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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.
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 vacation rental. continue reading
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. Let’s face it, the city is quite a magnet when it comes to gastronomy too, so why not visit a local market (stallholders are often super friendly), stock up on ingredients and learn something new. There are a variety of schools that offer cooking classes, each have their own style of cooking, interiors and flair. In this post we are going to share a few favourites.
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.
We just love an art gallery and Barcelona seems to be filled with plenty of independent and small gallery spaces in every nook the city seems to have. Plom gallery is one of the latest additions to the others that reside on Carrer Sèneca in the Gràcia neighbourhood, with a focus on introducing art to children. They sell original and limited edition paintings, and some impressive colourful illustrations.
Girona is a beautiful medieval town that charmingly connects the old quarters and new town. Many visit this part of Catalonia for it’s luscious green scapes where one can easily go cycling or hiking through the countryside. It is also a classic pitstop for those that intend to spend some time in the Costa Brava region to relax on sandy beaches and bask in the sun. It is also a fair medium if you wish to visit the Dalí museum in Figueres, a recommended trip whilst in Barcelona.