Category Archives: Culture of Barcelona and Catalonia

Are you passionate about culture and discover the cultural side of the city when you travel? You are in the right place. Here is a collection of articles in which we explained the best of Catalan culture and Barcelona to enjoy your visit.

Enjoy Sitges Carnaval from a studio in Barcelona

Enjoy Sitges Carnaval from a studio in Barcelona

Besides the food, the tapas, the museums, the rich history, the sights and the many parks and activities you can do there, Spain, Barcelona and the small town of Sitges are also known among tourists and locals alike for something else.

Every year for a whole week, just before the beginning of Lent, more than 250,000 people flock to the town to enjoy one of the biggest carnivals in the world. Taking place usually around the beginning of February it hosts a huge variety of parties, parades, festivals and many colorful and fun costumes.

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Museums in Barcelona: past and future

What is the main reason to travel and visit another country or visit? For some is the local and traditional food and recipes, for others are the sights and the monuments while for some is to get a taste of the culture and a feel of how the locals live and breathe. For some though, an integral part of a visit to another place is the museums. Those aficionados will not miss any art, history or natural museum or any other museum for that matter.

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churches you can visit in Barcelona

The best churches you can visit in Barcelona

Every aficionado and regular visitor of Spain has his own preferences and likings. Many fanatically choose its capital, Madrid for various reasons where others have a strong affinity towards its second largest city, Barcelona. Be it because of its history, its colorful streets, the food, the music, its people, its museums, its parties and its beach, there are many reasons to visit and revisit Barcelona. It is one the most vibrant cities and certainly it will not disappoint any tourist. One of the lesser known reasons to visit it is its many churches. Here follows a list of the best churches of Catalonia’s capital.

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christmas at Barcelona

Christmas is coming to Barcelona!

Christmas is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Despite the cold, we take our coats to go for a walk through the streets and enjoy the incomparable Christmas atmosphere: lights, Christmas decoration, nativity scenes, Christmas markets, grilled chestnut stalls … there are few things comparable to a walk through Barcelona at Christmas.

Therefore, travelling to Barcelona in winter is an excellent plan to live an unforgettable Christmas. A skiing day from a Barcelona apartment is a great idea for those who love snow, but visiting the city is a must. In addition to the hundreds of corners, monuments and places of interest to visit in the Catalan capital, Christmas in Barcelona creates a unique environment giving each street a special magic.

That is why in the following paragraphs we present some of the best places to visit in Barcelona at Christmas. Don’t miss any of them! Continue reading Christmas is coming to Barcelona!

Eixample neighbourhood

History of Barcelona: the construction of the Eixample neighbourhood

Eixample neighbourhood is the name given to the second district of the city of Barcelona, which occupies the central part of the city, in a large area of 7.46 square kilometres that was designed by Ildefonso Cerdá.

It is the most populated district of Barcelona and of  Spain with more than 250.000 inhabitants.

In the Eixample neighbourhood we find some of the most famous streets and squares in Barcelona, such as Passeig de Gracia, Rambla de Catalunya, Plaça de Catalunya, Diagonal Avenue, Aragon street, Gran Via, Balmes Street, Ronda de Sant Antoni, Passeig de Sant Joan, Plaça de la Sagrada Familia, Plaza Gaudi, and so on.

Therefore, this is an exceptional area where you can look for the best apartment to rent in Barcelona.

But, how did Eixample neighbourhood look like a few years ago? How much has it changed?

In this post we talk about the construction of this emblematic area of Barcelona. After reading it, do not hesitate to rent a design apartment in Sagrada Familia and walk around the streets of this neighbourhood to discover for yourself all the things we talk about. Continue reading History of Barcelona: the construction of the Eixample neighbourhood

la merce 2018

Welcome to La Merce 2018: the biggest party of Barcelona

The greatest party of Barcelona is La Merce. Every year, around September 24, the whole city dresses up and every corner is a unique place where we can enjoy street art shows, music concerts or improvised performances. La Mercé is one of the most famous celebrations not only in Barcelona, but also in Catalonia together with Sitges Carnival and Girona’s Temps de Flors.

More than 500 free shows in total are part of the rich cultural agenda that, for 4 days, is deployed in the Mediterranean capital.

This year, the most important dates are from September 21st to 24th. The city of Lisbon will be the guest city.

Do you want to know what are the essential events of La Merce 2018 festivities? Here you will find the best music concerts of this edition. Continue reading Welcome to La Merce 2018: the biggest party of Barcelona

Sants neighbourhood

Another festive week with Festes de Sants

Last week we talked about Festes de Gracia, one of the most beautiful traditional street festivals in Barcelona. For this week, streets of Gracia are decorated with handcrafted decorations made by the own neighbours of the area.

Well, Festes de Sants follow the same modus operandi. As we see, August is a month full of traditional street festivals in Barcelona. Just one week after Festes de Gracia, we have Festes de Sants waiting for us to live an incredible time. So, do not hesitate to visit Sants neighbourhood during this amazing celebration because it is one of the best plans to enjoy Barcelona in family or with friends. Continue reading Another festive week with Festes de Sants

Gracia neighbourhood

Live a unique experience in Festes of Gracia neighbourhood

Festes de Gràcia or Festa Major de Gracia (in English, street festival of Gracia) is a popular party held in the Gracia neighbourhood since August 15th and for a period of between seven and ten days. It has a lot of attractive element such as the ornamentation of streets, but also concerts, popular dances, castellers exhibitions (human towers), giants and big heads, correfocs devils (lights and fires parades) and fire dragons, bastoners (traditional Catalan dances), trabucaires (traditional Catalan character) and other traditional and cultural events.

The beginning of this traditional celebration dates from 1817. Its origins were related to catholic celebrations. A curious thing is that in those times, Gracia wasn’t a neighbourhood of Barcelona, but an independent small village. Most of the people there were peasants and farmers, that’s why they celebrated Saint Isidore’s day. Isidore the Labourer is the patron saint of peasants. For years and years, this Saint Isidore’s day evolved to the current celebration.

Nowadays, Festes de Gràcia take place from 15th to 21st August and are a great opportunity to live one of the most the popular parties in Barcelona. Festes de Gracia are one of the best-known neighbourhood festivals of Barcelona and thousands of people visit and enjoy this traditional and cultural event every year.

So, don’t hesitate to eat some tapas and drink a beer in the best bars in El Raval and go to Gracia neighbourhood to discover this amazing party. Continue reading Live a unique experience in Festes of Gracia neighbourhood

flowers in Barcelona

May: the month of flowers in Barcelona

May is a great month to visit Barcelona. Winter and low temperatures are almost forgotten, and summer comes with sunny days and warm weather. Additionally, during this time we can enjoy of some fresh air avoiding this way the stifling environment of August, when it is so hot you can’t even properly breath.

Furthermore, may is the month when Temps de flors (Time of flowers) is celebrated in Girona from May 12th to May 20th. So, travel to Girona from a Barcelona studio. It is a fast trip, because Girona is located 99 kilometers northeast of Barcelona.

May is also the month of flowers in Barcelona. This way, some emblematic areas of the Condal city are covered with colourful flowers that make them even more beautiful. Continue reading May: the month of flowers in Barcelona

Sant Jordi in Barcelona

Best plans to enjoy Sant Jordi in Barcelona

Sant Jordi (Saint George) is the patron saint of Catalonia and it is celebrated on April 23rd. On these days, Barcelona is full of roses and books, the two main symbols of Sant Jordi. In fact, tradition says this day men should gift roses to women, and women should gift books to men. Nowadays, the tradition keeps going but it has evolved. This way, everyone gifts roses and books, no matter the gender of the person.

It is a special day, a day dedicated to love and culture in Barcelona. So, if you are visiting the Catalan capital during those days, don’t hesitate to go for a walk and breath the great atmosphere of the city.

Here we present some activities you can include in your “to-do-list” for Sant Jodi in Barcelona. Continue reading Best plans to enjoy Sant Jordi in Barcelona