Local Markets in Barcelona

Local Markets in Barcelona

 

Local Markets in Barcelona are must-see places! Wherever you are in the city a market is nearby – just have a look to see different Spanish customs and how friendly these places are. You might be tempted to buy their local fresh products as they look very appetizing with the beautiful layout of the stalls.

local market in France

 

Food markets:

~ The Unavoidable: Sant Joseph Market – La Boqueria

la boqueria market barcelona
Where: Ciutat Vella
Las Ramblas, 91 08002 Barcelona

When: From Mondays to Saturdays
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 8:30 pm

Features: La Boqueria is the most famous market in Barcelona because of its amazing location in the center of Las Ramblas! It’s one of the largest markets in Europe and offers high quality products, fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, sweets, etc. You can even eat tapas here! There is quite a lot of tourist traffic but it’s still is a convivial place to go.

 

~ The Authentic: Sant Antoni Market

sant antoni market
Where: Eixample
Carrer Comte d’Urgell

When: From Monday to Saturday

Opening hours: From Monday to Thursday from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Friday and Saturday from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm

Features: It’s kind of similar to La Boqueria but without Las Ramblas tourists!
On Sundays, around Market Sant Antoni there’s a book market with books, reviews, magazines, comics, postcards, etc. From 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

 

~ The Traditional: Fira Artesana

la fira artesana
Where: Ciutat Vella
Plaça del Pi, 08002 Barcelona
When: First Friday of each month
Opening hours: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Features: Catalan producers meet each month to send their organic catalan produce. This market is particularly famous for its honey cake and its cheeses infused with honey hence its nickname: The Honey Market.

 

~ The Designer: Santa Caterina Market

santa caterina market
Where: Ciutat Vella
Avenida Fransesc Cambo, 16  08003 Barcelona

When and Opening hours: Mon: 7:30 am to 2:00 pm
Tue, Wed & Sat: 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Thu & Fri 7:30 am to 8:30 pm
Features: The original design of the building is very eye catching due to its undulating and brightly coloured roof. There is also a wonderful display of produce inside!

 

~ The Trendy: Princesa Market

princesa market barcelona
Where: El Born
Carrer Sabateret 1-3, 08003 Baracelona

Opening hours: Sunday to Wednesday from 9:00 am to midnight
Thursday to Saturday 9:00 am to midnight

Features: Princesa Market is an old market where you can find flavours from the whole world: Sushi, tapas, Italian food, etc.

 

~ The Classic: Market del Ninot  (currently undergoing renovation)

market del ninot

Where: Eixample left
Carrer Mallorca, 135  08036 Barcelona

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturdays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Features: It’s close to Plaza Catalonia but hidden enough not to be crowded by tourists! Like all markets in Barcelona, produce is absolutely fresh: fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, etc. You can even eat tapas there!

 

Flower Market & Food Market

 

~ Mercat de la Concepcio

la concepcio market barcelona
Where: Eixample right
Carrer d’Arago, 311 08009 Barcelona

When: Food market: Monday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday to Friday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 to 3:00 pm
Flower market: Monday to Sunday 24 hours a day.

Features: Old market in the center of Barcelona today best known as the flower market of Barcelona. It’s gardeners’ and curious people’s paradise where they can find many varieties of garden flowers and seeds. There’s also a food part with lots of different options.

Flea Market

~ Mercat dels Encants

market dels encant barcelona

Where: El Clot
Carrer del Dos de Maig, 186  08013 Barcelona

When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Opening hours: From 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Public Auction: From 8:00 am to 9:30 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Features: Mercat dels Encants is Barcelona’s largest secondhand market! From Odds and ends like cosmetics, old bikes,
etc., to vintage furniture like clothes or books, this market is full of surprises. Advice: Saturday is really crowded and if you want to find that special somthing come early!

 

~Lucie

UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN BARCELONA

Discover Barcelona’s most precious monuments

As you probably know, Barcelona is one of the most distinctive and beautiful cities in Spain. Being part of Catalunya, it has its very own language, cultural background and also a great variety of monuments. But are you aware of the monuments in Barcelona that feature in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Sites list?

If you don’t, this article is for you as I have made an exhaustive list of the Barcelona UNESCO World Heritage Sites! Discover them below!

 

WORKS OF GAUDI

Works of Gaudi Unesco World Heritage Barcelona

As you might have guessed, the genius Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi is greatly represented in that list. Indeed, the “Works of Antoni Gaudi” is what the UNESCO uses to refer to seven properties built by the architect Antoni Gaudi in or near Barcelona. These “Works of Gaudi” were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites to testify to Gaudi’s exceptional and unique creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of those buildings influenced and anticipated the forms and techniques that were relevant to the development of modern construction in the 20th century. The 7 buildins are: Parque Guell, Palau Guell, Casa Mila, Casa Vicens,La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo and Crypt in Colonia Guell.

 

1. Park Guell

Park guell Barcelona

The Park Guell has been a World Heritage Site since 1984 when UNESCO added it to its list of cultural assets. This is one of the most beautiful icons of the city of Barcelona. Located in the upper part of the city, you can enjoy literally wonderful views of Barcelona while walking in a park surrounded by a modernist works.

 

2. Palau Guell

Palau guell barcelona

The Palau Guell was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list in 1986. At the time of its construction, it was among the most luxurious buildings in Barcelona.This town house located in the center of Barcelona was designed by Gaudi between 1886 and 1889. However, the inside decoration and furnishings were finished later on.

 

3. Casa Mila

Casa Mila Barcelona gaudi

 

La Pedrera or Casa Mila is one of the most imaginative and creative works that Gaudi has accomplished. Located in Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona’s main boulevard, this building was commissioned by the Mila Family after Gaudi had encountered great success with its previous work on Casa Batllo. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984.

 

4. Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens Barcelona Gaudi

Casa Vicens is a family residence in Barcelona designed by Antoni Gaudi and built for industrialist Manuel Vicens i Montaner. It was Gaudi’s first project for a private house. It is located number 24 , Carrer Carolines and was a summer residence with a garden and fountain.

 

5. La Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia Barcelona GaudiInside Sagrada Familia Barcelona Gaudi

The church of the Sagrada Familia is Spain’s most visited landmark and was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 2005. It has the particularity of being the world’s only major church currently under construction! It is Gaudi’s most important and ambitious work. At the beginning, Gaudi thought it would take 10 year to build it, but it has been 132 years that the first stone of the great church of the Sagrada Familia was laid and it is still under construction!

 

6. Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo Barcelona Gaudi

The Casa Batllo is the result of the renovation of a building at number 43, Passeig de Gracia. That work belongs to the world’s architectural legacy and is part of Gaudi’s massive contribution to Catalan architecture. Together with the ideas of the architect Jujol, Gaudi made the project into an exceptional example of the refurbishment of a dwelling.

 

7. Crypt of the Church at the Colonia Guell

Colonia Guell interior Barcelona Gaudi

Located near Barcelona in the village of Santa Coloma de Cervello, the crypt of the church at the Colonia Guell was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2005. Antoni Gaudi undertook this work as a testing-ground for the future construction of the Sagrada Familia. As he has said on many occasions, this was an experiment in social engineering. For the first time, Gaudi used parabolic arches incorporating Catalan vaults and a revolutionary load-bearing system.

If you want to learn more about Gaudi, check out our Gaudi guide!

 

NON-GAUDI RELATED WORLD HERITAGE SITES

 

1.Palau de La Musica Catalana

Palau de la Musica Catalana Barcelona Gaudi

This work from the modernist architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner is one of the world’s leading concert halls. It was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1997 for its aesthetic and architectural value as well as its status as a historic landmark. Originally, this artistic wonder was only devoted to music. Nowadays, it concerns itself with culture,social events and business.

 

2. Hospital de La Santa Creu i de Sant Pau

Hospital Sant Pau Barcelona Gaudi

 

Also designed by the architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner, this building was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1997.

For its 600th anniversary in 2001, it received the Catalan government’s Gold Medal.

 

That is it for the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Barcelona!

Have you ever visited one of them and what did you think of them?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Cheers,

Remi

 

Rooftop Pools in Barcelona: SuiteLife’s Top 7

SuiteLife’s Top 7 Best Rooftop Swimming Pools in Barcelona

rooftop pool barcelona

Summer is coming really fast in Barcelona, and the temperature’s rising each and every day. As awesome as that is though, the hot and stifling humidity of Barcelona’s climate will drain out your energy quicker than you realise. What you need is a refreshing swim and cocktail while enjoying the breathtaking views of one of the oldest cities on the Mediterranean (or possibly a perfect day at the beach).  That’s exactly what this blog will offer you, our top 7 rooftop swimming pools in Barcelona.

Ohla Hotel

Ohla hotel rooftop pool Barcelona

One of the most special Rooftop pools in Barcelona is on the terrace of Ohla hotel, being unique for its glass-sided tank. From there you can chill in the cool splash of water and enjoy the view ancient Gothic quarter, since the hotel is located in the heart of Gothic quarter, Born and L’Eixample neighborhoods. You can also see the famous Barcelona cathedral and the church of Santa Anna from there. One minus point is that the lounge area is quite small and there are only about 10 sunbeds, not much for a hotel of 74 rooms capacity.

Barcelona Princess Hotel

Princess hotel rooftop pool Barcelona

This 4-stars hotel has two swimming pools. The smaller triangle-shaped one on 3rd floor with the view to Forum and Museu Blau and the other with a solarium located on the top of the building, on the 23rd floor. It has a gorgeous view over the sea and along the beach. You wouldn’t want to miss the sunset landscape from here!

Hotel Duquesa de Cardona

Duquesade cardona hotel rooftop pool Barcelona

Duquesa de Cardona hotel’s pool is among the smallest in our Rooftop swimming pool Barcelona list, however  its sundeck and spectacular view to the harbor really make up for this. The deck and pool are located on 6th floor, I must say the view from here to port vell harbor during the evening is unforgettable.

Tip: from the deck, look at your right to see the Columbus Monument and Barcelona’s old customs building.

Hotel America Barcelona

Hotel America Barcelona rooftop pool Barcelona

Located on a quiet corner in the Eixample neighborhood, Hotel America Barcelona offers a wide terrace swimming pool. The deck is mainly designed by two materials: light wood and thin metal, which create an elegant yet relaxing vibe. Beside the pool is a unique octagonal Jacuzzi which can probably fit up to 6 people, a perfect place for resting up after a long day of sightseeing. But hey don’t forget to enjoy the biggest Barcelona neighborhood surrounding you: L’ Eixample.

H10 Marina Barcelona

H10 marina hotel rooftop pool Barcelona

Compared to other rooftop pools in Barcelona H10 Marina hotel has a relatively small lounge (the space between sunbeds and the pool is only enough for one person passing at a time). The view on top of the building – in compensation – gives you a fully luxurious experience, with a small bar in the corner, where you can chill with a mojito or just simply tap beer. In front of you is a broad picture of Port Olympico and the so called Barcelona twin towers: Torre Mapfre and Arts hotel building.

The Mirror Barcelona

The Mirror hotel rooftop pool Barcelona

Overall this hotel’s pool is quite compact as hotel space was utilized thoroughly. But you won’t feel uncomfortably cramped believe me. On the contrary, by placing it as close to the building’s edge as it can be, this rooftop pool will show to the new level of chic of Barcelona. From there you will be able to see the 27-floor skyscraper Banco Sabadell Atlántico.

NH Calderon

NH Calderon hotel rooftop pool Barcelona

One of the best places in our Rooftop pool Barcelona list for swimming and refreshment, I would say. The outdoor swimming pool on top of this building overlooks almost every famous landmark of the city: La Sagrada Familia, Montjuic palace, Torre Agbar. The hotel spends its whole terrace on a large swimming pool; in return they have to sacrifice the bar lounge. Still worth it, IMO.

If you enjoy the view from above, you may want to check out our list of rooftop bars in Barcelona. See it here

enjoy!

T.Vu

Passeig de Gràcia: A Photographic Tour

Paseo de Gracia Barcelona

 

Passeig de Gràcia in Catalan or Paseo de Gracia, is one of the most famous and expensive streets in Barcelona. The Spanish “Champs Elysées” is an open-air museum of modern architecture, this is a unavoidable place to have a stroll during you stay in Barcelona! Luxurious shopping or just normal shopping, enjoy a break at a local coffee bar or restaurant, go to the cinema, etc. We can do a lot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The street starts at Plaza Cataluña and finishes where Carrer Gran de Gracia stars, at Casa Fustler Hotel, over 1.5km.

 

Plaça de Catalunya

Plaça catalunya

 

 

tile passeig de gracia

The first kind of art that we can find in Paseo de Gracia is -lower your eyes- the ground! With this orignal type of tile which was created by Antoni Gaudi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s discover Paseo de Gracia more and more with the # street number.

At the very beginning of Paseo de Gracia, #1, there is a beautiful Apple store and #4 Catalana Occidente, an insurance company.

Passeig de gracia barcelona

 

8# Then, on your right, there is Casa Antoni Rocamora designed in 1914 by two brothers, Joaquim and Bonaventura Bassegoda,  this building looks to renaissance gothic with lots of ornamentation.

Casa Antoni Rocamora paseo de gracia

 

#13 Comedia, a cinema with 5 auditoriums.

comedia paseo de gracia

 

#16 Zara home, a nice furnishing store where you can smell a pleasant interior fragrance which creates a family atmosphere and provides a feeling of well-being. It helps you transform your ideas into reality to decorate your dream home.

 

#19 Borsa de Barcelona, The Stock exchange of Barcelona has a privileged location but nowadays the street is more filled with tourists than with businessmen; times are changing.

Borsa de Barcelona paseo de gracia

 

#35 Casa Lleó Morera created by Lluis Domenech i Montaner.

Casa Lleó Morero paseo de gracia

 

#41-43 y #35 are  ”Illa de la Discòrdia”  (Block of Discord).
#35 La Casa Lleó Morera,  #41 La casa Amatller  designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch and  #43 Casa Batlló designed by Antoni Gaudi, (part of the “World Heritage Site”) constitute the Block of the Discord. The name “Illa de la Discòrdia” was given because the buildings are very closely constructed, all at the beginning of the 20th Century and designed by three of the most important architects of the Catalan Modernism whose styles were very different.

Passeig de gracia barcelona block of discord

 

#66 Casa Vídua Marfà.

casa maria paseo de gracia

 

#68 Hotel Majestic 5 stars.

hotel majestic paseo de gracia

 

#96 Vinçon opened its doors to the public in 1941, founded by Enrique Leviand Hugo Vinçon. During this period the business’ main activity was the wholesale of porcelain, fine china and glassware. Between 1967 and 1990 they decided to venture and explore the emerging industry of the contemporary design of household objects. From this point onwards innovation happened at all levels and the foundation was laid for what eventually would become one of the most exclusive and representative stores in Barcelona. Today their brand enjoys international prestige.

vinçon paseo de gracia

 

#102 Hotel Paseo de Gracia 1 star.

Hotel passeig de gracia

 

Junction between Passeig de Gràcia and Avenida Diagonal.

Junction between Passeig de Gàcia and Avenida Diagonal

Junction between Passeig de Gàcia and Avenida Diagonal

 

Luxury shops, don’t go too hard on the credit card !

luxury shops paseo de gracia

 

#115 Cine Casablanca Kaplan with 3 auditoriums. The Cine Casablanca opened on 13th December 1980. The cinema was named Casablanca in homage to the 1942 Michael Curtiz film “Casablanca”. Unfortunately  it was closed in 2011.

Cine Casablanca Kaplan paseo de gracia

 

 

#132 Casa Fuster, a luxurious  5 star hotel classified as a monument hotel ends Passeig de Gràcia on a high note ! With 96 rooms and suites, gymnasium, panoramic terrace, etc., Casa Fuster proposes a distinguished service and is an excellent place for visitors or businessmen. It’s also where Woody Allen always stays when in BCN.

casa fuster passeig de gracia

 

 

Map:

 

Have you checked out all of these sites yet? What’s your favourite part of Passeig de Gracia? Let us know in the comments!

~ Lucie

A Cheap Secret Bar in Barcelona: The Antic Teatre

The Antic Teatre: A Cheap Secret and Local Bar in Barcelona

We’ve already written about secret bars in Barcelona but today we show you a particularly amazing secret bar in Barcelona in El Born neighborhood. If you’re looking for alternative cultural events/shows, a secret place for locals and cheap drinks, then The Antic Teatre is gonna be your favorite place ever.

Antic Teatre cheap Bar in Barcelona

 

The Antic Theatre can be found next to the Palau de la Musica Catalana (Urquinaona Metro Station), in a narrow street which doesn’t let you believe that an awesome place might be hidden right there. To access the theater/bar, you have to enter through a small door, then take the stairs. As you go up the stairs, you will hear, little by little, more and more noise, which will lead you to the discovery of a parallel world. Perched upon the terrace, you can enjoy the beautiful view of the garden below, often crowded with locals, artists, young hipsters…

 

Antic Teatre Barcelona

 

You can sit on the terrace or in the garden enjoying your 2€ beer or 3€ glass of wine – that’s right I didn’t lie about cheap drinks – and participate in all kinds of alternative shows: music, dance, poetry readings, exhibitions, etc…

 

Show Antic Teatre Barcelona

 

The best time is obviously Spring and the Summer but the shows take place inside during the winter and it’s not as if Barcelona is a cold city, so you’ll still survive in the garden year round.

Don’t wait any longer, run for it! Check out more information about L’Antic Teatre.

Check out the following blog if you have more interest in cheap bars in Barcelona!

Have you been there? Do you have any other suggestions for secret bars in Barcelona? Let us know in the comments!

Cheers

Florian

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