Explore Barcelona with Hello965

1. Book your flight

Barcelona’s main airport name is initialed “BCN” – Aeroport de Barcelona-El Prat, Aeroport de Barcelona (Catalan) or Aeropuerto de Barcelona (Spanish).

Many flights would take you to Barcelona depending on the country of departure. From Kuwait, you have the following options: KLM, British Airways, Emirates, Qatar, Turkish, Lufthansa.

 

2. Book your hotel

  •  W Hotel (Our favorite)
  • Hotel Omm
  • Hotel Neri (Gothic Quarter)
  • Hotel Casa Camper
  • Hotel Bagués
  • Room Mate Emma (Budget friendly)
  • Hotel España Ramblas
  • Hotel Miramar Barcelona

 

3. Plan your food and make reservations if needed

 

We have posted previously about our restaurant recommendations in Barcelona, you could find the post here.

 

4. Plan your activities and days

Must-Sees:

Placa Espanya (magic fountains)
Gaudi’s Parc Guell
La Sagrada Familia
Camp Nou

 

More to see: Placa Catalunya, Poble Espanyol (book dinner there with flamenco),  Arts Hotel (weather is warm enough to walk on the beach), Casa Gaudi, La Pedrera, Rambla Catalunya (nice to walk and stop for a coffee), Placa Reial, visit El Born district because it is where the hand crafts area is, at night watch out in Raval it’s the redlight district, visit Gotico it’s the Gothic district, visit Mont Juïc, La Rambla is the most popular street but careful (lots of pick pockets), Barceloneta is super nice too, Palau Musica Catalana. As we always recommend, use the Hop On Hop Off Bus tour to see the main attractions of the city.

 

Shoppings:

  • El Corte Inglés – spread over 9 floors and possibly the most important chain store in Europe, can be found on the Plaça de Catalunya
  • Arenas (bullring turned into shopping mall, huge)
  • Passeo de Gracia (look down when you are walking this street, each tile was designed by Gaudi)
  • Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol is usually filled with street musicians, fortune-tellers and painters. This area is full of designer boutiques and handicraft shops that will definitely tempt you into buying
  • El Bulevard Rosa– Indoor arcade of over 100 shops in the heart of the Barri Gotic area – mostly clothes boutiques.  The side streets in the area are lined with a multitude of antique shops – visit Bulevard dels Antiquaris, which has more than 70 antiques shops, mostly furnishings, paintings, decorative items
  • Las Rozas Village (Outlet Mall, Car needed to get there)

Activities:

  • Sailboat (“Sail along the marina front and discover Barcelona from a new perspective. Explore sea life and navigation techniques, and learn how to cruise on this impressive sailboat. See how it works and learn everything you need to know about sail trimming, navigation courses and more. This is the perfect initiation to sailboat cruising!”)
  • A full day tour – 11 Hours maybe? – to Vic and the Pyrenees Mountains (Recommended!)
  • Portaventura Park (Rides, Roller coasters, shows .. Needs a full day)
  • Barcelona Walking Tours
  • Montjuïc Cable Car Ride (“See the sights of Barcelona from a Montjuïc cable car. Discover the city’s greenbelt areas, and enjoy views from the castle atop Montjuic Hill”)
  • Barcelona City Bike Tours
  • Photography Tours to those who love photography
  • Tapas Walking Tour
  • Hot Air Balloon ride

 

5. Maybe Road Trip?

Depending on how long you’re staying there is alot you could do in Spain. I suggest you look up both Valencia & Costa Brava (The Costa Brava, especially the part closer to the French border, has amazing landscapes, but be prepared for strong cold winds). Both different directions so you should choose one of them and not both.

 If you require more information on Valencia and/or Costa Brava, please feel free to email us, or contact us on our “Contact Us” Form on the blog.

 

6. HAVE.A.BLAST. 😀

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Cheers,

Hello965 Team

Albufeira, Algarve, South of Portugal

About Algarve:

Algarve is Portugal’s premier holiday destination. Algarve stretches of the coast – in particular from Faro west to Albufeira – are heavily developed, though even here the beaches are first-rate, as are the facilities. Elsewhere in the Algarve, especially around Sagres and Tavira, the surroundings are more attractive, with laidback resorts and low-key development.

To the west of Vilamoura, you’ll find the rocky outcrops and cove beaches for which the Algarve is best known, especially around the main resorts of Albufeira, Armação de Pêra and Lagos. The coast becomes progressively wilder as you head west, where attractive smaller resorts include the former fishing villages of Salema or Burgau.


About Albufeira:

A beach destination with many different beaches, beach activities, restaurants and nightlife.

 

How to get there?

Airport: Faro International Airport

OR An easy drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in Algarve of about 2 hours 20 minutes.

 

Where to stay?

 

Food

– O Pescador – Sublime Seafood Sensations
– La Cigale (Seafood)

– Alambique (Dinner)
– Yakuza by Olivier – Japanese Fusion
– O Grill – Mediterranean Flavours
– Beach Club Pine Cliffs by Olivier
– Castelo do Mar Bar, Restaurante (Mediterranean)
– La Palacete (Portuguese)

 

What to do?

1. Beaches

2. Rent a Scooter, and Scoot Around.

3. Segway Tour

4. Caves and Dolphin Watching Trips

5. Rock Formations Tour & Sunset Cruise

6. Fishing

7. Kayaking

8. Horseback riding

9. Golf – Known for its beautiful Golf Courses

10. Luxury Bootcamp – fitness

11. Quad Bike tours in Algarve countryside

12. Walk around and see Old Town

General Tips

  • You must rent a car – everything is not close to another, so a car makes alot of sense
  • I would do Albufeira with another city in Algarve if there for 5 days or so. A typical stay in Albufeira would be a max of 4 nights (and even thats borderline alot…) – You could see Vilamoura as well for example
  • English is widely spoken, the main language is Portuguese and they understand Spanish too
  • Currency is Euro
  • “Praia” means Beach
  • To say Hi, you say Hola. To say Thank you (If you’re a female: Obrigada), If you’re a male: Obrigado) Just like saying it in Arabic “Motashakkir, Motashakkirah” ;p
  • When to Go: The weather is warm enough to visit all year round.

Cheers & Have an awesome trip!!!

Hello965 Team

Cuba Itinerary

We’ve been asked some questions regarding things to do in Cuba. Here is what we learned from our friends:

CUBA  –   A literal sense of  “A blast from the past”

  • Traveling to Cuba:

Virgin Atlantic: Flight leaves from Dubai, with a stop in London then a direct flight to Cuba.

KLM:  Flight leaves from Kuwait to Amsterdam, then a direct flight to CubaHavana.

Traveling from USA: As there are sanctions between US and Cuba, you should  make travel plans from Canada or Mexico instead.

 

  • Accommodation:

– Hotel Saratoga Cuba:  The best hotel in Cuba, located in Old Town, all the shops and historic areas are walking distance away. Very busy neighborhood in the day and night as well.  Nice rooms, nice staff, good internet!

– Hotel Nacionale : A very decent hotel, away from the downtown area, overlooks the beach, however there is no beach for swimming. The Kuwaiti Embassy is located in the Hotel in case anything is needed. The rooms are decent, neighborhood is quieter and there are some shops around the hotel.

-Room Rental: There are many rooms at local’s houses that are up for rent, whether you are alone or with a group of friends.  Locals are very friendly and many of the rental homes are very good, and hosts are very sweet and welcoming.

  • Food:


-There are many options to eat from in Cuba, however most of the food will be tasteless and very blah, highly recommended to take Tabasco, or any other condiment of your choice.

– The best restaurants are all located in an area of town called Miramar, here you will  find a little upper scale places, better than the ones found in Havana Town.

-Old Town: There are many restaurants in Old Town Havana, however most of them are tourist traps so be careful, make sure you check out the seating and the menu.

  • What to do:


-Old Town Havana: walk around enjoy the history, try to arrange for a tour around the town on your first days so you are able to go back to the places you liked most.

– In the middle of Town you will find a big area where everyone is selling historical items in mint condition for very cheap, best place for souvenirs.

-Visit “El Floridita” – A place cherished by locals where Ernest Hemingway used to order their famous Daquiri.

-Arrange for a trip to visit cigar factories and farms, as well as a visit to see the old caves. 

-Go to the show at the Copacabana in Havana, a famous dancing show.

-Visit the Revolution Museum, and any historic museum of your liking.

-Arrange to go see Ernst Hemingway’s house that was preserved in its original condition and is now a museum for everyone to see.

-Try arranging day trips with excursion companies to see other areas outside Havana (Caves, cigar plantation, rum factory…..)

Also, there are many districts around Havana that are also nice for beach areas, our friends have visited Varadero, a very nice area by the beach to swim and chill, but there wasn’t much to do besides stay at hotel and see the town there. 

There are also other areas that are awaiting exploration by any tourist.

 

  • Tips & Info


Currency: There are 2 currencies used in Cuba, one for locals and one for tourists. Know the difference.

Phone: Another important thing is that there are no phones in hotel rooms nor will your Kuwaiti phones will work, either get a contact number from airport, or go to the lobby and ask for the phone booths to make your calls, or you can keep it simple with emails at the internet café’s or business centers at hotels.

Visa: Kuwaitis, Get your visas from here: Cuba Embassy in Kuwait – details: Tel :22549361 (Rawda, Block 3, St. Shahab Ahmad Al Bahar, House 74) – Visa process takes 1 to 3 days.

Transportation: Take normal taxis, or use classic cars for taxis, sometimes more expensive. You can also rent a car or arrange for a driver to be available with you at all times.

Hope this helps!!

Cheers,
Hello965