We are planning two nights here prior to our cruise out of the port, and are traveling and booked for this September 2017. How far is it to the port? We have already hired private transfer to pick us up and take us there. Also since we're there just for two days,prior to the cruise. What would be the best places not to be missed? We arrive at the airport at 9am, and again have private transfer to the Mandarin Oriental. We want to put our bags behind the desk or if possible in our room, since we booked thru fine resorts and hotels with amex platinum and get early can get early noon check in.We want to hit the ground running.
Hello, I'm doing the same trip a week later! Could you tell me the name of private transfer you used?
I my honest opinion as you stop over is very short I would suggest going on a big bus tour to see as many of the top sites as possible. There is a big bus tour stop about 100 yards way from the hotel. Like you our first visit was only for a couple of days so we chose this to see as much as possible as there is a lot to see. Everyone wants to see the Sagrada Familia but the line to get is very long and starts early. In all our visits we have never made it inside yet as it takes along time. I would go toe the castle and take the cable car up there as you get the most stunning views of the City. the Olympic stadium is again gives you some excellent views. The Nou Camp takes about half a day. the upside of a bus tour is that it is hop on and hop off at you leisure , reasonably priced and you get to see a lot. However I would also recommend just walking out the hotel and walking down some of the ancient side streets to the cathedral and seeing some of the pleasant squares and some stunning architecture. La Rambla is okay but is aimed at the tourist. A walk along the promenade at the beach is nice and relaxing. I am not certain how far away the passenger port is, however the hotel will know that. Traffic might be a bit heavy at 9am getting to the hotel so just be aware. If you get the chance eat at the either of the hotels restaurants , especially Moments as the food is stunning. If there on a Sunday have the brunch as it will set you up for the rest of the day. I hope you have a great time.
The port is between 5 to 10 minutes ride from the hotel.
You can enjoy a pleasant walk along the street the hotel is on towards the sea through La Rambla street.
The Flamingo dance show dinner in a restaurant off La Rambla street which you can book through the hotel's consorted and Gaudi's Casabatllō where you can spend an hour or so hours.
Park Güell is good for a couple of hours for modern art.
You can also visit Sagrada Famīlia which is a church that took hundreds of years to be built
Excellent question just two minutes walk are two of Gaudi must see Casa Batlo and La padreda please go to google maps pin the mandarin and search for Casa Batlo must get tickets on web site ahead
Also very close Las Ramblas
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