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Old 02-22-2017, 12:00 PM   #1
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Catalunya bound!

After getting my girlfriend into Motogp over the 2016 season, we decided to attend one of the races in Spain for 2017! We already booked the flights and I have track tickets, but what else should we do? I've never been to Spain so it's all brand new to me. We'll be booking a couple of Air B&B's near Barcelona, so we'll see the city and also some of the countryside.

We'll be there for a week in June so there'll be some time to see the sights, rent a bike, what ever. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-22-2017, 12:07 PM   #2
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Thats great! I went in 2006 to Jerez with my girlfriend. We rented a car and spent 2 weeks traveling around the country. Driving in Spain was a pleasure, people are courteous and the roads are easy to navigate and well kept. You are going to have an amazing time, just don't overdo it on the "bocadillos" like I did (cured meat on a bun, they are everywhere).
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Old 02-22-2017, 12:15 PM   #3
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Good to know, I was wondering about the driving conditions there.
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Old 02-22-2017, 12:16 PM   #4
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Sounds like a great trip. Be sure to tell us all about it.
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Old 02-22-2017, 12:42 PM   #5
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Air bnb is the way to go for lodging. Lots of places to chose from in Barcelona. Great food at la boqueria I'd recommend getting the gamba de la palomas pan fried is awesome. Doing a walking tour would reduce your loss of time doing your own sightseeing. The guided tour will allow you to ask your guide on recommendations for places to eat and what things to do. I did a tour with three other friends and we had plenty of time to go around the city and see just about everything. Look for services that cater to smaller parties.
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Old 02-22-2017, 12:46 PM   #6
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I did an Edelweiss tour that started and ended in Barcelona with the GP Race at the end. Here is a link to the tread I posted.

http://www.bayarearidersforum.com/fo...d.php?t=125705
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Old 02-22-2017, 01:07 PM   #7
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Enjoy, we did Barcelona for the SuperPrestigio in December. You will have better weather. Walk the old town and turn down that small street and find where the locals eat. Note many restaurants will not open until 8:30pm. Don't miss the La Boqueria Market. Lots of places to catch a quick lunch.

Meat at the Market and a plate from a Tapas Bar.
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We did the Catalunya GP in 2006 stayed in Barcelona. Be prepared that dinner time in Spain starts around 8 pm and lasts past midnight. We took the train to the track. Very easy although we had to walk to the station. If you can, rent a scooter in Barcelona. Scooter rule the streets over there. Free parking everywhere and always go to the front at lights. Try to get good seats at the track. We were in the main grandstands and got some shade which was very nice. Way over 100,000 people showed up for the race.
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I went for the last round at Valencia. I mean, it's all about time and money. How much time do you have and what do you want to do?

We mostly hung out at the track and had as much local food and booze as we could.

When we were in barcelona, you go see the tourist stuff like the delhi park and cathedral. There is also a tram that looked kind of cool. But I didn't feel like barca really had anything all that unique and special I had to see.

Nothing like Rome or Venice, or even castles in Germany. Spain is kinda meh. Maybe there is an old set of parliament buildings or something?
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The Antoni Gaudi buildings are interesting.
https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide....ona-gaudi.html

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Yep, we're definitely renting scooters. But getting to the first air bnb will probably require an Uber or cab. Do they have Uber over there?

I said fuck it and splurged for the VIP tickets on Sunday, but I don't have tickets for Saturday yet. Figured we'd just get normal tickets for that day. I'm more of a Rossi fan, but she's partial to Marquez. Maybe we can sit right in between both sections.
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Yep, we're definitely renting scooters. But getting to the first air bnb will probably require an Uber or cab. Do they have Uber over there?

I said fuck it and splurged for the VIP tickets on Sunday, but I don't have tickets for Saturday yet. Figured we'd just get normal tickets for that day. I'm more of a Rossi fan, but she's partial to Marquez. Maybe we can sit right in between both sections.

Yup, they have Uber damn near everywhere in the EU.

I'm currently using Uber in Cairo. It makes things a lot easier getting around here with all the scammer taxis.
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