You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Barcelona.With the self-guided tours in this book, you'll ramble down the Ramblas, explore the medieval Old City, and discover funky boutiques and hangouts in characteristic El Born. Learn how to master the Metro and how to bypass the long lines at Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. Immerse yourself in Catalan culture, ponder the art at the Picasso Museum, and go on a tapas bar crawl. Then head to the Eixample,Barcelona's "uptown",to marvel at the Modernista architecture of Casa Mila and the Block of Discord. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You'll get up-to-date recommendations on what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 20,000 travelers to Europe annually. He does all of this with the help of a hardworking, well-traveled staff of 100 at Rick Steves' Europe in Edmonds, Washington, near Seattle. When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his partner Trish, son Andy, and daughter Jackie.