Shops open on Sundays and Holidays in Barcelona

Some of you already know this and some don’t, but just to make sure that you aren’t surprised: Shops are closed on Sunday. Yes that’s true, beside souvenir shops in the city center and restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas; supermarkets and other shops are closed. So if your habit is shopping or simply to stuff your fridge with groceries for next week like me, kiss them good bye!

But don’t freak-out. For those emergency situations, there are a small number of shops that acquire a special license to open on Sundays and Holidays in Barcelona and we have made a list of them for you.

Groceries store – Supercor expres

Supercor Expres is an express supermarket chain that belongs to El Corte Inglés Group. Here you can find basically everything offered in other stores from food, drinks, kitchen wares, cosmetics, drugstore etc. Opening every day from 8a.m till 2a.m on the next day, also available for home delivery, this good guy will keep your party going! Of course since it is express store, the prices will be slightly higher. Check their website here for shop locations in Barcelona.

Shops open on Sundays and Holidays in Barcelona Supercor

Shopping mall – Maremagnum

This is an unique shopping complex by the sea, consists of shops, movie theatre, amusement park, and restaurants with great ocean views. Maremagnum has a special license due to its location in the harbor, allowing them to open every day of the year (Shops: 10a.m – 10p.m Restaurants: 11a.m – 1a.m). Shops range from famous fashion brands cosmetics, electronics, sport accessories etc. basically anything you might need.

How to get there:

  • By Metro: L3 Drassanes, L4 Barceloneta
  • By Bus: 120, 64, 59, H16, D20, 14, 51, 17, 45, 39, V17, N6, N9, N12, N15
  • By car: there is a 24h parking lot in Maremagnum, Free Parking from 10pm to 3am every day until September 30th

More Info

Shops open on Sundays and Holidays in Barcelona MareMagnum

Shopping mall – Anecblau

If you have a car and want to go shopping on weekends and holidays in Barcelona, then Anecblau is a good choice. The huge 30.000m2 mall is located in Castelldefels, 20km from Barcelona. Beside shops, restaurants and cinemas there is also a stage for shows, exhibitions and special activities in the central concourse of the mall.

Opening hours:

Shops: All days from 10h – 22h.

Leisure and restaurants:

  • From Sunday to Thursday and holidays 9h – 1,30h.
  • Friday, Saturday and holiday eves 9h – 3,30h.
  • Information point: Saturday, Sunday and holiday from 12h to 21h

Parking:

  • From Sunday to Thursday and holidays 9h – 1,30h.
  • Friday, Saturday and holiday eves 9h – 3,30h.

More info

 

24h Pharmacy

Beside grocery stores and shopping centers, these 24h Pharmacy will help a lot in emergency situations.

Farmacia Bonanova
Plaza Bonanova, 6, 08022 Barcelona
Tel: 934-178-032

Farmacia Torres
Calle Aribau, 62, 08011 Barcelona
Tel: 934-539-220

Farmacia Cervera
Muntaner, 254, 08021 Barcelona
Tel: 932-000-996

Farmacia Clapés Antoja
La Rambla, 98, 08001 Barcelona
Tel: +34 934 124 985

Farmacia Lda. Maria Joaquina Laguna
C/ Provença 459, 08025 Barcelona
Tel: 934 551 207

Farmacia Alvarez
Passeig de Gràcia 26, 08007 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 302 1124


 

Clothes stores during sale season

There are 8 special Sundays and other days a year when shops can independently chose to open. They are normally during summer sales or Christmas shopping season. For example Zara and many other apparel shops open all Sundays during their summer sale in July and August. So if you are desperately want to go shopping my advice is to check the special opening hours on the shops’ own website.

Basar shops

Shops open on Sundays and Holidays in Barcelona Basar

There are also some small, independent shops you will randomly hit on. They usually have the basar/supermercat sign and independently owned. Some of them open on Sunday, too.

Is there any shops where missed? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to check out our free Barcelona Shopping Bible here

peace!

T.Vu

Barcelona Blogosphere: The Best Barcelona Blogs!

Best Barcelona Blogs

Have you ever spent a tremendous amount of time searching for a great and entertaining blog about Barcelona? I have to say it’s kind of frustrating and you wish you could find what you want in the blink of an eye instead of wasting time that you could use to sip a fresh Mojito on one of Barcelona many beaches! With that in mind, we have decided to write a blog on the best blogs about Barcelona! SuiteLife has designed a list of what we believe to be the top blogs that are related to Barcelona. We hope you will enjoy these entertaining sources of information as much as we do!

 

Barcelona photoblog best blogs
Barcelona photoblog is one of the blogs you definitely can not miss!
This blog will make you discover Barcelonathrough the incredibly beautiful and unique pictures. And on top of that, the pictures have comments, explained and discussed by the author. For example if one picture is about a museum, you will find information about the museum: its history, location, what the author thought when he visited it etc…
In my opinion, this is what makes this photoblog stand out as other photoblogs usually post beautiful pictures but do not give additional information on the things that were shot.
As a combination of aesthetic pictures of Barcelona and useful information about the daily life of the city, Barcelona Photoblog is worth having a look at!
So check it out here!!

 

Standing in a Spanish doorway best barcelona blogs
This blog is mainly about social and public issues and cultural life in Catalunya but it also covers these issues from a Spanish and European perspective. Indeed, some of the social problems encountered in Catalunya are also present in other countries throughout Europe and it’s always interesting to discuss things from a wider point of view.
Concerning the author, his name is Brett Hetherington. He is an Australian journalist and is now working as a freelance writer, blogger and teacher in Catalunya. He also happens to be a regular commentator on Spain’s social and cultural life for an Australian radio called “ABC Radio”. The content is really interesting and diverse as it combines politics, social issues, economics, daily life and facts about Catalunya, Spain and Europe in general.
So if these topics are of interest to you, you definitely have to read this blog!

 

Fleas and dogs in Barcelona best blogs
Funny name for a blog isn’t it? As you might have guessed, this blog is about Barcelona’s daily life and features all the advantages and drawbacks of living in this city. As its slogan says, “Si quieres el perro, Acepta las Pulgas”. In english,  ”If you want the dog, you must accept the fleas”! In my opinion, the name has been wisely chosen as this metaphor perfectly describes Barcelona.
The dogs are the things that we see in tourist guides, the good sides of Barcelona, its charming streets, districts and monuments. On the other hand, the fleas are all the disturbing stuff that you don’t hear much of, such as the drunk tourists on the beach, the drug dealers, the squaters, the thieves etc…
If you want to know more about all the thrilling action happening every day in Barcelona, you must checkout this blog!

 

Barca Blaugranes best blogs barcelona
This was inevitable!! A football blog about FC Barcelona had to appear in my list of Barcelona best blogs! In case you come from another planet, Barcelona happens to have one of the best (if not the best) football teams in the world and it can count on the unconditional support from Barcelona’s citizens!
This blog will keep you up to date with the club’s daily life, transfer rumours, match results, highlights and so on!
What I like the most about it is that some articles in the blog are written and edited by fans and there is an impression of community when you browse the website.
It makes the blog highly interactive and ‘live’. I totally recommend it if you’re a Barca fan! You can check it out here!
PS: Visca el Barca i Visca Catalunya!

 

Barcelona Street art Barcelona best blogs
This blog is dedicated to street art in Barcelona. It features many different creations from graffiti to urban sculptures. What I find really cool is that it is a way to discover Barcelona in an original manner as every creation is usually geolocalized meaning that its location is mentioned. So if one street art creation really catches your attention, you might be able to go and check it out for real!
The only obstacle to fully enjoying this blog is that it’s written in Spanish, but I guess it will be a good opportunity to practice your spanish and to be honest this blog is more about the pictures of street art.
Barcelona street art reminds us that art is not only in museums!
You can discover it here.

 

Forever Barcelona best blogs

Written by passionate local tourguides, this blog’s objective is to show you Barcelona in a way that you will always remember visiting it. Marta and her colleagues will give you advice on where to eat, what to see, where to go on a friday night or the best places to stay during your trip for example. This insider knowledge is always useful when coming to Barcelona!
Check it out here!

 

Homage to BCN Barcelona best blogs
Homage to BCN is a very complete blog where you can find a lot of different articles related to Barcelona. There is of course a lot of insider info on Barcelona such as “The top 5 Nightclubs in Barcelona” or “The best Barcelona bodegas” but also some interesting videos, infographics and fun facts about Barcelona!
My favourite section of this blog is the “BCN days” where people living in Barcelona describe their perfect day in the city to share what they love most about Barcelona.
Reading this blog is highly recommended!

 

Barcelona besotted best blogs
Besotted is a play on words with “beso” that means kiss in Spanish. As the author explains, she has been kissed by the beautiful city of Barcelona and is now living a love story with it! She shares why she fell in love with Barcelona by posting pictures of her favourite places, restaurants, bars, neighbourhoods etc…Check it out here!

 

BCN Bar culture best blogs barcelona
A very interesting blog dedicated to the Barcelona bar scene. I truly enjoy this blog as it allows you to discover many Barcelona bars and the majority of them are not really famous but rather authentic and original bars that you don’t often hear of.
You can discover it here.
Their instagram account is also worth a “follow”!

Food Barcelona best blogs barcelona
Food Barcelona is a gastronomic blog providing reviews about Barcelona restaurants but also some attractive homemade recipes! Very useful if you wonder where to go for dinner in Barcelona. Food lovers, this blog is made for you!

 

Guiri girl in barca best blogs barcelona
As you maybe already know, “guiri” means expatriate. This blog is written by a Scottish woman who moved to Barcelona a few years ago. Throughout her blog she shares her experience of living in Barcelona with her observations, feelings and the occasional funny story! Check it out!

 

Nova catalana barcelona best blogs
A blog about politics and public policy in Barcelona written by an Oxford graduate in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.Many interesting articles such as the use of twitter to sell Catalonian independence for example. If you’re interested in politics you really have to read this blog!

SuiteLife Barcelona best blogs

Last but not least, the SuiteLife Barcelona Bible!!! This blog is the most complete in terms of insider info about Barcelona. Updated every 2 days on average, it is also really active and always keeps up with what’s happening right now in Barcelona. Amongst the numerous articles this blog has to offer, some are particularly worth a look!
The Barcelona Neighbourhood Guide will tell you everything you need to know about the city’s different districts.
Same for The Gaudi Guide that will make your Gaudi Tour much easier to organise!
And I bet you want to discover the Top 10 hot Spanish Women, don’t you? I won’t make you wait any longer, you can browse this blog here!

That is it for our list of the best blogs about Barcelona!I hope you enjoyed reading this article and these blogs. If you know of any Barcelona blogs that could appear in this list, let us know in the comments section and we might include it!
Cheers,
Rémi

Driving in Barcelona: What You Need to Know

Driving in Spain

Driving in Barcelona

Just because you aren’t a resident of Spain doesn’t mean you can’t drive in Barcelona or another city in the region! Here are a quick few things you should know about requirements for driving in Barcelona:

 

License ID-

 

US citizens:

  • A valid driver’s license from any state may be used
  • You must also obtain and International Driving Permit (IDP). IDP’s are basically a copy of your native license copied into various languages, and they can be purchased through entities such as AAA for around $10.
  • Both ID cards must be carried with you at all times! Fines have been known to range from 250- 500 €!
  • After a period of six months, you are required to apply for a Spanish driver’s license and go through the same exams and classes as locals.

 

EU and EAE visitors:

Driving in Spain

  • Driving in Barcelona is easy! Your country license may be used in Spain until it is expired.
  • Carrying a passport is recommended.
  • You must register with travel authorities within six months becoming a resident of Spain and obtain a Spanish driver’s license as well.

 

Insurance-

Third party insurance is required for all driving in Barcelona and other cities in Spain!

Items required on/in vehicle-

 

  • 2 EU-approved red traffic triangles
  • 2 reflective vests to be worn in incidents
  • spare headlight bulbs and tools to replace
  • spare tire and necessary tools
  • EU license plates with country of origin or sticker

 

Driving in Barcelona

Few traffic rules of thumb-

 

  • Cars overtake and pass others from the left
  • Cars approaching from the right have the right of way
  • Cars in traffic circle have the right of way
  • Cell phone use is not permitted while driving
  • All passengers must wear a seatbelt

 

For more information visit Spain’s Traffic Agency (Spanish). Safe driving in Barcelona!

-Ty

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

Most Romantic Hotels in Barcelona

Whether you live in Barcelona and want to take your ‘media naranja’ (Spanish for soulmate) for a romantic escape or you live somewhere else in the world and are drooling over the city, this blog is for you! Romance is always in the air here. Without further ado, here is our list of the most romantic hotels in Barcelona. Also, you can’t miss our Free Ebook on the Top 25 Places to Take a 1st Date in Barcelona.

#12 Grand Hotel Central

grand hotel central barcelona

Luxurious and convivial hotel at the same time!
Via Laietana, 30, 08003 Barcelona

 

#11 Hotel Palace

Hotel palace barcelona

As its name suggests, it’s a luxurious hotel where you can live like a royal couple.
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 668, Barcelona

#10 Casa Fuster

casa fuster barcelona

New royal atmosphere in a famous place. This is where Woody Allen stays when he’s in town.
Paseo de Gracia, 132, 08008 Barcelona

 

#9  Ohla Hotel

Ohla hotel barcelona

Very Romantic place with simple decoration revealing a real charm!
Via Laietana, 49, 08003 Barcelona

 

#8 Hotel Villa Emilia

hotel villa emilia

Very traditional and classy place with a city view!
Carrer de Calàbria, 115, 08015 Barcelona

#7 Neri

neri hotel barcelona

Peaceful and natural atmosphere, like in a cottage!
Carrer de Sant Sever, 5, 08002 Barcelona

 

#6 Hotel Alma

hotel alma

Stylish and comfortable hotel with an amazing view of the city.
Carrer de Mallorca, 271, 08008 Barcelona

 

#5 Arts Hotel

Art hotel barcelona

Huge and amazing hotel next to the sea with a panoramic view of the all city!
Calle Marina, 19-21, 08005 Barcelona

 

#4 Abac

Very quiet place surrounded by nature, perfect romantic hotel!
Avinguda del Tibidabo, 1, 08022 Barcelona

 

#3 Hotel W

hotel w

All rooms have a sea view, it is so Romantic!
Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, 1, 08039 Barcelona

 

#2 Gran Hotel La Florida

hotel florida barcelona tibidabo

Hotel on the top of Barcelona, very quiet, romantic and perfect place for couples!
Carretera de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo, 83-93, 08035 Barcelona

 

#1 Hotel 1898

hotel 1898 barcelona

Chic hotel in the center of Barcelona with a nice view of the city and a spa to enjoy relaxing moments together!
La Rambla, 109, 08002 Barcelona

 

Where are you planning to go then? Have any other suggestions?

 

~Lucie

 

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