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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 is something to be said about venturing off, and away from the hustle and bustle and strays of tourists you can find Laberint d’Horta, a peaceful neo-classical garden. This luscious green space designed in 1792 by the Italian engineer Domenico Bagutti, resonates with the romanticism of the mid 19th century era and is a delightful space to relax in with hectares galore.
Today is the reopening of Mercat del Born and is expected to be an inauguration like no other. This market was a prime location for wholesale trade until the mid 1970s but in recent years has remained closed, with nothing buy lots of talk and promise. It will now operate as the Born Cultural Center, which will act as a hub for the barrio and embody true Catalan culture. It is no surprise then that the opening is on the National Day of Catalonia.
If you want to know where to eat slightly off the beaten tracks or are interested in going for a food walk in a small group, you must check out Culinary Backstreets. They are the ideal choice if you want to unearth more underground places and experience eating among locals, and tucking into dishes prepared by some of the best cooks. With gastronomy being at the forefront of many a conversations in Barcelona, we met with Paula to find out her favorite places and things to do and see in the city.
This may come as a surprise but there are people that don’t enjoy beach culture. For those that aren’t fond of relaxing on the sand with a sea view, there is of course the park. Barcelona hosts some hidden, quiet, fun and child-friendly parks that are suitable for you to get that picnic blanket out, play a game of bat and ball and and feast like crazy whilst enjoying the company of family or friends. In this post we share some of the nicest spots perfect for a slice of tortilla and pan con tomate.
Many assume that Barceloneta is the main beach to head to during the humid and hot days of the summer in Barcelona. Sure it is convenient, it isn’t called the city beach for nothing but there are many other beaches that aren’t too far away that you can visit and relax on whilst in the region. Don’t drive a car? not to worry, as in this series we will be exploring the beaches that are accessible via public transport, so no excuses about not venturing out a little.
We are very lucky here in Barcelona as the city hosts a plethora of places that are ideal and scenic to go cycling or for a run. If you are considering adding running to your fitness regime, this is a worthy read for you. With Barceloneta (the city beach) located nearby, luscious green parks, and wide sidewalks – we have found a few routes for you to embark on whether you are new to the city or simply want to switch barrio in the name of fitness.
Barcelona is known for having fantastic gastronomy with new spots such as Pakta by Ferran Adrià and Cellar de Can Roca recently taking the title as best food restaurant in the world, it is no wonder that many want to try their hand at cooking and attend a cooking class when in Catalunya. As huge foodies, we decided to embark on this very journey and was more than happy with the services at Barcelona Cooking, conveniently located on Las Ramblas. With the gracious help of Chef Candido, we managed to rustle up a delicious soup, traditional seafood paella and crema catalana (burnt cream), all washed down with wine and great company. We took advantage of the opportunity and asked the team what their favourite places are in the city.
If you are a fan of a bit of tennis and are keen to dust off that racket you have stowed away under your bed, Barcelona is a great city for a game. Many don’t know that the city offers quite a few tennis clubs and courts, so we thought we’d share the key ones with you. Now, as we all know with tennis there is an element of overpricing and elistism (which is hard to avoid), but websites like Barcelona Tennis makes it easier for you to team up with others and hire a court – so at least this way you can meet new people and split the costs.
We had the pleasure of having a chat with Myrthe Strijbos the founder behind The Style Junkies, a luxury travel website with some serious WOW factor. To be honest, we have to fess up to a mild case of the green-eyed monster when it comes to Myrthe’s lifestyle, as she has the opportunity to travel the world and all in the name of work. This all of course makes for a great candidate to feature and question about the lowdowns on favorite haunts and experiences whilst globetrotting.
Sant Jordi Day is quite a Catalan affair that takes place here on 23rd April, where lovers celebrate their love and others proclaim their initial love for a special person. So it sounds rather like a Spanish equivalent of Valentine’s Day, but here is less about the cards and more about the chivalry honor, roses and the exchange of a book. Historically a man presents a rose to his loved one, whilst the woman gives a book and this custom still takes place to this very day.