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First time in Barcelona with 18-year-old daughter

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First time in Barcelona with 18-year-old daughter

We're arriving in Barcelona tomorrow (last-minute deal) and I'd appreciate some quick advice if possible :-). We'll be staying near the Catalonia Plaza for five days.

We're looking for fun, active things to do that aren't TOO expensive.

1. Bike trips in the city - sounds like something we'd really enjoy - any recommendations for a specific biking company?

2. Day trip to Montserrat - I'm confused about the tickets. I'd like to take the cable car up, and I've heard there's a funicular train that goes further up the mountain, and we can walk back down to the monastery. Is this funicular ride included in the price of the Trans Montserrat ticket? Is it worth doing? What train exactly should we ask for when we get there?

3. It would be great to have some recommendations of good, inexpensive places where we can get a "daily deal" lunch.

4. What "street food" is not to miss in Barcelona?

5. A favorite cafe for people watching?

Thanks so much!

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1. Re: First time in Barcelona with 18-year-old daughter

These are a few links to bike companies that organise tours (I am sure there will be more but probably they are all quite similar):

http://www.barcelonaciclotour.com/eng/

http://fattirebiketours.com/barcelona

http://www.greenbikesbarcelona.com/#all

http://www.budgetbikes.eu/

To get to Montserrat, just go to Sants Station and buy the "Trans Montserrat" that you mentioned. That includes the train to Monistrol, the cable car up to the mountain and the funicular to go further up. It is nice to use the funicular to go up and then walk down to the monastery. And yes, it is totally worth it. It is just beautiful up there.

Monday to Friday most resataurants serve for lunch a "Menú del día", 3 courses and wine for around €10.

There is no "street food" in Barcelona as if by that you mean food sold on the street. However you have plenty of terraces or take away places where you can buy something and maybe take it to the park.

Cafés for people watching are plenty. Café Suizo, at the top of La Rambla, is a classic but, as I said, you can find many terraces all over the city.

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2. Re: First time in Barcelona with 18-year-old daughter

Did I say Café Suizo? I meant Café Zurich. Ooops!

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3. Re: First time in Barcelona with 18-year-old daughter

Just walking around all the sites is great fun and free.

Depending on your interests and time, note that Montserrat is nearly a day by itself. The train leaves hourly at 36 after, so we had to wait and took the 11:36, returning around 5:15.

I just posted our recent trip under the heading: Report on a great active itinerary

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