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What to see in Barcelona

The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, is one of the main industrial centres of Spain and a major port on the Mediterranean Sea.

The city has always been a favourite tourist destination especially by young people, if they go to Barcelona to visit and admire its many interesting places, certainly not disdain all that the city offers entertainment and fun.
It is known that the nightlife of Barcelona is very active and animated.

Being a seaside town, tourists are also attracted by its beaches also greatly appreciated by the Spaniards. From Barcelona you can also sail to the Balearic Islands.

Now let’s make a list of things to see in town, it being understood that the places that deserve to be seen are many, therefore we can not list them all here.

The symbol of Barcelona is without any doubt the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. The architect Gaudi devoted himself to its construction 40 years; since it is a gigantic work, he failed to finish it before dying. Even today, the works continues, albeit very slowly; It says that should be completed by 2030, but this is only a prediction, perhaps a little risky.

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Even La Pedrera is the work of Gaudi: This is a building with wavy horizontal planes. Inside there is a concentration of culture: on the ground floor is the auditorium that is used for concerts and conferences; the upper floors we find the exhibition centre Caixa de Catalunya dedicated to exhibitions. Then there is a fully furnished apartment-museum with furniture of the Spanish bourgeoisie of the late nineteenth century. Finally the top floor there is a museum dedicated to Gaudi. Down and out in the courtyard you can admire the magnificent mosaics and murals.
Like other works of Gaudi, Parc Guell is also a fantastic show, with its chimneys shaped like a mushroom, and the Gothic arches. Moreover since 1984 Parc Güell became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You can admire the grand staircase with its fountains, the Hipostila room decorated with mosaics and tiles, the Sala de Las Columnas with its massive Doric columns; in the garden the other hand there are the prehistoric stone galleries.

A scenic place from which to admire the whole town is The Montjuic Castle is located on a 212m high hill. The name means “the Jews” is due to the fact that originally on the hill there was a Jewish cemetery. From the castle you can see the harbour, much of the city and even the coast. Here we also find the green lung of the city: Parc de la Ciutadella is the largest park in Barcelona, ​​where you can walk in the green, admire the greenhouses with tropical plants, but also rent a rowing boat for a ride on the artificial lake and then visit the Museum of Zoology and the Museum of Modern Art.

To stroll in town, there are the Ramblas; both day and night people flock to these avenues: the Rambla de Canaletes, the Rambla dels Estudis, the Rambla de les Flores, the Rambla de Santa Monica and Rambla de Mar. Ramblas there are many attractions such as street musicians, artists and street vendors.

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Not far away there is the Boqueria market. It is a very famous covered market. There are the colourful fruit and vegetable stalls, the ones with the freshest seafood, but especially the many kiosks where you can eat all the Spanish specialties and Catalan but also other delicacies of various culinary traditions.

One of the most beautiful squares in Barcelona is certainly the Plaça Reial. It is surrounded by ancient buildings and in the centre  there is a beautiful fountain with the Three Graces.
Another feature of the city is the diversity of its neighbourhoods: each has its own personality. For example, the district of La Ribera is absolutely unconventional and frequented by young artists; Here we also find a lot of art galleries.
The El Raval district is the most multicultural and multiethnic one here. There are shops and restaurants offering food items and around the world.
The Gracia neighborhood is very lively, with its craft shops and there are many bars.
In the area of ​​Port Vell which is the oldest part of the port: you can relax, maybe eating, and enjoy the spectacle of the sea.
If we instead move forward to the Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of Barcelona, ​​we can admire its narrow streets and Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. The Gothic style has been superimposed over the Romanesque, the facade has over 100 figures carved from more Catalan sculptors and inside you can admire the magnificent Gothic sarcophagi of the bishops and of the XVth century paintings. If we want to stop at one of the many pubs or tearooms, we will also have the opportunity to listen to great jazz evening.
It remains to look at the beaches, especially if you go to Barcelona in the hot season, are always appreciated both for relaxing in the sun, both to cool off with a nice bathroom.
So, along the harbour, near the city centre, we find the beach of Barceloneta; you can easily walk there.
The Nova Icaria Beach is located near the Olympic City. La Mar Bella beach is frequented by nudists, but not only.
Finally, the Bogatell beach is bordered by a path where you can walk, skate and even ride a bike.

And for those who want to continue the holiday, remember that the ferry departing from Barcelona to the Balearic Islands! Good fun!

 

New Year’s Eve and Epiphany in the Catalan tradition

Barcelona certainly is not the first European city to come to mind when you consider Christmas holidays. On the podium usually there are cities like Paris, London and Vienna, but, for this year is worth to go to Spain. Barcelona is a bright, Latin and cozy city, just like every real “Fiesta”location requires. Never mind if you miss the snow as for those who travel and want to move freely this weather condition is impractical.
In the capital of Catalonia’s no such a risk. Christmas temperatures do not drop below 10° and the atmosphere in Barcelona, during the month of December and the first week of January, is truly magical.
The lights are amazing and in their main streets of the city, from the Ramblas Port Vell, through the Paseo de Gracia, lighting is giving up a show all to admire. All the stores are participating in creating this bright scenario of lights and you can only stand in awe by the charm of the atmosphere.
But what to do in Barcelona during the holidays? Surely you can’t forget to admire the most beautiful crib in Barcelona at Plaza Sant Jaume and at the Mercado de Santa Llúcia in Avinguda de la Catedral, the oldest fair that is known in Catalunya. In the market you can find everything you need to decorate the house, and to sweeten the Christmas crafts. It is open from the end of November and usually ends December 23. But Santa Llúcia is not the only market in Barcelona during the holidays, even the Fira de Nadal, near the “Sagrada Familia”, is very beautiful and a walk there also should not be overlooked.

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But what about the longest night of the year, New Year’s Eve?

It seems that nights in Barcelona are endless. Imagine what could become San Silvestro in the most cheerful and carefree city in Europe. Crowded streets and people who continue to celebrate until late morning. Even for the last year you can dine on tapas, glasses of wine or sangria and then jump to the discovery of Barcelona nightlife between the various neighborhoods and the many different places with a party every time different. There’s something for every taste.
And it is customary in the city to eat 12 grapes at midnight, one grain for every time the bell chimes. It seems to be of good omen for the new year. Everything should be rigorously washed down with a glass of Cava, a typical Spanish champagne.
The old town is full of festivities. Just choose the most suitable one. Among the places to go midnight we strongly advice the Olympic Port. From here you can admire the beautiful fireworks and toast under the statue of Columbus. Or, again, you can choose to say goodbye to the old year to Plaza Catalunya and then after midnight, street, along the Ramblase in adjoining streets, nightlife place par excellence for the Catalans and foreigners.

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But the true queen of the Christmas holidays in Catalunya, and in all of Spain, is the 6th of January, “El Día de los Reyes” (our Magi). This festival, which falls on the day of the Epiphany, celebrates the arrival of the Three Kings to Bethlehem with their gifts to the Christ child, and it is the traditional day for Spanish people to exchange gifts. Most of the children, and not only them, will have to wait for this day for the long-awaited exchange of gifts.
Every year, on the evening of January 5, the Three Kings arrive in Barcelona. The city is organized and reserve them a wonderful reception. The Magi arrive by boat (the Santa Eulalia, the name of the patron saint of the city) to the Port and the whole crowd gathered waiting for them with trepidation. To welcome the wise men, besides those present, there are fireworks and cannon shots. Once on dry land, the Mayor of Barcelona gives them, symbolically, a set of keys to allow the opening of all the doors of the houses of the city, for the distribution of the gifts. Did you think that everything ran out here? No! This is just the beginning of the festivities. The parade of the Magi, in fact, move from Porto to the streets of the centre of Barcelona, until you reach the Magic Fountain.
Along the way, children collect the sweets thrown during the parade. A parade of camels, elephants and other surreal creations  follows the Magi. Surrounded by many dancers and musicians the route of the Parade of the Three Kings is a kind of Christmas Carnival, truly unmissable. A unique experience and a show completely different from what is observed in other capitals, confirming what Barcelona is a city atypical to spend your holidays.

Once the parade is over, it is customary that the children of the city run home to prepare to welcome the three kings in the night they will visit to their home. Children leave a little straw and water for the camels in their shoes. The next morning they wake up early and run to check if the shoe is empty or not, and whether what they have asked for in their letters arrived.
Children who during the year did not behave well, will receive nothing but a bag of ‘carbon dulce’ (charcoal). This is also given to many good children to remind them to behave well even in the following year. Many similarities with the Italian “Befana” that fills the stockings of children with sweets or coal.
To celebrate the Day of the Three Kings, for breakfast or  lunch is tradition to serve a particular type of sweet, ‘El Roscon de Reyes‘. It is a typical Catalan cake topped by a crown, inside which is a miniature king or a crown, and those lucky enough to find them, is treated like a king for the rest of the day. Another prize (usually a bean) is hidden in the cake, and the unfortunate who finds him will have to pay the cake the following year.

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Among the desserts then do not forget to taste the typical Spanish Turron, the highlight of Christmas. The most traditional is the one with almonds, walnuts and honey, although in reality, now, there are several varieties. Also try the Polvorons. It resembles the pastry but are made of a kind of marzipan crumble.
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The best restaurants in Barcelona

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Barcelona, the capital of Catalunia and one of the most interesting location in Spain, is indeed beautiful, and there are lots of things to see. But it is not only its architecture to amaze the visitors: the food is really great, as anyone who was in Barca can tell you. Are you planning to go and visit this spectacular city? We would like to offer you a list of the best places (restaurants and bars in Barcelona) to eat the famous paella, seafood and tapas.
“What are the tapas?”, you might ask. This is a wide variety of typical Spanish dishes eaten as appetizers or entrees. They are small portions of typical Spanish food that accompany drinks. They may be cold (an example with olives and cheese) or warm (such as octopus or fried calamari).
In Spain we use to dine out especially during the weekend and alternate between the restaurant and the bar where you eat tapas, maybe consuming several tapas in different locations on the same night.
Here’s where to eat Spanish specialities.

Can Sun

One of the best restaurants in Barcelona to try the paella and is also one of the most sophisticated waiters with a careful and accurate knowledge of fine dining (Do you know any another restaurant that offers diners reading glasses?). There are two speciality paella proposed in various forms, and smoking chickpea stews with chorizo, lentils and potatoes, onion soup with poached egg.

Address: C / Sant Carles 4, 08003
Contact: 00 34 93 221 50 12; restaurantcansole.cat
How to get there: Metro Barceloneta
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 13: 30-04: 00 20: 30-23: 00; Sun 13: 30-16: 00
Prices: lunch and dinner around €35.
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish, Seafood
Reservations: recommended

Cinc Sentits

Each one among the many prizes which  this restaurant has won was totally well-deserved. The restaurant only serves set menu: Essencia five-course meal for €65,  Sensacions seven-course meal is for €79, or at lunch, the most elaborate menu for €109. You can expect dishes such as pigeon served in three different ways.

Address: C / Aribau 58, 08011
Contact: 00 34 93 323 94 90; cincsentits.com
How to get there: Metro Universitat
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 13: 30-15: 00 20: 30-10: 00
Prices: lunch and dinner from € 65
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted:
Cuisines: Spanish
Bookings: Essential

El Atril

In this restaurant you can sit among the stone walls in the dining room or under the umbrellas on the tiny Plaça de Sant Cugat.

Address: C / Carders 23, 08003
Contact: 00 34 93 310 12 20; atrilbarcelona.com
How to get there: Metro Jaume I
Opening hours: Mon, 18:00 to midnight; From Tuesday to Sunday, noon to midnight
Prices: set-price lunch €11.80; otherwise, lunch, and dinner around €25
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish, Thai, Indian
Reservations: Not necessary

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Les Tres a la Cuina

It is a little more of a deli with only a couple of tables, but Les Tres is still a really good stop for lunch. The menu changes daily and always includes a vegetarian option such as polenta with past and goat cheese.

Address: C / Sant Lluís 35, 08012
Contact: 00 34 93 105 49 47
How to get there: Metro Joanic
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10: 00-18: 00; Sat, Sun 11: 00-17: 00
Prices: Price Lunch Weekly €9, brunch (weekends only) €10
Reservations: recommended

Set Portes

An elegant old restaurant serving paella and seafood. It was built around 1836. The food is excellent, following ancient recipes, and occasionally adds a new dish to the vast offer.

Address: Passeig Isabel II, 14, 08003
Contact: 00 34 93 319 30 33; 7 portes.com
How to get there: Metro Barceloneta
Opening hours: daily 13: 00-01: 00
Prices: lunch and dinner around €35
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish
Reservations: recommended

Bar Pinotxo

Among the most popular bars, Pinotxo is an institution in Barcelona, lasting for over 70 years and attracts the best known local chefs, including Ferran Adrià. There is no menu, but you can inspect the plates exposed along the counter and ask for the daily specials. Among the classics of the house there are squid and beans and artichoke omelette.

Address: Puesta 91 (number of stall 91), La Boqueria, La Rambla 89, 08001
Contact: 00 34 93 317 17 31; pinotxobar.com
How to get there: Metro Liceu
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 06: 30-04: 00
Prices: Lunch €20

Can Culleretes

The second oldest restaurant in Spain, with a mention in the Guinness Book of Records, Can Culleretes serves tasty Spanish food at really good prices. Try stew of wild boar, partridge or fish ‘pica pica’.

Address: C / Quintana 5, 08002
Contact: 00 34 93 317 30 22; culleretes.com
How to get there: Metro Liceu
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 13: 30-04: 00 09: 00-23: 00; Sun 13: 30-16: 00. Closed from mid-July to mid-August
Prices: Lunch and dinner €20
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish, Seafood
Reservations: recommended

Kaiku

Although it has much in common with the traditional Spanish restaurant serving paella, Kaiku is much more than that. The menu changes according to what is actually on season and fresh to be found at the local market. Make sure you book in advance a table on the terrace overlooking the beach.

Address: Plaça del Mar 1, 08003
Contact: 00 34 93 221 90 82; restaurantkaiku.cat
How to get there: bus 17 to Almirall Aixada
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 13: 00-03: 30 19: 00-22: 30; Sunday 13: 00-15: 30
Prices: lunch and dinner around €26
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish
Reservations: recommended

Tapaç24

Chef Carles Abellan starry describes this small room as the classic place “tapas” but the tapas are really delicious.

Address: C / 269 Provincial Council, 08007
Contact: 00 34 93 488 09 77; carlesabellan.com
How to get there: Metro Passeig de Gràcia
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9am to midnight
Prices: tapas from €3.80
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish

Quimet i Quimet

For the tapas is the ideal location but it also serves raw salmon with cream cheese, soy sauce and honey. The bar and restaurant also specializes in wine and canned food: canned seafood, for example.

Address: C / Poeta Cabanyes 25, 08004
Contact: 00 34 93 442 31 42
How to get there: Metro Paral.lel
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, noon, 4:00, 19: 00-10: 30; Sat, noon-16:00. Closed in August
Price: Tapas from € 4
Method of Payment: Credit cards accepted
Cuisines: Spanish

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The most beautiful locations in Spain

Spain’s history and culture is amazingly rich and interesting. From ancient monuments left by the Romans and the Moors, medieval castles and the white villages of Andalusia inland, to the vibrant city of Barcelona and Madrid, there is a great mixture of cultural attractions in Spain. The landscape is equally diverse. The evergreen estuaries of Galicia could not be more different from the deserts of Almeria or from the rugged mountains of the Sierra Nevada. And then there are the countless sparkling beaches that dot the Spanish coastline. Although busy in the summer, you can also find some secluded beaches. In short, Spain is the place for all kinds of tourists: those who want to, of course, sip sangria in a dream beach, for those who want to enjoy the Spanish culture full of flamenco and bullfighting, those seeking to discover the history of Spain through its many historical and artistic treasures. For all so much fun, so much scenery which is always different.

Spain has much to offer: breathtaking landscapes, art, architecture and culture. A holiday in this land has some milestones not to be missed. Here are the most beautiful places in Spain.

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Granada
This wonderful city is an amazing place to visit. It is located at the base of the Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain in Spain, and it is an excellent place for winter sports, but also in  summer for its nearby beaches. In Granada many and various events are also organized .

Barcelona

Located just north of the Spanish coast, Barcelona is the most cosmopolitan and lively city of Spain. Despite the fact that the city boasts many breathtaking monuments of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance periods, the Modernist building is no doubt the feature that best describes Barcelona, ​​particularly in the works of Antoni Gaudi. La Rambla, the colourful restaurants, the large trees and the Gothic Quarter with its Gothic buildings, the Roman ruins and several bars and restaurants, are locations certainly worth a visit.

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Pamplona

This medieval town in northern Spain has many fascinating attractions. For example, the Gothic house of prayer has been considered as one of the most important religious structures in all of Spain. In the beautiful mountain ranges around the city there are several places to visit.

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Malaga

In the same way that you might expect from the capital of the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun), Malaga also has amazing beaches and an incredible climate. This vibrant city has much more to offer than ocean, sand, and light. You will come across it in many incredible monuments including the royal residence of the lords, the Alcazaba, the most representative building of Malaga from the Moorish period. The city boasts buildings from the wonderful designs, and an energizing nightlife. After dinner, you can indulge in theatres, clubs and traditional bar.

Costa Brava

It is characterized by its shores, and its landscape that resembles a paradise blue, with excellent tourist accommodation and beautiful beaches.

Gibraltar

The Rock of Gibraltar is about 200 million years old and has 143 caves, over 30 kilometres road and several miles of galleries. The city of Gibraltar features many valuable historical periods, too: in the twelfth century a Moorish city,  in the fifteenth century Spaniard domination and in the eighteenth century it became a British province. Gibraltar has a rich nightlife with many discos and nightclubs.

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Benidorm

It is one of the main tourist resorts in Europe partly because of its large coastline which is divided between the Platja de Ponent, located to the west and Platja de Llevant which lies to the east. Many are located near Benidorm theme parks. Benidorm is also one of the most moden cities in Spain but there are plenty of historical places as Tossal de la Cala, a former Iberian town, such as El Mirador de la Punta del Canfali, a lookout perched on a small hill Platja de Ponient and Playa de Llevant and the Church of St. James and St. Anne, built between 1740 and 1780.

Valencia

Valencia is the third largest city of Spain. Valencia offers many sunny beaches that are a short drive from the city. It’ s just as prestigious for its orange groves as it is for its vibrant nightlife. The roundup of the pubs and many holiday destinations in Valencia are endless; there is plenty of fun and outdoor activities: golf, cycling and tennis. Do not miss the Science Park which highlights three different multimedia shows: Planetarium, Imax and Omniscan. And then the Palace of Arts, a concentration of art with music, dance, theatre.

San Sebastian

San Sebastian is a beautiful city, which boasts extraordinary beaches cha attract many tourists every year. Playa de la Concha is the largest beach in San Sebastian, is sunny and it is the best beach for swimming. When you are tanned enough you can direct us to the Old Town (Parte Vieja), dotted with excellent seafood restaurants and tapas bars. After dinner you can go to one of the many stylish bars and clubs.

 

Summer in Barcelona

 

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A clever mix of Mediterranean and Nordic charm is waiting for you in Barcelona. A holiday in this city is always a happy holiday because it combines everything that the most fascinating among the cities in the Mediterranean  can offer: a relaxed pace, months of endless sunshine, excellent food  with the cultural influence and the design of almost all the cities of the north.
The weather is wet and not as hot as in other Spanish cities. Between late July and early September you can enjoy this city peacefully and quietly, without any traffic or chaos.

The real pleasure of Barcelona is the wandering without a well-defined aim: it is needless to plan a trip in advance and in detail! Better to be guided by the spur of the moment: a last-minute concert , the Museum of Picasso or the MACBA.
Let’s see what it is on offer in this fascinating city.

Montserrat

The famous cradle of the independent spirit of Catalonia, this revered monastery is located atop a mountain with the same name. A famous choir sings around one o’clock every day, and although the monastery itself is not one of the most attractive of Spain, around it you can enjoy amazing walks. Reached by cable car (from the station to Montserrat – Aeri) or by train (from Monistrol de Montserrat station) . For further infos, see www.abadiamontserrat.cat

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Sitges

Just take a train and in 40 minutes you are by the coast from the Estacio de Franca in Barcelona.  Sitges is known as a party city of Catalonia and certainly sees hordes of tourists in the summer, but despite this fact it still manages to preserve its beautiful appearence. Its many beaches (some of them naturist ones) are very clean. Or you can get off the train a stop earlier in Garraf, a charming and peaceful bay lined with striped booths. A picnic is generally the best way to spend a day here, although there other alternatives to eat out.

Festivals and events

Calendar of festivals and events in 2014

Holy Week
April 13 to 21
Easter is not celebrated in Catalonia with the same pomp as in the south of Spain, but there are a number of interesting Good Friday processions. The previous Sunday (Palm Sunday, or Diumenge de rams), is the day when most of the Catalans join in, holding palm branches, and go to the cathedral, to bless them as a sign of protection.

Primavera Sound Festival
May 29 to 31
Catching up very fast with the popularity of its “sister” festival, Sonar, the Primavera Sound is the celebration of pop, rock and – most importantly –  indie. This five-day event, held at the Forum area north of the city, will include Arcade Fire, The National, Pixies, St Vincent, Disclosure, Caetano Veloso and a large selection of other bands of the past and the present in 2014.
Prices: one-day ticket are on sale at € 80 until May 6 , full passes to € 195 .
Contact: primaverasound.es

The egg dance
mid-June
“L’ Ou com Balla” is one of the most fascinating annual events in Barcelona, ​​and it is held for a few days close the Corpus Christi date (June 19, 2014 ). Several courtyards and cloisters of the church of some buildings particularly valuable to see and they are open to the public for the occasion. Everything is garlanded with flowers.
Contact: bcn.cat

Sónar Festival
June 12 to 14
The legendary International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art is held for three days over two main sites: the fair at Plaça Espanya in Barcelona and a number of spaces, out in L’ Hospitalet quarter, on the outskirts of the city. The festival in 2014 features Massive Attack, Skrillex, Four Tet, Caribou, Richie Hawtin and Bonobo, along with a number of small bands and DJs less known on the electronic scene.
Contact: sonar.es

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Sant Joan
June 23 to 24
The feast of St. John is the big party night of the year, when huge bonfires in the streets and on the beach take place, and when the fireworks fill the sky at night until dawn. 24 June is a public holiday and, generally, it is the quietest day of the year.

The Diada
September 11
The National Day of Catalonia provides marches, demos and free concerts in the streets. Plaça Catalunya and Via Laietana are often scenes of scuffles with the police.

Barcelona is beautiful by day and by night. Its nightlife makes it the perfect city for those who are not in couple, such as groups of friends who like to have fun, or for those who want to listen to good music, or for those who loves discos or either for those who want to enjoy a drink while listening to music jazz. In short, nothing is missing in this wonderful city. You can spend the night in Barcelona in one of the many bars.

Dry Martini

A beautifully stylish cocktail bar that is located in Barcelona with wood paneling, leather sofas and bartenders in white uniforms with nautical finishes.
Address: Carrer Aribau 162-166, Eixample .
Contact : 00 34 93 217 50 72
Opening Hours: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 Mon.-Thu.; 1:00 to 3:00 Fri.; 18:30 to 03:00 Sat.; 18:30 to 2:30

Harlem Jazz Club

One of the favourites bar when it comes to nightlife, Harlem offers a wide range of musicians and genres.

Address: Carrer de Sobradiel Comtessa 8 , Barri Gotic .
Contact : 00 34 93 310 07 55 ; harlemjazzclub.es
Opening Hours: (July-September) from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 Tue. to Thu. , 8:00 to 5:00 a.m. Fri., Sat. (October to June) from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 Tue. through Thu., Sun.; 20:00 to 05:00 Fri., Sat.
Admission: € 6 (including a drink) Tue. -Thu., Sun. € 6 to Fri., Sat.

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Marula Café

The Marula specialty is soul, funk and latin, with live music in the evening and then with some of the best DJs in the city playing until the wee hours of the morning .

Address: 49 Carrer Escudellers, Barrio Gothic .
Contact : 00 34 93 318 76 90; marulacafe.com
Opening Hours: 10:00 p.m. to 05:00 Mon.-Thu., Sun.; 10:00 to 06:00 Fri.; Sat. 10:00 to 06:00.

City Hall

A relaxed nightclub where the music varies depending on the night#; it could be techno, minimal or more (see the website for the programs of the evening) .

Address: Rambla de Catalunya 2-4 , Eixample .
Contact : 00 34 93 233 33 33; cityhallbarcelona.com
Opening hours : Midnight – 06:00 every day.

Along the main shopping streets of Barcelona you can read many well-known names: Benetton, Diesel, Accessorize, Miss Sixty and so on, together with the Spanish chains such as Zara, Mango and more. Being a quite compact city, shopping in Barcelona is simpler than buy the goods online. Walking the beautiful Passeig de Gràcia you can all the main fashion-chains. For small boutiques you have to take the side streets.

Its patchwork of architectural styles shows dark Gothic facades next to harlequin, colourfoul buildings and also astonishing modern architectural creations by  Jean Nouvel, Herzog and de Meuron. A day can be well spent admiring these buildings, while shopping and ending up dining either in any one of the Michelin-starred gastronomic temples or in one of the tasty family-run small restaurants.