L’ AQUARIUM FOR A FAMILY DAY OUT

 

Aquarium in Barcelona

While having a holiday in Barcelona, visiting an aquarium is not the first choice for most people. However, L’Aquarium is definitely worth seeing, especially if you come with your kids. Located in Port Vell, L’Aquarium features a fantastic harbor and sea view, which gives you a chance to explore the port area, the Maremagnum Mall and the L’Aquarium. All in all, they offer a great family day out and a break from the heat of the day as well as letting your children have fun and explore the undersea world. So, let’s discover the largest Mediterranean-themed aquarium in the world: L’Aquarium Barcelona.

L’Aquarium has a total of 35 aquariums representing the sea life of the Mediterranean Sea, tropical waters and other unique species, which makes you feel as if you are having a journey around the world! Although there are a lot of big tanks, it is easy to follow the instructions. You just need to follow the sign-posted path and you will not miss anything.

OCEANARIUM

The one that everyone looks forward to while visiting any aquarium are the walk-through tunnels. The spectacular Oceanarium is a transparent 80-metre-long walk-through tunnel letting you experience the most amazing Mediterranean species from all angles. Through a underwater walkway in the Oceanarium, I had an exhilarating feeling and the closest look at beautiful and unique species than ever before. The real stars of L’Aquarium are two types of sharks: the sand tiger shark (Carcharias Taurus) and the sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus). The Oceanarium is a microcosm and a house of many of the treasures of the Mediterranean Sea such as: ocean sunfish, rays, guitar fish, etc.

TROPICAL AQUARIUMS

Let the avalanche of colors begin by enjoying fascinating tropical fish and corals from the Caribbean Sea, the Red Sea,… These tropical aquariums will bring endless fascination for your children, as they can easily recognize Nemo, Dory and Sebastian from Finding Nemo in real life.

Tropical fish

PLANETA AQUA

In Planeta Aqua, I am sure you will have a lot of fun by discovering many creatures which can adapt quickly to diverse conditions. Piranhas, tropical turtles, jelly fish and especially penguins will amaze you! If you are penguin lovers, you cannot miss this place as Planeta Aqua contains a tank full of penguins that are ready to play with you.

Penguins tank

EXPLORA ZONES!

Explora Zones are designed especially for children to learn about underwater life by joining many interactive activities. The space has 50 interactivities covering all senses: seeing, hearing, touching and smelling. Besides, the pre-booked activity “Sleeping with sharks” offers the chance for children (aged 8-12) to spend a night with sharks.

There are several restaurants, cafes inside and outside L’Aquarium. After you discover all the corners of L’Aquarium, I recommend that you to have a drink or a meal here and enjoy the stunning view of the harbor, the sea and the sun.

Children's area

HOW TO GET HERE

L’Aquarium is quite near the center and can be easily reached by different modes of transport.

  • By car: B-10 motorway (Ronda Litoral), junctions 21,22 or 23
  • By metro: you can use the L3 metro and stop at Drassanes station or L4 to Barceloneta station. If you stop at Drassanes station, you will be at the bottom of the Ramblas. At this point, there is a wooden bridge, just cross the bridge; then you can see Maremagnum mall. From here, you need to turn left and you will get to L’Aquarium.
  • By bike: At the entrance of L’aquarium, there is a bicing bike station.

 

Harbour in Barcelona

Port Vell

 

OPENING TIMES:

  • Opening time: 9:30AM
  • Closing time:

- Monday-Friday: 9:00PM
- Weekends and bank holidays: 9:30PM
- June and September: 9:30PM
- July and August: 11:00PM

PRICES

  • Less than 0.90m: Free admission
  • 0.90m to 1.10m: 5 € (“Mini”)
  • 1.10m to 1.40m: 15 € (Child)
  • Taller than 1.40m: 20 € (Adult ticket)

 

So, let’s prepare and have an amazing underwater adventure in L’ Aquarium !

Trang

What to do in Barcelona on Sunday

There are many activities to do on Sunday in Barcelona, you just have to pick!

In such a busy, lively city like Barcelona, there is something happening every day. Especially on Sunday, when you have many, many things planned for during the week. Sometimes it can get overwhelming; you cannot choose what to do and you end up lazing on your couch the whole day (I know it happens, don’t deny it). So we have made a list of available things to do on Sunday in Barcelona for you. Pick one and waste no more beautiful sunny days, cause winter is coming!?

Things to do in Barcelona on Sunday

 

What to do in Barcelona on Sunday

Go Shopping

Groceries stores and Shops are closed on Sunday, I know I know; but there are still some options available. So if you are shopaholic don’t freak out, we have listed the shops that are open on Sunday for you here.

 

 

Go to a restaurant

After a hard-working week, you deserve a treat. How about dining in a fancy restaurant with your family or friends? Thanks to its coastal location, Barcelona can offer you many type of seafood with superb freshness. Moreover, Barcelona surpasses Madrid by the number of Michelin-starred restaurants (29 compared to 13 in Spain’s capital city) making it a gastronomy heaven. Have a look at oursuggestion here, from traditional Catalanseafood to vegan restaurants and so on.

Free museums!!!

Many museums in Barcelona open for free in Sunday and that’s why many people put this on their to-do list on Sunday in Barcelona. I mean, good way to enjoy the finest pieces of art on a budget. One thing to keep in mind though, I have seen long line of visitors waiting outside Museu Picasso during its free entrance hours. So be prepared to wait for an hour or more to get inside.

picasso-museum-What to do on Sunday in Barcelona

Below is the list of them.

  • MNAC: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
    Parc de Montjuïc, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038
    Free admission on first Sunday of every month

 

  • MUHBA Museu d’Història de Barcelona
    Pl. del Rei, Ciutat Vella, 08002
    Free admission on every Sunday from 3pm and the whole day on first Sunday of every month.

 

  • Museu d’Història de Catalunya
    Plaça de Pau Vila, 3, Ciutat Vella, 08039
    Free admission on first Sunday of every month

 

  • Museu de la Música
    Padilla 155, Eixample, 08013
    Free admission on every Sunday from 3pm and the whole day on first Sunday of every month

 

  • Museu Frederic Marès
    Plaça de Sant Iu, 5, Ciutat Vella, 08002
    Free admission on every Sunday from 3pm and the whole day on first Sunday of every month

 

  • Virreina Centre de la Imatge
    La Rambla, 99, El Raval, 08001
    Always free

 

  • Museu Picasso
    Montcada, 15-23, Ciutat Vella, 08003
    Free admission on every Sunday from 3pm to 7pm and the whole day on first Sunday of every month

 

  • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona
    Montalegre, 5, Raval, 08001
    Free admission on every Sunday from 3pm to 8pm

 

  • Museu Marítim de Barcelona
    Av. de les Drassanes, Raval, 08001
    Free admission on every Sunday from 3pm

 

  • Jardí Botànic
  • Doctor Font i Quer, Sants-Montjuïc, 08038
    Free admission on every Sunday from 3pm and the whole day on first Sunday of every month

 

  • Museu Blau
    Pl. de Leonardo da Vinci, 4-5, Sant Martí, 08019
    Free admission on every Sunday from 3pm and the whole day on first Sunday of every month

Party & festival

In this festiv city, there are always some parties or festivals, especially during the weekend. You can find them in our frequently updated blogs about bars or incoming events in Barcelona.

Things to do in Barcelona on Sunday: sardana

You want to try something local? Ever heard of Sardana dancing? It is a type of circle dancing, typical in Cataluña. This dance shows the unity and pride of Catalan people. There is a chance you might randomly catch on Sardana in Barcelona. If you are in Barcelona during the summer months, head to plaza Jaume I where you can admire this dance every Sunday from around 18:00.

Beaches and day trips

If you really run out of idea on what to do in Barcelona on Sunday then why not take a day trip. Really, you have the whole day available, take my advice and go to some beaches further than the tourist-cramped Barceloneta or Icària. The choices are diverse: Sitges, Tossa de Mar, Sant Pol de Mar, Castelldefels etc.

You don’t want beach? Don’t worry, there are beautiful town just an hour or two driving from Barcelona, take a look at some of our suggestion here. Hey, have we told you already about the secret waterfall in Barcelona? Shhhhh, between us only, ok ;)

What to do on Sunday in Barcelona: Foradada Cantonigros

Made up your mind yet? If you need more info with the options above, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below.

Enjoy!

T.Vu

 

Barcelona’s Places of Worship

Barcelona’s places of worship

Barcelona is an amazing place to visit, with all its monuments, restaurants, beaches, etc. but there’s no vacation for believers to pray to God, hence here are Barcelona’s places of worship to meditate and pray.

Religion in Spain in few figures:

Catholism in Spain reprensents the majority with 68,8% of believers. The other religions amount to 1,9% and the others haven’t belief or are Atheists. In our humble opinion though, the most subscribed to religion here is… Football!

Christianity:

Catholicism:

Sagrada Familia Barcelona

Here are the top 5 of Churches, Cathedrals and Basilicas of Barcelona both for visiting with spectacular architecture and praying.

Orthodoxy:

Here are some Orthodox Churches or places:

*Saint Nectarios Orthodox Church in Sarrià – Sant Gervasi
* Protection of the Mother of God Orthodox Church in Eixample
* Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Sants
* Saint Megalomartyr George Orthodox Church in Sant Antoni
* Mother of God Orthodox Church in Ciutat Vella

To know more about it, you can visit their official website.

Orthodox Church Barcelona

* Església Ortodoxa Espanyola – Patriarcat de Sèrbia,    Eixample
Església Ortodoxa Apostòlica Antioquena d’Espanya,  Sant Martí

To know more about it, you can visit their official website.

New project:

Besides those Orthodox churches, there’s a project for a new one called “Sfantul Gheorghe” and “San Jorge” in Spanish. It will be the first private Orthodox Temple propertie in Spain. The opening is expected in autumn in Navas’ neighborhood.

orthodox church barcelona

Protestantism:

protestant church

Here are some Evangelical Churches:

* Esglesia Evangélica de Sant Despi
* Iglesia Evangélica Molins de ReiI
* glesia Evangélica Barcelona Salem
* Esglesia Evangélica Trèvol
* Iglesia Evangélica Bautista de Gracia
* Esglesia Evangélica Baptisto Bonanova
* Iglesia Evangélica de Pau Sans
* Iglesia Evangélica de Cornellà
* Iglesia Evangélica Rey de Reyes
* Iglesia Evangélica de Avivamiento
* Iglesia Evangélica Española
* Esglesia Evangélica de Poblenou
* Esglesia Evangélica de Sant Feliu Llobregat

Judaism

old synagogue barcelona carrer marlet

There’s a synagogue in Barcelona called “Old Synagogue” or in spanish “Synogoga Medieval de Barcelona”, in el neighborhood Gotic, Carrer de Marlet, 5. There is also a synagogue in the Sant Gervasi neighbourhood on c/ Avenir 24.

Islam

islam barcelona

There’s no really official places like mosques but however there are about ten local places where you can pray. A new project is discussing to build a real mosque to gather all believers. Neveretheless we can find in Catalonia The “Centre Cultural Islàmic Català” (CCIC), it is one of the centre islamic most visited.

Hinduism

There is a community called ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) and their place in Barcelona is Plaza Reial 12.

Buddhism

Here is the Buddhist community to know more about it.

Taoism

Here is the Taoist community to know more about it.

So whatever God you might pray to, hopefully this blog has been helpful in directing you to the right places! Know about anything we missed? Let us know in the comments!

~Lucie

 

What to Do in Sitges: Another Day Trip From Barcelona

Vamonos!

When people think about what to do in Sitges (pronounce like “See-tches” or sit-jet) the first things that comes to mind are usually Sitges Carnival, the infamous Sitges annual film festival in October or the gay pride parade; however, after my last day trip from Barcelona, I can confidently say there is a lot more to do in this small town than first meets the eye. My friends and I had planned on going to witness the Sitges Carnival parades in all their glory last Sunday but after some hard-partying at Barcelona’s mega-club Razzmatazz on Saturday night, none of us were fit for the train, much less sitting in the sun all day. Alas, we were still determined to make this day trip from Barcelona a reality. So the following Saturday, we woke up around 9:00 am, faced our varying degrees of hangover, and headed for the train from Sant Cugat to Barcelona to find out for ourselves what to do in Sitges.

what to do in Sitges

Getting to Sitges

If you live in Barcelona, getting to Sitges is easy by Renfe train. It is approximately 35 kilometers southwest of the city, which means it’s close enough to be just a day trip from Barcelona but far enough away to feel like visiting a different part of Spain. You can leave from either the Sants or the Passeig de Gracia station and the train ride takes only thirty minutes.

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how much it costs to get to and from because there is some discrepancy depending where you look. Online it will say that the trip each way costs around 4 euro but if I remember correctly my roundtrip ticket cost almost 14 euro. That being said, when you do go to buy your ticket, look carefully and make sure you’re getting the right one!

What to do in Sitges

A Brief Description

Choosing between two beach staples should help you to determine what to do in Sitges: the art scene (daytime) and the night scene (gaytime). Sitges history as a gay community can be traced back to the 18th century when the Catalan painter, Santiago Rusiñol, took up residence and made it a destination for Barcelona’s most renowned intellectuals, artists, and sculptors. Later when Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso began to frequent Sitges it became a sort of best of the best of Spanish counterculture. And it continued to be a liberal stronghold even through Franco’s regime. Sitges is quite literally the “pride” of Catalunya, much in the same way that South Beach is the “pride” of my home state.

Many of its residents have emigrated from other parts of Europe (France, Scandinavia, Great Britain, and the Netherlands) to enjoy the Mediterranean shipping village which ironically became one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world.

what to do in Sitges

Now, enough about history and back to my day trip from Barcelona. While we weren’t able to explore all possible things to do in Sitges, I can give you a few tips and point you in the direction of a couple places I really enjoyed.

The first stop, obviously, should be Sitges’ beach. The best way to get there is to walk straight out of the train station and follow the signs to Carrer de Sant Pau. From the end of the street, you’ll have the beach in front of you and the church to your left. Take a minute to walk up the church steps and get a few pictures of the sea then hightail it back from whence you came for the next step.

What (I suggest) You Do In Sitges

I can only recommend drinking on the beach based on my personal experience. This is where it pays to be a little bit cautious – do not, I repeat do not, get TOO drunk on the beach in Sitges, or anywhere else. One of two things could happen, best case, you could end up with a sunburn and a headache, or worst case, you could potentially drown. It is dangerous so if you’re going swimming, do it before you get boozy and set a time limit for beverages under the sun if you don’t want to end up looking like a lobster. Off the soapbox now. You might want to bring your own liquor or wine because it will be more expensive the closer you get to the beach. Tourists buy it and they’re always willing to pay more. Beer is not advisable as it will quickly warm up and generates more trash than you want to deal with.

After you’ve had some cocktails or whatever I recommend checking out a place called “Restaurant Pic Nic.” The staff are super friendly, and the service in unbelievably fast. My friend and I both ordered a mini-hamburger and fries and got them before our Sangria even hit the table. They have a terrace out front, a bar and a private dining room indoors, and an outside porch area incased in glass which overlooks the water. Did I mention the Sangria? 15 euro for a liter. Restaurant Pic Nic reminded me of home – breezy, friendly, and fun, and the bill was a pleasant surprise at less than 25 euro for 2 people. Highly recommend!

what to do in Sitges

Chill Out

The last thing to remember when deciding what to do in Sitges is that you’re going to the beach so the point is to relax! Enjoy the time outside the city, just chillin’ on the warm sands and listening to the waves. Maybe I’ll see you there.

You can find out more about Barcelona’s best beaches in our free E-book.

What do you like to do at the beach? What things are essential to bring with? Do you have any other recommendations for daytime/nighttime in Sitges?

Cheers :)

Kathy
~edited by T.Vu~

 

 

Driving in Barcelona: What You Need to Know

Driving in Spain

Driving in Barcelona

Just because you aren’t a resident of Spain doesn’t mean you can’t drive in Barcelona or another city in the region! Here are a quick few things you should know about requirements for driving in Barcelona:

 

License ID-

 

US citizens:

  • A valid driver’s license from any state may be used
  • You must also obtain and International Driving Permit (IDP). IDP’s are basically a copy of your native license copied into various languages, and they can be purchased through entities such as AAA for around $10.
  • Both ID cards must be carried with you at all times! Fines have been known to range from 250- 500 €!
  • After a period of six months, you are required to apply for a Spanish driver’s license and go through the same exams and classes as locals.

 

EU and EAE visitors:

Driving in Spain

  • Driving in Barcelona is easy! Your country license may be used in Spain until it is expired.
  • Carrying a passport is recommended.
  • You must register with travel authorities within six months becoming a resident of Spain and obtain a Spanish driver’s license as well.

 

Insurance-

Third party insurance is required for all driving in Barcelona and other cities in Spain!

Items required on/in vehicle-

 

  • 2 EU-approved red traffic triangles
  • 2 reflective vests to be worn in incidents
  • spare headlight bulbs and tools to replace
  • spare tire and necessary tools
  • EU license plates with country of origin or sticker

 

Driving in Barcelona

Few traffic rules of thumb-

 

  • Cars overtake and pass others from the left
  • Cars approaching from the right have the right of way
  • Cars in traffic circle have the right of way
  • Cell phone use is not permitted while driving
  • All passengers must wear a seatbelt

 

For more information visit Spain’s Traffic Agency (Spanish). Safe driving in Barcelona!

-Ty

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