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Vegan Barcelona: Juicy Jones for President

What do we know about the Spanish cuisine? It’s famous for specialties like dry ham, Paella, Crema Catalana, Tortilla and many more. All of those may sound great and pretty heavenly for most people – but what if you just can’t eat all of the above because you abdicated to animal products? Vegans coming to Barcelona could struggle with the fear of not finding ANYTHING to eat except plain salad and fruits, since Spain isn’t exactly known for a lot of vegetable delicates. DON’T WORRY ANYMORE – we found the perfect place for you to enjoy fancy and delicious vegan food! bcn_juicyjones2 “Juicy Jones” is what we are talking about. This amazing location is a vegan restaurant right in the heart of Barcelona offering delicates to die for. On the menu is a great selection of starters, main dishes and desserts: you can for example start with a great hummus dip, afterwards order a lasagna and finish your dinner (or lunch) with a tasty, creamy cheesecake. All completely vegetable and animal-free, all fresh! Don’t miss to accompany your food with one of Juicy Jones’ amazing juices which can be ordered in all different flavors and ingredient combinations. If you have trouble to decide, just go with the “zumo del dìa” that comes to a special price. The colorful restaurant is located just off Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas and therefore makes a great place to have a quick bite while spending a shopping day in the city. The food is amazing, drinks are refreshing, its design is lively and creative and the staff is friendly – sounds quiet perfect, right? :) bcn_juicyjones1 Address:  Calle Hospital 74 Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 10.00 am – 23.00 pm Price: Cheap Our Recommendation: Mexican Burger
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April in Barcelona

Barcelona is a great holiday destination throughout the whole year – so it can’t be considered something else than a good idea to plan a trip to the Catalan capital in the springtime. To make your preparations a bit easier we summed up the Top 4 events hold in Barcelona during the lovely month of April. Easter Processions: Since Spain is basically a Christian country, of course Easter is celebrated. Being known to take their religion quiet serious, the Spanish people worship the feast with a whole week called the “semana santa” (holy week) starting on Palm Sunday and ending on Easter Monday. In 2014 this means Easter festivities take place from April 13th to 21st. It may almost be unnecessary to explicitly say so, but since Barcelona is a pretty popular destination for a lot of Europeans during the Easter time, the city will probably be quiet packed again. But that should really not hold you back because in addition to the common attractions Barcelona has to offer, there will be a lot of worth-seeing Easter processions, for example:
  • Iglesia de Sant Augustin: Friday 18th, Placa de Sant Augustin 2, 17.00 pm
  • Santa Maria Del Mar: Friday 18th, Placa de Santa Maria 1, 9.30 am
  • Barcelona Cathedral: Friday 18th, Pla de la Seu, 15.30 pm
bcn_easter3 Barcelona Beer Festival: Everybody who really appreciates a good glass of beer should definitely not miss the Barcelona Beer Festival! This annual event – taking place from April 11th to 13th - always attracts beer fans from all over Catalonia and should therefore be marked red in your calendar if you are a true lover of the famous hop drink. Featuring more than 200 international brewers populating the halls of the Museu Marìtim, visitors can of course taste all different kinds of beers but also get to know more about their favorite refresher from beer experts all around the world. An extra bonus: the entrance is free! bcn_beer_festival Salon del Còmic: The Salon del Còmic is an international comic fair taking annually place in Barcelona and is already entering its 32nd round in 2014. Offering a great range of different comic books, there will probably be the right one to find for everybody. This four-day event takes place from April 15th to 18th at the Fira Montjuic Exhibition Centre (halls 1 and 2) and attracts all kinds of comic fans and friends. Since this fair runs under a different motto every year, the responsible bodies chose “War” for 2014 – so you might want to take out your soldier costume to wear it somewhere else than at the annual carnival party :-) bcn_salon_del_comic Sant Jordi’s Day: Watch out lovebirds, this may be the most romantic day of Barcelona. The Sant Jordi’s Day on April 23rd worships Catalonia’s saint patron Sant Jordi and is therefore not just celebrated in Barcelona but in the whole region. To make a point it can definitely be said that this festivity is the same to Catalan people as Valentine’s Day is to Americans: one romantic, hearty matter. Since the Sant Jordi’s Day is also known as the “day of lovers” or the “day of roses”, you can easily recognize that it’s all about love. Following the legend of Sant Jordi - who is said to have conquered a dragon for a princess and afterwards gave a red rose to her - it is very common to give either roses or books to your beloved ones on this special day. So, buy a pretty bouquet and surprise your sweetheart :-) bcn_sant_jordi
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Casa Batlló: Visual and augmented tour coming soon

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. bcn_casa_batllo 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. bcn_casa_batllo2 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.
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Barcelona y Flamenco: Where art meets passion

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. bcn_barcelonayflamenco 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”! :-) bcn_palaudelamusica
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Formula 1: Barcelona welcomes the Spanish Grand Prix again

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. bcn_formula1 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…
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Barcelona District Guide: Welcome to Gràcia

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. gracia_streets 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. shopping_gracia 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. festa_major_gracia 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.
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Yummy Barcelona – 5 foods you NEED to try

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! calçots_bcn 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! jamon_iberico_bcn 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. patatas_bravas_bcn 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. escalivada_bcn 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! crema_catalana_bcn In this sense: Buen provecho :-)
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Try the ice skating rink at Plaza Catalunya

Enjoy romantic Christmas

barcelona ice rinkWhat else makes Christmas more romantic than to do some ice skating with your love during the cold season?

For many people ice skating and winter simply belongs together. So what would Christmas in Barcelona be like without the typical ice skating? The second year now people can enjoy this activity at Plaza Catalunya in an outdoor ice skating rink.

The rink has an area of 1200m2 and is therefore the biggest outdoor rink in entire Europe. Hence, around 350 people are able to skate there at the same time. The ice rink opened already in November on the 22nd and is still open until the beginning of January. Last year over 80,000 people used the chance to do some romantic ice skating. Just take your friends and enjoy it!

The price for 1 hour amounts to 9 and for 30 minutes it amounts to 7€. The ice skate rental is included in both cases. There is also the possibility to get a hearty snack at the cafeteria for being prepared for the day. Within the changing area you can put on your ice skates.

Here are the opening times for the ice skating rink: Monday – Thursday: 10am to 9pm Friday, Saturday & public holiday: 10am to 11pm Sunday: 10am to 9pm

Additional information and a making of video can be found on their official webpage.

Here is the exact address of the rink: Plaça de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

You can get to Plaza Catalunya easily by Metro. The metro stop is called Catalunya. The hop-on-hop-off bus stops at Plaza Catalunya as well. Other bus lines, the Aerobus and night busses also have a stop at the place Picture credits: BCN Insiders

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Sagrada Familia Christmas market

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If you are heading out and look for Christmas markets in Barcelona already, we can give you a recommendation: the Christmas market at the Sagrada Familia from the 29th November until the 23rd December.

Christmas in Barcelona is bright, full of lights, charming and has a special atmosphere. The most important cultural monument the Sagrada Familia by famous Gaudi is place of a wonderful Christmas market containing around 120 stalls with different decorations, food and hand-made crafts. The sacred basilica is located in the Eixample district, known for its exclusivity, luxurious boutiques and beautiful, pompous buildings.

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The “mercado de Navidad”, how it is called in Spanish, begins on Friday the 29th November and ends at the end of December at the 23rd, Monday. The stalls are open daily from 10am until 10 pm. Even Santa Claus is visiting the Christmas market on two Saturdays to collect the children’s’ wish lists. Additionally, he will make a present to the children in form of cookies and balloons. The visit will be on two Saturdays in December, each from 6pm until 8pm. Credit pictures: Flickr Galleries SlapBcn, sun sand & sea, Barcelona.cat

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Don’t just sit there! Visit the Mercat Fira de Bellcaire

Famous old flea market in Barcelona

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You are tired of all those new shopping malls and you are looking for something unique from the past?

We have the solution for you ;-) ; the old flea market Mercat Fira de Bellcaire also known as El Encants in Barcelona near to Torre Agbar and Glóries.

This market is the biggest market in Barcelona and is famous, since it already is located there since the 14th Century. El Encants belongs to one of the oldest markets in Europe.

El Encants

Today the market is divided in two parts, as a newer area was build under a distinctive deck. Commercial activity is supposed to take place there, like offices and restaurants. The actual old flea market still takes places outside. However, the new building isn’t closed like a house. Therefore, it is possible to keep a feeling of openness and combining both parts.

Website: www.elsencantsbcn.com Address: Plaça de les Glòries, 08013, Barcelona Next metro/tram station: Glòries (red line). Opening hours: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am to 20:00 pm

Other markets can be found on the webpage from Barcelona.

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