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These are really great news. The Casa Batlló is not only one of the most impressive and famous buildings of Barcelona, now it is even about to be one of the cities most progressive sights when it comes to technologies. The Casa Battlò is just about to launch a brand new way of visit based on augmented and visual reality. By cutting edge mobile devices spectators soon will be able to see Gaudí’s impressive building from the very beginning of the 20th century. By simply holding up a tablet people can spy on how the Batlló family used to live in its now world-famous residence, including details like furniture, decoration etc. With the aim of giving visitors the best possible experience and adding a feature that used to be impossible, the Augmented Reality Tour is really a great bonus to anybody’s visit to the already very worth-seeing Casa Batlló. You want to be one of the first to explore this new technology? Until May 1st you can book tickets online – a special bonus: the first 80 registrations can enjoy the pleasure of entering FOR FREE. More information plus the registration form can be found here.
Everybody who loves music and dancing should really not skip the following passages and keep on reading because we would like to introduce you to one of Barcelona’s best and most famous shows: Barcelona y Flamenco. As you've probably already recognized by its name, this project is all about the great art of flamenco. Being established since 2004 Barcelona y Flamenco does now even offer two different productions. First, there is Opera y Flamenco which actually is Barcelona’s most seen flamenco show. Combining the sensual dance and opera there really is a lot an interested audience can enjoy. To sum it up, people can see an intense mixture of high-arts broaching the issue of different love stories presented by fantastic dancers and singers. As a newer adaption Barcelona y Flamenco came up with another show called Gran Gala Flamenco which is a little more traditional at heart than its successful forerunner. Not having its focused set on telling stories, the Gala is more intended to give an overview of what flamenco actually is, where it came from and what different sides there are to it. Since the passionate dance was already born in the 18th century and does now offer so many different and lovely interpretations this journey worshipping the original dance of gypsy people is nothing else but worth seeing. In addition to great art comes the pleasant fact that both of these shows take place in remarkable locations like the Palau de la Música and the Teatre Poliorama – so even architecturally interested people get their money worth. Everybody who is interested to see one – or both – of these amazing spectaculars by now can buy their tickets easily online. In this sense: “Ay”! :-)
Get ready, fasten your seatbelts and focus: the Formula One is back on track. The new season is just about to start with its first race on the upcoming weekend, March 16th to be precise, in Australia and will travel the world as every year. Of course also in 2014 the racing machines will stop by in Spain to hold the annual Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. From May 9th to 11th racing fans can enjoy the heat of high-technology super-cars waiting impatiently to take home the glory of victory. As it does since the early 1990s the Spanish Grand Prix takes place a little outside of Barcelona near a small town called Montmeló. In order to complete 66 rapid rounds the professional drivers will populate the famous Circuit de Catalunya – a race track known to provide pretty exciting racing. With its well balanced mix of fast, middle and slower bends the track may offer quiet comfortable basic conditions, but at the same time the 4655km long Circuit de Catalunya is said to constantly change during one race. As a result of permanent wind gusts there is always new sand on the track which can affect the road cover enormously. Also the changing wind strength and directions can cost a lot of trouble. Above that there are just a very few overtaking opportunities which make managing this special track a rather hard business for drivers. What makes driving so challenging for the sporty participants makes watching them for interested visitors extremely exciting at the same time which may be a reason why the Spanish Grand Prix is one of the most popular ones regarding an average audience of around 140.000 people. Although the main race won’t start until Sunday Formula 1 enthusiastics are welcome to watch the test driving and qualifying taking place on Friday and Saturday too since there are three-day-tickets offered. Interested? All different kinds of tickets can be easily bought online. So, for the time remaining expectations are very high to who will be the one leading the pole position in Barcelona. Will four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel continue his series of victory? It’s going to be interesting…
There are truly so many places in Barcelona that should be seen. Besides all the famous sights and spots like Las Ramblas or Placa Cataluny this lovely city has so much more to offer – and to discover! Therefore today we are headed to show you something slightly different to the usual tourist path: Gràcia. Gràcia is an area of Barcelona and one of the districts you shouldn’t miss during your stay - and not just because there is the Park Güell nearby . As a matter of fact Gràcia actually was an independent town until the late 19th century, which might be a reason for the very unique atmosphere around there. Being just two train stops away from Placa Catalunya, Gràcia still is in the midst of activities but does nevertheless surprise people by its own magical charm that does not have too much in common with the busy and crowdy lifestyle right around the corner. Very special are the many beautiful, bohemian buildings in the streets that might not be as tall as those in the city centre, but in fact it’s precisely this that gives the district its special, cosy look. Besides its lovely architecture Gràcia does of course also strike out because of so many other great features. Everybody who loves relaxing inside a sweet, little café, sipping a tasty Café Latte will feel very well-placed in Gràcia. There are a tone of small owner-managed coffee shops and bars in which you can enjoy great food and drinks in a very familiar and down-to-earth atmosphere. In that case “Mama’s Café” can be especially recommended – a cute place with a lovely terrace where you can enjoy quality products in a comfortable ambience. Also those of you who might be tired of packed shopping centers hosting just common brands will be happily pleased by the shopping possibilities in Gràcia. While doing some “slow shopping” people can walk from one tiny boutique to another discovering all different kinds of treasures. From handmade jewelry, over creative home interior to unique clothes from young designers – quality and uniqueness is definitely emphasized. As a hint: take a look at the urban pieces from “Suite”. Another fun fact is that Gràcia holds its own festival every year in august. During this 5-day festivity called “La Festa Major de Gràcia” people are competing in street decoration and turn the area into one colorful beauty. The results are often pretty creative and spectacular and definitely worth a visit. Well, whoever longs for his or her very own Barcelona district experience with a big portion of real “neighborhood-feeling” should consider Gràcia as the place-to-be.
Let’s be honest: who doesn’t simply love food? Especially trying something new can be a tasty pleasure – as long as you are making the right choice. To help you find your way through the colorful world of all kinds of foodstuff, we summed up precisely five dishes you need to give a try during your stay in Barcelona to make your trip a complete satisfaction. A quick reminder: yes, Tapas are great - we all know that, so we decided just to skip on these. What you really need to try are Calçots. Never heard of that? Well, you might probably not be the only one not knowing how delicious this specialty can be. Calçots are basically just green onions grilled until they are pretty burned outside. Ordering them you will probably get around 10 – 12 served with salvitxada, a sauce made of almonds, tomatos, garlic, oil and spices you can dip your onions in. To be honest, this does not sound too fancy but indeed is pretty delicious! It is no great secret that Spain is famous for its love of meat. Since Barcelona does not make a difference there, you won’t be able to ignore all the meaty temptations all over the Catalan capital. One of these is called Jamón Ibérico, a Spanish delicacy of great fame and basically omnipresent. Jamón Ibérico is smoked ham and exists in all different kinds of variations. You can not only buy it at the butcher or the supermarket of course, cut in very fine slices it is also a very popular thing to snack around Barcelona. Whether as a sandwich filling, a salad topping or pure and fried like French fries – people seem not to get enough of their ham. For a reason! Less meaty but not less delicious are Patatas Bravas. This typical dish contains boiled potatoes which are cut in small wedges and then deeply fried in hot oil until they are perfectly crispy. You can get these tasty pieces almost everywhere solid food is sold such as cosy restaurants, bars or snack stands. Traditionally they are served with a spicy, tomato-based sauce, but you can also eat them with mayonnaise or just ketchup. Do yourself a favor and skip your French fries at least once to order some Patatas Bravas instead. A truly healthy and vegetarian – even vegan - snack is Escalivada. This grilled Catalan salad can be perfectly eaten at a barbecue, as a side or also as a light snack for lunch. Escalivada traditionally is made of eggplants, bell peppers, tomatoes and onions which are grilled and mixed with a dressing out of oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Especially its smoky taste makes this salad so popular and a lovely alternative to a plain Cesar’s Salad. Our list would definitely not be complete without a dessert! For that reason we would like to introduce you to the Crema Catalana. This delicacy is a Catalan pudding made with milk, egg yolks, orange peel, vanilla and cinnamon. Often served in little cups topped with caramelized sugar it is very similar to the French Crème brûlée, but said to be even a littler creamier than its famous sister. If you are looking for something sweet and delicious to finish your menu with, the Crema Catalana should be your choice in any case! In this sense: Buen provecho :-)