Monday, 26 January 2015

Trains from Lisbon, Portugal to Barcelona, Spain.

There is no direct train service between Lisbon and Barcelona.
There is a daily overnight service between Lisbon and Madrid/Irun
There is a connection to Barcelona by changing trains at Salamanca, that avoids have to drag between stations in Madrid.
Details as follows:
Dept: Lisboa Oriente TRENHOTEL 21.18
Arr: SALAMANCA 04.53
Dept: SALAMANCA 06.00
Arr: Barcelona Sants 14.20
Timtetable can be found at Spanish Railways site -

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Barlaventoexpert's Top Tips for Seville, Spain

My top six list of monuments in Sevilla:

1) Cathedral & La Giralda
2) El Real Alcazar
3) Plaza de España & Parque de Maria Luisa 
4) Museu das Bellas Artes
5) Archivo General de Indias
6) University of Sevilla/Real Fabrica de Tabacos (This building was part of the inspiration and backdrop for Bizet's Opera Carmen.)

However, the greatest thing about Seville is the old city itself, and just wandering around soaking up the architecture and sitting in cafes and bars in areas like Alameda de Hercules and the Jewish Quarter.

A traditional Andalucian Tile Plaque on a the wall of a house in the Jewish Quarter of Seville 
quoting the poem "Jardin Antiguo" by famous Sevillan Poet Luis Cernada. Photo by Barlaventoexpert - 2015

My favorite bar for tapas is: Bodega Santa Cruz - Las Columnas, Calle Rodrigo Caro 1a,  Seville.

A short walk from from the Cathedral and Alcazar. Be prepared! It's a bit of an intimidating crush with a combination of locals and tourists. Fastest way to get served is to decide what to eat first, push oneself through the throng to the bar and order. Speaking some Castellano or Portuñol does help as does patience. Vale!



My favorite place for Christmas dinner in Sevilla, (now done it twice!), is El Baratillo, Calle Adriano, 22, 41001 Sevilla.

This is a great little Bistro with a good menu and atmosphere not far from the Cathedral. My only regret are the heads of ex-bulls on the walls. However, great place to eat!


Friday, 23 January 2015

Flying from the Açores to the Canary Islands.

The route is operated by SATA, the airline for the Açores. It is possible that there may be changes to the route following the recent liberalisation of commercial air services serving the islands, which is resulting in the restructuring of the airline.

SATA's current (January 2015) fleet equipment can be seen here:

A dummy reservation on the SATA web-site, shows that the route is operated by Bombardier(formerly De Havilland Canada) Q400 twin Turbo-Prop aircraft.

Dummy Booking:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Departure: 08:55 Ponta Delgada Azores, Portugal - Joao Paulo II
Arrival: 13:50 Gran Canaria, Spain - Gran Canaria Airline:
SATA International S45502 e Aircraft: De Havilland DHC-8 400 Series

More about the aircraft type here:

SATA Air Acores DHC-8-402Q Dash 8; CS-TRD@FNC;12.07.2011 607bw (5940070514)
Photo By Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Early morning public transport from Seville,Spain city centre to Seville airport

For early morning flights from Seville Airport one should plan at being at the airport, no later that 90 minutes beforehand. Most airlines recommend being at the airport 120 minutes beforehand. If near the Cathedral Area, the closest stop for the Airport is be Avda. Carlos V (Jardines del Prado) behind the Alcazar and near Estacion del Autobuses Prado San Sebastian. There is a departure at just after 05:00, 05:30. 06:00 as the bus has to come from Plaza das Armas. Takes about 20 minutes to the airport. The current TUSSAM timetable is here(pdf):

Granada, Spain, to Jaen, Spain - ALSA Bus Times - 2015

Winter Bus Timetable for long distance coach services between Granada Bus Station and Jaen, Andalucia, Spain
For those wanting to access bus services between Granada Airport and Granada Bus Station, these are operated by Autocares José González. Timetable (February 2015) in English here:

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Portugal - The Wild Side - Vimeo Video of the week.

Portuguese Daily "Diario da Noticias" reports that the documentary video, "Portugal - The Wild Side" by documentary maker, Diogo Pinheiro, has been nominated Video of the Week by Vimeo.

PORTUGAL the wild side from WILDSTEP Productions on Vimeo.

Coimbra, Portugal - Left Luggage Storage - January 2015

According to the Turismo do Centro Post at Portagem in Coimbra, Cafe Cristal, next to Coimbra-A Station, which used to offer a left-luggage service for day visitors to Coimbra has closed.
However, according to the same office, apparently, on weekdays only, there is a company, Go Walks, that has lockers as follows:
Mobile: (00351) 910 163 118
They are apparently situated in the centre of Coimbra by the river, upstairs from
Cafe Montanha
Largo Portagem 10
3000-337 Coimbra

Day Trip-Suggestion from Lisbon - Coimbra

Another day trip possibility from Lisbon is Coimbra using 's Alfa-Pendular from Lisbon Sta. Apolonia or Oriente Stations. 
There are Alfa departures every hour from 06:00 through to 20:00 North-bound and the last one back south-bound departs Coimbra-B at 21:47
Make sure to get the Alfa not the Intercidades.
The trip takes 1hr45mins each way from Lisboa Sta. Apolonia station. A taxi from Coimbra-B station to Portagen by the Rio Mondego in the centre is recommended. It is well worth it. 
Coimbra is one of the oldest University towns in Europe and aside from this, has been an important centre in Portuguese history since the times of the Romans. Parts of the old University area have been accorded world heritage status by Unesco. One will not be able to see everything but one will get a good feel for the town.
Finish of the day by visiting Fado do Centro for their 30 minute, 18:00 daily performance of traditional Fado do Coimbra.
View of Coimbra, Portugal

Reguengos de Monsaraz - European City 2015

.: Reguengos de Monsaraz selected as the European Ci...:

Reguengos de Monsaraz has been selected as the wine region to be 2015 European "Wine City".