly and so taxi journeys are expensive. However, taxi drivers are friendly and helpful to visitors.
You can go and see the lighthouse in the harbour. Special boats called
Las Golondrinas
(The Swallows) take you from Porto de la Pau to the lighthouse.

Visitors to Barcelona will always find many things to do. You can visit places of historical and architectural interest.

You can also visit places for amusement. Young people, for example, like to spend time in the funfair parks of Montjuïc and Tibidabo. From these mountains you can see a beautiful view of the city. In the evening, people watch the show of the Fonts de Montjuic. This is a wonderful show of water, music and lights and colour.

For a day out, go to the Parc de la Cuitadella and the Zoo. Or go to the long beach of La Barceloneta. You can go by train to the popular beaches of Castelldefels and Sitges in the south. Or drive to the north and spend a day in the Costa Brava.
Night-life in Barcelona is exciting. There are many music-halls in the city. Examples are the popular El Molino in Avinguda del Paral-lel or the sophisticated Belle Epoque. Dance at La Paloma, a traditional
ballroom, or at Studio 54, a disco, in the modern district. Ask local people about popular nightclubs, bars and restaurants. There are new bars and discos opening all the time.

Lovers of classical music go to the Palau de la Música or El Liceu, where you can make very interesting guided visits of the most representative areas of the Liceu: the Hall, the Room of Mirrors and the Foyer.

Lovers of the theatre go to the Poliorama and the Romea. Barcelona also has many cinemas.

Barcelona has a great many excellent restaurants and cafés. You can go to a very simple tasca or to the most expensive restaurant. You will enjoy everyday cooking in tascas. You can eat very good international cuisine in the expensive restaurants. A tasca is a warm, friendly and noisy place. Try the delicious tapas. These are hot or cold snacks served on small dishes. You can drink wine or beer with your tapas and enjoy loud conversation. There are many seafood restaurants in Barceloneta, across the harbour.

Shopping in Barcelona is very exciting. You will find traditional shops and modern boutiques. You can spend time in antique shops, big department stores and shopping centres. Lastly, there are open-air markets.
The Gothic Quarter is full of beautiful, small shops. They sell pottery, porcelain, glass and many other things. Around the Cathedral, in Carrer de la Palla and Carrer de Banys Nous, there are many antique shops. You will also find antique shops in the Eixample and in the modern districts.
In Plaça de Catalunya there are big department stores. Young people prefer to shop in Passeig de Gràcia and Avinguda Diagonal.
Local people and tourists like going to the open-air markets.
On Sunday mornings, Mercat de Sant Antoni sells books and records and another market in Plaça Reial sells stamps and coins. On Thursdays, there is an antiques market in Plaça Nova.

Enjoy the lively and colourful food markets. The main markets are Mercat de la Boqueria, Mercat de Santa Catarina, and Mercat de Sant Antoni.

Here you can buy seafood, meat, fresh fruit, all kinds of vegetables and dried fruit and nuts.

Knowing that this is a tourist attraction, these merchants take special care to arrange their colorful displays.

Barcelona has many important fairs from January to December. Many fairs take place at Montjuïc, for example, the Boat Show, the Fashion Show and the International Trade Fair. Other popular exhibitions are the Fira de Santa Llúcia in December, the Fira dels Antiquaris, and the Fira del Llibre on St George's Day.

Source: Ramón Ribé, Neus Serra, Núria Vidal (Heinemann)


kinds of: tipos de
funicular railway: ferrocarril funicular
cheap combined tickets: pasajes mixtos económicos
takes you up: te sube hasta
taxi journeys: los viajes en taxi
lighthouse: faro
harbour: puerto
amusement: diversión
funfair parks: parques de entretenimientos
for a day out: para un día de excursión
ballroom: salón de baile
The Room of Mirrors: El Salón de los Espejos
The Foyer
: La Recepción

a great many: muchísimos
friendly and noisy
: amistoso y ruidoso
loud conversation: conversación en voz alta
seafood restaurants: restoranes de mariscos
lastly: por último
open-air markets: mercados al aire libre
pottery: cerámica
antique shops: anticuarios
: discos de vinilo
stamps and coins: estampillas y monedas
dried fruit and nuts
: frutos disecados y frutos secos
merchants: comerciantes
colorful displays: exhibiciones coloridas
many fairs take place: muchas ferias tienen lugar