Category Archives: Barcelona Day Trips

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

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 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€
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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
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Available: daily at 8 to 15 minute intervals from 09:00 to 19:00/20:00 (depending on the season)

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.

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.

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

Day trips outside Barcelona, Wine tasting

Day trips outside Barcelona, Wine tasting

Things to do outside the city involving drinking wine, do not feel guilty as this is a cultural experience and you might remember afterwards something of what you have learnt.

I have a book with over 50 organised suggestions for wine tasting outside Barcelona.

These two are today[base ']s selection

This one sounds like fun.

. Tourism and cycling and in between glasses of wine

You must take a helmet with you as I am sure you will fall of the bike, also get yourself a good accident insurance, and take a dark marker and a big map so you will not forget how to cycle back home. This alcoholic exercise can be found at winepleasure.com

You will tour the Penedes region, by bike, this region is right next to Barcelona, and of course behind you in a car you will have permanent assistance and they will organise for you all the necessary catering accommodation etch.

The cost is around 175 euros.

As a tip I would take with me 5 or 6 water flasks and fill them up with wine when the winepleasures.com people are not looking.

This penedes region is fairly flat so do not worry about heavy breathing.

This is a cheap one.

For 4 euros visit the famous Alella Marfil wine cellar constructed in 1906 by the modernists architect (yes gaudi was not the only one) called Jeroni Martorell. Alella is very close to Barcelona.

They will explain to you all the secrets of wine production and tasting. The wine they make is a very special wine called DO alella.

They will let you taste the wine.

I am sure you will want more and buy a bottle of this white wine.

For more info visit>www.alellaviñicola.com

Well its time to go.