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La Pedrera

The last lay building of Antoni Gaudí, Casa Milà (popularly known as La Pedrera) has no straight line. It is a daring feat of architecture and the culmination of the architect’s experimental attempts to recreate natural forms with bricks and a mortar (in addition to pottery and bottles of broken cava, which is called trencadis). It is a World Heritage Site and has a marine air through entangled balconies, seaweed gates, sea foam ceilings and interior courtyards as blue as a mermaid’s cave.

When it was finished, in 1912, it was a work so modern for its time that the woman who financed it, Roser Segimon, became the laughingstock of the city. Santiago Rusiñol said, on the undulating facade, that a snake would be a domestic animal more than adequate for the owners of the building. Even so, La Pedrera has become one of the most beloved buildings in Barcelona and the architects adore it for its extraordinary structure: there is no master wall and the wide and asymmetrical windows of the facade get a lot of natural light.

There are three exhibition spaces. The art gallery on the first floor houses a good diversity of artists. The space above offers a better appreciation of Gaudí: you can visit a modernist apartment rebuilt on the fourth floor, with the bedroom suite of Gaspar Homar. The attic, framed by parabolic arches worthy of a Gothic cathedral, houses a museum about the career of Gaudí. The best thing is that you can walk on the roof of the building between chimneys covered with trencadís and whose top recreates a medieval knight’s helmet, hence the poet Pere Gimferrer call it ‘the garden of the warriors’.

Cafe del Mar in Barcelona

Everyone knows the famous Café del Mar

The luxury place of Ibiza, where every year come millions of people from all over the world! The new Café del Mar opens today, May 27, is among all the locals that the chain has spread throughout the world, the largest! The new offer has 4,000 m² spread over four floors, in addition to a very special complement, an exclusive boat with capacity for 350 passengers that will serve for small celebrations on the high seas.

The new Café del Mar in Barcelona, ​​the largest venue that the brand ibicenca will have worldwide, and the first as a club concept will open doors 7 days a week, until October. There will be a partner club, terrace, pool area, bar, restaurant, and of course music and fun, will be some of the many things that the new Café del Mar will offer its users. All this under the seal of the sunset, the star of the club. From midnight, the venue will offer a few hours of luxury night club, until before 6 in the morning

The Cafe del Mar already exists in lounge-restaurant mode at Maremagnum, and now two more spaces have been added.

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Santa Maria del Mar

It is one of the most emblematic and representative examples of Catalan Gothic art. This charming basilica stands out for its characteristic horizontal lines, flat surfaces, square buttresses and flat octagonal towers. The great unity of his style is because it was built quite quickly, in only 55 years, from 1329 to 1384.

It receives the name of Maria, patron saint of the sailors, and was built in the place where there used to be a small church known as Maria d’Arenys because of its proximity to the sea.

In its large interior, with only one nave, perfectly proportioned columns are raised in fan vaults, creating a sense of space around the light altar. There are also wonderful stained glass windows, especially the 15th-century rosette that sits above the front door, although the original window fell during an earthquake. The current one was added in 1997, as a late celebration of the Olympic Games.

Boqueria Market

The market of San José (in Catalan Mercat de Sant Josep), popularly known as La Boqueria (in Catalan La Boqueria), is a municipal market located on the Rambla of Barcelona (Spain). Besides being a place where you can buy all kinds of fresh produce, it is also a tourist attraction.

It has an area of ​​2583 m² with more 300 seats offering a wide variety of local and exotic products, both private buyers and restorers of the city. It is the largest market in Catalonia, the most varied in food supply and also the most visited by tourists.

The market was inaugurated in 1840, but its origins are outdoors, outside the gates of the old city, on the esplanade of the Pla de la Boqueria, where street vendors and farmers from nearby villages and farms were set up to sell Its products, before the city left its first walls. This market was made outside the walls of the city to save the goods entrance tax.

The current metal roofing was inaugurated in 1914. The last architectural modification of the market was in the year 2000, and at the moment another one is prepared that will affect mainly the place of the Gardunya.5 Over the years, it has become the market Emblematic of all of Barcelona. The collective of vendors, the structure and market situation make it a must-see for tourists and tourists alike.

There are more and more establishments in the market run by immigrants, which include specialties from Japan, Italy, Greece or the Arab countries.

Martini Terrace in the luxury terrace of One Ocean

The luxury terrace of One Ocean Club located in the port of Barcelona is the perfect setting to host the Martini Terrace for 3 consecutive days, from 12 to 14 May. The event, celebrated in conjunction with the Formula 1 Grand Prix, is on course to become a classic, in which year after year we can taste all the imaginable combinations of Martini (Martini & Tonic is still one of the favorites). The good music will be present at the Martini Terrace throughout the weekend by the musical promoter of Primavera Sound. The programming will combine DJs of the moment, such as Miqui Puig DJ, DJ Coco, Marc Piñol and DJ Pegatas & Graham with the concerts of Jeremy Jay, Delorean and Odina.

The music, Formula 1 and drinks will be accompanied, as every year, by a luxury gastronomic offer, run by a group of chefs who represent both the spirit of Barcelona and the Italian appetizer. It is Carles Abellan, in charge of restaurants like Tapas 24 or Bravo 24, and the beach bar La Guingueta; Of Kim Diaz, alma mater of Entrepanes Díaz; And of the brothers Stefano and Max Colombo, of the restaurant Xemei.

Formula 1, luxury gastronomy, music and good atmosphere! This, and much more, is what the Terraza Martini will offer this weekend in Barcelona. Coinciding with the Spanish Grand Prix of Formula 1 and after the success of the 2 previous editions, Terraza Martini returns to One Ocean Port Vell. In addition, the space will feature the official Williams Martini Racing car for motor lovers! This space is one of the most anticipated returns this season 2017.

SECRET GARDENS

We have little green, it is evident when we superimpose the map of Barcelona to that of other cities. That is why the small redoubts that have survived the time when gardens were synonymous with power and well-being are even more valuable. Also the singular and little known contributions that have made the city a more livable place.

We give you the key to the secret places, we make you part of the mystery of the lost (and rediscovered) small paradises hidden in Barcelona.

Gardens of Joan Maragall

During the 1929 exhibition, Barcelona built a new royal residence in Montjuïc (with Pedralbes, it seems, was not enough). The result, the Palauet Albéniz, surrounded by elegant palatial gardens that bear the name of the poet Joan Maragall.

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Mercè Rodoreda Gardens

Among the pages of Rodoreda’s books you can smell floral perfumes, there are infinite metaphors of the vegetal world, as old as art. Her fondness for plants has earned the author two gardens with her name. The first, near his native Sant Gervasi.

A second, practically unknown, is one of the few examples of hanging garden in Barcelona. You will find it at the Institut d’Estudis Catalans. It contains a sample of the favorite flowers and plants of the writer, direct protagonists of his literature: camellias, wisteria, jasmine, mimosas, water lilies … Accompanying each planter, plates that identify the plant species with fragments of their narrations. If you can look away from the green, look at the back of the clock that crowns the entrance. The pendulum reminds us that time runs beyond this quiet Eden.

Gardens of the Casa Ignacio Puig

In the center of the city, in Ciutat Vella, with a few minutes of strolling the Rambla we are filled with noise and crowds. We have the solution, a secret, we will find it a few meters from the Liceu and the Boqueria. A sign of Parks and Gardens on the doorstep of the Petit Palace Opera Garden Hotel (attention to the neighboring facade of Puig and Cadafalch) shows us the way. Through the reception we are surprised by a rich variety of magnolias, laurels and even some linden tree.

Among the terraces there are numerous benches from which to listen as the water flows between the fountains, almost the only noise heard in this arcadia protected between buildings. Surrounded by greenery and tranquility, it is not difficult for us to return to Rodoreda when he wrote that “important things are those that do not seem to be.”

Entrance with elevator in the street of Aroles.

PALO ALTO MARKET

This weekend, May 6th and 7th, Palo Alto Market bets on ‘Modern Crafters’ by all those modern craftsmen who have continued or have recovered these craft processes and choose to produce unique and soulful products.
In the Concept Gallery, you will discover the new collection of jewelry and accessories by author, Friendly Invasion, by Gonzalo Cutrina; As well as Claudette & Cg’s unique and handmade accessories and accessories for women.
The spaces of the Design and Boheme Gallery will show the work of artisans like Minimis, with their fabric dolls elaborated in an artisan way; Nukkias, Paper from Barcelona, ​​and its high quality stationery products with an exclusive and functional design; Matímañana, and its handicrafts and singular objects for the domestic sphere; Or Debosc, with their daily products handmade in wood.

The Aperol Spritz Club will host the performances of Tee Amara, with its fusion of pop, soul and electronic; Esperit !, a man-orchestra that will make us travel with hallucinogenic lullabies, trippy folk, telluric sounds, noises and escapades to the circus; And the duo Tversky and his cosmic electrofunk of French touch. The Solán de Cabras stage will be flooded with pop rock, folk, funk and blues, with the performance of Tildo Muxart, one of the youngest artists, charismatic and with international projection of Local scene of the moment.

tribute “als castellers”

“Els castells “is a typically Catalan tradition that, as you probably know, is about making human towers. Its origins go back to the seventeenth century and seems to have come from a Valencian dance. But it is not until the year 1770 that you have documentation of the first castell in the town of l’Arboç. From there, the “castells”, built by the “castellers”, evolved as we know them today.

In Plaça Sant Miquel, playing Plaça Sant Jaume, there is a monument dedicated to the castellers, by Antoni Llena i Font. Stainless steel grows in pyramidal form simulating a castell that wants to touch the sky. This monument, which measures about thirty meters high, was a cause of protest in the neighborhood at the time of its inauguration in February 2012.

Now the tribute “als castellers” looks modern, without leaving the passerby indifferent.

History of the rambla catalunya

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Rambla Catalunya is a walk of Barcelona that has always been in the shade of Passeig de Gràcia or Las Ramblas, nevertheless it also has a special and noble charm that attracts both the visitor and the Barcelona during any season. With many old restaurants and cafes, centennial shops, modernist buildings and some other church and art gallery, in Rambla Catalunya you can enjoy a quiet stroll in the shade of the lindens. The walk has been the place of residence of the upper class of Barcelona of the 19th and 20th centuries, you still feel the light bohemian and luxurious style when you walk here.

It is worthwhile to stop to observe places as beautiful or private as “La Casa Serra de Puig i Cadafalch”, built in 1908, today the Diputación de Barcelona (corner of Diagonal). Then you will find the church of the Mare de Déu de Montsió that has been moved by Barcelona on several occasions until its current location. The restaurant La Bodegueta 1942, authentic place, with the smell of wine on tap, which is accessed by narrow stairs, and serves delicious tapas or dishes. It emphasizes the pharmacy Bolós of modernist style with a door of wood and glass plated or the hardware store Villà of 1912 also of modernist style where they continue the office attending as in the last century, they say. Other emblematic shops in Rambla Catalunya such as the Quílez grocery store, one of the most emblematic in Barcelona, ​​or the Prats art gallery, which had once been a millinery, have already passed into history.

At both ends of Rambla Catalunya delimit the walk statues of animals humanized ironic character. Next to Gran Vía, we have the Bull Thinker and in Avenida Diagonal we are surprised by the Coqueta Giraffe. Both statues are by the Catalan architect Josep Granyer and are inspired by masterpieces such as Rodin’s thinker and Paulina Bonaparte by Antonio Cánova, respectively. The origin of these pieces comes given by a claim of the association of “Amics de la Rambla de Catalunya” to protect the ride of a devastating project; They wanted to turn the rambla into a circulation artery. So they resorted to art to prevent it selling the walk as a sculpture park of Josep Granyer, a project that saved the rambla but was not carried out in its entirety, given that instead of ten statues to decorate each of the corners Of the walk, only the first and the last were made.

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Saint George

Long ago, a terrible dragon frightened the inhabitants of a small village of Catalonia called Montblanc. The dragon wreaked havoc on the population and devoured the grass animals of the village.

To quell the wrath of the dragon, the inhabitants decided that each day they would sacrifice a person, chosen by lot, and offered as a sign of goodwill.

But one day it was the king’s daughter to be the sacrifice. When the dragon was to devour it, a beautiful knight appeared to face the beast. It was Saint George, who nailed his spear, and out of the blood of the dragon rose a rose bush of red roses.

His was a disinterested and courageous gesture that changed the history of the town and gave birth to our legend, since, since then, in Catalonia it is customary to give a rose to the loved one. Saint George, patron of Catalonia since the 19th century, became a symbol of the Catalan territory with the Renaixença, a political and cultural movement that regained Catalan identity.

Saint George is culture, flowers, love and citizen participation. And in the same way, Barcelona, ​​an open, inclusive and participative city, is Saint George. No party unites Barcelona and Barcelona with their city like this day. This marvelous city dresses in roses and books and breathes a family atmosphere and with much love.