The Do's and Don'ts of Barcelona and traveling in Spain and beyond,
Remember you are in some one else's country so show respect to the locals.
Look after your bags and personal belongings in the Rambla's, Barri Gòtic and around
Plaça Reial areas as there are a lot of pick pockets in operation as well as Bag
Date Validate your Ticket
Get your railpass stamped / validated" at the station, before you board your first
This means getting your ticket stamped either in one of the machines or by a station
agent so the date and time appears on it.
Write in the date of Travel.
Remember to write in the date on your ticket on any Europass, Eurail Flexipass, or
This is important and is YOUR responsibility. If you have not done so when inspected
by the ticket inspector, you may receive a fine or have an extra day marked off
your pass or worse still have your pass confiscated and cancalled. All depends on
the inspector weather they are in a good mood or not. And remember the more you complain
the longer God lets you live.
Remember when on the beach do leave someone minding your belongings and never leave
them unattended not even for a minute. If you're going to go swimming best to leave
all valuables back in your apartment or hotel room.
Check schedule information before you go to your train.
It's a good idea to check train times before you head for the station, nothing worse
than arriving in the station and seeing your train pull out all because you did not
check the departure times or because to forgot you have to Q for tickets.
Well fear not all this information is now available online (Thank you Internet) so
you can check all your required information at HERE OR HERE , both sites in English
and several other languages
If you intend on doing a lot of traveling by train while in Europe you might like
to get yourself a copy of the Thomas Cook European Timetable, a book of all major
train schedules across Europe.
Make sure that the seat you sit in is going where you think you are going!
Many European trains during a stop will divide into two. Be sure that the carriage
you settle down to sit in it is actually going to your destination or you might end
up in the somewhere else and maybe even the wrong country! If you have reserved
a seat make sure you find it and if someone else is sitting in it , show them your
ticket with seat number and they will move , you will then be safe as the seat will
automatically be reserved in a carriage going where you want to go.
Don't buy the Spanish Railpass.
The otherwise excellent Spanish railways have identified a way of subsidising local
Spaniards. SCREW TOURISTS, Their railpass is a total rip-off.
Don't lose your passport or have it stolen or pick pocketed.
Walk around El Raval district on the west side of La Rambla alone late at night.
This can be a dodgy area after dark so do not go alone.
Urinate down alley ways, on trees or in door steps., find a toilet.
Use a bum bag while walking about in the main tourists areas, as are very easy to
Snatchers know that we keep valuables in these and know how easy they are to grab
and run so they are target number one and have PLEASE ROB ME written all over them.
Watch by all means until they tell you to basically F... Off. BUT NEVER EVER PLAY
EVEN IF YOU ARE 500% CERTAIN YOU KNOW WHERE THE LADY OR PEA IS AS YOU WILL LOOSE
FOR SURE. GREAT TO WATCH. SEE STREET SCAMS HERE
Act like a tourist, do not consult maps in the street as you are labeling
yourself "TOURIST" and are asking to be robbed or pick pocketed.