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10 reasons to visit Barcelona in autumn and winter

11 Nov

Barcelona

Barcelona

1. Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate and dry seasons during the autumn and winter period. Barcelona is a coastal city, that´s why it does not snow and the temperatures are quite mild: in the coldest month, January, it does not drop below 10 degrees Celsius (50F). The chances of precipitation are greater than during the summer, but still scarce. You can go around with a sweater and a jacket without having to be wrapped in thousands of layers of clothes or with an umbrella in the bag.

2. Visiting museums and art centres during the autumn-winter is a treat, because the volume of people is much lower than in spring or summer. Of course if you plan to visit any of the Gaudi buildings, either Sagrada Familia or La Pedrera, the Parc Güell or Casa Batlló, you should buy your tickets online to avoid queuing, that does not change throughout the year.

Barceloneta in autum / winter

Barceloneta in autum / winter

3. Did we mention that it hardly rains and it does not snow? 😉 The terraces and beach walks are still desirable in autumn and winter.

4. The price of accommodation in Barcelona between the months of November and January is much cheaper than from March to October. Find our great deals!

5. You will not need to check the fashion magazines to see what the latest trends are, as Barcelona is a showcase of modern fashion itself. You can go shopping in the elegant Paseo de Gracia, the Portal del Angel, to Girona street outlets or any of the shopping centres located throughout the city.

Parc de Collserola

Parc de Collserola

6. Temperatures during these months are ideal for hiking trails in the natural park of Collserola. This is one of the largest parks in the world and has lots of archaeological sites (especially Iberian villages like La Peña del Moro at the border point between the towns of Sant Just Desvern, Sant Feliu de Llobregat and Esplugues de Llobregat) . To get there you can go by train from Plaza Catalunya with the S1.

sales

sales

7. January the 7th is the beginning of the sales period! Bring empty suitcases, here you can fill them with clothes.

8. Barcelona in autumn and winter is full of events, concerts and exhibitions. From October to January there are events such as the Festival In-Edit, the Voll Damm Jazz Festival, the World Press Photo, and different markets like Smart City Expo, BcnRail, Living Expominer, Auto Retro, Children’s Festival or EXPOHOGAR.

9. Barcelona is the city of architecture and design, modernism and culture, with many art centres, galleries and buildings that take your breath away. Autumn and winter are great seasons to visit them all, without the competition from the summer sun.

To eat in Barcelona

To eat in Barcelona

10. If you are someone who does not want to follow timetables on holidays in Barcelona there will be no problem. You can eat almost any time of the day what you want, from the most sophisticated tapas to seafood paella on Passeig Joan de Borbón. Menus are very economical and of good quality throughout the centre. During the winter you will have less competition to find a table, but you will be surprised to see that the city centre is always full of atmosphere.

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Do you like the music documentaries? Enjoy the In Edit Festival from 24th October to 3rd November

7 Oct

In Edit 2013

In Edit 2013

Beefeater IN-EDIT Festival, at its 11th edition, is an international music documentary film festival celebrated in Barcelona and dedicated to all the music and film lovers around the world.

This will be a multi-screen edition, meaning that some films will be broadcasted online simultaneously to the Barcelona premiere, as part of the festival.

SOME OF THE FEATURED DOCUMENTARIES ON THE PROGRAM

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

The most peculiar and silent actor in all Hollywood breaks our hearts by talking about his journey and performing some of his favorite melodies. Nocturnal confessions, fragility at point blank range, damage assessment and “Blue Moon” in a broken voice that will make the earth shiver.

 

The Sound of Belgium

Belgians “work hard and party harder.” A clubber travels through the contagious yet obscure Belgian club scene, from the 20’s barrel organ to the 90’s hardcore, passing through the 60’s popcorn and the 80’s newbeat on the road to world domination. A clubland all of its own making.

Nitsa 94/96: el giro electronic

“It all exploded from there”. The legendary Barcelonese club with the revolving dance floor, pioneer of electronica in Spain and cradle to DJ Sideral, explained with loving scratches (Jeff Mills, Angel Molina and more), founders and fans from its birth until the bombastic 90’s.

The Punk Singer

The Punk Singer

The Punk Singer

This is the definitive profile of Kathleen Hanna, frontwoman of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. She lets us into her inner world for the first time: riot grrrl, family, fame, Kurt Cobain, Lyme disease and her return as Julie Ruin. An arduous odyssey; no concessions.

AKA Doc Pomus

All greatness comes from pain. The life of Doc Pomus, composer of numerous hits (for Elvis and others) in a beautiful blues of disability, solitude and perseverance.  The full Hall of Fame sings his praises, from Lou  Reed and Dion, to Phil Spector and Ben E. King.

Check out the full PROGRAM here.

TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket offices in Barcelona. Find more information here.

Further details regarding the full program and screening dates and times will be updated to the festival’s website later in October, so be sure to check it out.

Single Tickets (Barcelona)

ONLINE SALE

Single tickets to be sold from this website from October 14th.

CENTRAL BOX OFFICE OPENING TIMES

At Central Box Office ONLY single tickets are sold.

Wednesday, October 23rd: from 13h to 21h.

From Thursday 24th to November 3rd: from 13h to start of the last screening of the day.

Online Central Box Office Cinemas Box Ofice
Single Ticket 6,5 € 6,5 € X
Single Ticket with discount X 5 € X
Single Tickets Off-Peak sessions X 4 € X
Single Tickets Opening Day X 6,5 € X

– Single Tickets: Public screenings at Aribau Club and Multicines Sala 5 from October 25th to November 3rd.

– Tickets with discount: Show Apolo 113 card at Central Box Office. Not valid for special screenings. Only cash.

– Off-Peak Sessions: First public screening of the day -all venues- between October 28th and 31st.

– As you can see by the number of “X”, NO tickets are sold in the cinemas.

Location:

Aribau Multicines: Aribau, 8-10

Aribau Club: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 565

The Urban Suites is just 3 metro stops away from Universitat Metro Station, where you have to stop to go to most of the films.

Check the location on the map below:

Free entrance to different museums of Barcelona every first Sunday of the month

4 Oct

Did you know that the first Sunday of each month you have free access to many of the main museums in Barcelona?

We provide you a list for you to do your cultural plan. You will see the prices of this museums for a regular day, for you to see the money you can safe if you visit this museums on Sunday.

CosmoCaixa. Science Museum 

CosmoCaixa Barcelona

CosmoCaixa Barcelona

All CaixaForum exhibitions, permanent and temporary, are free.

Isaac Newton, 26

From 10 to 20h

www.cosmocaixa.com

Price: 4€

How to get there:

Bus: 17, 22, 58, 73, 75, 60 y 196

MNAC. Museum of National Art of Catalonia 

MNAC

MNAC

Free admission from 3pm every first Saturday of the every month. The museum is also free the 11st and 24th September and the 18th May, coinciding with the International Museum Day.

Palau Nacional. Parc de Montjuïc

From 10 to 14.30h

www.mnac.es

Price: 12€

Terrace price: 3€

How to get there:

Metro: L1 & L3 Plaza España (Spain Square)

Bus: 150, 13, 55. to Pl. España: 9, 27, 37, 50, 65, 79, 109, 165, D20, H12, V7

 

Botanic Garden

Es gratis los domingos a partir de las 15h, el primer domingo de mes (gratis todo el día), y el 12 de febrero, 18 de mayo y 24 de septiembre.

Doctor Font i Quer, s/n, Sants-Montjuïc

From 3pm

www.museuciencies.bcn.cat

Price: 3.5 euros. Reducida 1,70

How to get there:

Metro: L1 & L3 Plaza España (Spain Square)

Bus: 150, 13, 55. Hasta Pl. España: 9, 27, 37, 50, 65, 79, 109, 165, D20, H12, V7

 

History Museum of Catalonia

History Museum of Catalonia

History Museum of Catalonia

Besides the first Sunday of each month, also on 12nd February, 23rd April, 18th May, 11st September and 24th September.
Pl. de Pau Vila, 3

From 10 to 14.30h

www.mhcat.net

General price: 5€

Price temporary exhibition: 3€

Price permanent exhibition: 4€

How to get there:

Metro: L4 Barceloneta

Bus: 14, 17, 36, 39, 40, 45, 51, 59, 64, 120 i D20

 

Natural Science Museum of Barcelona

Castell dels Tres Dragons

The visit to the center is temporarily closed to the general public

Passeig Picasso, s/n

From 10 to 14.30h

www.bcn.cat/museuciencies

How to get there:

Metro: L4 Barceloneta

 

Music Museum of Barcelona

Music Museum of Barcelona

Music Museum

L’Auditori. C/ Padilla, 155

From 10 to 18h

www.museumusica.bcn.cat

Price: 14,25€

How to get there:

Metro: L1 Marina o Glorias, L2 Monumental

 

Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum

Free access on Sundays from 3 to 8pm, the first Sunday of every month (all day), 12nd February, 18th May and 24th September.

Montcada, 15-23

From 10 to 20h

www.museupicasso.bcn.cat

Price: 11€

How to get there:

Metro: L4 Jaume I, L1 Arc de Triomf, L3 Liceu

Bus: 17, 40, 45, 19 Via Laietana, 39, 51 Passeig Picasso, 14, 59 Pla de palacio, 120 Princesa

Museo-Monesterio de Pedralbes

Baixada del Monestir, 9

From 10 to 15h

www.museuhistoria.bcn.cat

Museum of History of Barcelona

It´s also free every Sunday from 3pm and the Museum Night, on April 23rd and 11st & 24th September.

Pl. del Rei, s/n

From 10 to 15h

www.museuhistoria.bcn.es/

 

Museo Marítimo de Barcelona 

Maritim Museum of Barcelona

Maritim Museum of Barcelona

The entrance is free every Sunday from 3pm, 18th May and 24th September, coinciding with La Merce.

Av. de les Drassanes, s/n

From 15 to 19h

www.mmb.cat/

Price: 5€

How to get there:

Metro: L3 Drassanes

Bus: 14, 18, 36, 38, 57, 59, 64 i 91

 

Center of Contemporary Art of Barcelona

Free entrance every Sunday from 3 to 8 pm, 12nd February, 18th May, the Museum Night and, 24th September.

Montalegre, 5, Raval

From 15 to 20h

www.cccb.org

Price: 6€

How to get there: L1, L3 Pl. Cataluña y L1 y L2 Universidad

Bus: 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 24, 37, 41, 42, 50, 54, 55, 58, 59, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 91, 120, 121, 141, H12, Aerobús

If you look for accommodation in Barcelona, don´t doubt in contacting The Urban Suites, ideal to explore the city.

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.

HOW TO GET THERE

Carretera de Montjuïc, 66. 08038 Barcelona

Tel: 932 564 445

Castell@bcn.cat

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

FREE ENTRANCE

TIMETABLE

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.

 

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

 

correfoc

correfoc

 

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.

Popular Party: From 15th to 21st enjoy “la Festa Major de Gracia”

13 Aug

Festa Major de Gracia, Barcelona

Festa Major de Gracia, Barcelona

This year the “Festa Major de Gracia” program includes plenty of daytime activities, to promote child and family participation, so if you’re in Barcelona between the 15th and 21st August, do not miss this new edition of the Festa Major de Gracia, will enjoy a very picturesque and fun environment. Not only during the day, also at night;)

The local residents are in charge of the decoration of the streets. They decide the subject of the deco months before the festivities and anybody knows it until the day of the proclamation. The best decorated street takes a prize. The streets more awarded are Carrer de Joan Blanques and Carrer de Verdi.

Festa Major de Gracia, Barcelona

Festa Major de Gracia, Barcelona

There are activities all week: from sharing books and reading, to puppet shows, human towers, fire runs, open aire cinema, concerts and theatre. Here you can view the calendar.

So go ahead and enjoy the wonderful Festas de Gracia and its local culture.

Metro: Diagonal, Fontana and Lesseps

If you are coming and you don´t have accommodation in Barcelona, check the availability at The Urban Suites

Festigabal: from 19th to 21st August

12 Aug

Festigabal 2013

Festigabal 2013

Once again, the Heliogàbal organices the Festigabal on the occasion of the festival of Gracia. The festival will take place from 19 to 21 August at 23h at the Plaza Rovira y Trias and is free.

Monday, 19 August

Los Hermanos Cubero

Los Tiki Phantoms

Tuesday, 20 August

Vàlius

Vic Godard & Mates Mates

Wednesday, 21 August

De Mortimers Gang Live Karaoke Band

Empty Pockets Jam Band

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

Prices:

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

today IN-EDIT present to us: Under African Skies.

28 Oct

5 years ago, Paul Simon by passed the anti-apartheid boycott of South Africa and recorded Graceland there. The anniversary of the record reignites an old controversy. All the voices involved examine music, politics and (non) compliance with official orders.

Under African Skies“Today at 22:00h at Aribau Club 1

Sunday 4th at 20:00h at Multicines Sala 5
If you are looking for accommodation in Barcelona for these dates, check the availability in The Urban Suites.