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Squares of Barcelona, urban oases: Plaza Reial

 

Plaça Reial (In Spanish Plaza Real, meaning “Royal Plaza”) is a square in the Barri Gòtic of BarcelonaSpain. It lies next to La Rambla and constitutes a well-known touristic attraction, especially at night. On the plaza are a large number of restaurants and some of the city’s most famous nightclubs including Sidecar, Jamboree, Ocaña or Karma. It is also known for its many outdoor venues and is a popular meeting place during the summer and the annual La Mercè festival in September, when open air concerts take place, and during other celebrations such as New Year’s Eve, often being very crowded.

The Plaça Reial was designed by Francesc Daniel Molina i Casamajó in the 19th century. The square is twinned with Plaza Garibaldi, in Mexico City. Thelanterns there were designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

New Years Eve Barcelona: Free Party to celebrate 2014

From 11.30 pm, the venue for Barcelona’s New Year Chimes celebration extravaganza will include performances from L’Home del Mil·leni [the Millennium Man] and castellers[human towers] . The celebration is scheduled to finish at 12.30 am.

New Years Eve: Clubbing BARCELONA

Tips and What to do in BARCELONA for New Year´s Eve:

 

For a no-holds-barred, all-night rave op­tion, look no further than our very own Mark Dixxx and his NYE Block Party at AdriAntic. Doors at 1am.

ADRIANTIC. Via Trajana, 11 (Sant Adrià de Besòs) €5 / €10


This year Barcelona’s big hitter, Razzmatazz, has eschewed the big name acts, relying on their flawless party reputation with residents DJs AmableGato and more. Bells and whistle come courtesy of free t-shirts, party bags and grapes at midnight. Entry includes two drinks; doors at 10:30pm.

RAZZMATAZZ. C/ Almogàvers, 122 (Poblenou) €40 / €50 / €60


For one of Barcelona’s chicest options, head to the wrap-around windows of the W Barcelona hotel’s top floor Eclipse bar. DJ Shega will keep the booties of the beautiful people shaking. Plus, the entry include two glasses of Veuve Clicquot. Doors at midnight.

ECLIPSE BAR. Pl. Rosa dels Vents 1 (Barceloneta) €50 / €100


A more underground (and affordable) BOP NYE night awaits with house and electronic disco by DJs Bill Shakes and Dan­dylion at Rosé. Entry includes glass of cava, doors at 11pm.

ROSÉ. C/ Casp, 17 (Eixample) €10 / €15


Live it up with a young, fun-loving and international crowd at Shôko and mark New Year’s in Sevilla,LondonRío de Janeiro and New York. Entry includes two drinks, doors at 12:30am, dinner options also available.

SHÔKO. Passeig Marítim, 36 (Port Olímpic) €50 / €60


DJ Glass Hat spins feel-good pop, rock, ‘80s, ‘90s, indie, electro and disco. There’ll be surprise gifts, a great atmosphere, and, as it’s his birthday on January 1st, a free shot for those who remember to wish him many happy returns when the clock strikes 12

TARANTOS CLUB. Jamboree at Plaça Reial, 17 (Barri Gòtic) €20 / €25


Your Catalan friends will have fond memories of Otto Zutz; they’re still going strong after all these years and planning a night of R&B, hip hop and house with resi­dents Marco DaSoulSacha and more. Or upstairs in the Los Altos private club it’s Champagne a Go Go. Entry includes two drinks; doors at midnight.

OTTO ZUTZ. C/ Lincoln, 15 (Sant Gervasi) €30 / €35 / €50

And those fun-loving Dutch brothers 2manydjs just can’t seem to get enough of Barcelona; they’ll be on the decks at the newly opened, historic venue Teatre Principal. Doors at 12:30am.

TEATRE PRINCIPAL. La Rambla, 27 (Raval) €50


House music legend Kerri Chandler is flying in from New York to headline the party at Barcelona’s newest nightclub KER. Doors at 1am.

KER. C/ Tarragona, 141 (Sants) €25


Finally, for those who won’t be done as day breaks, there’s always the New Year’s Day party. For serious dance aficionados the new Elrow City is offering up a techno legend: Richie Hawtin.

ELROW CITY. KER at C/ Tarragona, 141 (Sants) €50

 

Barcelona, el destino español preferido

photo Alberto Beltran

 

Según un estudio del tráfico generado por usuarios en TripAdvisorBarcelona concentra el mayor interés de viajeros tanto españoles como extranjeros para alquilar una vivienda vacacional, seguida de Madrid. Asimismo, el portal ha detectado que los usuarios españoles y extranjeros coinciden en sus búsquedas de destinos de sol y playa.

 

Los extranjeros, además, de optar por las grandes capitales, también optan por destinos andaluces, canarios y baleares al elegir el alquiler de una vivienda como una opción de alojamiento para sus vacaciones. Andalucía lidera el ranking con un gran número de destinos, Marbella y Nerja, en Málaga, Sevilla y Málaga ocupan los puestos 4,5,9 y 10, respectivamente. Mallorca e Ibiza, 3 y 7 lugar, respectivamente, se posicionan como los destinos baleares más demandados. Por último Canarias, con la Playa de las Américas y Tenerife, en sexta y octava posición.

Barcelona: APRIL 23rd, SAINT GEORGE, BOOKS AND ROSES EVERYWHERE

 

 

 

 

If a visitor comes or is in Barcelona on April 23rd, He or she will have a big surprise.

The  day of Saint George, patron saint of Catalonia, is a very special festivity in Catalonia. Streets  and squares are adorned with culture and civicism like no other day and the main decoration are roses and books . Remember that Saint George is also the patron saint of lovers. In fact, that day is more celebrated than Valentine’s Day. Tradition suggests that couples exchange a present, a book for him and a rose for her. Since April 23rd it’s also a day dedicated to culture.
Catalonia celebrates the Catalan language, a Roman language with more than a thousand years of history. Catalan, as a matter of fact, was banned by Spanish authorities during long periods of history but in the past decades has undergone an unprecedented social growth. On Saint George visitors will find all over the street stalls offering books and roses bound by the national Catalan flag as well as lots of people looking for books and roses in the main streets of Barcelona. The main activities take place in the famous “Rambles”.
On Saint George it is also costumary to have open doors day at
the Generalitat Palace, a Medioeval building with some examples of Gothic and Renaissance styles.

Generalitat houses the Catalan Autonomous Government. Therefore, the
day of the Saint of Catalonia ( a working day although considered a festivity ) is a wonderful occasion to explore this palace located in Sant Jaume’s Square, in front of the City Hall in which it is held a big exhibition with all variety of roses.

El Verano en Barcelona – Summertime

 

Barcelona active municipal services to ensure safety and cleanliness in the 4.5 miles of shoreline

Reinforcement of the lifeguards starts, cleaning and protecting for the first swimmers.

Barcelona prepares the  beaches for the summer  arrival.In the 4.5 kilometers of shoreline between the San Sebastian beach or Barceloneta and swimming area of the Forum, services  have been activated for cleaning  the sand and water, as well the , lifeguard service from Red Cross. Moreover, since the start of spring the local police have intensified surveillance in the area and opened the facilities environmental information, such as the Beach Centre and Space Sea. All in order to ensure to citizens, especially to swimmers, the quality of public space and facilitate coexistence in the coastal strip in Barcelona.

Barcelona Wi-Fi: Free Service

 

Welcome to Barcelona Wi-Fi

The network that takes you round the internet.

Barcelona WiFi is a Barcelona City Council service that enables you to connect to the Internet through WiFi access points, or hotspots, located in various municipal amenities and public access points.

Barcelona WiFi is a free internet access network available to all citizens, an online and mobile network which facilitates fast and convenient information searches and the social use of the internet, adapting us to today’s knowledge society. We provide Barcelona residents with the biggest, free public WiFi network in Spain and one of the biggest in Europe.

 

There are 440 points to connect in Barcelona, check the map to find the nearest to you.