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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.

Health, Leisure & City information


Health, Leisure & City information

Fitness centers

– Club Metropolitan

Eixample: Balmes, 215

Tel: 93 218 1825


Les Corts: Galileo 186

Tel: 93 490 50 40


– Holmes Place

Eixample: Balmes, 44-46

08007, Barcelona

Tel: 93 272 20 00


Urquinaona: Ausiàs Marc, 9-11

08010, Barcelona

Tel:93 342 87 00

Swimming pools

– Poliesportiu Municipal Frontó Colom (indoor)

La Rambla, 18

Tel. 93 302 3295


– Complex Esportiu Municipal Banys Sant Sebastià (indoor/outdoor)

Pl. Mar, 1

Tel. 93 221 0506



– Poliesportiu Municipal Aiguajoc (indoor recreational)

Comte Borrell, 21-23

Tel. 93 443 0335



Aqua-Urban Spa

Spa, facials, hydrotherapy, chromatherapy, chocolate therapy & aromatherapy.

Open7 days a week

Gran de Gracia 7, 08012

Tel: 932 384 160


Bio Beauty

Health spa using 100% natural cosmetics.

Comte Borrell 236, 08012

Seneca 31, 08006

Tel: 934 547 060 / 932 386 080


English speaking hairdresser

Anthony Llobet English Speaking Salons

Gracia:C/ Rose de Olano 19,

Tel: 934154210


Raval:C/ Sant Pau 122,

Tel: 934413177


Eixample:C/ Córcega 364,

Tel: 934574211


Original Language Cinemas


Rambla. Catalunya 90

Tel. 93 215 0506



Avinguda Diagonal 508

Tel. 93 496 3813



Pg. Gracia 115

Tel. 93 218 4345


Icària Yelmo

Salvdor Espriu, 61

Tel. 93 221 7585



Villaroel 103

Tel. 93 451 0051


Cines Renoir

Renoir Les Corts: Eugeni d’Ors, 12

Tel. 93 228 9393


Renoir Floridablanca: Floridablanca 135

Tel.: 93 490 5510


Cines Verdi

C/Verdi, 43

Cine Verdi Park

C/ Torrijos, 49

Tel. 93 238 7990


Central Tourist Offices

Informació Turística Plaça Catalunya

Pl. de Catalunya, 17S, below Pl. de Catalunya.

For multilingual advice, maps, transportation passes, tourist bus info

Open daily 9am-9pm

Tel: 907 301 282 in Spain


Informació Turística Plaça Sant Jaume

Pl. Sant Jaume, 1,

Open Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm, Sun,10am-2pm.


Oficina de Turisme de Catalunya Palau Robert

Pg. de Gràcia, 107

Open Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm, Su 10am-2pm.

Tel. 93 238 4000


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Gift-guide: fresh design from Open House

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.

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Rekons, an ode to pies

One of the most enjoyable parts of this time of year is the urge to start battening down the hatches and plumping for hearty, warming dishes – comfort food that warms the cockles and melts the heart; chicken soup for the soul. continue reading

Tahiti in Spain


Tahiti – bringing a tiki touch to Barcelona

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.
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Reading between the lines. English bookshops

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.

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Sushi: tapas à la Japones

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.

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barcelona links

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. /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

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