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Ski resorts close to Barcelona

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Did you think that combining a trip to Barcelona and a skiing trip is not possible? Well, is not like that. Not everybody knows that just in a 2 hours ride from Barcelona you can get to a few skiing resorts.

If you are willing to make the best out of your winter trip then you can dedicate a day to ski at the Pyrenees Mountains and make your vacation even more diversified.
Next to Barcelona there are 4 most popular skiing tracks that are visited by thousands of people each season: Masella, La Molina, Port del Comte and Grand Valira (Andorra).

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The Museum of Design of Barcelona

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Barcelona is known for being a lover of design in all its forms, with famous architectural master pieces such as the Sagrada Familia or the Agbar Tower, hosting fashion events like the Bread&Butter or the M80 show, and with a very active artistic and cultural life. The Museum of Design of Barcelona (Museu del Disseny) is located in the Glories neighborhood, precisely in the Design Hub Building. It’s a building commonly known as “The Stapler”, build in metal and glass and highly environmentally friendly. Continue reading

The Born-La Ribera district – the oldest neighborhood in Barcelona

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El Born is one of the neighborhoods that form, along with the Gothic, Raval and Barceloneta, the historic center (Ciudad Vella) of Barcelona. It consists of two distinct areas, Ribera and El Born, but the latter has taken on such importance in recent years that its name is often used as a synonym for the entire neighborhood. The word Born means enclosure and indicates the place where the tournaments between knights took place.

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The zoo of Barcelona – A great experience for parents and kids!

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Barcelona Zoo opened its doors in 1892 inside the perimeter of the Ciutadella Park, during the Universal Exhibition organized at that time in Barcelona. You will find a very wide variety of animals, such as amphibians (frogs), birds (penguins, flamingos, vultures, ostriches), mammals (dolphins, elephants, gazelles, bears …) and reptiles (crocodiles, iguanas, pythons are found, turtles).

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The Botanical Gardens of Barcelona

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Barcelona’s botanical gardens are located in Montjuic, close to the 1992 Olympic Gams stadium. Jardi Botanic de Barcelona opened in 1999, after the construction of the Olympic sites damaged the Historical Botanical Garden of Montjuic, established in 1930. Both botanical gardens continue to thrive and are commonly referred to as the old and new botanical garden.

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Best skate spots in Barcelona

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Barcelona is known as the world capital of sktaboarding, due to its high number of skate spots. It’s sunny weather, big wide sidewalks (Diagonal Avenue, Passeig de Gracia, beach promenade…) and km of bike lane make Barcelona one of the most skateable cities in the world. If you bring your board to Barcelona, you cannot miss these 5 top skate spots in the city:

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La Barceloneta district – Barcelona

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La Barceloneta is one of the neighborhoods that form, together with Gothic, Born and Raval, the historical center (Ciutat Vella) of Barcelona. It has a triangular shape and an area of ​​71 hectares, going from the hotel W beach to the Olympic Port, and up to the Ciutadella Parc.

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La Roca Village – The chic fashion shopping outlet

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Ever felt like staying forever in a Duty Free Zone? Then you just found the definition of paradise for shoppers. La Roca Village is one of the nine villages of the Chic Outlet Shopping ® collection owned by Value Retail. Luxury shops and high quality restaurants go hand in hand in this Village, only 30 minutes away from Barcelona.  Continue reading

A quick look over Gracia district.

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History

Until the XIX century, before joining to Barcelona, Gràcia was born as a separate village. The locals are very proud of their roots and have a bohemian spirit. There lives a cluster of people from all around the world, artists and families with old traditions. Nowadays, Gràcia is very close to Barcelona city center, but walking through its streets gives the impression of being in a small Catalan village.
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FC Barcelona Museum – Camp Nou experience

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The Camp Nou Experience, the most visited museum in Catalonia in 2013, is the best place to know the history of probably the best soccer club in the world. The experience is divided in 4 parts:

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The iconic Ramblas of Barcelona

las ramblasLas Ramblas are the most popular and crowded avenue in Barcelona and one of the most famous over the world. Las Ramblas is now a very iconic place in Barcelona, and you will have a great time there, walking along the street and enjoying the smell of flowers and fresh paintings while watching the human statues.

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Discover the emerging Sant Antoni area

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The Sant Antoni Market (Mercat de Sant Antoni), is a market located in the neighborhood of the same name, in the Eixample district of Barcelona, and one of the most popular markets of the city. It is the most ancient market in Barcelona, it was built between 1872 and 1882 and was designed by Antoni Rovira I Trias, a local urban planner who also made other markets and buildings in Barcelona.

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Gran teatre Liceu, the Barcelona opera house

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Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, also known as Barcelona Opera House, was founded in 1847, and it has become a symbol of the city through the years.

The Liceu was founded by private shareholders that made a trading company, organized in a trade society (Great Liceu Theater Society). By that time, Barcelona was a growing city which needed to offer its citizens a music conservatory and theater. That’s why the Liceu was planned and built.

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Balearic Islands

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The Balearic Islands are a group of islands located in Eastern Spain, in the west side of the Mediterranean Sea. The four largest islands are: Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera.

All of these islands are very touristic because of their perfect weather and lovely beaches, but we can find some differences between them, even though it is worth to go to all of them to enjoy beach and sun seaside tourism.

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Top 5 parks in Barcelona

ciutadella park Even though Barcelona is a big city, you can also have a good time at its parks and gardens as well. Think of all the things that you can do at a park: take a walk, have a rest, disconnect, sunbathe,  learn about plants, read a good book while enjoying the nature whispering… In Barcelona, many parks will give you a good experience, and here we are going to show you the best of them. Continue reading

Costa Brava, a must see place.

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La Costa Brava (which means “Rough coast”) is the coastal region located in the north-east of Spain, from Blanes (the last city of Barcelona) to the French Border. It is a very touristic area and a holiday destination because of its fantastic sunny weather, nature, peace, excellent beaches and amazing views. It hosts tourists from all over the world, but mainly from Northern Europe, United Kingdom, France, Italy and lately also from Russia. For this reason, you can see lots of hotels and apartments in seaside resorts like Blanes, Lloret de mar and Tossa de Mar.

In this post we’ll show you the best places to go in La Costa Brava:

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Sant Pau Hospital reopens now as a modernist jewel

SANT PAU HOSPITAL REOPENSAfter three years of building works, Barcelona’s Sant Pau Hospital it’s now renewed and reopened, brighter than ever.

Even though you might think that visiting a hospital is not one of your main thoughts when you visit Barcelona, visiting Sant Pau’s Hospital is different. It is unique in its kind, designed by the famous and well-known architect Lluís Domènech I Montaner, who has also designed buildings known all around the world including Casa Tomas, Casa Fuster and Palau de la música catalana.

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The magic fountain show of Montjuïc

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Barcelona’s biggest fountain, built in 1929 for the International Exhibition, offers at night a spectacular display of music, lights and water acrobatics which generates over 50 kinds of diferent shapes.

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Top 9 Museums in Barcelona

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Barcelona is not famous just because of it’s weather, beaches, nightlife and tapas bars, it’s also a city of art and culture. In this post we’ve made a selection of the top Museums to see during your stay in Barcelona. Romanic art, egyptian culture, industrial colonies, soccer, catalan history… discover everything about the best museums in town:
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Modernist architecture route through Barcelona.

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The modernist movement, also known as Art Nouveau, started in the end of the 19th Century, and moved a lot of money and interesting buildings. Thanks to Gaudí, Domènech i Muntaner and Puig I Cadafalch architects among others, Barcelona is one of the most important modernist cities in the world.

Suggested Modernist route in Barcelona:

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