Restaurant Paco Meralgo
Near Hostal Residencia Australia i found a nice and good seafood restaurant, The contemporary establishment located in the Eixample District doles out some of the freshest tapas in Barcelona. Locals flock to the restaurant’s wooden tables for both lunch and dinner to try the seafood-focused cuisine: a seat at the counter will give you a close-up view of the day’s catches. The bombas (meat and potato balls with peppers) and tuna carpaccio are must-tries.
Calle Muntaner 171, 934 309 027,
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 Hostal Residencia Australia informs that You’ll find dozens of Basque bars across the city. For quality, variety and overall value, this place is probably the best. Generous portions of meats, cheeses, fish, seafood and tapenades piled on to chunks of bread speared with a toothpick – hence the name pintxo, which means spike. Order a drink and grab a plate from the bar. The young, friendly staff will explain how things work. Every now and then one of the staff will offer you a hot pintxo – perhaps a date wrapped in bacon. Enjoy. Ensure you keep all the toothpicks as these will be counted at the end of your session. Each pintxo costs €1.55. Good selection of wines, including txakoli, ciders and Almogàver beer on tap.
Dear friends, Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia 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
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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.
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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
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 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
(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.
General entrance: 7.00 €
Reduced entrance: 5.60 €
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
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.
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)
Permanent collection + temporary exhibition
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
Adults: € 7,00
Groups: € 5,00
Web site: www.fundaciomiro-bcn.org
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.
Address: La Sagrada Familia
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
Telf:+34- 93 256 30 00
web page: http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/
Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation is:
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
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
Today’s Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia recommendation,is:
In the brand new and beautiful Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the table on
everyone’s lips is with no doubt: Moments.
The Chef Carme Ruscalleda and her son Raül Balam are revisiting Catalan
recipes and even inventing the first anti-aging menu of Barcelona..
On the Catalan side of the menu you will discover totally renewed classical
dishes like Arroz caldoso de gamba con picada de pescador (rice dish with
broth) – Fricandó (veal stew) and suquet (fish stew) – Shrimp Tartar-
Seabass with fig chutney and hibiscus salt – Veal Cheeks with turnip
vegetable ravioli and red fruits..
A delight and lot of imagination!!
But even more visionary and trendy: a “anti-aging” menuwhere the food
chosen by Carme Ruscalleda and Dr. Manuel Sanchez – head of the Anti-aging
Unit Clinic Planas- , specialist in the anti-age treatments, conceal only
the most miraculous properties to preserve an “iron constitution”
In this menu, mini pizza pies with artichokes and the Joselito ham, or
macaroni with buckwheat accompanied by scallops and vegetables… a great
*Address :* Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40
Opening hours : Lunch: 1:30pm-3:30pm Tuesday-Saturday // Dinner:
8:30pm-10:30pm Tuesday-Saturday // Closed Sundays and Mondays
Phone : 93 151 87 81
Metro/Bus : Passeig de Gràcia,
Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia, our today tapas bar recommendation is:
Saturday, 4.20pm, the lunchtime rush has died down. Most local customers
are taking coffee and *licores*. “Paella for Pablo,” the call goes out.
And, at 4.23pm Pablo has his paella, done the way he wants it – with a
whole *butifarra*(sausage) on the side. This very popular, well-organised,
local standby, its pavement tables set to catch the best of the afternoon
sunshine, is always busy. For good reason – they serve a reliably good
range of tapas including *pescadito frito *(whitebait) *gambas rebozadas*(prawns in a light batter)
mussels, sausages and the whole kaboodle.
Vegetarians will be pleased to note that they serve a wonderful vegetable paella with
goat’s cheese. The terrace is a good spot in the evening.
*Carrer de Girona 162, +34 93 458 4817. Open Mon-Sat 7.30am-1am*
Maitea tapas bar by Barcelona Hostal Residencia Australia:
You’ll find dozens of Basque bars across the city. For quality, variety and
overall value, this place is probably the best. Generous portions of meats,
cheeses, fish, seafood and tapenades piled on to chunks of bread speared
with a toothpick – hence the name *pintxo*, which means spike. Order a
drink and grab a plate from the bar. The young, friendly staff will explain
how things work. Every now and then one of the staff will offer you a hot *
pintxo* – perhaps a date wrapped in bacon. Enjoy. Ensure you keep all the
toothpicks as these will be counted at the end of your session. Each *
pintxo *costs €1.55. Good selection of wines, including txakoli, ciders and
Almogàver beer on tap.
•Carrer de Casanova 157, +34 93 439 5107,
*.Open Mon-Sat 11am-midnight*
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.
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 .
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.
It is very easy to do, transports to there and back are excellent , the food is great and the views pretty nice.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 .
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.
This is a nice view of the freixenet cellars .
This next little map gives you an idea of the 30 km route we propose as a day trip outside Barcelona.
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