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 !?

heart spain

 

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”

how to pick up girls in spanish

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 Hidden Cheap Bar in Barcelona: The Antic Teatre

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

Today we show you an amazing hidden bar in Barcelona in El Born neighborhood. If you’re looking for alternative cultural events/shows, a hidden 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.

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

Top 6 Pros and Cons of Living in Barcelona

Top 6 Pros and Cons of Living in Barcelona

Writing this article on the 6 pros & cons of living in Barcelona reminds me of Alanis Morissette song ‘I’m a Bitch.’ This beautiful city can be your hell and your dream and everything in between. So if you’re planning a quick visit or moving in read on to so that you can be better prepare on what to expect when coming over.

1. Customer Service

Info BarcelonaA. Cons

Most places that I have gone to, whether that would be to eat, to buy groceries, or get a haircut, the customer service in Barcelona could be a bit better. There have been places (restaurants to be exact) where I felt unwelcomed. Does it kill people to smile a bit more often?

I.e. A friend and I went to eat a pizza for lunch at a restaurant a block away from where we were working; the waiter/hostess looked at us in a way that told us to get out. We sat down anyway and ordered, if we needed something extra (god help us) there was no one around to attend our need and when we finished we got a feeling that they couldn’t kick us out fast enough.

B. Pros

Of course not everyone is like this. In my stay in Barcelona I have met some friendly people in the service industry, i.e. where I go to buy my coffee in the morning before work, I got to know the woman that served me and we enjoyed chit-chatting about anything and everything and sharing a few laughs and the pharmacist across my street has always provided me with friendly service and even gone the extra mile to genuinely help me out with my problems and questions.

2. Foods or Lack Thereof

Info BarcelonaA. Cons

For a Mediterranean city, I was extremely disappointed to learn that the variety of dishes was nearly non existent. I do know that Paella is the main dish of the city and you can find it everywhere.

I’m not saying that a great restaurant that serves delicious food doesn’t exist in Barcelona. I’m sure that if you are patient and take your time searching you’ll find hidden gems but if you’re in the city on a limited time this will probably be a challenge.

B. Pros

You can find fresh fruits and vegetables everywhere. If you’re into healthy living or are a vegetarian, this is your type of city. The only thing to keep in mind is that no one buys fruits and vegetables on Saturdays and Mondays because the stores don’t restock their shelves with fresh product with the desire that people would buy off the ones that are a week old.

3. Parties

Info BarcelonaA. Cons

Don’t get me wrong, I love a great party as much as the next person but sometimes people can take it to the extreme (or perhaps I’m getting too old). The Spaniards are known as party lovers and my flat mate born and raised in Barcelona is no exception. He would go out four days out of seven or even more sometimes to party until six or eight in the morning (no exaggeration). This going out wouldn’t bother me much – live and let live – but they would arrive back home and not consider their sleeping flat mate in the other room so they would bang doors, cabinet doors, turn the television on and talk as if they were having a conversation with someone a mile away.

What does this have to do with partying?

It doesn’t matter if it’s your flat mates doing the party or not. That’s why. When Barcelona is celebrating a festival they will make all the noises they desire and they’re in their right to do so but it can get chaotic. I remember one time during the European Football Match (?) I was strolling down the street and out came a Barca fan (happy that his team made a goal and tackled me (wouldn’t mind it if he was at least cute – but he wasn’t).

B. Pros

Like mentioned briefly above, the Spaniards love a great party and you can find these in abundance while staying in Barcelona. There’s always something to celebrate and even when there’s not, the clubs are fantastic! So if you visit the city you won’t have a shortage of drinks, dancing and fun.

4. Great health care but long waiting at the emergency room

Info BarcelonaA. Cons

Probably like most big hospitals around the world, the waiting time in emergency waiting room is horrendous. I went to the emergency room at one of the big hospital in Barcelona, Hospital Clinic and I waited nearly two and a half hours before the doctor saw me. Mind you, that there were like seven people in the waiting room and most of them waited even longer.

Even when you make an appointment with a doctor, these waiting times don’t change much – that was the first route I took before heading to the clinic. I walked to the receptionist at noon and made an appointment, I had to go back at five thirty that afternoon because that’s when the doctor arrived at work.

Another thing to keep in mind, is that as a tourist you have to be insured properly or else you have to spend a large sum of money i.e. 60 euros for the consultation, and 60 euros and up for any extra tests, analysis, etc. that is need afterwards.

B. Pros

The health care system is great. An example of this, is when I went to the emergency (once again at the Hospital Clinic), the doctor asked me question (like they should) but didn’t leave things as an estimated guess of what my illness was, so they rolled me to the radiology room, took blood test for analysis and thought I waited for nearly seven hours in total, they came up with evidence of what I really had and the exact medicine that I need. A part from this they give you copies of everything they did if you’re not local to take to your doctor once you’re back home. And they treated me well and professionally.

Back in the Netherlands (where I’m from), the doctor would probably just have a look at the infected area, make an estimated guess and prescribe something. Not to mention the aloofness and lack of empathy for their patients. This is not to put my country down but honest is honest and I was indeed impress with their services.

5. Traffic lights

Info BarcelonaA. Cons

If you’re new to Barcelona and you’re driving, you need to orient yourself with where all the gas stations are located because they are no all over the city.  I’ve been here for six months and have only seen two – by accident! So, I’m counting my lucky stars I do not drive here.

The traffic lights is another thing that works in a strange way, as pedestrians are crossing the street cars have the green lights to turn the corners at the same time, which can be infuriating for the driver if you’re trying to beat the lights and you’re behind two others vehicles. And pray that you’re not running late for an important appointment.

For pedestrian this can be quite scary because you’ll have cars and motorcycles zooming right behind you as you’re crossing the streets – so you have to cross it quickly as if you don’t have the rights.

B. Pros

August is a great month to drive in Barcelona because the roads are cleared. In this month everyone goes on vacation so the city is practically a ghost town – which isn’t a bad thing from time to time.

6. Public Transportation

Info BarcelonaA. Cons

Taking a bus anywhere in Barcelona is a little bit tricky because their system is difficult to understand and you have to memorize the bus number and their designated destinations.

Metros run until midnight from Sunday to Thursday, on Friday it runs until two in the morning and Saturday it runs twenty-four hours.  So if you’re taking a quick vacation during the week to party, your means of transportation will be night busses unless you’re staying near the city center.

If you don’t know which bus goes where, there are two ways to get this information, their websites which list all the bus numbers and their destination or you can walk from bus stop to bus stop until you get the right bus.

B. Pros

The good thing is, is that if staying close to the city center you can walk it anywhere and because most, if not all, of the parties and going out takes place on Friday and Saturday it makes sense that the metro runs until later to accommodate tourist who wants to have a good time (this probably is the case with all major cities).

Public transportation has a webpage with all the information any one would need from schedule to which numbers to take to reach a certain place, etc. And there are plenty of taxies stations with drivers ready to take you anywhere in the city at any time of the day.

We, her at SuiteLife, are sure that you got your own opinions and experiences gained during your own stay here in Barcelona. So, why not share what you think with us? We’d be more than happy to hear your side of Barcelona.

~Aregenis

Luxury Hotels in Barcelona

Luxury hotels in Barcelona – Which one is your favourite?

 

We all like a bit luxury in our lives, right? Outdoor swimming pool, relaxing spa, perfect suite with a breathtaking view, fancy bars and excellent customer service are only a few things that make a visitor feel really special. This blog introduces you to some amazing five star luxury hotels in Barcelona. Of course, a great alternative to this are some amazing Suitelife’s Holiday apartments in Barcelona.

 

Hotel W Barcelona

Luxury hotels in Barcelona

This fabulous hotel has become one of the best known trademarks of Barcelona and no wonder. Located by the oh-so beautiful Barceloneta beach you will be left speechless by the astonishing views it provides over the Mediterranean Sea. Hotel W Barcelona provides everything you need for your perfect holiday. You can dine in the hotel at  Michelin-star rated chef Carlos Abellán’s restaurant; enjoy some glamorous drinks at the rooftop bar on 26th floor; relax in Spain’s first ever Bliss Spa; cool down by swimming in the pool, or check out Barceloneta from the beachfront access. Try W Barcelona virtual planner tour to see what is waiting for you. For real luxury lovers W Barcelona welcomes you to WOW suite with spectacular views over the sea and the city.

 

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Luxury hotels in Barcelona

At the beginning of this summer Mandarin Oriental Barcelona was inundated with huge crowds. It was because Rihanna was staying in this hotel during her summer concert in Barcelona. She made an excellent decision, because Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is for real stars. It is in a prime location on Passeig de Gracia next to Tiffany & Co. with the finest Penthouse Suite. This suite has fastastic views over Passeig de Gracia, it is perfect even for diamond lovers!

 

 

Hotel Arts Barcelona

Luxury hotels in Barcelona

This is another gorgeous hotel by Barceloneta which is popular with the rich and famous. It’s terraced gardens and outdoor swimming pool, five restaurants, Six Senses Spa and gym located on the 42nd floor, and fine collection of Spanish contemporary art are only some of the reasons to choose the premium luxury Hotel Arts Barcelona. The outstanding service tops off what would most probably be an unforgettable experience here. The Arts Suite is one of the highest end choices Hotel Arts offers with panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea and the marina.

 

Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel

Luxury hotels in Barcelona

Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel has been compared to a leisure paradise and is very well located  by the harbour.  It provides among other things an outdoor swimming pool with prominent city and port views, relaxing sauna and jacuzzi, well known buffet breakfast and fantastic piano bar. Depending on your preferences there are variety of suites and rooms to choose from. However, the Presidential Suite is the jewel of Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel. You can be assured of a good nights sleep at the Eurostar Grand Marina Hotel by choosing the best model from the unique pillow menu.

 

Hilton Barcelona Hotel

Luxury hotels in Barcelona

The Hilton Barcelona Hotel is built for business travellers needs but it also provides luxury to regular visitors. Located in Barcelona’s financial district, rooms that have been designed for working with ergonomic chairs, 24-hours fitness centre and refreshing outdoor pool with a bar. This is a complete package that makes this hotel luxurious especially for business travellers. Executive rooms are the best choice providing the perfect environment for both working and relaxing.

 

El Palace Hotel

Luxury hotels in Barcelona
El Palace Hotel is a trademark of Barcelona’s hotels. It was built almost 100 years ago in 1919 but was totally refurbished in 2009. El Palace Hotel is luxurious from the first moment you step through the door and offers welcome snacks and drinks. Total comfort is assured and you can enjoy lunch inside the hotel at the Caelis Restaurant which has been awarded a Michelin Star. Classic Deluxe is the finest room complete with a romantic fireplace. You can relax even though the hotel is located in the middle of the busy centre because the room is completely soundproofed. El Palace Hotel brings the Caribbean Sea to Barcelona with the Mayan Luxury Spa. Relax and enjoy the luxurious surroundings that El Palace Hotel affords.

 

Have you tried one of these spectacular hotels? We would like to hear about your experience. Have a relaxing holiday in Barcelona!

Cheers,
Essi

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