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Sitges: International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia 2014

Watch out, fantasy fans, here comes something great! For the already - and quiet impressive - 47th time the “International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia” is about to return to the great city of Sitges. bcn_sitges_Toni Villaró If you’re a lover of fantasy of all kinds you shouldn’t think twice about attending  this event. The Sitges edition is known for being the number one fantasy film festival in the world and has developed into an appreciated establishment. Since the first international week of sci-fi and horror in 1968 the festival has spread its wings and has become a more than reliable barometer when it comes to new and futuristic technologies and trends. From this year’s October 3rd to 12th visitors can benefit from encounters, exhibitions, screenings, presentations and Co. and get completely lost in the event’s surreal atmosphere. But Catalonia’s foremost film festival isn’t just a big excitement for interested spectators: since an international jury honors the best films, actors and filmmakers with the “Maria” award - plus the festival hosts several other award shows,too - the event is also of great importance for a professional audience. As a natural consequence of its high international reputation, each year the festival provides a popular meeting point for international VIPs. Sitges' guest list impresses with big names like Anthony Hopkins, Cameron Diaz, Jodie Foster, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tony Curtis and many more. Did you know that even the master of direction himself, Mr. Quentin Tarantino, launched his first movie in the adorable little city on the Spanish coast-line back in the days? By now there really shouldn’t be any more arguments necessary to point out how great this event is ;-) One more: don't miss out on the annual "Zombiewalk" on which fans dress up in spooky outfits and scary make-up to create one bizarre get-together! FAST FACTS Location: Sitges (35km outside Barcelona) Dates: 3rd to 12th of October 2014 Website: sitgesfilmfestival.com 
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June in Barcelona

Madrid and Andalusia are usually already pretty hot by the time of June – Barcelona indeed still convinces with a warm but comfortable climate and therefore makes a perfect traveling destination to spend some exciting days. Before you take off to the beautiful Catalan capital, note down that there is more to discover than “just” some sights (even though they are amazing in BCN!). For a perfect experience be open to join some of the city’s great events taking place in June. Here comes our Top 4: Feast of Sant Joan: The Summer Solstice is a very special deal in Barcelona. Since the night from June 23rd to 24th marks the shortest night of the year and the beginning of summer, Catalan people celebrate this with a public holiday on which Barcelona and its surrounding transform into an electric area. In this night of Sant Joan the sun reaches its highest point, for that reason Barcelona organizes a great and impressive firework each year to brighten up the city. Visitors as well as locals benefit from the buzzing and vibrant atmosphere at Sant Joan, have a picnic outdoors or/and watch some nice performances and happenings in the streets. When the sun sets in the evening of June 23rd it may be a good idea to head near the beachside where a lot of people in a good mood enjoy live music and tasty drinks. bcn_santjoan Pride Barcelona: Another colorful – if not THE MOST colorful – event is just around the corner. For its already sixth time Barcelona will host the annual Pride Barcelona, which is a great festival hosted by the LGBT community. From June 27th to 29th visitors can be entertained by a diverse programm featuring performances, parades, music, parties, workshops, debates etc. We are pretty sure that you won’t be able to find any bored person around since the participation choices are various enough to please everybody. Since Pride Barcelona is known to be one of the most famous and important LGBT festivals, it not just provides amusement and enjoyment, but as well campaigns for tolerance and equality. To find out more about locations, timetables and Co. feel free to discover the official website. bcn_pride_adriagarcia Sonar Festival: If music is one of your greatest pleasures, don’t miss this amazing event! It is safe to say that this is more than just another random happening: it’s a legend, it’s an establishment, it’s an institution – it’s the famous Sonar Music Festival about to take over Barcelona again! This amazing international music festival goes back to the early days of 1994 and has ever since been able to successfully spread the world to please it with awesome sounds. In 2014 the beat-machine will be in town from June 12th to 14th and probably again attract fans from all over Europe. The three-day-event features upcoming and leading artists playing live on stage and offers also different artistic, digital installations to create a unique and inspiring festival atmosphere. This year’s line-up is again pretty convincing and includes huge names such as Robyn, Lykke Li, Boys Noize, Massive Attack and many, many more. Tickets can be easily bought online. bcn_sonar_Matthias Mueller Moto GP 2014: Sport fan can finally breath now, we have something cool for you right here :) In 2014 the Montmelo racetrack hosts one of the biggest and most important races in the international speed scene: the MotoGP World Championship. From June 13th to 15th the famous Circuit de Catalunya – which as well hosts the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix – will be populated by super-fast and high-tech motorcycles, which will drive rapid laps reaching impressive speeds of around 300kmh! More than 100.000 people are expected to watch this racy pleasure and to enjoy roaring motors and lead in the air. To join in safe yourself some tickets. bcn_motogp_John McClumpha
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10 Things to Do in Barcelona

Of course there is a lot more that can be done in the amazing city of Barcelona - but let's start with these 10 tips :-)
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May in Barcelona

May in Barcelona is more than awesome! Since the temperatures in general are already perfectly warm and enjoyable, visitors have the possibility to show off their brand new, light summer fashion. Where to wear some airy outfits can be discovered right here – just read through our Top 4 Barcelona events taking place in May. Primavera Sound: Watch out, we’ve got a treat for your ears right here! Being not just Barcelona’s most important and exciting Music Festival but also the number one in Spain, Primavera Sound is an institution of great tunes. The wonderful town of Barcelona has been hosting the annual event since 2001 which every year attracts beat-lovers from all over the world. This year from May 28th to 31st visitors can enjoy an amazing weekend getting lost in music – just next to beach! Primavera Sound is not one of those festivals advertising with its load of trendy stars but is especially known for featuring rather unknown artists to let people discover the sounds of the future first hand. But of course there will again be some big names playing as well, for example the Nine Inch Nails, Arcade Fire or Kendrick Lamar. If you want to save yourself some tickets, hurry up! bcn_primaverasound Labor Day: In Spain May 1st is one of its national holidays. Spanish people join in in the international tradition of celebrating the Labor Day at the very beginning of May to enjoy a day off work spending it with friends and family. To honor working people’s achievements in economy and sociality, the May 1st celebration was established in 1975 after the end of Franco’s dictatorship and first publically celebrated two years later in 1977. May 1st makes a great opportunity for visitors to discover Barcelona’s cultural offers, since museums and Co. stay generally open while shops and offices are closed. If you like, you can also watch or take part in various peaceful meetings and demonstrations being hold all over town. bcn_flag Formula 1 Grand Prix: Fasten your seat belts and focus – the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix is ready to start engines! From May 9th to 11th friends of super-cars and speed can experience the atmosphere of high-technology vehicles turning their laps. Since the early 1990 this famous event takes place a little outside the Catalan capital in the little town Montmeló. With the goal of successfully complete 66 fast rounds, the ambitioned professional drivers will take over the Circuit de Catalunya – a race track being famous for guaranteeing very exciting competitions. Special speed-fans can go for a whole Formula-1-Weekend since there are not just tickets for the main race on Sunday, but also for the test-driving and qualifying on Friday and Saturday available. bcn_formula1 Ciutat Flamenco: This wonderful event of the art of dancing is a total must for all of those who just can’t stop their feet from stomping the beat when music is playing. Ciutat Flamenco is a multiple and colorful festival celebrating the loveliness of the beautiful and traditional dance of Flamenco, annually taking place in the Catalan capital. From 23rd to 26th of May interested visitors can populate the halls of “El Mercat de las Flors” in order to take part in the various, flamenco-themed offer. Regarding classical as well as contemporary interpretations of dancing Flamenco, people are welcome to enjoy shows, concerts, exhibitions, workshops, dance sessions and competitions. More information can be found on the official website. bcn_flamenco
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Timelapse Video Barcelona by night

We found this masterpiece on Youtube, which we would love to share with you:

An amazing Timelapse video of Barcelona by night showing you the Montjuic, Las Ramblas, Forum, taking you on a ride on Avenida Parallel, the Port, Plaza Catalunya, Arc de Triumf, the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Port Olimpico, the Magic Fountain, Casa Mila (by Antoni Gaudi), the Rambla del Mar, Tibidabo, the MNAC (Museum of National Art), Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the Port Vell (watch how fast the big cruise ships are moving in timelapse), Torre Agbar, Ronda Litoral and much more. ENJOY! For more nice information about Barcelona you should visit our Next Stop Barcelona Facebook
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Spanish Guitar in the heart of Barcelona

Spanish guitar at Church of Santa

There are a good couple of things which you should experience and discover while being in Barcelona: Gaudi's art, Tapas and wine, the Catalan culture, the small streets of El Born and the Gotico, the Boqueria market, the Magic Fountain at the Montjuic and also ... Spanish Guitar! iglesia de santa anna candles Every Friday, Saturday and Tuesday at 9pm you get the chance to enjoy a concert in warm and intimate atmosphere in the Santa Anna church, seeing some of the best pieces of Spanish guitar music performed in candle light. Let yourself get enchanted by the passion of the artits and the breathtaking ambience around you. (more...)
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Semana Santa – Easter Holidays in Barcelona

Finally spring arrives!

Spring has finally arrived in Spain and easter is coming closer and closer. The weather is great (sun and up to 18 degrees around midday), the trees are showing proudly their shining oranges and the terraces in front of bars and cafés fill up with locals and travellers from all over the world. Huevos de Pascua en cestaDuring the Easter week, which is from 24th of March until 1st of April many celebrations and processions will take place all over the city, since Spain is a catholic country and the "Semana Santa" is very important for them. The "Holy Week"  begins next Sunday, the 24th, which is called "Palm Sunday" and a procession will be held in the area of the Cathedral of Barcelona in the city center, with a parade and people holding palm fronds. Right now you can get the bleached palm fronds everywhere throughout the city center, so get equipped :) (more...)
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“Travel Often, Eat Well” – Tortilla Española!

"TRAVEL OFTEN, EAT WELL"

Thats one of THE travel.. and well.. food quotes! But what about eating well while traveling? That's the perfect match :) spanish-omeletteTo continue with quotes: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do", well, we are in Spain so eat as the Spanish do and try this delicious Tortilla Española, which is a Spanish Omelet and the most commonly served dish in Spain. You can eat it for breakfast, on a sandwich, for lunch, for dinner - basically anytime, anywhere. And you also get it in most of the bars in Barcelona, for example in the Bars in El Borne and the Barrio Gotico. (more...)
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Lost and Found in Barcelona 1 – Street Art


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Street Art in Barcelona: Lost and Found

Here our very first post of the new section "Lost and Found in Barcelona"  - showing you some of the nicest things in Barcelona. Doubtless Casa Batllo, Sagrada Familia and so on are amazing, but you find them on every blog, in every guide, on every site. :)

Come on a journey with us.. here our first protagonist - a palm tree ;) Palmera_Arc_de_triomf

IF I WEREN'T A TREE, I WOULD KISS YOU RIGHT NOW!

We found this little piece of "art" on a palm tree between Arc de Triomf and the main entrance of Parc de la Ciutadella. One of these small things which are putting a smile on your face :) Just in case you you are looking for a great place to stay during the holiday check Apartments in Barcelona We wish you a great day!
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Tibidabo

tibidabo churchA couple of days ago, I was on my way from Cadaqués (nice little village in the North of Catalunya - highly recommended) to Barcelona at night. Getting closer and closer to the city, one of the first things I saw, was the beautifully illuminated church of the Tibidabo - one of the main sights of Barcelona. And I made up my mind that my last time up there was way too long ago, so "Hello Tibidabo - I am coming over next weekend!" :) (more...)
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