Discovering Barcelona markets: from historic to moderns ones

Barcelona has a unique chain of markets you probably won’t meet anywhere in Europe. So walking by Barcelona city you can visit 39 food markets where you will find fresh cheese, fruits or almost everything you are looking for; food from all over the world, to be exact.

The rest of markets are those with lots of things you never thought it’s possible to find out. Barcelona vintage markets have developed during last 3-4 years and nowadays almost every month in agenda of the city you can see someone is organizing one of these markets on at the plaza del Mar or at the old train station.


 Walking through the history and buying some fresh fruits it’s more than possible. Check out the following 6 markets: La Boquería a must visit of course, not only a fresh food from all over the word, also some bars inside with typical food; Sant Antoni market in one of the top neighborhoods of Barcelona; then pass by Santa Catarina market in Born, recently renewed 325.000 pieces on its roof represent stands with fruits; next is La Concepció market at Arago, 317, or better say its surrounded by 4 streets: Arago, Valencia, Bruc and Girona, forming an island in the right Eixample; if you’re walking or staying at Barceloneta neighborhood don’t forget to pass by Mercat de la Barceloneta to buy some fresh fruits before going to the beach.


 Going over Barcelona straight to Sarrià – San Gervasi, we can see other markets that belong to the modernist period. As a great examples visit Galvany market at c/Santaló, 55; one of the most beautiful markets of Barcelona city. The market has a shape of a Greek cross with a central octagonal dome. Inside there are 28 iron columns that help to support the deck. In the side walls and the dome there are stained glass windows which are undoubtedly the star element.


 To finish this long walk by Barcelona markets write down these markets where you can find everything or even more than everything. No doubt Els Encants is a number one, renewed a year and a half ago it houses more stands with vintage things. Be sure you have enough time, because you will be definitely lost.

Remember that in Hotel Duquesa de Cardona you always can find the best for your comfortable staying. And we are happy to share all we know about our beautiful city of Barcelona.

So, which one of these markets do you like more?

Barcelona gastronomy: Join us to go round the tapas bars

The best of Barcelona and Spain in general is the variety of gastronomy you can find here. It is an authentic world of good food and you can confirm it during your visit to Barcelona. The most of you probably are looking for places where to eat in Barcelona before you come here. Even if you have no time to do it, no worries, we made a list of 5 best places with tapas in the center of Barcelona.

tapas en Barcelona

Starting at Poble-Sec neighborhood that represents the center of Barcelona’s gastronomy, yes yes, it’s an authentic paradise. Keep in mind that to take a sit in one of the tapas bars over there could be a challenge, by one hand because of the wide variety and by other hand because there is no one empty table. Moreover, it’s more than oK if you see people staying in the middle of the street with beer (caña) in one hand and a plate of patas bravas in the other. Firstly, try to catch a sit in the best of the best of Barcelona tapas bars Quimet i Quimet at c/Poeta Cabanyes, 25. Artisan beer and vermouth together with tapas will leave you at a loss for words.

To not going too far check out Taverna Blai Tonight, even though is it quite difficult to catch a sit, but to stay there and not to try the famous pinxo there is no excuse for it.

Best tapas in Barcelona

Moving toward Barcelona city center in the heart of Raval we have another piece of gastronomic paradise Bar Cañete at Carrer de la Unió, 17. Originally from Sevilla the chief Jose knows how to surprise you. Opening the menu you are completely lost because it is too difficult to choose between all that varieties of tapas they have.

Visiting Casa Batlló and La Pedrera you will be starving after seeing lots of beauty so the best idea is make abreak in La Pepita bar at c/Còrsega, 343. Just choose one of three menus and enjoy. La Pepita also serves homemade vermouth.

And for the end we dare to recommend you one of the emblematic tapas bars you can meet in Barcelona. La Esquinica is one of those typical bars opened ages ago and still serving very good tapas. The only inconvenient is its location c/Fabra i Puig, 296; a bit far from the center of Barcelona but 15 minutes in metro it’s not such a big deal.

From Barcelona To Sitges ( Highly recommended day trip from Barcelona )

After spending some vacation days in Barcelona if you are stuck in the hustle and bustle but if you don’t have enough time to spend two days trip to La Costa Brava. You still have an excellent option.


Spend one day in a typical mediterranean shore village touched by Catalan modernism too. Yes We are talking about Sitges.

Today we are going to give you full details on how to get from Barcelona to sitges and the places you can’t miss in Sitges.

Time from Sitges to Barcelona.

Located just 30 minutes away from Barcelona by train.

Train from barcelona to sitges

Getting to sitges from Barcelona couldn’t be easier. There is a train linking Barcelona and Sitges in only 30 minutes trip with 30 minutes frequency in rush time and 1 hour frequency the rest of the day.

Althought the first train departs from Barcelona Sants at 06:15 am To enjoy the day trip we recommend you to take the 08 am train .

The train departures from Barcelona main railway station, Sants Estació, and arrives to the only railway station in Sitges.

The single ticket price is 4,1 € so it’s 8,20€ round trip per Person.

Sants railway Station is well connected with any point in the city. You can get there by taking L3 or L5 Metro lines. From Duquesa de cardona, for example you should take L3 towards “Zona Universitaria” at Drassanes station, located just two blocks from the Hotel and you should stop at Sants Estació after 5 stops.

You can check Train schedule at the following link by Typing “Barcelona-Sants” as a Source and “Sitges” as a destination and selecting the day you are planning to travel.

Barcelona to sitges train timetable

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. Moreover now it is a modernism museum with unique

- 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.

Flamenco shows in Barcelona

Altough flamenco was originally borned in Andalucía, a south region in Spain, you can enjoy flamenco in Barcelona.

Barcelona has a strong flamenco’ s tradition and has hosted greatest flamenco artists. Some of these artists were borned in this city, such as the famous Carmen Amaya, considered the best flamenco dancer of all times. Actually, there is a catalan flamenco genre called “rumba catalana” derived from flamenco rumba, rock and roll and Cuban music.

Flamenco Show Barcelona

You can find many flamenco shows in Barcelona in different venues around the city. We want to highlight the top 5 most popular flamenco shows and venues in Barcelona:

  1. Tablao Flamenco Cordobés

Founded in 1970 and located in the famous Ramblas de Barcelona, nowadays it’ s still a mainly point of the Barcelona flamenco scene. The venue was designed and decorated inspired by the city of Granada and it’ s famous Alhambra in the typical nazarí style.

Some of the most important flamenco artists such as Farruco, Camarón and Fernanda y Bernarda were part of the opening of this tablao. Nowadays, dancers such as Eva La Yerbabuena, Israel Galván, Rafael de Carmen and Belén Maya can be seen in this tablao.

Location: Ramblas 35, Barcelona

How to get to Tablao Flamenco Cordobés: City Bus: 14,59; Metro: LICEU

Duration: 1 hour

Shows: 20:15 / 22:00

Size: 180 people

Prices: from 42,50 euros

  1. Tablao de Carmen

A tribute to the famous flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya, who debuted in this same place in 1929 offering a show to the spanish king Alfonso XIII.

This venue is located inside the Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc, where you can find different spaces regarding typical spanish locations, with a feel of a little village.

Founded in 1988, features a mix of established and up and coming performers in the Spanish flamenco scene. Offers two performances from Tuesday to Sunday that cover a variety of flamenco styles.

Location: Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc. Avda. Francesc Ferrer I Guàrdia 13, Barcelona

How to get to Tablao del Carmen: City Bus: 150,125,13,23,50; Metro: Plaça Espanya

Duration: 1 hour

Shows: 19:00 / 21:30 from Tuesday to Sunday

Size: 150 people

Prices: from 41 euros

  1. El Patio Andaluz

In the heart of Barcelona and not far away from the Gràcia district, you can find this Andalusian atmosphere’ s venue. Like a sort of restaurant and bar with Andalusian typical chairs and tables, ceramic tiles and other details. A perfect tablao for not only enjoy flamenco but also trying, if you like, practicing it (the performers use to encourage customers to join the dance).

The tablao features the talents of Jesús Cortés, winner of the National Flamenco Dance prize who has performed in venues all over the world.

Location:  Aribau 242, Barcelona

How to get to el Patio Andaluz: City Bus: 6,7,27,32,33,34,H8; Metro: GRACIA

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Shows: 20:00 / 22:00

Size: 130 people

Prices: from 25 euros

  1. Palacio del Flamenco

Another flamenco show in the heart of Barcelona, near to Provença metro station and 20 minutes from the central Plaça Catalunya.

Refurbished in 2006 combines classical elements of the historic building with contemporary decoration.

The show includes singers, dancers, guitar players and other musicians featuring several different styles of Flamenco.

Perfect flamenco show for large groups as it offers a 380 people capability with a separate lounge area to host special functions and meetings.

Location: Balmes 139, Barcelona

How to get to Palacio del Flamenco: City Bus: 7,16,17,67,68; Metro: PROVENÇA

Duration: 40 minutes / 1 hour

Shows: 20:30 / 19:15 or 22:40

Size: 380 people

Prices: from 28 euros

  1. Los Tarantos Barcelona

Located in Plaça Reial, one of the Barcelona’ s downtown famous squares.  The show lasts no more than 30 minutes so it’ s perfect for people who want to spot good flamenco in a cheap way. This show uses to feature the new generation of Catalan flamenco artists such as Yolanda Cortés, Nacho Blanco and Iván Alcalá flamenco dancers or Alba Carmona and Sara Flores flamenco singers.

Location: Plaça Reial 17, Barcelona

How to get to Los Tarantos Barcelona: City Bus: 14,59,91; Metro: LICEU

Duration: 30 minutes

Shows: 20:30 / 21:30 / 22:30

Size: 150 people

Prices: from 10 euros

Also some flamenco festivals and flamenco concerts take place in this mediterranean and cosmopolital city like Miguel Poveda live in Pineda de Mar (30 minutes away from Barcelona) on 15th August 2014.