Summer time or how to take advantage of your staying in Barcelona 2014

We always try to do the best information about cool places, restaurants and shops. Now it’s turn to make an agenda with great concerts, festivals and open air activities in Barcelona. One of the greatest music festivals that are celebrating every year in Barcelona is Festival Pedralbes located in the most beautiful gardens of Barcelona. It’s time to harry up, because you’re still on time to buy last tickets to see such a fantastic band like Russian Red, George Benson or Paul Anka. Get more information at the official website of Jardins Pedralbes. How to arrive: Av. Diagonal, 686 Line 3; Green Line Station: Palau Reial

Next in our list of events is another one festival that takes place in Barcelona since 1976. Festival Grec is already a tradition for Catalans and people who come to Barcelona frequently. Be a part of this beautiful tradition, get your entrance now and enjoy. How to arrive: Passeig Santa Madrona, 36. Line 1 (Espanya), Line 3 (Espanya or Poble Sec).

Teatre_Grec

The best jazz you can find in Jamboree club, where you can listen to 5 genius musicians of catalan jazz: Joan Chamorro, Ignasi Terraza, Josep Traver, Esteve Pi y la joven Andrea Motis together with Scott Hamilton. It’s for sure a great mix of youth and freshness of a Surprisingly Jazzwoman and the experience of an American saxophonist who has worked with the biggest ones of the gender. How to arrive: Plaça Reial 17. Line 3 (Liceu or Drassanes)

Don’t miss a concert of Katie Melua, en el Sant Jordi Club on Wednesday, 23 of July. The American singer comes to Barcelona as part of her European tour that presents a spectacular “simplified” accompanied by bass and keyboards.

And to close the list we are happy to announce that on Monday, 21 of July you have a great opportunity to explore American sounds. The author of “Don’t worry Be happy” will be performing in Barcelona as a part of Grec Festival 2014. Go and buy your ticket! How to arrive: Pg Santa Madrona, 36. Line 1 (Espanya), Line 3 (Espanya or Poble Sec)

Discover Barcelona riding your bike

We have a great plan for you to have fun and to see Barcelona highlights riding your bike. It could be a route by a city center or escaping from the masses to the towards the Maresme beaches. Have fun with 2 routes we’ve planned for you.

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Let’s start with the easiest route that will let you to combine tourism, gastronomy and a pleasure of doing it riding quick as the wind. Enjoy Gaudi works, the crowdies street in the city La Rambla and eat paella in one of the terraces of Rambla. You have about 9 km to go on bike without any haste.  You can start in any point, but we suggest you make a point of start Pl. Calalunya and move down through Las Ramblas. Then cross the Gothic neighborhood passing in front of the Cathedral of Barcelona and go to the Born, where you can admire Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral as well. Crossing El Born neighborhood go straight to Ciutadella Park and don’t forget to make a stop there. You even can leave you bikes and rent a boat for 15 minutes. Then go up by passeig Sant Joan and go left on Tetuan square following Gran Via up to c/Marina where you have to go to the right and magic views of Sagrada Familia will temp you. There take the bike path of c/Provenza until Passeig de Gràcia, where you can see La Pedrera (Casa Mila), La Casa Batllo, and other emblematic buildings of Barcelona. If you want to make some changes here you have a map of bike path in Barcelona.

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For those who like an intensive riding we have this route that will takes about 2 hours and 32 km long. This route is perfect to make an escape cycling towards the Maresme beaches far from crowdie Barceloneta beach. Where the sand is clean and you shouldn’t almost fight for a place. The bike path that runs from the Forum area towards Sant Adrià de Besòs and Badalona, ​​can be connected as well to the adapted tracks for bikes on the seafront towards Montgat, El Masnou and Premia de Mar. To give you an idea of the route, between the Forum and Premia de Mar there are 16km, and to Ocata 12km. If doing the entire route it seems excessive to you, you can use a train. But be aware that some schedules are very full and this can be a problem traveling with your bike.

 

The Night of Sant Joan in Barcelona 2014

When the Night of Sant Joan comes to Barcelona the city converts into a huge celebration with fireworks and fun. Is the famous Verbena or Revetlla de Sant Joan as they call it in Catalan. The celebration actually has started a couple of days ago, you can hear like people are exploding firecrackers preparing for the great night of 23 to 24 of June. It seems that the night of 23 to 24 is the longest one and for Catalans it means that the summer officially has started.

Sant Joan

This celebration is suitable for all ages, the kids have fun exploding firecrackers, and teens go out this their friends and the oldest one used to neighborhood’s open-air dance.

According to this tradition the night of Sant Joan is perfect to stay with your family and friends. The most of neighborhoods of Barcelona take an advantage to organize an open-air dance in the streets or small squares of Barcelona, or even at the beach of Barceloneta. At the open-air dance you will have a lot of fun, dancing and eating a famous Coca de Sant Joan.

There are many types of coca, but the original is made with cream and candied fruits. Then there is another typical coca called “coca de llardons” as we call it in Barcelona. And the last tip:  do not forget to eat it with a glass of cava.

There is a saying in Catalonia that says “Who lights a bonfire at night of Sant Joan will not be burn all year long” maybe it’s true or false, but we assure you that this is the best day to do it. Fire is the most important symbol of this cerebration, represents purity; they say if you burn something in the bonfire of Sant Joan it purifies your soul and sins. So it is not surprising that this party is also known as the Night of the Witches, as it has a pagan origin. On the other hand, we find that “You have to bathe in Sant Joan night and you’ll be healthy during all the year.” So go to celebrate the festival at Barcelonena beach close its famous open-air dance and just 10 minutes walk from hotel Duquesa de Cardona!

Meet Barcelona’s gastronomy festival “Tast a la Rambla”

If you are staying in Barcelona this weekend don’t miss a new event what will transform the main street of Barcelona La Rambla in a gastronomic avenue. Only three days 12-15 of June you have an opportunity to meet 42 restaurants in one place. More over some of them have a Michelin stars what makes it even more attractive.

Tapas en Barcelona

 As we commented before, there will be 42 restaurants, among them:

Signature cuisine: Saüc ( by Xavier Franco), Fonda España (by Núria Borràs and Albert Antín), Dos Palillos ( by Albert Raurich), Tickets (by  Albert Adrià), Taverna del Clínic (by Toni Simoes),etc.

Traditional cuisine: Suculent ( Carles Abellán), Petit Comitè ( Nandu Jubany) , Casa Paloma ( Jordi Gotor), La Cuina del D.O ( Pere Moreno)

Tapas: L`Eggs ( Paco Pérez), Bodega 1900 ( Pedro Asensio) , Mont Bar ( Ivan Castro) , El Filete Ruso ( Enric Milla)

Pastisseries: Canal ( Xavier Canal), Oriol Balaguer ( Orieol Balaguer), Baixas ( Núria Baixas), Bubó ( Carles Mampel).

To try some of them, you should buy a ticket in one of 20 ticket offices situated right at La Rambla. One tapas have a cost of 4,50€, if you buy 4 tapas it will cost 16 euros and a beer for 2€.

Go and try the best of Barcelona!

 

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