Barcelona may be artistic, eccentric and cosmopolitan, but one thing that it’s not always: super easy to get around on foot. From Parc Güell stacked upon an inland hillside, to the Olympic Port lining the sea, getting from one point to another can indeed take some time and energy. So here are a few ways […]
Category: Unforgettable Experiences
April 16, 2013
Walking down Barcelona’s famous shopping street Passeig de Gracia, you’ll come across more than just stores, but also one of the city’s most iconic structures: La Pedrera. With an undulating façade decorated with leafy-like wrought-iron balconies, it’s a sight to be seen both inside, outside and from above.
November 27, 2012
Similar to the rest of Spain, Christmas in Barcelona isn’t big on Santa and ornament-bedecked trees (although that’s changing slowly), in fact, the Catalonian region has a different set of holiday heroes. You might come across the first — El Caganer, or, um, the fellow going number two — among the nativity scene figurines sold at holiday kiosks. Grab one for Grandma — it’ll be a travel souvenir she won’t soon forget.
May 15, 2012
Visiting Montserrat was one of my travel highlights. Not only is it visually spectacular but there’s something about the place that takes you out of your normal thinking – even if only for an hour or two.
February 7, 2012
The Spanish love a party so it’s not surprising that the lead up to Lent is a festive time in Barcelona. Carnaval literally means ‘farewell to meat’, and it’s a time of feasting in preparation for the 40-day fast period of Lent. This year Carnaval kicks off on February 16th with Dirty Thursday (Jueves Ladero or Dijous Gras) – let the eating begin!
June 29, 2011
Flamenco is the passionate style of traditional music, song and dance of the Gypsies (flamencos) of Andalusia. Flamenco takes three forms: Cante, (song), Baile, (dance), and Guitarra, (guitar). Flamenco dance features swirling skirts, rhythmic patterns, sophisticated footwork and magnificent hand gestures, with the singing at the heart of the tradition. Flamenco songs explore themes of love, politics and humour, and the often tragic lyrics reflect the sufferings of the gypsy people.