Barcelona sketching: see the city through sketchts

Barcelona sketching: see the city through sketchts

Sketching has been very trendy nowadays, and artists and tourists are sketching the cities they visit, Barcelona could be no different and sketching in Barcelona has become popular. Sketching is a new way of remembering a place or a moment far fro photography but close enough to make your memories come back. A sketch is a rapidly executed freehand drawing, normally it is not intended as a finished work. Sketches can be done in any medium, from graphite, pencil, pastel, watercolor, oil paint etc... If the sketches are done in watercolours are called watercolor sketches, and lately, they seem to be the most chosen way of sketching.Barcelona sketching booksWhat best than bringing home a piece of Barcelona with you through a sketchbook of the city in your hands. I have compiled a selection of…

Hotels terrace week 2016 in Barcelona

Hotels terrace week 2016 in Barcelona

Every year the hotel terrace week in Barcelona offers a wide variety of activities to do in the city in the hotel terraces. This year 2016, the hotel terrace week is from 3rd June until 10th June, and you will be able to participate in free activities such as magic shows, live music bands, wine tastings, The hotel terraces are the perfect place to experience the true Barcelona, you have views of the city while enjoying a free activity, from tasting cheese and cava, to experiencing a massage, gin and tonic tastings or a music band performanceAnother year of the hotel terrace week that kicks off the summer in Barcelona, the 6th edition comes with 66 hotels participating, a historical record and with more than 230 free activities to enjoy.Going out to enjoy hotel terraces has become a trend …

Liceu, enjoy Opera in Barcelona

Liceu, enjoy Opera in Barcelona

The Liceu in Barcelona is the Opera house  in the city, it is also called the Gran Teatre del Liceu and it is located in La Rambla in Barcelona. It has been opened for some centuries now, it was inaugurated on 4th April 1897.In 1837 the Philodramatic Lyceum of Montesión was founded in Barcelona and this is when all started, their objective was to promote musical education in the city and organize opera representations performed by their own students at the Lyceum.A theatre was built named Teatro de Montesión and is where the operas were performed, the first one was Vicenzo Bellini's Norma on 3rd February 1838, the repertoire was Italian.The building of the Liceu in Barcelona was funded by private shareholders which makes this opera house a bit more peculiar as historically the opera house…

Formula 1 in Barcelona

Formula 1 in Barcelona

The Barcelona-Catalonia formula one circuit started on 1989, thanks to an agreement with the Generalitat de Catalunya, the automobile club of Catalonia and Montmeló town hall, the city where the circuit is located.From 1991 the circuit is fully functional and it is one of the most modern sport spaces where every season hosts events such as Gran Premio de españa F1 and Gran Premi de Catalunya MotoGP.The circuit not only hosts professional events and tournaments for motos and cars but also offers the possibility to host any kind of private events to companies or personal events thanks to the services offered that includes a restaurant, VIP spaces and even an heliport. The circuit Barcelona-Catalunya has the objective to position itself as an international referent of innovation and to becom…

Running in Barcelona

Running in Barcelona

 Running in Barcelona has become a new trend,  there are running clubs and routes thought for this sport. Due to the mobile world congress we could even see famous faces running in Barcelona. The Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has been seen in the city running but what areas did he choose?He went through Montjuïc castle we have already told you wonders about the area, is green, with magnificent views and reachable running. He was also seen in Sagrada Familia area as well through the Plaça Sagrada Familia park.When you go running you look for a green area, right? Or a nice view with pure air, the surroundings need to go along with the activity you are doing. Let me give you some route ideas to discover Barcelona while running: Parc de la Ciutadella: you can start at Passeig Picasso an…

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium of Barcelona called Estadí Olímpic Lluís Companys was originally built in 1927 and ready in 1929 due to the International Exposition in the city. But the Olympic Games didn't land in Barcelona until 1992 when it was finally used. During its construction and the time it was used, different architects such as Correa, Milà, Margarit, Buixadé, Gregoretti had collaborated in its rebuilding. I was designed by the architect Pere Domènech i Roura on 1929 and they city wanted to apply to host the Summer Olympics that were celebrated in the end in Berlin in 1936. Right the same year is when the Spanish Civil War started.It can accommodate up to 65 000 people it is the stadium of the 2nd team of football of the city: The"Espanyol" and sometimes is used for other events such as ch…

Tibidabo amusement park in Barcelona

Tibidabo amusement park in Barcelona

Tibidabo amusement park in Barcelona is a magical place, not only for children but also for adults like me who grew up going to Tibidabo often. It is a 100 years old amusement park and one of the oldest in the world. Tibidabo mountain has amazing views of the city and it is a good place to spend the day between exploring the mountain and going to the theme park to have fun.Do not expect the latest fast attractions as you might have tried in Port Aventura or other theme parks in Spain, as the special thing about Tibidabo is precisely its uniqueness and that it has been standing for so long.Enjoy the rides and attractions of the old favorites, children and adults will find their favorites, there are 25 rides to explore, street theatre and shows planned. As any other park of this kind, has f…

Barcelona Zoo

Barcelona Zoo

Barcelona zoo is a classic for children when visiting Barcelona, is located in Ciutadella Park and it has been in town since 1892. The zoo is home of 4000 animals and more than 400 species along with dolphin shows, a petting farm and they also have children's workshops. The first animals in the zoo came from a private collection by Lluís  Martí i Codolar. The zoo occupies 13 hectares and is a good way to spend the day in the city as there is a wide selection of picnic areas and a play park for kids. Barcelona zoo spaces In Barcelona zoo, each animal has its own area, created in such a way as to make the animal feel at home. These are some of the most notable facilities that you can enjoy on the park.  Looking at the map you see the different areas and the animals located in each part draw…

The Aquarium in Barcelona

The Aquarium in Barcelona

The aquarium in Barcelona is a spectacular Oceanarium, unique in Europe as it is the largest aquarium and home to many different kinds of species. There are almost 4 million litres of water with giltheads, moray eels, sharks and mare other kinds of species.What is special about the aquarium is the transparent tunnel of 80 metres long and 5 metres depth that allows you to enjoy the life under water. No need to scuba dive to get a taste of how is the life in the Mediterranean sea, you just need to walk along the tunnel and you will see sharks just an inch away from you. The Mediterranean SeaThe Mediterranean Sea is one of the largest marginal seas on the planet, although it is considered a nutrient-poor sea, hosts different ecosystems and species. One of the most important is the shark, kid…

El Molino, the moulin rouge in Barcelona

El Molino, the moulin rouge in Barcelona

The story of El Molino -The catalan Moulin Rouge- starts in 1898 when a bar called La Pajarera Catalana opens up a "tablao" -stage for flamenco-. Three years pass and the little tablao already offers a weekly offer of music and a transfer service from the bar to the tablao. There are owner changes and in 1908 La Pajarera is called Petit Palais, and the place is redesigned to attract the Paris cavaret shows done the Spanish way. It is when the music hall started and in Barcelona the Paral•lel area is the centre of this kind of shows. In 1910 they rebuilt the building that was originally made of wood and they redesign the theatre with the red mill blades and a new name, called Petit Moulin Rouge to follow the steps of the famous Moulin Rouge in Paris. On the Spanish Civil war any french n…

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