Cost of living

Cost of Living in Barcelona
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Cost of Living in Barcelona

Cost of living in Barcelona, this is something a lot of my friends from different countries ask, how much it cost to live in Barcelona? To be honest, not that much, and not as much as many people think taking into account other metropolis nearby such as Paris and London. Keep in mind that the below prices are based on what I spend which might not be the gen…

Barcelona by season

What to do in Barcelona if it rains
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What to do in Barcelona if it rains

Barcelona is a city with many things to do if it rains or if it doesn't, there are amazing buildings to visit such as modernist ones like Gaudí's for example and art nouveau buildings, beautiful parks such as Park Güell, shopping for all budgets from high end to bargains etc... Barcelona is full of charm, from the most hipster neighbourhood in Gràcia, to …

Romantic things to do in Barcelona
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Romantic things to do in Barcelona

Valentine's Day in Barcelona is full of romantic cakes, presents and little details for your beloved one. Although in Catalonia our true saint valentine is for saint George's day -Sant Jordi-  on 23rd April but we also celebrate St Valentine every 14th February.Lovers express their love by sending flowers, buying cards, candy or any other present to please …

Santa Eulalia festivity in Barcelona
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Santa Eulalia festivity in Barcelona

During 11, 12, 13 and 14th February, Santa Eulàlia local festivity -second patron of Barcelona city- and the light Barcelona festival go together to celebrate the winter festivity in Barcelona.Santa Eulalia activities are focused on families, during these days there are different activities, gegants, cercaviles and correfocs, castellers, sardanes and music …

Security

Barcelona, the new scenario for outdoor sex
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Barcelona, the new scenario for outdoor sex

I am sure you know Barcelona for many reasons, because of Gaudí, its charming gothic area, the seaside and the beach but I am pretty certain that I will surprise if I tell you that the biggest pornographic sites in United States, Kink, films in Barcelona often.Kink specializes in bondage and S&M and you will be able to see Barcelona in some of their pro…

Lost property barcelona
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Lost property barcelona

Barcelona Lost Property Office is called "Oficina de Troballes de l'Ajuntament de Barcelona." This is where all the lost and found items in Barcelona go, those found in taxis or the street are delivered to the police and they will be delivered to this office. You can call this office to 010 if you call from within Barcelona and to this number if you are cal…

Lost and found on a taxi in Barcelona
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Lost and found on a taxi in Barcelona

Have you lost something on a taxi in Barcelona? Here you will find the answers on how to retrieve lost property from a taxi in Barcelona city. You can contact the taxi company to see if they found your object, if you don't remember the taxi company or they didnt find it you can also contact the Barcelona taxi lost property service that coordinates with a…

Gastronomy

10 catalan dishes you must try in Barcelona
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10 catalan dishes you must try in Barcelona

It is important to know what foods you need to try when visiting a place, Barcelona is no different, and you although it is Spain, the cuisine is a more Mediterranean kind of dishes due to the proximity of the sea. I will show you around the Catalan cuisine and the 10 dishes that you cannot leave town without trying.The Catalan cuisine is inside what is cal…

La calçotada
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La calçotada

In the last years calçotadas are a must do on February every year, it is a Catalan tradition and gathering around Catalan gastronomy with friends and family. I will explain you now all about calçotadas, but you have to try one if you are around that time of the year. You can have them at home or there are restaurants that can be booked, for me the fun is to…

The Catalan cava is better than the french champagne
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The Catalan cava is better than the french champagne

Cava has been produced in Catalonia since the XIX century, and with the arrival of a famous plague of the vineyards they had to reintroduce new white grape varieties that ended up encouraging the production on of the new product created from local grape varieties following the champagne production process: cava. The eternal battle between the Catalan cava a…

Accommodation

Cheap hotels in Barcelona in June 2016
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Cheap hotels in Barcelona in June 2016

Where should we sleep in Barcelona is one of the most recurrent questions, every month we do a selection for you of the best deals in the city with certain quality parameters and our tips on the area that they are located in.Prices are subject to change but here you will find my selection of accommodations in Barcelona for June 2016. The prices shown below …

Cheap hotels in Barcelona in May 2016
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Cheap hotels in Barcelona in May 2016

I get a lot of questions on where should we sleep in Barcelona and if Barcelona is as expensive as it seems, to help you out I have done an article about the cost of living in Barcelona and we will start a series called Cheap hotels in Barcelona that every month, we will do a compilation of good offers.Prices are subject to change but here you will find my …

W hotel Barcelona
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W hotel Barcelona

The W hotel is one of the trendiest places in town and can be seen from the coast, since it has the shape of a sail and now has become one of the skyline buildings more famous in town.The building was designed by Ricardo Bofill and it is located in the beachfront, in the Barceloneta boardwalk. The hotel has 473 rooms with amazing views of the city and the M…

Neighbourhoods

Horta neighbourhood: a little town in Barcelona
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Horta neighbourhood: a little town in Barcelona

Horta is nowadays a neighbourhood belonging to Barcelona, but until 1904 it was an independent town called Sant Joan d'Horta and it was located 6km far from the old Barcelona. Horta has always been rich in water and that is why it had in roman times its own town, there were many "masies" -Catalan rural houses- due to its main activity in the area that it wa…

Plaça Catalunya
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Plaça Catalunya

Plaça de Catalunya is a large square in the city centre in Barcelona, it is considered to be the city centre and where the old city and the Eixample area starts. the square is the centre for any barceloní of origin or expat living in the city, is the place of gathering and is where most of people meet.Some of the city's most important streets meet in Plaça …

Plaça Sant Felip Neri
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Plaça Sant Felip Neri

La Plaça Sant Felip Neri is a square in Barcelona with a very special story behind it, the square got the same name as the church that is placed in the square. Sant Felip Neri is located in Gothic area and the square is on top of the ancient medieval cemetery of MontjuIc del Bisbe that was destroyed during the Civil War.Right in the centre of the square the…

Transport

Montjuic cable car
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Montjuic cable car

The Montjuic cable care might be the funniest means of transport in Barcelona along with the Tramvia Blau, is a gondola lift that connects Montjuic Hill from bottom to top.There are magnificent views from the Telefèric as we call it, take your camera with you or simply enjoy the views will you get up to the top of the hill. The cable car was put into servic…

Barcelona Bus turistic: the Sightseeing bus
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Barcelona Bus turistic: the Sightseeing bus

Barcelona bus turistic is the official hop on and hop off sightseeing bus from Barcelona tourism, it has 3 routes through the city (green, blue and red lines) and it includes an audio guide in 16 languages that will be explaining the sites you pass by in your chosen route. The first departures go from 9am and 9.30am from any stop and last departures are …

Transfer to Barcelona airport
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Transfer to Barcelona airport

Barcelona airport transfers to your hotel or the city centre are common, you don't have to queue to pick up a taxi and your driver already knows where you are going so it is a trouble free journey.If you need some privacy and an easy way to get to the airport a transfer to Barcelona airport might be the perfect choice for you. The cars can accommodate up to…

Events

Easter week in Barcelona
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Easter week in Barcelona

Easter week in Spain is called “Semana Santa” which means "Holly Week" and is normally around March or April, every year is in different dates but around the same period of time. Easter week in Barcelona starts on Palm Sunday, we Catalans call it Diumenge de Rams or you will see it as well as Domingo de Ramos in Spanish. Palm Sunday is the Sunday before ea…

Mobile World Congress Barcelona
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Mobile World Congress Barcelona

The GSMA Mobile World Congress conference is held in Barcelona every year and from 2011 the city was announced to be the GSMA Mobile World capital and will host the event until 2023.It is the largest exhibition for the mobile industry and also a conference where the main mobile operators are represented as well as device manufacturers, technology providers …

Weather

Barcelona weather: when to visit
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Barcelona weather: when to visit

Barcelona is blessed with the Mediterranean sea that moderates the weather in the city. When visiting a city it is important to know what to expect in terms of temperature and rain in each month of the year. The weather in Barcelona is good all year around, the temperatures are mild due to the sea that controls the temperature. Barcelona is not a rainy city…

What to pack

What to pack for Barcelona in summer
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What to pack for Barcelona in summer

Barcelona is very hot in summer and not only hot but humid, not the best combination but I am sure you will find all the advantages in an incredible city that offers everything: beach, good food, culture, museums, architecture etc..Here are my recommendations for summer packing in Barcelona, and don't forget to start packing with a list already done, otherw…

Culture

The insider's opinion: Catalonia wants the independence
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The insider's opinion: Catalonia wants the independence

A lot of people ask me what is going on in Catalonia about the independence. Why Catalonia wants to be independent? Some think, that the country has woken up one day and all the movement began. But independence goes far beyond that and the feeling of the nation starts long ago. One of the crucial moments in history for Catalans was Franco's regime, Catalan …

My rural catalan wedding: traditions and DIY wedding
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My rural catalan wedding: traditions and DIY wedding

Oh, weddings, some hate weddings, and others love them. If there is something that is full of culture and traditions is how a wedding is lived in a certain place. I would like to explain to you how a Catalan wedding looks like and how was ours this year. I say Catalan wedding because there are some things that are different from Spanish weddings. In Cat…

Humans of Barcelona: a city through the faces of their citizens
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Humans of Barcelona: a city through the faces of their…

Humans of Barcelona is the project by the photographer Enric Mestres. I first met Enric when he was taking pictures of myself in the staff party at work, and I thought OMG he captured my beauty...I really liked the photos and digged a little deeper on his work. Humans of Barcelona started named as Lalala Barcelona with the same concept as Humans of New Yo…

Free Guides

Barcelona tourist offices
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Barcelona tourist offices

Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe and in the world, as such tourists might need guidance and there are tourist offices scattered across the city. Tourist offices are located in strategic points in different areas of the city. Barcelona tourism offers products and services designed to help out on discovering Barcelona.In the tourism offic…

6 best mobile apps for Barcelona
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6 best mobile apps for Barcelona

When travelling to a destination it is good to know what kind of apps you can use to take the most out of your trip, I will show you the best mobile apps for Barcelona. You might think that in a city such as Barcelona, being a smart city and the location for the Mobile World Congress it would be difficult to choose just 10 apps to share with you. The truth …

10 things you didn't know about Barcelona
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10 things you didn't know about Barcelona

Barcelona is full of surprises and I am pretty sure that are things that you don't know about the city even if you are local, and if you don't believe, check the below infographic about 10 things you didn't know about Barcelona by Apartment Barcelona.We have explained some of those in  Ancient Barcelona city tour about Barcelona's Cathedral or our Gaudí lo…