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The best natural pools of Catalunya

In the middle of the forest, in a cove totally hidden from the crowd and tourist chambers or, at some point of the various rivers throughout the territory, we find wells and natural pools. Spaces, and let us be cheesy, of incomparable beauty. Perhaps because unlike some beaches, the footprint of the man is not yet evident. Or, if it is, it is well concealed. We have made a selection of our favorite natural pools. Enjoy them and above all respect them and help their conservation!

La Fontcalda
Terra Alta is home to what is perhaps Catalonia’s best known natural pool. And its name is not in vain: its temperature is in the 38 degrees! Located between the mountains of this region, the Fontcalda are actually seven swimming pools that form from the arrival of the Canaletes river to a gorge. Take the road between Gandesa and Benifallet … and you will have arrived!

Gorg Blau

Between Oix and Montagut, in an area quite popular among lovers of climbing and hiking, we find the Gorg Blau. A waterfall with a natural pool at the foot of icy water and a blue so intense that it is impossible to look away. The access road, by the way, is also very worthwhile. Of course, although it is not one of the most popular in the area, it is likely that you will always meet people. Little, but you will not be alone.

La Gorguina
Baix Camp. Specifically between Vilaplana and La Febró. You’ll have to walk more than five kilometers to get there, but it’s worth it. And a lot. The reward is spectacular: a waterfall that creates a natural pool surrounded by rocks. A great tour!

La Gorguina

Niu de l’Àliga

In the natural surroundings of Alcover (Alt Camp) is the small waterfall of the Niu de l’Àliga, with the water coming directly from the river Glorieta. At the time, the water served to move mills and ended up creating this raft surrounded by vegetation. The prominent rock that rises, through time and deterioration, has ended up giving the name of this natural environment. You arrive from the Mas del Forés through a quiet road and that is ideal to do with family.
Wells of Torrent de la Cabana

Wells of Torrent de la Cabana

I could not miss it. The seven wells of Campdevànol, near Ripoll, are of the best known. And rightly so. As you go along the route, popularly known as ‘Itinerario de los Cabanas’ and with little difficulty, you will find wells with their corresponding natural pools. In 2015, a new regulatory environment was approved with the aim of safeguarding this privileged space and for the moment, it is still forbidden to bathe. Of course, the route and the landscape is very worthwhile.

Pozos del Torrent de la Cabana

25th anniversary of the Olympic Games Barcelona

Would you like to see the opening ceremony of the 1992 Olympic Games (but it is impossible to travel in time) in Barcelona? So, do not miss this wonderful opportunity! Barcelona’s Plaza de Catalunya will be the “heart” of the 25th anniversary party of the 1992 Olympic and Paralympic Games, on 25 July, coinciding with the anniversary of the start of that sporting event. The Olympic torch and flag will return to tour the city of Barcelona 25 years later! The route, about 6.5 km, will run from the Montjuïc mountain to the Plaza de Catalunya. The first reliever will leave the Palace Albéniz at 8.30 pm. From there, different relays will be carried out to take both the torch and the Olympic flag to the Plaza de Catalunya around 21.45.

The torch will be carried by 92 athletes and participants of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016, by volunteers and representatives of civil society (cultural, political, social, media). The public festival in the Paza de Catalunya Will begin at 8 pm with the projection of some evocative Olympic videos and will continue with the musical performance of the musical group “Mambo Jambo”.

At 21:45, when the last relievers will enter the Plaza de Catalunya, they will take the torch to the stage, where Antonio Rebollo will receive it to proceed to the symbolic ignition of the pebetero (simultaneously will also ignite the pebbled of the Olympic Stadium Lluís Companys), To the relief of Epi is added the paralympic athlete Teresa Perales. There will be the pyrotechnic show and the background music of “Barcelona” by Montserrat Caballé and Freddie Mercury. At 10 pm, the concert of “Los Manolos” will take place.

TOMORROWLAND Barcelona 2017

On July 29 Barcelona hosts the 1st edition in Spain of UNITE with Tomorrowland. We could not imagine it, but the Festival of Festivals comes to our city to offer you the best electronic music in a spectacular fantasy setting to live all the magic of Tomorrowland!

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The chosen location will be the park of Can Zam, in the neighborhood of Santa Coloma. It will start at 5:00 p.m. and will continue until 3:00 p.m. The most mythical Festival in the world will feature a technical production in the line of the original festival: fireworks, scenery and much expense in sets. The Spanish edition of the electronic music festival will be a unique and unprecedented party in Spain that has the Tomorrowland label, famous for combining the best DJs in the world with a spectacular fantasy setting.

The UNITE with Tomorrowland Barcelona Festival is a hybrid event that combines the live streaming connection with Tomorrowland and the most prestigious DJs on the electronic scene, live and live, on the Barcelona stage. The local line up will be responsible for opening the festival with the most media DJs in the country. At 9 pm UNITE with Tomorrowland Barcelona will connect with the Main Stage of Belgium and its homonyms distributed in 5 continents.

The concept of live streaming consists of a live satellite connection with the main stage of Tomorrowland in Belgium, where the public of Barcelona will be able to enjoy the performances of the Main Stage through a giant screen joining to this great party people of all The world the same Saturday July 29 to late afternoon. From midnight, the festival begins live, the famous musicians arrive in their jets to Barcelona and the show starts with a castle of fireworks and the scenery of Tomorrowland.

Artists you can watch:

ABEL RAMOS B2B ALBERT SNVE, AFROJACK, DJ NANO, DOUBLE PLEASURE, HEKTOR MASS, STEVE AOKI, YVES V, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE, KSHMR

It promises to be a memorable day, no effort has been spared in faithfully reproducing the same atmosphere of the Belgian festival in Barcelona as a tribute to the faithful followers guaranteeing the magic, vibe and atmosphere of Tomorrowland’s fairy tale. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Barcelona and the magnificent Tomorrowland and enjoy the summer proposals with Hostal Fontanella.

The Best beach of Barcelona

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Barcelona is one of the select cities in the world that can boast good beaches and a long promenade near the urban center. What happens is that most of the year these beaches are saturated with bathers, product sellers, masseurs and others. However, the central beaches such as Barceloneta or the Villa Olimpica can be convenient if you are looking for a fun and young atmosphere with bars and beach bars, and you do not care much people and noise. Among the places to escape are the small towns of the province of Barcelona, ​​where there are beaches with medium and coarse grain sand that, without being tropical resorts, have their charm. But best of all is that they are easily reachable by trains from Cercanías (Rodalies) or by car.

TOP 10 most beautiful beaches near Barcelona:

1) Ocata Beach. Located in the municipality of El Masnou, it has a well-deserved prestige. It is a huge and bright beach, of unusual width in the Maresme region, frequented by gangs of young people and families well supplied with refrigerators, chairs, shovels and other beach equipment. It has sports areas, beach bars, a stretch of nudist beach! For lunch or dinner, any of the restaurants that surround the nearby marina

2) Beaches of Pla de Montgat, Sant Joan and Les Moreres. Montgat has 2 kilometers of sand and these 3 beaches, divided by a rocky promontory called the Cove of Montgat. In them, the sea looks blue intense in the sunny days. It has a narrow promenade that crosses gardens, the Torre de Ca n’Alzina and picturesque vintage chiringuitos. In front of Montgat station has been installed the brand new Malamar complex, where you can practice wakeboarding, wakeskate, paddle surf and other sports

3) Beach of the Pont de Petroli in Badalona. Leaving from Badalona station in the direction of Barcelona, ​​the beach of the Pont de Petroli is very close. An enormous elongated structure stands out here, a melancholy dock 250 meters long that penetrates the sea and once served to discharge the oil. Nowadays it is used as a walking place and scientific platform. Divers will enjoy the rich seabed since the water is usually transparent. Next to the beginning of the runway, a sculpture of a very human ape holds a bottle with condescending smile, which is the homage of the city to the nearby Anise Factory.

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4) The beach of Garraf a length of 380 meters, fine sand mixed with stones and very little inclination of entrance to the sea. Between the beach and the train track is the area that gives the name to the beach, a kind of seaside neighborhood built almost on the sand of the beach. The wooden huts, now remodeled, are old barracks that fishermen used to store their utensils. There are showers, sinks and rescue equipment, rental of sunbeds, umbrellas and pedaloes, there are also a couple of restaurants.

5) Platja de Sant Sebastià. It is between the old town and the marina of Sitges, nestled in a neighborhood of maritime tradition. It is a familiar beach frequented by the neighbors of the town, with a length of more than 200 meters. From the sand you can enjoy magnificent views of the old town, located on a small hill overlooking the Mediterranean. The beach has all the services and is adapted for people with reduced mobility.

6) Cala de l’home mort. It is a naturist beach located in a secluded corner to the south of the term of Sitges, conformed by the Platja de l’Home Mort and the Platja de Roses. The two are separated by a small rocky ravine and draw a bay open to the winds of the area. The length of both beaches is close to 300 meters, but they do not exceed 10 meters wide. The waters are shallow and the seabed consists of small rocks and sand. There is a poolside snack bar with a sun terrace and sun loungers and parasols.

7) Platja de Morer. Located in the north of the municipality of Sant Pol de Mar, this beach runs parallel to the train track. It has a length of 750 meters of coarse-grained golden sand, and narrows as it moves eastwards. Located above the motorway, there are the Roman ruins of the Morer, a wine production center from the 1st century. The beach has a shower, lavapies, Red Cross point, drinking fountain and wooden walkways for people with reduced mobility.

8) Platja de Sant Simo. It is located in the northern area of ​​Mataró, between the Sant Simó stream and the municipality of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. It has a length of 1,100 meters of white sand, is quite narrow. The beach is divided into an area of ​​family use, which is closer to Mataró, where most of the services are concentrated – parking, showers and lavapies, rental of hammocks and beach bars; And another furthest from naturist. This sector is more interesting for those who practice scuba diving.

9) Playa de la Pineda. You just want the sand? In Castelldefels you are waiting for almost 5 kilometers of sandy beach with all the services you can imagine and want to make the most of the beach with all the comforts of the world. In La Pineda, in particular, they have a multi-sports area where you can play beach, handball, volleyball and soccer. And, the great novelty, a space to practice kitesurfing, a vindication of the fans.

10) Calella. It is a small town perfectly connected by train that has also been classified as a family destination for its blue flag beaches. Calella offers its golden sand, myriad of beachside restaurants and great nightlife. However, the beaches are not far behind because it has 3 kilometers of where to find Garbí beach, which has won many national and international awards. Also Gran beach, considered one of the best in the region for its entertainment offer such as concerts for children, traditional dances … And, finally, the beach of Les Roques, south of the city. It is a very picturesque place, where the pines create an idyllic setting.

Certificado de Excelencia 2017 TripAdvisor

One more year we want to express our satisfaction and share it with all our customers and to say thank you very much for your comments, the support and the confidence placed in the Hostal Fontanella.
Without all of you it would not have been possible to get the certificate of excellence again on TripAdvisor, another year.
There is nothing more pleasing to us than to continue to provide our best service.
We undoubtedly take the opportunity to greet all those we already know and the new ones to know and tell them that it is always an honor to receive you at Hostal Fontanella (Your house!)

A warm greeting from the team of Hostal Fontanella ….

Saint John’s Eve

Have you ever heard of “San Juan” or Saint John’s Eve? It is a festival of pagan origin that is celebrated on June 23: it is the eve of the day of San Juan Bautista, in which are often lit bonfires or fires. The origin of this custom is associated with celebrations celebrating the arrival of the summer solstice, June 21 in the northern hemisphere, whose main ritual is to light a bonfire. The purpose of this rite was to “give more strength to the sun”, which from those days was becoming “weak” – the days are getting shorter until the winter solstice. Symbolically, the fire also has a “purifying” function in the people who contemplated it. It is not only celebrated in Spain but also in many parts of Europe, such as Portugal (Jonsok), Denmark (Sankthans), Sweden (Midsommar), Finland (Juhannus), Estonia (Jaanipäev) and Kingdom United Kingdom (Midsummer). Hostal fontanella offers you the best rooms to enjoy this holiday in one of the best cities in the world: Barcelona.

The Christian feast of Saint John is celebrated on June 24, six months before the eve of Jesus’ birth, which is December 24. These six months are the difference that the Gospels indicate between the two births. However, three days apart from both dates with both solstices makes it unreasonable to assign this feast to the solstice, and scholars are inclined to the fact that December 25, the birth of Jesus, is most reasonably associated with the celebration Jewish Hanukkah or dedication of the Temple (Jesus was the new Temple for Christians). According to this reasoning, the feast of St. John would have nothing to do with the pagan celebrations of the summer solstice. A difference of 3 days is too much scope for astronomical knowledge of any time we consider. In Latin America, in northeastern Argentina, Brazil (has Festas Juninas), Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, the night of San Juan is also related to ancient traditions and Spanish legends like the Legend Of the Encantada.

In many places there is no doubt that the present celebrations have a direct connection with the celebrations of antiquity linked to the summer solstice, influenced by pre-Christian rites or simply linked to the cycles of nature. However, in other places (eg Spain and Portugal) the existence of a link between the summer solstice celebrations (in the northern hemisphere) that takes place on 20-21 June and the celebrations of St. John’s Day ( June 24) vary according to dates, discontinuity in the celebration, traditions and customs, etc. In spite of this, there are common elements, such as the making of bonfires in the streets and squares of towns where family and friends meet.

Sònar 2017

Sónar, the most important electronic music festival in Spain and possibly in Europe, celebrates its 24th edition, which is divided between the two venues of Fira Barcelona: Feria Montjuïc (Sónar de Dia) and Fira Gran Vía (Sónar de Noche) from 15 to 17 June , Also offering an exclusive day for professionals on Wednesday, June 14, prior to the start of the festival. For a perfect holiday during the Sónar Festival, Hostal fontanella offers you the best rooms in one of the most famous cities in the world, in Barcelona.

Among the more than 150 performances scheduled include the French duo Justice, called the current French house, which will present their new audiovisual show on the occasion of the group’s latest album, ‘Woman’ (2016). Also will be head of absolute poster Nicolas Jaar, the consenting child of the electronics that also will act in direct; The spectacular live-act of Moderat, the group formed by Modeselektor and Apparat; The dance of veteran Eric Prydz; And the absolute kings of American hip hop, De La Soul, who will present their first album live in 10 years.

Also present is Anderson Paak, the new sensation of the current black music, nominated to two Grammys by his celebrated disc ‘Malibú’, that will present live accompanied by its band The Free Nationals; The unclassifiable musician and producer Arca, who has chosen Sónar as the only festival in the world to present his new work live; Will return also DJ Shadow, that reappears after 6 years without publishing album, combining in a visual concert; The Belgians Soulwax, band of the brothers Dewaele (2manydjs) presenting in a format of seven musicians (with three batteries) its new disc after more than a decade.

The Sónar will exclusively present the debut in Europe of the new project of the revered Carl Craig, Versus Synthesizer Ensemble, which includes a group of high level musicians, which will also be the pianist Francesco Tristano; The composer Nico Muhly will visit the festival inside the showcase of the Icelandic Sealant Bedroom Community to celebrate its 10th anniversary; The new Evian Christ, Clark, Vitalic and Little Dragon releases and world class selector sets such as Daphni & Hunee, Jon Hopkins, Prins Thomas or Seth Troxler & Tiga, which will feature a 6-hour set marathon in the circular and enveloping Stage SonarCar released last year.

In this Sónar will also be space for the techno without concessions of Nina Kraviz; The renovated and fresh house of The Black Madonna; The advanced hip hop of Clams Casino; A double show (on SónarVillage Friday and on SonarPub Saturday) by Fat Freddy’s; Cashmere Cat’s lucid pop; Or the melodic tech-house of Damian Lazarus. As for the most experimental part stands out the innovative technological and audiovisual show of the American producer Nosaj Thing with the Japanese Daito Manabe; The Asturian LCC presenting new album; The concert of Forest Swords; Or GAIKA, one of the most powerful artists coming from the prolific London scene.

In addition, the new trends in music from the internet will also have a great presence in this edition with the sets of Stook Sound or Nadia Rose, new representatives of British urban music, The Los Angeles Soulection Group; The new MC Tommy Cash, authentic mass phenomenon; And the National Trap of the Bad Kinder ancestor & Skinny Pimp. The latest news is that the Icelandic artist Björk inaugurates this year’s edition of Sónar with one of its very exclusive and very exclusive DJ sets! He will do so at the SonarHall of the Fira MontjuÏc in a performance for which a separate ticket is required for the festival subscription.

Families are not excluded with the recent addition of Sónar Kids. Activities are run from LEGO stores, musically enhanced skate parks (with a ramp connected to a synthesizer so that each track produces sound, instructors are on site), and full immersion in the scene, where children learn about the Technology that helps a show (including visual elements, instruments and microphones).

The Montserrat Classic Express

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For those who want to get to know Catalonia better and travel in the area, we have a new offer! The Montserrat Classic Express is the new historic train from Montserrat whose line was recently inaugurated. This is a new proposal of the Ferrocarrils of the Generalitat de Catalunya that will unite the population of Sant Boi de Llobregat (on the outskirts of Barcelona) with the magic mountain of Montserrat in a modernist historical train. On this occasion, this historic train from Montserrat is named Montserrat Classic Express 1890 and has a maximum capacity of 157 seats in 4 historic cars recovered and restored for the occasion with 4 cars designed in noble woods. The stationmaster, dressed in vintage, as well as several stewardesses, also arranged in the fashion of the beginning of the last century. It is a theatrical route.

A first stop at the Martorell train station, within a few minutes, allows a quick visit to the Museum of Steam located in the terminal itself. At this stop, also, a small tasting of typical Catalan traditional products is served, such as the famous carquinyolis, seasoned with a sweet wine, Malvasía de Sitges. The following station is already the population of Monistrol de Montserrat, located at the foot of the mountain. This is where the transfer to the not less historic, although modern, Tren Cremallera de Montserrat is carried out. It is time to enjoy the Montserrat Mountain!

Whoever wants can enter the Basilica of Montserrat in order to show their respect to the Black Virgin, the Moreneta, the most beloved of the Catalan virgins, a true national symbol. You can also visit the Museum of Montserrat and even take the Funicular to enjoy beautiful views of the monastery from the top of the mountain. As you return to the train you will be surprised that the wagon tables have been conveniently stopped to enjoy a lunch.

In fact, the Montserrat Classic Express also tries to become a gastronomic experience so that during the return to the station of origin a lunch consisting of kilometer zero products is served. It is a proposal of Catalan products, all delicious, marinated with Catalan wines and cavas and that could not end without the famous slaughter of Montserrat, a cottage cheese that represents a true culinary institution. This is a simple but appetizing lunch and a good time for travelers to relax during the final miles of the Montserrat Classic Express.

Montserrat’s historic train is just starting to work, but the initial proposal is to take the route between Sant Boi de Llobregat and Montserrat every Wednesday and Sunday. It is a personalized service and with prices in line with the offer. There are 2 rates:

Rate A: € 130, Wagons C117, C103 and C31.
Price B: 80 €, Wagon C36.

Both rates include Montserrat’s historic train journey, snacks and drinks during the Martorell stop and the round trip with the Montserrat rack. In addition, rate A includes gastronomic lunch service on the return of the Montserrat Classic Express. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Barcelona and enjoy your best summer proposals with Hostal Fontanella. Spend a few days in the city staying in our rooms that we have for the center of the city.

Summer nights in la Pedrera

Luxury summer nights in La Pedrera allow you to enjoy the most essential of Antoni Gaudí, visiting the Gaudí Space and rooftop listening to live jazz outdoors, accompanied by a glass of cava. The sessions take place from mid-June to early September, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. These are 36 sessions with 12 different concerts. This edition presents a series of concerts with the most representative talent of the young jazz made in Barcelona.

For 14 years, summer nights in La Pedrera are lived in a very special way. This year, La Pedrera will be renewed betting on the bright and effervescent jazz scene of Barcelona. The youngest and most projected musicians of the city will offer concerts of the highest level representing all aspects of jazz. You will have a live soundtrack to enjoy an unbeatable summer night from the roof of the modernist building!

Like last year, you can make a free visit to the Gaudí Space of La Pedrera, a visual tour of the work of the unique architect. The visit to the space will be followed by a glass on the roof of the modernist building and the musical proposal of the night. A total of 12 jazz groups formed by young talents will spend this summer on the roof of La Pedrera, from June 9 to September 9.

The price is for the session is 30 €, the hours are from 20:30 to 22:30. Here is the final program:

9 and 10 June, Susana Sheiman & Duccio Bertini – A Day In Barcelona
16 and 17 June, Albert Bover & Horacio Fumero
June 23 and 24, Smack Dab
June 30 and July 1, The Black Barbies – Wet Dreams
7 and 8 July, Marco Mezquida & Fèlix Rossy
14 and 15 July, Pol Omedes with Strings Mallorca
21 and 22 of July, Underpool 5
28 and 29 of July, Jose Carra Verso
4th and 5th of August, Mayte Alguacil Trio feat. Enrique Oliver
August 11 and 12, Guillem Arnedo Band & Celeste Alías Feat. Jorge Rossy
August 18 and 19, Outerspace
25 and 26 August, Martín Leiton Quartet
1 and 2 of September, Sofia Ribeiro Quartet
8 and 9 September, Michael Olivera Quartet

Do not miss the opportunity to visit Barcelona and enjoy your best summer proposals with Hostal fontanella. Spend a few days in the city staying in our rooms in the center of the city.

The Castel nights

Summer has already begun and the outdoor shows begin! The Castle of Montjuïc in Barcelona summons this month of June, during three Fridays, the Nights in the Castle. Three occasions to enjoy cabaret and music shows, taste the culinary delights of the kitchen trucks on wheels in the courtyard and enjoy the night views of the city from the Castle Terrace. The castle will open its doors at 8:00 p.m. so that those who want to be able to settle in, visit the site, enjoy the sights and attend the show, which will begin at 9:00 p.m. For a perfect holiday, Hostal Fontanella offers you the best rooms in one of the most famous cities in the world, Barcelona.

The June programming is as follows:

The cabaret of Kiku Mistu.

“The last cabaré” by Kiku Mistu, the 9th day show, which is today, is a multidisciplinary installation presided over by 12 coffins, converted into everyday objects. It is not an exposition of fear, if not the other way around. It wants to be a reflection on death in which we want to break the taboo that rules over it. The spectators are invited to go through an interactive itinerary in which they experience in the first person the poetic, utilitarian and transcendent dimension of each of the coffins-objects. It is presented as “a show that heals” in which the cabaret serves to honor death, accepting it as something intrinsic to the human being.

Soul with “The Excitements”.

The June sessions at the Castle of Montjuïc will be closed on the 16th with the concert of “The Excitements”, the soul group that triumphs throughout Europe. He has three recorded LPs and has been able to delight black music lovers thanks to the extraordinary voice of Koko-Jean Davis and the expertise of his musicians: Adrià Gual, Daniel Segura, Albert Greenlight, Luis Garrido, Nico Rodríguez Jauregui and Jordi Blanch. An extremely classic image group, with a direct of great power, that wants to recover the purity of Wilson Pickett, Etta James or Tina Turner.

But here it does not end at all! The following month, the Castle of Montjuïc presents the cycle Tardes de Julio. During Sundays 02, 09, 16 and 23 July from 7pm to 10pm all those who come to the Castle can enjoy an afternoon of good music, overlooking the sea and relax in a luxurious environment. Concerts of jazz, bossanova, dixieland and soul will be responsible for making these July evenings pleasant, welcoming and special. The activity and access to the Castle of Montjuïc are free from 3 pm on Sundays. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Barcelona and enjoy your best summer proposals with Hostal Fontanella.