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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.
Digital nomad-ing, sabbaticals, gap years, summer study programmes; work and pleasure is woven into travel like never before. Not so long ago in Barcelona, getting some work or study done meant hiring a staid ‘business centre’ or banging away on a clunky PC in a an internet café (remember them?). Thankfully that’s all changed. continue reading
When visitors to Barcelona think ‘Sants’ they conjure up images of the city’s main train station; the departure point for the high-speed AVE train and others to the rest of Spain. But there is much more to this lively and colourful barrio.
At the top end of Eixample district there is a shop that is like no other. It was originally a private garage, and inside you can clearly make out the ramps and large spaces where cars would have pulled in to sleep for the night. But with walls now bathed in white and hung with exquisite handmade rugs it has been completely transformed, and has the appearance of a hyper-stylised carpet bazaar, like one you would see in Marrakech or Istanbul, without the dust and pushy traders. This is the world of Nani Marquina, one of Barcelona’s most prolific and acclaimed designers.
If you’re searching for super semi self-service seafood (and can still say that after a couple of glasses of decent cava), make La Paradeta a port of call in your Barcelona adventure. This quirky restaurant chain has several eateries around town that offer fresh, affordable seafood in a casual no-frills setting.
Sweet-toothed wanderers will find no shortage of chocolate shops lining Barcelona’s streets like giant candy, exuding hypnotic aromas of toasted cocoa and burnt sugar. But if you’re a chocofile that feels you’ve tasted it all before, follow your nose to Señor Brown on the gorgeous tree-lined pedestrian street, Calle Enric Granados. And believe us when we say that this delightful experimental chocolatería dares to boldly go where few have gone before.
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.
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.
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.
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.