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

Churches in Barcelona: The Top 5 Must-See

Barcelona Cathedral

Famous Churches in Barcelona

As with any historic city, Barcelona has many famous churches to offer. Through their awe-striking architecture and beautiful artwork, these churches give glimpses into the storied past of Barcelona’s streets. Here are the top churches in Barcelona we think you should checkout!

Cathedral Barcelona

-Barcelona Cathedral

A perfect example of a Gothic cathedral, the Barcelona Cathedral (Cathedral Santa Eulalia de la Seu) started construction at the end of the 13th Century. While perhaps not as world renown as Gaudi’s own creation on the otherside of town, there are many who prefer the picturesque spires of this Cathedral adorned with Gargoyles and mystical creatures.

 

Barcelona Cathedral

-Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

Said to be the oldest of the churches in Barcelona by means of recreation, the current church building was finished in the 14th Century. The gorgeous high ceilings in the basilica will definitely have you pulling your camera out.

Barcelona Cathedral

-Church of San Felipe Neri

One of the lesser known plazas in Barcelona is outside of this church. The square is peaceful and romantic, yet carries a terrible morbid past. Amidst the fountain and shady trees, the walls of the church and surrounding area are scared with holes and chips. During WWII, two stray bombs were mistakenly released on the square killing around 40 people, half of which were children. The square remains a beautiful, sad reminder of the balance of peace and violence.

Barcelona Cathedral

-Sagrada Familia

Along with Antoni Gaudi’s other masterpieces, the Sagrada Familia is the face of Barcelona. The construction has continued after the death of its famous architect in 1926 and is already a UNESCO World Heritage site despite an expected completion date of 2026.

barcelona cathedral

-Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Your journey to Barcelona could not be complete without a visit to the top of Tibidabo Mountain to see this church. A recent finished construct in 1961, the the Sacred Heart of Jesus has the best view of any of the churches in Barcelona. A 2,5€ elevator and a few flights of stairs gets you to the top of the steeple, right under the open-armed Jesus, allowing for a 360 degree view of Catalonia.

 

Enjoy the churches in Barcelona! Let us know below if we left one of your favorites off of the list.

-Ty

 

 

Top 10 Catalan Football Players

Some are young and playing some have became legends, but they are the top 10 Catalan football players

Cataluña and Barcelona in particular have always been a breeding ground for many famous footballers in the world. In harmony with the Fifa World Cup 2014, which is getting hotter and rougher, SuiteLife has picked the 10 most famous Catalan football players of all time. You’ve probably known about the trending names like Xavi Hernández, Carles Puyol, Sergio Busquets, Victor Valdes etc. but how about the legends from the early-middle of twentieth century?

1. Ricardo Zamora (1901 – 1978)

The legendary Goalkeeper was born in 1901 in Barcelona. He is probably the only player who played for both FC Barcelona, Real Madrid C.F., Spanish football team and Catalonia national football team. During his career as player he has won 3 Copas del Rey, 5 Catalan football championships, 2 La Liga. As football manager, he helped Atlético Aviación (former of Atlético Madrid) win 2 La Liga championships. For individual titles, he was awarded the best Goalkeeper of the 1934 FIFA World Cup and the honour of best Goalkeeper in La Liga, the Ricardo Zamora Trophy was named after him.

Catalan football player ricardo zamora

 

Trophies as player:

  • 1 Copa del Rey with Espanyol, 2 with Barcelona
  • 2 Catalan Champions with Espanyol, 3 with Barcelona
  • 2 La Liga with Real Madrid
  • 2 Copa de España with Real Madrid
  • 3 Copa Princep de Asturies with Catalan XI

 

Trophies as manager:

  • 2 La Liga with Atlético Aviación

 

Individual honours:

  • Fifth in World – Goalkeeper of the century
  • Best Goalkeeper of the 1934 FIFA World Cup

 

 

 

2. Antoni Ramallets (1924 – 2013)

Antoni Ramallets Simón was born in Barcelona. He is honoured by FC Barcelona as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of Barça and the whole of Spanish football signed up from Europa. During the era of maximum glory for the team, later called as “Cinco Copas”(Five Cups) era, he has achieved many awards with the team. Antoni Ramallets, together with another Barca goal keeper Victor Valdes are currently the two goalkeepers that have obtain the most Zamora trophies (5 each)

Catalan football player Antoni Ramallets

 

 

Trophies as player with Barcelona:

  • 6 La Liga
  • 5 Copa del Rey
  • 3 Copa Eva Duarte
  • 2 Inter-Cities Fairs Cups
  • Latin Cup

Individual:

  • 5 Zamora Trophies

Manager for Zaragoza

  • Copa del Rey
  • Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

 

 

 

 

3. Estanislau Basora (1926-2012)

Catalan football player Estanislau Basora

 

Born in Colonia Valls, Barcelona, the Catalan winger/striker joined FC Barcelona when he was 20 and spent most of his football career with the club. With great technical abilities, great pace and ability to lose his marker he became a member of Barcelona’s famous forward line at that time (Basora, Kubala, César, Moreno and Manchón).

Trophies:

  • 4 La Liga Championships:
  • 2 Latin Cups
  • 4 Copa del Rey
  • 3 Eva Duarte Cups
  • 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Carles Rexach (1947)

Born in Barcelona in 1947, Carles Rexach joined Barcelona junior team when he was 12 and also spent his whole career in FC Barcelona. Although Rexach was a great midfielder with one Pichichi Trophy (awarded to top goalscorer in each La Liga season) in 1970–71, the once popular Catalan football player had his best years on the Barcelona bench as assistant coach to Luis Aragonés and Johan Cruyff before he was appointed manager in 2001. After his playing career, he worked for the team as a scout; Carles is the one who discovered and brought one of the greatest footballers in the world – Lionel Messi- to the club.

Catalan football player Carles Rexach

Trophies as player:

  • 1 UEFA Cup
  • 2 Inter-Cities Fairs Cups
  • 1 La Liga Championships
  • 4 Copa del Rey
  • 1 Pichichi Trophy

5. Roberto Martínez (1973)

Roberto Martínez Montoliú was born in the town of Balaguer, Lleida, Catalonia. The defensive midfielder started his football career at Real Zaragoza and shortly changed his career path to England. Here he’s archieved many titles with Wigan Athletic and Swansea City, both as player and on the coaching bench.

Catalan football player Roberto Martinez

 

Trophies as player:

  • Copa del Rey: 1993–94 with Real Zaragoza
  • Football League 3rd Division with Wigan Athletic
  • Football League: with Wigan Athletic
  • Football League: 2005–06 with Swansea City

Trophies as a manager:

Swansea City

  • Football League One: 2007–08
  • 3 League One Manager of the Month
  • League One Manager of the Year: 2007–08

Wigan Athletic

  • FA Cup: 2012–13
  • Premier League Manager of the Month: April 2012

 

 

 

 

6. Josep Guardiola (1971)

The incumbent manager of Bayern Munich is inarguably one of the most successful Catalan footballers, in both his playing and managing career. He was born in Santpedor, Barcelona and joined La Masia (youth academy of Barcelona) at age of 13. He is the player with most titles won as player and manager: 16 as a player and 14 as a manager. He is also the manager with best percentage of titles: 14 titles from the 19 possible between 2008 – 2012. As FC Barcelona manager, he’s brought the Tiki-taka style to its greatest success, allowed the club to win 2008–09 and 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.

Catalan football player Pep Guardiola

Trophies with Fc Barcelona:

  • 9 La Liga with FC Barcelona (6 as player and 3 as manager)
  • 4 Copa del Rey (2 as player, 2 as manager)
  • 7 Supercopa de España (4 as player, 3 as manager)
  • 3 UEFA Champions League cup (1 as player, 2 as manager)
  • 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup as player
  • 4 UEFA Super Cup (2 as player, 2 as manager)
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cup as manager
  • 1 Olympic Gold Medal with Spain national team

 

Trophies with Fc Bayern Munich:

  • Bundesliga: 2013–14
  • DFB-Pokal: 2013–14
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2013
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2013

 

Individual title:

  • Catalan of the Year Award: 2009
  • La Liga Coach of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year: 2009, 2011
  • FIFA World Coach of the Year: 2011

7. Xavi Hernández (1980)

Born in Terrassa, Barcelona and join La Masia since the age of 11, Xavi has spent all his football life at FC Barcelona. The current number 6 together with Iniesta, they have made a fantastic duo in the centre. Xavi stands out for his tactical vision, ability to win the ball back and control the game pace. That explains why Xavi is irreplaceable during the club’s successful seasons. Proved via numbers, he holds the records for players with most appearances (822 games)/ most appearances in Liga (474 games)/ most appearances in international competitions (168 games). He is also the player with most titles in Barcelona (22 title, only one less than the national record of Real Madrid’s Paco Gento).

Catalan football player Xavi HernandezTrophies with Barcelona & Spain national team:

  • 2 Clubs World Cup
  • 3 UEFA Champions League Cups
  • 2 European Super Cups
  • 7 La Liga cups
  • 2 Copas del Rey
  • 6 Spanish Super Cups
  • FIFA World Cup
  • 2 UEFA European Football Championship
  • Summer Olympics Silver Medal
  • FIFA World Youth Championship

 

Individual trophies:

  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 2010
  • FIFA Ballon d’Or 3rd place: 2010, 2011
  • Ballon d’Or Bronze Award: 2009
  • FIFA World Player of the Year 3rd place: 2009
  • 4 times IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker
  • FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2011
  • FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2009
  • And many others

 

8. Víctor Valdés (1982)

Víctor Valdés i Arribas was born in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona. The current number 1 Goalkeeper of Barcelona joined the team in 1992 and has been one of the best goalkeepers in Barcelona’s history. The second goalkeeper in this Catalan football players list currently holds the title of unbeaten for the most consecutive minutes in official competitions: (896 minutes in season 10/11)

Catalan football player Victor ValdesTrophies with Barcelona and Spain national team:

  • 6 La Liga
  • 2 Copa del Rey
  • 6 Supercopa de España
  • 3 UEFA Champions League
  • 2 UEFA Super Cups
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cups
  • FIFA World Cup 2010
  • UEFA European Football Championship 2012

 

Individual trophies:

  • 5 Zamora Trophies
  • La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year: 2010–11
  • Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2011

 

 

 

9. Carles Puyol (1978)

Carles Puyol i Saforcada was born in Lleida, Catalonia. He has served FC Barcelona since 1995 and that is his only football club till he retired in 2014. Interestingly, Puyol started his career as goalkeeper, then striker which explains his ability to score goal in Fc Barcelona. Only when he joined Barcelona his position changed again to defender. Although Puyol is not very tall (178 cm), his physical strength makes him very strong in the air and he is capable of man-marking opposing forwards who are taller than him. Puyol is a great leader and model for the rest of the squad due to his discipline, pride and total identification to the Club.

Catalan football player Carles Puyol

Trophies with FC Barcelona and Spain national team:

  • 6 La Liga
  • 2 Copa del Rey
  • 6 Supercopa de España
  • 3 UEFA Champions League
  • 2 UEFA Super Cups
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cups
  • FIFA World Cup: 2010
  • UEFA European Championship: 2008

 

Individual trophies:

  • UEFA Club Best Defender: 2006
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2010
  • BBVA Fair Play award: 2011–12
  • Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2011

 

 

10. Sergio Busquets (1988)

Sergio Busquets Burgos was born in Sabadell, Barcelona. He joined Barça youth system in 2005, then he was promoted to play in the first team. Sergio is a complete midfielder with field intelligence and well positioning. He creates a solid shield in front of Barca’s defense line and brings stability to the team, thus helping Barcelona achieving many successes.  His father Carles Busquets also played (as Goal keeper) for Barcelona and they became the third father-and-son combo that have won Europe’s top club competition playing for the same team.

Catalan football player Sergio Busquets

 

Trophies with Barcelona:

  • 4 La Liga
  • 2 Copa del Rey
  • 4 Supercopa de España
  • 2 UEFA Champions League
  • 2 UEFA Super Cup:
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cup

With National team:

  • FIFA World Cup: 2010
  • UEFA European Championship: 2012

Individual:

  • La Liga’s Breakthrough Player: 2009
  • Bravo Award: 2009
  • Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2011

 

 

 

 

That’s our top 10 Catalan football players list. Do you have any other favorite ones? Feel free to share in the comment section below. I would like to hear it! And hey if you still looking for sport bars in Barcelona, check out our list!

Enjoy the 2014 World Cup!

T.Vu

The Most Unique Barcelona Bars

Looking for a Barcelona Bar? Here are the Most Unique Bars in Barcelona

 

The city of Barcelona is full of enough exciting nightlife that can keep all of you bar crawlers satisfied. Many of the establishments throughout the streets have unique personas that differentiate one from another. We have accumulated a list of local taverns that we believe could all claim the title of most unique Barcelona bar.

Icebarcelona

unique bars in Barcelona - Ice Bar

Too hot for comfort this summer? Icebarcelona is the perfect place to grab a drink with your buddies to escape Barcelona’s humidity and also snap that all-so-important Instagram shot. The location claims to be the first ice bar on a beach, and their views do not disappoint from inside the -5C (20F) bar. 15€ nets you entrance, a cocktail, a jacket, and gloves to keep you comfortable in the arctic climate. It’s best to make a reservation if you are going with a group or at peak hours.

Espit Chupitos

unique bars in Barcelona

Do you like shots? Of course you do! Until the morning after at least… Chupitos (Spanish for shots) offers over 600 different delicious and creative shots and cocktails in two different locations in Barcelona- Aribau and El gato negro. Make sure to arrive early before the club-hopping patrons come in on the weekends or you should visit on a weekday as the relatively small bar can become very packed! Some of our favorite shots include:

  • The boy scout- roast a marshmallow over your shot
  • Willy Wonka- a chocolate liquor combination with an actual chocolate bar in the shot
  • Inhaled shot- the bartender vaporizes the shot and you inhale the captured shot through a straw and chase with the remainder of the liquor. Cuidado!
  • Monica Lowenski- For the sake of your staying family-friendly, we will allow you to discover this one on your own and order it for an unsuspecting friend!

Marsella

unique bars in Barcelona

Marsella is perhaps the oldest Barcelona bar. It has been open for nearly 200 years! The house drink, absinthe, consistently draws crowds to this unique bar in Barcelona. We recently gave Marsella a shout-out for being amongst the best absinthe bars in the city! The décor is antique and gives a glimpse into the past of Barcelona’s famous nightlife. Hemmingway himself is rumored to have been a regular at this bar and this is a must see bar on a passive night!

Barcelona Pipa Club

Unqieu Barcelona Bars - Barcelona Pipa Club

This bar is all about mystique and exclusivity. The entrance to the Pipa Club is somewhat hidden in the Gothic corridor. The correct button must be pressed before entering and ascending the staircase to find the bar! The aura of mystery theme continues as the tavern is very Sherlock Holmes-esque. The club showcases a variety of pipes and includes a smoking and jazz room. As one of the few remaining bars in Barcelona with a license to serve until 6:00 AM, you and your friends can enjoy drinks and music till the early morning.

 

 

L’Ovella Negra

unique bars in Barcelona - L'ovella Negra

L’Ovella Negra  (Spanish for Black Sheep) has two locations in Barcelona- one off of the famous Las Ramblas near Placa Catalyuna and the other near Razzmatazz in Poblenou. Both locations offer cheap drinks and have 5 liter towers of beer or sangria that can be ordered to your table! The location in Las Ramblas is a cozier atmosphere that gives off an authentic old-time tavern feel. The newer sibling bar in Poblenou is more akin to a gaint German beer hall offering free range to roam and chat with other tables. The Poblenou location is a great bar to watch sporting events along with our other top locations!

Pippermint

unique bars in Barcelona

Drink like a fish? Then Pippermint is your Barcelona bar of choice. Cocktails are made strong and BIG! Not kidding either… Drinks are served in glasses ranging from 1 to 13 liter “fishbowls.” Feel free to order beer, mixed drinks, or sangria in these memory-wiping cups. If you typically travel in a large group, Pippermint will quickly become a favorite!

 

Tinta Roja

unique bars in Barcelona

Tinta Roja is an Argentinian themed tango house. The rooms are intricately decorated and tango dancing and trapeze performances are the regular here. The bar is stocked with specialty cocktails and wines from Argentina. This is venue easily has the most Latin flair that you can find in a Barcelona bar and is far from an ordinary street corner watering hole!

 

Dow Jones

unique bars in Barcelona

Feeling lucky? The Dow Jones is inspired by the stock market and uses a system that measures the popularity of specific beverage purchases and fluctuates the prices of beers, cocktails, and shots accordingly! This is a great place to pregame and have a few laughs with friends before moving the party to one of Barcelona’s famous nightclubs. Just make sure to invest wisely!

 

Eclipse at the W

unique bars in Barcelona

This exclusive Barcelona bar offers a better view than any other in the city. Located on the 26th floor of the W hotel on Barcelona’s coast, this unique bar gives you views of the Mediterranean, marina, and downtown Barcelona. While on the pricey side, the Eclipse will leave you feeling like a high-roller.

 

El Bosc de les Fades

unique bars in Barcelona

Catalan for “The Forest of Fairies,” you should know immediately what you are getting into. Entering the bar, you traverse through trees and fountains with mythical creatures hiding in the environment. The forest even comes alive with thunderstorms and rain! This is a great bar to check out for a quick drink after walking Las Ramblas or a day on the beach.

That wraps it up! These unique bars in Barcelona should help keep any night far from ordinary. If you still haven’t had enough make sure to check out our Top Cocktail Bar e-book guide!

Did we miss any? Drop us a line below

-Ty

 

Top 18 Things to do in Barcelona: Summer 2014

Things to do in Barcelona During the Summer

Summer is finally here! With only a finite number of days with sunshine, we have organized the best of the things to do in Barcelona to help you make the most of your time. From unique music festivals on the beach to outdoor movies at a 17th century castle, your summer in Barcelona will definitely not be boring! Here are the top 18 things to do in Barcelona this summer:

Music-

Things to do in Barcelona

Cruilla Barcelona

This three day long music festival features a variety of genres including artists such as Macklemore, Jack Johnson, Band of Horses, and Calle 13. Held at the Parc del Forum, the concerts begin on July 11 and go through the weekend until the 13th. With so many artists prepare to last until 5:00 in the morning! The full lineup is on Cruilla’s website.

2014 Barcelona Beach Festival

Looking to party with the some of the best DJ’s in the world? This is the place to be! The event takes place on July 26th at Platja Port Forum in Sant Adria de Besos. Staying true to its name, prepare yourself to entranced by the EDM scene on the fantastic beach venue. This year’s lineup is unreal- it consists of performances by Avicii, David Guetta, and Steve Angelo. It doesn’t get better than this! More info can be found on the Facebook page.

2014 Grec Barcelona Summer Festival

The Festival includes 45 events of musical, dance, and theater performances that take place at Teatre Grec. Last year the festival attracted almost 120,000 spectators. The venue is located on the Montjuic hill and is an outdoor Greek-styled amphitheater. The countless performances can be found on their website. The festival formally begins on July 1st.

Piknic Electronik

Things to do in Barcelona

Another event that takes place on Montjuic. This festival aims to mix the  the EDM party scene with family friendly picnic areas! Taking place every Sunday June through August, Piknic draws big crowds and we are here to tell you to be one of them! The lineup changes weekly so there is definitely an incentive for repeat Sundays. The event opens at 13:00 and can last until 22:00. Check it out!

 

 

Entertainment-

Sala Montjuic Open Air Cinema

What better way to spend a summer evening then an outdoor movie! Join hundreds of other movie-goers in the grassy grounds of the Montjuic Castle on the top the Montjuic hill in the city. Enjoy panoramic city views before and after the start of one of the films in the venues movie line-up. Flicks include the likes of Gravity and Django Unchained and play every Monday, Wednesday, Friday starting July 6th. Doors open at 20:30 and tickets are a steal at €6. You can find the schedule here.

Things to do in Barcelona

Mecal Air

Montjuic isn’t the only place you can enjoy an outdoor film! If you are into more the indie styled short-films, you are welcome during the summer in Barcelona as well. Mecal Air takes place outside the Poble Espanyol Museum and shows films from the Mecal Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival. If you use Mecal’s flyer, you will receive discounted tickets for €3.30. Films start in August and are every Friday night!

Watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup

We have already picked out the top bars in Barcelona for you to watch all the glorious football action. The venues will not disappoint and prepare to cheer for the powerhouse Spain as it will get rowdy! For many of the places it’s necessary to plan in advance and tables can be booked. Expect to make some new friends over beers and goal celebrations. The Spanish national team features many FC Barcelona players so the city will become electrified for match victories!

2014 Joan Gamper Cup

After the conclusion of the World Cup, it’s time to get ready for the La Liga season! The Joan Gamper Cup is a friendly football match where FC Barcelona invites a rival club team from around the world. The match takes place on August 2nd, and it is a great chance for you to check out new club recruits before the start of the season!

Things to do in Barcelona

2014 Basketball World Cup

Barcelona is one of the six cities in Spain to host the Basketball world cup. The tournament runs from August 30 – September 14. Barcelona’s games will be held at the Sant Jordi arena and can hold almost 18,000 fans.

The qualifying nations competing include: Spain, USA (defending champs), France, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Serbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Angola, Egypt, Senegal, Iran, the Phillippines, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

 

Traditions-

Castellers

This catalan tradition is a must see. Locals compete to see who can build the tallest human tower. The formations resemble a pyramid and consist of one to five people on every level and reach as tall as 10 stories. The events take place in plazas all over the city during the summer and a calendar can be found here (catalan).

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Flamenco Dancing

Get a taste of Spanish flair! Fun, sexy, and elegant, Flamenco Dancing, is a unique cultural experience that leaves a lasting impression. The rythmic dance is set to guitar and handclapping. Shows can be experienced all over town. A couple of the better known clubs are Tablao de Carmen, Tablao Cordobes, and Tarantos. Your show often comes with a drink or a meal so make a night out of it!

Sardana

Barcelona is the capital for Sardana! Sardana is a type of folk dance specific to the region of Catalonia. The official dance of Catalonia is done to light yet lively sounding music by cobla bands. Instruments consist of variations of flutes, tibles, and trumpets. The dancers form into many groups of circles that can take up entire plazas! If you are trying to get in on the action and learn the dance try checking out the Barcelona Cathedral Sundays 12:00-14:00 or the Plaza Sant Jaume Sundays at 18:00. If you are trying to experience a more professional performance, check out this schedule of events.

 

Holidays-

Corpus Christi

Things to do in BarcelonaFrom June 19th – 22nd, the festival is a local Catholic tradition honoring the Eucharist. The first procession throught the city starts on the 22nd at 19:15 at Placa de Sant Jaume and ends at Placa Nova. It is known as the Giant’s Dance and features (of course) giants, an eagle, lion, dragon, and ox – all prominant figures in local legends. The second procession, “Processo de Corpus Christi,” begins shortly after the first at 19:45 at the nearby Barcelona Cathedral and continues in a circle around many plazas before returning to the church.

One of the unique oddities you see at this festival is the “I’ou com balla”- Catalan for dancing egg. Check out the fountains in many areas around the city. You will find a hollowed out egg placed in the jets of water spraying upward. It has been part of the tradition since 1637, and supposedly brings good luck through the next year if it does not break.

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Festival of Sant Joan

Immediately after Corpus Christi the celebrations of the start of summer begins. While the actual feast day is on the 24th of June, everyone celebrates the night before. The summer solstice is welcomed in by what is called the “Nit del Foc” or the Night of Fire. This is definitely on the must list of things to do in Barcelona. All over the city people take to their balconies and the streets to set off fireworks and light small bonfires outside. As a visitor, your best option is most likely to head to the beach! Picnics are set up to watch fireworks and prepare for a night of drinking and dancing until the early hours! If you are staying in the city, you may have no choice but to attend as you shouldn’t expect to get much sleep!

Festa Major de Gracia

Perhaps the biggest street party of the year! Known for its fun, quirky atmosphere this week-long party August 14th- 21st attracts 1.5 million people every year! In the seemingly innocent family-friendly neighborhood of Gracia, the streets transform at night to give way to guilty pleasures. Prepare to get weird! Streets all have there own theme ranging from Star Wars to Antarctica. Best yet, you can party on the cheap! Entrance is free as is the music in the street and beers can be downed for a few coins.

 

Cool Off-

The Beach

Barcelona is home to beautiful beaches, not to mention the gorgeous residents to fill them. Our well-known, curated guide will turn you into a beach lounging professional this summer in Barcelona. Whether you want to soak in the rays with a cold mojito or ditch that annoying (and oh so restricting) bathing suit attire at a nudist beach, there is the perfect beach for you. Our favorites include:

Barceloneta Beach

Tourist hotspot yet tons of dining and shopping options near the active downtown district
 

 

Nova Icaria Beach

Short but wide beach perfect for beach and water sports!
 

 

Bogatell Beach

Great sand and awesome for laying out
 

 

Marbella & Nova Marbella Beach

Neighborhood beach and the southern part allows you to get your naked bougie on
 

 

Llevante Beach

Clean and less crowded, and the there is a marine zoo under construction here!
 

 

Download our beach e-book to get more details.

 

Things to do in Barcelona

Illa Fantasia Water Park

Beach not exciting enough for you? This water park includes many slides, playgrounds, and a giant wave pool. Prices range from 15 – 26€ for partial and full day tickets. Illa Fantasia also hosts many concerts throughout this summer in Barcelona! Also, every Wednesday in July through August from 15:00 to 18:00 they throw Aqua Sound Pool Party!

Things to Do in Barcelona

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Museums

There are many things to do in Barcelona for museum junkies. The city houses more art and history than is possible to take-in in a lifetime! On a humid day do yourself a favor and take advantage of the indoors. Whatever your tastes are you can find a beautiful gallery to drool over. Some of the best include:

  • CaixaForum

A modernist art museum that rotates some of the most famous works of art in the world

  • Museu Picasso

Like the name suggests, many of Picasso’s pieces live here! The museum also explores Picasso’s life and travels

  • Fundacio Joan Miro

The museum features the work of Miro himself as well as other contemporary artists

  • Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat

The museum is actually the remnants and recreations of the Roman city of Barcino! You can learn about the way of live 2000 years ago

  • Museu Maritim

The facility holds the secrets to the city’s nautical past as well as awe-striking gothic architecture

  • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Exhibits here feature roman and gothic art and the building itself is one of the most incredible places in Barcelona. Starting in July, they are holding a special exhibit to show the history of the Spanish Civil War through art!

  • Museu de la Xocolata

Yep. This is a museum dedicated to the origins and transformation of Chocolate. Tons of fun and you can even take part in chocolate making!

 

And that is our list! The top things to do in Barcelona this summer. Do you have any other suggestions for what to do in during the summer in Barcelona? Write us in the comments below.

-Ty

 

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