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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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concerts in Barcelona in 2018

Which will be the best concerts in Barcelona in 2018?

Barcelona is one of the Spanish cities with better musical offer. The most important music groups and singers, no matter the kind of music they perform, include the Catalan capital in their European tours.

That means a new kind of tourism: musical trips. You can check concerts in Barcelona in 2018 and plan a trip to the Condal city for these days. This way, you will be able to enjoy the charm of a unique city with one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural environments all around the world; discover magical pieces of art designed by Miró, Gaudí or Picasso and, additionally, live a concert of your favorite music group. Wouldn’t be this the icing on the cake?

So, don’t miss the opportunity and check concerts in Barcelona in 2018, book your flight tickets, find an apartment to rent in Barcelona and enjoy this unique experience.

Here we provide some of the best concerts in Barcelona in 2018. Continue reading Which will be the best concerts in Barcelona in 2018?

Three Kings in Barcelona

Waiting for The Three Kings in Barcelona

We are in 2018 already. New Year’s Eve was a great party where we bade 2017 farewell remembering all the good times we had. But we also think about our wishes and expectations for this new year which is coming.

First week of the year is also a really important moment for children in Spain, because The Three Kings are preparing all their presents to be delivered the night of 5th January. In fact, these Three Wise Men visit all the cities of Spain to greet children before starting their hard work during night.

If you are visiting Barcelona in Christmas time, you can be part of this centenary tradition. This is why, when visiting the Catalan capital, you should go to their parade and see Three Kings in Barcelona.

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Catalan Christmas traditions to experience in Barcelona

Christmas is a magical time to spend time together with our beloved ones: partners, friends, family and every person we appreciate. There are plenty of meetings where we get together with people we hadn’t seen for a long time. Happiness and joy are present all along these familiar parties.

All around the world, there are different cultures which celebrate Christmas in varied ways and with all kind of names and traditions. In Philippines, they celebrate Giants Lanterns Festival, an evil demon called Krampus in Austria or naughty Yule youths in Iceland are some examples of these great wide of traditions.

Today, we are going to talk about best Christmas traditions in Barcelona. In fact, there are many Catalan traditions which are part of their cultural heritage and, for sure, will surprise you. Here we present some of them you can’t miss when you live in Barcelona. Continue reading Catalan Christmas traditions to experience in Barcelona

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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