Horta neighbourhood: a little town in Barcelona

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 was farming and also industries that required water such as dying leather, a starch factory or a brick factory.Horta used to be as well a place to spend the summer for those families from Barcelona that had enough money to buy a house in the area, this is why there are some elegant houses and palaces such as The Palace of palau del marquès d'Alfarràs (Laberint), la Granja Vella (Seminari de Martí-Codolar) o can Gallart (el Palau de les He…

Plaça Catalunya

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 Catalunya, such as Passeig de Gràcia -high end street-, Rambla Catalunya full of restaurants and shops, or the mytic La Rambla that goes down to the sea side.The square is famous for its fountains and statues and being very near the most popular attractions in town, the square occupies an area of 50,000 square metres.One of the typical things to do in Plaça Catalunya and I use to do with my granpa when I was little, was to go to the squ…

Plaça Sant Felip Neri

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 there is a fountain with an octagonal base and the square was also the centre for the shoe artisans and for the boilermakers too. But the place believe it or not it is not famous for any of this reasons but because of a tragedy that happened on 1938.In the façade of the church you can still see the grapeshots, a bomb was thrown by the national army in the Spanish Civil War and took fourty two lives, the majority of children that went to re…

El born neighbourhood in Barcelona

El born neighbourhood in Barcelona

El Born area used to be the place where fishermen lived for centuries. Actually, I can tell you that for sure as my family lived in the Born area from the 19th century until 20th century. They sold fish around Santa Maria del Mar church in little stalls, my grandma used to sell fish when she was young as well as my great grandma and they had a family stall near the church. I have learnt a lot about El Born since my family was from there. This is the story of the area, the fishermen area of Barcelona and also how Santa Maria del Mar's church was built. Passeig del Born is the core of El Born area, is where all little narrow streets start to go to the Ciutadella Park, to the Picasso Museum, to Santa Maria del Mar etc... I have so many memories of El Born, I used to go to school at Carre…

Sant Antoni is the trendy neighbourhood in Barcelona

Sant Antoni is the trendy neighbourhood in Barcelona

The small neighbourhood of Sant Antoni is in L'Eixample Esquerra district, and has the same typical grid layout as other parts of L'Eixample. The neighbourhood has become very popular with locals and also foreigners due to the kind of shops and restaurants that recently opened. All the new trends in Barcelona such as the gin and tonic culture, the diy hamburger, the brunch and the local tapas and vermouth are now the attractions that have gathered in Sant Antoni. As long as new designers and artisans that live with more local shops and the Sant Antoni market that is the centre of the area. Atmosphere in Sant Antoni The atmosphere in Sant Antoni is very bohemian. If you follow Catalan series you might even find some of your favorite actors as some of the places are very known. We would h…

A day in Montjuïc, best views in Barcelona

A day in Montjuïc, best views in Barcelona

Montjuïc is a beautiful part of town, sometimes forgotten by visitors, so today I want to show you around the area and see everything you can do in this part of town. I love visiting my own city so once in a while I take some time to rediscover a different Barcelona. You can get up to Montjuïc with the Funicular of Montjuïc and we will walk towards the Montjüic Castle. The castle has now an entrance fee of 4 euros if you wish to visit it in the inside. It is a pity because it used to be for free not that long ago, but still, if you don't want to pay the fee you can see it from the outside. Montjuïc Castle is a municipal facility located 170 metres above sea level on top of Barcelona's Montjuïc mountain. The castle is an old military fortress with a long history and has been testimony…

Raval is no longer Ravalkistan but Cultural Raval

Raval is no longer Ravalkistan but Cultural Raval

Raval is an area of Barcelona near the city center, as a nick name most locals call it Ravalkistan due to the foreign immigration leaving in the neighbourhood. The truth is that the area has changed a lot in the past years and it is no longer the Ravalkistan we used to know with streets that looked very different from the Barcelona we are used to see. A new cultural movement called Raval Cultural has taken the streets and has a very interesting activities, associations and artists that have established in the area. Activities and Culture in Raval Freedonia: it is a cultural association, there are shows every week. They have courses on different topics, arts, theatre etc... Mucha Fibra: is an association that their aim is to strengthen activities around fashion and…

Getting to know Gràcia area in Barcelona

Getting to know Gràcia area in Barcelona

I have lived most of my life in Barcelona at l'Eixample, it is a great are to live and you have everything you need very near. That is a bad thing actually in the sense that you don't move a lot, people from l'Eixample in general, we are a bit lazy and we move around the area as it is plenty of restaurants, coffee shops and cocktail bars. Eixample is great, but there are also other areas in Barcelona. So I have decided to explore, explore and explore Barcelona a little more everyday. During three days I decided to go for a walk and get lost in Gràcia. Gràcia is a neighborhood that I always liked but I knew little about it, a couple of typical places but nothing else. So my finds after three days of exploring are: great shops: clothes, cool things not seen in other places in the city Zoa…

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