La Mercè and its beautiful music

23 Sep

Yesss !! La Mercè has finally started, once again the beautiful city center of Barcelona is dressed up for a 4 day spectacle. And La Mercè brings many awesome concerts as well.

Famous for their concerts during this holiday is the beach of Bogatell, with some real Catalan music of Roman Mirabet tonight which is followed with by the multifuncional group Animal. Be sure to be there !bogatell

Gràcia Festival!

12 Aug

The Gràcia Festival is coming!

The Gràcia Festival, also known as la Festa de Gràcia is the most amazing, lively and biggest street festival in Barcelona! Thousands of people from Spain and all over the world are attracted to join this big party every year!

It happens in the Gràcia area of Barcelona. The Gràcia neighbourhood is located in north west of the city  centre of Barcelona in the direction of the hills to the west of Barcelona.

For one week, from 15th to 21st of Auguest, the streets will be decorated with different themes,  which cannot be missed out of this festival! It is actually also a competition among the neighbours of the streets in Gràcia,battle of the most original decorations! Racking their brains to design the most creative decoraions!

Besides, the Gràcia Festival is full of interesting events: workshops, parades, castellers (human towers), performances, etc.

If you would like to look for more information and activities schedule, please visit the offical website http://www.festamajordegracia.cat/

How can you miss out this wonderful tradition?

Let’s join it!!!

 

 

Foodie Paradise

26 Jul

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Barcelona is a Foodie Paradise where is full of typical tapas and Mediterranean cuisine. Joining the Foodie Tapas Tour, you can experience different Spainish tapas and snacks with the expert guides. And the guides will bring you to visit some unknown restaurants by outsiders but popular among locals. The tour consiss in 4 stops.

Stop 1: Visit an ancient “bodega” with some characteristic tapas and popular drinks vermut from the Spanish and Catalan culture

Stop 2: Visit a notable bar for its pintxos which are typical small snacks and they are traditionally eaten in the northern regions of Spain, Pais Basc.
(Pintxos considered as one of the most renowned in Barcelona )

Stop 3: Visit a very famous place among locals where typical tapas from the Galician fish cuisine are served mixing fish, octopuss and vegetables

Stop 4: Visit a restaurant where you will be able to find main meat dishes and good wines or cavas from the typical Spanish and Catalan culture

If you feel interested in this foodie tapas tour, you can visit the follow website to get more information.

http://www.foodiebarcelona.com/foodie-tapas-tour-barcelona.php

the Foodies Market Tour

29 Jun

Do you want to try authentic and healthy fresh food in Barcelona?

La Boqueria market and Santa Caterina market are two of the greatest food markets in the world.

You can find different types of fresh products like meat, fish and vegetables of Ciudad Condal in La Boqueria market. The fish and seafood section is always fascinating. You can also buy some prepackaged Iberian ham and other similar foodies as souvenirs to your friends!

Also, you can visit a modern market Santa Caterina Market particularly interesting because of its architecture and especially because of its wavy and colourful roof. This modern market building was constructed on the former site of the Convent of Santa Caterina, from which it takes its name. The Santa Caterina Market is the architectural design of Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue. This remodelled Santa Caterina Market won a number of awards, such as the the National Award of Generalitat de Catalunya in 2001 and the Spainish Ceramic Awards ASCER in 2005.

The dramatic cover colorful mosaic, which part of the metaphor of an ocean colored by memories of fruit and vegetables, was designed by artist Toni Comella. It’s worth visiting a modern market with the traditional food stalls and restaurants.

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If you want to enjoy the Foodies Market Tour with a professional guide, you can have a look on this website:

http://www.foodiebarcelona.com/foodie-markets-and-tapas-tour-barcelona.php

 

Museu Picasso

20 Jun

Museu Picasso is a must-visit arts museum with over 1 million visitors a year in Barcelona.

The Museu Picasso exhibited 4,251 works, which is organized into 3 sections: painting and drawing, engraving, and ceramics. The museum highlights the formative years of Pablo Ruiz Picasso from 1890 to 1904 including his famous Blue Period that Picasso lived in Barcelona.

One of the precious collections of paintings in the Museu Picasson is the Las Meninas, which is a series of 58 paintings of Las Meninas in cubist style painted by Picasso.

Thanks to the Picasso’s friend Jaume Sabartés, Barcelona now has the early work of this talented artists Picasso.

If you would like to have a deeper understandings about the genius of the young Picasso, come and visit the Museu Picasso!

Here are the opening time of Museu Picasso:
-Tuesday to Sundays: 9am to 7pm* (including holidays)
-Thursday: until 9.30pm*
-Monday: closed (including Public holiday Mondays)
-All Sundays FREE from 3 pm
-First Sunday of each month, FREE Museum entrance for everybody

We attached the website where you will find more information about the Museu Picasso.

http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/

We highly recommend that you can have a look on this Foodie Art-Picasso and Tapas Tour, which will take you around the most important museums of the city: the Museu Picasso and Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA). Most importantly, you can have try on the most authentic and worldwide wanted food in Barcelona, which is Tapas!

If you would like to enjoy the authentic cuisine of Barcelona, you can visit this website to have more information about the Picasso and Art Tour!

http://www.foodiebarcelona.com/index.php

 

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Hey everyone!

15 Jun

Sónar is now established as one of Europe’s most well known music festivals.

Sónar, the 23nd edition of the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art, will be hold in the coming three days, which is from 16 to 18 June. It is divided in Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night, which cost 54€ and 72€ respectively.  For the SónarPass, which allows access to Sónar by day and night, it costs 195€.

Be alert, the 2-Night Ticket was already sold out! Be quick to buy the tickets as soon as possible if you feel interests in music.

Also, you can watch more than 40 concerts online of these three days on culturebox.fr/sonar

If you don’t want to spend your whole time at the festival, it’s worth for you keeping your eyes on some shows. For example, you can find the musical production Erre Que Erre. RESET €12!!! And Sónar at L’Auditori: “Become Ocean” 20€!!!

Last but not least, don’t miss the off-Sonar Parties which the streets are full with posters and flyers advertising about music.  I attached the website where you can find the information about the events and showcases of the off-Sonar Parties.
http://offparty.com/.

You can gain more information about Sónar on the website.

https://sonar.es/

Don’t hesitate to join this Sónar electronic music festival in Barcelona!!!

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El modernista Palau Güell

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Es un edificio diseñado por Antoni Gaudí, que pertenece al modernismo catalán. El palacio está situado en la Calle Nou de la Rambla número 3-5 de Barcelona, en el barrio del Raval.

El palacio fue encargado a Gaudí por Eusebi Güell, quien sentía una gran admiración por el arquitecto y financió varias de sus más conocidas obras.

Este Palacio fue una de las primeras obras que realizó Gaudí a parte de muchas otras.

Uno de sus más fieles ayudantes colaboró con este proyecto, fue Francesc Berenguer. El edificio se construyó entre los años 1886 y 1890.

Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi, conde de Güell fue uno de las más importantes industriales de la Cataluña de sus tiempos, así como político, científico y escritor. Se lincenció en Derecho, Economía y Ciencias Aplicadas en Barcelona, Francia e Inglaterra.

En 1878 Don Eusebi Güell conoció a Gaudí, tras quedar admirado con la vitrina para la Guantería Comella que el arquitecto exponía en la Exposición Universal de París. Desde entonces empezó una larga amistad y una fructífera relación profesional, ya que el industrial fue el principal mecenas del arquitecto.

Eusebi Güell vivió en el palacio hasta 1906, en que se trasladó a la Casa Larrard, en el Parque Güell, donde vivió hasta su fallecimiento en 1918.

En 1969 el Palacio Güell fue declarado Monumento Histórico-Artístico de Carácter Nacional, y desde el año 1984 forma parte del Patrimonio de la Humanidad de la UNESCO, dentro del Lugar «Obras de Antoni Gaudí».

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Del conjunto de la fachada destacan las puertas de entrada, que en su parte superior presentan unas rejas caladas de hierro forjado, que representan dos serpientes que con sus colas forman las letras E y G (de Eusebi Güell), mientras que entre las puertas se sitúa otra celosía de hierro ornamentada con el escudo de Cataluña y un yelmo con un ave fénix.

La entrada tiene unas dimensiones impresionantes, pensadas para que los visitantes pudiesen acceder a ella montados en sus caballos, o bien en sus carruajes.

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El edificio presenta una fachada posterior que da al patio de manzana, dividida en dos órdenes diferenciados: el inferior corresponde a la planta noble, donde se sitúa un patio trasero al que se accede a través del comedor; presenta una ingeniosa tribuna con persianas de madera y revestida en cerámica de colores azul y negro, con dos ventanales metálicos en los costados, y en los flancos dos pequeñas puertas de acceso a la terraza y otra con una pasarela que comunica con el cuerpo lateral anexo del edificio.

El edificio está rematado por un terrado de 481 m2, de cuatro niveles: el más grande corresponde al cuerpo central del edificio, con 14 chimeneas. Gaudí dió a las chimenas un carácter decorativo.

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En total son 20 chimeneas, construidas en ladrillo y recubiertas de ceramica (del tipo trencadís, habitual en las obras de Gaudí), vidrio, mármol o porcelana, con variados diseños de vivos colores. Por lo general tienen formas troncocónicas o troncopiramidales, aunque hay alguna de forma prismático-piramidal o cilíndrico-cónica, con capiteles de forma cónica o esférica, con rombos o triángulos, en espiral o en pirámide.

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