Friendly European City: Barcelona, Sp...

Friendly European City: Barcelona, Spain - by a Former Travel Agent

There are 4 comments on the Associated Content story from Nov 11, 2009, titled Friendly European City: Barcelona, Spain - by a Former Travel Agent. In it, Associated Content reports that:

I think that there are many friendly cities in Europe, but I think Barcelona, Spain is my favorite.

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American Expat

Madrid, Spain

#1 Nov 12, 2009
Well, this writer must not have visited many cities in Spain! I have lived here for over 20 years now. While I have not spent much time in Barcelona (passed through it a number of times) I found it to be one of the most unfriendly cities in Spain. There are dozens of other cities, starting with Madrid, Alcala de Henares, and Alicante (as examples) that are much more friendly than Barcelona. I see Barcelona as a prime example of a tourist trap, rather than a place to visit and spend some time in Spain.
Another American Ex Pat

Avil├ęs, Spain

#2 Dec 27, 2009
As an American living in Barcelona I could not disagree more with my co ex pat. You must have run into some bad luck one day you were in Barcelona. It is a city with 2100 years of history (unlike Madrid with 400 years). It has the Mediterranean, fantastic beaches, great weather, architecture by several modernism geniuses Gaudi to name one, the best food in Spain. There are 4 four star Michelin restaurants in the region. Night life which goes all night (not as crazy as Madrid since people here work very hard and not so many government jobs). It has the best soccer team in the world and if you like basketball or roller hockey they are also winning teams. There are concerts with Madonna, Elton John, Cold Play and Red Bull Air Races had their finals here not to mention the Davis Cup. If you like to snow ski the Pyrenees are only 2 hours away. Yes, there are tourists here, sometimes 8 cruise ships at a time. That is because everyone loves the history, culture, food, beaches, shopping and the people. Maybe you should try it again and see if you find something out of the hundreds of things to see and do that interests you.
American Expat

Barcelona, Spain

#3 Dec 27, 2009
"As an American living in Barcelona I could not disagree more with my co ex pat. You must have run into some bad luck one day you were in Barcelona." Etc......

Good! Everyone to his own; my opinion is worth as much as yours of course. Your points, however, seem to be that Barcelona has everything, and the rest of Spain does not have anything. You are wrong! What about the Prado, Valley of the Fallen, Al Hambra, the oldest University in Europe, home of Cervantes, and one could go on and on.

By the way, the subject is: "friendly cities."

Take care and have a good life there in Barcelona!

Valencia, Spain

#4 Jan 30, 2010
American Expat...┬┐Valley of the Fallen? oh yes, that's a friendlier place than Barcelona, no doubt. It's the best example of fraternity and peace, and it's constructed to never forget the "pacific" past.


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