Barcelona? Places to stay?

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  1. dippingatoe

    dippingatoe Read Only Funster

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    Thinking of going to Barcelona, and maybe taking a tour of the city sights. Any recommendations for somewhere safe to park up either aire or campsite, but near enough to centre for me to reach on my mobility scooter?

    PS Happy New Year everyone :)
     
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    I am off up there in a day or two, where did you stay ????
     
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    Sorry - never made it - got stuck back in France. Hopefully another time :(

    Hope your trip goes well :)
     
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    Going there from Almeria later this week or next there is site outside the city with a bus stop outside, in the ACSI book, have been recommended not to stay in the city with the MH, very high crime rate!
     
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    There is an aire in the city but the aires books says something like "it's a rough area, they charge as much as a campsite ( €30 ) but not much on offer so better staying outside and getting the train in".

    So that put us off. It's somewhere near the docks/Olympic area.
     
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    Camping Barcelona at Mataro. They have a free bus from the campsite 4 times a day to take you in and out. Its about 30 mins ride.
    We used it, nice pool etc. Use the hop on hop off bus for 2 days. Great city .
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    We stayed at Camping Barcelona , Mataro, about 3 weeks ago for a couple of nights. As Gillnphil says they have a small minibus which shuttles between the site and the town of Mataro at no cost but they also have a large coach which leaves the site at 0915 to get into La plaza de Catalunya, Barcelona at 1000 then collects you there at 1800, again free of charge. We had to book seats the night before at Reception.
    The site is no 2630 in this year's ACSI book

    This was the view from our pitch..
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    Thanks everybody for the info, City stop in campercontact no 25080 gets the best reviews for a city based aire. (Looks a bit like camping in a prison yard, which is a good thing in Barcelona) But still considering what to do, it may come down to what I can get into over Easter weekend! I am at the aire in the sticky out coastal park bit 100km south of Barcelona, so shall go for a tootle round the lagoon here tomorrow and head up Friday. This place is rammed already so looks like it will be busy over the weekend.:(
     
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    Indeed, open season on tourists
     
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    Damn. Will filled up with LPG there but carried on to Blanes. Got it wrong again. Though Blanes is a very nice town, the station was so far from the campsite we didn't try for Barcelona.
     
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    We're currently at Tossa de Mar ... stopping here for three days whilst we decide where to go next. We had intended to avoid Barcelona for the reasons above.
     
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    Hello fellow travellers..I have been in Barcelona for over a week now staying with my daughter who lives In the City..After 8pm I park on la rambla high street then move it every few days to Pallega park at the metro and it's 30 mins back central while I stay here but want to try Portugal...any ideas to meet new friends or new routes would be fab xx
     
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    Wer stayed at the Aire in Platja de aro and took a coach into Barcelona from there. A bit expensive but a nice trip on a coach as well. I was advised not to drive anywhere near Barcelona. Oh and we didn't get mugged, thankfully. We did hear it was a crime ridden city. As most big cities are these days.
    We used a city sightseeing bus to see it all.
    Couldn't get in the ,
    Sagrada Família
    the queue was too long. I've now found out you can buy your tickets online, skip the queue.
     
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    I agree first hand about the crime I turned up after driving 1500 miles at the busy la rambla where she lives and got my bumbag stolen so had to cancel all cards and my much needed cash went too!! But I've been fine since then and am really feeling the vibe here in Barcelona and it's very fast and exciting but feeling the need to move on in the van to more remote areas very soon. A coach makes so much sense to enter the city although I have had no problems with driving through lots of small narrow streets in my motor home easily...I kinda like this city
     
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    I'm getting the ferry from Barcelona to Sardinia in a few days, it doesn't leave until 10.15pm so I will be looking to park up for a few hours beforehand. Looking at the ferry website it appears to only have drop-off parking facilities, has anyone used this ferry before or have any tips on where to lay up in the meantime? The world trading centre is suggested on the website, I wouldn't mind being able to leave the van secure for a few hours to have a look around the city and try to hold on to my wallet (y)
     
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    Thats really unfortunate. I would recommend anyone coming here does not keep any kind of valuables in an external bag of any kind. But wears a security pouch well hidden under your clothing with some euros in an external bag.
     
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    How long are you there for? We cross from Plymouth to Santander on the 10th, meander down to Barcelona and staying at Camping Barcelona for a week then booked to Porto Torres on the 25th April. We will stay for about 6 weeks going anti clockwise around the island so maybe our paths will X?
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    I stayed one night at camperstop which was great for the metro straight into the city centre. Its very secure with guys on scooters regularly patroling the area and lots of monitored CCTV.There are a lot of unregistered new cars stored here Also, so feels secure. The potable water & cassette wash taps are part of the same pipe :( Campervans were crammed close in but it was OK and I got electricity. WIFI only in the services hut. The only downside was it was the Spanish hols and quite a few motorhome hire Spanish latchkey unsupervised screaming kids were playing football in the carpark.
    Must be OK for the Spanish to put their kids as risk in moving traffic as they seem to breed like rabbits :sneaky:

    Decamped to Camping Barcelona, more relaxed vibe here amoungst British Germans and Dutch. Great WIFI, Just a faff to get back into the city but free bus and €19 ACSI rate at last. So will chill here for a bit.(y)
     
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    I have several versions of this http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=231517647602&alt=web you can pick them up in the Chinese shops though. I wear it under my left arm next to my skin. It is well concealed and just as well as people from certain sections of society eye you up and down for valuables. They are very quick and good at it too, unless you constantly watch everybody you won't know. I strongly suggest using this system.
     
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    Mine was similar but the universe must of just thought "let's make more obstacles than necessary" and thanks for the link
     
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