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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Digital nomad-ing, sabbaticals, gap years, summer study programmes; work and pleasure is woven into travel like never before. Not so long ago in Barcelona, getting some work or study done meant hiring a staid ‘business centre’ or banging away on a clunky PC in a an internet café (remember them?). Thankfully that’s all changed. continue reading
You´ve done Barcelona´s big and famous art galleries such as the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). You´ve marvelled at the works of Picasso and stared closely at the paintings and sculptures of Miró in their respective museums, and now you´re ready for something different – you want to explore those smaller and perhaps off-the-beaten-track galleries, full of local and emerging talent or alternative and contemporary exhibits. Here are some of our favourite smaller galleries – and what´s more, they´re all completely free to enter too.
There are plenty of magnificent architectural sights to see in the city, but if you´re hankering after some green space – a place to relax and escape the summer heat, a place to stop for a picnic, or a place to be surrounded by nature,
you´ll find plenty of excellent options. From popular city centre parks, to vast natural spaces for hiking, botanical gardens and elegant sculpted estates, here are Barcelona´s best green spaces to enjoy during your stay in Barcelona.
Rooftops in Barcelona are very much the first sign of summer and aside from the hotels currently inaugurating, Gaudí’s La Pedrera will be doing the very same, offering entertainment on the beautiful and curvy rooftop. Enjoy a glass of something bubbly at a historical monument, with a slight summer breeze and some good music lilting your ears.
La Geganteta Kids Hair Salon in Gràcia, is what happens when you pair a children’s haven with hairdressers. You will never have to worry about your little one(s) getting upset about wanting to go and get their hair cut, as play is incorporated throughout the space, keeping their mini clients entertained. The waiting room is full of puzzles, toys and books and even has a Wii!
You might have seen us at the last two editions at Eat Street and quite possibly at Encants market looking for vintage finds. We must admit, we’ve been over Glories more than often as of late. Museu del Disseny de Barcelona is a new reason to go, acting as a pinnacle to what is fast becoming a creative hub.
Ok, admittedly it might not be for everyone as you are on holiday after all but there is something in meeting new people and going home with a new recipe for that next dinner party. Barcelona boasts the city, sea and mountains, giving you lots of wonderful local produce and types of dishes that you can rustle up.
Seeing Barcelona from above is a must in this city. With all the range of architecture from the Modernista buildings in Eixample, to the modern Torre Agbar, Gothic Barcelona Cathedral and the way they are sprawled across the city in a grid system before meeting the sea – it is all quite spectacular! So we have put together a few of our favourite places to enjoy the incredible vistas.
Gavà Mar is approximately 15 km south of Barcelona just past the airport and is about 20 minutes from Barcelona by car or 40 minutes by public bus. The beach at Gavá Mar starts from near the Barcelona airport and extends to join the beach at Castelldefels. There is no railway station at Gavá Mar, but take bus number L95 from bus stop on street Ronda de la Universitat next by Plaza Catalunya, which gets you there in about 40 minutes.
Sure there’s Barcelona’s Barceloneta beach but when you feel like venturing a little further out we suggest you head over to Ocata. It is approximately 20 minutes away from Plaça Catalunya and is long stretch of golden sandy beach. Unlike the city beach, you can find a nice little space to relax, and you’re more likely to find yourself surrounded by locals. Ocata is quiet, pristine and very flat, with plenty of space.