Barcelona’s hidden aerobic circuit

Barcelona’s hidden aerobic circuit.

If you are a member of that select group of travelers interested in keeping fit during the holidays or you are just somebody who likes to enjoy healthy outdoor activities, then pay attention to this; Barcelona counts with a recreational circuit where sport, nature and the best views of the city converge. “Carretera de les Aigües” circuit. (Road of the Waters) It is located at the foot of the ” Tibidabo” mountain and it is easy to get there. Just take a train from Line 7 of the “FGC” (Catalan Railways) from Plaza Catalunya square to the last station of the line called “Avinguda Tibidabo”, the road from there will continue in an old blue trolley to the last stop where the real hike begins. It’s not allowed to be tempted at one of the restaurants and bars that you’ll find when you get off the trolley, remember this is a trip that requires physical activity. Hold desire for a generous helping of ” Bravas” on the way back. Start to climb up by the side of the paved road; it is only about 500 meters long untill you get to a parking lot where locals leave their cars before starting the ride. From there, walk to the left following signs and maps on a slope-less footpath which surrounds the mountain. This route is part of a series of healthy tours of Barcelona known as Ronda Verde, which aims to achieve a more athletic society in touch with nature. As we, the locals are not selfish, we would like to share our hidden corners and recommend “Carretera de les Aigues” to all our visitors. The layout of the route that begins in the parking lot called ” Pla de les Maduixeres” (Square of the Strawberries) has a total length of 20 kilometers, but can be shortened for those who get tired half way. If that is your case, you can go back from the ” Peu del Funicular” station to Plaza Catalunya. Reasons to do this tour when visit Barcelona. You will have the opportunity to have your own Barcelona postcard, no need to buy it because from up there all pictures are good. You can identify all the emblematic buildings of Barcelona, ​​the modernist buildings of Gaudi, the leafy boulevard ‘Passeig d ‘ Sant Joan”, ” Agbar” Tower, the “Sagrada Familia” (Holy Family church), the chimneys of the mouth of the “Besos” river and long lines of planes arriving and leaving the “Prat d’ Llobregat” airport. You will enjoy a unique natural environment in an aerobic loop, which until now was only visited by the locals. As a recommendation, wear a comfortable pair of sport shoes, carry water, and choose the weekdays because on Saturdays and Sundays there are lots of riders and cyclists. It’s amazing that such recreational space, at the sight of everyone, is one of the many corners of hidden Barcelona. From now on “Carretera de les Aigues” is also a heritage for visitors.

The Camp Nou experience

The Camp Nou experience.

Barcelona is a synonym for good football, Champions League, Stars and Olympic endless laps. Camp Nou is the stage where everything occurs. Thousands of goals have been cheered from those bleachers, full of emotion. Every weekend, fans (known as “cules”), wrap in red and blue colors to cheer once again their beloved “Barça”. Tourists have the opportunity to go to the stadium and enjoy every game just like any other fan and immortalize the moment with a great photo.  In fact, they can also visit the Museum of FC Barcelona where they will see the display cases filled with trophies and memorable photos of illustrious players like Cruyff, Ronaldinho or Messi. But you can also add an unconventional experience to all this glamor, an authentic way to enjoy a day match. Hidden Barcelona is found in the Camp Nou. It is time to experience Barcelona as a real fan does, so we recommend you go and watch a match accompanied by a real fan “cule”.

What do you need?   A football jersey of FC Barcelona , red and blue makeup for the face, a flag with the colors of the club, and a rested throat in order to cheer throughout the game!

Why do we recommend going to the game with a “cule”?

In the first place, he will be delighted to be able to find a new fan of his club.

Most importantly, you will be able to experience firsthand all the emotions a football fan feels before, during and after a game .

In addition, you will be able ask and get answers for some very interesting information to rid those doubts you had before walking into the court. You may want to know why people call  FC Barcelona fans “cules”,  what does it mean to have been born in “La Masia”, and why is Barcelona more than just a club?

There are some key matches that are recommended to be seen at the stadium.  It is true that the most important game hace the most expensive ticket.  However, these are the games that give you the best memories to take back home with you.

Important and recommended matches:

The match which starts the season where all squad is present is called “Joan Gamper” Trophy, and each year they face a different international rival.

Derby City versus RCD Espanyol: these two emblematic teams of Catalonia carry years of history and rivalry.

Any match of the second phase of the Champions League is worth seeing in the “Camp Nou”, as this is the competition preferred by players and fans.

And finally, we recommend you experience at least once in your life, the most watched soccer game in the world in recent years….FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF.  This confrontation of the best players in the world makes the stadium “Camp Nou” vibrate as if it were an earthquake.

If you are in doubt about trying the genuine experience at Camp Nou and have the chance to become a “culé” for the rest of your life, please remember there are opportunities in life that must be experienced at least once!  And if you are dressed in blue and red (“blaugrana”), all the much better. If you want someone to go to a game with, contact us, we will find a real “culé” for sure.

Barcelona Craft Beer Tour

Barcelona Craft Beer Tour.

Most of the craft beer producers of the Iberian Peninsula are concentrated in the autonomous region of Catalonia. From 2005 on, the development of new small breweries has introduced an interest in a drink genuine to the countries of northern Europe to the people of Catalonia. What do we mean by Craft Beer? It is produced using natural ingredients, in small production, and does not allow additives, preservatives or antioxidants. It is also a millenary art of making a product thought and developed to bring us happiness. Drinking craft beer is unique in that you should drink it around the area where it is produced. This type of beer prefers not to travel by land or air, so in order to drink the best Catalan beer you must be in Barcelona and know exactly where to go. Where to drink craft beer in Barcelona? If you’ve spent the day at the beach and want to freshen up, in Poblenou neighborhood there is a tavern where a variety of craft beers can be found. If you are new in this hobby, do not worry because the staff here, who speaks good English, will professionally help and instruct you. The place is called “La cervecita nuestra de cada día” (our daily beer). If you come from another part of town, you will easily find it from the Metro Line 4 (yellow), Poblenou station. The address is 18 Llull Street. In the bohemian neighborhood of Gracia, with a bright blue sign on the door, you will find the “Catalluna” bar, the best place in Barcelona to find a full range of local and regional craft beer. They are characterized by prioritizing local beers because of their enormous love for their country: Catalonia. When you feel Las Ramblas is too crowded, and you want to get away from the noise, you can walk away a few blocks and you will find the Biercab, a modern place with excellent taste in decoration. Thirty beer tap handles are facing the client with the clear intention of offering diversity and quality of beer. Here you can find local, Spanish and other European kinds of beer. They also have the Belgian Westvleteren, which is considered the best beer in the world. Address: 55 Muntaner Street. To end the route of craft beer, we headed to Sants neighborhood, a very traditional area of Barcelona which, in the splendor times, was the cradle of large textile companies. Today it is inhabited by a variety of people from different parts of the world and is well known by the central train station Sants Estació where high-speed trains (AVE) come from Madrid. Even more important is the Homo Sibaris bar in Plaza Osca, a place specialized in natural unpasteurized beer where two sommeliers will show you the best way to combine beer and typical dishes.

Craft beer bars emerge every day, more and better ones. We know they are there, hidden in each neighborhood, but where? … Only a few local brewers know.

Barcelona Vermouth Tour

“Barcelona Vermouth Tour”

Would you like to do something different on Saturday in Barcelona? Do you think it’s time to learn more about the traditions of the locals? Would you like to try a new experience? Then it’s time to join a group of locals and go to “Hacer el Vermouth “. “Hacer el Vermouth” / “Do Vermouth “is a social event in which a group of people go out on Saturday before lunch, to tour bars of Barcelona. Every Saturday, especially in spring and summer time, the people of Barcelona go out with friends and family for the vermouth. It starts around noon at a pre-arranged bar. You order the first drink, which is not always vermouth, and is accompanied by some “tapas”. “Hacer el Vermut” begins at a bar and it continues in another, then another, and another and so on… till you think it is necessary to end. It is a tradition that until recently was mostly attributed to older people and not very popular among the younger generations. But it has recently become popular for all ages turning into a perpetual cultural experience. What is vermouth? It is a very particular alcoholic beverage that has a characteristic flavor which makes it different from others. It is sweet and sour at the same time. How is this possible? Because it feels sweet at the very beginning of the intake, right in the tip of the tongue and it can be very bitter when it goes through the throat. But there is one feature that stands out among the others; vermouth is a very aromatic drink. Do not ever allow ice in your vermouth. Serve it very cold in a glass or small cup, with a toothpick holding a small olive inside. It is advised that you eat it when the drink is instantly served. Olive adds a subtle touch which comes from the fatty side of the olive oil. If you visit Barcelona on Saturday and you feel the need to experience a local tradition, we recommend a couple of areas for “hacer el vermut”, where you can initiate yourself in the Catalan style. From “Metro L3 Poble Sec” along the entire Parlament Street, you can go from bar to bar enjoying different styles of vermouth and tapas. The “Taranná Bar” has two floors, the top floor is ideal for eating and first floor just drinking. Besides vermouth there is a variety of beers at “Taranna Bar.” The “Bar Calders” has a wide terrace which is a great choice for sunny days. Here, vermouth is properly served in a small glass with an olive inside and no ice. A third stop could be the “Bodega Els Sortidors del Parlament”, which is finely set and there is an extensive menu of vermouth, wine and beer. There are other neighborhoods like “Gracia” and “Sants” that count on a traditional offer of vermouth, but the best places are found only inside hidden Barcelona and the best way to discover them is planning a “Vermouth Tour by locals”.

Hemingway in Barcelona

Hemingway in Barcelona.

For being present in many wars as a soldier and journalist, for rescuing images and stories of the worst experiences of mankind during the XXth century, we must stop for a moment and say “A farewell to arms” and speak about the legend of the man “For whom the bell tolls”. Characters who alternated their residency with Paris, hung around in the most hidden corners of the Modernist Barcelona. They roamed unnoticed in crowds and were inspired by his works. They wanted to be one among the many bohemian poets, painters and musicians seeking in the absinth for inspiring moments. “Write drunk, edit sober”, a phrase that is wrongly attributed to Hemingway, but that could have perfectly come out from his mouth. This phrase travels through the history of literature and the streets of Barcelona as wise words of a brilliant and legendary character, although he was not its author. The phrase is attributed to him because while passing through the capital of Catalunya, he allowed himself to fall in love with the variety of fermentable beverages which led his mind to create tales full of passion, crime and action. But there was something else that captivated Ernest Hemingway in Barcelona. According to the legends of the Raval neighborhood, this character was a regular customer of a bar that still stands out among the others. The “carajillo” was his most sacred finding in Barcelona. This drink is also part of the hidden traditions of the condoval city. It invited our character to be inspired and joyful. With a mixture of coffee and rum in a small glass, Hemingway spent hours in the famous and legendary “London Bar” on the street “Nou de la Rambla”. The lady serving dinner is always glad to tell the story of Hemingway and the ”carajillo.” She shows everybody the pictures hanging on the walls that once circled for hours this enigmatic writer and journalist. Get away from the crowd of “Las Ramblas,” come to “El Raval” and sit at a table at the “London Bar.” This is the perfect plan for anyone who visits Barcelona and desires to know the myths and legends that are kept inside the walls of a store where Hemingway let his morbid thoughts come and go. Many believe that it was here where he gave life to some of his characters. Beautiful, evil women were changed into goddesses. Delicate, nice ladies where personified into murderers. The story of “carajillo” is only a small portion of what can be discovered through these streets. There are many more legends known only by those who were born and raised in Barcelona. Only a few are willing to share them with those who visit, it’s just a matter of looking for what is hidden, what does not appear in the tourist guides. We well know that Hemingway not only frequented the “London Bar,” he also had more hobbies and routines. We just need to know where to look and find what this charming character left in the real hidden Barcelona.

Barcelona Maps

Here you can find few maps from Barcelona city. We’ll be uploading all the maps that we think that will be useful for you.

If you have the need of any map, please contact us at info@hiddenbarcelona.com or leave a comment on this article.

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Bateau Lune

Hidden Store Barcelona

Bateau Lune Toy Store

The other day we went out in search of a new story to our blog. We were walking around the district of Gracia for a few hours searching. Finally, entered the Plaza de la Virreina we find a curious toy store by the name of Bateau Lune, worthy of our attention. Here we leave you with this hidden history.

My name is Fabian and I’m from Belgium. I lived in Gracia since 1995. I’m still thinking that is the best area to live in Barcelona. Gracia is like a village into a City.  Here in this District we have everything. There are a lot of nice and orignial shops. During the night you can enjoy a good atmosphere waliking in a lot of pedestrian street or have a drink on one of their famous square. Maybe for that I like living here and maybe for that in 2003 we decided to open Bateau lune a toyshop in one of his square wich is plaza de la Virreina.  Because local people like to get one they need in their traditional shops.

In 2003 after working in a internacional restaurant as purchase manager I decided to open a creative toy shop. Bateau Lune open in 2003 in the heart of Gracia on the Virreina Square. In this Creative Toy shop for kids There are for every age: Wooden balancing horses, Trains, ecological toys, puzzles but also games for outdoor as kites, bubble games, water games, Scooter, etc. Bateau Lune organize several times per month freely activities just in front of the shop.

 

The store is open from Monday to Saturday. From 10.30 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. For more information, feel free to visit the web site www.bateaulune.com. You can also like us on our Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/bateaulune.

Bateau Lune

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Rebost Orient

El Rebost Orient is a young family shop of teas, spices and herbs in the heart of Gracia district. You can find us in the bohemian district of Gracia, exactly in Puigmartí Street 31, near one of the markets in the neighbourhood  the Central Abaceria. This means that there is a large movement of people and the atmosphere is lively. You can get there with the metro, green line number 3 Fontana station. We recommend you to visit the district during the afternoon. On this time people go out from work and the district gets alive.

Our story began in 2008 and since then we have been gradually incorporating new ecological and natural products in order to expand the range of items and so adapt to the needs and tastes of our clients.
In the shop you will find a large selection of teas (from the traditional to our most original mixes), Rooibos and all kinds of infusions. If you like the spices, do not hesitate! Visit El Rebost will move up as the Grand Bazaar, featuring species from around the world!

The store is open from Monday to Saturday. From 9 am to 2:30 pm and from 5 pm to 8:30 pm.

For more information, feel free to visit the web site www.elrebostdorient.com. You can also like us on our Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/rebostdorient. We are also on Twitter @elrebostdorient.

Hope to see you there!

Airport Barcelona Transport

Airport Barcelona Transport by Air

Airport Barcelona Transport. Barcelona has two Terminals situated 12km of the city centre. The new one, called T1, and the old one T2. They are connected by bus, just in case if you get confused and you must go to the other terminal. T1, the new Terminal 1, was designed by Ricardo Bofill and inaugurated 2009. T2 was designed to expand the old airport before the arrival of the Olympic Games in 1992. T2 has its own Rodalies Barcelona commuter train station on the line R2. This line has few stops on the biggest stations of Barcelona, Barcelona Sants and Passeig de Gràcia. If you want to take the rail you must go to T2 with the bus.

RAIL

Price: €2.00
Time Table:

From Airport Barcelona transport: The first train leaves the airport at 05:42 am and the last one leaves the airport at 11:38 pm.

From Estacio Sants: The first train leaves Estacio Sants at 05:13 am and the last train leaves Sants at 11:14 pm.

From Passeig de Gràcia : The first train leaves Passeig de Gràcia at 05:08 am and the last train leaves Passeig de Gràcia at 11:07 pm.

Service run: every 30 minutes

Travel time: 20 minutes

Where to buy the ticket: Vending machines on the airport and the stations in the city centre. Possible to pay at the machines with both cash up to €50.00 notes and credit card.

- You can catch the train from ClotPasseig de Gràcia and Barcelona Sants (known as Sants Estacio).
- If you have not bought a T10 ticket and just purchased a normal ticket then you will have to buy another ticket for the change at Estacio Sants Barcelona Sants. If you have a T10 ticket you can change without paying an additional charge. – The metro runs directly from Barcelona Sants station and from Passeig de Gràcia.
- If you are arriving into Terminal 1, a shuttle bus will take you from outside of the terminal to the train station entrance.

BUS

Price: €5.75 for a single and €9.95 for a return journey (the ticket is valid for 9 days).

Time Table:

 Airport Barcelona Transport

Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona) – Terminal T1 (Airport)

From 05.30 h to 06.50 h every 10 min
From 06.50 h to 21.45 h every 5 min
From 21.45 h to 00.30 h every 10 min

 

Terminal T1 (Airport) – Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona)

From 06.10 h to 07.30 h every 10 min
From 07.30 h to 22.25 h every 5 min
From 22.25 h to 01.05 h every 10 min

 Airport Barcelona Transport

Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona) – Terminal T2 (Airport)

From 05.30 h to 06.50 h every 20 min
From 06.50 h to 22.20 h every 10 min
From 22.20 h to 00.30 h every 20 min

 

Terminal T2 (Airport) – Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona)

From 06.00 h to 07.00 h every 20 min
From 07.00 h to 23.00 h every 10 min
From 23.00 h to 01.00 h every 20 min

– The service operates 365 days a year, always with the same schedule.

Service run: every 5 minutes

Travel time: 35 minutes
Where to buy the ticket: Ticket machines for the Aerobus are only available at Airport Barcelona Transport T2. They are large and blue. You can also buy the ticket on the same bus. Bus driver’s don’t accept notes larger than 20 euro. 

-Go or return to either of the Airport Barcelona Transport Terminals (T1 or T2) comfortably and economically, without having to change stations or stops. The route covers strategic stops in the city.

– All the vehicles are adapted for people with mobility problems, they have a large area for luggage and all the commodities offered by good public transport

 

NIGHT BUS (NitBus N17)

Price: €2.00

Time table:

Operating Times From Plaça Catalunya:
The first bus leaves at 23:00 and the last at 05:00.

Operating Times From Airport Barcelona Transport:
The first bus leaves at 21:55  and the last bus leaves at 04:45.

Service run: every 30 minutes

Travel time: 50 minutes to T2 and and 60 minutes to T1.

 

– Location of Bus Stop At Plaça Catalunya For N17 Airport Bus.

– There are a lot of bus stops around the edge of Plaça Catalunya. It is necessary to head for the bus stop where Ronda Universitat meets Plaça Catalunya.

 

TAXI

Price: €20/€30 and also you can go for €13 making a reservation on http://www.bonotaxigroup.com/en/!!! This is a low cost company.

Time table: 24 hours

Service run: Every 1 minute :)

Travel time: 20/30 minutes

 

– Official Barcelona taxis are black and yellow.

 

Tips:

- T10: €9.80 (valid for ten journeys on Barcelona buses and metro). The T10 is not available to purchase on the bus. At Airport Barcelona transport you can buy them either at the airport tobacco shops or at the entrance to the RENFE train station at the airport. In Barcelona city centre they can also be bought at Metro stops.

 

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