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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.

To feel like kings and queens on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 to 15 h.

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.

Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy Barcelona and get to know her better with Fontanella. Spend a few days in the city staying in our hostel located in Via Laietana, in the heart of the city and 5 minutes from the Rambla.

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.

The Easter

The Pasqua is a terme religiós that proceeds from the llatí páscae, and aquest prové of the grec paskha format from the Hebrew feetakh (which means “pas”). In the Western cultural context, the Pasqua represents an important religious festival with the celebration of the arrival of spring.

The Pasqua is a period of joy and joy for Christians who celebrate that Jesus Christ has resurrected and will now celebrate the arrival of the bon temps and the renewal of nature after the hivern. The religious festival of the Pasqua Florida is celebrated diumenge, dilluns and dimarts of Pasqua am a great profusió d’aplecs, pancaritats i romiatges. The subtraction of these events includes a series of celebrations which exalt the vegetable element, a fan of the fecundity of abundance, and express the need for protection.

To Catalunya, the country of the temps has canviat forces the traditions that are celebrated durant this time of l’any, però face is fan caramelles, enramades, romeries and aplecs that announce the return of the bon temps. The most traded tradition is that of Pasqua, the principal decorative element of the mona i symbol of life and fertility.

The Blue Tram

The Blue Tram (in Catalan and officially Tramvia Blau) is a tram of the upper part of the city of Barcelona managed by TMB, which connects the Tibidabo Avenue station, which is the head of the L7 line of the Barcelona Metro operated by FGC, With the foot of the Tibidabo Funicular.

It was inaugurated in 1901. Later it underwent remodelings the years 1922 and 1958.

Until the inauguration of the Trambaix it was the only streetcar line that was preserved throughout Barcelona (after most of the city was replaced by buses during the 1960s and 1970s). It also has a rather touristy function, so it is not integrated and has a special rate, The price of the single ticket is € 5.50; You can buy it on board the Tramvia Blau.

Catalonia in Miniature

It is a miniature park located in Torrellas de Llobregat, Located 17km from Barcelona. It was opened in 1983 and is the largest of the 14 miniature reproduction parks in Europe and the largest in the world. It has 147 models of buildings in Catalonia, Mallorca and works by Antoni Gaudí.

 

The idea to create the park was born after a trip of Fernando de Ercilla Ayestarán to the Dutch park of Madurodam, which gathers models of buildings of that country. The management of the project of Catalunya in Miniatura began in 1981 and the first stone was placed on May 6, 1983 by the then president of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Jordi Pujol.

In June 1985 Nicolau Casaus, vice president of the F.C. Barcelona, ​​placed the first stone of the model of the Camp Nou and the Miniestadi.

The park’s director, Fernando Ercilla, inaugurated in 2008 a scale reproduction of the ski resort of Port del Comte, in a giant model that happened to be the biggest of all exposed in the park.

Spend a family day visiting Catalunya in Miniatura! A space where you will find the only scale circuit of Catalunya declared of National Tourist Interest. An exhibition created to introduce the whole family to the most representative monuments and buildings of the Catalan lands.

Look at the details of the Sagrada Familia or La Pedrera like never before, rekon in the famous steps of the Cathedral of Girona or take a number of photos with the statue of Columbus or the Camp Nou. In short, it walks by this circuit of models to scale, declared of National Tourist Interest.

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EIXAMPLE

L’Eixample in Barcelona is a symbol of modernism. In the 1850s the city grew and for the first time it did so in an orderly manner with an innovative urban approach. Also, this area is known to house many of the buildings with greater tourist interest of Barcelona like, for example, the Sagrada Familia or the Casa Batlló. If you are planning a city break, you should not miss it. Next we give you the keys to discover the Eixample of Barcelona.

Pla Cerdá

With the growth and industrial activity, increasingly powerful, the expansion of barcelona was necessary as many European cities. The plan, very ingenious, defined a city of reticular organization in which the gardens and the wide streets were the main characteristic. In addition to the aesthetic part, the already known “Plan Cerdà” had (and has) a practical advantage: it is very difficult to get lost in its streets as they form a perfect grid.

What to see in l’Eixample?

In addition to the Passeig de Gràcia, this district is home to many of Barcelona’s most beautiful and famous streets, such as Rambla Catalunya, Avinguda Diagonal, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Passeig de Sant Joan. In them you can find nice restaurants, and the best shops, which makes it one of the busiest areas for locals and tourists. But in addition, the Eixample of Barcelona can boast of owning true works of modernist art. And is that touring this area you can visit much of the architectural treasure of the city. From the most famous creations of Gaudí like the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia or Casa Milà to the House of the Punxes of Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Also the building of the National Theater or the Auditorium of Barcelona.

So do not hesitate and visit l’Eixample in love, it is a must stop. It is central, offers all kinds of leisure and cultural activities. The best thing of all is that Hostal Fontanella is at the gates of L’Eixample.