Category: Unforgettable Experiences

Seeing Barcelona by Air

September 9, 2014

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You could see Barcelona by car, food or bike. But you also could see it from an entirely different angle altogether: by air! Whether a helicopter or hot air balloon, here are two very unconventional ways to see the area in and around Spain’s second-largest city.

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8 Romantic Things to do in Barcelona

September 2, 2014

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Candlelit dinners and movie nights might do the trick at home, but now that you’re on holiday in Barcelona, it’s time to really step it up. And while a trip to the coastal city is pretty romantic in and of itself, here are eight more ways to make your visit a little – or a lot – more amorous.

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Festes de la Mercè

August 19, 2014

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Come September, Barcelona gears up for its biggest festival of all, the Festes de la Mercé. From music to art and traditions galore, the week of events has something in store for travelers of all tastes and ages.

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Getting Around Barcelona

August 20, 2013

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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 […]

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Visiting Barcelona’s La Pedrera

April 16, 2013

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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.

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Christmas in Barcelona

November 27, 2012

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Caga Tío, a Catalan Christmas tradition

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.

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Things to See and Do in Montserrat

May 15, 2012

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The Monastery below the jagged Monterrat Mountains

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.

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Carnival in Barcelona and Sitges

February 7, 2012

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Watching the parade of the Sitges Carnaval.

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!

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Barcelona Flamenco

June 29, 2011

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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.

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