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Barcelona Tips

Best Barcelona hotels 2017

Best hotels in Barcelona 2015

Best hotels in Barcelona 2017

Once again we are pleased  to post our own tips on the best hotels in Barcelona.
As we live in Barcelona, we get many requests for our own personal tips about the best new hotels in Barcelona and some of the favourite classic hotels. There are many excellent hotels to choose from in Barcelona, so it’s difficult for us to answer all these questions.
Please take a look at our partner Barcelonayellow.com who have an excellent updated webpage that lists the best hotels in Barcelona and has links to booking apartments and hotel rooms.
And if you are planning a day trip while in Barcelona, please remember that DayTripsBarcelona offers personal hotel pick-ups and drop-offs for our small group Day Tours outside Barcelona. We do not  pick-up at cruise ships however.

Things to do in Barcelona Easter 2017

 

Barcelona Easter Week – What to do and see

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Barcelona Easter Week – What to do and see

Things to do in Barcelona Easter 2017 and on Good Friday. What to do and where to find Easter parades and Good Friday processions in Barcelona. Easter week in Spain is called “Semana Santa” which means “Holy Week.”

Things to do Easter Barcelona Barcelona Easter – Semana Santa

The Easter week starts on Palm Sunday which is called “Diumenge de Rams” in Catalan” and “Domingo de Ramos” in Spanish. Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter week. TWEET THIS PAGE

Dates Easter 2017 Barcelona.

Easter is a moveable feast and falls very late in 2017. In 2017 Easter starts on Palm Sunday on Sunday 9th April 2017. There are parades and processions in Barcelona on Palm Sunday.

Barcelona Good Friday – Viernes Santo

Most Easter parades are on Good Friday – called “Divendres Sant” in Catalan and “Viernes Santo” in Spanish. Good Friday in 2017 is on Friday 14th April 2017. Easter Sunday is 16th April 2017 and Easter 2017 ends on “Lunes de Pascua” Easter Monday on Monday 17th April 2017 and is also called “Diá de la mona de Pascua” which is Easter “mona” cake day. Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays so most shops in Barcelona are closed, but restuarants and museums are open.

Visit this Barcelona Easter Guide page to read about Barcelona Easter week and Easter processions and traditions.

Small group tours Barcelona Easter 2017.

Easter is a very busy week in Barcelona,so we recommend that you book day tours and private tours well in advance if possible

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Day Tours Barcelona Easter Week

Day Tours Barcelona Easter Week

El Gordo – Spanish Christmas Lottery 2016

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El Gordo – Spanish Christmas Lottery 2016

El Gordo Spanish Christmas Lottery

El Gordo Spanish Christmas Lottery

Did you buy an el Gordo lottery ticket this year. Actually you can buy a ticket from August onwards, but the lottery is drawn every year on 22nd December and called the Spanish Christmas Lottery or  El Gordo, which means the Fatty – or the Fat One!

If you have not already checked your ticket to see if you won – please use the link below to check your lottery numbers.

The world’s biggest lottery with the most overall prize money is in Spain and called Lotería de Navidad or El Gordo! El Gordo is actually the name of the first prize winning ticket. The total prize money is around 2,2 billion euros, which is spread around many ticket numbers.

 

El Gordo is the first prize and wins 640 million euro spread over 160 tickets with the winning number. It’s quite complicated but you can read more on the links below.
Bona Sort. Good Luck. Buena Suerte!

> Visit the Spanish lottery website
> Check your 2016 El Gordo lottery numbers
> Guide to El Gordo Spanish Christmas lottery.

If you are visiting Barcelona, then DayTripsBarcelona offers tours all winter to lovely destinations near Barcelona including our popular winter road trips!!
Tours from Barcelona to France, Andorra and the Pyrenees mountains.

 

El Gordo – Spanish Christmas Lottery 2015

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El Gordo – Spanish Christmas Lottery 2015

El Gordo Spanish Christmas Lottery

El Gordo Spanish Christmas Lottery

What to do in Barcelona at Christmas? Buy an el Gordo lottery ticket. Actually you can buy a ticket from August onwards, but the lottery is drawn every year on 22nd December and called the Spanish Christmas Lottery or  El Gordo.  to win the world’s biggest lottery called Lotería de Navidad 2015 or often just called by its nickname “El Gordo” which means the Fatty – or the Fat One!

The world’s biggest lottery with the most overall prize money is in Spain and called Lotería de Navidad or El Gordo! El Gordo is actually the name of the first prize winning ticket. The total prize money is around 2,2 billion euros, which is spread around many ticket numbers.

 

El Gordo is the first prize and wins 640 million euro spread over 160 tickets with the winning number. It’s quite complicated but you can read more on the links below.
Bona Sort. Good Luck. Buena Suerte!

> Visit the Spanish lottery website
> Check your 2013 El Gordo lottery numbers
> Guide to El Gordo Spanish Christmas lottery.

Remember DayTripsBarcelona offers tours all winter to lovely destinations near Barcelona including our popular winter road trip Tours from Barcelona to France, Andorra and the Pyrenees mountains.

 

Most popular Barcelona day tours in 2014/2015

Top 5 most popular Barcelona day tours

January 2015:
Which Barcelona Tours were most popular in 2014?
Once again small group Barcelona day tour specialists DayTripsBarcelona.com have compiled their list of most popular Barcelona Day Tours based on the number of guests on each tour.

The Top 5 Most Popular Day Tours outside Barcelona in 2014 were:

1) Montserrat Mountain Half Day Tour
http://www.daytripsbarcelona.com/b2_half_day_tour_montserrat_mountains.html
2) 3 countries in one day, France, Andorra and Spain Tour:
http://www.daytripsbarcelona.com/b9_day_tour_andorra_pyrenees_mountains.html
3) Montserrat Mountain and Wine Day Tour:
http://www.daytripsbarcelona.com/b3_day_tour_montserrat_and_wine.html
4) Costa Brava Day Tour
http://www.daytripsbarcelona.com/a1_day_tour_costa_brava_from_barcelona.html
5) Girona and Dali Tour
http://www.daytripsbarcelona.com/b1_day_tour_girona_figueres_dali.html

Montserrat Mountain - World Heritage site and top day tour from Barcelona

Montserrat Mountain and Basilica with the famous Black Virgin tops the list of Top Day Tours outside Barcelona for two years in a row

DayTripsBarcelona.com have specialised in highly personal small group minivan tours to exciting and beautiful destinations outside Barcelona.

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Festa Major de Gracia street festival Barcelona

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2014 Festa Major de Gracia street festival Barcelona

Gracia street Festival Barcelona

Gracia street Festival Barcelona

2014 Festa Major de Gracia street festival is Barcelona’s biggest, most colourful and most popular neighbourhood festival. The 2014 Gracia Festival opens on 15th August 2014 for the 198th edition. It attracts about one and a half million visitors each year. It is also award winning festival having been been declared a Traditional Festival of National Interest by the Generalitat of Catalonia and awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi (St George’s Cross). The best time to visit the Gracia festival (in our opinion) is in the evening from about 8pm, when it starts to get dark. The illuminations on most streets turn on at around 8.30 pm and the decorations look much nicer when illuminated. The first 2 days are always the most crowded so be patient and please be careful with the decorations which are quite fragile.

As in previous years, the neighbourhood’s streets will be decorated and filled with activities for everyone, with competitions, workshops, sports activities, concerts and lots more. You can find the top highlights of the programme and maps of the festival in English on Barcelonayellow.com. The Gracia neighbourhood is located 20 minutes by foot north west of the city centre of Barcelona in the direction of the hills to the west of Barcelona.

> Read more about Gracia Festival here

Things to do in Barcelona Easter


Barcelona Easter Week – What to do and see

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Barcelona Easter Week – What to do and see

Things to do in Barcelona Easter 2014 and on Good Friday. What to do and where to find Easter parades and Good Friday processions in Barcelona. Easter week in Spain is called “Semana Santa” which means “Holy Week.”

Things to do Easter Barcelona Barcelona Easter – Semana Santa

The Easter week starts on Palm Sunday which is called “Diumenge de Rams” in Catalan” and “Domingo de Ramos” in Spanish. Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter week. TWEET THIS PAGE

Dates Easter 2014 Barcelona.

Easter is a moveable feast and falls very late in 2014. In 2014 Easter starts on Palm Sunday on Sunday 13th March 2014. There are parades and processions in Barcelona on Palm Sunday.

Barcelona Good Friday – Viernes Santo

Most Easter parades are on Good Friday – called “Divendres Sant” in Catalan and “Viernes Santo” in Spanish. Good Friday in 2014 is on Friday 18th April 2014. Easter Sunday is 20th April 2014 and Easter 2014 ends on “Lunes de Pascua” Easter Monday on Monday 21st April 2014 and is also called “Diá de la mona de Pascua” which is Easter “mona” cake day. Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays so most shops in Barcelona are closed, but restuarants and museums are open.

Visit this Barcelona Easter Guide page to read about Barcelona Easter week and Easter processions and traditions.

Small group tours Barcelona Easter.

Easter is a very busy week in Barcelona,so we recommend that you book day tours and private tours well in advance if possible

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Day Tours Barcelona Easter Week

Day Tours Barcelona Easter Week

What is difference between Single-entry or multiple-entry visa for Schengen zone

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Single entry or Multiple entry visa for Schengen

This page explains the difference between single-entry Shengen visa and multiple-entry Schengen visa for visits to Schengen zone countries and non-Schengen countries like Andorra.

At DayTripsBarcelona.com we have a popular tour which visits 3 countries in one day from Bacelona. On this day tour our guests travel from Barcelona in Spain to France and then to Andorra and then back to Spain in one day.

Andorra does not have an visa requirements. You only need a passport to enter Andorra. However because Andorra does not have a railway station or airport, the only way to enter Andorra is by crosseing at the French or Spanish border. Both are members of the Schengen zone like all other EU member states. But Andorra is not a member of the EU or Schengen zone.

If you are not an EU or a US citizen you will in all likelihood need a Schengen visa to enter the EU and Spain. Most visitors get a single-entry Schengen visa. The Schengen visa for Spain is issued by Spanish consulates and embassies in your country

On a single-entry Schengen visa without territorial limitations you can travel back and forth within all Schengen countries for 90 days as long as you stay within the Schengen zone. So for 90 days you are welcome to visit all Schengen countries like for rexample France on your single entry Schengen visa.

However, the single entry visa becomes invalid if its holder leaves from the Schengen zone to a country outside of Schengen – like Andorra.  In other words the single entry visa does not officially allow you to leave the Schengen zone and return on the same day – like for example on a day tour to Andorra from Barcelona.

20140306_165641_Richtone(HDR)As mentioned, Andorra is not a Schengen country, so any non EU or non-US passport holder will need a multiple entry Schengen visa.

This is because our Day tour to Andorra leaves the Schengen zone when we enter Andorra – and re-enters Schengen zone when the tour leave Andorra later the same day.

On our Day Tours to Andorra from Barcelona, if you only have a single entry Schengen visa, we recommend that you bring your passport, flights tickets and your Barcelona hotel booking reservation, so that the border police can see that  you are just visiting Andorra for the day and also visiting Barcelona.

Officially, the Spanish border police could deny a tourist re-entry to Spain from Andorra with just a single-entry Schengen visa, but border checks are only sporadic, and we have never heard of that happening to any day tour company, and we have never had any problems ourselves on any of our Andorra day tours despite having been stopped sometimes for passport checks.

If you want to book our Day Tour to South of France from Barcelona then there is no problem with a single-entry Schengen visa because both Spain and France are Schengen zone members.

You can read more about this on the Schengen official site here
http://ec.europa.eu/immigration/tab2.do?subSec=12&language=7$en

EU and USA passport holders do not need a multiple Schengen visa to visit Andorra.

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