Barcelona’s Colourful Street Festival
Gràcia is a charming and fairly bohemian neighbourhood of Barcelona that only at the end of the 19th century became a part of the city. What is special about Gràcia is not only its village-like feel but also incredible community spirit – definitely a driving force behind famous Festa Major de Gràcia.
This lively fiesta is one of the largest festivals of this type in Barcelona. Even though la fiesta de los Coros in Barceloneta can get very busy and noisy, it is the Gràcia Festival and its street decoration competition that attracts the curious crowds. Within my circle of friends it is the fiesta that we always look forward to the most.
Fiesta in Carrer Providencia
I am more of a day person and even after all this time in Barcelona I am really not used to going out past midnight. I always joke with my friends that I need a power nap if they want me to join them and manage to stay awake. It might not come as a surprise then that when I heard about the Piknic Electronik, Sunday afternoon event with electronic music in wonderful outdoor settings I was sold completely on this idea.
The Piknic Electronik formula came to Barcelona in 2012 all the way from Montreal and is now becoming a popular export. Melbourne kicked off its series of electronic gigs in January. Cannes is preparing for the first edition this summer and there also events running in Dubai and Paris. Let’s wait and see what other cities join in. Any bets or guesses?
It is the Museum Week this week! The time when the museums, galleries and cultural institutions from all over the world celebrate culture on Twitter by posting and curating engaging content each day using different hashtags. This year there is more than 800 museum from 29 countries participating and taking #MuseumWeek to another level. Fingers crossed that soon it will be a truly global event.
I really wish this exciting initiative was around when I was studying Arts Management. I am sure that Museums and Heritage Sector module I took, would benefit from that social media dimension.
Today is all about inspiration so I thought it might be a good idea to share two of my biggest inspirations in Barcelona from that cultural field, the art museums in Raval.
The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
Good vibes and vegetarian delights
Somebody mentioned a healthy and very delicious lunch? I am in! Raval? Perfect! It is close to work, especially if I cycle there, not far from home to drop by on the weekend. It is also a very cool neighbourhood of Barcelona so let me share with you some names of great vegetarian restaurants in Raval.
My colleagues introduced me to this fantastic restaurant and I fell for its warm, lively and very welcoming vibe immediately. The three course menu option is generous and the concept together with prices is clearly explained in Catalan, Spanish and English. Unless you decide to go for a soup, a salad bar at the back of the restaurant is a place where you pick your starter. There are some filling options like tasty lentils, spicy potato, brown rice or pasta available and it is self-service so do not worry if you are hungry.
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Come hungry to Barceloneta
Barceloneta definitely attracts many tourists eager to sunbathe, splash in the sea and make the most of the beach in the center of Barcelona. Last summer I lost count how many people asked me for directions to get to there. The crowds are usually wild and noisy but never hungry or at least not without options to find a place for a meal or a quick bite. There are many seafood restaurants just by the beach and in the summer, lively chiringuitos are also thrown into the mix offering refreshing drinks and tasty snacks.
As much as I enjoy the beachside life I recommend exploring the narrow streets and small squares of this charming neigbourhood. Some restaurants and tapas bars in Barceloneta are my absolute favourites and whenever my friends and family visit me in Barcelona I take them there for lunch or dinner.