Beautiful BARCELONA - Easy Travel Guide

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BEACHES - One of Barcelona's greatest draws is undeniably its beautiful beaches. Beside world-famous Costa Brava and Costa Dorada which are within 1-hr drive time from Barcelona, there are also several nice beaches over 4 km long withinrepparttar city boundaries, we will list just several of them here: Nova Icaria- Closest torepparttar 147165 Olympic marina, always crowded, this wide swathe of rough golden sand is great for food goers. There are three perfect beach bars and two very popular restaurants onrepparttar 147166 promenade (Mango and Chiringuito de Moncho) and countless bars and restaurants are just a short stroll away. Bogatell- This beach is twicerepparttar 147167 length of adjoining Nova Icaria and fringed by a stretch of stone walkway perfect for jogging, roller blading and cycling. Three large informal restaurants onrepparttar 147168 promenade. Mar Bella (Metro Ciutadella Vila Olimpica, plus 20-minute walk)- Barcelona's only naturist beach close to a peaceful park - good for a picnic or siesta underrepparttar 147169 trees. Barceloneta- wide and long, a traditional and popular stretch with locals, crowded, noisy and very jolly.

WHEN TO GO, WEATHER: The best times to visit Barcelona are late spring and early autumn, whenrepparttar 147170 weather is still comfortably warm, around 21-25C. Summers are usually hot and humid, with temperatures averaging +30 (+ 86 Fahrenheit). Especially avoidrepparttar 147171 "dead" month of August, when many shops, bars and restaurants close forrepparttar 147172 month as many local inhabitants head out ofrepparttar 147173 city. Winters are cool with average daytime temperatures around +12 C (+59 Fahrenheit), occasionally rainy.

GETTING THERE AND AROUND: By a direct flight to Barcelona, or through Madrid or via another large European city from almost any major airports inrepparttar 147174 world. The highest fares are from May to September,repparttar 147175 lowest in March-April, October-November and December to February (excluding Christmas and New Year when prices are hiked up). Note also that flying on weekends may increase your ticket cost. If traveling to Barcelona from within Europe you can also chose train, bus or car, though these take much longer than a plane and often work out no cheaper. Many Mediterranean cruises include Barcelona as a port of call.

ACCOMODATIONS: We can offer you a range of choices. You can choose vacation rentals in Barcelona starting from $ 125 USD for a double room in a 4-star apartment hotel. Or you can opt for hotels from $ 65 USD for a double room in a 3-star hotel. Accomodation prices do not change much throughoutrepparttar 147176 year due torepparttar 147177 steady all-season flow of visitors to this extremely popular tourist city and surrounding resorts.

DINING: Besides restaurants you can eat at bars where you would have a succession of tapas (small snacks- three or four chunks of fish, meat or vegetables, or salad, which traditionally used to be served up free with a drink) or raciones (larger ones). The bar option can be a lot more interesting, allowing you to dorepparttar 147178 rounds and sample local specialities. Generally,repparttar 147179 average cost for a meal consisting of two dishes and dessert would come to about 25 Euros. Travellers on an extremely limited budget can do well for themselves by usingrepparttar 147180 excellent markets, bakeries and delis and filling up on sandwiches and snacks. Decent restaurants and cafes are easily found all overrepparttar 147181 city, though you'll probably do most of your eating where you do most of your sightseeing, inrepparttar 147182 old town, particularly around La Rambla and inrepparttar 147183 Barri Gotic. Look forrepparttar 147184 best and most authentic seafood restaurants in Barceloneta, a seaside neighbourhood. Gothic Quarter neighbourhood is home to some ofrepparttar 147185 oldest and most traditional restaurants inrepparttar 147186 city. Gracia is a very popular area among young people duringrepparttar 147187 weekend, it leadsrepparttar 147188 way in terms of exotic restaurants (Lebanese, Egyptian, Thai etc.).

TRANSPORT: Barcelona has excellent transport system comprisingrepparttar 147189 metro (subway), buses, trains and a network of funiculars and cable cars. You can find a link to transport maps atrepparttar 147190 end of our guide. On allrepparttar 147191 city's public transport you can buy a single ticket every time you ride, but even over only a couple of days it's cheaper to buy a targeta - a discount ticket strip. The T-10 targeta is valid for ten separate journeys onrepparttar 147192 metro, buses and trains. These tickets can be used by more than one person at a time. The metro isrepparttar 147193 quickest way of getting around Barcelona. For black-and-yellow taxis there is a minimum charge of $ 2 euro. You'll obviously have a great deal more freedom if you rent a car . Major roads throughoutrepparttar 147194 city are generally good, and traffic is generally well behaved, though Spain does have one ofrepparttar 147195 highest incidences of traffic accidents in Europe. It also has some ofrepparttar 147196 lowest fuel prices onrepparttar 147197 continent.

SHOPPING: Barcelona, one ofrepparttar 147198 most stylish cities in Europe offers great shopping, from designer clothes and accessories to household items. You will findrepparttar 147199 city to be quite cheap for a lot of items, especially if you coincide withrepparttar 147200 annual sales ( rebaixes in Spanish) lasting from mid-January untilrepparttar 147201 end of February, and throughout July and August. The best shopping areas in Barcelona arerepparttar 147202 old streets offrepparttar 147203 upper part ofrepparttar 147204 Ramblas. Souvenirs include ceramics, which are widely sold inrepparttar 147205 streets aroundrepparttar 147206 cathedral; leather goods; city's delicatessens, particularly cooked Catalan meats and sausages; a porron (the long-spouted glass drinking jar); CDs and tapes of Catalan rock and pop, sardana music, Spanish rock or flamenco. If you're looking for original gift ideas, some ofrepparttar 147207 best hunting can be found inrepparttar 147208 shops of any ofrepparttar 147209 city's museums, where you'll find reasonably priced and unique examples of Catalan disseny (graphic), and other original items ranging from postcards to replica works of art. We wish you a nice and safe trip!

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SanAntonio is for Everyone!

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Theme Parks Are you looking for exciting rides? How about water slides? Maybe a few animal shows? Well, look no further! SeaWorld San Antonio has everything you are looking for and more! This 250-acre park has something fun and entertaining for every member ofrepparttar family. Featuring more than 25 amazing shows, thrilling rides, animal attractions, great shopping, and delicious food, this isrepparttar 147071 world's largest marine life adventure park and family entertainment showplace. Six flags Fiesta Texas located just 15 minutes from downtown andrepparttar 147072 famous River Walk. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a theme and water park that reflectsrepparttar 147073 heritage and culture of its Southwest roots. The park occupies approximately 200 acres and features numerous adult and children's rides. Shows, thrilling rides and skill games are built around themes celebrating Texas andrepparttar 147074 Southwest.

Whatever you're looking for in a family vacation, San Antonio has it all and more. Thrilling rides, education encounters with marine life, shopping, dining, and relaxation. Home to excellent San Antonio Hotels and accommodations, you'll find thatrepparttar 147075 atmosphere of San Antonio makes forrepparttar 147076 perfect vacation - endless shopping, interesting historic sites and a comfortable home away from home.

Lisa is the author of where you can find Texas vacation and travel information, including things to do, where to stay, photos, reviews, maps, travel deals and more.

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