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.

April Fair

April Fair: a piece of Seville in the tradition of Barcelona

Every year, during the last week of April and around the first days of May people flock into Barcelona to attend one of the more colorful events in Spain. The April Fair of Catalonia or in Spanish “Feria de abril de Cataluña”, considered to be one of the biggest fairs in Spain during spring, attracts a variety of tourists and people from all over the world, bringing to Barcelona a taste of Seville.

This year it will take place between April the 26th and the 04th of May and as usual it will be held in Parc del Fòrum, the same place that is held for years now. Entrance and admission are free and you can get there very easily via Metro. You can find cheap accommodation nearby and you can rent an apartment in Barcelona close to the fair so you won’t miss out.

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Details of Palau de la Musica Catalana, outdoor, Barcelona ,Spain

Music in Barcelona: a wide range of options

As one of the most powerful and lasting forms of expression, music in Barcelona has become a major tool of the people. Many residents of Barcelona will spend their weekends enjoying music old and new, taking in various musical scenes across the city. As a city that is proud of its rich musical heritage, you’ll find all manner of innovative, exciting spaces to come and check out across the Barcelona music scene.

From classic music to more modern takes, you’ll find that there is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy their music here in the city of Barcelona.

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Theatre in Barcelona

Theatre in Barcelona: art and passion

As a city known for its creative edge, you might not be shocked to find that theatre in Barcelona is very popular. Like all of the arts, Barcelona finds a space for theatre fans to truly enjoy themselves. There are many places to visit and productions to enjoy though, so you should definitely look to check out some of the most popular theaters around.

What, though, makes the theatre in Barcelona such a major part of the city? Where in history did the theater become such a prominent part of its culture and identity?

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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