Halloween In Barcelona 2014

WHAT TO DO ON HALLOWEEN IN BARCELONA

Celebrating Halloween in Barcelona is quite different from many other countries. It is not easy to see a lot of people parading around the streets demanding candies or carving pumpkins, but Halloween in Barcelona brings you the full range of exciting Catalan traditions with many unique activities. Halloween here is a three day celebration known as Day of the Dead or “El Dia de los Muertos”. It starts from 31th October to 2nd November.  The day after Halloween is 1st November and it is a public holiday in Spain known as “Todos los Santos” (All Saints). Halloween in Spain is about commemorating loved ones who have passed and also to celebrate the continuity of life.

But, there is much more than that,  Suitelife will let you discover what Barcelona has to offer on Halloween.

Halloween in Barcelona

La Castanyada

The highlight of the Halloween celebration in Barcelona is La Castanyada or chestnut time. This is an intriguing celebration of eating “castanyes” (roasted chestnuts), “moniatos” (sweet potatoes), “panellets” (cakes) and drinking “muscatel” sweet wine. Many bars, especially near Las Ramblas, are decorated with spider webs. On the streets, you can see many people in spooky costumes and for foodies, this day should not be missed because there will be street vendors with stalls selling delicious delicacies. One of the most famous ones are castanyes which are chestnuts roasted on charcoal grills. This is a great idea to try something warm like hot wrapped roasted chestnuts before the weather turns cold. If you want to have a closer insight into Catalan culture, there are panellets. They are mini almond-flavored balls covered in pine nuts or in coconut, lemon, or chocolate. They are sold mostly in local bakeries. Finally, don’t forget to try boniatos (sweet potatoes) which are also sold by street vendors. Remember to combine the above foods with Muscatel wine served in porrons - a traditional Catalan wine pitcher with a stem to pour the wine into your mouth.

Halloween in Bcn

Not like many other holidays in Barcelona when there are massive parties on the streets, during Halloween, you get a more homey feeling. People go to churches or visit cemeteries to place flowers, wreaths, candles and then gather with families. There are nine cemeteries in Barcelona and they are full of people in Halloween.

PARTIES AND ACTIVITIES IN HALLOWEEN

Halloween in Barcelona is a chance to join in one of amazing costume theme parties. Most of them are held in clubs like Opium Bar, Shoko, Apolo and in some hotels as well. Below we pick some featured parties and fun activities from traditional  to fancy dressed ones (in no particular order).

1. Ruta de Altares

Ruta de Altares (or Alter Route) is a Halloween party in Mexican style. This kind of party is more and more well-known recently. Starting from 10th October to 24th October, this is an international project that connects various Mexican communities in the world to celebrate the Day of the Dead tradition. The public is invited to view themed alters dedicated to memory of the departed. The alters have different themes and are in around 30 bars, restaurants, and galleries in Barcelona.

Halloween party in Barcelona

2. Rock is dead

Rock is Dead - Barcelona Halloween 2014
 

Costumes, cocktails and an amazing panoramic view from the 26th floor of the W hotel, what can be more amazing than that? Every year, the W hotel organizes a special Eclipse Halloween edition  where you can dance in the ambience of a Gothic Glam party with the best music from DJs Agus and enjoy the live electric guitar set by Kamelmat. With the Gothic Glam dress code, make up artists will design the Gothic Glam look for the guests.

Address: Plaza de la Rosa dels Vents, 1 pl. 26, Barcelona

Food: Oriental food

Drink price: From 12€ | Soft drinks from 4€; VIP Price: Bottle of cava from 40€ | Normal from 150€

Door policy: 23 years old | Elegant & Stylish

 

 

3. Halloween Boat Party

If you like adventure, you definitely want to try to have a party on board. The Halloween Boat Party is an awesome experience as you can celebrate Halloween on a catamaran and sail around the Mediterranean. With the fee of 30 EUR,  you will get free beer/cava and 3 hours on boat with DJ + Appetizer. On 31 October, the catamaran will leave at 19h from Port Vell and arrive at Port Olimpic. Get more info about this unique party here
Best Halloween parties in Barcelona

4. La Posada Maldita

Do you want to try some fun terrifying experience ? Located in Cerdanyola del Vallès just outside Barcelona, Posada Maldita is a well known restaurant because it is more an attraction than a place to eat. Having a Halloween-themed for 365 days a year, this place will make you both laugh out loud and scream your lungs out at the same time. During the meal, you will be kept awake because you will receive many famous scary visitors such as the Beast, the bloody chef, some zombies,…This is a perfect place for meeting friends, Bachelor parties, etc. The menu price is 38 EUR, including a starter, a main dish, dessert and drinks.

Address: Avinguda de la Flor de Maig, 57, 08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona

Halloween in Bcn

5. Irish pubsHalloween in Barcelona 2014

You might or might not know but Halloween is originally Celtic. If you want to find some true Halloween spirit with Jack-o-lantern, dressing up as ghosts and ghouls, snapping apples,…, listen to good ghost story and have some craic. You never feel alone when you are in an Irish pub ! There are a lot of Irish pubs in Barcelona, check out our Top Irish pubs in Barcelona and choose your favorite one !

 

Useful Spanish Halloween words

Last but not least, let’s learn some Spanish Halloween words !

Halloween - Noche de Brujas
Pumpkin - La calabaza
Carved pumpkins - calabazas talladas
Farol – lamp
Vampires – vampiros
Ghosts – fantasmas
Witches – brujas
Zombies – zombies
Skeletons – esqueletos
Mummy – momie
Dress up - disfrazarse
Trick or Treat – truco o trato
Sweets and treats - dulces y golosinas

Suitelife wishes you a bloody happy Halloween !

~ Trang

Events in Barcelona in October 2014

What’s on in Barcelona this October 2014 – best events and venues

Looking for info about the best events in Barcelona in October 2014?  You have come to the right place! The following blog article will be providing you the things you need to know if you plan on taking in the most of Barcelona in the upcoming month. So instead of just ‘skim-passing’ through Barcelona, here’s a list with the MUST-DO stuff in this wonderful city in October.

 

1. THE GREAT PARTY OF BARCELONETA (FESTA MEJOR DE LA BARCELONETA)

Festa Barceloneta

 

  • LOCATION: the Barceloneta neighbourhood, Ciutat Vella district
  • PERIOD/DATE: end of September, beginning of October
  • DESCRIPTION: in-the-street parties involving fireworks, football tournaments, traditional music and dances, free Spanish food & drinks tastings, sweets for the children thrown away by characters performing in marvelous parades.
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Cultural

 

2. PHARELL CONCERT IN BARCELONA

Pharell Williams Concert in Barcelona

 

  • LOCATION: El Palau Sant Jordi Arena, Montjuic Hill
  • PERIOD/DATE: 1st October
  • DESCRIPTION: Extraordinary concert of the American singer Pharell Williams as part of his worldwide Dear Girl Tour
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Musical

 

3. SWAB INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR BARCELONA

SWAB International Contemporary Art Fair

 

  • LOCATION: Fira de Barcelona, Sants-Montjuic
  • PERIOD/DATE: 2-5 October
  • DESCRIPTION: Exhibition featuring young artists just starting their careers, focusing on increasing awareness and access of the general public to the contemporary art
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Artistic
  • FOR TICKETS: https://proticketing.com

 

4. EROTIC FAIR BARCELONA (SALON EROTICO BARCELONA) 2014

Erotic Fair Barcelona

  • LOCATION: Pavelló de la Vall d’Hebron
  • PERIOD/DATE: 2-5 October
  • DESCRIPTION: Hottest fair in Barcelona, with erotic live shows, sex toy stalls, lap dances, erotic massages and even sex ed workshops
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Exhibition
  • FOR TICKETS: http://www.saloneroticodebarcelona.com/index.php?ca

 

5. INTERNATIONAL CINEMA FESTIVAL SITGES (SITGES FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA)

Sitges Film Festival

  • LOCATION: Sitges, 40kms from Barcelona
  • PERIOD/DATE: 3-12 October
  • DESCRIPTION: Early film festival, one of the oldest film festivals in Spain (started in 1968), considered to be the leading horror and fantasy film festival in the whole world
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Artistic
  • FOR TICKETS: http://sitgesfilmfestival.com/eng/programa/entrades

 

6. ROMAN COLLOSEUM GAMES SHOW BARCELONA

Colloseum

 

  • LOCATION: Palau Sant Jordi Arena, Montjuic Hill (yeah, that’s right – it’s the same place where Pharell will be having the concert!)
  • PERIOD/DATE: 4th October
  • DESCRIPTION: Live shows featuring gladiator battles and chariot races
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Historical

 

7. GARMIN TRIATHLON BARCELONA 2014

Garmin Barcelona Triathlon

  • LOCATION: Nova Mar Bella and Llevant beaches
  • PERIOD/DATE: 5th October, 8 am
  • DESCRIPTION: One of the largest triathlons in Spain and definitely the largest in Catalunya, with over 6,000 athletes taking part in the event each year
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Sports

 

8. BARCELONA JAZZ FESTIVAL

Jazz Festival Barcelona

 

9. KYLIE MINOGUE CONCERT IN BARCELONA

Kylie Minogue Concert Barcelona

 

10. BARCELONA BOAT SHOW (SALON NAUTICO) 2014

Barcelona International Boat Show

  • LOCATION: Port Vell Marina, Barcelona port
  • PERIOD/DATE: 15-19th October
  • DESCRIPTION: Boat exhibition featuring more than 700 boats and yachts, more than 300 exhibitors, providing the participants the opportunity to test drive all the water vehicles
  • ENTERTAINMENT: Exhibition
  • FOR TICKETS: http://www.salonnautico.com/en/acreditaciones-y-entradas

 

11. 48H OPEN HOUSES BARCELONA

Casa Batlló

  • LOCATION: throughout all neighbourhoods of Barcelona
  • PERIOD/DATE: mid-late October
  • DESCRIPTION: during a two-day period, more than 150 buildings in Barcelona open their doors to welcome architecture-savvy tourists
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Cultural

 

12. FC BARCELONA vs. AJAX AMSTERDAM

Barcelona - Ajax

 

13. THE MARKET OF THE MARKETS (MERCAT DE MERCATS)

Mercat de Mercats

  • LOCATION: Avenida de la Catedral
  • PERIOD/DATE: Late October
  • DESCRIPTION: All that Barcelona/Catalunya/Spain have the best in terms of food and drinks delicacies, everything gathered in one place – Mercat de Mercats! *GULP*
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Food&Drink

 

14. MANGA FAIR BARCELONA

Manga Fair Barcelona

  • LOCATION: Fira de Barcelona
  • PERIOD/DATE: 30th October – 2nd November
  • DESCRIPTION: A four-day manga event featuring video games, performances and cosplayers from all over the world. For more info, check out our blog article about Japanese Culture in Barcelona HERE!
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Exhibition
  • FOR TICKETS: https://proticketing.com/ficomic/ca_ES/entradas/evento/1957

 

15. PASSENGER CONCERT BARCELONA

Passenger Concert Barcelona

 

16. LA CASTANYADA

La Castanyada Barcelona

  • LOCATION: All over Barcelona
  • PERIOD/DATE: 31st October
  • DESCRIPTION: The day before All Saints Day marks the Castanyada – the name comes from the fact that people usually cook chestnuts (castanyes) this day – so make sure you eat at least a handful of those because they are delicious (not to mention the sides: moniatos – sweet roasted potatoes and panellets – small balls of almond paste covered in pine nuts)!
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Food&Drink

The Full Moon Festival in Barcelona

Full Moon Festival (Fiesta de la Luna Llena) in Barcelona – a venue of music, dance and fire

full moon party barcelona

The Full Moon Festival in Barcelona or Fiesta de la Luna Llena – do these two entertainment concepts ring any bells? If the answer is NO, please continue reading this blog article. If the answer is YES, well a little bit of extra info never hurt anyone, right?

OK, so this article will answer the 5 W’s and the H – WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, WHO and HOW that every tourist coming to Barcelona should consider when deciding whether they should go to the Full Moon Festival or not. From our experience, it’s definitely a MUST-GO!

 

WHAT is the Full Moon Festival?                                  

The Full Moon Festival is a group of parties basically celebrating the occurring of a full moon. Since the beginning of mankind, humans have been fascinated about viewing the full moon as an extremely occult phenomenon, which is why they have been assigning different powers or supernatural characteristics to it. For example, the early Babylonians thought the full moon made women more fertile, whereas the Amerindians used to give their children names containing the word ‘moon’ because they thought the Moon Goddess would protect the little humans from danger. Nowadays, the Full Moon celebration is a little less religious (we would argue pretty much profane), people gathering on the beach just to enjoy the moment by drinking, dancing and having fun.

 

WHEN does the Full Moon Party happen in Barcelona?

The Full Moon festival takes place during a 14-month period, starting in July (current year) and ending in October next year, with events happening once every month – as the Full Moon appears. The next event will be held on 8th October 2014 at 11 PM in the evening, so if you will be in Barcelona at that date, make sure you don’t miss this opportunity!

 

WHERE can you find the Full Moon Party in Barcelona?

The answer for this question is the Mar Bella beach (Playa de la Mar Bella), one of the most famous beaches in Barcelona.

 

WHY should you go to the the Full Moon Party in Barcelona?

Because FUN, that’s why!!! You will be witnessing a spectacular show done by acrobats juggling with fire, acro-yoga and so on. In the background, you will be hearing rhythmic beats of drums, accompanied by other instruments such as trumpets or the traditional Spanish castanets. Because the music is so good, you will see people dancing  and feeling the good vibe of the whole atmosphere, so don’t be shy and join them! They will be glad to have a new member in the dance crew!

WHO goes to the Full Moon Party in Barcelona?

In short, all the people with latin ‘caliente’ blood, eager to experience an adventurous and energetic night under the moonlight, as well as tourists with a different concept of entertainment than the cliche-ed night out in a crowded club . If you are one of them, don’t miss out this event, as it represents the pure essence of open-air fun!

 

HOW can you get to the event?

There are several ways to get to the Mar Bella Beach. The best one is to use the metro (closest stop would be Llacuna on the yellow L4), combined with a little bit of walking (15 mins). Another way is to take the bus N8 which will leave you 10 minutes away from the beach.

 

Finally, if you want some more info about the Full Moon Festival in Barcelona (as if what we have provided so far is not enough), you can always click here.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s on in September in Barcelona!

What’s on in September! How to have amazing September in Barcelona!

Barcelona is a stunning city and you will find out that September in Barcelona can be one of the best months for you to enjoy the spirit of Catalonia and spirit of its capital. Have a look at our events picked out especially for you to enjoy the slowly ending summer in this hot city.

 

September in Barcelona

 

06.09.2014 (Saturday) – 07.09.2014 (Sunday) – Demanoenmano market

 

 

 

 

Semptember in Barcelona does not have to be boring, it can really be full of joy!

Second-hand market Demanoenmano which is taking place at Convent de Sant Agusti will give you the occasion not only to purchase second-hand and vintage wares but take part in creative workshops as well and listen to live music. You just have to find some free time during the first weekend of September and come and enjoy the day!

So, if you would like to join Demanoenmano market, check the official website of the event for more information.

 

07.09.2014 (Sunday) and 14.09.2014 (Sunday) – Piknic Electronik

 

The atmosphere is fun, mellow and family-friendly like all September in Barcelona!

September in Barcelona

There are two zones for people participating in the festival:

One section for adults where you can enjoy music with DJs playing from 1 pm till 8 pm

The other zone is for families with children where kids have the chance to take part in a lot of activities organised just for them.

 

Have a look at the last year edition (I am sure that you will love it) and just visit on Saturday on Montjuic.

AND, here is the official website where you can find more details

 

 

07.09.2014 (Sunday) – Cursa Barca 2014 – FC Barcelona (Barca Fun Run)

 

September in Barcelona. Run It’s going to be the first edition of this event in Barcelona!

10km race is set around the Barcelona FC’s Camp Nou football ground. Everybody who signs up will receive, among other gifts, a commemorative  T-  shirt  designed for the occasion. Come and support people who are taking  part  in  the  run! More information on the official wesite ( It’s not available in  English,  sorry).

 

 

11.09.2014 (Thursday) – La Diada Nacional de Catalunya (The National Day of Catalonia)

 

Public holiday in Catalonia and Barcelona!

September in Barcelona. La Diada Nacional de Catalunya

This is the first public holiday in Sepetember in Barcelona, the next one is taking place 19th of September so just one week after (check below). Two extra days off in the month to enjoy the time with friends or family!

During the National Day of Catalonia you can join cultural events in the city and other celebrations and political demonstrations. To give you the example, at the statue of Rafael Casanova, which is located at the corner of Ronda de Sant Pere and Carrer d’Ali Bei, you can lay floral tributes or catch a concert, a poetry reading, or political speech in different parts of Barcelona. Don’t be surprised to see a lot of people with the Catalan flag on the street and hear the official anthem of Catalonia, Els Segadors, in a lot of places .

 

24.09.2014 (Wednesday) – Public holiday in Barcelona in honour of Barcelona’s patron saint

– Mare de Deu de la MErce (Our Lady of Mercy).

 

19.09.2014 (Friday) – 24.09.2014 (Wednesday)

Les Festes de la Merce 2014 (Merce Festival Barcelona 2014)

 

Les Festes de la Merce is the most popular festival during September in Barcelona!

You can’t miss it!

Join Barcelona’s biggest party of the year.

 

September in Barcelona

Celebrations are taking part in a lot of places in Barcelona. The map of the event and schedule usually is available 2 weeks before the Festival (keep checking our Facebook page for more information). The festival offers a wide variety of events and it is the largest street party in Barcelona with – great music, parades, dancing, cultural and sport events and a lot of fireworks. Every year events take place for around 5 days and its tradition started in 1902, when people were saying goodbye to the summer and were welcoming the colourful season of autumn.

There are some, the most popular events, in which you can take a part while enjoying September in Barcelona during the Merce Festival:

 

September in Barcelona. La Merce

‘Els Castellets’ (Human Towers) – building of human towers. Amazing show which provides a lot of fun. The most spectacular part is the end when the smallest person, usually a child, trying to stand at the top of the tower which have to be as high as possible. Thousands of people are coming every year to see human towers.

 

Spetmber in Barcelona

“El Coreefoc’, ‘Diablos y demonios’ (Devils and demons) – Parade takes place at nightfall. Dragons, devils, demons and another scary monsters are walking on the streets and scare the people with fire, fireworks and performances. This is an amazing show which you will not forget quickly!

 

September in Barcelona

Gigantes (Gigant Parade) – Fantastic parade to which you can come with all your family. Usually it takes place at Placa St Jaume. Giants who are having a good time dancing and walking on the streets are accompanied with some drum music played by small groups of musicans. Giants are mainly queens and kings, nobles and saints. You can’t miss this as well.

 

September in Barcelona

The celebration is ended on 24th with a ‘big bomb’ – Amazing music  and firework spectacle!

More information you can find in the official website of the Les Festes de la Merce 2014

 

24.09.2014 (Wednesday) – Public holiday in Barcelona in honour of Barcelona’s patron saint

– Mare de Deu de la MErce (Our Lady of Mercy).

 

We hope that you will enjoy September in Barcelona – The Most Amazing City In The World!

 

Barcelona Beach Festival 2014

BBF 2014: The Event of Summer 2014 in Barcelona

The time for the first Barcelona Beach Festival has arrived! One more crazy party is going to take place in this wonderful city. A huge event with great artists, plus it’s going to be on the beach! Is there any doubt it is going to be unique and lots of fun?! I don’t think so.

When?

The 26th of July, at 6pm

Where?

Platja de la Pau – Parc de la Pau by Forum in Sant Adrià de Besòs

How to get there?

  • By tram: with the tram T4 or T6, stop Sant Adrià
  • By train (Renfe): Estació Sant Adrià
  • By car: Ronda Litoral exit 26, direction Llobregat / exit 25 direction Besos

Who is going to perform?

The best of the best- Avicii, David Guetta, and Steve Angello (an ex-member of the Swedish House Mafia). Joining this all-star lineup will be The Zombie Kids, Joan Reyes, JP Candela, Oilver Schmitz, Marcel Ventura and Alex de Guirior! You can’t miss them, can you?

BBF 2014

 

Tickets

Sales Points:

Price:

There are different kinds of tickets, a great deal of which are already sold out. What does that mean? Hurry up and get your ticket now! The various types of tickets are listed below. The Premium ticket includes exclusive entry to the venue, exclusive area in front of the stage, access to an exclusive area of catering and bars, 3 drinks, exclusive bathroom availability, a commemorative present and more!

  1. 3rd Promotional Round Ticket: 56 euro + charging fees of website where you buy the ticket
  2. Final Price Ticket: 71 euro + charging fees of website where you buy the ticket
  3. Premium Ticket, 2nd Promotional Round: 146 euro + charging fees of website where you buy the ticket
  4. Premium Ticket, 3rd Promotional Round: 166 euro + charging fees of website where you buy the ticket
  5. Premium Ticket, Final Price: 181 euro + charging fees of website where you buy the ticket

Take into account that the tickets are not refundable and children under 16 must be accompanied by their parents, guardian or an authorized third person.

 

 

Get ready to party hard and enjoy this awesome event!

Melina

 

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