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25th Guitar Festival Barcelona continues until 5th of july

11 Mar

The Guitar Festival of Barcelona celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and brings along one of the best musical proposals for this spring. This celebratory edition is marked by a wide range of genres, from the Spanish guitar to hard rock, with the guitar-based music as a core theme, thus appealing to a young, modern and more urban audience.

The festival showcases great acts such as the London-based indie rock band Fanfarlo, opening this edition on the 20th of February at the BARTS Theatre and the Spanish singer Rosario presenting her new album on the 5th of March at Palau de la Musica.

Other headliners include the british old-timers The Stranglers on the 1st of April, Spanish singer Luz Casal on the 20th of March and the UK-based group Crystal Fighters displaying their alternative rock, guitar-based dance music at Sant Jordi Club on the 15th of May.

COMPLETE LINE-UP:

FANFARLO

Fanfarlo

Fanfarlo

Thursday 20 february

BARTS, 21 h.

24 € (+ costs)

ROSARIO

Rosario

Rosario

Wednesday 5 march

Music Palace of Barcelona, 21 h.

From 18 to 54 € (+ costs)

NICOLE WILLIS & THE SOUL INVESTIGATORS

Sunday 9 march

Luz de Gas, 20 h.

18 € (+ costs)

NEIL HALSTEAD vs THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO

Neil Halstead

Neil Halstead

Saturday 15 march

Bikini, 20.30 h.

18 € (+ costs)

 LUZ

Thursday 20 march

Music Palace of Barcelona, 21 h.

From 24 to 68 € (+ costs)

GERARD QUINTANA

Friday 21 march

BARTS, 21 h.

20 and 25 € (+ costs)

ROZALÉN

Thursday 27 march

BARTS, 21 h.

20 and 25 € (+ costs)

 El segell del PRIMAVERA SOUND presenta: REFREE i JOANA SERRAT

Thursday 27 march

Apolo, 21 h.

12 € (+ costs)

LOS SECRETOS

Friday 28 march

BARTS, 21 h.

25 and 38 € (+ costs)

COQUE MALLA

Coque Malla

Coque Malla

Saturday 29 march

BARTS, 21 h.

25 € (+ costs)

THE STRANGLERS

Tuesday 1 april

BARTS, 21 h.

30 and 35 € (+ costs)

El segell BANKROBBER presenta: MACROBUKKAKE, MACHO i SANJAYS

Thursday 3 april

Luz de Gas, 20.30 h.

12 € Pre. / 15 € BO. (+ costs)

El segell MUSIC BUS presenta: CAÏM RIBA, MARCEL CRANC i INSPIRA

Friday 4 april

Bikini, 20.30 h.

12 € Pre. / 15 € BO. (+ costs)

CRISTINA LLISO

Tuesday 8 april

Luz de Gas, 21 h.

30 € (+ costs)

ESTOPA

From 10 to 13 april

BARTS, 21 h.

From 35 to 45 € (+ costs)

JORGE DREXLER

Thursday 10 april

Music Palace of Barcelona, 21 h.

From 18 to 45 € (+ costs)

FEMI KUTI & THE POSITIVE FORCE

Thursday 24 april

BARTS, 21 h.

25 and 35 € (+ costs)

OBESES

Saturday 26 april

Luz de Gas, 21 h.

12 € (+ costs)

MICAH P. HINSON

Micah P Hinson

Micah P Hinson

Sunday 4 may

BARTS, 21 h.

From 25 to 35 € (+ costs)

LOQUILLO

Thursday 8 may

Razzmatazz, 21 h.

28 € (+ costs)

SANJOSEX

Friday 9 may

Apolo, 21 h.

12 € (+ costs)

AMOS LEE

Sunday 11 may

BARTS, 21 h.

28 and 38 € (+ costs)

CRYSTAL FIGHTERS

Thursday 15 may

Sant Jordi Club, 20.30 h.

25 € (+ costs)

ELI PAPERBOY REED + SWAMP DOGG + AURORA & THE BETRAYERS

Thursday 15 may

BARTS, 21 h.

28 and 36 € (+ costs)

JOAN DAUSÀ

Friday 16 may

BARTS, 21 h.

18 and 22 € (+ costs)

ANDRÉS CALAMARO

Tuesday 20 may

Razzmatazz, 20.30 h.

35 € (+ costs)

TANGERINE DREAM

Tuesday 20 may

BARTS, 21 h.

From 38 to 52 € (+ costs)

OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK & HIS ENSEMBLE

Wednesday 21 may

BARTS, 21 h.

From 28 to 42 € (+ costs)

NACHO VEGAS

Thursday 22 nay

BARTS, 21 h.

25 and 30 € (+ costs)

DIEGO EL CIGALA

Friday 30 may

Palau de la Música Catalana, 21.30 h.

From 25 to 52 € (+ costs)

JOE HENRY

Thursday 5 june

Luz de Gas, 21 h.

28 and 36 € (+ costs)

BRYAN FERRY

Saturday 5 july

Auditori del Fòrum, 21 h.

From 36 to 80 € (+ costs)

 

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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.

Dance, Music & Gaudi – “Dansa ara 2013 at La Pedrera”: from 6th to 28th November 2013

6 Nov

 

Dansa ara 2013 at La Pedrera

Dansa ara 2013 at La Pedrera

 

La Pedrera, the famous house designed by Barcelona’s most notorious architect, Antoni Gaudi, opens its doors this November to well-known choreographers and dancers as part of the 5th edition of the cycle Dansa Ara.

Famous artists will perform samples from their latest shows, a very mixed and varied compilation of contemporary dance moments, which offer the audience an overview of the creative power of the modern dancing culture.

This year the line-up counts with great artist such as Andrés Corchero, a leading figure in butoh dance, British choreographer Thomas Noone performing a dance with an ironic approach to masculinity and age, and many more.

 

 

Program:

Dansa ara 2013 at La Pedrera

Dansa ara 2013 at La Pedrera

6th of November: Now-here man, Andrés Corchero
13th of November: Chuck & Bruce, Thomas Noone / Emilio Gutiérrez
20th of November: Miniatura / Before we fall, Roser López Espinosa / María Campos Arroyo
28th of November: Solos ara, Laia tafur / Eulàlia Bergadà / Judith Argomaniz

Information:

Dates: 6-28 November

Place: La Pedrera (Paseo de Gracia, 92, Barcelona)

Time: 20:00 hrs

Price: 6 €

Buy tickets: www.lapedrera.com or the ticket offices of La Pedrera

The Urban Suites are perfect for those who come to Barcelona for visiting the Modernist Barcelona of Gaudi, because there are only 3 metro stops from Barcelona-Sants Satation to Diagonal. Our apartments and suites are designed to make our guests feel at home. From here, thanks to our privileged location and excellent public transport links, the city can be explored effortlessly.

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.

Do you like tattoos? Don´t miss the International Tatto Expo from 4th to 6th October

3 Oct

Barcelona Tattoo Expo

Barcelona Tattoo Expo 2013

From 4th to 6th october the Barcelona Tattoo Expo will be held at Montjuic Showground of Fira Barcelona (less than 10 minutes walking from The Urban Suites). It´s one of the main European appointments related to the tattoos world, in which you will be able to enjoy Shodo workshops for beginners (Japanese calligraphy), specialized conferences, visit the best tattoo artists of the moment and maybe even get a tattoo from their hands.

The Flying Dutchman Tatoo, 2013

The Flying Dutchman Tatoo, 2013

Today we had the opportunity to meet Herke, “The flying Duthman Tatoo, one of the tattoo artists better considered in Europe, due to his seriousness and for being specialized in tattooing Yokai (creatures half-human, half-animal) . For us, that we don´t have any knowledge in this subject, it has been an introduction to this curious world, that more than curious it´s philosophical. Herke explained that a tattoo could change the energy of the person, give it more strength. But he insisted that before doing a tattoo, the person must think that is for life and not to be swayed by fashion. He makes traditional Japanese art with modern nuances, always respecting the “Yokai” rules. He told us that in these types of tattoos, through a conversation with you, translates your ideas into a design that is just for you, because his tattoos are unique, never printed again in another skin.

You can see the wholeProgramme Barcelona Tatto Expo 2013 here.

From 4th to 6th october the Barcelona Tattoo Expo will be held at Montjuic Showground of Fira Barcelona (less than 10 minutes walking from The Urban Suites). It´s one of the main European appointments related to the tattoos wolrd, in which you will be able to enjoy Shodo workshops for beginners (Japanese calligraphy), specialized conferences, visit the best tattoo artists of the moment and maybe even get a tattoo from their hands.

Today we had the opportunity to meet Herke, “The flying Duthman Tatoo”, one of the tattoo artists better considered in Europe, due to his seriousness and for being specialized in tattooing Yokai (creatures half-human, half-animal) . For us, that we don´t have any knowledge in this subject, it has been an introduction to this curious world, that more than curious it´s philosophical. Herke explained that a tattoo could change the energy of the person, give it more strength. But he insisted that before doing a tattoo, the person must think that is for life and not to be swayed by fashion. He makes traditional Japanese art with modern nuances, always respecting the “Yokai” rules. He told us that in these types of tattoos, through a conversation with you, translates your ideas into a design that is just for you, because his tattoos are unique, never printed again in another skin. 

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