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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.

Seen the essentials?

Spaaaaahhh

23/04/2012

Spas in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city of the lean, the bronzed and the beautiful.
Each year around May, citywide playas transform into one sheening mass of abs and perfectly formed curves, the altars of Barceloneta feverishly crammed by devout worshippers to the supreme gods of sunshine, general attractiveness and the horn. continue reading

spooky

25/10/2011

Barcelona’s ghoulish ghost tours

It is a dark, damp October evening, the air lies heavy with fog and I find myself loitering nervously on the Plaça Reial for a man I have been previously acquainted with only by name. Nervously, because this is exactly the sort of climatic condition and location for the set of a classical horror movie (Ancient, labyrinth-esque alleyways? Check. Isolated, gloomy and cold? Check. They didn’t film Perfume here for nothing…). And with a name like Tyler McGee, I’m not entirely convinced that a spritely, clover-clad Irishman jubilantly guiding me through the Gothic quarter (as he clarifies the nuances of eighth century witchcraft and bloodshed) would be up to the job. continue reading

montjuic

02/10/2011

A photographic tour of Barcelona

A diver prepares for take-off at the Piscina Municipal de Montjuic, against the perfect city backdrop

Barcelona; an energetic, vibrant city, and of course, part of the fun of staying in such a lively place involves capturing the special places you encounter on your stay. Here is a list of the top places to take photos and/or watch the world go by…

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El Palau de la Música Catalana

14/09/2011

El Palau de la Música Catalana

The Palau de la Música Catalana is an exquisite Modernist tribute to Cataluña. Built by Lluís Doménech i Montaner between 1905 and 1908, the Palace opened on February 9th 1908 and was heralded as a triumph of Cataluñan Modernista Style. The building was originally created as the residence of the Orfeó Catalana, an important choral society dedicated to the preservation of native Catalan folk music, and now hosts concerts of all genres and styles as well as conferences, congresses and exhibitions.
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cinema

14/03/2011

Upload Cinema: Taking web videos to the big screen…

Upload Cinema is a film club that brings the best videos of the web to the big screen. Each month there’s is a new theme. The audience can submit films; an editorial team selects the best and compiles a ninety minutes program, which is screened at movie theatres and special venues. continue reading

pampering

10/03/2009

Because I’m worth it!

I have a hard life as a writer. (Cue violin sonata…) I woke up on Monday morning, put the cat on and the kettle out, and was rudely interrupted while reading the paper by a call from my boss demanding that I go investigate the city’s best Spas.

So I did.

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yoga

01/03/2009

Tense? Stressed out? Creaky?

Feel like indulging in a little tactile healing? Help is at hand: Massage therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references to it cited in medical texts as far back as 4,000 years ago. Some of the recognized benefits of massage include: relaxation, soothing, healing, eased tension, stiffness, and pain, improved breathing, circulation and enhanced well-being. At its best, massage is widely accepted to restore and rejuvenate physical, mental and spiritual health.Barcelona has a great selection of highly-trained, affordable Engish-speaking massage practitioners.

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cine

10/02/2009

Look who’s talking. Original version cinemas in Barcelona

You never know, you might get bored wondering through all that history, exploring the many galleries or original clothes shops; you might get tired of drinking cortados and watching the world and its weirdos and wonderfuls go by; you never know, it might even rain. Fear not, Barcelona has an alternative pastime, and fortunately, it’s an alternative to watching beautiful films on the big screen doblado-ed badly into Spanish. The city has VO (version original) cinemas to suit all tastes, and many languages (but mostly English).

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