Explore Catalunya

Catalunya means culture, sport, nature, gastronomy and many other things. Today we want to share with you the inner Catalunya. We want you travel back to acient times. Medieval and fishing villages around the country are waiting for you.

Explore Catalunya is a company that provides Small Group Tours around Catalunya for almost 10 years. They offer a personalized service. We want to mention three tours that we consider out of the beaten path.

Calella de Palafrugell

Calella de Palafrugell

Besalú

Besalú

Girona & Costa Brava: On this day trip from Barcelona, you will visit the city of Girona in the north east of Catalonia with its Roman Walls, Arab baths and Jewish quarter. After Girona, we will visit the medieval village of Pals and then we will continue to the Costa Brava to admire a the pinturesque fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell.

Historic Medieval Villages: On this day trip from Barcelona, you will visit the beautiful villages of Besalú, Catellfollit de la Roca and Tavertet and you will enjoy the stunning views from the sandstone cliffs.

Vall de Núria

Vall de Núria

Pyrenees Mountains and Medieval Vic: On this day trip from Barcelona, you will visit the historic town of Vic then you will ride the rack railway from Queralbs high up into the Pyrenees.

Get more information at: http://www.explorecatalunya.com/

Sail the Mediterranean and discover Sitges!

Spend one day in a typical mediterranean village with flat beaches, the best shopping and modernism buildings.

Sitges skyline

Sitges skyline

Bluemar ferries is a ferry company that links Barcelona and Sitges in only 45 minutes. The ferries depart from Barcelona at 08:00, 09:15, 12:00, 19:00 & 21:30. Getting to sitges from Barcelona couldn’t be easier.
To enjoy the day trip and get a special rate we recommend you to take the boat at 08am.
The single ticket price is from 10€(round trip)at 8am and 29€ (round trip) other hours.
From Sitges to Barcelona the ferries depart at 08:00, 10:45, 17:45 & 20:15.

The ferries depart from the dock called Barcelona located a few steps away from Las Ramblas. From our hotel it takes 15 minutes walking.

Blue mar ferries

Blue mar ferries

Once you’ll get to sitges we recommend you to visit the following sights:

– Taking a promenade through the sea front boulevard and the old town next to the cathedral you’ll be transported to twenties when Catalan Modernism artists and Jet Set from Barcelona used to spend vacations and celebrate crazy parties in their white streets during the summers.

– Museu Cau Ferrat is a must visit in Sitges, the modernist house has host most fancy and crazy of the parties we were talking about, now it is a modernism museum.

– Finally, if you have time before going to the beach Visit Casa Bacardí, a permanent exhibition, one of the famous Rom brands all over the world. Based in a modernist building dated 1890. Bacardi is a Cuban rom but his founder was borned and rised in Sitges.

Get more information at: http://www.sitgestur.cat/?l=en
http://bluemarferries.com/

Sara Baras returns to Barcelona

SARA BARAS

Sara Baras has been a point of reference in the world of Spanish flamenco. She is internationally famous for carrying flamenco in her dancing and in her blood.

Sara Baras returns to Barcelona with her new show. ‘Voces’. In the show, she pays homage to some of the great figures from the world of flamenco, which have influenced her work, among them Carmen Amaya, Antonio Gades and Paco de Lucia. She will perform at theatre Tívoli from April 6th to May 1st.

New show 'Voces'

New show ‘Voces’

We recommend you to assist that event because you will remember for a long time how powerful and brave is flamenco dance.

Get more information at: http://es.teatrebarcelona.com/teatre-tivoli

Catalan Modernism Museum

Modernism, known out of Catalonia as Art Nouveau or Modern Style, was a cultural movement which acquired unique caracteristics within the Catalan framework. Modernism creation started at the end of the 19th century and extended through about the earliest years of the 20th century. Its main goal was transform the society, and on opening it to Europe through art, literature, music, theatre and decoration. It was characterised by being very eclectic style.

Catalan Modernism Museum

Stained glass at Catalan Modernism Museum

The Modernism Museum was opened in the 2010 on a Modernist building designed by Enric Sagnier between 1902 and 1904. It is unique in being dedicated exclusively to the brilliant movement in the city’s history known as Modernism. It makes an excellent complement to the well-trodden tourist itinerary of Modernist buildings, since it collects some of the best pieces of furniture and interior decoration from that period.

The museum its divided in two different floors. The first floor displays some objects  and house furnitures created by Antoni Gaudí, Busquests and Gaspar Homar: chairs, writing desks , iron frames, hangers, jewerly. The lower floor hosts paintings and sculptures from Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquim Mir, Josep i Joan Llimona, Pablo Gargallo, Ramón Cases or Miquel Blay, among others. Regarding the sculpture, most of these artists studied the female figure and expressed psychological traits through the study of the anatomy and the use of new materials.

This museum is unique on this genre. We highly recommend it to modernism art lovers but also to those who need  a good introduction to the movement.

Get more information at:  http://www.mmbcn.cat/

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