gay area is called L'Eixample or nick
named GayEixample (pronounced gay-eye-sham-play) and is north-west of the
center of town within walking distance but can also be reached by Metro
from either the Universitat or Urgell stations. If you get off at Urgell
take the Villarroel exit. The gay scene is lively and there's plenty of
variety. Everything you'd expect from a major city's gay scene but with
the added bonus of bronzed Spanish boys all over the place.
best way to see all of the top attractions in Barcelona, is to take the
Hop on Hop off Bus (Bus Turistic) from Plaza Catalunya in the center of
Barcelona. It's 26€ for 1 day or 34€ for 2 consecutive days.
There's 44 stops along the route. You can get off wherever you like, then
hop on the next bus that comes along. There's 3 routes, your ticket covers
them all. The North, South and Fórum route. Each stop is announced
in English, and you'll find info about each one in the guide they give
you. The entire tour of all 3 routes, if you don't stay at any location,
lasts 5 hours.