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

 

Shops open on Sundays and Holidays in Barcelona

Some of you already know this and some don’t, but just to make sure that you aren’t surprised: Shops are closed on Sunday. Yes that’s true, beside souvenir shops in the city center and restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas; supermarkets and other shops are closed. So if your habit is shopping or simply to stuff your fridge with groceries for next week like me, kiss them good bye!

But don’t freak-out. For those emergency situations, there are a small number of shops that acquire a special license to open on Sundays and Holidays in Barcelona and we have made a list of them for you.

Groceries store – Supercor expres

Supercor Expres is an express supermarket chain that belongs to El Corte Inglés Group. Here you can find basically everything offered in other stores from food, drinks, kitchen wares, cosmetics, drugstore etc. Opening every day from 8a.m till 2a.m on the next day, also available for home delivery, this good guy will keep your party going! Of course since it is express store, the prices will be slightly higher. Check their website here for shop locations in Barcelona.

Shops open on Sundays and Holidays in Barcelona Supercor

Shopping mall – Maremagnum

This is an unique shopping complex by the sea, consists of shops, movie theatre, amusement park, and restaurants with great ocean views. Maremagnum has a special license due to its location in the harbor, allowing them to open every day of the year (Shops: 10a.m – 10p.m Restaurants: 11a.m – 1a.m). Shops range from famous fashion brands cosmetics, electronics, sport accessories etc. basically anything you might need.

How to get there:

  • By Metro: L3 Drassanes, L4 Barceloneta
  • By Bus: 120, 64, 59, H16, D20, 14, 51, 17, 45, 39, V17, N6, N9, N12, N15
  • By car: there is a 24h parking lot in Maremagnum, Free Parking from 10pm to 3am every day until September 30th

More Info

Shops open on Sundays and Holidays in Barcelona MareMagnum

Shopping mall – Anecblau

If you have a car and want to go shopping on weekends and holidays in Barcelona, then Anecblau is a good choice. The huge 30.000m2 mall is located in Castelldefels, 20km from Barcelona. Beside shops, restaurants and cinemas there is also a stage for shows, exhibitions and special activities in the central concourse of the mall.

Opening hours:

Shops: All days from 10h – 22h.

Leisure and restaurants:

  • From Sunday to Thursday and holidays 9h – 1,30h.
  • Friday, Saturday and holiday eves 9h – 3,30h.
  • Information point: Saturday, Sunday and holiday from 12h to 21h

Parking:

  • From Sunday to Thursday and holidays 9h – 1,30h.
  • Friday, Saturday and holiday eves 9h – 3,30h.

More info

 

24h Pharmacy

Beside grocery stores and shopping centers, these 24h Pharmacy will help a lot in emergency situations.

Farmacia Bonanova
Plaza Bonanova, 6, 08022 Barcelona
Tel: 934-178-032

Farmacia Torres
Calle Aribau, 62, 08011 Barcelona
Tel: 934-539-220

Farmacia Cervera
Muntaner, 254, 08021 Barcelona
Tel: 932-000-996

Farmacia Clapés Antoja
La Rambla, 98, 08001 Barcelona
Tel: +34 934 124 985

Farmacia Lda. Maria Joaquina Laguna
C/ Provença 459, 08025 Barcelona
Tel: 934 551 207

Farmacia Alvarez
Passeig de Gràcia 26, 08007 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 302 1124


 

Clothes stores during sale season

There are 8 special Sundays and other days a year when shops can independently chose to open. They are normally during summer sales or Christmas shopping season. For example Zara and many other apparel shops open all Sundays during their summer sale in July and August. So if you are desperately want to go shopping my advice is to check the special opening hours on the shops’ own website.

Basar shops

Shops open on Sundays and Holidays in Barcelona Basar

There are also some small, independent shops you will randomly hit on. They usually have the basar/supermercat sign and independently owned. Some of them open on Sunday, too.

Is there any shops where missed? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to check out our free Barcelona Shopping Bible here

peace!

T.Vu

Catalan Flag: The Many Variants and the Difference Between Them

The Many Flags in Barcelona

Catalan Flag in Barcelona

Just arrive in Barcelona or a different city in Catalonia? Amongst all of the beautiful architecture and historic districts, you’ve probably noticed the many variants of flags that are adorned all over the city. Catalan flags are draped over balconies, restaurants, plazas, and official buildings. As we have mentioned previously, the people of Catalonia are not afraid to voice their opinions openly whether showcasing local pride or political opinions. Here are a few of the local flags that you are bound to see throughout the streets.

La Senyera:

Catalan Flag in BarcelonaThe official flag of Catalonia! This is the flag you will most likely see being flown outside of official government buildings or on tourist-friendly shops and restaurants in Barcelona or other cities in Catalonia. La Senyera is Catalan for flag, however it is most often used to refer to this flag in particular.

The flag is one of the oldest to still be flown in Europe. Stories date the flag back to the 11th Century to the Counts of Barcelona, and the flag carries the same red stripe on golden background design that is on the coat of arms of the Crown of Aragon that ruled areas in the Mediterranean during the Medieval Period.

La Estelada (blava):

Catalan Flag in BarcelonaThis is probably the most prevalent flag that you will see in Barcelona! They are draped all over balconies within the city. The flag uses the same design as the la Senyera but incorporates a blue triangle with a five-pointed star over the stripes. Estelada is the Catalan word for “starry”.

The flag is used by nationalists to symbolize the desire for the independence of Catalonia from the rest of Spain. In areas like Barcelona, many people are very adamant in their beliefs for a free Catalonia and the flag is an easy form of expression. It is said to have first appeared in 1904, inspired by the Cuban independence. The movement for an independent Catalonia, however, can be dated back to the end of the War of Spanish Succession where the region succeeded many of its rights to form an early day unified Spain.

La Estelada (vermella):

Catalan Flag in BarcelonaWhile not as common as the white-starred flag, the red-starred flag is also very prevalent in the city. Similar in design to its white-starred counterpart, this flag also represents the desire for an independent Catalonia. The key difference here is political stance. This flag was adopted by leftist groups in the 70s to symbolize a socialist independence movement of all Catalan-speaking areas and thus dons a red star in place of the white.

 

La Rojigualda:

Catalan Flag in BarcelonaThe official flag of Spain! Popularly known as la Rojigualda in Spanish, it has two red stripes over a golden block with the coat of arms on the center edge. It was first chosen to be a naval ensign in 1785 by Charles III of Spain until Queen Isabella II made it the official national flag in 1843.

You most likely won’t see much of this flag walking through the streets of Barcelona due to the local feelings of political rivalry. Nonetheless, it is still flown over government buildings and some plazas.

 

 

There you have it! If you are looking for places to explore check out our Top Rankings section on our blog.

-Ty

 

 

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