Catalan cuisine history

Catalan cuisine has Iberian, Greek, Roman and Arab roots. Actually Greeds and Romans introduced the Mediterranean trilogy ( bread, wine and oil ) and spices imported from the Indian Ocean.  In the 14th century , the most prestigious creations were compiled in three recipe books: the “LLibre de Sent Soví”, the “Llibre de totes maneres de potatges” and the “LLibre d’aparellar de menjar”.
It was a sophisticated and expensive cuisine, which combines the finest local products with exotic ingredients. From the 9th to 12th centuries, Arabs accclimatised sugar cane, citrus fruits, spinach, aubergine and rice to the Mediterranean plants that originated in the Far East.

catalan gastronomy and history

Board table of our ancestors

In the mid-15th century it reached Italy through Naples and Rome, from where it spread throughout Europe. Medieval cookery literature in Catalan came to an end in around 1485 with the “Llibre de Coch” by Mater Robert. In the 16th century the bean, pepper, tomato, potato, turkey and chocolate come from America, and they became everday foodstuffs.
At the beginning of the 19th century, Catalan Renaissance period, the four volumes of “La cunyera catalana” were released. Later on, in the 20th century, “La teca” by Ignasi Domènech expanded that bourgeois cuisine and “El que hem menjat”, by Josep Pla , became a staple work.
Catalan cuisine has grown spectacularly from such solid roots. Now , as in the Middle Ages, it is at the forefront of world gastronomy, reflected by the recognition of Ferran Adrià and Joan Roca as the best chefs in the world.

The most perfect view Hotel Duquesa de Cardona Barcelona

The most perfect view

The most perfect view Hotel Duquesa de Cardona Barcelona

The hotel Duquesa de Cardona Barcelona terrace, La Terrassa del Duquesa, has been considered by the online luxe hotels site ” The most perfect view” as one of the must restaurants visits to pay in the city


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Barbershops in Barcelona

The trend of wearing a beard has finally returned and has become an authentic sign of masculinity and also a sing of a man caring about his appearance. The barbershops in Barcelona are yet again popular as never before, whereas they are not only excellent in their service but also influence trends. 

Barbershops are a fashion in Barcelona, because beards are back

Barbershops are a fashion in Barcelona, because beards are back

A good cut is essential, however it is not easy to find a good barbershop. Those barber, who know how to take care of the beard will advice its owner as men are not only interested in the latest trends, but also in following the classic guidelines of manhood. An image where beards and goateesonce again are in style.

Full-grown and thic beards have become the image of the musculine modern man, especially with middle-aged men. Without a doubt, care is essential to get the most out of that image.

And of course, Barcelona is so much into it, and offers so many good options to become this new style age man:

Andr&S Enobarberia
Colomines 6, 5 minutes walk from hotel Duquesa de Cardona
An Italian couple, Andrea Varini and Karima Sorrentino have created a new concept of the barbershop in Barcelona’s el Born . Their original proposal combines the experience of the barbershop with fine wine tasting. A good shave, facial massage, hot and cold towels.. A true sanctuary of the grooming experience.

Barbershop and wine. What else?

Barbershop and wine. What else?

BCN Cuts Barber Shop
Gran de Gracia 223
BCN Cuts Barber Shop was opened after a story of love in Boston. Arriving to Barcelona, Rodrigo and Daniela brough with them the American entrepreneural spirit and passion. In the cosy neighbourhood of Gracia, specialized in cutting har and taking care of beards and the “classic shave”.  Everything is accompanied by drinks and jazz music

Yeeess Barbers
Balmes 86
Ramón and Iván in the Yeess Barber have been the last to join the Barcelona barbers. Their speciality is the informar aesthetic with a fun atmosphere and a colourful lobby with a comics thematic. A local pleasant barbershop.

Barbershops in Barcelona will style your face

Barbershops in Barcelona will style your face

Krispy Cuts Barber Shop & Sabor
Basses de Sant Pere 1
Krispy Cuts is a barbershop with a true New York Style. A designer and a coolhunter ( Leo Castro ) and a barber and a hairdresser ( Alexis Ariza ) bring the authentic American handcrafted barbershop into the heart of Barcelona

Reasons why to invest in Barcelona

Barcelona is the Southern door of Europe, the center of an emerging economic region of the continent , and the capital of the Mediterranean without a doubt. If this is not enough, let’s just talk about some  reasons why to invest in Barcelona 

1. Accessible and well connected town

One of the reasons why to invest in Barcelona, it is connections

One of the reasons why to invest in Barcelona, it is connections !

Our city is the only city in the South of Europe which has 5 linear kilometers, the main harbour in the Mediterranean area , a highspeed train station, an international airport, highways connected to France and it holds the second biggest exhibition pole in Europe.

2. A privileged location

Barcelona is a bridge with Maghreb and a global hub with Latin America. It is the Souther door of Europe.

3. Ambitious with projects

The city bets on the permanent improvement and the projects that will bring about great opportunities in the future. Barcelona is always subject to big urban transformations, with important public investments and great opportunities for private iniciative.

4 Better life quality in Europe

Barcelona is the European city with the best life quality for the employees according to the European Cities Monitor 2011, a position that it has been keeping for the last 14 years. The main reason is , the high level of quality of the leisure time: amazing restaurants and bars, unforgetable sites on the beach, the mountains, and so many sports and activities to practice: snowboard, kitesurfing, skying, canoeing at Costa Brava…

5 A city brand that adds some value

With its well-deserved prestige and an international fame, various independent polls goes for Barcelona

6 Strategic and pushing sectors

In Barcelona many economic sectors are developing and are linked to the new technologies and the sustainability some investment and business opportunities offer

7 Driving force in a big economic , dynamic and diverse area

Barcelona is the leader of a big economic area with a wide industrial tradition and a dense entrepreneurial web. The city focuses on intensive activities in the fiels of knowledge, especially regarding the enhances services and the newest economic activities.

8.  Entrepreneurial and business friendly city 

Strength, worktime, serious and responsible, that's how you are going to work with catalans

Strength, teamwork, serious and responsible, that’s how you are going to work with catalans

Barcelona has a true entrepreneurial and commercial tradition and Barcelonese people are entrepreneurial, responsible, serious people and are open to making business from people from other markets