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We continue with the popular parties: from the 23rd to the 30 August go to celebrate to the neighborhood of Sants – Montjuic

14 Aug

Festa Major de Sants

Festa Major de Sants

For one week 15 streets in Sants will be decorated on the occasion of the Sants Festival. There will be a great variety of activities for families, and the younger can enjoy the evening concerts.

The program per day is as follows:

August 23

18:30 – The parade (pasacalle) begins at the Jardines de Can Mantega and ends at Parque de la España Industrial, where the official speech (pregón) that starts the Festival will take place. The speech will be given by the journalist and sommelier Meritxell Falgueras.

While waiting to the pregón, there will be giants dancing, accompanied by the music of the Band of the Triangle of Sants.

August 24

The day will begin with the offering (ofrenda) of Sant Bartomeu in the church of Santa Maria de Sants

11:00 – Water Partie

21:00 – Concert of Trencada Oliva

22:00 – Concert 9son

August 25

From 10:00 to 17:30 – Baseball for boys and girls between 5 and 15 years old

Sardana en Sants

Sardana en Sants

18:00 – Sardana Dance

19:30 – Awards contest to the best streets decoration

22:00 – Premiere visual projection (mapping) on ​​the facade of the Casa del Mig

August 26

From 10:00 to 13:30 – Children’s workshops and exhibitions

12:00 – Exhibition with dogs of the Canine Unit of the Mossos d’Esquadra

From 11:00 to 18:00 – Ambulance Catalunya teaches first aid and prevention to children

22:00 – Concert of The Troba Kung-fu





August 30

19:30 – Children Fire Run (Correfoc) from Plaza Can Mantega to Plaza de Sants

21:30 – Adult Fire Run (Correfoc) from Plaza Osca to Plaza Joan Pelegrí








September 7


19:00 – Closing of the festival with a concert by thein Parque de la España Industrial.

A new feature this year is the guided tours of the MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia), which will run for two hours, free admission throught registration at Cotxeres Sants from 23 August to 5 September. The visits will take place on 6 and 7 September, 17 to 19 hours.

The streets involved in the Sants Festival are: Alcolea de Baix, Alcolea de Dalt, Canalejas, Finland, Galileu, Guadiana, Masnou-Premià, Pl. La Farga, Robrenyo, Rosés-Casa Gran, Sagunt, Santa Cecília, Valladolid , Vallespir and Vallespir de Baix.

If you are looking for accommodation in Barcelona for those days, don’t hesitate to contact The Urban Suites.


PIKNIC ELECTRONIK: Enjoy the Summer with Music and Games in the Park

8 Aug

piknic electronic, barcelona

piknic electronic

Piknic Electronik is at its second edition, celebrated on top of Montjuic, in the  Jardins Joan Brossa.

It’s a great activity organized every Sunday afternoon, where young people, families and basically all music lovers can enjoy a home-made picnic, drinks and the electronic music by famous DJs – all in the beautiful surroundings of the Monjuic gardens and with a precious view over Barcelona.

The piknic offers a little bit of everything for everyone! Families with kids can enjoy this event in the Kids and Families Area (organized in collaboration with PetitBCN), a more relaxed and fun environment, where kids can take part in activities, games and workshops, while the adults hang out and listen to the electronic music.

During the afternoon and towards the end of the evening the atmosphere shifts into a more party-like environment, with the help of great artists such as Derrick Carter, Carl Craig, Joy Orbison, Nina Kraviz, El Guincho and Guillamino, who will delight the electronic music fans.

The piknic is organized every Sunday of summer from the 2nd of June until the 22nd of September (except the last two Sundays of August).

Entrance for kids under 12 years is free, and for adults it’s 8 or 11 eur (depending on the entrance time).

The piknic starts at 12 am and lasts until around 10 pm.

You can find more information about the Piknic Electronik and how to get there here

If you don´t have accommodation in Barcelona, check the apartments ofThe Urban Suites

Take to your children to Illa Fantasia this summer

6 Aug

illa fantasia

illa fantasia

If you come to Barcelona with the children this summer, a good plan is take them to spend the day at Illa Fantasía, where they will enjoy the amazing  water attractions, plus the various activities offered. The water park is just 26 km away from the Barcelona.

illa fantasia

illa fantasía


Full day Noon from 2pm
ADULT >=1,20 (height) ADULT >=1,20 (height)
CHILD from 0,90m at 1,20 m. (height) CHILD From 0,90m at 1,20 m. (height)
CHILD -0,90m (height) Free CHILD -0,90m (height) Free
+65 years +65 years

How to get there:

By car: You have the information here

By train: You can take the train in Sants Station and stop in Premia de Mar

By bus: You have the information here

Illa Fantasia is open from 1st June to 15th september
Schedule:  from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.

Address: Finca Mas Brassó s/n. | VILASSAR DE DALT (Bcn)

If you don´t have accommodation in Barcelona, check the apartments of The Urban Suites

Contemporary Cartographies. Drawing Thought. CaixaForum Barcelona

9 Sep

Dates: 25 July – 28 October 2012.

Place: CaixaForum Barcelona (Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8).Curator: Helena Tatay.

We map our world in order to gain a glimpse of the reality in which we live. Since time immemorial, maps have been used to represent, translate and encode all kinds of physical, mental and emotional territories. Our representation of the world has evolved in recent centuries and, today, with globalisation and the Internet, traditional concepts of time and space, along with methods for representing the world and knowledge, have been definitively transformed. In response to this paradigm shift, contemporary artists question systems of representation and suggest new formulas for classifying reality.

The ultimate aim of Contemporary Cartographies. Drawing Thought, an exhibition that seeks to draw a map formed by cartographies created by twentieth- and twenty-first century artists, is to invite the visitor to question both the systems of representation that we use and the ideas that underpin them.

The exhibition, organised and produced by ”la Caixa” Foundation, is comprises more than 140 works in a wide range of formats – from maps and drawings to video installations and digital art – on loan from thecollections of several major contemporary art galleries. The artists represented include such essential figures as Salvador Dalí, Paul Klee, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein, Gordon Matta-Clark, Richard Hamilton, Mona Hatoum and Richard Long, shoulder-to-shoulder with a roster of contemporary artists, including Art & Language, Artur Barrio, Carolee Schneemann, Ana Mendieta, Erick Beltrán, On Kawara, Alighiero Boetti, Thomas Hirschhorn and Francis Alÿs, amongst others. Finally, the exhibition is completed by a series ofrevealing documents drawn up by experts from other fields, such as Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Lewis Carroll and Carl Gustav Jung.

Ignasi Aballí, Francis Alÿs, Efrén Álvarez, Giovanni Anselmo, Art & Language, Zbynék Baladrán, Artur Barrio, Lothar Baumgarthen, Erick Beltrán, Zarina Bhimji, Ursula Biemann, Cezary Bodzianowski, Alighiero Boettti, Christian Boltanski, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brown, Trisha Brown, Bureau d’Études, Los Carpinteros, Constant, Raimond Chaves y Gilda Mantilla, Salvador Dalí, Guy Debord, Michael Drucks, Marcel Duchamp, El Lissitzky, Valie Export, Evru, Öyvind Fahlström, Félix González-Torres, Milan Grygar, Richard Hamilton, Zarina Hashmi, Mona Hatoum, David Hammons, Thomas Hirschhorn, Bas Jan Ader, On Kawara, Allan Kaprow, William Kentridge, Robert Kinmont, Paul Klee, Yves Klein, Hilma af Klint, Guillermo Kuitca, Emma Kunz, Mark Lombardi, Rogelio López Cuenca, Richard Long, Cristina Lucas, Anna Maria Maiolino, Kris Martin, Gordon Matta-Clark, Ana Mendieta, Norah Napaljarri Nelson, Dorothy Napangardi, Rivane Neuenschwander, Perejaume, Grayson Perry, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Vahida Ramujkic, Till Roeskens, Rotor, Ralph Rumney, Ed Ruscha, Carolee Schneemann, Robert Smithson, Saul Steinberg, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Willy Tjungurrayi, Joaquín Torres García, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, Adriana Varejao, Oriol Vilapuig, Kara Walker, Adolf Wölfli.


Don’t miss this excepcional exibition and book now your suite or apartment in The Urban Suitess, we are very close to Caixa Forum and anothers museums like (MNAC) Catalonian Nathional Museum of Art , and Joan Miró Fundation.

Diada, September 11th, Day of Catalonia

8 Sep

Every September 11th Catalunya celebrates its National Day, the “Diada Nacional”. This is a good time to visit the city because we will have the opportunity to enjoy traditional parties and events.


Do not miss the activities of “Castellers de Barcelona”, one of the oldest “colla” in the city.  Since 1969, they impress every body with its human “castles” over 7 floors: They will be at Rafael Casanova monument, in Ronda de Sant pere with Ali Bei Street, at 10 a.m.

Within the extensive program of Palau de la Musica, September 11 at 19h, there is a special concert for de Diada:

Tarragona Symphony Orchestra “Camerata XXI” Catalan Choral

Director: Xavier Puig

Soprano: Marta Mathéu

Piano: Daniel Blanch

During the National Day are organized also other concerts, exhibitions and dance “sardanas” in different towns of Catalunya and in Barcelona.

Book your suite or apartament at The Urban Suites and enjoy this september in Barcelona!

Big Party of Sants: from August 18 until August 26

16 Aug

parties of sants

Every year at the end of August, the Big party of Sants arrives. After the Gracia’s Big Party, Sants, where The Urban Suites is,  turns to entertain the whole family.

From August 18 until 26, there will be different Workshops for children, concerts and traditional spectacles, all organized by the neighbors.

You will can enjoy the traditionals “Correfocs”, pirotenic espetacles that simulates terrible devils running around in the night, be able for all, children and adults! And the famous “Castellers”, or human castles.

Some activities for this week:

Sunday, August   19th

10 a.m. – 6 a.m. Workshops, Fut Toc and Beisbol in the park España Industrial.

10 am. : Nigth of dance with  the cuba singuer who lives in Barcelona, Telva Rojas. In the park España Industrial.

Monday, August  20th

10 am – 6 am, Workshops and exibitions in the park España Industrial. Chocolate party. 6:30 pm Dance “Sardanes” (tradicional dance from Catalonia) with the group “La Principal de Llobregat”. In the park España Industrial

Tuesday, August  21th

 10 pm  Pop music in the park España Industrial

Friday, August   24th

10 am Wreath in Santa María Church, in Sants

7:30 Correfoc for chidrem, around the quarter.

21:30 Correfoc with the groups: Diables de Sants, Guspires de Sants and Els Socarrimats de l’Infern. Around the quarter.

Sunday, August 26th

12 am Castellers in the park España Industrial

Saturday, September 1st

7 pm Concert:  Municipal band from Barcelona, in the park España Industrial.

For more information of the Big Party in Sants check its web.

If you are looking for accommodation in Barcelona for these dates, check the availability in The Urban Suites.