Festes de Gracia

Les festes de Gracia born in a small village peasant in the 19th century as mutates extraordinary village of artisans , workers and small traders. It was more defined in a more civic than religious , under the impulse of many workers and recreational entities of Barcelona.
The party has a duration of a week with exhibitions, activities , sports, parades, workshops, dance, theather..  In the streets and squares you can attend concerts of jazz , rock, classic music meanwhile you try some of the specilities of the catalan street cuisine.

The most astonishing part of the celebration is indeed the decoration of some of the streets, always attending to a theme: lights from the balconies of the buildings, coloures figure papers imitating an aquarium, or Star wards, the sky, or whatever the imagination of the neighbours of that street has decided to dedicate their time during that year.

Worth it to pay a visit! If you are in Barcelona during that time, and you are staying with us at the Duquesa de Cardona hotel, we will forward the festivities program at reception to be able to enjoy your own Festes de Gracia

Quarter: Gracia
Metro line: Fontana
10 minutes walk from La Pedrera


Catalan cuisine

catalan cuisine paellaCatalan cuisine, which is typically Mediterranean, is based on natural seasonal produce.
Olive oil, vegetables, fruit, fresh fish and seafood , cod, pulses, pork in all its variety, many differrent cakes, and a wide selection of high quality wines and caves, these are the basic ingredients of our diet.

What to order in our catalan restaurants:

- Catalan mixed salad
- Escalivada: Grilled peppers and aubergines
- Esqueixada: shredded salt cod marinated in oil and vinegar with tomatoes, onions and red peppers.
- Escudella: vegetal and meat soup
- Espinacas a la Catalana. Spinach with raisins and pine kernels
- Jamón Serrano ( tradicional Spanish Ham, usually served with Bread and tomato
- Pan con tomate
- Sopa de pescado . Fish soup
- Bacalao a la “llauna”. Salt cod baked in tomato, garlic, parsley paprika, wine
- Fideua. Similar to paella, but with vermicelli
- Arroz Negro. Rice with cuttlefish
- Sepia con albóndigas . Cuttlefish with meatballs
- Suquet de peix . Fish, potato and tomato soup
- Zarzuela. Mixed seafood stew
- Botifarra catalana. Catalan sausage
- Botifarra amb seques. Kind haricot beans of sausage with garlic-mayonnaise.
- Pato con peras. Duck with pears
- Calçots amb salsa romesc. Grilled spring onions with a mediterranean sauce
- All i oli. Garlic maionnaise

- Crema catalana. Similar to créme brulée
- Mel i mató. Soft cheese with honey

Catalonia 1400. The international gothic style

MNAC ( Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya )
Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuich   Telf: 936220376

The period covered by theexhibition begins in the late fourteenth and continues until the late fifteenth century. It showcases some of the most important Catalan artists of all time, who have earned a well-deserved place in the history of European art. It brings together major works including four panels with narrative scene from the Sant Jordi Altarpiece by Bernat martorell and other complete altarpieces by Lluís Borrassà, Joan Mates, Martorell himself and Jaume Ferrer.

Till 15/07/2012

Antoni Gaudí Cornet

Antoni Gaudí was worn in Reus, in 1852. He studied architecture in Barcelona Provincial School of Architecture. Before finishing his studies, he collaborated with Josep Fontseré architect, in the Citadell Park project. In 1878 he won a contest to carry out a street lights project for Barcelona’s Plaza Real. Those street lights still exist. Between 1883 and 1926 Gaudí lef in Barcelona a sample of ten different and varied works: Casa Vicens, Palau Güell, Casa Calvet; Park Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló. Colony Güell Church, etc…. Antoni Gaudí is who more represents the modernism style in Catalunya, and probably, he is the maximum exponent of the triomph of Barcelona as an obligated city for any traveller of the world