Friday, 29 April 2011

Feria of Sant Ponç 2011 in Barcelona

On the 10th and 11th of May, come try local specialties thanks to the Feria of Sant Ponç! This fair, which is one of the oldest fairs in Catalonia, is celebrated each spring in honor of San Ponç, the Herbs’ Patron come to heal the population facing misery and poverty, with potions of medicinal herbs.

Dating from the 16th century, this is a tradition where a large variety of herbs such as thyme, chamomile, rosemary and bay is presented in the streets.
But this celebration will also allow you to discover and taste the typical gastronomy of the region. Indeed, for the occasion, 93 stalls in total will be settled in Barcelona’s city according to the City Council, in order to offer you the opportunity to buy all kind of local and home-made products. These products include of course deli meats and cheeses, but also sweets such as honey, marmalades, chocolate, cakes and traditional confectionery.

And to follow the trend, some products coming from organic farming will also be available.

The stalls will be spread on 4 main districts, as following:
- Sants – Montjuïc: 10th and 11th of May, calle Blai.
- Ciutat Vella (City Center): 11th of May, from 9 am to 9 pm, calle Hospital.
- Sarriá San Gervasi: 11th of May, from 10 am to 8 pm, plaza Mañé i Flaquer y plaza Sarrià.
- Nou Barris: 11th of May, until 10 pm, at Via Júlia marquee.

Do you know it?
On this day of San Ponç, Catalonian people make their big spring cleaning. By cleaning their house from top to bottom and placing a bouquet of herbs under the bed, they hope in this way to drive away evil spirits.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Museum Night 2011 in Barcelona

Last update on the 03/05/2011

On the 14th of May, come participate to the Museum Night in Barcelona! Created by the Council of Europe and this for its 7th edition, this event takes place in all the biggest European cities. On this date, the participating museums will be free of access for a night, which will delight tourists as well as residents.

In Barcelona, you could visit for free 40 of the most popular museums of the Catalonian capital, from 7 pm to 1 am more precisely, as MACBA, Maritim Museum and Picasso Museum. Barcelona’s city is famous for its numerous museums and here is for sure an ideal opportunity to take!

In addition, concerts, shows, conferences, poetry readings and all kind of workshops and activities will be organised for both the parents and children. This will be one way to learn and discover a lot of interesting things while having fun.

Museums that you could visit for free are spread on 6 different areas. If you prefer staying near the center, here are the areas that we recommend you:

ZONE 2: From L'Eixample to Gràcia
You could see the following museums:

Click here to view the list of museums for zone 2

ZONE 3: From Gothic to El Mar
You could see the following museums:

Click here to view the list of museums for zone 3

ZONE 4 : From Raval to the Port
You could see the following museums:

Click here to view the list of museums for zone 4

(maps from the website of Barcelona's City Council)

As a participant, leave your opinion about the Museum Night 2011 on this page between the 15th and the 30th of May. You could enjoy a free entrance for a museum, for 2 people, available until the 31th of December 2011!

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Thursday, 21 April 2011

Barcelona International Motor Show 2011

Looking for the car of your dreams or simply fond of cars? Do not miss in any case the Barcelona International Motor Show 2011, which runs from May 14 to 22, in the exhibition center of La Fira de Montjuïc.

With no less than 1 million visitors every year, this show is now one of the most important in Europe and has become a key event for all car lovers.
For its 36th edition, organizers hope to attract even more curious since the event will be held at the same time as the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix. The show follows trends and will highlight this year clean energies (electric and hybrid vehicles, vehicle charging infrastructures, renewable energies).

34 of the most famous brands in the sector have already confirmed their attendance to present their latest models. From the simplest to the most spectacular, there will be something for all prices and for all tastes!

Of course, this will not be only about looking at these new wonders. Indeed, the show offers several activities that will delight children and adults. Among the most attractive, there are namely :
- a circuit around Montjuïc especially laid out for the occasion, offering the opportunity to try some new models;
- Formula 1 simulators for those who want to put themselves in F1 drivers' shoes.

From Sunday to Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday and Saturday: 10am - 9pm

Adults and children over 10: 12€
Children under 10: Free entrance
You can book online by clicking here.

For more information, check the official website of the show:

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Fira de Montjuïc
Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina, 1 – 08004 Barcelona
Metro: España (L1)
Tel: 902 233 200 / +34 93 233 2000

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The Chocolate Museum of Barcelona

In Barcelona, there is nothing better than the Chocolate Museum to completely enjoy this Easter week !

This museum, telling the history and the manufacturing of chocolate, will marvel you thanks to its sculptures entirely made of chocolate.

You will recognize some of the heroes from your favourite cartoons as Tintin or Astérix, but also the most famous buildings of Barcelona, and even a reproduction of the Camp Nou and its players!

But that's not all, the museum also offers activities for all ages, one of the most popular is of course pastry classes or how to make chocolate sculptures by yourself!

Finally, this museum will surely give you the munchies ... Fortunately, the Chocolate Museum has planned everything and has at your disposal a shop where you can buy all kinds of chocolate and other sweets! In the cafeteria, you can also taste the original Xocoatl, the chocolate drink of the Aztecs.

From Monday to Saturday : 10.00 - 19.00
Sunday : 10.00 - 15.00

Address :
Plaça Pons I Clerch, S/N - 08003 Barcelona
Metro : Jaume I (L4)
Tel : +34 932 68 78 78

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If you cannot go to the Museum, you also have an other option : indeed, you could see a lot of chocolate sculptures on all the bakeries display, during Easter week.

La Feria de Abril 2011, in Barcelona

Updated April 28 2011

Let you immerse yourself in an Andalusian atmosphere for a week in Barcelona!

You are visiting Spain and you can not go to Andalusia? Do not panic!
From April 29 to May 8, 2011, Catalonia celebrates the 40th Feria de Abril. During this period, Barcelona will be in Seville’s colours at the Forum Park, where you can enjoy various typical activities from the south of Spain, as if you were really there!

For the occasion, the Forum Park, located in the district of Diagonal Mar on the seaside, will be transformed into a small Andalusian village with many stalls where you can find:
- Flamenco music with its guitarists, singers and dancers dressed in their prettiest costume;
- Traditional food such as tapas, fried anchovies and calamari, Spanish ham... without forgetting its famous wine;
- Craft products, accessories and souvenirs originally coming from Andalusia;
- Attractions for all ages specially installed for the occasion, and all kinds of games and entertainment.

This festival is really worth, since the entry is free as well as the stalls! By the way, it will be the opportunity for you to visit the famous Forum Park.

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4: Station El Maresme - Forum

On Saturday, April 30 and May 7 subway runs all night.


Line: 7, 36, 41.43, 141 (17h service strengthened to 22.30)

Special service: between Plaza de Catalunya and El Fòrum 10pm at dawn and until 3am on Sundays and 5:30am on Fridays. (Every 10 minutes)

Opening Times

Weekdays: 10am to 2am

Friday, April 29: 6pm at 4:15am

Saturday, April 31-Sunday, May 1: 10am to 4:15am

Friday, May 6: 10am to 22pm

Saturday, May 7: 10am to 4:15pm

Sunday, May 8: 10am to 18pm

Parc del Forúm
Avinguda Diagonal 1 - 08019 Barcelona
Metro : El Maresme Forúm (L4)

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Friday, 15 April 2011

Semana Santa 2011 (Easter Week) in Barcelona

This year, Barcelona celebrates the Semana Santa from the 17th until the 25th of April. For Catholics, coming to Barcelona for Easter Week is a good option but also for Non Catholics, since everybody could enjoy processions organized in the city. These processions are a great opportunity for tourists to discover the charm and the historical part of the city.

Palm Sunday procession route

In Barcelona, Easter holidays will start on the 17th, with Palm Sunday. A first procession will take place on this date in the Raval area, starting at 10.00 from Plaça Sant Agusti and ending around 12.00. Here is the procession route :

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Holy Friday procession route

On the 22nd of April, during the Holy Friday (Viernes Santos), two main processions will take place.

The first one is called "Nuestra Señora de las Angustias" (Our Lady of Sorrows) and will start at 19.00 from Sant Jaume church. It will end around 22.30 in the same place. The procession will go through the Gothic area, from a point to another that you can see on the following map:

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The second one is called "Nuestro Padre Jesús del Gran Poder y María Santísima de la Esperanza Macarena" (Our Father Jesus of the Great Power and Holy Virgin of Macarena). It will start from Sant Augusti church to finish in this same place. This will follow almost the same itinerary than the procession for Palm Sunday, going from the Raval area to the Gothic area:

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Finally on the 25th of April, the Semana Santa will end with Easter Monday, where the family eat together a traditional easter cake (Mona de Pascua) offered by the godfather to his godchildren on Palm Sunday.

Funny tip:

But for the Semana Santa, there is also a funny tradition for children, which is called "The dancing egg" ("L'ou com balla" in catalonian). This tradition, still unknown from the public, consists in taking the shell of an empty egg and trying to make it turn on itself the longest as possible. For the occasion, fountains are decorated with fruits and flowers.
You could try this childish game in the Cathedral of Barcelona, el Poblet, The Frederic Marés Museum, The Santa Ana Church, el Ateneu barcelonés, The Bones Letres Academy and the Purisima Concepcio Church.

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Thursday, 14 April 2011

The Aquarium of Barcelona

For the happiness of youngest as well as oldest, the Aquarium of Barcelona opened its doors in 1955. Today, it is one of the biggest in the world regarding Mediterranean marine life and has more than 35 aquariums, 450 species and about 11.000 “hosts”.

A 80 meters gallery goes through the Oceanoarium, the most spectacular pools of the aquarium, where you could bump into a few of the most disturbing specimens which smartly live with all kind of fishes. We can also find some pools reserved for tropical and Mediterranean species. Among the most intriguing subjects, you could see the sea dragon, strange creature similar to seahorses, or the moon fish, a singular animal with circular shapes.

The Aquarium organizes several activities for children and adults, including puzzles to solve, treasure hunts but also an exceptional diving with sharks! Besides, it is also possible for children to make a birthday party there.

Good to see: The gallery under the Oceanoarium and rare species.

OPENING HOURS (Ticket offices and accesses open until one hour before):

Open all year around
From Monday to Friday: 9.30 - 21.00
Weekend and public holidays + June and September: 9.30 - 21.30
July and August: 9.30 - 23.00


Adults: 17.75 €
Children from 4 to 12: 12.75 €
Adults over 60: 14.75 €

Enjoy a reduction of 2 € by printing the coupon here!

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Moll Espanya del Port Vell, s/n, - 08039 Barcelona
Metro : Drassanes (L3) ou Barceloneta (L4)
Tel : +34 932 217 474 / +34 628 265 908

Nearby : Port Vell, Maremagnum, Mirador de Colon.

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Sant Jordi's day in Barcelona

On the 23rd of April, come celebrate lovers’ day in Barcelona!

Considered as a Valentine’s Day by Catalonian people, La Diada de Sant Jordi actually celebrates the patron saint’s death of Catalonia: Saint George. According to the story, it is said that Saint George, a Roman knight, killed a dragon in order to rescue from its fangs a princess coming from the south of Barcelona. Then, a rosebush sprang from the dragon’s blood and the hero picked the most beautiful rose to give it to his princess.

Since The Middle-Age, this nice gesture of Saint George has been perpetuated and Sant Jordi’s day has become the most romantic day of the year in Catalonia. On this date, tradition wants boys to offer a rose to their girlfriend and girls to offer back a book to their boyfriend.

Anyway, by walking in the city, you will notice quickly that this festivity is present elsewhere and things are taken seriously in Barcelona! Indeed, you could enjoy a big flowers and books market all along the famous Ramblas, specially transformed for the occasion. And although Sant Jordi’s day is a working day, many Barcelonan people will not hesitate to miss classes or work to hang out in the streets and breathe love perfume…

By the way, this day has become under the auspices of the UNESCO, the international day of book and author’s rights.


· La casa del Arcediano (free entry for public during Sant Jordi’s day). Address : click here

· Listen to the best musicians near Cathedral of Santa Eulalia. Address : click here

· Visit the precincts of the cathedral to see swans walking.

· Visit freely the Dependencias del Palau de Generalitat. Address : click here

· The municipality of Barcelona (Ayuntamiento de Barcelona). Address : click here

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Pete Doherty Concert in Barcelona

As a former member of the band Libertines and currently the frontman of Babyshambles, Pete Doherty is on the roads for his first solo tour for the promotion of his new album Grace/Wastelands.

The british rock star, who has become famous namely because of his scandals, is also one of the most talented artists of his generation.

Writer-musician-singer, Pete Doherty will start tonight in Hamburg, to finish on the 23rd of September in London. But he doesn’t forget his Catalonian fans and will stop on the 18th of April in Barcelona! Favoring UK, his homeland, this will be one of his scarce dates in Europe since he will perform only in Germany, Spain, Ireland and Sweden.

Rock fans, don’t miss this concert! Take this opportunity to see Pete Doherty on stage and visit Barcelona by the way! This will take place at Sala Apolo from 20.30 with The Ezra Beats for the first part.

The ticket is 22,40euros: you still can book your place by clicking here.

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Sala Apolo Barcelona

Nou de la Rambla 113 - 08004 Barcelona

Metro: Paral-lel (L2)

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Monday, 11 April 2011

The 29th Barcelona International Comic Fair

Traveler friends and fans of comics, this article is for you!

The 29th International exhibition of comics in Barcelona will take place from the 14th to the 17th of April 2011, Avenida Reina M. Cristina, in Hall 8 of la Fira de Montjuïc.

For this event, many english artists are scheduled as Brent Anderson (portfolio), Charlie Adlard (portfolio), Eddie Campbell (blog), Garth Ennis (portfolio), Kurt Busiek (portfolio).

During the fair, several activities will be proposed:

trendy rock concerts :

• Thursday, April 14, 6:00 p.m. ANNA & THE BANANAS, 19:00 REMBRANDT42

• Friday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. MOTORZOMBIS

• Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. LOS TIKI PHANTOMS

• Sunday, April 17, 6:00 p.m. MÜRFILA

Dedications: Find all the dedications and schedules on the official website;

video games testing;

debates and conferences.

Opening hours:

• Thursday, April 14 from 10am to 20pm

• Friday, April 15 from 10am to 21h

• Saturday, April 16 from 10am to 21h

• Sunday, April 17 from 10am to 20pm


Admission 6 €


If you go on the FICOMIC stand, a free comic book will be offered (in a limited availability).


Metro station : Espanya (line 1 and 3 subway)

Hall 8

Avenida Reina M. Cristina

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22nd Guitar Festival of Barcelona

Every year in spring, Barcelona promotes one of the most famous instruments in the world of music: the guitar.

This year, the Guitar Festival is coming back for its 22nd edition, with a series of special concerts: until the 21st of May, you could enjoy more than 30 bands and artists from Spain and abroad, come with their guitars for live performances.

With completely different styles of music, you could applause (by order of appearance):
Iván Ferreiro, Very Grapefruit, Lax'n'busto, Rulo y la Contrabanda Antonia Font, Christina Rosenvinge, Ariel Rot, Rafa Pons, Josemi Carmona, Owen Pallett, Manos de Topo, Tarantula, Jorge Drexler, Depedro, Rosendo, Espaldameceta, Popa Chubby, Toti Soler Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Punta Anna Roig IL'ombre your dog, Aaron Thomas, Julian Lage Group, Eric Vinaixa, Cass McCombs, Anímic The New Raemon, Russian Red, Sandra Rehder, Michel Camilo, Tomatito , Mazoni ...

For more information about the dates, locations and prices, click here.

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Focus on: Lax'n'busto

Created in 1986, Lax'n'busto has become one of the most emblematic band of Catalonia. In constant evolution, the band has managed to mix different styles, between Rock and Pop. After 25 years of existence, they are coming back with a new album called Simfonic, and a new concept: integrating a classical orchestra in their compositions.

It's on the 15th of April, during the 22th Guitar Festival of Barcelona, that you could see them play songs of the album on the Gran Teatro del Liceu (Gran Teatre del Liceu).

Address :
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Carrer La Rambla 51-59 - 08002 Barcelone
Metro : Liceu (L3)

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Thursday, 7 April 2011

The Museu Blau, new space of the Barcelona Museum of Natural Sciences

Here is a new thing to visit in Barcelona! The Barcelona Museum of Natural Sciences, which already includes the museums of Geology and Zoology, as well as the Botanic Garden, is still growing.

On the last 26th of March, in the Forum Park, a new space has been opened: baptized Museu Blau (Blue Museum), the building with modern design houses a collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, plants and animals, coming from the Catalonian lands and the Mediterranean.
This museum highlights the history of our planet, through a permanent exhibition called Planeta Vida. In the same time, other exhibitions spread on two floors will be temporary presented. Visitors could also benefit of a media library, a shop, a cafeteria-restaurant, and various workshops, whereas children from 0 to 6 years old could enjoy a playground.

On its opening day, the Museu Blau attracted 6300 visitors! Come also enjoy the museum’s inauguration: indeed, its visit is free until the 30th of June! Then the price of one entry per adult will be 7euros.

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Adresse :
Leonardo da Vinci Square, 4-5
Fòrum Park - 08019 Barcelona
Metro : El Maresme – Forùm (L4)
Tel.: +34 93 256 22 00

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Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is one of the achievements of the architect Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona. Its achievement (more precisely the transformation of an existing building) lasted from 1904 to1906. The current Casa Batllo (Maison Batlló in Catalan) is the result of the total reform of an old conventional house built in the year 1877.

Gaudi was commissioned to complete renewal of the owner's building, Josep Batlló I Casanovas, a textile industrial. On this basis, Gaudí built this amazing house, one of the most fantastic and special in Barcelona. The project designed by Antoni Gaudí i Cornet made in 1904, was disputed by the municipal authorities, due to a series of design features of Gaudí, which far exceeded the limits of bylaws.

Despite the mentioned problems, the building was selected as one of the best works of 1906 by Barcelona City Council. The changes made by Gaudí in building were completely and radically altered. In fact, the Gaudí's building is pratically a new one.

Some details of the Casa Batlló:

The facade covered with splendid mosaics of shapes and colors, is perhaps the most imaginative and attractive of the city.

The balconies look like skulls with fragments of eyes and nose. The columns of the gallery's first floor look like humans bones. The shape of the roof is the most characteristic Gaudí's for urban buildings, culminated by an undulating reminiscent form which reminds of a dragon's arched back; it is covered with ceramic tiles that look like scales.

Useful information:

Address: Passeig de Gracia, 43 Barcelona

Metro: L2, L3, L4 Passeig de Gracia

Bus: 22, 24, 28, 7.16, 17

Opening hours: Visits: Monday to Sunday from 9 to 20 h. (The schedule of visits can be modified according to room availability).

Price: Visits included an audio guide

  • Individual ticket: 16,50 €

Save 20% or € 13.20 for anyone who:

  • A student card,
  • Barcelona Card Bus turístic there for more info click here
  • Ruta del Modernismo for more info click here
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Handicapped Accessibility: The ground floor which level is the same that the street. You can visit the 1st. floor, an elevator provides access for wheelchairs and people with other difficulties. The attic is also accessible by lift, but the upper terrace and its other dependencies are not.

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