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Festa Major de Gràcia – Join the Street Party

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

Fiesta in Carrer Providencia

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Electronik Sundays in Barcelona

Piknic Electronik

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?

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The Art Museums in Raval

#MuseumWeek

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.

#InspirationMW

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

The Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

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4 cities not to miss in Catalonia

Visiting Catalonia? Well.. it has a lot to offer! Stunning nature, interesting heritage and traditions. It is important to remember though that it is not just about Barcelona. There are other Catalan cities that should not be missed when exploring this part of Europe.

Girona

When I visited Girona last summer it was a love at first sight. Its picturesque houses overlooking the river Onyar and the old town with a variety of architectural styles took my breath away.

Girona

Girona

The heritage of the city goes back to the Roman times but there were also the Visigoths and later the Moors who left their mark. The 12th century was the time when the Jewish community flourished in Girona adding even more to that rich mix of influences.

The old fortifications played a crucial role in protecting Girona from invaders for hundreds of years. These days it is possible to walk along the city walls and admire the Collegiate Church of Sant Feliu and the ancient Cathedral from a distance.

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Great vegetarian restaurants in Raval

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.

BioCenter

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.

Welcome to BioCenter

Welcome to BioCenter

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