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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.
Rubbing shoulders with MACBA in the stylish upper part of Raval, Open House is a British-run design shop home to an eclectic blend of design wares, from the locally-based Basque illustrator Ibai Etxeberria to Swedish jewellery designer Lo Lou and unusual jewellery made of natural elements bone, carbon and wood by Karlota Laspalas.
Despite a generally gloomy outlook for the Spanish economy, the last several months have seen a swell in Barcelona’s cocktail culture, perhaps as a way to drown our sorrows or – more optimistically – as a clink of the glass towards a brighter future.
For me, the best thing about holidays, besides the simple joy of being somewhere else with new sights, smells and sounds (and not being shackled to my mobile and laptop) is that they provide me with the only chance I get to read a good book.
From healthy fast food alternative to respected culinary art form, sushi has spread like wild fire since it first appeared at a street stall in Tokyo in 1824. The Barcelonese certainly didn’t need much steering when the first sushi bar opened here in the early 1970s. Spaniards traditionally favour bite-sized morsels, convivial eating and the ready availability of that essential ingredient, fresh fish. So what could be better than a cosmopolitan port town? Barcelona and sushi soon saw each other as the perfect catch.
TMB Public Transport Barcelona – Plan your trip with the city’s public transport. Also with information on the popular Bus Turistic
Cultural agenda of Barcelona – A wide range of links and information on the big and small cultural events in town
Palau Robert – Catalunya Tourist office and Catalan information centre
Barcelona Tourist Office – Online General tourist information with an abundance of useful information
Barcelona Miniguide – Nicely designed weekly online guide of Barcelona with concerts, reviews, parties, club listings,exhibitions,etc.
Unlike.net /Barcelona – An informative website that gives bite size information on places to eat, see, things to do and more.
The official Barcelona City website – Extensive information about almost anything you wish to know about the city
Articket BCN – Visit 7 renown Barcelona art institutions (CCCB, MNAC, Fundació Joan Miró, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Picasso Museum, and more) for the reasonable price of 20 euros
Fira Barcelona – Barcelona Trade fair: Information on Trade Shows, Congress Calendars and more
My Favorite Things – Alternative Walking Tours in Barcelona
Monvínic – A great wine cellar to buy wine – ideal if you want to buy gifts
Spanish Trails – Barcelona day trip company and guide service to the best of Catalonia. Day excursions and getaway side trips to the Pyrenees, Wine Country (Penedés) and Medieval Villages
The Treasures – A personalized walking tour guide given by Carolina and Marianna, tours include gastronomy, interior design, boutiques etc.
Againstbcn – Design shop stocked with classics; murano glass, lamps, furniture, etc. Near the MACBA and Las Ramblas in Raval
Cruising Barcelona Bikes – bike rental and tour company based in the city run by Mahrou and Dirk . Expect great service, good bikes and a personalized tour