Ciutadella Park: discover the green lung of Barcelona

Ciutadella Park: discover the green lung of Barcelona

Ciutadella Park is the lung of Barcelona, but it is definitely not as any other park in the city. The Ciutadella used to be a military facility that was built in XVII century by Felip V but it was demolished right before the Universal Exhibition of 1888.Nowadays the park has still buildings and facilities that were built in the Universal exhibition: the three dragons castle by Domènech i Montaner, the waterfall and the lake, the Umbracle and Hivernacle.In the same park, there is also the Barcelona Zoo that was built in 1892 as well as the Catalonia Parliament that is located inside of the park in the place that before there was the military arsenal.One of the things that most surprises visitors is the big mammoth that is in the park, probably all locals remember as I do when I was little…

The most beautiful Barcelona floors: tiles and colors!

The most beautiful Barcelona floors: tiles and colors!

When we walk through a city we normally look up to see the buildings and what surrounds you but what about looking down? A new phenomenon called selffeet has appeared, a selfie of your own feet but not only to show off about your new shoes but also to show those floors that we don't see in our daily basis.When visitors come to Barcelona they are looking up to Sagrada Familia or looking at the sea in Barcelona beach but there is a lot more to see if you look down. Barcelona is known for the Modernism, Gaudí being one of the most known architects for that in the city and something not so known is that Barcelona is famous for its hydraulic tile floors that were relevant during the Catalan Modernism.All floors deserve to be looked at, and as in Barcelona the hydraulic tiles are the star of fl…

Beaches in Barcelona: guide of beaches in the city

Beaches in Barcelona: guide of beaches in the city

Barcelona is a city opened to the sea, there are almost 5km of beach with fine sand and not very deep waters. It is important to note that Barcelona beaches are accessible by people with reduced mobility.The beach in Barcelona has many activities to chose from, there are bars at the beach where to sit down and relax while tasting some tapas, you can walk or ride your bike through the coastal path etc...Enjoy the seaside and take into account the colors of the security flags, the beach personel is taking care of the safety of swimmers as well, beaches are equipped with showers, public toilets, restaurants etc...Where to go to the beach in BarcelonaI will tour you around the different beaches that you can chose from in Barcelona city, with its characteristics and equipments so you can decid…

Free Museums night in Barcelona

Free Museums night in Barcelona

Every year there is a day to celebrate the International Day of Museums, in 2016 is on 21st May 2016 from 19h to 1h in Barcelona you have different museums with free access and activities organized on them too. You will be able to enjoy the permanent and temporary collections at the museum, there will be concerts and performances, workshops and guided tours with the objective to get museums closer to the public.Sadly, the cultural consumers in Barcelona do not account even for the 20% of the population, but with this initiative in only one night around 150k people visited museums and the majority of visitors were locals.This year there are 4 centres that join the initiative for the first time, such as the Mies Van der Rohe pavilion, the Pla Armengol Foundation, the Palau Güell and the Bad…

Graffitti in Barcelona

Graffitti in Barcelona

Barcelona has been and it is one of the epicentres of European street art, inspired by many worldwide artists. Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city, but you will see that there are many subcultures and street art or graffiti is certainly a way of expression, no different than writing or painting on a piece of paper. Right in the city centre, near plaça Catalunya is Raval neighbourhood, the area itself is different from the rest, full of vintage shops, quirky bars, and skate scene is also full of pieces of contemporary art. There are posters, stickers, graffitis on the walls and other urban ways of art. In the Born area, there are also expressions of urban art in alley-ways, doors and old buildings. My recommendation if you want to discover Barcelona graffitis is to walk around the city on a …

Barcelona viewpoint El Mirador del migdia

Barcelona viewpoint El Mirador del migdia

Walking through Montjuïc is a magic experience, you have the chance to see the coastal path and Barcelona from the top of the hill. You can visit many 1992 Olympics monuments that are in the area and the magnificent Montjuïc Castle as well. You can walk along what is called the path of the sea -Camí del Mar- that is a path that goes along the fortress in Montjuïc Castle and you have amazing views of Barcelona's harbour and the port. Following the coastal path you will arrive to what is called Mirador del Migdia, a viewpoint and also the Mirador del Migdia Park that has at each side a park the Botanical Gardens of Barcelona and the Joan Brossa Gardens too.La Caseta del MigdiaLa Caseta del Migdia is a very informal open air bar -it used to be a telecom tower- with a terrace with only outdo…

Rambla del Raval

Rambla del Raval

The Rambla del Raval is a street that is the centre of Raval area and the youngest of Ramblas in Barcelona. As you know if you have read our Las Ramblas article, a Rambla is a wide street that looks like a boulevardwhre you can find people going up and down up la Rambla. It is a trendy street full of restaurants and cafés, if you are around lunch time I would recommend you Hotel Barceló brunch, delicious.El Raval during XX century was called the "chinese neighbourhood", it was the most dense area in Barcelona and with hard conditions to live in for the neighbours.In 1955 the city hall decided to open up spaces in the area and once of them was to built the Rambla del Raval, the perfect place of gathering and where to celebrate cultural events in the area too.As mentioned, now is an area…

Free Museums in Barcelona

Free Museums in Barcelona

In Barcelona, all museums have an entrance fee but as a local I know all the tricks, and every first Sunday of the month there is a group of museums that have free entrance. If you are visiting Barcelona on the first weekend of the month, it is good to know as you can plan your museum route around that.Every first Sunday of the month from 15 hours until closing time the below museums are for free, there are some museums that have free entrance the full Sunday, you can check that out in their website: El Born Centre Cultural (History) Castell de Montjuïc (History) CCCB: Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona (Art) Museu de les Cultures del Món (Culture) Museu del Disseny de Barcelona Art) MUHBA: History Museum of Barcelona (3 locations: Plaça del Rei, Via Sepul…

Plaça St Jaume

Plaça St Jaume

Plaça Sant Jaume is the heart of Barcelona administration, right in the same square fagin to each other we can find Catalonia's government and on the other side Barcelona city hall. Funny enough, in the same square is where the main roman streets of the old Barcino -the name of the city in Roman times-, the Cardo and the Decumanus meet. Nowadays the Cardo will belong to Llibreteria and el Call streets and the Decumanus belongs to Bisbe, Ciutat and Regomir streets.Right in this place where the two streets crossed is where it was the Roman Forum -totally destroyed- and the Temple of Augustus, that still remain 4 columns from the temple, located at the time in the Tàber hill at Paradis street.Plaça Sant Jaume is a bit of our protest place in the city, when there are demonstrations -always …

The best views of Barcelona el Turó de la Rovira

The best views of Barcelona el Turó de la Rovira

 The best views of Barcelona can be seen from Turó de la Rovira, standing at 262 metres above the sea level, the Turó has incredible 360º views of the city. The place was a strategic site for the defense of Barcelona during the Civil War in Spain. It is interesting to mention that 15 years ago no one outside from the neighbourhood would go to Turó de la Rovira, and it was seen more like a dodgy place than the cool place that it is now. After a restoration and heritage project by MUHBA the space has become a popular stop among tourists and locals, and since it is a historic place there are information panels in the area pointing at the different uses of the remaining structures. Best views of Barcelona from Turó de la Rovira Observing Barcelona from Turó de la…

Free things to do in Barcelona

Free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a great city and what about visiting it for free, this post is about free things to do in Barcelona, isn't that cool? As in most of the European capitals if you want to move around you might have to spend some money if you want to visit the city and do some activities. Barcelona is no exception on that and save some pennies is always good, with my local tips I am sure you can see Barcelona for free. If you are visiting Barcelona in summer, you have to check out things to do in Barcelona in summer, most of them are for free and it is a good opportunity to mingle with locals. You can also see my recommendations to enjoy Barcelona low cost. Living in a city you are more aware of what is going on, where to look and what to do. I am going to share with you some of the things t…

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