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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.
Barcelona is filled with interesting sights – from fascinating museums and quaint barrios to mesmerising architecture and historic marvels, but sometimes you just want to get away from the city buzz and see what the rest of Catalonia has to offer. Here are five day trips we recommend, all within two hours of the centre of Barcelona. continue reading
Do you know how to order your coffee while in Barcelona, or in Spain in general for that matter? It can be a little more complicated than you think, but however you like your coffee in the morning, you can be sure that the cafes here have a special names and know how to do it well. To sample some of the best coffee in the city, and to try out your newly learned vocabulary, head to Cafés El Magnífico, Nomad Coffee or Satan´s Coffee Corner. continue reading
Many people assume when coming to Barcelona that the food here is the same as in many other parts of Spain. They expect paellas, sangria and gazpacho, and while you can certainly get all of these here, they are more typical in the south of Spain and are actually not Catalan at all. If you want to try some typical Catalan cuisine, then look out for these Catalan dishes on the menu: continue reading
You may have heard that during August the city of Barcelona shuts down, the locals close up their businesses and head for coast, while this may be true in some parts of the city, it´s also the height of the tourist season here and there are still plenty of exciting events to experience during your vacation rental. continue reading
Honestly, who doesn’t love a mercadillo (little market) on the weekend? This weekend sees the third edition of the We Love Cats market do it’s thing at co-working space Crec. With Christmas fast approaching it is the perfect place to buy presents for those that love more handmade and creative crafts and models, all related to cats! Sure you have at least one friend or family member that adores gatos.
Ok, admittedly it might not be for everyone as you are on holiday after all but there is something in meeting new people and going home with a new recipe for that next dinner party. Barcelona boasts the city, sea and mountains, giving you lots of wonderful local produce and types of dishes that you can rustle up. Let’s face it, the city is quite a magnet when it comes to gastronomy too, so why not visit a local market (stallholders are often super friendly), stock up on ingredients and learn something new. There are a variety of schools that offer cooking classes, each have their own style of cooking, interiors and flair. In this post we are going to share a few favourites.
This Saturday sees yet another edition of Open Air Festival and happens to be located at Plaza Universidad, just by our central apartments. Open Air is an outdoor festival of music, design and art. Initiative and production Mutual (Event production and Art Center), with the collaboration of Laboor (Design and Infrastructure) and support from the University of Barcelona, this time.
We are lucky that we have apartments just outside of Ronda Universidad, so we get the chance to venture through the city a little in between check-ins. When visiting our Marimon penthouse, we happened to notice Feeld Organic, a cafe/restaurant/supermarket on Diagonal dedicated to organic produce. It isn’t hard to notice as when you walk by you are greeted with a huge artwork on the wall, so we knew this wasn’t your ordinary organic food place.
This Friday sees the opening of contemporary exhibition “Virutas” (Chips) by the works of illustrator and painter Gabriel Pérez Raventós, showcasing pieces that evolved organically by mixing wood and unusual materials. As a former carpenter, the texture, form and nature of a material is key to Raventos work, as he finds different and creative ways to mould them into works of art. There are no preconceived ideas, great plan or agenda.
This exhibition presents a series of intimate portraits where the artists draws faces and then breaks them down to reveal the true self. This distorted reality gets to the core an individual, without vanity, shame, regret or anything else, there is no room for pretence. The images are very emotional and sensitive, elegantly capturing beauty and the works have all been created by artist Ral (Ral Huerta).