Roses, books and romanticism, that’s what Barcelona is all about on the 23rd of April.
Last Sunday we celebrated Sant Jordi, the patron saint of Catalonia. This man was the hero in the legend of Sant Jordi where he saved the king’s daughter by killing a dragon. Out of the spilt blood of the dragon grew a bush of red roses and flowers. Since the 8th century, Sant Jordi is venerated in this whole region and the legend still remains extremely important in Catalonia. Many attractions, such as Casa Batlló, are decorated with roses and all streets are filled with red roses. Traditionally, the boys would give a rose to the girls, while the girls would give a book to the boys in return. Nowadays however, everybody gets roses and books. Walking down the Ramblas while checking the numerous books in Spanish and Catalan is a must during the day of Sant Jordi.
The Spanish town or, Pueblo Español, located on the Montjuich hill, was first built for the World Exhibition in 1929. Used as an open-air museum with specific architecture from the different Spanish
regions with contemporary art and handicraft shops became an enjoyable place for everybody, both the locals and the people visiting. This little town really is alive due to many events that are organised during the whole year. Weddings, concerts, festivals and workshops are only a few examples of the endless list. This unique combination of characterised houses and a great atmosphere makes it a place to absolutely visit during your stay in Barcelona. This unique location is also ideal for our cooking workshops. Right next to the main square we’ve got a beautiful place where you will be accompanied by well-experienced chefs, a pleasant atmosphere and delicious ingredients to create a tasteful paella or tapas dish. A truly must do if you want to experience the real Catalan culinary art!
In the beginning of La Rambla you can find this tiny, non-remarkable fountain which is named ‘la Fuente de Canaletas’. At first sight, most people just walk by without knowing the value of this place. But how can we blame you if nobody tells it? After this little explanation you’ll definitely need to have a look next time you pass by. As you all probably know, football is highly important in Barcelona, and so is the celebration after. But what has this fountain to do with the football history of Barcelona? Well this Canaletas Fountain is used as the meeting place for the celebration of victories of FC Barcelona. Every time when Barcelona wins, the Ramblas is entirely filled with people celebrating the victory all night long with beers, flags and a lot of noise. It truly is an incredible spectacle that you can’t miss! But keep this in mind: you won’t be home before next morning!
What is Sant Joan?
Sant Joan Festival is one of the most important celebrations of the year in Barcelona. It’s celebrated on the 23th of June, which is the longest day of the year. On the night of Sant Joan the sun reaches its highest point, before beginning to drop. The sun is considered to be the symbol of fertility and wealth, and therefore it must be given strength, which is provided by bonfires and fireworks. The next day, 24th of June is the actual day of the feast, and it’s a public bank holiday, and most of the stores and restaurants are closed.
What happens during Sant Joan?
In Catalan the night is described as “ Nit del Foc “, which means “the Night of Fire”. The city is filled with little temporary shops that are selling fireworks for the festival, and the bakeries are full of the traditional dish of Sant Joan, called Coque, which is a kind of a bread that can be found sweet and savoury. The locals usually organize their own parties with their friends and family, but if you don’t have a party to join to, the most common place for people to celebrate it, is the beach. During the evening and night people gathers around the beach, where there are firework displays, dancers and musicians. A lot of people continue partying until the sunrise.
The feast of Sant Joan is one the most exciting time of the year to visit Barcelona, you can feel the people’s eagerness towards the start of the summer. The night of Sant Joan is magnificent and filled with excitement and people, both young and old, making the most of the feast! Don’t miss this while in Barcelona and head to the streets with your friends!
Are you traveling to Barcelona with your loved one? Maybe you would like to surprise her / him with a romantic day filled with love, delicious food, and amazing spots of the magical city! Below we listed some of our favorite romantic things to do and see!
What could be a better way to spend a day with your loved one than taking a biking tour together and seeing the amazing city from a whole new perspective. By biking you will be able to see more places and interact with the city in a much more authentic way.
Wander around Parc de Ciutadella
Don’t miss the beautiful park of Ciutadella, you can have a little picnic with strawberries and champagne there. Go and enjoy the gorgeous architecture and relaxed atmosphere of the park!
Enjoying the beach
The city is known for it’s beautiful beaches so why not enjoy a beautiful day at the beach. You can either just relax and take a siesta, or do some beach activities such as stand up paddling or beach volleyball, the beaches offer a wide variety of different kind of activities for each and everyone’s taste.
Watch the sunset
Bunker del Carmel is the best viewpoint in Barcelona, it offers a 360 view over the city! It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the incredible sunset! Bring some drinks and snacks with you and have a perfectly romantic evening with your loved one.
Drinks on a rooftop
Barcelo Raval Hotel has a magnificent rooftop with unbeatable views over the city, the rooftop offers a 360 view, you can enjoy one drink while looking to the sea and one looking at the mountains! On top of the amazing views, the rooftop bar makes the most exclusive cocktails.
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See the Magic Fountains of Montjuic
The Magic fountain is an incredible collection of waterfalls and ponds on Avinguda Maria Cristina. During the summer time from Thursday to Sunday at 21:00 to 23:30, there is a series of fountain shows with beautiful music and lights. This is something that can’t be missed!
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Stroll around the old town
Gotico and Born are the most romantic parts of the city, they are filled with adorable cafes and bars. Wander around the cutest narrow streets and find some of the most unique buildings and charming plazas!
Dine in a nice restaurant
For dinner we highly recommend a restaurant called El Pla Carrer de Bellafila 5. This restaurant is known for its romantic and cozy atmosphere with an amazingly welcoming staff that will make your dining experience exquisite. This restaurant is specialized in mediterranean dishes and each dish is displayed in a very beautiful way. Check their menu here.
Contact us for more information and start planning your romantic getaway today!
We asked people who live in Barcelona: “Why do they love Barcelona so much, what makes it such a special city and what are the best things about living here!” Above we have listed all of the reasons!
” An international city but staying near its roots! ”
” Barcelona has an artsy and chilled atmosphere that everybody loves! ”
“ Everyday you see something new, you experience something new and you meet someone new! “
“ The combination of city and seaside! “
“ It has beaches, snow, culture, lively night life, design, and life for all typed of people! “
“ Barcelona offers something for everyone! “
“ Eating out is rather cheap! “
“ Easy to fly here and from here to everywhere! “
“ Pleasant and easy to move from one place to another within the city. “
“ It’s never boring! “
“ There is always something going on! ”
“ Breathtakingly beautiful architecture! “
“ The city isn’t too massive! “
“ The weather is amazing! “
“ The local beer, Moritz is great! “
“ Barcelona is a meeting point for people with completely different backgrounds! “
“ Barcelona has an open-minded and tolerant atmosphere! “
The list could go on and on, there are so many reasons why this city is simply one of the best cities in the world. After all, Barcelona has been ranked as the best beach city in the world, according to National Geographic.
Is your next stop Barcelona? Maybe you want to impress the locals by speaking their language? Below we have listed the most important phrases in Spanish and we have also listed same phrases in Catalan, you can find them here!Hello! — Hola!
Good morning! — ¡Buenos días!
Good afternoon! — ¡Buenas tardes!
Good evening! — ¡Buenas noches!
Good bye! — ¡Adíos!
How are you? — ¿Cómo estás?
I’m fine thank you. — Bien gracias, ¿y tú?
What is your name? — ¿Cómo te llamas?
My name is… — Me llamo…
Where are you from? — ¿De dónde eres?
I’m from… — Soy de…
Pleased to meet you. — Encantado (masculine) / Encantada (Feminine)
Bon appetit! — ¡Buen provecho!
I don’t understand. — No entiendo.
Excuse me! — ¡Discúlpe!
How much is this? — ¿Cuánto cuesta?
Sorry! — ¡Perdón!
Thank you! — ¡Gracias!
You are welcome! — ¡De nada!
Where’s the toilet? — ¿Dónde está el bano?
Help! — ¡Ayúdame!
I love you! — ¡Te quiero!
Are you traveling to the capital of Catalonia and you are eager learn some Catalan? Learning some Catalan before your trip will help you during your stay in Barcelona and you can impress the locals by speaking their language! Below we have listed some phrases we think are the most important to know when traveling to Catalonia.
Hello! — Hola, Bom dia!
Good morning! — Bon dia!
Good afternoon! — Bona tarda!
Good evening! — Bona nit!
Good bye! — Adéu!
How are you? — Com está? / Com Estás?
I’m fine thank you. — Bé, grácies, i tu? / Bé, grácies, i vosté?
What is your name? —- Com et dius? / Com es diu?
My name is… —- Em dic…
Where are you from? —- D’on ets? / D’on és vosté?
I’m from… —- Sóc de… / Vinc de…
Pleased to meet you. —- Encantat. / Molt de gust. / Tant de gust.
Bon appetit! —- Bon profit!
I don’t understand. —- No ho entenc.
Excuse me! —- Dispensi! / Perdoni!
How much is this? —- Quant costa aixó?
Sorry! —- Perdó!
Thank you! —- Grácies! / Moltes grácies! / Mercés!
You are welcome! —- De res!
Where’s the toilet? —- On és el lavabo?
Help! —- Socors! / Auxili!
I love you! —- T’estimo!
Next week we will post about the useful phrases in Spanish! Stay tuned!
Here are some interesting and fun facts about Barcelona you might not know!
1. Founding of Barcelona
There are two Spanish legends concerning the founding of Barcelona. One legend says that Hercules was the founder of Barcelona before building Rome, and the other says that the city was Hamilcar Barca’s, masterpiece. Which one do you believe?
2. La Rambla is not just one street, in fact it’s five streets
The most famous street in Barcelona is La Rambla, but did you know that actually it’s not just one street, but it consists of 5 boulevards, joined to make one long promenade. This is the reason why La Rambla is also known in plural, Las Ramblas. It starts at Placa Catalunya and ends at the Columbus statue by the waterfront. More than 150 000 people walk on La Rambla every day.
3. Sagrada Familia and Antoni Gaudi
Did you know that Antoni Gaudi wasn’t the first architect who was appointed to work on the famous La Sagrada Familia. The person who was appointed first on this huge project was Francisco De Paula. The construction of Sagrada Familia started in 1882, and it’s still an ongoing project, the promise is that it will be ready the year of 2026.
4. Barcelona is the reason for World Book Day
St. George’s Day in Catalan, La Diada de Sant Jordi is one of the biggest, most widely celebrated festivals in Barcelona. It takes place on April 23rd and it’s a celebration of love and literacy, a Catalan Valentine’s day. On this day, the tradition is to give roses and books to the loved ones. UNESCO was inspired by this day and it declared the day as the International Day of Books.
5. According to National Geographic Barcelona is the best beach city in the world
Today there are in total seven beaches located on Barcelona’s 4.5 km long coastline. But did you know that before 1992 Barcelona’s seaside was completely covered by industries and there was no beach existing for leisure use. When the city was hosting the 1992 Olympic Games they moved their industries and converted the seaside area into a nice leisure area by improving two of the beaches and creating five new ones.
Start planning your trip to Barcelona today and discover more secrets about the amazing city! Contact us for more information and we will help you plan the perfect trip!
How about a break from the hectic city life? Montserrat is definitely a must-visit place, it is a 1200 meters high mountain located only 50 km away from the city of Barcelona. Montserrat offers some of the most spectacular mountain views of Catalunya.
There is a possibility to take a cable car to the highest point, where it is possible to see almost all of Catalonia and as in addition to this you might also spot the island of Majorca, this of course requires a clear day! It is highly recommended to hike around the peaks and enjoy the amazing natural wonders of Montserrat.
In addition to the breathtaking views and gorgeous hiking paths, Montserrat is a sacred place as the Monastery and the black virgin statue of Montserrat are located there. The monastery is incredibly beautiful and totally worth a visit! Futhermore, there is an interesting museum, which is in fact considered to be one of the national referent and most visited museums in Catalonia.
It is quite easy to get to Montserrat, you just have to find your way to the Espanya railway station and from there look for the line R5 towards Manresa. You can find the train schedule and more information here.
Spend a perfect day by discovering one of the most beautiful places in Catalonia. Bring your own lunch and have a wonderful picnic on the peaks of Montserrat with an amazing landscape!