April Fair 2014 came to Barcelona

One of the most important and anticipated events of spring 2014 is the April Fair of Barcelona, also known as April Fair of Catalonia. The Fair takes place this weekend on April, 25 up to May 4th.

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The April Fair of Barcelona or Catalonia is the local version of the famous April Fair of Seville. It is an event where tradition and love of homeland set the trend of the 10 days of the Fair. A set of stands and attractions are installed in Barcelona, ​​at the Parc del Forum, and thousands of people come to celebrate these days with a typical for Seville style. The April Fair is a festival of color, music, food, dancing and fun. Thanks to that it becomes a cause for annual visit.

One of the main attractions of the April Fair are the booths. The booths are temporarily raised up tents at the fairgrounds, where you can eat, sing and dance a traditional “Sevillian dance“. In fact, many people attending the April Fair dressed up in classical Sevillian dress all day.The environment people live in the April Fair is great for anyone who really loves it. People from the youngest to the older gather in the stands and start dancing sevillanas.

 Public transport is the best option to go to the April Fair, metro, tram or bus will leave you in front of the Forum. Metro: Fórum (L4- Yellow line); Tram T4 line; Buses: 7, 36, 41, 43,141

It’s time to go for a picnic!

With such a good weather you probably are excited to fill a basket with delicious food, snacks and a bottle of wine. It’s not necessary spend money on gasoline to go for a picnic in Barcelona. We are happy to show 3 perfect places to make a picnic.

First and a famous one is a Park of Ciutadella, in the heart of the city close to the beach, to the old town and it’s huge with enough space for everyone who decided to go for a picnic. To prove how big it is, just imagine  that it includes one zoo, the Museum of Natural Sciences, the building of the Parliament of Catalonia, a school, a church, a lake and a kiosk with live music program.

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Park Laberint d’Horta is another one unique place for visiting and also nice for a picnic with your friends or family. This historic garden situated in Horta-Guinardó neighborhood is the oldest preserved in the city. The park features a neoclassical garden of the eighteenth century and nineteenth century romantic garden. Besides the maze, the park has other elements such as family palace, fountains, a waterfall and different sculptures with motifs from Greek mythology.

Park of Creueta del Coll was built in 1987 by architects Josep Martorell and David Mackay, in an old quarry. The main attraction of the park is a large lake (the neighbors used to bathe in summer) and a sculpture by Eduardo Chillida, Eulogy to Water.

Have fun in Barcelona and always remember that we’re more than happy to see you in our hotel!

What and where you can eat during a Holy Week in Barcelona

Easter day brings spirituality to the devoted but also fun for those who use to travel on this Easter holidays. What is certain is that we all enjoy typical Easter food and especially sweets. The vigil was against eating meat, what enhanced the imagination of chefs, bakers and housewives to offer other dishes with ingredients they could eat. In the whole world there are countless recipes for Easter time, the most of them made ​​from milk, flour, eggs, butter, sugar or honey. Another widely used ingredient is bread, and the bread is a symbol of the Last Dinner and one of the main ingredients that must be present on our tables for these dates.

Potaje-hotel en Barcelona

Starting with El potaje de vigilia traditional stew of chickpeas served with cod. It’s considered one of the most found dishes during Holy week.  Then you have a typical garlic soup that is one of the most popular dishes in Spanish gastronomy, especially in the north of Spain.

Actually, sweets have the most importance in the Holy week. As we said earlier the most important is bread, to have a better Torrijas (sweet toast), they usually use bread enriched with butter and sugar. Don’t forget about “La Mona” is a typical Valencian and Catalan Easter cake which symbolizes that abstinence is over. Also, try some slices of fried milk for breakfast; you will love it for sure.

To complete your staying in Barcelona during this week, we recommend you make a short visit by Costa Brava as well passing by this cute restaurant where you will find delicious homemade torrijas.

Holy week! Where? In Barcelona of course

Are you coming to Barcelona for Easter Holidays? You’re probably looking for some interesting activities you can do, what to see and how they celebrate this traditional festivity. So, let’s see some suggestions!

First of all, it’s really great that Easter holidays fall quite late this year, but anyway better for you. It’s more probable that the weather will be so nice and you could and enjoy your holiday even more! Some things you have to know before you come, that in Barcelona and Catalonia Tuesday isn’t a festivity, but on Monday almost everything is closed.

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Even though Barcelona isn’t a particularly religious city but during the Holy Week there is a huge number of religious events of all kinds. We even recommend you to visit one of the various tourist offices when you arrived.

On previous to Easter Sunday takes place a Palm Sunday, when the streets are filled with children with palms, olive branches, laurel … to be blessed and so have good luck throughout the rest of the year.

The processions with sacred images are held on Saint Friday, with the different brotherhoods. Although it takes place in the streets of Barcelona, ​​the procession also includes the neighboring city of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, where you get to raise up to a million people.

Trips to Barcelona during Easter as well let see the surroundings and visit some tourist attractions of other Catalan cities. We strongly recommend you visit the Costa Brava, Girona city, and let yourself be surprised by the beautiful coastal landscapes.

Following Easter traditions, let’s talk about food. So if you spend Easter in Catalonia, you also should try “Monas de Pascua” cake accompanied by one or more figures of chocolate, which godparents should give their godchildren.

Barcelona is a city full of tourist attractions and places to visit, enjoy your Easter holidays knowing the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, two of the great works of architect Antoni Gaudí, or opt for the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and an evening walk by Barceloneta.