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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.
Dragons, human castles, giants in processions and incredible firework displays by the beach all mean one thing – La Mercè festival Barcelona is back. Close to the end of September, Barcelona city hosts its largest street party marking the end of summer – ensuring that you bid farewell with a bang. The festival first took place in 1902 and continues to unify the city and surrounding zones.
Looking for a tour guide in Barcelona with a difference? Want to discover interior design, base your tour on boutiques, culture or perhaps focus on gastronomy? If yes, The Treasures is the ideal company for your choice. Set up by Carolina Carassco and Marianne Krauss (both extensive travelers), the boutique styled private walking tour company is based on unvealing the beautiful hidden gems in the city, ensuring that you are guaranteed to get to know Barcelona beneath the surface. We took a tour with The Treasures to discover their favorite haunts in Barcelona city – well if their’ tour grabbed the attention of The Cool Hunter, we clearly have to pay attention.
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
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
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…
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.
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
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.
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.
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).