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Have you ever visited the Castle of Montjuic?

13 Sep

Castle of Montjuic

Castle of Montjuic

The castle was built in the 18th century not to defend Barcelona, but to watch it. Maybe that´s why the Castle of Montjuic is a magnificent place to see the city, specially the port and La Rambla. In the 19th century the castle was used as a prison, and for several decades of the 20th century it was sadly a place of execution. Nowadays the castle is a Military Museum. During July and August its gardens host the Open Air Film Festival Sala Montjuïc, a classical event of the city where the best independent films are shown.


Carretera de Montjuïc, 66. 08038 Barcelona

Tel: 932 564 445

There are several ways to get there:

 1) By bus: line 150 Plaça Espanya  – Castell de Montjuïc (every 10-15 minutes)

 2) By underground: L2 or L3 Paral lel + Funicular de Montjuïc + Montjuïc cable car (from the output of the funicular) or 10 minutes walk

Funicular Montjuic

Funicular Montjuic

 3) Tourist Bus: Red Route, stops Telefèric de Montjuïc or Miramar – Jardins Costa i Llobera + Cable car or 10 minutes walk



1st October – 31st March: Mon-Sat 9.00-19.00

1st April – 30 September: Mon-Sat 9.00-21.00

The parade ground closes 30 minutes before

The Urban Suites are situated within walking distance from Spain Square, where you could take the bus to the Castle of Montjuic.



Cirque du Soleil in the Sant Jordi Palace

4 Oct

Who has not ever heard of the company Cirque du Soleil? Perhaps many of you have not had  the opportunity to see one of their fascinating shows, but surely you have heard that the knowledge that this is one of the biggest events that can be enjoyed today.

During the next Christmas holiday season we will have the opportunity to enjoy in Barcelona one of their classic shows: “Alegría”.

An activity for the whole family and, of course, for those adults who still are driven by fantasy.

This is an internationally acclaimed production and it has entertained more than 10 million people around the world. It speaks about happiness, joy and fun. It consists of a cast of 55 performers and musicians who come from 17 different countries and offers the most impressive stunts. Among others, in synchro trapeze acrobatics and intense and energetic acrobatics on trapezes high altitude where flying trapeze and sway over 12 meters high. The act with plinth is vibrant, comprises some brilliant choreography execution on a trampoline system hidden under the stage. In equilibria bars or rods , artists fly through the air making spectacular jumps and turns, landing on bars supported on the shoulders of fellow vigorous.


From December 26, 2012 to January 6, 2013, every day at different times.

Location: Palau Sant Jordi, Passeig Olimpic, No. 5 (on the mountain of Montjuïc)

Came to Barcelona on Christmas holidays, a nice season to visit the city because the weather is not as cold as other european cities, take a sunny Christmas holidays!

Sant Jordi Palace is situated in the Sants-Montjuic, close to The Urban Suites. Reserve your suite or apartment and we will make a special price for early booking!

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.

Mona Hatoum in Barcelona, until September 29th. Joan Miró Fundation.

7 Sep

This September, we can still enjoy, if we have not already done it, the first monographic exhibition of the British Palestinian artist in Barcelona.


Born in Beirut in 1952, Hatoum studies art between this city and the British capital, where she settled  after the Lebanese civil war starts. In the early 80 she became to work with the performance and video. After spending a long period minimalist works, she begins to increase political subjects in her works, taking a conceptual shift. Her subjects will then the performance of the power structures, the criticism of the general female stereotypes and gender criticism, exile and displacement. In this period we can find such important works with a dense content as Measures of Distance (1988).

In 1989 she makes her first sculptural installation: “The light at the end” in the

Showroom in London. In the 90s, her work turn in more metaphorical way, less narrative, and she builds large installations that invoke the body, the public-private dualism and rich conceptual games.

In 1995 she is finalist in the Turner Prize in London and in 1997 one of his works are included in the Sensation exhibition organized by the Saatchi Gallery, which runs through London, Berlin and New York. Hatoum is established as one of the most important artists of the late twentieth and early twenty-first.

For more information visit Fundació Joan Miró.

Joan Miro Foundation is in Montjuïc mountain, a beautiful place to where you can go walking from The Urban Suites. Book now your suite or apartment!

Barcelona traps – Four days tour

23 Feb

On April 1st 2006 I arrived to Barcelona with a huge suitcase, my laptop and my backpack. I had no plan, just to see how things were here, like I did the last 6 months in Galway Ireland. The idea was staying a few months, work so as to save some money and go on with my nomad life. But six years later I am still here, with a stable job, my rented floor and a one year old little monster.

I would have never realized that I would ended living in Barcelona. I still remember how little I felt when I walked for the first time through Paseo de Gracia. On the way I found this building that had not even one single straight line, called La Pedrera built by Gaudí. Today I can not conceive Barcelona without him, because Barcelona is Gaudí, Miró, the beach, is mountain, nightlife, tapas, gazpacho, bread with tomato, the Primavera Sound, the Sagrada Familia, Palau de la Música, Picasso Museum…It is a wide range of possibilities, that deserve to be visited and explored taking your time.

Next I am going to describe a four days tour for those who have never been to Barcelona, with some of the most emblematic places. I will obviously pass from many places, because I would nearly need ten more posts to describe every interest place, but in the future I will post about restaurants, museums, the best places to go with kids, and, why not, something about nightclubs, one has to have fun, or not??

Day 1

Monjuic: is the greenest part of the city, a mountain full of parks and gardens, that starred the 1929 International Exposition and also the 1992 Olympic Games. In this mountain is were you can find the Botanic Garden, the Olympic Stadium, Palau Sant Jordi, Sant Jordi Club, the Magic Fountain, the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Catalunya (MNAC) , the Teatre Nou (theatre) and Montjuic Castle.

Poble Espanyol: is a small recreation of Spain, where you can find Its most emblematic buildings. Every day you can see how craftsmen work (like they used to do it many years ago) wood, crystal or leather. Tickets are around 10€. In the afternoon they have gincanas (game) for kids.

Magic Fountain: is a show, generally at night, but not every day. A mix of lights, colours, playing with water and music, that make this place a very special one.

The Arenas: this is a shopping mall inside the structure of an old bullfighting plaza. In the fourth floor you can find the only Rock Museum in Europe, and if you go up the last floor, you will find a beautiful view of Plaza España, Fira Barcelona and Montjuic.

Campo Nou: Barcelona futbol team Studium. Tickets are around 20€

Day 2

La Rambla: it is a pedestrian street where you can buy flowers, birds and many other things, it starts in the Old Port and finishes in Plaza Cataluña. Walking through it you will find the Boquería Market, Palau (Palace) de la Virreina, Liceu Theatre and Güell Palace.

Plaza Real (Royal Square): a public plaza with a trapezoide shape right next to the Rambla and situated in the Gothic neighbourhood. In here you will find two light posts designed by Gaudí itself, many restaurants with terraces and nightclubs with music to choose, like jazz, hip-hop, flamenco, commercial or indie rock.

Plaza Sant Jaume: in the middle of Ciutat Vella (Old city) it has the two most important buildings in Barcelona: the Generalitat of Cataluña and The Ayuntamiento (City Hall).

Palau de la Música:  a beautiful building, it is the music auditorium, designed by Lluís Domènech I Montaner, a architect from Barcelona, one of the most representative of the Catalonian modernism.

Plaza Cataluña: the heart of the city, a busy area full of tourists because of its beauty and the commercial activity. From the last floor of the Corte Ingles mall, you can take very nice picture of the plaza.

Day 3

Paseo de Gracia: it is the commercial avenue that goes from Diagonal Av. to Plaza Cataluña. Almost in Av.Diagonal you can see La Pedrera buit by Gaudí and the Casa Batlo.

Park Güell: from the three crosses there is a spectacular view of the city. The park has an extension of 17,18 acres and in its design you can clearly see Gaudìs hand.

Sagrada Familia: the cathedral is a catholic temple, designed by the catalonian architect Antonio Gaudí. They started building it in 1882, and it is still unfinished. You can be three hours going around it, and you will not finish seeing every single detail. It is a magnificent place. It is better if you buy your ticket online, since you will save yourself of making a big line. Price approximately: 13 € , kids free.

Día 4

Tibidabo: a 350 meters mountain that can be access in funicular o with the blue tram, the last one the city conserves. In the top you will find a remodelled amusement park, that has two exceptional attractions, the roller coaster and the terror cave, unique in Europe because of its characteristics.

Born: one of the most historic and exclusive neighbourhoods in the city. The gothic style of its streets attracted artists and bohemians, that opened innovative stores of art, fashion and restaurants. In this neighbourhood you can fin the Triumph Arch, Picasso Museum and the Ciutadella Park.

Port Vell: is the most antic part of Barcelona Port. It is where the artificial Barcelona Port was born. It is separated from the sea by breakwaters, and use to be one of the favourite places for leisure of the city. Actually Port Vell installations are intended for sport boats and vessels like the deposit pier and the Barceloneta pier.

Zoo: if you are coming with kids, one hour inside the zoo will make them happy! The Barcelona Zoo aims to conserve, investigate and educate. It has one of the most important Collections of animals in Europe.


In the last years people are starting to get use to rent apartments in Barcelona because of many reasons: more privacy, space, comfort, the possibility of preparing your own meals or whatever you want…The Urban Suites has been over two years number one in TripAdvisor because of its excellent service, the way they deal with customers and its location (outside the chaotic city centre, but well communicated with the airport, Plaza España, Camp Nou and Sants Station). Families love it, group of friends and executives too, so there is the recommendation!

Concerts of the Week: Animal Collective, Joanna Newsom, Beach House…

26 Jul

If you are a follower of Primavera Sound Festival, you will like the new festival that the same organisers have prepared for the next two days: Fly Me To The Moon Festival. The location could not be better, the Poble Espanyol at Montjuic.

Animal Collective, The Suicide of a Western Culture, Joanna Newson and Beach House are the protagonist of this new festival, which we hope that continues for many years.



08:00 pm doors

09:15 pm The Suicide Of Western Culture

10:45 pm Animal Collective



08:00 pm doors

09:15 pm Joanna Newsom

10:45 pm Beach House

Don´t miss La nit de la Musica next 2nd July, in Monjuic. It´s free!!!

28 Jun

Next 2nd July, “La nit de la Música” it will be held in Montjuic. There will be Flemish performance, popular music from Barcelona, pop, rock, theatre… and everything is free!!

This acts have been chosen by the programmers of festivals as Sonar, BAM, Gracia Territori Sonor and Hiptnotik.

Also, you will be able to enter for free until 1 am at Caixaforum, Joan Miró Foundation, Museu Etnològic, MNAC, el Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport and Poble Espanyol. And the gardens of Teatre Grec until 3 am.

Entire Program:

Barcelona Acció Musical / Sónar
Castell of Montjuïc: Fossat de Santa Elena
22.00h Abraham Boba
23.00h Mishima
00.30h DJ2D2
01.30h Matador Rockers
02.15h C156
03.00h John Talabot

Blues Festival from Barcelona / Flemish Ciutat Vella

Castell of Montjuïc: Patí d’Armes
22.00h Chino & The Big Bet
23.20h Barcelona Blues Big Band + Agustí Burriel i Carles Segarra
00.30h Paula Domínguez
01.15h Ginesa
02.15h Peret Reyes

Cruïlla BCN / Festival Mil·lenni
Estadi Olimpic
22.00h Homo APM?
22.30h Ix!
23.45h Albert Pla
01.00h El día de la Barbota
02.45h Pastora

Festival Nous Sons / International festival of Percussion of Catalonia / Festival de Música Antiga

MNAC – Sala Oval
National Palace
22.00h Marley 30 years (Natxo Tarrés and The Wireless).
23.40h Orquest Àrab de Barcelona

Hipnotik Festival / San Miguel Primavera Sound
Plaça del Marquès de Foronda
22.00h Hipnotik Mc Battle
23.45h Arianna Puello
00.45h Aias
01.40h Mujeres
02.35h Joe Crepúsculo
03.20h DJ Fra
Festival Mas i Mas
Poble Espanyol
22.00h Amansalva
22.45h Quico el Célio, el Noi i el Mut de Ferreries
24.00h The Jamboree Big Latin Band + Lucrecia + Jimmy Jenks

Barnasants / MPB – Música Popular de Barcelona
Plaça de Margarita Xirgu
22.00h Eduard Iniesta
22.40h Enric Hernàez
23.25h Joan Isaac
00.15h Cristiano Andrade
01.15h SaravaCalé

Voll-Damm International Festival of Jazz of Barcelona / Guitar Festival of Barcelona / De Cajón! Flemish Festival of Barcelona
Teatre Grec
22.00h Sandra Carrasco + Iván Melón Lewis
23.30h Pegasus
00.45h Gossos

Beefeater In-Edit
Caixa Forum
22.00h Soul Train
23.20h When You’re Strange

Gràcia Territori Sonor – Festival Lem
Museu Etnològic Jardins Laribal
20.00h Huan
23.00h Paul Stouthmater i Ferran Besalduch
24.00h Lummm
01.00h Linalab

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

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