5 Family Destinations in Barcelona
Aug14

5 Family Destinations in Barcelona

Unless you’re never married or you just have a strong dislike in kids, one of the best ways to travel is with children and families. What could be nicer than that? It is the time of the year for the whole family to go on a holiday and what is more when the travel destination is in Barcelona, Spain? When it comes to a family travel, you will always want to make group activities as your top priority. Apart from that, finding the right accommodation that will suit your entire family’s needs is a must as well. With HouseTrip.com you get the chance to scroll through each page easily for available apartment rental in Barcelona for your family. Furthermore, the reviews written are genuine and came from the past guests to avoid disappointment. Below is our list of 5 family destinations in Barcelona: Poble Espanyol In Barcelona, every child in school has visited Poble Espanyol, at least once. This “Spanish Village” was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition with showcase of various areas such as Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Madrid and Valenicia. And if you’re coming with your children, make sure to come on Sundays where they have story time, puppet shows and parades.(Image by Dmitry Karyshev) L’Aquarium Barcelona Your kids will undoubtedly love the gorgeous setting of the Mediterranean Sea life in L’Aquarium Barcelona. There are two free admissions for those who book a tour and all equipment for tour is always provided. This dramatic presentation will awe your children with colorful fish, stingrays and sharks! Montjuic’s Font Magica Font Magica, or translated as Magic Fountain, is probably Barcelona’s one of the best attractions. Children usually love this kind of thing where you get to witness the dancing waterspouts growing in size and height as they change colors, and being choreographed with music. It is a free weekend show and crowds usually gather on the National Art’s steps from 8pm all through midnight, from Thursdays to Sundays. Parc Guell Looking for a “garden city” in Barcelona? Well, Parc Guell is the place you are looking for. With the touch of Gaudi, it isn’t like any other park you have ever seen before. What we think kids love about this place are the a hall of columns, carved stone trees and the decorative giant-sized mosaic lizards. The entrance is free, thus, it can get pretty packed with visitors. Make sure you come as early as possible or during weekdays, instead of weekends.(Image by Don McCullough) Tibidabo End your holiday with a visit to the Tibidabo Mountain where you’ll get the chance to enjoy Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and any...

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Top 10 Great Attractions In Barcelona, Spain
Jan06

Top 10 Great Attractions In Barcelona, Spain

As you may already know, Barcelona is a popular holiday location and it is no wonder that with such weather you will be able to find eight to nine months of clear sunshine. You are virtually guaranteed to find great climatic conditions. Add miles of beaches, soccer meccas, and world-class cuisine such as tapas coupled with music such as flamenco along with countless other attractions. In order to enjoy each attraction to the fullest I will mention 10 great places or spots you will be able to find in Barcelona next: 10 Great Attractions In Barcelona are :  1. Sagrada Familia It is no wonder that each city has its own main attraction and in the case of Barcelona you will be able to find the “Holy Family” cathedral is its central spot. With more than two million visits per year it stands as a marvel of engineering and a soon-to-be-finished marvel of architecture.(image by Adrian Daniel Popescu). 2. L’Aquarium De Barcelona With almost one and a half million visits a year this attraction is a fantastic location to bring your kids so they can spend an entertaining and educational time. It is known for its moving walkway surrounded by a glass tunnel where sharks and sting-rays pass by your side. 3. Poble Espanyol de Montjuic Just like with the last attraction, this location in Barcelona is visited almost two million times a year and it is no wonder that with different streets depicting different architecture styles found across Spain your eyes and palate will feast by sightseeing and walking through the many clubs and restaurants. 4. La Pedrera – Casa Mila With more than one million visits per year this unique building was designed by Gaudi and has the nickname of “The Stone quarry” because of its facade. Inside you will be able to find many areas of cultural interest and a view to Paseo de García, one of the most elegant streets in the city. 5. The Harbor Front There are just a few places in the world where you will be able to feel the magic created in this location. This attraction or marina area in Barcelona is a great place to hang out or take a stroll where you will be near to the center of the city. It is worth mentioning you will be able to visit a 3D cinema along with great variety of quality restaurants. 6. Adventure sports You will realize that Barcelona is itself an attraction to sports lovers since kayaking, hot air ballooning, dragon boat racing are within a hand’s reach. 7. Barcelona FC Museum The Catalan Club can be...

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The Delights Of Catalonia
Oct10

The Delights Of Catalonia

Situated in the extreme eastern portion of Spain, bordered by France and the blue Mediterranean, Catalonia is one of the most intriguing and engaging places to visit in Europe. Home to Barcelona, the second-largest city in Spain, it is a region apart, providing a striking contrast to the rest of the country. In fact, Catalonia is fiercely independent, and even has its own language – Catalan. Any visit to Catalonia has to start with Barcelona. The city has some of the most beautiful architecture in Spain, including many buildings and monuments designed by the famous architect Gaudi. You will see signs of his handiwork everywhere – ranging from balconies that seem to emerge organically from the sides of buildings, through to the enormously impressive Sagrada Família. Started in 1882, this is a large basilica that combines the Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms that are the signature of Gaudi’s work. Although the church is still not finished, it has already been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Another area of Barcelona that is absolutely de rigueur when it comes to places to visit is La Rambla, an 8-mile-long avenue that dates back to 1440 and has served as the center of Barcelona city life since that time. The avenue is home to many markets and museums, as well as baroque palaces and even the Liceu opera house – one of the finest in the world. Step into the side streets of the Ciutat Vella – or Old City – and you will enter a warren of narrow passages that suddenly open out into spacious courtyards where people gather on warm sunny days. There are also many fine restaurants within the Ciutat Vella, as well as more reasonable establishments that serve the local cuisine. However, you need to remember that dining here is a late evening activity, as it is in much of Spain – don’t expect to find a restaurant open before 9 o’clock. If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Barcelona, there are a number of good upscale hotels situated on the Avinguda Diagonal, a broad avenue that dissects Barcelona from west to east. However, if you want to experience Barcelona life to its fullest, consider staying right on La Rambla at somewhere like the Citadines Ramblas Barcelona – you can find out more about this on the Royal Holiday LinkedIn page.   Image by: http://idexone.es/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/parque-aiguestortes-y-sant-maurici.jpg The attractions of Catalonia, however, are not limited to Barcelona. For instance, if you are looking for a rugged taste of the outdoors, pay a visit to the Parque Nacional de Aiguestortes, located in the wild mountainous landscape of the...

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Top Places to Cool Off in Tenerife – Chilling!
Sep05

Top Places to Cool Off in Tenerife – Chilling!

Considering a great vacation or holiday in Spain? Thought there are so many choice, Tenerife is home to many wonderful beaches, naturally-formed pools and water parks, giving you lots of options when you want to cool off.  However, I’m finding it hard to work out where I’d like to go because there are just so many choices. So, before I jet off on my holiday, I’ve put together with a list of a few of Tenerife‘s more unusual spots for a dip, as I think going for a swim in any of the following places will be truly memorable. Punta del Hidalgo My first selection is Punta del Hidalgo, a village on the north coast of Tenerife that’s home to a series of saltwater swimming pools that are dotted along the coastline. These pools are the perfect place to cool down in the heat of summer and one of the best things is that they’re always calm, so even if it’s too rough to swim at the beach you can still jump in the water. As they look out over the Atlantic Ocean, they’re also incredibly scenic. Charco de la Laja Also in the north of Tenerife is Charco de la Laja, which is similar to Puerto Hidalgo in that it’s a saltwater pool that’s separate from the ocean. What makes this spot really stand out, though, is that the pool has been formed by rapidly cooling lava during a volcanic eruption, with the rocks forming a natural, teardrop-shaped basin. This looks like a really spectacular place to go for a swim and I love the thought of floating in the water and listening to the waves crashing on to the rocks that stand between the pool and the sea (image courtesy of johnbecks). Parque Maritimo Cesar Manrique Moving on from the natural to the manmade, I came to Parque Maritimo Cesar Manrique. This is a huge leisure complex located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife that boasts several swimming pools, recreation facilities, restaurants and plenty of spots where you can soak up the sun. The special thing about this place is that it was designed by famous architect Cesar Manrique (hence its name), who took great pains to make the buildings within the complex work with the natural Canarian landscape. Siam Park This is the ideal place to cool off and enjoy an adrenalin rush at the same time, as Siam Park is a water park with plenty of thrilling rides and fun things to do. I’m thinking of staying in a hotel in Tenerife’s Playa delas Americas resort, which means I’ll be within easy reach of this attraction and...

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Worshipping the Sun in Menorca
Jul30

Worshipping the Sun in Menorca

Sun lovers don’t need to be told about the merits of holidays to Menorca. The second largest of the Balearic Islands, it is famed the world over for its sunny climate, which is apparent almost the whole year around. In the summer months you can expect as many as ten to 11 hours of sunshine a day, but even in the winter, it’s possible to work on your tan, with three to four hours of quality sunshine a day and temperatures in the teens – not bad for December and January! More tranquil than its larger sibling Majorca, the island offers the opportunity to enjoy roasting temperatures and laze on the beach in relative calm. Click throughfor a comprehensive selection of packages you can get for holidays on the island. In the meantime, let’s look at everything you need to know about the island. When to visit? As we mentioned, Menorca is a sunseeker’s paradise and June through to September is the peak of the summer, when temperatures are usually in the late twenties or sometimes the early thirties and you can expect more than ten hours of uninterrupted sunshine every day. For this reason, it’s certainly popular with families looking to get away during the school holidays. If you don’t have kids, a good time to go is in September, when schools in the UK reconvene for the new academic year. You’ll find that it can be just as blistering at this point of the year as it is earlier in the summer and there’s typically about eight hours of sunshine a day to enjoy. Taking advantage of the sun With el sol shining so brightly on Menorca, you don’t need to worry about any of it going to waste. In fact, whenever you choose to visit you’ll have plenty of opportunity to soak up the rays. Punta Prima to the east of Sant Lluis is a beautiful beach with flawless white sand. If you walk to its eastern end, there are also plenty of rocks to make things interesting. Here you can enjoy the usual swimming and beach sports, while there are some great bars dotted along the shore. Alternatively, why not try out Son Bou, which is south of Alaior and serves as one of Menorca’s longest stretches of uninterrupted beach. Here, you’ll find beach bars, sun beds and access to all the water sports you’d expect, while lifeguards are also on hand for added peace of mind. Picking a resort You’re bound to be surrounded by beaches and attractions wherever you choose to stay in Menorca and access shouldn’t be a problem thanks to the size of...

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5 Things to Consider When Planning a Vacation in Madrid, Spain
May11

5 Things to Consider When Planning a Vacation in Madrid, Spain

A vacation in Europe is an awesome idea and a vacation in Spain is indeed in ideal plan.  But which place in Spain should be considered an ideal vacation spot? It is Madrid, the capital city of Spain. Madrid is also a place that is highly populated and very well known for its beauty. Another great reason why Madrid is considered as an ideal vacation spot is the modern architecture and infrastructure. Indeed Madrid is a place that holds deep history with respect to its architecture and also has great respect for its ancient culture. Many visitors of Madrid consider it an ideal vacation spot also because of its climate. No matter which season you choose to travel to Madrid, you will always experience a Mediterranean climate. The cool winds and beautiful snowfall make the place more interesting to dwell. Though Madrid is a place where you can always feel comfortable, there are certain aspects that will help you make your vacation trip a luxurious one. The top five aspects are discussed as follows:   Time is an important factor associated to Madrid vacation ticket booking: Remember, getting tickets to Madrid is not easy. As Madrid is a well known vacation spot, availability of tickets is some thing that may fall short of. In order to make your plan successful, it is very important that you book tickets a lot much in advance. You can take the help of online tours and travel agencies or even look for various ticket booking sources.   Ensure that you have planned for the accommodation Another important aspect you need to take into consideration is hotel bookings. Before fly to Madrid, it is important that you have advance arrangements made for your comfortable stay. If you are on the economical side of travel, you can find budget hotels at hostelBookers.com. So whatever works for you should be good. While some might consider more economical stay, other would prefer luxury and spoiling options. Hunt for the best rent-a-car service agency: If you want to explore the entire city, it is essential that you find some great resources for it. Though there are several way to tour Madrid, one of the most convenient forms is the rent-a-car service. Look for some good rent-a-car service agencies and choose the best one that suits your budget and conditions. For this, the online directories shall be of a great help for you. Study something about the best restaurants: As Madrid would be a completely new place for you, it would be difficult to decide which place serves quality food. So, before you move to Madrid, study about the...

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