One more year, the fiesta of La Mercè arrives in Barcelona

September 18th, 2019

Although the popular fiestas in Barcelona are present during the whole year, the fiesta of La Mercè is, with difference, the one celebrated on a largest scale.

Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric from Pexels

The Mercè Virgin is the patron saint of Barcelona, so the city organizes a fiesta in order to pay homage as she deserves: giants, Castellers, bastoners’ dances, Sardanes, etc. The Catalan tradition distributed through the streets of the city, in order to everybody, specially the ones who live in Barcelona and make it so special, can enjoy the celebration.

At the City Hall web, you will find a very dynamic program with all the activities of this fiesta. If you don’t want to miss anyone of them, we advise you to take the best, cleanest and fastest means of transport: the bicycle. Pedaling through all the bike lanes of Barcelona, you will be able to arrive everywhere.

Take advantage of this fiesta accompanied by the best Mediterranean weather and experience the city in the most integrating way.

This fiesta gathers between 1,5 and 2 million of people every year, are you going to be the one who misses it?

Blogs and guidebooks, windows which show us the cities that we want to get to know

January 16th, 2018

This week, we have wake up with this marvelous mail’s blog from Silver Stories, by Caroline, where she explains its riding by bike through Barcelona together with Born Bike Tours Barcelona.

Photo by Judit Aranda

Before start a trip, long or short, it is essential to inform us about which kind of things are we going to find in our destination. This information that we used to find in guidebooks, now, we can also find it in an unlimited number of blogs, where people show their own experiences while they were traveling.

Just as when you visit a specialized bookstore looking for the guidebook which show you all the things in the littlest possible space, which has been actualized during the last year and which allows you to move as a local when you arrive at the city, more and more, people look for this specialization in a blog. Recently blog entries, updates and the experience of the person who has written it are the elements which give us the confidence to accept their tips and write it down in our trip’s notebook.

This is something that we find in blogs, as Silver Stories, where you quickly see that Caroline has a great experience traveling and, in addition, she loves it.

Always is a pleasure to meet people like she, for this reason we love our job.

The neighborhoods which bring Barcelona to life

If nothing is written about taste, Barcelona is a city which gathers the major part of it with its parks, museums, markets, monuments… even its streets are different from district to district and in each one we can find a piece of history.

Ten are the districts of Barcelona and in each one we find the neighborhoods and the communities which bring them to life. Starting with Ciutat Vella, where we can imagine ourselves through its narrow streets through the same corners where the first city’s activities were originated. Markets, cathedrals, restaurants, the port, the beach, its passages and its people are the elements which configure the landscape and the neighborhood.

Bordering the sea, on the right of Ciutat Vella, we will find Sant Martí, one of the biggest districts. Here, apart from the conglomerate of offices which form the 22@ zone led by the Agbar Tower, we can find the major part of the beaches of Barcelona; the calm neighborhoods of Poble Nou and Clot; in addition to the impressive Fòrum.

barcelona-984035_1280On the other side, we have the left hand of Ciutat Vella, where we can go from the sea to the mountain of Montjuïc. But, of course, to do this route we have to go through the streets of Sants, where it is always a good plan stopping there and having something to eat and drink. And which is the street separating Ciutat Vella from Sants-Montjuïc? The Paral·lel Avenue, the center of performances par excellence. A fame which has cost a lot of years of work for all the theaters situated on this street.

Over Ciutat Vella we will find the Eixample, where, far from its squared appearance, we will find the figures of the Casa Batlló and La Pedrera with their exuberant shapes; in addition to the Casa de les Punxes, the Palau Baró de Quadras, la Casa Ametller, la Fundació Antoni Tàpies and, of course, the endless Sagrada Familia.

And if we continue ahead we will find, from the left to the right, Les Corts, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, the bohemian and, at the same time, gipsy Gràcia, Horta-Guinardó, Nou Barris and Sant Andreu, districts which, as residential zones, contain the soul of the communities that live there. Each one does this in its own way, especially with their celebrations and activities, that are a sample of the people which build Barcelona.

So, remember that in order to experience Barcelona on your trips, you should not forget any one of the details that bring the neighborhoods, and finally the city, to life.