Culture in Barcelona

An evening in Via Laietana: leisure & culture in Barcelona

Via Laietana is one of the most iconic streets of Barcelona. It was designed in 1859 with the aim of connecting Ensanche neighborhood and the harbor, but it was not until 1907 that the first building of this historical avenue was built.

The vast majority of edifications built in Via Laietana follow the architectural style known as Chicago School. This way, while we take a walk along Via Laietana we find really vertical buildings where concrete pillars and metallic structures prevail.

With no doubt, this street with a special 19th century charm is an important representation of culture in Barcelona. If you want to enjoy an evening in a cosmopolitan and sophisticated environment, Via Laietana is your place! Continue reading An evening in Via Laietana: leisure & culture in Barcelona

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How to arrive at an apartment for rent in Barcelona

We have been planning our trip to Barcelona for months. We have investigated and compared through different websites all the prices, opinions and locations of every apartment in Barcelona. We have also found the cheapest way to arrive in this beautiful city.

And finally, here we are. Barcelona is waiting for us. But first of all, we should go to the apartment we have rented and leave our heavy baggage. Which is the best option?

Depending on where we are, we should consider the different possibilities we have in order to go to the city center. Are we in Barcelona Airport, or in Sants Station? Is money a problem, or are we travelling with a big budget?

In this post, we explain how to arrive at an apartment for rent in Barcelona. Continue reading How to arrive at an apartment for rent in Barcelona

All Saints in Barcelona

All Saints in Barcelona: traditions and places to visit

In Spain, all Saints is a celebration with lots of tradition and tones on meaning both for religious and lay people. The 1st of November is a day to remember our beloved ones, the ones we share our life with and the ones who left.

The 2nd of November is Deceased Day and dead are supposed to visit us. That’s why on 1st of November we visit the dead.

Every year, there are plenty of activities for both saints and sinners during the night of All Saints in Barcelona. From parties with music and costumes to nocturnal walks through cemeteries.

Here, we collect typical traditions that remain through centuries and other new ways of celebrating All Saints in Barcelona. Continue reading All Saints in Barcelona: traditions and places to visit

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Top 10 villages of Barcelona’s surroundings

Barcelona is one of the most famous cities around the world. Its cosmopolitan style and the huge possibilities while visiting make of the condal city one of the most visited touristic destinations.

Sunny days and warm weather, friendly people, beautiful hills, astonishing buildings and great artists such as Gaudí, Dalí, Picasso… In Barcelona you can find all this together with a truly multicultural environment. It is the total city!

But the spell of Barcelona can blind us. It is, in fact, a wonderful city, but if you are in Catalonia you can’t miss the opportunity of visiting these charming villages close to Barcelona. Continue reading Top 10 villages of Barcelona’s surroundings

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Following the steps of Dalí & Picasso in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city with infinite possibilities. It has wonderful beaches, beautiful hills, the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city and the charm of surrounding villages. But Barcelona is even more than that. The Catalan capital is synonym of culture, art and tradition.

In fact, Barcelona was the heart of the modernistic movement in the lasts times of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. But it also was the home of different cultural and artistic movements such as Impressionism, Cubism or Surrealism, represented at its highest level by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, two of the greatest personalities of art in Barcelona. Continue reading Following the steps of Dalí & Picasso in Barcelona

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Why is Colón a reference in Barcelona?

Everybody knows the history about Cristopher Columbus, Cristóbal Colón in Spanish, who sailed across Atlantic Ocean and discovered the New World. After convincing Catholic Kings, Fernando and Isabel, to support his project, Colón started his trip in August 1492 with three boats named Pinta, Niña and Santa María. After more than two months sailing, Colón and his crew finally arrived in land. They disembarked in Bahamas and they realized they weren’t in India, which was its real destination, but they had discovered a totally new Continent.

After his discovery, Colón returned to Spain to meet with Catholic Kings, who were in Barcelona. That is why Colón sailed to Barcelona, where history still reminds the huge convoy he brought with him: new food, new clothes, totally different people, distinct cultures… Everybody was amazed with all the new discoveries Colón made.

Taking all this into account, it seems logical the presence of a monument to Colón in Barcelona. In fact, he is one of the most important figures in Catalan history together with Jaume I. Continue reading Why is Colón a reference in Barcelona?

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Modern vs. Modernism: the contemporary Barcelona

Barcelona is a city of contrasts. Mountain and beach, tradition and the newest trends, local atmosphere in an international environment. All these elements live together in the famous Condal City.

Art and architecture, of course, are not an exception of this great cultural and technological mix that makes of Barcelona one of the most visited touristic destinations of the world. This way, we can find gothic buildings, modernistic jewels and contemporary art coexisting together in the same neighbourhood. Continue reading Modern vs. Modernism: the contemporary Barcelona

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A sport experience across the Collserola park

Barcelona is worldly known thanks to its beaches, its beautiful modernistic buildings, its cosmopolitan environment and its multiculturality. But the capital of Catalonia is much more than that.

In fact, mountains and parks in Barcelona are also a really important part of its landscape. This city gathers together sea and mountain, and that fact provides some landscapes and viewings unique in the world.

In this post, we will talk about Collserola Park, one of the beautiful group of mountains that surrender the city of Barcelona. Continue reading A sport experience across the Collserola park

10 plans you shouldn’t miss on La Mercé 2017

La Mercé is the greater annual city festival in Barcelona and it’s celebrated since 1868 to honour the Virgin of Grace (Mare de Déu de la Mercé in Catalan) who is Barcelona’s patroness.

This city festival take place all around the streets of Barcelona from the 22nd to 24th September, but since this year 24th September is Sunday, Monday 25th will also be celebrated. That’s right! La Mercé 2017 is one day longer!

In this post, we’ll give some tips to enjoy La Mercé and we’ll present 10 plans you can’t miss during the celebration of this amazing festival full of Mediterranean culture and Catalan tradition.

Additionally, Reykjavík is the invited city of La Mercé 2017, so there will be many concerts and cultural activities performed by Icelandic artists. Continue reading 10 plans you shouldn’t miss on La Mercé 2017

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Best plans to enjoy Montjuïc

Barcelona is worldly known by its Mediterranean beaches and its cosmopolitan architecture. But the Catalan capital is much more than that. In fact, one of the most beautiful things of this city is the combination of sea and mountain in the same area. You heard right! You can visit the hills of Barcelona without leaving the city.

Among the hills of Barcelona, there’s one that you probably already know: Montjuïc. One of its sides is located just next to the sea, while the other one is next to Plaza España, a beautiful square where you can find a shopping centre built in an old bullring, a great classic fountain and two big towers inspired by St. Marco’s Tower in Venice.

In the next paragraphs, we’ll talk about the best plans to enjoy Montjuïc. Continue reading Best plans to enjoy Montjuïc