International Jazz Festival in Barcelona

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The Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival in Barcelona is one of the most known jazz festivals in the world and one of the most important musical events in Barcelona and Spain. It takes place annually in October-December. This year’s events are distributed between the 13th of October to 20th of December.

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Black Friday in Barcelona

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For already six years thousands of Barcelona citizens prefer to go for Christmas shopping on the last Friday of November. Why? Because it’s not just a Friday, but “Black Friday”.  It is a day when a lot of online and some offline stores announce sales on all types of products.

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Новый Год в Барселоне

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Что может быть лучше,  чем спраздновать Новый год в кругу семьи или друзей? Только спраздновать его с ними в Барселоне. Столица Каталонии является популярным городом для туристов круглый год.  Этот город предлагает своим посетителям широкий выбор развлечений  на любой вкус,  море, архитектурные шедервы, мягкий климат и непередаваемую атмосферу.

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Casa Vicens, Gaudi´s first project opened for public

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The creative heritage of Antoni Gaudi became the hallmark of Barcelona a long time ago. Sagrada Familia, Palau Guell, Casa Milà and other constructions are very well-known around the world. Starting from 16th of November, Barcelona citizens and visitors have one more point in their list of things to see: Gaudi´s first project as an architect, Casa Vicens.

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Christmas time in Barcelona

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Christmas in Barcelona is one of the most popular time to come and enjoy Barcelona. Preparation begins approximately a month in advance. The most important sign of approaching Christmas is the opening of the central Christmas fair in Barcelona. It passes in the downtown, on the square in front of the cathedral. This fair is called Fair de Santa Lucia.

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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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Milano Cocktail Bar – a trip through time and space

campari milano cocktail bar barcelona vintage cocteleria best bars in2An elegant and discreet place, live jazz, tapas, assorted cocktails and red vintage sofas. Milano Cocktail Bar has the perfect combination for an afternoon aperitivo in the Milan of the 40’s.

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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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El Nacional: Top fine cuisine in Barcelona

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On the majestic Passeig de Gracia (must-see avenue during your stay in Barcelona) opened its doors in 2014 a space dedicated to restoration, seducing both food gourmets and lovers of interior design and architecture.

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Barcelona Sonar Festival

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HISTORY

Sónar is a three-day electronic and advanced music festival. It was founded in Barcelona in 1994 by journalist Ricard Robles and musicians Enric Palau, and Sergi Caballero. This first event was attended by nearly 6,000 people, but this numbered tripled in only two years, reaching 18.000 in 1996. Sonar assistants number has allways kept growing until the early 2010’s, when Sónar size stabilized at around 80.000 visitors / year. Continue reading

10 must-do plans to enjoy Barcelona during summer

enjoy summerYou’ll always find something to do in Barcelona, even in mid November, but during summer the possibilities are absolutely countless. Open-air cinema, breathtaking viewpoints, gorgeous parks and so on. A long list of free or very cheap activities for you to enjoy your holiday in Barcelona. To help you choose between them, we hereby recommend you our Staff Pick of the top 10 activities to experience 100% the city of Barcelona in summer!

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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

Móndivers – Fun for parents and kids!

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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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Bar Casi – Great catalan food at a fantastic price.

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Bar Casi is a small miracle in a city like Barcelona, ​​where it seems increasingly difficult to find a restaurant with no hidden surprises. We can’t include the Bar Casi in the list of fancy and fine cuisine places in Barcelona, but the quality quantity of the food meet the expectations. This marvel of authentic catalan cuisine invites us to enjoy their dishes in a very rustic ambience, radically anti-design.

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Dalí vs Picasso. Who will you choose?

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It was about time that the relationship between such two key figures of twentieth-century art was examined in detail. The Picasso/Dalí. Dalí/Picasso exhibition will take place at Picasso Museum of Barcelona, First floor of Finestres Palace, and will open its doors next Friday 20th march 2015.

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