Category Archives: Barcelona Things To Do

Have a nice barcelona walk, tapa’s bar and flamenco dance !

Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommends you to take a nice Barcelona Walk, nice tapa’s bar, and flamenco dance !
Get a “taste of Spain” while you delight yourself with some excellent local tapas, before end up with a live Flamenco show This foodie experience start in an modern & authentic Tapas Bar
 
Once you arrive, our guide will explain about local costumes to get a real understanding about Catalonian way of life and cuisine. During the walk to the Flamenco show the guide also explain you some secrets about the Gothic quarter.
 
Finally and after a short walk we will marvel with a live Flamenco show, our passionate dance!
 
We would like you to have a plenty time, relaxing and tasting exquisites tapas in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. 
 
Price: 38 €
Phone: (34)93 318 10 23
Barcelona Tapas & Flamenco

Barcelona Flamenco Tablao Cordobes

Dear friends, Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia today´s recommendation is

Flamenco Tablao Cordobes

I enjoy  near Hostal Residencia Australia! nice flamenco show and very good dinner in their nice restaurant, all fantastic !
The intimate and intense language, needed by the pure flamenco, requires a tablao with the ideal settings and dimensions, and Tablao Cordobes offers that in Barcelona. On its stages sensations are guaranteed, caused by an art that has been recognized as intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Its restaurant, since 1970 located in the heart of the Ramblas in Barcelona, is a precious jewel of the craftmanship inspired by the art of the Nasrid, decorated under the supervision of restorers and craftsmen of the Board of Trustees of the Alhambra in Granada. The restaurant is passionately directed by a family of flamenco artists and one of the most important flamenco restaurants in the world.
Flamenco Tablao Cordobes
La Rambla 35
Barcelona
T +34 93 317.57.11

Ciclo Tour Barcelona by bike !

Dear friends, Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia today´s recommendation is

Ciclo Tour Barcelona by bike !

Barcelona’s charm is famous around the world making it the 16th most visited city on the planet. Barcelona Ciclo Tours are designed to show Barcelona in all its glory to visitors, catering to their needs and demands while also serving the city and its inhabitants. There is so much to see in Barcelona: 2000 years of history, urban stories, beautiful streets and squares, golden beaches, boutiques, markets, people and cultures…all contributing to a vibrant city, rich in diversity and experiences.

Visitors to Barcelona discover so much more by bike in 3.5 hours than in 3 days on foot or from the seat of a tourist bus. The Barcelona Ciclo Tour team of trained guides are well versed in the history and the workings of the city and with fascinating anecdotes and memorable stories they show the authentic truth and uncover the secrets to Barcelona, while visitors ride relaxed and free around the city by bike.

Barcelona is a very bike friendly city with more than a 158km of cycle lanes. The city’s mild and sunny climate allow for all-year-long outdoor activities.

All Barcelona Ciclo Tour routes stick to bike lanes and pedestrian streets avoiding traffic wherever possible and always follow the flattest ground. Our tours are designed for all ages to enjoy and stops are frequent and every hundred meters, to discuss the sights or have a drink. Child seats and helmets are available on request for free.

Barcelona Ciclo Tour
C/ Tallers 45 (only 50 mts from Plaça Catalunya)
08001 Barcelona

 

www.barcelonaciclotour.com

Ciclo Tour

 

 

 

My experience visiting of Barcelona Sagrada Familia temple

Dear friends, Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australiasagrada familia today´s recommendation is if you plan to visit La Sagrada Familia there is no need to wait in line for tickets inside, as we did. It is much easier to buy your tickets for an appointed time at any la Caixa bank ATM machine (these are all over Barcelona). The cost at the door is 18 euros and I believe la Caixa charges the same.

Construction on this building began in 1882. Gaudi got involved a year later. It is expected, with the use of stone-carving machinery and computers to be completed in 2026, the centennial of Gaudi’s death. If work were to continue as it was going in the early 1900′s, without computers and modern machinery, it would not be completed for several hundred more years. When the tallest spire is added, it will be the tallest church in the world.
Gaudi was deeply religious. Somehow he expanded his mind so far outside the realm of normal it could only be described as genius. The fact that he put in motion a plan that was so entirely outrageous and difficult and that it has been followed by thousands of people to create what I saw today is what blows me away. Every tiny detail, and there are thousands and thousands, is so thoughtfully designed. And the intricacy and science behind the construction – it is inconceivable. The last time I felt that sense of awe and total amazement about the ingenuity of man, was when I saw Machu Picchu for the first time.
If you ever have a chance to visit, do not pass it up. It will change you as it did me. Promise
for further information:
http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/sf-eng/

Barcelona Marina Port Vell

barcelona marina port vell

Dear friends, Barcelona Hostal Australia today´s recommendation is to visit , nice gastronomic and funny Barcelona area, next to” Marina Port Vell” near the see.. enjoy !

Food and drink

The diverse neighbourhoods offer an array of local and international cuisine. In close proximity to Marina Port Vell, you encounter the Gothic Quarter, where medieval streets reveal traditional taverns and contemporary tapas bars infused with Catalan charm. A brief stroll in the opposite direction and you’ll discover Barceloneta, lined with sandy beaches and seafront restaurants. Barcelona also has more than its fair share of Michelin awarded restaurants located throughout the city, many of which can be found a taxi ride away in the trendy neighbourhood of Eixample.

For further information:

www.marinaportvell.com/en/content/food-and-drink

Barcelona Port & Beach

Barcelona Flamenco-Tablao del Carmen

barcelona tablao del carmen

Dear friends, today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recomendation is:

Flamenco! Tablao del Carmen
Flamenco Show Only (35€) Includes the show and a drink. The price for a child of 4-12 years is 17.50€. Children from 0-3 years go free.
Tablao Menu (69€) Includes the show, 4 course meal, coffee and drinks (mineral water, wine or sangria).
Tapas Menu (45€) Includes the show, tapas, dessert, coffees and drinks (mineral water, wine or sangria).
Children’s Menu (35€) Includes the show and the children’s menu
Notes: Formal attire is not required. Groups of more than 15 people will need to request their meal choices at least one week in advance.

El Tablao is located inside Poble Espanyol in the Montjuic area. Exact address: Avenida Marques de Comillas, Montjuic, Barcelona
Tel: (+34) 93 325 68 95
Fax: (+34) 93 425 46 16

How to get there
Metro: Plaça Espanya It is then a 5-10 minute walk to the entrance.
Bus: Take number 13 or 50 to right outside Poble Espanyol, from Gran Via or Plaça Espanya. Tourist bus: Get off at Poble Espanyol stop Car: There is a car park located close to Poble Espanyol but you have to pay. For more information on access time and prices, call Iglesias on (+34) 934 250 031.

barcelona flamenco show

Maritime Museum of Barcelona

Maritime Museum of Barcelona

Dear friends, today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is to visit: Maritime Museum of Barcelona

Opposite the statue Christopher Columbus, in the bottom of Ramblas, the maritime museum is one of the most imaginative museum of the city and one of the most visited too.

Installed in the royal arsenals- date from 1378 and are the biggest and most complete Medieval dockyards in the world- it exposes animated presentations and houses a big exhibition including model ships, drawings, replicas, paintings, figureheads and an interactive exhibition, “The Great Adventure of the Sea”.

Maritime Museum of Barcelona

Address : Av. de les Drassanes
Zip code : 08001
City : Barcelona – Spain
Area : El Raval
Website : Museu Marítim de Barcelona
Opening hours : Open every day from 10am to 8pm. Closed 25-26 December and 1st and 6 January
Prices : 2,50€
Phone : +34 93 342 9920
Phone 2 : Fax +34 933 187 876
Metro/Bus : Metro: L3 Drassanes / Bus: 120
http://www.bcn.cat

Antoni Tapies foundation of Barcelona (art museum)

Antoni Tapies foundation

Dear friends, today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recomendation is to visit: Antoni Tapies foundation (art museum).

Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona, 1923-2012)
He has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los
Angeles; the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Serpentine and
Hayward Galleries, London; the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; the
Kunstahaus, Zurich: the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the
Jeu de Paume and the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museo Nacional Centro
de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern,
Valencia; and the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, among many
other prestigious institutions.

The Building
The Fundació opened its doors in June 1990 in the building of the
former Editorial Montaner i Simon publishing house, the work of the
Modernist architect Lluís Domènech i MontanerRestored and refurbished
by the architects Roser Amadó and Lluís Domènech Girbau. Constructed
between 1880 and 1881 or 1882, at an early stage of the evolution of
Catalan Modernism, the building was the first in the Eixample district
to integrate industrial typology and technology, combining exposed
brick and iron, into the fabric of the city centre.

Hours and general information
www.fundaciotapies.org
C/Aragó 255
08007 Barcelona
(t) +34 934 870 315
Opening hours:Museum Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays closed.

Admission to the Fundació Antoni Tàpies until 15 minutes before closing.
Admission:
General entrance: 7.00 €
Reduced entrance: 5.60 €

Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA)

MACBA (MACBA)

Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recomendation is to visit the great :

Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA)

Combining straight lines and curves in a continuous dialogue between the interior spaces and the light outside, the building, inaugurated in 1995, is a work by Richard Meier. It’s about what is more interesting in this museum.

Macba – Barcelona In1959 the art critic Alexandre Cirici Pellicer believed in the need to create a Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.

MACBA (Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum) is dedicated to works from the second half of the 20th century. There are few works in the permanent collection and once in a while interesting temporary exhibitions.
Between 1960 and 1963, Cirici and Cesáreo Rodriguez Aguilera headeed a group of individuals who began to put together a collection with the objective of constituting the basis for the future museum. In February 1963, the opening of the exhibition El arte y la paz, with a clear political commitment, exposed the narrow limits of what was then permissible.

In 1986 Barcelona City Council, invited the North American architect Richard Meierto take charge of the project for the new museum. The City Council’s Department of Culture commissioned the art critics Francesc Miralles and Rosa Queralt to draw up a report which would serve to define the philosophy of the future museum. In 1987 theMACBA Foundation brought private enterprise into the project. The MACBA was officially inaugurated on the 28th of November of 1995.

Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA)

Address : Pl. dels Angels, 1.
Zip code : 08001
City : Barcelona – Spain
Area : El Raval
Website : Macba
Opening hours : From 25 September – 26 June: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 11am – 7.30pm; Tuesday (not holidays) closed; Saturday: 10am – 8pm; Sundays & holidays: 10am – 3pm; 25th Desember and 1st January closed.
Prices : General: 7,5 euros (check for reductions)
Phone : +34 93 412 08 10
Phone 2 : Fax +34 93 412 46 02
Metro/Bus : Catalunya Pl. Universitat

The Joan Miro Foundation museum

joan miro

Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is to visit The Joan Miro Foundation museum, enjoy it !

The Joan Miró Foundation opened to the public on 10 June 1975. It had its origins in Miró’s first large exhibition in Barcelona, in 1968, at the Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu. Several figures from the world of the arts saw the opportunity to have a space in Barcelona dedicated to the artist’s work. However, in accordance with his wishes, the new institution was also to promote and publicise the work of contemporary artists in all its aspects.At a time when artistic and cultural life was certainly minimal, the Foundation brought a refreshing vitality, together with a new, more dynamic concept of an art museum in which Miró’s art was shown alongside a wide variety of creative works by other artists – a fact that is reflected in the Foundation’s full name of Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art.

Opening hours:
X-mas holidays: 25 and 26 December and 1rst January, closed.

Friday 6th January: open from 10 to 2,30 pm

Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 – 19.00
(October – June)
Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 – 20.00
(July – September)
Thursdays, 10.00 – 21.30
Sundays and public holidays,
10.00 – 14.30
Closed on Mondays (except public holidays)

Admission charges:
Permanent collection + temporary exhibition
Adults: €11
Students aged 15-30, persons over 65
and unemployed persons
(proof must be provided): €7.00
School groups: 6€
Adults groups: 7€

Espai 13: €2,5

Audioguide: €5.00

Temporary Exhibition
Adults: € 7,00
Groups: € 5,00
Web site: www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org

Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí architect

Sagrada Familia

Today´s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is to visit the great Sagrada Family temple

The architecture of Barcelona has been most influenced by the work of Antoni Gaudí. One of Gaudí’s greatest creations is the Sagrada Familia a giant Temple that has been under construction since 1882. This building is the number one most visited attraction in Barcelona catering to over 2,000,000 visitors per year.
Once you enter the Sagrada Familia you can visit the museum which is housed in the building. The museum details the history and development of the Sagrada Familia and also gives fascinating insights into Gaudí himself.
This museum offers a truly fascinating visit because you will see photos of the development of the Sagrada Familia from the present day back to its early beginnings. There’s also a model of the Sagrada Familia depicting what it will look like once it’s completed (predicted to happen in the next 30 years).
Due to the very high numbers of people that visit the Sagrada Familia this museum is one of the most visited and popular museums in Barcelona.

Official web site: http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/sf-eng/index.php

Address: La Sagrada Familia

Calle Mallorca, Barcelona, España
Opening hours:
October - March: 09:00 - 18:00
April - September: 09:00 - 20:00;
25 and 26 December, 01 January and 06 January: 09:00 - 14:00.

Museu Picaso of Barcelona

museu picasso of Barcelona

Today´s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is:

The Museum is very rich in regard to work from the training periods in the life of the artist; we could say that it is practically exhaustive up to the Blue Period, of which the Museum has a priceless group of works. Furthermore, the Museum houses an important representation of works from 1917, and the series, Las Meninas (1957) and a very large Picasso’s prints collection, now displayed in the rooms opened in the beginning of 2008.

The Museum has undergone successive renovations and expansions, and it’s currently starting to develop new programmes, activities and services to become a reference place, envisaged to spreading knowledge and to fostering the visitor’s participation and critical views. The Museum wishes to be a dialogue space, exploring new approaches to Picasso’s work and influence and offering new perspectives on the Museum Collection.

The history of the Picasso Museum in Barcelona is the chronicle of the artist’s firm wish to leave the imprint of his art in our city. Thanks to the wishes of Picasso and his friend and personal secretary, Jaume Sabartés, Barcelona now has the youthful work of one of the twentieth century’s most significant artists.
Museu Picaso of Barcelona

Address: Montcada 15-23

08003 Barcelona

Telf:+34- 93 256 30 00
museupicasso@bcn.cat

web page: http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/

evedet museu picasso of Barcelona

Barcelona Bike Tours

Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is:Barcelona Ciclo tour

You could enjoy Barcelona riding bike! Hostal Residencia Australia will provide you further information about this fantastic city tour mode.

Barcelona bike tour every day from Plaza Catalunya.
Barcelona CicloTour is the perfect way for all ages to get to know the city through a relaxed bike tour, listening to the fascinating anecdotes from your personal guide discovering more sights in 3 hours than by walking or with a tourist bus.

Barcelona bike Route: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Rambla del Raval, Plaça Reial, Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona City Hall, Plaça Sant Felip Neri, Cathedral, Roman walls, Plaça del Rei, beaches, Port Vell, the Barceloneta district, Olympic Marina, Olympic Village, Ciutadella Park, Sagrada Família, Passeig de Gracia, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and Plaça Catalunya. Stops will be made during the tour to allow the guides to tell you about the landmarks and sights. The tour goes along bicycle lanes and through pedestrianised streets.

11am Morning Ciclo Tour Every day of the year except for December 25 and January 1

4.30pm Afternoon Ciclo Tour Every day From April 15 to October 31 and every Saturday and Sunday of November

7.30pm CicloTour at Night Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 1 until September 30 and every Friday and Saturday from October 5 until October 27

RESERVATIONS NOT NECESSARY
Just come to the departure point 10 minutes before the bike tour

DEPARTURE POINT
All ours Barcelona bike tours departure from Pza. Catalunya, at the door of Hard Rock Café
Watch out for our guides in their red Ciclo Tour t-shirts
Best to arrive 10 minutes before departure time.

THE BARCELONA BIKE TOUR INCLUDES:
A bike for each person.
English speaking guide
Bottle of water.
Front bikebag for storage of personal belongings.
1 drink at the beach.(Helmets and child seats are available upon request)

Discounts for students, Hostel reservation etc..

www.barcelonaciclotour.com, /Tallers 45 ( near pl.Cataluńa),

+34 93 317 19 70

Barcelona free walking tour

barcelona free walking tourDear friends, Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommend to join Barcelona free walking tour:

FEEL FREE TOURS organize free walking tours in walking distance from Hostal Residencia Australia in Barcelona where guides work for tips (gratuities), meaning you may pay what you feel the tour was worth after the tour is completed. Our funny and motivated guides will offer you an unforgettable experience. Tours start every day in front of Hard Rock Café (Plaza Catalunya) at 11.15 am The tour guides will use our FEEL FREE TOURS shirt so you will recognize them easily.

The team is composed by tourism professionals, also with a deep feeling and knowledge about Barcelona We think that showing our city to independents travelers will be a superb option….just for free! Because of that we are completely sure that, in a different economy context, offer free tours in Barcelona will give you an unique option to discover this multicultural city and make the most of your time & money.

Do I need you book in advance?

Reservations are not mandatory, you can just show up 10 minutes before the tour start . Anyway if you want to be sure to enjoy our tours, we recommend you reserve your place.

www.feelfreetours.combarcelona free walking tour

Barcelona Aquarium

Barcelona Aquarium

Dear friends, Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommend to visit :

Barcelona Acuarium which is only 20 minutes walking distance to our hostal, nice and interesting place to enjoying with family and friends.

Aquarium Barcelona is an aquarium located in Port Vell, a harbor in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The 35 aquariums at the facility are home to 11,000 animals representing 450 species, and an 80-meter underwater tunnel.

Metro: Drassanes (GreenLine)
Address: L’Aquarium Barcelona
Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell
08039 Barcelona, España
Tel: +34 93 221 7474

Official web site: http://www.aquariumbcn.com

Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Tour

Barcelona Hop On Hop Off Tour

Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is:

Barcelona sight seeing by touristic bus

From 26.00€
Check Availability
Join the most convenient way to discover Barcelona. Board a double-decker bus that allows you to hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the 20 stops.
Latest booking 1 day ago
Highlights
Hop on Hop off as often as you please and see Barcelona in your own time and at your own pace
Stops at Placa Catalunya where some of the city’s most important streets and avenues meet
Choose from 1 or 2 day passes
Includes map and guide with all the stops of each of the routes plus and discounts for different establishments
Double-decker buses are adapted for people with limited mobility and have an electric roof for use in the event of rain

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Type: Day Tours in Barcelona
Departs From: Barcelona
Meeting Point: Will be indicated on voucher
Duration: 1 or 2 days
Available Languages:
Available: daily at 8 to 15 minute intervals from 09:00 to 19:00/20:00 (depending on the season)

Barcelona Museu Picasso

Museu Picasso of Barcelona by Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia

Dear friends :

Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia culture recommendation for this week is for visiting:

Museu Picasso of Barcelona

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is a key reference for understanding the
formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. The genius of the young artist is
revealed through the more than 3,800 works that make up the permanent
collection. Furthermore, the Museu Picasso, opened in 1963, also reveals
his deep relationship with Barcelona: an intimate, solid relationship that
was shaped in his adolescence and youth, and continued until his death.

Address: Montcada 15-23
08003 Barcelona
Tlf. (+34) 93 256 30 00
museupicasso@bcn.cat

FC Barcelona Museum

FOR RESERVATIONS PLEASE VISIT: http://www.residenciaustralia.com

Actually is the moment to visit FC Barcelona Museum ! right now, FC
Barcelona is considered as the best world football team.
Our Hostel is the most appropriate place to enjoy the opportunity to live
this FC Barcelona historical moment !!,

In FC Barcelona Musseum, you will see , The trophy Showcase, and a amazing interact wall, containing players, and touching the screen wall provides you to have access to: Club history, titles list, details, statistics,
players, coaches…etc…

Exhibition of 6 coups achieved in a sole season

Very nice and interesting place !!

FC Barcelona Musseum

Adress

C Arístides Maillol, 12*18

08028

Web:

http://www.fcbarcelona.cat/

E-mail:

oab@fcbarcelona.cat

Telf :

+34902189900

Tickets sell point

of 09:00 h to 13:30 h i

of 15:30 h to 18:00 h

Friday:

of 09:00 h to 14:30 h

Saturday

of 09:00 h to 13:30

The art of Barcelona

FOR RESERVATIONS PLEASE VISIT: http://www.residenciaustralia.com

You could see and purchase art in Barcelona , with the saved money that you
will get staying in our rooms ,

Paintings of Picasso, Leger, Miró, Dalí, Chillida, Tàpies, S.Francis,
Christo, Wesselmann, Valdés, Boetti, Plensa, Basquiat, Barceló.

Mayoral, art gallery” has been selling the best paintings of the
international market. At present, the Gallery has at its disposal more that
hundred works of modern and contemporary art. These are just a few:

Eduardo Chillida – Lurra

Tom Wesselman – Monica nude with Lichtenstein

Joan Miró – Without title

Antoni Tàpies – Ala blanca

Timetable: From Monday to Saturday, from 10pm to 14pm and from 16pm to 20pm

Tel: (+34) 934 880 283

Fax: (+34) 934 881 093

E-mail: info@galeriamayoral.com

It’ s free to get in, just look rich and please feel free to buy a
painting for the hostal as a tip for a tip.

Once again Hostal Australia has a privildeged location.

Enjoy”

Barcelona Day Trip by Hostal Residencia Australia

FOR RESERVATIONS PLEASE VISIT: http://www.residenciaustralia.com

A nice one or two day trips.

Catalunya is a fascinating region. I adore it´s natural beauty. I also love walking through it and hopefully taking part of that beauty with me back home in my dreams and wishes.

I just came back from a two day walk on the cami de san jaume , a new extension of the Camino de Santiago, just north of Barcelona that goes through the volcanic region of La Garrotxa.

It´s very easy and beautiful.
Hostal Residencia Australia Barcelona Day trip to Olot Girona

Summarising you walk , eat good cheap food, take pictures, laugh, sweat and be happy.

How to achieve such?

You take an express bus to Olot, a small town, at the bus stop that is just 5 blocks away from where we are.

Once in Olot from the old train station you start walking on the via Verde del carrilet which is a route following the old railroad track that joins Olot and Girona. You can also cycle but then you rush past places.

This track goes through a lot of towns. So you have a rest point , hotels, restaurants , shops every 5 to 8 km.

No need to carry much food, water nor camping gear.

So your first worry would be in what town to have lunch and the menu del dia which is a festive occasion on it´s own with wine , three courses of good home cooking, desserts, and coffee for about 11 euros.

After lunch we suffer a bit more walking for a few hours and then we choose where to sleep as you also have nice hostels every 10 km . I stayed in a very nice hostel had a great supper again a supper of three courses .

A little town along the way from Olot to Girona

The track takes three days to complete but you can do one , two or three nights . When you get tired you wait for the bus in one of the towns along the way, go to Girona and there take the train to Barcelona.

This is the bus timetable for buses to Olot from Barcelona. Go to http://www.teisa-bus.com/web/horaris/L9.PDF

For buses along the track that goes from Olot to Girona you have one every couple of hours.

More info on the track Via Verde del carrilet

More info of the whole track called cami de san jaume.

http://www.camidesantjaume.cat/

It is very easy to do, transports to there and back are excellent , the food is great and the views pretty nice.

A surprise from the 15th century

The Jewish community and their descendants that were expelled from Spain by The Catholic Kings in 1492 are known as Sephardi.

Their descendants have maintained part of their Spanish tradition and language over the centuries.

Here we have from the U.S.A, Elisa Agava, that speaks Spanish and still recalls here Grandmother speaking to her in Judeo Español , an old spanish from the 15th century

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Barcelona Day Trip, bird watching, bikes, planes, dancing,

How about visitng our closest delta, see some birds, go for km on bikes, see planes take off, land, dance on the beach, go for a swinm, see some turtles, eat a paella and all right next to the city.

Yes the delta of the llobregat where the airport is located.
A fascinating unknown area of the city

Delta Llobregat

Delta Llobregat , Barcelona day trip by Hostal Residencia Australia

How to get there?

Well from Hostal Australia, take the train to el Prat ( 10 km) and walk or rent a bike. You have a train every 10 minutes.

This picture shows you the flora and fauna

This also shows you the metal birds that you can also birdwatch.

And after all the hard work head down to the beach for a paella.

Enjoy your day.

For more info look up: http://www.deltallobregat.cat

The lost happy luggage

Here we are celebrating that the luggage had arrived. Yolanda flew 300 km and her bag courtesy of KLM , (we have no idea how they got hold of a bag for a local light as they fly only international) flew 6000 km for free around europe.

Yolanda had wished she had been part of the 6000 km trip.

In the picture we have Yolanda Zhang, me, and Jingjing Ma.

Would you still fight until death for your loved one? Give it a try.

Do I love her so much?  A Barcelona day trip

Do I love her so much? Barcelona daytrip

Today I recommend an interesting day out in Callela, a small town right next to Barcelona and on the coast. On the 12th and 13th of June they celebrate a medieval fare showing Catalan life back in the good old days.

Just imagine what life would have been like. No need for manners, you could be filthy as a pig and still be loved. Nothing like fighting until death for your loved one. Things have not changed since then, have they? . When we wanted a girl we would just show up and chop off any competitors head. Yes things were good in the old days.

I have just read through the programme they advertise and it seems like fun.

You will be able to experience what is was like to hunt with a hawk. Hello there, I am Mr Hawk, Barcelona Travel guide by Hostal Residencia Australia

You will be able to make a tapestry for Grandma or some warm underwear.

Barcelona tapestry,

Barcelona tapestry,

You will learn how to shape boulders for house building. This seems very practical for present day recession awareness

You will learn how to make plates, bottles, cure headaches with herbs.

And of course you will be able to eat what they were eating back then. This I am really looking forward as I have always wanted to have a wild boar for myself as in Asterix and Obelix

See you all there

Thomas Lorenzo

La europea desunida.

Me he quedado sorprendido de la falta de información de los gobiernos locales durante el caos aéreo vivido el mes pasado. Es importante que el viajero sepa que Europa aun estando unida es una región desunida. Las fronteras existen y cada país es soberano de su existencia. Si alguien se encuentran que quiera viajar de España a Francia en transporte publico es mas fácil pensar en viajar hasta una frontera , cruzar y desde allí coger otro transporte. Existen muchos trenes y autobuses desde los pueblos de las fronteras ya que es lógico que los ciudadanos necesiten viajar por su país. Pero existen muy muy pocos trenes y autobuses que crucen fronteras. Espero que este consejo les ayude si algún día se encuentren atascados en Barcelona.

Barcelona day trip selection by Hostal Residencia Australia

A day trip from Barcelona

Banyoles is a small town about 100 km from Barcelona. This link takes you to the google maps.

It takes about an hour to get there but the trip is worthwhile because of the scenery and it´s famous lake.

Lago de Banyoles

Lago de Banyoles, Girona, Catalunya, España

What I find interesting in Banyoles is a new museum that has been opened that consists of a real reconstruction of a Neolicthic village. This is the only one of it´s kind on the Iberian peninsula.

Parc neolític de la draga

The remains and ruins date back from 5200 BC

Now this can be good fun to see what the village would have looked like 7 thousand years ago.

Parc Neolitic de la Draga, Banyoles, Girona, Catalunya. España

Parc Neolitic de la Draga, Banyoles, Girona, Catalunya. España

Did they have star bucks?

Now the only way to see the village is to organise in advance a visit Tel. 972 57 64 99
arqueolitic@arqueolitic.com

Barcelona day trip, wine and modernist arquitecture

isit the Penedes wine region.
A day trip from Barcelona , where you rent a car and enjoy some very pretty nature , history and end up visiting the modernist buildings of the freixenet , codorniu wine cellars constructed by the modernist arquitect Puig i Cadafalch.

It is very easy to rent a car for the day so no worries here. At our reception I will give you a detailed itenary that we could also map on google for you and you car navigator.

Easy very easy.

This will give you a chance to discover a region only 30 km from Barcelona next to Monsterrat where most of the famed catalan cava is produced.

Here are some pictures that might help you decide .

Barcelona Day trip to the penedes wine region

a nice view of a part of the penedes wine region

Depending on when you go you might get a chance to see the human towers in action called the castellers. When they tumble and fall you will here bones crack.

The human towers in action

The human towers in action , the castellers

This is a nice view of the freixenet cellars .

A front view of the cellars

A front view of the cellars

This next little map gives you an idea of the 30 km route we propose as a day trip outside Barcelona.

The wine region we propose to visit

The wine region we propose to visit

The route will go through the following landmarks

Vilafranca del Penedès,
The church of Sant Cristòfol.


Guardiola de Font-rubí
Pla del Penedès.
Santa Maria de Bellver
Sant Pere de Riudebitlles,
The church of Sant Pere,
The gothic palace of the marquesos de Llo
The romanic churches of Sant Marçal, d’estil romànic, i Santa Maria.
Modernist arquitecture of the Casa Mestres, l’Ateneu Agrícola, l Freixenet and Codorniu

Barcelona things to do.

Barcelona things to do.

How about a good pop flamenco concert not intented for tourists ?

I recommend the following artist and concert:

Who?  JOSÉ EL FRANCÉS’

Where ?

Luz de Gas
Address: C Muntaner, 246
District: Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

When? 19/03/2010 at 21.30

Price 22 euros.

Jose “El Frances” (1971 -), whose real name is Jose Rodriguez Vazquez was  born in  Montpellier in 1971. That is why he is called Joseph the French ( el francés. Yes he is a gyspsy descendant of spanish immigrants and a cantaor, a flamenco vocalist.

Having played and recorded with the famed Camaron de la Isla his discography includes:

* The streets of San Blas (1992)

* We’re perfect (1995)

* Soul (1999)

* Playing love (2002)

* Water of hope (2004)

Respirando Amor (2009)

He will be presenting his latest CD  “Respirando Amor”.  with 11 new songs as “Caracolillos de Luna”

Please listen to him on

Jose el Frances, Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia