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What Not to Do in Barcelona

by Suzanne Wales

Don't…
Take the Metro

Barcelona is one of the most compact cities in Europe, which makes tourists' use of its Metro system somewhat baffling. Don't get us wrong, this mode of transport is great if you are short on time, but unless you are ticking off the sights and not interested in the jumble of streets and architecture that are part of the city's appeal, leave the subway to the nine-to-fivers.

Instead…
Get on Your Bike

More than 90 miles of bike lanes snake through Barcelona. Bicing, the bike-share system that the city introduced in 2007, is reserved for residents only, but tourists can choose from a number of bike rental services, all of which are listed here. Once fitted with a bike, child seat and helmet (not required but advised), lock (always ask for one), and a map, you'll be on your merry way.

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