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

hiking routes in Barcelona

Hiking routes in Barcelona from your apartment for rent

Travelling is a great way of discovering new places, learning about different cultures and developing your personality and your knowledge. It is, indeed, one of the most enriching experiences.

But travelling can be also a sportive experience. This way, we will be able to discover more natural places and enjoy of playing sport in a different environment than the one we usually live. Is there something better than exploring a new destination while you play your favourite sport? This is not only an exciting activity, but also a healthy routine.

Barcelona is the perfect city for those who are looking for a sportive day. In fact, we find several bike routes from Barcelona. But if you are not a bike-lover, don’t worry!

There are also plenty of hiking routes in Barcelona where you can directly connect to nature and forget the noisy city center and the annoying traffic jams.

Here you have some wonderful hiking routes to enjoy while visiting Barcelona. Continue reading Hiking routes in Barcelona from your apartment for rent

beach in Barcelona

5 things you can’t forget when you go to the beach in Barcelona

The month of August is almost over but it does not mean the high temperatures and warm weather of Barcelona disappears. In fact, the Mediterranean coast still hosts thousands of tourists in September thanks to its wonderful weather and calm waters.

This way, the end of August does not mean the end of beach time. We can take our swimsuit and the towel and walk to Barceloneta beach to sun-bathe and take a refreshing bath in the Mediterranean waters.

Additionally, watching the sunset in the beach is one of the best things to do in Barcelona in summer. Continue reading 5 things you can’t forget when you go to the beach in Barcelona

summer in barcelona

Find the best ice cream of Barcelona

Barcelona is probably one of the best touristic destinations all over the world to visit during summer. We can enjoy a great warm weather with sunny days that invite us to take a bath in some of the varied beaches of the Catalan coast, we can also discover the charming corners of Barcelona, one of the most amazing cities of the world and. Additionally, we are able to enjoy a unique Mediterranean gastronomy which is not only tasty and diverse, but also healthy.

This way, summer in Barcelona is a special time. Terraces are full of people having drinks and tapas, squares are crowded and many cultural activities such as concerts or parades take place. Festes de Gracia and Festes de Sants are good examples of what we are talking about here.

Another typical activity of summer in Barcelona is eating ice-cream, one of the delicacies of summer. In this post we present a guide to find the best ice cream of Barcelona. Come with us! Continue reading Find the best ice cream 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

visit Costa Brava

Best villages to visit in Costa Brava

While visiting Barcelona and its surroundings, there are hundreds of different possibilities. Catalonia offers a wide range of varied landscapes, architectures and cultures.

This way, we can visit the wonders of Gaudí, enjoy a shopping day in Barcelona, hike the hills of Collserola or take a bath in the gorgeous beaches of the coast.

Today we talk about one of the most beautiful coastal destinations in the whole world: the coast of Girona, also known as Costa Brava.

From Blanes to Portbou, we find breath-taking small bays, precious little villages with fishing tradition and old Greek and medieval ruins.

In the next paragraphs, we present some of the best villages we can’t miss if we visit Costa Brava this summer. Continue reading Best villages to visit in Costa Brava

summer weekend in Barcelona

Best plans for a summer weekend in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most demanded touristic destinations during the summer months, and this is because of its warm Mediterranean weather, its incomparable beauty and the wide range of activities we can enjoy in this amazing city.

If you are spending a summer weekend in Barcelona, there are plenty of spots you should visit and experiences you should live: the multiple jewels of Gaudí around Barcelona, the unique charm of Gothic Quarter or El Born, the Mediterranean atmosphere of La Barceloneta… It is impossible to collect all those experiences in just two or three days, but here you have some great cultural plans for a summer weekend in Barcelona. Continue reading Best plans for a summer weekend in Barcelona

apartment in El Born

Discovering El Born: a bohemian and unique neighbourhood

There are plenty of reasons to visit Mediterranean coast. This area has some great cities such as Barcelona, Valencia or Alicante and we find astonishing landscapes there: beaches with white sand and crystalline waters, charming medieval villages with castles, walls and amazing bridges and a delicious and healthy gastronomy based on olive oil are some of the most known distinguishing marks of Mediterranean coast.

Barcelona is not an exception. This great city has different beaches, a great gastronomy and the charm of small villages all around its varied neighbourhoods. El Raval, Gothic Quarter or Eixample are good examples of the different environments and styles we find along the city.

Today we will talk about El Born, a truly special neighbourhood of Barcelona where we find some important cultural building such as Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona’s main concert hall) or the famous museum of the fantastic painter Pablo Picasso in Barcelona. Continue reading Discovering El Born: a bohemian and unique neighbourhood

music festivals in Barcelona

Next music festivals in Barcelona

Summer is an incredible time to visit Barcelona. The Catalan capital has a wonderful Mediterranean weather that invites to walk along the streets, take a sit in a terrace to enjoy some tapas and beer or taking a bath in some of the multiple beaches of Barcelona.

But there is also another incomparable experience to live in Barcelona in summer: music festivals!

This way, tour trip to the Condal city will be not only a touristic experience, but also a musical and party one. You will visit an incredible city, and at the same time, you will enjoy concerts of your favourite groups, singers, DJs and so on.

Let’s discover some of the amazing music festivals in Barcelona. Continue reading Next music festivals in Barcelona