Jan 27 2017

February in Madrid

 

February in Madrid offers sports, flamenco, and a street carnival.

 

Photo: El Coleccionista de Instantes / Flickr.com

 

Football matches

Atlético de Madrid vs FC Barcelona

This is one of the most exciting football clashes of the season, and it is played 26th February on Vicente Calderón Stadium. You can buy tickets here.

Earlier in February is played two other football matches on the same stadium.

First Atlético de Madrid plays against Leganés on 4th February, tickets for the match here, and later on 12th February against Celta, tickets available here.

 

 

Sara Baras – Voices (Voces)

Voices (Voces) is a flamenco production performed by Sara Baras. It’s showed from 23rd February to 30th April in Teatro Nuevo Apolo in Madrid. Sara Baras has been performing for two decades, and this is a show where she pays tribute to the biggest influencers of her career. The dancer has choreographed and directed the Voices (Voces) herself.

More information here.

 

 

ClassicAuto Madrid 2017

From 24th to 26th February the Glass Pavilion in Casa de Campo Park is the host of the VIII edition of ClassicAuto Madrid, the International Classic Car Show. In this exhibition you can see all segments of the classic car world: manufacturing, restoration, dealerships, collectors, accessories, and much more. This year there will be almost 300 exhibitors from 10 countries taking part.

More information here.

 

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Madrid Carnival

From 24th February to 1st March you can enjoy carnival spirit on the squares and streets of Madrid. The carnival is a tradition, in which costumes and masks are playing a big role. During these five days there will be music and dance, a parade, dress competition, traditions as the burial of the sardine, and much more.

Here you can read more information.

 

 

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Jan 25 2017

February in Barcelona

 

The most important and celebrated days in February are the day of Santa Eulalia and Valentine's Day. 

 

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The Giants of Barceloneta neighborhood

Gegants de la Barceloneta called Pep Barceló and Maria la Néta are giants of the Barceloneta neighborhood, and in this exhibition you can see them. The legend says that Maria la Néta, granddaughter of the city giant, fell in love with the pre-olympic Barcelona, and decided to stay here. Pep is a fisherman who arrived to Barcelona on board the submarine named Ictíneo II.

The exhibition is open until 12th of March, and it’s presented in La Casa dels Entremesos in Barceloneta neighborhood.

 

 

The Vincent Valentine Show

Do you like stand-up shows? Craft Barcelona in Barrió Gótico presents a new comedy club held in English every Wednesday at 8:30pm. The host of the evenings is Manchester-born Vincent Valentine, and after his one hour show there will be “Stand Up Comedy Live” for two more hours.

 

 

Mitja Marato Barcelona

On Sunday 12th February is run the Barcelona Half Marathon. The marathon starts 9:45am in the morning, and both the start and the finish lines are close to Arc de Triomph. Route of the run goes around the city center of Barcelona.

Here you can register for the half marathon and see the running route.

 

Photo: Castellers d'Esplugues / Flickr.com

 

Les Festes de Santa Eulàlia

From Friday 10th to Sunday 12th of February is organized the Festival of Santa Eulàlia. The main program of the festival is on Sunday, and then you can see for example the building of human castles, “castellers”, which is a tradition in Catalonia. The Santa Eulàlia festival offers something for everyone in the family.

One important tradition of the festival is the raising of the flag “Penó de Santa Eulàlia” on Plaza de Jaume in Barrió Gótico at 9:45am in the morning of Santa Eulàlia day.

The festival program consists of different kinds of activities, typical Catalan traditions, family workshops, and much more. Many museums are free to visit during Santa Eulàlia day wich is Sunday, and some of them have open doors during the whole festival.

 

 

The Little Prince musical

The famous story about The Little Prince from writer Saint-Exupéry is presented as a musical in Espai Barts next to Paral-lel metro station. The musical is performed from Fridays to Sundays, and it’s going on until Sunday 19th February. Go and enjoy the symbiosis of a 360 sound system, accompanied by the lights and songs, which make you feel you can fly.

More information and tickets here.

 

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Valentine’s Day

14th February is Valentine's Day. Check our tips what to do from the links below:

Romantic Places to Visit

Romantic restaurants and bars

Flower shops

 

 

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Jan 20 2017

Romantic places to visit in Barcelona

 

Spend your Valentine's Day exploring the beauties of Barcelona.

 

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Parc del Laberint d’Horta

This magnificent park was designed in 1792 by the Italian engineer Domenico Bagutti. Total area of the park is 55 hectares, and it includes flower beds, landscaped gardens, and a waterfall. The park is very romantic, and full of hidden corners and small squares to be found.

The most famous part of Parc del Laberint d’Horta is of course the maze made of pollarded cypress trees. Jump in to the labyrinth, and find your way out!

 

La Barceloneta beach

La Barceloneta is a neighborhood edging the Port Vell and the Barceloneta beach. From there you will find lots of restaurants and bars, and of course the long sand beach. Have a walk on the narrow streets of the neighborhood, or enjoy strolling along the beach and feeling the sea breeze in your hair.

 

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Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella is a huge park which includes the Zoo of Barcelona, the Parliament of Catalonia, museums, a lake, and a huge fountain. The park covers an area up to 18 hectares. In Ciutadella you can hire a boat, have a nice afternoon walk, or enjoy a picnic. The park is a perfect place for escaping the noise and bustle of the city.

 

Bunkers del Carmel

From the old bunkers outside the city center you will have a spectacular view over Barcelona. It is also a great place for watching the sunset. You might recognize the view, because the bunkers have been used as a location for many music videos.

For getting to the bunkers take the bus number 24 from Passeig the Gracia and get off at Carrer Muhlberg.

 

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Tibidabo

The Tibidabo amusement park is 100 years old, and therefore one of the oldest amusement parks in the world.  There are rides to discover, and also street theatre is performed in the park, so even just strolling around is an attraction. As an icing on the cake you will have a great view over Barcelona!

 

Barrió Gótico

The Gothic Quarter is the center of the old town in Barcelona. It consists of small, labyrinth like streets, and old Catalonian buildings. A big part of the neighborhood is closed from regular traffic. From the Gothic Quarter you will find famous landmarks such as Placa Reial, Portal de l’Angel, and Els Quatre Gats. Enjoy a plate of tapas or a glass of cava in one of the many small restaurants in this neighborhood.

 

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Castell Montjüic

Montjüic is a hill located south-west from the Barcelona city-centre. On the top of the hill, 173 meters above the sea level, is the Castle of Montjüic. From the castle you will have a full 360º view over the city.

For getting to the Montjüic hill you can take the Montjüic cable car or the funicular from Paral-lel metro station.

 

If you like to spend your Valentine’s Day in some quieter and less crowded place, check out these hidden gems:

Jardines de la Tamarita 

Palau Reial de Pedralbes 

l'Esglesia de Santa Anna 

l'Església de la Concepció

 

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Jan 20 2017

Romantic restaurants in Barcelona

 

For many people Valentine's Day, good food and delicious drinks go hand in hand.

 

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Romantic restaurants

Valentine’s Day is perfect for a dinner with your loved one(s). Because eating at restaurants is very popular on this day, we recommend you to do a table reservation for the restaurant where you want to go. Here are some restaurant suggestions we picked up for you:

 

El Pla

This restaurant is located in Barrió Gótico neighborhood. The menu is having options for everyone: meat, fish, salad, and vegetarian cuisines are presented. Relaxed atmosphere with candle light and music makes this a great place for a dinner.

 

Elsa y Fred

Elsa y Fred is an excellent gastro restaurant located in El Born neighborhood, next to Arc de Triomph. It is a good place for an intimate lunch or dinner, and also a brunch is served every weekend.

 

Dans le Noir – Dinners in the Dark Barcelona

How does dining in absolute darkness sound for you? In this restaurant you can experience a dinner hosted and served by the visually impaired. It will re-evaluate your senses of taste and smell. Dans le Noir is located next to Arc de Triomph.

 

On street Carrer de Blai in Poble Sec neighborhood you will find a wide range of small, cozy tapas restaurants. Check out also the Gracia neighborhood and street Carrer de Verdi.

From here you can search for more restaurants.

 

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Cocktail Bars

In the evening of Valentine’s Day you might want to enjoy a good drink in a nice restaurant. Here are some suggestions:

 

Dry Martini

This cocktail bar is located in Eixample area. It has been mentioned as one of the best cocktail bars in the world. The menu includes both classic, and new innovative cocktails.

 

Boca Grande

Boca Grande is a sophisticated bar and restaurant located in Eixample neighborhood. Here you can also have a tasty dinner. The menu consists of different fish and rice dishes.

 

El Paraigua

In Barrió Gótico, just behind Plaza Jaume you will find this atmospheric cocktail bar. Here you can enjoy tasty drinks, tapas dishes, and live music.

 

From here you can search for more cocktail bars.

 

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Jan 20 2017

Flower Shops in Barcelona

 

On Valentine’s Day it’s common to surprise your loved ones with a bouquet of flowers.

 

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Where to buy flowers

In Barcelona you will find many different kinds of flower shops all over the city. Here are some options:

 

La Rambla de les Flors

On the famous La Rambla is presented a wide range of flower shops. In the past, this was the only place in Barcelona where it was possible to buy plants and flowers. In April the stands are painted with red to celebrate the Sant Jordi festivity.

 

Au Nom de la Rose

Au Nom de la Rose is having two flower shops in Barcelona – one on street Carrer de Ganduxer in Sarrìa-Sant Gervasi neighborhood, and another on street Carrer de València in Eixample neighborhood.

 

Javier Manjarrés

If you want to have something special, Javier Manjarrés in El Raval neighborhood on street Carrer del Carme is your place to go. In this shop you will find a rose that will never wilt – the roses are made of old paper, and decorated with recycled dowel rods.

 

 

Flowers on delivery

Do you want to send flowers to someone’s home in Barcelona? Check out these internet stores:

 

Flowers to Barcelona

Barcelona Flower Shop

Interflora Barcelona

 

Photo: Premsa Ajuntament de Sabadell / Flickr.com

 

La Diada de Sant Jordi

La Diada de Sant Jordi, also called as El Día de la Rosa and El Dia del Llibre, is celebrated in Barcelona every year 23rd of April. It's known as the day of lovers, too.

Sant Jordi is a Catalan traditional holiday, with some similiraties to Valentine's Day. Historically men gave women a rose, and in exchange women gave men a book. "A rose for love, and a book forever" as it was said. The same tradition is still going on, even though in modern days mutual exchange of books is also conventional.

During this day the streets in Barcelona and all over Catalonia will be crowded with people, and you will see most of the women walking with roses in their hands.

Rose selling stands and book shops are set up everywhere, and in the evening of the day around 6 million roses and 800 000 books will be sold. In 1995 UNESCO adopted 23rd April as World Book Day.

 

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