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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.
One of the most popular ways to see the city is by bike, not only is it more personal and fit but it is a great way to disperse yourself in to the city. You will see many residents here using the red bicing bikes, unfortuantely these bikes are for residents only but the city does have many companies that offer bike rentals to tourists and reasonable prices. We have taken the time to list some of our favorites.
Barcelona is renown for it’s beautiful plazas (squares), with that of Plaça Reial lilted with palm trees and modernist architecture and the bohemian style at Plaça del Sol in Gracia . Though it must be said that the tragic tale that rests at the pretty and quaint Plaça Sant Felip Neri is one that makes it a must visit.
When we heard that a new “straight-friendly” bar was opening in Gayxample by none other than the super duo behind the successful cafe Federal and candy store Papabubble, we had to check it out. Specifically targeted as an after-work bar, we were keen to see what all the fuss was about, particularly after it’s busy inauguration. Upon entry, you know you are entering a different world with the creative retro sports theme used throughout the space – with the ping pong rackets decorating the walls and skipping ropes draped opposite the bar.
Ever imagined how Barcelona would look with famous landmarks juxtaposed against a different landscape? If so, this is what can be seen at Barcelona’s Multiverse exhibition at Palau Robert, noted as a “photographic stroll through an imaginary Barcelona”.
Perfectly located on Paseo de Gracia by La Pedrera and Casa Batllo this rooftop bar hosts views of some of Barcelona’s main sights, including the lights of Montjuic. The pool is exclusive to guests staying at the hotel, however, the bar is open to Barcelona from 7.30pm till midnight. It makes the deal haunt or drinks, snacks or caviar.
There is always something to be said about straying from the well-trodden path and Joaquin Costa in Raval is no exception. On the same street as Les Topettes and hot dog takeaway spot The Dog is Hot, you can find Wilde, a store dedicated to vintage sunglasses. Owned by Venezuelan Cao Azuaje and Teppei Kikugawa from Japan, this store is perfect if you are seeking a good assortment of sunglasses as they stock styles from 1950 to 1990.
With our skylines dominated by skyscrapers, it is easy to forget the sheer height and phenomena of these beast of buildings. “Towers and Skyscrapers. From Babel to Dubai“, an exhibition currently running at Caixa Forum, looks at the grand evolution of the skyscraper where mankind embarked on a quest to advance it’s creativity and push boundaries in architecture.
It is amusing living in a city like Barcelona, famous for it’s influx of tourism, just how quick it is to identify a tourist or as they say here “guiri”. This has taken the form of incessant bloggers, travel enthusiasts and amateur photographers out and about with the latest Canon camera, fixated on capturing every single moment.The digital age with its social media and fascination with sharing in real time, has transformed the world of capturing the moment – which makes it even easier to identify the tourist. One has to then consider, just how much time is actually lost in the grand mission of collecting.