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.

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

books set in Barcelona

Reading time! Discover the best books set in Barcelona

Saint George’s Day (Sant Jordi in Catalan) is celebrated in Catalonia on 23rd of April. Sant Jordi is the Catalan patron saint, and during this day the tradition says we have to gift culture and love, which are represented by a book and a rose. This way, gifting books set in Barcelona is a great option on those dates.

Reading books set in Barcelona is also a wonderful way of discovering the Catalan capital: secret and beautiful corners, traditional shops, green parks… we can make a list with places to visit we have previously read about.

Walking around, enjoying gastronomy or playing sports in Barcelona are some of the possibilities this city offers. But in this post, we will talk about another different field. Here we present some novels whose scenario is the Condal City. So, lets take a break to read! Continue reading Reading time! Discover the best books set in Barcelona

Barcelona in the cinema

Barcelona in the cinema: how do film directors show the city?

There are some cities you quickly fall in love with when you visit them. Some examples of that are Paris with its magnificent streets, full of beautiful monuments and source of culture and art; Venice, the floating city we can visit sailing in a gondola through its charming channels; Edinburgh with its castle and stone pavements that make us feel we are in medieval times; and of course, Barcelona, the well-known Catalan capital shines with its own light thanks to beautiful Mediterranean beaches and modernistic jewels we find all around the city.

Barcelona is not just a great touristic destination, but also a great scenario where celebrating all kind of shows and events. This way, we find Barcelona music festivals, sportive events such as Marathons or Triathlons, painting and photography exhibitions and even film shootings.

In this post we talk about Barcelona in the cinema and we present some films filmed in the Condal city. Have you watched all of them? Continue reading Barcelona in the cinema: how do film directors show the city?

Sitges Carnival

Sitges: much more than just a Carnival

Today we talk about one of the most famous towns among Barcelona surroundings: Sitges.

Sitges is a charming town located just 38 kilometers away from Barcelona. It has a population under 30.000 habitants and, the same as most of villages of Barcelona surroundings, it has a great fishing tradition.

This small coastal town is well-known thanks to its wonderful beaches. In fact, the Catalan village has 17 beaches along its 4 kilometers of coast. In addition, we find a wide range of traditional and cultural celebrations. The most famous of them is Sitges Carnival, but as you will see, this is not the only interesting event that take place in this dream town. Continue reading Sitges: much more than just a Carnival

winter party in Barcelona

Santa Eulàlia: the winter party in Barcelona

Barcelona is well known by its wonderful weather, beautiful buildings, wonderful beaches, local culture and so on. We could spend a whole day listing the great qualities of this Mediterranean city.

If you want to know Catalan culture at first-hand, there is nothing like traditional celebrations. Festes Majors (major parties of neighborhoods such as Gràcia, Sants o El Raval), La Mercé or Sant Jordi are some good examples of these ancient local celebrations where Catalan culture and gastronomy are part of the experience.

Today, we talk about one of these parties; Santa Eulàlia: the winter party in Barcelona.

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