Best Barcelona hotels 2016

Best hotels in Barcelona 2015

Best hotels in Barcelona 2016

We get quite a few requests for tips about the best new hotels in Barcelona. There are many excellent hotels to choose from in Barcelona, so it’s difficult for us to answer questions.
Try looking at our partner Barcelonayellow.com who have an excellent updated webpage that lists the best hotels in Barcelona and has links to booking rooms. Remember that DayTripsBarcelona offers personal hotel pick-ups and drop-offs for our small group Day Tours outside Barcelona. We don’t pick-up at cruise ships however.

Barcelona Tour Video – Guests having fun!

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DayTripsBarcelona guests star in Happy video

In 2014 some of our DayTripsBarcelona guests helped us make a video version of the hit “Happy” song. 

Thanks to all the fantastically talented dancing guests who made this video so much fun.
It was filmed on locations from our Day Tour outside Barcelona.
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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

Wine and Cava Tour Barcelona

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Wine and Cava Tour Barcelona

Wine and Cava Tour Barcelona

Wine and Cava Tour Barcelona

Discover the traditions, history and culture of the wonderful world of wine and cava in the Penedès wine region near Barcleona. DayTripsBarcelona.com offers a full day Wine and Cava Tour from Barcelona to the Penedès wine making region of Spain just 1 hour to the south-west of Barcelona. This wine-tasting tour from Barcelona visits Spain’s biggest vineyard Bodegas Torres in the morning where we take the award winning Torres Winery tour with wine tasting. In the afternoon we visit the world famous cellars of the Codorniu or Freixenet Cava producers. Enjoy a lovely day in the countryside of one of Spain’s best known wine areas.

Day trips from Barcelona to Andorra and Pyrenees mountains

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 3 Countries in One Day Tour

Cross two mountain passes – including the highest pass in the Pyrenees

Day Tour to Spain, Andorra and France from Barcelona - Visit 3 countries in one day

Day Tour to Spain, Andorra and France from Barcelona – Visit 3 countries in one day

Tours to Andorra, France and the Pyrenees Mountains from Barcleona. Spring and summer is a lovely time to see Andorra and the Pyrenees Mountains. The landscapes are spectacular, often still snow on the peaks of the mountains, blue skies and white clouds. It’s a picture postcard experience. See all this on an Andorra Day tour from Barcelona which is about 12 hours in total. It’s the “three countries in one day”  road trip crossing three country borders and two mountain passes in one day – including the highest mountain pass in the Pyrenees Mountains.
Your guide/driver and mini-van will pick you up early at your hotel or apartment and drive north-west into the Pyrenees Mountains. After breakfast in the mountains, we cross the border into France and visit a historic French mountain village. Then we drive over two mountain passes to reach the tiny mountain locked country of Andorra in the Pyrenees, where we make several scenic stops along the way to to fully experience the tranquility of the majestic peaks, magnificent vistas and historical locations.
See three countries in a day and experience the beauty of the Pyrenees mountains of Spain, France and Andorra. Read more and book your Day Tour to Andorra & Pyrenees

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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New tour launched – Day Tour from Barcelona to Girona, Figueres and Dali museum

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New Barcelona tour launched – Day Tour to Girona, Figueres and Dali museum

Dali museum in Figueres

DayTripsBarcelona.com has launched a new tour for 2014 to Girona, Figueres and the Dali Museum.

Enjoy a lovely day tour from Barcelona on a small group tour to north Catalonia to visit historic Girona, the City of Sieges, and to Figueres, to visit the world famous Dali museum of surrealist painter Salvador Dali.

Optionally instead of visiting the Dali Museum in Figueres, private tour guests can follow in the footsteps of Dali and choose to visit one of the other two Dali museums in the “Dali triangle, which are the Dali Portlligat House-museum in Cadaqués or the Castell Gala Dalí de Púbol.
Dali lived in his house in Port Lligat (or Port Ligat) from 1930 until 1982 and this is where he did his best work. Upon the death of his wife and muse Gala Dali, he moved to Castle Gala in Púbol, where she spent her final years. Púbol Castle is now also a house/museum.

DayTripsBarcelona has been offering this tour for the past year on a private tour basis with top reviews from guests. As with all of our tours, our guide stays with guests all day. Our guides are safe and experienced drivers, are very friendly and service minded, have in depth knowledge of all destinations, speak excellent English and make sure that guests have an enjoyable and memorable day.

To read more about this tour and see photos from the Barcelona Dali museum tour, please visit the tour page:
http://www.daytripsbarcelona.com/b1_day_tour_girona_figueres_dali.html

Remember DayTripsBarcelona offers tours all year round to lovely destinations near Barcelona including our popular 3 countries in one day road trip that visits France and Andorra
View all our tours from Barcelona.

Masella Ski Resort now offer night time illuminated ski pistes

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Ski at night – at the Masella Ski Resort near Barcelona

Masella skiing by night on illuminated pistes

Masella skiing by night on illuminated pistes

From the 2013/2014 season the Masella ski resort offers evening skiing every Friday and Saturday evening and on some bank holidays all through the winter.

13 pistes that are served by 7 ski lifts will be illuminated from 18.30 – 21.30 on Fridays and from 18.00 – 21.00 on Saturdays

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