Hoping to attend a Europe date as three UK dates weren't enough. Will be travelling alone as none of my friends are big Katy Cats =( Anyone have any advice on accommodation near the venue, or the safety of travelling alone in and around Barcelona as I would stay for a few days to see the city? Anyone else going alone?
We've used the Expo Hotel opposite the main station for trips to Barcelona. It's handy for getting to / from the airport, 2 stops from the Palau (or walkable in about 30 minutes if you want). The venue itself is up by the Olympic Park, I don't think there is much right next to it - even the nearest metro is a good 20 minutes walk way. If you want to be out late in city centre late it would be a taxi back but those aren't pricy in Barcelona. Seemed like a fairly safe city as far as possible, obviously just be wary round La Ramblas and take the usual precautions you would going anywhere.
Barcelona is a fabulous place to see a gig, I always try and get out there if I can (been to see U2, Madonna, Kylie & Gaga out there). If previous experience is anything to go by Spain is a whole different - better - vibe to a UK show (for starters nobody will be actually be sat in their seats) - and it's a fab city to visit.
Another note when booking flights, don't know about Ryanair but Easyjet go in to the more convenient terminal at the airport, saves a bus connection over to the one with the train station!