50 Songs About Barcelona

Songs about Barcelona

City of Barcelona

You wouldn’t think there’d be so many songs about Barcelona but the city is a major source of inspiration for artists all around the world. With all its secrets and lovely places, how could it not be? After famous artists such as architects like Antoni Gaudi with Parc Guell, directors like Woody Allen with Vicky Cristina Barcelona, painters like Pablo Picasso with Barceloneta Beach and others, what about those who have a musical ear ? Barcelona inspired and still inspires singers and musicians. Here is a list of songs about Barcelona ! Some Bands have even taken Barcelona’s name, what a tribute !

1- Barcelona

Seattle-based trio, “Barcelona” is an Indie Rock Band formed in 2005. Their Albums: Safety Songs (2005) Absolutes (2007) Absolutes (2009) Not Quite Yours (2012)

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2- I’m From Barcelona

It is a pop group band from Sweden created in 2005, best known for its 29 members and eclectic mix of classical instruments. Their name is an homage to the Spanish waiter Manuel, a character on BBC Television’s Fawlty Towers (“He’s from Barcelona”). Their BCN inspired songs: “We’re From Barcelona” “Barcelona Loves you

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Songs about Barcelona:

The Most Famous One:

*Rumba de Barcelona – Manu Chao

Rumba de Barcelona Manu Chao Barcelona song

Manu Chao, born June, 21th 1961 is a famous Spanish and French singer with his multilingual songs, cites much of his difficult childhood in Spain. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll find him either in his own bar Sincopa or in the bar where he loves to hang out and play music : El Mariachi bar. They are both in the Gotico Neighborhood.

*Barcelona – Freddie Mercury

Barcelona Song Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury, singer and member of Queen and Montserrat Cabellé an operatic soprano recorded their “Barcelona” album between 1987 and 1988. The Barcelona song was chosen to be featured at  the 1992 Summer  Olympics after Freddie Mercury’s premature death in 1991. This  song was one of his  biggest hits. Due to its popularity when we searched we found over 400 songs inspired by Barcelona. Songs entitled “Barcelona” have several musical genres, elctro, salsa, country… each artist interpreting their feelings and connection with the city.

Here’s our top 50 if you wish to immerse yourself in Barcelona’s environment !

1- Que Bonita Es Barcelona – Los 5 Musicales
2- 1992 Barcelona – Red Banner
3- A Barcelona – Quimi Portet
4- A Barcelona La Nit Es Clara – Grec
5- A Barcelona Llegan los Oles – Rafael Farina
6- A Song for Barcelona – Frank Charles
7- A Time in Barcelona – Tomeu Alcover
8- A una Rambla en Barcelona – Luis Les
9- Adios Barcelona – Alyson
10- Al entrar en Baracelona – Joaquin Diaz
11- Amantes En Barcelona – Pol 3.14
12- Barcelona Adiccion – Salvaje Montoya
13- Barcelona Amor Final – Jorcx
14- Barcelona Bella – Los Cabales
15- Barcelona Blues – Anna Bergendahl
16- Barcelona Boogie – Bobby Rodriguez, Kenny Burrell
17- Barcelona Cathedral – Martha Bennet
18- Barcelona Center – Max Oro
19- Barcelona City – Lexmir
20- Barcelona Ciudad – Miqui Puig
21- Barcelona Ciutat Grisa – Joan Isaac
22- Barcelona Claim – Paul Cerda
23- Barcelona Dreams – Behzad
24- Barcelona en Colors – Gerard Quintana
25- Barcelona Es Bona – Rudy Ventura
26- Barcelona Es Festa – Cobl Montgrins, Santi Arisa
27- Barcelona Feelings – Lounge Café
28- Barcelona Girls – Tomeu Penya
29- Barcelona Gran Ciutat – Jaume Oro
30- Barcelona Guapa – El Biles
31- Barcelona I Jo – Los Manolos
32- Barcelona In Our Minds – The Propers
33- Rumba de Barcelona – Gato Perez
34- Barcelona Me – Ibiza Chill Out
35- Barcelona Mi Amor – Damien de Medeiros
36- Barcelona Nights – Ottmar Liebert
37- Barcelona Tu siempre Mi Amor – La Banda Del Pop
38- Barcelona Yo Me Voy – Ricao
39- Buenas Noches Barcelona – Noel Soto
40- Calle Barcelona – La Vida Boheme
41- Desde Barcelona Hasta La Havana – Henry Mendez, OPB
42- Drinking In Barcelona – Ngobo Ngobo
43- El Mar Sobre Barcelona – Alessio Arena
44- Entre Cuba Y Barcelona – Lucrecia
45- Hola Barcelona – René Riva
46- Indios de Barcelona – Mano Negra
47- Jazz in Barcelona – Frank Boeijen
48- La Rama De Barcelona – Kiko Veneno
49- Madrid-Barcelona – Tontxu
50- Mas Grande Que Barcelona – Sr. Chinarro

Do you have any favourite BCN inspired songs that you haven’t seen on our list? Let us know in the comments!

Cheers,

Lucie

Top 10 Barcelona Mobile Apps for your iOS/Android Phone

SuiteLife’s Top 10 Barcelona Mobile Apps

best barcelona apps

Coming to Barcelona with a smart phone in hand, your thinking, is there any Barcelona apps I need to make my life easier in this dynamic city? If you ever questioned that yourself, Suite Life has the answer you’re looking for.

These 10 necessary BCN apps will be categorized by transportation, city guides, sports and shops. All of them are available for both iOS and Android operated phones.  To download the app, simply scan or click on the relevant QR code.

Transportation apps Barcelona

Whether you arrive to Barcelona by train, ship or airplane: the first question will always be: how to get to places? Grab your internet- connected smartphone and let the transportation mobile apps Barcelona do the rest for you.

TMB – Barcelona apps for Metro and other public transports

This is the official mobile app from TMB, the main public transport management company in the Barcelona metropolitan area. It provides information about metro, bus lines and stops around the city’s urban area. You can track any bus or metro stations around you with GPS. The most important feature is real-time search for travel directions from place to place by metro and bus. Each route will have estimated time of arrival, means of transport and designated station so you can plan the journey easily.

TMB public transport apps Barcelona

 

Small tip: check for service alert to see any change or cancellation of the lines. TMB apps Barcelona is available in English, Spanish and Catalan

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Renfe ticket

This is also official app created by Renfe, a middle and long distance train operator in Spain. The app also provides users with route planning, time table, and schedule change, however for middle and long distance trains, which is useful when you want to travel to Barcelona’s suburbs or other cities in Spain. Moreover you can conveniently buy your train ticket directly through your phone and show it to train conductor without having to print it out. The option of change or cancelation is also available within this app

Renfe ticket app Barcelona

 

Available languages at the moment are English and Spanish

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Bicing

Bicing is the bicycle sharing system in Barcelona introduced to help daily users cover the small and medium distance commutes within the city in a greener way. The main purpose of bicing app Barcelona is to give bicing users real-time information about station maps, which station is close to your location and number of available bikes at that time.

Bicing app Barcelona

 

Although the available language is only Spanish and Catalan it is still easy to use for non-Spanish speaking users, with friendly interface and mostly graphic icons. My personal tips for you when using this app is to hit the refresh button frequently, as the number of bike in each station can change very fast, especially during rush hours. Once I was coming to get a bike, the mobile app showed only 2 bikes left at that station. When I arrived, I desperately watched a guy who arrived just a few seconds earlier than me took the last one.

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Local guide

Tripadvisor BCN

Fans of traveling probably know about Tripadvisor already. But do you know about their city guide app? Basically its purpose is to provide users with vast information about attractions, hotels, bars restaurants etc. of the specific city, just like its website, but in offline mode and there are only specific numbers of cities available. Luckily Barcelona is included. Tripadvisor’s city guide Barcelona app is one of the best city guide app in Barcelona. In my opinion it is the best.

Tripadvisor mobile app Barcelona

 

The app is totally in English and very easy to use. You can either find the place by categories like Food & drink, Hotels, Attractions, and Shopping etc. or use the interactive map to locate yourself and find points of interest around you. Moreover you can find and book a tour around the city in Tickets/tours section. However the feature I find most useful is the offline self-guided tour, where you will find the direction to and read the general info of the most famous places in Barcelona, on your own and it’s totally free!

As I mentioned above, this app is awesome and there are many other useful functions like check-in, review and so on, but I will leave it for you to explore on your own!

Tripadvisor BCN guide Android

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BCN visual

You might wonder how Barcelona looked centuries ago. Check out this cool app. BCN Visual contains many photos of buildings and street in Barcelona decades or centuries ago. Each photo has its own description and is marked on the app’s interactive map.

BCN Visual app Barcelona

The coolest feature IMO is Augmented Reality mode. Once arrived at the photo’s destination you can use Augmented Reality mode to “scan” the area and check for example how a building or a street has changed over time.

Here are some of my results, the quality’s not so good as it was taken by phone camera and i’m not a professional photographer, but it’s fun to try out :)

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Ibeach

This app will let you enjoy the beautiful beaches in Barcelona even more. Ibeach offers list of beaches in Barcelona and allover Spain. After you choose one particular beach, iBeach will display information about temperature, waves, wind and other weather indicators. One thing I find very useful is the jellyfish alert function. When you come to the beach and see jellyfish you can put an alert to warn people, and other users would do the same so you can know. You wouldn’t want to go to the beach full of those squishy venomous animals, would you?

iBeach app Barcelona

Besides that, in each beach you can find nearby restaurants/bars/supermarkets in case you need some refreshment during hot days, or some activities to do, or nearby public toilets and medical services. At the moment the restaurant lists isn’t complete, but developers are cooperating with local business and hopefully it will be filled up soon.

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Also like swimming pool? Here you go

 

Sports

FCB World

If you are football fan or FC Barcelona in particular then you won’t want to miss this app. With this app you can get the latest results and league tables, view the player profiles and stats or the club’s history etc. Furthermore you can follow the match live with the photos and videos, when you cannot go to the stadium or watch it on TV.

FCB World

This official app of Fútbol Club Barcelona is your direct communication channel with the club and the place to find all the latest information, photos, videos, news, live match commentaries, tweets, interactive games and other innovative services, all related to your favourite players.

~Description on Google Play~

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Barcelona Corre

One of the best sport activities you can do in this magnificent city is running. Barcelona Corre offers you 23 exciting routes around Barcelona. Each route has its own information about length, terrain differences, difficulty and so on.

Barcelona Corre

 

When you first logged in the app will ask your age, height and weight for the profile. It is said that everyone who finishes all 23 route will be rewarded with a digital medals. I really doubt my possibility to do that, but if you want to try and find out, I would love to see those “medals” in comments section!

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In case you need sport apparels and equipment, check out these stores.

Grocery shopping

In this section I will mention only the Barcelona mobile apps of grocery stores as they are pretty darn important. Beside Spanish fashion and apparel brands like ZARA or Bershka and their apps are already well known, it would be insignificant to bring up here.

In case you are totally new here and don’t know yet about grocery stores in Barcelona, my advice is to check out these tips first

Folletos Carrefour

Folletos Carrefour provides its users current offers and brochures of all Carrefour supermarkets. Within those interactive brochures, you will be able to see each item’ details, image, price; share to friends or add to your shopping list. It is especially useful when your Spanish is not good enough to ask the staff where each items is located. Instead show them your shopping list and save time for both sides.

Folletos Carrefour app Barcelona

This app also offer interactive map to help you find nearest store by distance and by type of stores. The app is only available in Spanish, but with comprehensive pictures and symbols, good chance to learn Spanish then.

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Dia

Another big grocery chain in Barcelona is Dia. Their app’s feature is pretty similar to the above Folletos Carrefour, but it requires you to login. In return it offers management of your discount coupons.

Dia app Barcelona

 

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More  Barcelona mobile apps by the City Council can be found here. If you have other interesting Barcelona apps feel free to introduce it to us in comment

Peace!

T.Vu


Free Secret Gigs in Barcelona: Check out Sofar Sounds!

Secret Concerts in Barcelona by Sofar Sounds

sofar sounds barcelona secret concerts free

You know all of the best live music venues in Barcelona but you fancy some secret free gigs in Barcelona? Sofar Sounds is a company that is doing something so cool, you simply cannot miss it!

Gigs in Barcelona Sofar Sounds

With Sofar Sounds you can enjoy live music in Barcelona on every last Friday of the month as well as in 50 other towns around the world such as London, New-York…

The principle is pretty easy: You have to subscribe on sofarsounds.com in order to get tickets. If you have a pretty big house or flat in Barcelona, you can even offer your house to host the gig! Finally if you’re a musician in need of some exposure, you can also subscribe on their website! Then through a random draw, you might be one of the lucky ones to attend to the live music concert in some great house!
It’s a win-win situation, the tickets are free, musicians get exposure, and if you have a big house but no friends, you’ll get tons thanks to this event ;)

If you want to know when is the next gig, check out their Facebook page, they post a link at the beginning of each month for every city it’s hosted!

Last week-end, the gig was hosted in a huge mansion in the posh neighbourhood of Bonanova in Barcelona. About 80 people were invited for an amazing night of music. Some of them brought food and beverages but everyone could buy some drinks in the mansion.

Live music Barcelona Sofar Sounds

Interested in these awesome secret free gigs in Barcelona? Then start subscribing now for the next event!

If you’d rather see something more official in some famous live music venues, check out our top 5 best live music venues in barcelona!

Cheers

Florian

How to Flirt with a Spanish Girl (in Spanish)

Want some vocab to flirt with a Spanish girl !?

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You’re coming to Spain for visit or just moved here,  and then… all of a sudden this beautiful Spanish   girl (or guy!) comes out of nowhere and takes your breath away. You want to flirt with this Spanish girl ?
Don’t be discouraged by your language barrier and try your luck with our great flirting tips below!

 

how to flirt in spanish

Start your conversation with something like:

-¿ Hola, cómo te llamas?      this means   Hi, what’s your name?
-Soy Peter.                                 this means   I’m Peter.
-¿Te puedo invitar a una copa?  this means   Can I buy you a drink?

Then go on with a real compliment that makes girls smile.

Pleasant compliments for beginners:

-Eres guay             means “You’re cool”
-Eres simpática   means “You’re nice or friendly”
-Eres mona           means “You’re cute”
-Eres guapa          means “You’re pretty”
-Eres atractiva    means “You’re good looking” a nice compliment !
-Eres preciosa     means “You’re beautiful”
-Eres hermosa     means “You’re very beautiful”
-Eres deslumbrante  means “You’re stunningly beautiful”

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If you’re pretty well-versed with Spanish, or getting the hang of this quickly, let’s try some more complicated pickup lines with full sentences (but take care to not portray yourself as a womanizer!)

-Tienes una sonrisa muy bonita.
Means: You have a beautiful smile

-¿Cómo se siente al ser la más bella chica en esta sala?
Means: What does it feel like to be the most beautiful girl in this room?

-Hola Acabo de darme cuenta, pero pareces mucho a mi próxima novia.
Means: Hi, I just realized this, but you look a lot like my next girlfriend.

-Si la belleza fuera delito, yo te hubiera dado cadena perpetua.
Means: If beauty was a crime, I would give you a sentence of life in prison.

-Crees en amor a primera vista, o debo pasarte otra vez?
Means: Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by you again?

-No hay emociones que puedan describir como me siento cuando estoy contigo.
Means: There aren’t emotions that can describe how I feel when I’m in your presence.

and even more slang ones:

- Estas muy bueno/buena!
Means: You’re hot!

- Estas para mojar pan.
Means: You are ready to wet bread (non literal meaning: You’re hot!)

- “Cuántas curvas, y Yo sin frenos!”
Means: So many curves and me without breaks!

 

Good luck with your future love ! Tell us your best Spanish pickup lines and let us know in the comments if you have any other great ones!

 

~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

Barcelona Street Profile: Carrer Joaquin Costa

Joaquin Costa: Barcelona Street Profile

El Raval is famous for being kind of an infamous neighborhood and we feel like that is total bullsh*t! This is an amazing, eccentric and eclectic neighborhood with many awesome things to do and today we take a look at one of its emblematic streets, Carrer Joaquin Costa.

Carrer Joaquin Costa Street Barcelona

History

The street name came from the Catalán politician, lawyer, historian and economist who was known to be the major representative of the “Regenerationism”, which was an intellectual movement that searched for the causes of Spain’s (as a State) decadence. The street is located in the Raval neighborhood, part of the old town. It starts from the metro station “Universitat” and goes down until reaching the center of Raval at equal distance from ”San Antoni” and “Liceu” metro stations.

As many other streets of this neighborhood, Joaquin Costa is a narrow, charming street full of shops, bars or restaurants, but also public buildings such as the Goya Theatre and the Centre Aragonés.

Shops on Joaquin Costa

 

- Fusta’m

 

Workshop Barcelona Fusta'm Joaquin Costa

Looking for a unique workshop? Then you’ll love Fusta’m! It all started almost 4 years ago with an idea of a couple, which was to restore old pieces of furniture from the 50′s, 60′s or even 70′s styles. You’ll find only authentic furniture, lighting and different decorative trinkets. Not only is it possible to buy these awesome pieces but you can also rent them for special occasions, events.

P.S : Entering the shop, if you’re curious enough, you’ll see behind the seller an old tapissery which is of origin.
Fore more info, check out Fusta Website


- A la Premsa d’Aquell Dia: The one-of-a-kind shop in Barcelona

A La Premsa d'Aquell Dia Barcelona Joaquin Costa

The story begins 20 years ago when, after a few trips around Europe (more precisely to Belgium, France and England) seeing a few shops selling unique old newspapers and magazines, a couple and their daughter decided to create their own shop back in Barcelona. They first settled in Carrer del Tigre in the Raval Neighborhood before moving to the next and current street Joaquin Costa 4 years ago because the shop was getting too small to stock all the newspapers and magazines they wanted. Even if one can think they also sell French magazines (because of the few “Paris Match” in the window display), they actually only sell Spanish newspapers. But if you’re interested in old newspapers in other languages they might help you find it by contacting some colleagues around Europe. The best example the couple told me was this time where a client wanted an english newspaper talking about the  titanic as it was not famous enough to talk about it in the Spanish newspapers. They finally found one that they bought for 12500 Pesetas (75€)!

A la premsa d'aquel Dia Barcelona Joaquin Costa

According to the couple, the two kinds of articles most wanted are the newspapers first step on the moon and the World Wars.

When going out of the shop, you can stop by the ”Lletraferit” Library Café just accross the street and grab a café con leche while reading a book! This place was actually funded by Diego Gary, son of famous French writer Romain Gary and American Actress of the 60′s Jean Seberg.

Fore more info check out A la Premsa D’aquell Dia Website

- Bubub

Bubub also caught our attention because of its old sign representing a cartoon dog, bringing back its past of Toy shop. Nowadays it is a small Greengrocer with great fresh products for a decent price! Vegetarians are gonna love it.

Bubub Greengrocer Barcelona in Joaquin Costa

 

Bars

 

Betty Fords Bar is a pretty famous bar located in this street, known for hosting hipsters but also for their good cocktails and burgers! Excellent place to start your parties!

Betty Ford's Bar Barcelona in Joaquin Costa

 

If you’re interested in a completely different kind of bar, we recommend you to go to Granja de Gava, a unique centenary bar which, as its name suggests, was a farm originally (Granja means Farm). It also saw the birth of a famous Catalán writer Terenci Moix in 1942. When you enter the bar, you can hear a soft jazz music and see an astonishing statue in papier-mâché of a giant fat lady decorated by a huge slice of pizza on her head. There are also art exhibitions, for example there is currently oil paintings of the local Marta Cino which are actually for sale.

Granja de Gava Bar Barcelona Joaquin Costa

 

Olimpic bar will be for people who don’t want to spend much money or beat about the bush: 1€20 a beer, 3€50 a Mojito, Caipirinha or Spritz, that’s right. And if you don’t believe me, check this out:

 

Olimpic Bar Barcelona Joaquin Costa

 

No wonder it is always packed…

Finally for the story, this awesome street once hosted one of the most famous Serial killer of the city, Enriqueta Marti who was called “La Vampira del carrer de Ponent” (Ponent street being the former name of Joaquin Costa street). So that you understand why she earned this name, she used to kidnapp dozens of children, make them prostitute and/or kill them. And with the rests (skin, blood, fat, hair, bones…), she’d make potions, balsams, etc. What a lovely person she was! :)

Enriqueta Marti Barcelona Joaquin Costa

 

Cheers,

 

Florian

PACO DE LUCIA : SPAIN’S SAD LOSS

The world of flamenco deeply affected by Paco de Lucia’s death

Paco de Lucia playing the guitar

 

Paco de Lucia is a world-reknown Spanish flamenco guitarist who recently passed away at the age of 66 of a heart attack.
Francisco Sanchez Gomez, his given name, was born on December 21st, 1947 in Algeciras, Andalusia, Spain.

His early stages

Thanks to his family, music was part of his everyday life and it was said that he began playing the guitar at the age of 5, which suggested that we were dealing with a future artist !He said: “I learned the guitar like a child learns to speak” and “I knew the feeling and the meaning of music”. What a gift! Paco de Lucia is famous for his fast fingerstyle runs.He did his first performance on radio Algeciras when he was only 11and was awarded one year later a special prize in the Jerez flamenco competition. When he was 18, he recorded his first album.Afterwards, he succeeded in everything he accomplished and played with the greatest artists.

The highlights of his career

Flamenco Paco de Lucia

  • He toured with the Flamenco troupe of dancer Jose Greco.
  • He composed music for some films like a different version of “Carmen”, “The Hit”, etc.
  • He went into partnership with Camaron de la Isla and made 10 records.
  • His rumba “Entre dos aguas” became one of the most popular recording in Spain
  • He was awarded the Spanish Culture Ministry’s Fine Arts Gold Medal in 1992.
  • He was awarded the prestigious Prince of Asturias prize for the Arts in 2004.
  • He was granted a Doctor Honoris Causa degree by Berklee College of Music in 2010
  • Discography: 27 albums

 

He knew how to modernise Flamenco particularly by associating it with Jazz and by being inspired by many musical styles. Paco de Lucia influenced and will continue to have a powerful impact on guitarists.

 

Memories

Dennis Koster: “One of history’s greatest guitarists”

George Benson:”The greatest guitar player in the world today for me is Paco de Lucia, who is actually Spanish.”

Your Favorite Paco de Lucia Song?

Pco de Lucia played in Barcelona, almost one year ago exactly as the final act of the annual Festival de Guitarra festival in 2013. Here’s a wonderful 22 minutes of the legendary master in Barcelona in La Casa de Almeria in 1974. R.I.P

~Lucie

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona and Can Now Impress Your Friends With

You’ve been living in Barcelona for a few months or even years and you think you know everything about Barcelona? Stop being so cocky and check out the 8 things you didn’t know about Barcelona:

 

#1 Why did Gaudi only work for private clients?

 

Gaudi First Work : The street Lamp
As a matter of fact, he did not only work for private clients. He first worked for the City Council and was asked to create a special street lamp in Plaza Reial. But when the masterpiece was finished, the City Council finally paid only the half of the original price to Gaudi. From that moment, Gaudi swear to not work for the public sector again. And he kept his word. Read more about Gaudi’s Life or about our special 1 day Gaudi tour.

 

#2 More than a street

 

La Rambla in Barcelona

One of the most famous streets in Barcelona, if not the most famous one, Las Ramblas, is actually as its plural form suggests, composed of many streets, 5 to be precise:- Rambla de Canaletes- Rambla dels estudis- Rambla de Sant Josep- Rambla dels Caputxins- Rambla del Mar.

 

#3 An Eiffel Tower in Barcelona?

 

The Eiffel Tower in Paris could have been in Barcelona

All of you know the famous metallic tower in Paris that attracts millions of people every year. Well actually, this very tower was proposed by Gustave Eiffel during the Universal Exposition of 1888 that took place in Barcelona. However the Catalan Government of that time was not interested in this weird and expensive architecture and refused to have it in Barcelona. And, you know, it was only supposed to be erected for the period of a year and then dismantled. Well, that was quite a mistake, wasn’t it?

 

#4 Portal de l’Àngel Avenue: Busiest Street in Spain

 

Porta del Angel Avenue in Barcelona, most crowded street in Spain

This famous shopping street of Barcelona, that hosts about 3500 passers by per hour, is the busiest street in all Spain. Quite impressive, isn’t it?

 

#5 Barcelona Beach is a Baby

 

The Barcelona Beach in the summer

Everybody loves to go to the beautiful beach of Barcelona but did you know it only appeared about 20 years ago? Indeed, before that, the seaside was “invaded” by industries. But when Barcelona was chosen to host the Olympic Games of 1992, they created these awesome beaches and from now on it is one of the places to be for all the tourists and locals all year long. Take a look at our Barcelona Beaches Free Ebook.

 

#6 Blind Restaurant

 

Blind Restaurant Dans le Noir, Barcelona

If you think it is out of fashion to see what you eat in a restaurant, then “Dans le noir” is gonna become your headquarters. One of the few Blind Restaurants in the world, you’ll experience eating without seeing anything which will enable you to enhance 2 of your other senses that are the taste and the smell. Blind guides help you to completely enjoy this unique experience. Check out our Dans le Noir blog here for more info.

For more information just check out Dans Le Noir Website!

 

#7 The mysterious origins of Barcelona

 

The mysterious origins of Barcelona

Nobody really knows, that’s the reality. But some say the city was founded 400 years before Rome by Hercules and other say that it was founded by the father of the famous Carthagenian General Hannibal, Hamilcar Barca, who named the city Barcino. All that we know is that the Romans founded a city next to the mount Taber in 100 BC and we found wall ruins in the current Barrio Gotico. Read about how Barcelona got it’s name here.

#8 Fancy a Mammoth?

 

Mammoth Museum in Barcelona

Do you like mammoths as much as we do? Have you always wanted to meet Manny from the Ice Age? Then check out the Mammoth Museum in Barcelona, a museum as rare as its subject! You’ll find real mammoth skeletons but also a life-sized reconstructions that you can touch, photograph and even hug. Everything short of  bringing one home for your kid(s). I know, some kids (even big ones) are gonna cry here.

 

That’s all for now, and this is more than enough!

Florian

The Top 5 Most Photographed Spots in Barcelona

Drumbrolllllllll Please!

According to a Google’s recent “heatmap” study, Barcelona is the 3rd most photographed city in the whole wide world, following only New-York and Roma. But I won’t let you wait any longer to discover which are the most photographed spots in Barcelona…

#1 Park Güell

Park Guell in BarcelonaAnd the answer is… PARK GÜELL!  A tiny bit surprising to us (We had originally guessed Sagrada Familia) Park Güell is the most photographed place in Barcelona with its amazing view of he city. Tourists, lovers, and locals go to that park to enjoy the sunset or listen to some music or just take a leisurely stroll through the park. Awesome!

 

 

 

#Casa Batlló

The Casa Batllo in Barcelona

Being one of the most famous Gaudi houses in Barcelona, tourists seem to rush rush here after arriving to Barcelona. Passing by everyday, I see that the place is always crowded with swarms of tourists taking pictures of this beautiful Gaudi masterpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#La Pedrera

Gaudi's Casa Mila in Barcelona

Again, it is no surprise that a Gaudi’s chef d’oeuvre is one of the most visited and photographed in Barcelona. Its unique architecture and amazing roof are the main reasons of it being visited by many!

 

 

 

 

#4 Santa Maria del Mar

Santa Maria Del Mar Basilic in Barcelona

This amazing Catalan Gothic church located in the beautiful neighborhood of “El Born” has remained in good shape over the centuries and has today a great success for its unique architecture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Finally you say! It is quite a surprise indeed that the Sagrada Familia, this world-famous expiatory church has not come up earlier. Gaudi’s most famous masterpiece is still unfinished and has therefore been been mocked quite a bit. However, whether you like it or not, everybody will agree that the church is one of the most unique in the world.

 

 

 

 

If you want to know the complete ranking of the most photographed spots in Barcelona or you want to learn about your favourite cities, just look at Google’s Sightsmap! ;)

Cheers!

Florian

 

Bus Transportation Guide for IESE Students in Barcelona

Bus Transportation
Guide for IESE Students in Barcelona

 

IESE Students in Barcelona

We want to say Welcome to all IESE students in Barcelona, and answer that very common question of how do I get to IESE anyways?We made this article for you, so you will be able to navigate through the city more easily. We know that your campus isn’t very near to the center of the city, but we did a research and wanted show you that regardless of its location, the buses can be very helpful and you can really live in quite a wide array of Barcelona neighborhoods and still get to school in no time. Be aware IESE students in Barcelona, this is for you.

Lets begin with Line 68 , the bus stop is near the IESE Campus and it goes all the way to Pl de Catalunya, which is just above La Rambla, the whole route takes 33 minutes, and you will find yourself in one of the liveliest places in the city. What’s interesting to note is how many neighborhoods the bus line passes through. As you’ll see with the other routes, taking the bus to IESE allows you to greatly enhance the scope of your apartment search to include neighborhoods such as Borne, Gótico, Eixample, Gracia, Sant Gervasi, and Sarria!

IESE Students in Barcelona

View Route on Google Maps

 

Another good options for all of the IESE Students in Barcelona is bus Line 22 , For 40 minutes you can get to the center of the city. Very near to El Barri Gotic, and also during this route, there are many stops near metro stations and the bus passes through in many people’s opinion the best district of the city Gracia, so it is very useful. An easy way to reach Parc Guell as well.

IESE Students in Barcelona

View Route on Google Maps by Clicking Here

A bus that can take you to the heart of the city is 63. Which stops at Placa Universitat, which is very central and near Macba, Placa Catalunya and many other places . IESE Students in Barcelona using this route can go from the campus to the Placa for 37 minutes.

IESE Students in Barcelona

Clich Here to See the Route on Google Maps

And finally a map where we mixed these 3 very mobile routes, so you can know exactly which one will help you the most in reaching your destination.

IESE Students in Barcelona

 

We hope IESE Students in Barcelona will find this article helpful. Enjoy your stay in one of the best cities in Europe guys!!

If you are new in the city you might also want to check out our article on The Top Experiences That You Need to Have Whilst in the City

 

Etien

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