Events in July-August 2015: What to Do in Barcelona This Summer

Barcelona Events: Make Plans for July-August 2015

what to do in Barcelona in July August 2015

Hey SuiteLifers! Are you excited for this summer? July and August 2015 in Barcelona are booked with events for you to enjoy your stay in the city and never forget your holidays in Catalonia. Find out below all the stuff we selected for you and we definitely recommend these events. Check it out and don’t miss a thing for July and August 2015 in Barcelona. Plenty of fun to come dear readers!

 

1. The Barefoot Party Boat

 

what to do in Barcelona in July August 2015

 

The Barefoot Party Boat is a huge party happening on a boat where you can drink and chill while listening to music and enjoying the sun. It includes 28 different parties dispatched all through the summer and it already started! It is a bit expensive but let’s face it, partying on a boat in the beautiful city of Barcelona doesn’t happen everyday. Don’t mis your chance!

Location: Coconut Club – Calle Marina, 19-21, Local 14-15, 08005 Barcelona

Frequency: Weekly from Thursday to Sunday

Price: €40

More information: http://barcelonaboatparty.com

 

2. Vida Festival 2015

 

what to do in Barcelona in July August 2015

 

The Vida Festival is for the music fans who likes great live concerts. With headliners such as the bands Primal Scream, The war on Drugs, Andrew Birds or Father John Misty, this festival have plenty to offer for your hears. Don’t miss it and enjoy a perfect evening outside of Barcelona for once.

Location: Vilanova i la Geltrú (near Barcelona)

Dates: From 07.02.2015 to 07.05.2015

Price: €65 for a 4 day ticket including camping

More information: http://www.en.vidafestival.com

 

3. Jardins de Pedralbes Festival

 

what to do in Barcelona in July August 2015

 

If you want to enjoy a concert in an amazing environment, you should definitely go to the Jardins de Pedralbes Festival. Starting in June and ending in July 2015 in Barcelona, this festival gathers huge music stars such as Jessie J or the Pet Shop Boys (both programmed for June). Located in an auditorium surrounded by beautiful gardens, the concerts are taking place near the Palau Reial (Royal Palace) which is beautiful to see. Check out below the program for the July concerts and book your tickets now!

Location: Jardins Palau Reial Pedralbes – Av. Diagonal, 686 – 08034, Barcelona

Concerts:

  • 07.02 Paul Weller (rock and soul)
  • 07.03 Chic feat. Nile Rodgers (from Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” song)
  • 07.04 Bob Dylan (OMG!)
  • 07.06 Anastasia (diva with an amazing voice)
  • 07.07 Angus and Julia Stone (folk)
  • 07.09 Miguel Proveda (Catalan singer who likes poetry)
  • 07.10 Mika (high-pitched pop singer)

More information: http://www.festivalpedralbes.com/en/

 

4. Matinée Summer Festival

 

what to do in Barcelona in July August 2015

 

The pool party is on! Join this amazing event where you will drink, swim and dance on electronic music all day. With a list of talented DJs programmed, this 12-hour long pool party is for the clubbers who are not afraid to keep on dancing until it hurts. Starting at 10pm, get ready for an amazing day!

Location: Vilassar de Dalt – Illa Fantasia water park

Date: 07.05

More information: http://matineesummerfestival.com/2015/es/home

 

5. Montjuïc Outdoor Cinema

 

what to do in Barcelona in July August 2015

 

The cinema Sala Montjuïc provides cinema fans every year with an outdoor session of the best movies in the history of cinema. They are all in subtitled original version, depending on where the film comes from. Go enjoy a nice evening on a summer night watching great movies with friends and family. The positive side? You can bring your own food and drinks! Bless outdoor cinemas.

Location: Castell de Montjuïc, more specifically in Fossat de Santa Eulàlia.

Dates: from 07.07 to 08.08

Frequency: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (sometimes on Sundays)

More information: http://salamontjuic.org/info-practica/ (website available only in Catalan)

 

6. Slash concert

 

what to do in Barcelona in July August 2015

 

I know, the legend of rock is coming to Barcelona this July 2015 and it’s just heaven! If you love rock music and are a fan of Guns N’ Roses, you can’t miss this concert. As one of the best guitarist ever, he sure knows how to deliver to his audience and this night sounds very promising! Plus, he is coming with Ciclonautas and Mean Machine. Get ready to Rock’n'roll readers!

Location: Palau Sant Jordi, Passeig Olimpic 5 – 7, Barcelona

Date: 07.08 at 9pm

More information and ticket booking: http://www.ticketmaster.es/es/entradas-musica/slash-ciclonautas-mean-machine/14216/

 

7. Gracià Street Festival

 

what to do in Barcelona in July August 2015

The neighbourhoods festival in Barcelona is one of the most expected festival of all. The whole streets in Gracià district are closed and massive decorations are installed. The Gracià festival is all about competition between the districts that want to win the prize of being the best decorated, and believe us, they are all about impressing you. It is extremely beautiful and you sure want to go there guys!

Location: all around Gracie district (North part of Barcelona – up Av. Diagonal)

Date: to be set but definitely in August

More information: http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/events/gracia-festival/gracia-festival-barcelona.html

 

8. Circuit Festival 2015 – Gay festival

 

what to do in Barcelona in July August 2015

 

Yes readers, get ready for a week long gay extravaganza in Barcelona this August 2015. Featuring a lot of pre-parties and club parties as well as activities gravitating towards music, arts and sports (basically all the leisure you want), the Circuit Festival is one of the biggest gay festival in Europe. To prove that, the biggest event during this week is the Water Park Day at Illa Fantasia water park where gathers around 8000 participants each year. Don’t miss the beach tournament volleyball either at Mar Bella and the many exhibitions and debates because, yes readers, it is not all about partying, you can also educate yourselves. Can’t wait!

Location: various parts of the Barcelona

Dates: from 08.05 to 08.16

More information: http://www.circuitfestival.net/2015/es/main

 

Alright readers, make your choice and have an amazing summer in Barcelona. We hope to see you at these exciting events, we’ll sure be there!

If you want to have a look to what is going on in Barcelona in May and June 2015, check out our other blogs, it’s still time!

Events in May 2015

Events in June 2015

See you

- Aurélien

 

Events in June 2015: What to Do in Barcelona This Month

Barcelona events: Make Plans for June 2015

 

 

Hi everyone! There is a ton of stuff going on in Barcelona in June 2015 and maybe you did not make plans yet but we are here to help you with that. We curated a bunch of cool activities occurring very soon so let’s just hope you will be as shaking as we are for the month to come. Plenty of worldwide superstars are on their way to Barcelona and music fans should be delighted, we know we are! Among those musical events we also listed cultural, sporting and simply fun activities in Barcelona in June to please every reader who just wants to get out in the sun and enjoy life, as simple as that.

 

1. Champions League Final 2015: FC Barcelona vs. Juventus Turin

 

what to do in Barcelona in June 2015

We know the game will be played in the Olympiastadion of Berlin and you may have planned a trip to go there and watch the game live but if you did not, we thought it would be nice to give you some tips on the best place to watch the game in Barcelona. This is a thing here, if there is ever a football game, you have to go to a bar and watch and cheer for your team while drinking with friends.

  • When: 06.06.2015 at 8:45pm

Here are some bars we like and are probably the best places to watch a game in Barcelona:

Sports bar Rambles

The George Payne

Sonora Sports Tavern

For more great places to watch the Champions League final and enjoy a drink amongst friends please feel free to check out the blogs we made during the Fifa World Cup 2014 if you want further details on the bars listed before and more information on others.

 

2. The ColorRun by Desigual?

 

what to do in Barcelona in June 2015

 

If you don’t know the fashion brand Desigual? well… just know that they are ALL about colours. So they basically used a concept that was born in the US and brought it to Barcelona and these kinds of races have now spread all around the globe. This is a free event sponsored by the brand where all participants have to run 5km covered in colours. All you need to do is to register yourself and your friends on Desigual?’s ColorRun website and wear your shiniest white clothes. Everyone is expected to throw colours around at the very beginning of the race and then the fun keeps going: you run for 5km and every kilometre, people throw more colours at you! I mean what a better way to work out than do it looking simply rainbow-like fabulous?

  • Location: start and finish in Avingueda de la Reina Maria Cristina near the Magic Fountain
  • When: Sunday 06.07.2015 at 9am
  • Metro: L3/L1 Espanya

 

3. Gran Gala de Flamenco

 

what to do in Barcelona in June 2015

 

The Barcelona Gran Gale de Flamenco is not to be missed when you are a fan of this traditional Spanish dance. It’s all about rhythm and grace with a deep feeling of strength when the dancers move around on the musicians’ guitars and singing. When you see that all you want to do is join them on stage and dance too! If you want to experience the real Spanish life and have never seen a Flamenco show, well here’s your chance readers. Promise, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Location: Palau de la Música Catalana (Carrer Palau de la Música 4-6)
  • When: on stage until August, you can book your tickets for June 7-9-17-25-28 or later if you wish
  • Metro: L1/L4 Urquinaona
  • More informations and ticket bookings: http://www.flamencotickets.com/gran-gala-flamenco-barcelona

 

4. MotoGP Catalunya 2015

 

 

Located less than 30 minutes away from Barcelona, the Catalunya circuit is one of the most enjoyable circuits for the fans that allows them to have a enlarged sight of the action and not miss anything from the race. Motorcycle racing is a big thing here and you will have to face a big crowd of Spanish supporters but the huge grass fields are here for you to relax and enjoy the race anyway.

 

5. Maroon 5 Concert

 

 

The worldwide famous band is coming to Barcelona! Are you excited yet? We are! On tour for their last album “V”, the band is currently performing all around Europe and is soon to be in the city. If you did not get the chance to buy a ticket for Barcelona’s concert, don’t worry you can always try to get one for the upcoming concerts in Madrid and Lisbon. Otherwise, you’ll have to travel all the way to Japan to get the chance to see them and well let’s be honest, it’s very unlikely to happen.

 

6. Ariana Grande Concert

 

what to do in Barcelona in June 2015

 

Big Sean’s girlfriend will be in town soon! She’s a great singer and her songs make us move like crazy on the dance floor so why not just go to her concert and enjoy her big party? She’s travelling the world with her Honeymoon Tour and I know fans are already dying from excitement. A little warning though, Barcelona is her last European destination before she goes back to the US for a national tour there so be quick and get your tickets as soon as possible!

 

7. Sonar Festival 2015

 

what to do in Barcelona in June 2015

 

The Catalonian festival was created in 1994 and is now worldwide renowned on the electronic scene because it gathers both trending artists but also artists who are soon to become famous. It is a very big event in Barcelona and it attracts a huge crowd from all over Europe and gathers many big artists such as My Chemical Romance or Skrillex for instance. So if you’re a fan of electronic music and love festivals don’t hesitate to book your ticket as soon as possible.

  • Location: the Sonar Festival is composed of many events at once so to be the clearest, just check out their own website to find out where everything happens
  • When: Friday 06.18.2015 to Sunday 06.20.2015
  • More information and ticket bookings: http://sonar.es/en/pg/tickets

 

8. Kiss Concert

 

what to do in Barcelona in June 2015

 

The legendary rock band is travelling around the world for their 40th anniversary tour and rock fans should definitely not miss it! Their last album “Monster” was released in 2012 and it has been a while already so aren’t you excited that they are coming to Barcelona to sing their hit songs just for you guys? Book your tickets as fast as possible!

 

9. Nit de Sant Joan 2015 (Saint John’s Night Festival)

 

what to do in Barcelona in June 2015

 

So readers, if there is one and only one night not to miss in Barcelona it is definitely the Saint John Night. I mean, all of Barcelona is going to be outside on this night to gather around huge bonfires and just drink and enjoy the nice summer night. Bonfires are lit all around the city but the biggest event happens by the sea where almost 70,000 people gather on the beach and have fiesta! Watch out for the fireworks thrown around though and don’t forget to watch where you are walking too! People usually burry their bonfires in the sand to stop it but the embers are still really hot and could burn your feet. Other than this, get ready for an amazing night of festivities!

  • Location: various locations in the city
  • When: 06.23.2015

 

10. Barcelona Gay Pride 2015

 

what to do in Barcelona in June 2015

 

Barcelona is one of the most gay-friendly city in Europe and the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual and Questioning) community is very active in here. Having fought for their rights for decades now, the gay pride is about keeping up the fight for total equality but also celebrate the unique gay culture and the past victories for the LGBTQ community’s rights. If your gay, you’re gonna love the partying atmosphere and walk amongst all those fabulous people! If you’re straight, well…it’s gonna be the exact same thing! A great day for everyone and a great occasion to fight for equality everywhere. The theme of this year’s pride is “Stop Bullying LGBT!”, get out on the street and protest with everyone to ensure LGBT people’s safety and all this while dancing and drinking of course!

  • Location: Pre-Parade Party in Parc de les Tres Xemeneies, Avenue Paral.lel 49
  • When: 06.18.2015 at 4pm for the Pre-Parade Party / beginning of the march at 6pm / festivities last until 06.26.2015 (1 week!)
  • More information: http://www.pridebarcelona.org

 

Make your choice and I wish you a delightful month of June 2015 everyone!

See ya!

- Aurélien

Beat The Queue At Sagrada Familia

 

Beat the Queue at Gaudis Sagrada Familia

 

Suppppp Suitelifers!!!

Todays blog will be about how to Beat The Queue At Sagrada Familia, if your reading this then your just one of thousands trying to work out when is the best time to go and how on earth you can avoid that god forsaken queue!!! Well your in luck, I have found a solution toooo all lives problems … well thats a slight exaggeration I’m just going to help you with the queue nothing else.

Gaudis Church is truly remarkable and the on going project is extremely ambitious and one that should really be admired and cherished. However the last thing you want to do is have a bad experience at Sagrada. Gaudi was artistically a genius!!! However service wasn’t really a thing back in the 1920s I mean not even the great Gaudi could orchestrate or anticipate the popularity his church would generate. Therefore do not let a long queue associate your experience with this magnificent building. So what are we waiting for … lets find out how to Beat The Queue At Sagrada Familia.

 

BOOK ONLINE IN ADVANCE!!!!


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Right okay step one to Beat The Queue At Sagrada Familia …. its the most obvious one which is to book in advance! I know it sounds silly but we are lazy creatures lets be honest. We expect to come to this city and just walk into places, well let me tell you now that is not the case and NEVER will be!!!! So this is a must !!!!!! Whether your planning to visit this city or already in Barcelona you need to book this ticket well in advance online. This comes included with a tour guide and you’d be jumping the queues shouting ‘SUCKERS!!!’ as you pass by to the helpless individuals in the ever-growing queue. Remember you cant just go straight to the gates and expect to walk straight through… you just have the advanced tickets you don’t own the place! With your advanced ticket you can then jump the queue to the meeting point where other clever people have also purchased tickets and then you shall all be escorted in from there…. Make sense??

 

EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM!!

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Now for those who refuse to book in advance online ( why on earth you wouldn’t, I shall never know ) so if you are that 1% this is what you need to do to Beat The Queue At Sagrada Familia . Come close … Are you listening ??? Okay you need to set that alarm of yours and make sure you get there early in the morning! Trying to buy a ticket during the day or towards the evening is next to impossible and a waste of time. Sagrada Familia isn’t selling a new IPhone so theres no need for you to be waiting a ridiculous time. So seeing as though Sagrada opens at 9:00am and that tourists usually start quite early too, you will have to anticipate and plan properly. There is no guarantee that even if you wake up at 6am that you will be at the front of the queue as its all about the luck of the day!! But what I can be sure of is that if you time it right in the morning you can certainly reduce your waiting time!!! SIGNIFICANTLY!!!

 

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DAMN TOURISTS!!

Okay maybe that wasn’t the greatest title but hey we’ve all said it right. Now if you haven’t even booked your flight yet and your sole purpose for coming to Barcelona is to see the Sagrada Familia then you would be wise to choose your dates accordingly. This is the perfect way to Beat The Queue At Sagrada Familia as this enables you to avoid all the touristy periods which tend to be near the spring and summer season. So an ideal period would be during winter around November to late February. However there is a reason why this isn’t a touristy period because the weather isn’t the greatest but hey its just an idea i’m not pointing a gun at your head!!! Personally Gaudis Church looks far more spectacular in the sunlight but I guess it could look in the snow too …… if it ever snowed here!

So there you guys, your very own makeup tutorial on how to look like Elsa from Frozen ..

Oh wait sorry thats another blog … Ignore that

Its a hobby don’t judge me!!!!

Hope you guys enjoyed the blog guys and if you have any comments please do share them below ….

Maybe theres another way to Beat The Queue At Sagrada Familia .

For more information on Sagrada Familia Click here

If you paid attention to my post then you should get your tickets from here

Right thats all for today guys …

Byeeee Byeeee See Yaaaa Byeeeeee Seee Yaaaa …. (no you hang up … no you hang up…….)

Hasan

(No1 Frozen Fan)

Events in Barcelona March 2015 – What’s Good this Month in Barcelona!

Events in Barcelona in March 2015

Events in Barcelona in March 2015 – no way you’ll be staying inside this month

What is up, gorgeous SuiteLifers? Ready for your monthly portion of news about the events in Barcelona in March 2015? Well, you’re at the right spot, as we’re gonna summarise everything there is to know.  Since we know how much you like your info to be presented schematically, that’s exactly what we’re gonna do – only providing you with the most essential events! So, vamos!

 

1. MWC 2015 – MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS

Events Barcelona March 2015

  • LOCATION: Fira Barcelona (on Gran Via, next to Plaza Espana)
  • PERIOD/DATE: 2nd March – 5th March 2015
  • DESCRIPTION: All the technology giants around the world will gather together under the same roof to launch their new products, provide tech predictions for the upcoming years and to give speeches on current trends! More details here.
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Exhibition

 

2. SANT MEDIR FESTIVAL

Events Barcelona March 2015

  • LOCATION: All over the Gracia neighbourhood
  • PERIOD/DATE: 3rd March 2015
  • DESCRIPTION: Also called ‘The Sweetest Festival in Barcelona’, 60 tons of sweets will be thrown on the streets of Gracia celebrating the curing of a baker that lived in the 1830′s that vowed to do a pilgrimage to the Sant Medir Chapel in Sant Cugat by playing a drum and handing bakery products on his way! Need more info? Click here!
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Cultural

 

3. ABROADFEST 2015

Events Barcelona March 2015

  • LOCATION: Different clubs around the city
  • DURATION/DATE: 6th March – 8th March
  • DESCRIPTION: Perfect opportunity for the young people from abroad (students, interns, young professionals, etc.) to go wild at the best parties for internationals in town! More on this event here.
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: FUN!!!

 

4. SALO DE LA IMMERSIO – THE DIVING FAIR 2015

Events Barcelona March 2015

  • LOCATION: Fira Cornella, Cornella de Llobregat (outside Barcelona)
  • PERIOD/DATE: 6th March – 8th March 2015
  • DESCRIPTION: Every scuba-diving afficionado’s dream, a fair featuring all that ‘s new in the field of scuba-diving, such as gear, destination and so much more! Here‘s more info about the event.
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Exhibition

 

5. MOTOCROSS TRIAL & INDOOR ENDURO 2015

Events Barcelona March 2015

  • LOCATION: Palau Sant Jordi Arena, Montjuic Hill
  • PERIOD/DATE: 8th March 2015
  • DESCRIPTION: If you wanna get some mud on your face, then head to this extreme sports event in Montjuic to see live motorcycle stunts and crazy bikers! More info required? Go here!
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Sports

 

6. FLEA MARKET

Events Barcelona March 2015

  • LOCATION: Plaza Blanquerna
  • DURATION/DATE: 8th March 2015
  • DESCRIPTION: With a very cool slogan ‘We can do it!’, the flea market organised this year also marks the International Women’s Day, all the money obtained from sales being redirected to the catalan charity L’Asssociacio de Dones Ca l’Aurelia, helping women from Catalunya fight against domestic abuse. You can find more details about the event right here.
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Exhibition

 

7. BARCELONA BEER FESTIVAL 2015

Events Barcelona March 2015

  • LOCATION: Sala Marques Comillas, Museu Maritim Drassanes
  • DURATION/DATE: 13th March – 15th March 2015
  • DESCRIPTION: Freenlance beer brewers all across the Globe presenting their masterpieces in a grand 3-day event near the Barcelona harbour! This year food will also be available, so prep yo taste buds y’all! Much more info here.
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Food & Drink

 

8. BARCELONA MARATHON 2015

Events Barcelona March 2015

  • LOCATION: Avenida de la Reina Maria Cristina, Plaza Espanya
  • DURATION/DATE: 15th March 2015
  • DESCRIPTION: Runners from all around the world will try to complete the 42km track in less than 6 hours in one of the most famous Marathons ever created! Here is a link with more details.
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Sports

 

9. FC BARCELONA vs MANCHESTER CITY – UCL GAME

Events Barcelona March 2015

  • LOCATION: Camp Nou Stadium
  • DURATION/DATE: 18th March 2015
  • DESCRIPTION: 2nd leg of the Last 16 team in Uefa Champions League, Barca will be facing Manchester City after a 2-1 victory in Manchester!
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Sports

 

10. FC BARCELONA vs REAL MADRID – LA LIGA GAME

Events Barcelona March 2015

  • LOCATION: Camp Nou Stadium (also)
  • DURATION/DATE: 22nd March 2015
  • DESCRIPTION: El Clasico, ladies & gents, clash of the titans, most expected event of the year in the football world! Barca has to win this one, as they must make it up to their fans after the 1-3 away defeat against Real Madrid in October! Don’t want to pay the very expensive ticket? Here are the best bars you can watch football in Barcelona!
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Sports

 

11. ROBIE WILLIAMS CONCERT

Events Barcelona March 2015

  • LOCATION: Palau Sant Jordi Arena, Montjuic Hill
  • DURATION/DATE: 27th March 2015
  • DESCRIPTION: Who Robie Williams is goes without saying, this time the artist being on his ‘Let Me Entertain You’ Tour, in a marvellous atmoshpere on Barcelona’s rooftop – the Montjuic Hill! Wanna find out some more? Then why don’t you click here?
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Musical

 

12. THE SCRIPT CONCERT

Events Barcleona March 2015

  • LOCATION: Sant Jordi Club, Montjuic Hill
  • DURATION/DATE: 30th March 2015
  • DESCRIPTION: Celtic funk beats will be rockin’ from the Montjuic Hill on the night of the 30th March, when the irish band will be having their concert as part of their ‘No Sound Without Silence’ tour! For tickets and details, follow this link.
  • ENTERTAINMENT TYPE: Musical

 

Fine selection of events in Barcelona in March 2015, SuiteLifers, don’t you think? We surely think so! Let us know how any of these went  after you’ve seen them! We’d like to know about that in the comments section below!

 

Muchisimas gracias,

Dragosh (El Dragon)

Sitges Carnival!!!

 

CARNIVAL DAY!

Its that time of year again, yes thats right Sitges Carnival!!. The only time of the year where a man can get away with wearing a nurse outfit in public and not be judged…. not that I have tried to. 2015 was a year a to remember as the people of Sitges did not disappoint as always, this year carnival goers went THEE extra mile. Never had I seen such original costumers from the very creative to the absolute ridiculous this carnival had it all. It was my first time experiencing a carnival outside of the UK so I was well excited to see what I was in for. Fortunately an erasmus group helped organise the trip and for only 10€ and was also a great way of meeting new people. I made the mistake of going to buy the costumer the day before. Turned out the whole of Barcelona also had the same idea. It was mental I had never seen a costume store so busy before! I was left with the very unoriginal idea of going as a cowboy… well it beats going as someone with drawn on kitten whiskers right?? Well at least my friends had as little imagination as myself, a guy with a vendetta mask, a dutch girl trying to be french and a girl who I think was trying to be a character from Great Gatsby.

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When someone first mentioned Sitges Carnival!! to me I was like a dog salivating and asking a 100 questions WHEN?? WHERE??? HOW MUCH??? I saw a quick glimpse of last years carnival on Youtube and knew I had to go even if I did have work the next morning. In retrospect it was worth the hangover! The carnival lasted a week starting on the Monday and finishing on the Sunday however the last day was when the parade took place. So that Sunday morning I woke late as always and rushed everything including sticking my moustache on the wrong way, as if I didn’t look silly enough. All anyone saw that morning in my area was a cowboy running for his life with a plastic gun tucked in his pants, quite the site for people awake that time. If that wasn’t embarrassing enough I got on to the metro to Catalunya expecting loads of people to be in costumes…. I couldn’t have been more mistaken, I was the only one dressed up! So there was only one thing I could do and that was to pretend to be a cowboy by saying ‘Howdy Partner!’ to people passing by. Hey it was carnival who cares right!!

 

ERASMUS MEET UP!


I had never been so happy to see a clown in my life! It was a sign, I was close to the meeting point. One clown became two, then out of nowhere a group of 90s styled characters followed by a group of native americans. Finally a place where it was socially acceptable to dress as a cowboy with an upside down moustache. I remember a child walking pass shouting ‘hey look its a cowboy’… I felt vindicated!!! Few people even asked if they could take pictures with us which was just awesome… I felt like a celeb!! We finally got on the coach that took us to the Sitges Carnival!! which took us just over half an hour, it was also a good time to meet other people who were either studying, working, traveling or just felt like dressing like an idiot for one day.

 

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KIDS TIME TO SHINE!


We got there just in time for the kids parade. It was surprisingly good! Only problem was that we didn’t have the greatest view so I was more or less tip toeing the whole parade…Not happy! Despite that the kids didn’t disappoint they came out in the most adorable costumes you just felt like snatching one of them they were that cute… not that I would of course. There were although some awkward moments which I found well lets just say inappropriate for example when a float consists of girls dancing rather provocatively next to poles…. weird huh? Luckily the rest of the floats and kids acted like kids!! it was a great taster for what we were to expect from the adult parade later that day. I was worried about one thing, something I only ever worried about back in England… Im sure you guessed it.. the WEATHER!!! It looked very bleak and wasn’t the warmest day either. But it was still early so I was optimistic things would pick up, it had to right?? I mean it was Sitges Carnival!

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IS IT JUST A CARNIVAL CITY?

In between the children parade and the adults we had about 8 hours to kill!! 2 hours of which were burned at a restaurant with ridiculous service. It literally took us 2 hours to order our food!!! 2 fricking hours!!!!! If your ever in Sitges stay away from ‘The American’ I think I need to remember I am a blogger and not a critic otherwise I will rant for hours about this god forsaken restaurant!!! Okay I shall calm down, where was I.. oh right the Sitges Carnival!!. So we now had 6 hours to kill which was perfect because we were next to beach which was a great way to just sit back, relax and watch the whacky costumes that walked by. There were chickens, cops & robbers, divas, the guy from Saw, Scooby Doo, Slutty Nurses, Cats, People with tights on their heads and even Mr T!!! The list goes on and on!!! The city itself was actually really nice, I mean except for all the diversions the parade caused it seemed like a really nice place to live with loads of shops and open spaces. Shame I didn’t get to explore Sitges as much as I would have liked.

 

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THE BIG FINALE


It was finally what everyone was waiting for the adults parade!!! …. and once again we didn’t get a good spot. The floats came down after some delay so expectations were high. They were awesome as expected!!!! The first float was just a group of devils dancing followed by a group a team of american footballers. Then the one all men were waiting for.. well the main reason I went, a float filled with hot latino, tinsel wearing, barely clothed women erotically dancing! This for me is what the Sitges Carnival is about… yes I am that shallow, can you blame me??? Have you seen the women??? I was actually really impressed at the different themes they incorporated in the parade, we had scary floats such as Freddy Kruger to cultured floats such as Romans and Iconic British people, although the British float was a huge disappointment! So there I was seeing the United Kingdom flag in the far distance getting all excited.. only to witness an awful costumer of Prince Charles and Mr Bean and a guy playing rugby. I guess the Brits doesn’t have as much imagination as I thought but oh well maybe it was just my perspective, I’m sure the spanish loved seeing Prince Charles.

 

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VERDICT

To sum up I had such a great time and a fantastic night!! I heard so much about carnivals in the rest of Europe and now I know what the big deal is. If i was to nit pick I’d say the music could have been a bit more well different, The songs were good but just so repetitive and also the weather but thats just down to luck. Other than that there really is just something special about Sitges Carnival and glad I had the opportunity to experience it. To those visiting Barcelona in the coming years remember to make your self available for this Carnival, it is not to be missed!!! Put it in your Calendars… Now!!! …. Do it!!!! …..Oh wait I didn’t give you the date did I. Well I dont know the exact date but its going to be around February time so GOOGLE IT!!!!

Anyway guys I must dash. Hope you guys enjoyed the blog and if you already been just share your comments below, what did you wear?? what did i miss?? Absolutely anything !!!!

Stay tuned :)

Hasan – (Senior Blogging Executive Assistant Intern Specialist)

 

 

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