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.

 

 

 

 

 

L’ AQUARIUM FOR A FAMILY DAY OUT

 

Aquarium in Barcelona

While having a holiday in Barcelona, visiting an aquarium is not the first choice for most people. However, L’Aquarium is definitely worth seeing, especially if you come with your kids. Located in Port Vell, L’Aquarium features a fantastic harbor and sea view, which gives you a chance to explore the port area, the Maremagnum Mall and the L’Aquarium. All in all, they offer a great family day out and a break from the heat of the day as well as letting your children have fun and explore the undersea world. So, let’s discover the largest Mediterranean-themed aquarium in the world: L’Aquarium Barcelona.

L’Aquarium has a total of 35 aquariums representing the sea life of the Mediterranean Sea, tropical waters and other unique species, which makes you feel as if you are having a journey around the world! Although there are a lot of big tanks, it is easy to follow the instructions. You just need to follow the sign-posted path and you will not miss anything.

OCEANARIUM

The one that everyone looks forward to while visiting any aquarium are the walk-through tunnels. The spectacular Oceanarium is a transparent 80-metre-long walk-through tunnel letting you experience the most amazing Mediterranean species from all angles. Through a underwater walkway in the Oceanarium, I had an exhilarating feeling and the closest look at beautiful and unique species than ever before. The real stars of L’Aquarium are two types of sharks: the sand tiger shark (Carcharias Taurus) and the sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus). The Oceanarium is a microcosm and a house of many of the treasures of the Mediterranean Sea such as: ocean sunfish, rays, guitar fish, etc.

TROPICAL AQUARIUMS

Let the avalanche of colors begin by enjoying fascinating tropical fish and corals from the Caribbean Sea, the Red Sea,… These tropical aquariums will bring endless fascination for your children, as they can easily recognize Nemo, Dory and Sebastian from Finding Nemo in real life.

Tropical fish

PLANETA AQUA

In Planeta Aqua, I am sure you will have a lot of fun by discovering many creatures which can adapt quickly to diverse conditions. Piranhas, tropical turtles, jelly fish and especially penguins will amaze you! If you are penguin lovers, you cannot miss this place as Planeta Aqua contains a tank full of penguins that are ready to play with you.

Penguins tank

EXPLORA ZONES!

Explora Zones are designed especially for children to learn about underwater life by joining many interactive activities. The space has 50 interactivities covering all senses: seeing, hearing, touching and smelling. Besides, the pre-booked activity “Sleeping with sharks” offers the chance for children (aged 8-12) to spend a night with sharks.

There are several restaurants, cafes inside and outside L’Aquarium. After you discover all the corners of L’Aquarium, I recommend that you to have a drink or a meal here and enjoy the stunning view of the harbor, the sea and the sun.

Children's area

HOW TO GET HERE

L’Aquarium is quite near the center and can be easily reached by different modes of transport.

  • By car: B-10 motorway (Ronda Litoral), junctions 21,22 or 23
  • By metro: you can use the L3 metro and stop at Drassanes station or L4 to Barceloneta station. If you stop at Drassanes station, you will be at the bottom of the Ramblas. At this point, there is a wooden bridge, just cross the bridge; then you can see Maremagnum mall. From here, you need to turn left and you will get to L’Aquarium.
  • By bike: At the entrance of L’aquarium, there is a bicing bike station.

 

Harbour in Barcelona

Port Vell

 

OPENING TIMES:

  • Opening time: 9:30AM
  • Closing time:

- Monday-Friday: 9:00PM
- Weekends and bank holidays: 9:30PM
- June and September: 9:30PM
- July and August: 11:00PM

PRICES

  • Less than 0.90m: Free admission
  • 0.90m to 1.10m: 5 € (“Mini”)
  • 1.10m to 1.40m: 15 € (Child)
  • Taller than 1.40m: 20 € (Adult ticket)

 

So, let’s prepare and have an amazing underwater adventure in L’ Aquarium !

Trang

What to Do in Sitges: Another Day Trip From Barcelona

Vamonos!

When people think about what to do in Sitges (pronounce like “See-tches” or sit-jet) the first things that comes to mind are usually Sitges Carnival, the infamous Sitges annual film festival in October or the gay pride parade; however, after my last day trip from Barcelona, I can confidently say there is a lot more to do in this small town than first meets the eye. My friends and I had planned on going to witness the Sitges Carnival parades in all their glory last Sunday but after some hard-partying at Barcelona’s mega-club Razzmatazz on Saturday night, none of us were fit for the train, much less sitting in the sun all day. Alas, we were still determined to make this day trip from Barcelona a reality. So the following Saturday, we woke up around 9:00 am, faced our varying degrees of hangover, and headed for the train from Sant Cugat to Barcelona to find out for ourselves what to do in Sitges.

what to do in Sitges

Getting to Sitges

If you live in Barcelona, getting to Sitges is easy by Renfe train. It is approximately 35 kilometers southwest of the city, which means it’s close enough to be just a day trip from Barcelona but far enough away to feel like visiting a different part of Spain. You can leave from either the Sants or the Passeig de Gracia station and the train ride takes only thirty minutes.

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how much it costs to get to and from because there is some discrepancy depending where you look. Online it will say that the trip each way costs around 4 euro but if I remember correctly my roundtrip ticket cost almost 14 euro. That being said, when you do go to buy your ticket, look carefully and make sure you’re getting the right one!

What to do in Sitges

A Brief Description

Choosing between two beach staples should help you to determine what to do in Sitges: the art scene (daytime) and the night scene (gaytime). Sitges history as a gay community can be traced back to the 18th century when the Catalan painter, Santiago Rusiñol, took up residence and made it a destination for Barcelona’s most renowned intellectuals, artists, and sculptors. Later when Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso began to frequent Sitges it became a sort of best of the best of Spanish counterculture. And it continued to be a liberal stronghold even through Franco’s regime. Sitges is quite literally the “pride” of Catalunya, much in the same way that South Beach is the “pride” of my home state.

Many of its residents have emigrated from other parts of Europe (France, Scandinavia, Great Britain, and the Netherlands) to enjoy the Mediterranean shipping village which ironically became one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world.

what to do in Sitges

Now, enough about history and back to my day trip from Barcelona. While we weren’t able to explore all possible things to do in Sitges, I can give you a few tips and point you in the direction of a couple places I really enjoyed.

The first stop, obviously, should be Sitges’ beach. The best way to get there is to walk straight out of the train station and follow the signs to Carrer de Sant Pau. From the end of the street, you’ll have the beach in front of you and the church to your left. Take a minute to walk up the church steps and get a few pictures of the sea then hightail it back from whence you came for the next step.

What (I suggest) You Do In Sitges

I can only recommend drinking on the beach based on my personal experience. This is where it pays to be a little bit cautious – do not, I repeat do not, get TOO drunk on the beach in Sitges, or anywhere else. One of two things could happen, best case, you could end up with a sunburn and a headache, or worst case, you could potentially drown. It is dangerous so if you’re going swimming, do it before you get boozy and set a time limit for beverages under the sun if you don’t want to end up looking like a lobster. Off the soapbox now. You might want to bring your own liquor or wine because it will be more expensive the closer you get to the beach. Tourists buy it and they’re always willing to pay more. Beer is not advisable as it will quickly warm up and generates more trash than you want to deal with.

After you’ve had some cocktails or whatever I recommend checking out a place called “Restaurant Pic Nic.” The staff are super friendly, and the service in unbelievably fast. My friend and I both ordered a mini-hamburger and fries and got them before our Sangria even hit the table. They have a terrace out front, a bar and a private dining room indoors, and an outside porch area incased in glass which overlooks the water. Did I mention the Sangria? 15 euro for a liter. Restaurant Pic Nic reminded me of home – breezy, friendly, and fun, and the bill was a pleasant surprise at less than 25 euro for 2 people. Highly recommend!

what to do in Sitges

Chill Out

The last thing to remember when deciding what to do in Sitges is that you’re going to the beach so the point is to relax! Enjoy the time outside the city, just chillin’ on the warm sands and listening to the waves. Maybe I’ll see you there.

You can find out more about Barcelona’s best beaches in our free E-book.

What do you like to do at the beach? What things are essential to bring with? Do you have any other recommendations for daytime/nighttime in Sitges?

Cheers :)

Kathy
~edited by T.Vu~

 

 

Street Profile Barcelona: Carrer de Verdi

Barcelona Street Profile: Discover Carrer de Verdi

Top of Carrer de Verdi Barcelona

Barcelona is full of must-sees but, as an expert visitor, you should not miss the Spanish way of life. If you want to see more than the overly famous streets, monuments, museums, beaches, … and you want to go in some other typical places, you can try Gracia North-West neighborhood! We have chosen for you a special Street Profile: Carrer de Verdi, a really beautiful and lively place which strides Barcelona’s heights!

Unless you’re very sporty, it’s better to start by the end because the street has a sharp slope!

At the top, the street is very residencial with great houses in a quiet atmosphere. You also have an amazing view of Barcelona’s cityscape.
When you come down the street, you’ll discover some shops, food shop, variety of service as hairdressers, bars and restaurants.
You can find below some nice places to go and useful information:

Restaurants carrer de verdi barcelona

Restaurants:

 

N°213: L’ancora – traditional food
N°138: La Vineteria de Verdi – typical food
N°65: Mesopotamia – North-African – Middle East food
N°64: Kibuka – Japonese food
N°56: Los Pandas – Chinese restaurant
N°40: Pizzalabina – Pizzeria
N°39: Gasterea – Tapas
N°35: Casa de Pizzas – Pizzaria
N°29: La Verdinale – Pizzeria
N°28: Askadinya – Palestinian restaurant
N°18: La villa Amrit – Lebanese food
N°16: Al Waha – Lebanese food
N°15: Creps Barcelona – Creps restaurant
N°12: Frankfurt Verdi – Tapas
N°11: Ugarit – Mediterranean food
N°2: Gattopardo – Pizzeria

 

 

Bar:

N°79 – Café Camèlia
Charming and perfect place  to chill!

Carrer de Verdi Café Camelia Barcelona

Market

N°: 200 : Mercat de Lesseps

As all markets in Barcelona, a very good place to find fresh and various food!

mercat lesseps barcelona

 

Church

N°: 100 Catholic Church

Mercat de Lesseps barcelona

 

Design High School

At the street junction between Carrer de Verdi 91 and Carrer Biada.
A recognized school for the future artists!

ied school barcelona verdi

Cinema

N°32: Cinemas Verdi

The films on show are a mixture of new releases and art house.

cinema verdi barcelona

 

And finally at the end (beginning) of the street you’ll discover a beautiful place: Plaça de la Revolucio de Setembre de 1886, where you can enjoy a glass in a quiet atmosphere!

plaça de la revolucio de setembre de 1868

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

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