What to do in Barcelona if it rains

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 the yuccie neighbourhood in Sant Antoni, the trendy Eixample of the charming Born that has this medieval atmosphere.Barcelona though, changes when it rains, locals are not used to the rain, luckily we don't get much of it, so it might seem that everybody is hiding when it rains and you are the only person in town. Don't get scared though! It is normal, as locals we find the perfect excuse to be at home with our blanket when it rains…

Romantic things to do in Barcelona

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 your other half. Shop windows are decorated with hearts and the color palate goes from pink to reddish as a general rule.Romance in BarcelonaSurprise your lover with some ideas on what do in Barcelona for a romantic getaway or just a night out. One of the first things to look at when staying in Barcelona is of course your accommodation so it matches the romantic style of the weekend, you will find our recommendations in Barcelona's acco…

Santa Eulalia festivity in Barcelona

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 bands that play in different places in the city.Once is dark in Barcelona is the turn for the light festival called Llum Barcelona, there is light in all important building of the city and give another vibe to squares and little streets in the city. Students from design schools, architecture, and interior design work to produce these game of lights thanks to technology and their talent to create the show.Santa Eulàlia festivity is also …

Carnival in Barcelona

Carnival in Barcelona

Carnival in Barcelona is a very special time of the year, everyone celebrates with joy a crazy time when everyone dresses up and walks around the city partying. In Barcelona there are parades and carnival events and they can be as colorful as in other places such as Cologne or MainzOne disguises oneself and goes around the city and to the events planned to show off their costumes. Children and adults love carnival for many reasons, it is fun and is one of the festivities that puts some color into winter time.Carnival begins in Spain with the Dirty Thursday or as we call it in Catalan Dijous Gras, the day is dedicated to the greasy and vice and the typical thing to do is to eat egg sausage.The weekend belongs to Carnival Guilds, there are many events in town but we recommend the parade don…

9 things to do in Barcelona in winter

9 things to do in Barcelona in winter

Winter time in Barcelona is mild, but don't get me wrong is not flip flop and sleeveless t-shirt time, bring a coat and pullovers, but there is no need for gloves or wool hats. Barcelona comparing to other cities in Europe doesn't have a strong winter such as Berlin or London, the sea helps mild the temperatures. We rarely go down the 4 to 5ºC.Sitges carnivalThere are many famous carnivals in the world but if you are in Barcelona in February, Sitges carnival is a must. The carnival in Sitges has 100 years of history and it is celebrated either in February or March depending on the year. It starts on Thursday "Dijous gras" as we call it and ends next Wednesday "Dimecres de cendra".There are two famous parades where people dress up and can show their outfits, the parades are "Rua de la Disb…

Three wise men in Barcelona

Three wise men in Barcelona

The three wise men are a tradition in Catalonia and Spain and in some other parts of the world but what some people don't know yet is where they come from. The three kings arrived in Jerusalem from Orient to adore baby Jesus that was recently born, each one of them brought an offering with them: gold, myrrh, and incense.Nowadays, they keep on visiting all houses to offer them presents if they have been good that year otherwise they will get sugar coal, a typical sweet from Christmas times. As well as Santa Claus, the three wise men arrival is a big time of the year, although they come at night while children are sleep in every house they are left with some water for their camels, and some food for them to taste before heading to the next home.Three wise men traditionsOn 6th January every …

New Year's Eve in Barcelona

New Year's Eve in Barcelona

Barcelona is full of light and color during the Christmas season and there are plenty of things to do in Barcelona in Christmas. New Year's eve or noche vieja as we call it is the last night of the year full of symbolism and magic and what best to spend it in Barcelona.Cities such as London and New York have a very consolidated New Year's Eve event and the Barcelona one although is pretty new has nothing to envy. The official event in New Year's Eve is in Montjuic Magic Fountain and the show is called L'home del Mil·leni.Official event: L'home del Mil·leniThe very first time L'home del Mil·leni saw the light was in 2013, is a show planned by La Fura dels Baus. There is a structure of a man that is filled in with people in the inside, most of them castellers -human tower professionals- th…

7 things to do in Barcelona in Autumn

7 things to do in Barcelona in Autumn

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Barcelona, from September to November high season has come to an end, and when September starts kids are back to school, Barcelona starts to flourish again after a busy summer and August holidays. The weather is warm but not as hot as in summer, with a thin sweater you can go by during your days in the city.The temperature in autumn is around 15ºC to 21ºC, perfect to enjoy the tourist attractions or you can still go to the beach since during those months the water temperature is still good if the sun is up. I will share my local knowledge being a "barcelonina" so you take the most of the city during autumn, no guides will explain you that! La castanyada: the catalan halloween Panellets by Xaf Long before Halloween even …

Gràcia Festival in Barcelona in August

Gràcia Festival in Barcelona in August

In August every year, the streets of Gràcia neighborhood transforms into fantasy streets decorated for Gràcia Festival in Barcelona. In 2015 the festival is held from 15 to 21st August, the festival combined music concerts, activities for kids, chocolatadas – drink chocolate in popular gatherings in the afternoon-, learn how to dance, theatre, magic and much more. Gràcia used to be an independent town and until now it has preserved his identity, an artisan town that was absorbed by the big city of Barcelona at the end of the 19th century. La Festa Major de Gràcia, as we call it, started in Gràcia when it was still an artisan village near Barcelona. The festival started as an agriculture celebration on 15th May for Saint Isidre but then it was moved to 15th August. The festival starts as…

Saint John’s Eve 23rd June - 'La revetlla de Sant Joan'

Saint John’s Eve 23rd June - 'La revetlla de Sant Joan'

Saint John's Eve, la Revetlla de Sant Joan, it is also called the night of fire, it is a celebration that is all over Catalonia on the 23rd June night that is the shortest night of the year due to being very close to the summer solstice. It is a very special night being the shortest of all and it is the perfect time to spend it with family and friends. The temperature at this time of the year is good to be on the street and enjoy the night! What is the typical to do in Sant Joan? There are different typical things to do in Sant Joan and one of them is food, there is a typical Sant Joan's food: coca de Sant Joan. It is a sweet cake called coca that is decorated with crystallised fruit, there are also cocas made with pork-rind and pine nuts, my favorite! If you have never tried it before…

Sant Jordi in Barcelona, the catalan Saint Valentine’s day

Sant Jordi in Barcelona, the catalan Saint Valentine’s…

Sant Jordi or Saint George is the second most important National Day in Catalonia, the day is known in Catalan by la Diada de Sant Jordi. 23rd April is my favorite day in Barcelona, it is a romantic day, it is our love day, to show our love to your partner with a book if you are a woman and a rose if you are a man. Sant Jordi is the Catalan Saint Valentine's day, we feel it so special as we celebrate it with roses and books, so all streets are full with book stalls and roses for a day. Sant Jordi's Legend For those who don't know the legend of Sant Jordi...Once upon time there was a small village terrified by the menace of a dragon that lived nearby. The villagers gave to the dragon their sheeps and goats to pacify his hunger, but there was a time where they didn't have anything more to…

A Catalan Christmas: our traiditions

A Catalan Christmas: our traiditions

Christmas time is a good period to spend time with our families and in every family and country there are some typical traditions. In Catalonia we do celebrate Christmas but as every place with our typical food and traditions, I will explain you a Catalan Christmas looks like. We celebrate Christmas day, the 25th but our most important day is the 26th Sant Esteve, all catalan families gather for sure on that date. Christmas and Sant Esteve food in Catalonia In Catalonia the most important day in Christmas time is 26th December, Sant Esteve, is the day when families gather together to share the big meal, the typical food is meat canelloni. Why canneloni? There is an answer for that, the day before, on 25 th December families have galet soup -galet is a kind pasta that we eat along with chi…

Christmas markets in Barcelona

Christmas markets in Barcelona

Barcelona is a beautiful city in Christmas times, we love activities and markets on the streets, our typical meals and desserts. Discover what to do at Christmas time in Barcelona or see below the special on Christmas markets in Barcelona. Fira de Santa Llúcia It is the most famous Christmas market in Barcelona isfira de Santa Llúcia, it will open on 30th November until 23rd December. The oldest gathering of this market comes from 1786, it is a long lasting tradition for catalan kids to go to the market every year, to see the lights and decorations.There are different areas in the same fira:Nativity scenes and figures: figures for nativity scenes, caves, and of course the most famous figure in catalan nativity scene called "el caganer". If you have never seen it before, just goi…

Things to do in summer in Barcelona

Things to do in summer in Barcelona

There are lots of things to do in summer in Barcelona, activities on the beach, in parks and most of them for free or for little fee. Barcelona is an amazing city and August is the time when locals escape from town and the city is welcoming visitors to our beloved city. Summer activities go from June to the beginning of September in most of the cases. Summer in Barcelona is amazing full of interesting activities to discover. You have different sections sports, nights, children, beaches, vibrant bcn and places. Check out free things to do in Barcelona too that go all year around, save a bit does not hurt anyone. Great weather, beach, Mediterranean food and great activities I hope you enjoy the tour of what Barcelona is about at summer time: Cinema a la Fresca: open air films festival i…

What to do for Christmas in Barcelona

What to do for Christmas in Barcelona

Barcelona is a great city to discover at Christmas time, although it is cold in winter is not as cold as other European countries, the sea helps us have mild weather. There are certain things that I normally do every year in Christmas in Barcelona, locals have their Christmas rituals and so do visitors. Barcelona gets transformed at Christmas times with street markets everywhere, Christmas goodies and food and artisans. Let's discover everything the city has to offer at that time of the year. The Catalan poop madness Not sure if you already knew that Catalans, we are a bit scatological, and Christmas might be one fo those festivities where there are poo related rituals everywhere. Why are we so obsessed with poo? Well, a possibe explanation is that we are nature driven and there is nothin…

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