October in Barcelona!

Summer is over, but you can still enjoy Barcelona’s amazing weather. If you think there aren’t so many things to do in October in this magical city, you are mistaken. I have for you a list of upcoming events in Barcelona.

Oktoberfest 2019

Oktoberfest in Barcelona! Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be, it’s the eighth edition that is organized in this magic city. If you are a beer lover, you must go to the Octoberfest and try some special beers, like the Paulaner, which was made especially for the original Oktoberfest in Munich. I can guarantee you that you won’t be hungry during the festival, as you will find some typical German dishes like sausages, pretzels or pork knuckles.

On the 3d of October at 18:30, there will be an opening ceremony with live music, contests, and the traditional Bavarian costumes. Please be advised that it is a free party so it can be very crowded!

When: 03.10-13.10 Where: Square del Univers de Fira de Barcelona.

Free Friday Night in Egyptian Museum of Barcelona

The Egyptian Museum of Barcelona launches the second edition of Free Friday Night. The doors will be opened from 7 pm until 12 pm. You will be able to admire two permanent collections formed by more than 1,200 pieces as well as the exhibition ‘Tutankhamun, history of a discovery’. During the day, more activities are scheduled for visitors, such as workshops in hieroglyphic and mummification.

When: 04.10 Where: Museo Egipto Barcelona

Festival the Rosary

Since 1962, the festival the Rosary is celebrated in Barcelona, or more exactly on the Rambla and its close surroundings. This festival is organized in favor of “la Mare de Deu del Roser” (Our Lady of Rosary), the saint patron of the street. During the festival, La Rambla is beautifully decorated with flowers, with the statue of Colon, Palau Vireina or Palau Moja being particularly stunningly adorned.

When: 05.10-7.10.2019 Where: La Rambla

Mercats mercat

Mercats mercat means in English ‘Market of Markets’. This event is organized by the City Hall, and this year will mark its 10th edition. You will be able to assist to presentations, sessions of live cooking, cocktail-making workshops, wine tastings and much more held by the stallholders of the municipal markets and professionals of the gastronomic sector.

When: 18.10-20.10 Where: Aveniguida de Cathedral

La Monumental Club

Monumental Club is one of my favorite activities in October. La Monumental Club is a fair for people of all ages. During the two days of fair, you can enjoy family activities such as Big Mini’s music workshops and self-portraits. You will find a market with new and second-hand clothes and vintage items. In case you are hungry, there is plenty of food trucks, meaning when you can have a drink as the scheduled DJs are playing live. If I still didn’t convince you, be advised that this event is organized in a beautiful old stadium used for bullfighting.

When: 05.10 Where: Plaza de Toros Monumental de Barcelona

Discover the remains of Romans

Barcelona city has more than 2000 years of history. At the end of first century BC, the Roman Emperor Augustus decided to create a small village for retired soldiers, which he named “Colonia Iulia Augusta Faventia Paterna Barcino”, later called Barcelona. The city was created on a rectangular plan with cut corners and was surrounded by walls. Between the III and IV centuries, the citizens of the small Barcino created new walls. Today in Barcelona you can still find the remains of the Roman city. Every year, there are new archeological discoveries from that time. I will tell you about 4 places where you can see some remains of the Roman city, which are not so well known by tourists and I believe not even so well known by locals.

Centre Civic Pati Llimona

Pati Llimona is a civic center specialized in photography. What’s so special about it? When you enter it, you will be able to see the remains of the roman walls from IV century and one of the main gates to the city. The entrance is free.

Carrer del Correu Vell / Carrer d’en Groc

At the corner of these two streets, you will find a very tiny pathway which will take you to a small patio where you can admire the defense towers that were built in the 3d century. If you look on the left, you will see, through glass windows, some remains of Romans terms from the 1st century.

Terms were very popular during the Roman era – they were used by citizens who didn’t have their own “bathroom”, but it was also a place where merchants were making business. Terms had different sorts of spaces, such as pools filled with hot or cold water, swimming-pools, places to exercise and others for receiving massages.

The terms located in Barcino originally measured more than 1500m2 and most probably were divided into two parts, one for women and one for men. The structure that you can still see today is the cold-water pool. Terms were abundant in the 4th century.

If you wish to discover this small space of the Roman terms, doors are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-3:00, on Wednesdays 5:00-8:00, and on Saturdays 10:30 – 13:30. The entrance is located on Regomir street, 6.

Domus Sant Honorat

The construction of this Domus (house) is dated back to somewhere between the first century BC and the 4th century. The location of this house, right next to the Forum, which was the center of religious and political power, shows the high social status of the owner.

In the Domus, we can see remains of the Domus viridarium (a garden with various ornamental elements) and a series of cubicula (the family’s private rooms). This museum occupies a very small surface area of only 100m2.

The museum of Sant Honorat is open on Sundays 10:00 -14:00, ticket price is 2 €.

Domus Avinyo

Domus Avinyo, just like Domus Sant Honorat is dated back to somewhere between the first century BC and the 4th century, but the archeological remains are much smaller than in Sant Honorat. In the Avinyo house, you can admire paintings that ornate the ceiling and walls, whereas the floors are covered with ceramic tails. The remains correspond to the part of the roman house where the guests were received. The big plus of this small museum Domus Avinyo is that you can watch a video explaining how the city of Barcelona and the house used to look during Roman era.

The museum of Domus Avinyo is open on Sundays 10:00 -14:00, ticket price is 2 €.

Please be advised that all these venues are very small, so you will spend there around 10-15min.

Barrios

Barcelona is divided into 10 districts (Barrios). I prepared for you a little guide with the oldest barrios in Barcelona and the attraction you can find there. A Ciuta Vela is a term used to describe the oldest districts of the city. It includes Barrio Gothic, El Raval, El Borne and Barceloneta. Each of them has its own style, vibe and atmosphere.

Gothic Quarter
The Gothic district is the oldest part of the town. More than 2000 years ago, Roman Emperor Augustus decided to create a small village for a retired soldier, exactly where the Gothic district is today. Over time, the small town became one of the most important cities on the Iberian Peninsula. From the 13th to 15th century, the Gothic style was popular in architecture and many new buildings were built. Barrio gothic really does not exist, the name was invented in 1928 just before the Exposicion Internacional in order to attract tourists. Many of the buildings in the center were destroyed or rebuilt to fit the concept of the Gothic style.
The best way to visit is by walking, entering a narrow street around the most famous places: Cathedral Sanat Cruz, Palau Generalitat or Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi.

Raval
The name of the district comes from the Arab world of Rabad – a neighborhood. The history of Raval began in the Middle Ages and was mostly occupied by infidels until the 19th century. The construction of many warehouses and factories has a huge impact on the settlement of immigrants. In 1990, Ayuntamiento launched a number of projects to integrate immigrants into the Barcelona community. In these days, Raval is a multicultural neighborhood, full of life day and night.
In Raval you can see the famous “Cat” from Fernando Botero and MACBA – Museu d’Art.Contemporani

El Borne
This part of the city began to be inhabited around the 13th century by an aristocratic family very closely connected with the Count of Barcelona. The nobility were very tired of the crowded city, so they decided to move just behind the Roman walls and build spectacular Gothic palaces. In the 14th century, the district became a business centre, thanks to so many craftsmen who settled down in El Borne. To this day, the street names are linked to the craftsmen who lived and worked in the particular street.
El Born is the heart of the city, tourists mix with the locals, relaxing in the numerous cocktails bars and restaurants. I recommend getting lost in the small streets and discovering tiny craft shops.
The main attractions are Cathedral Santa Maria del Mar , the Centro Cultural El Borne and the Picasso Museum.

Barceloneta
The Barceloneta district is the youngest of the Ciutat Vella. Barceloneta was founded in the second half of the 18th century as a district for the people of Ribera, whose homes were destroyed after the war of succession.
The inhabitants of Barceloneta had jobs related to the sea: fisherman, boatbuilder, etc. 100 years later,after the Industrial Revolution, many factories were opened. Fishermen slowly moved out and immigrants moved in. Just before the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, the area changed completely, factories disappeared and the city hall has ordered the creation of a beaches. Today, this part of Barcelona is loved by tourists, you’ll find there many restaurants and cocktail bars.

Museums for free?

Do you like to visit museums? I personally like it a lot, but I love it even more when I can do it for free! I prepared for you a list of museums that have free entrance once a week. Ready?

1. Basilica de la Sagrada Familia
I know it is not a museum but who doesn’t want to visit the Sagrada Familia for free? At 9 am on Sundays, the Catholic mass is celebrated in the Sagrada Familia, so you can enter for free, but space is limited so you should be there at 8.30 am and take a place in a queue. Please remember that you will have to respect the celebration, so you can forget about taking photos.

2. MNAC: Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
If you are a fan of art you must visit the MNAC. All types of artistic creations are displayed: sculptures, paintings, pieces of art, drawings, prints, posters, photographs, and numismatics. The museum has one of the biggest collections of art from the Roman period in the world. If you get tired, you can relax on one of two terraces with amazing views on the city.
Free entrance: every Saturday from 3 pm

https://www.museunacional.cat/en

3. MUHBA: Museu d’Història de Barcelona
The Muhb is a museum of history located in Plaza del Rei. At the beginning of the XX century, archaeological remains from the Roman and Visigoth eras were discovered. In this underground labyrinth, you can explore remains of houses, streets, etc. It is a visit I recommend if you have great imagination because the main thing you will see is stones, so you will have to use your creativity to picture how it used to look.
Free entrance: every Sundays from 3 pm.

http://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/museuhistoria/en/muhba-placa-del-rei

4. Museu Frederic Marès
Frederic Marès was a sculptor and a collector who lived in the XX century. You will be surprised by the multitude of things that can be found in this museum: the door of a temple from the Roman time, sarcophagi, religious sculptures, tobacco pipes, swords, hair clips, etc.
The museum is divided into 3 parts: religious sculptures, men and women.
Free entrance: every Sunday: from 3 pm

http://w110.bcn.cat/museufredericmares/eng

5. Picasso Museum
The Museum of Picasso is opened since 1963 and is home to more than 400 of his paintings. The collection of his paintings is presented chronologically. Young Pablo Picasso lived in Barcelona with his family before moving to France. The museum is located in Moncada Street, in a typical Gothic palace dating back to the XIII-XIV centuries.
Free entrance: every Thursday from 6 pm / the amount of tickets is limited, you should sign up on the museum’s website to get your free ticket

http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en

6. Museu Marítim de Barcelona
This museum is located in an old shipyard and is one of the best examples of Gothic civil architecture. In the Marítim Museum, you will discover the maritime history of the Catalan region, as well as ship models from the past, from small models to a real catamaran used for a trip to a Spanish colony in America. Free entrance: every Sunday from 3 pm

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The best beaches in Barcelona!

Summer has finally arrived in Barcelona! This time we have to wait for it longer than usual. The relaxing season on the beach is open, so I’ll share with you the best places for the beach. Let’s be honest, the beaches in Barcelona are not the most beautiful in the Catalan region, but if you don’t want to spend the whole day sunbathing, just a few hours, Barcelona is a good choice. I chose four of the eight beaches that I think are the best to enjoy the water and sand.

Playa Bogatell
In the old time there was a fishing district, and through it runs a small river Bogatell. These days the river no longer exists, but the beach was named after the Bogatell River. The beach was renovated in the ’80s and is one of the most popular in the city. The beach is 702 m long.

Playa de la Mar Bella My favorite beach because of the contrast. We can “divide” this beach in three zones. First, we have a nudist beach that turns smoothly into a place where the LGBT community is relaxing, and finally a mixture of tourists, residents, families, and children.

Playa Nova Mar Bella
This beach is a favorite place for young people and women.
Nova Mar Bella is accessible for people with disabilities. You will find there wheelchair pavements connecting the sidewalks with the seashore.

Playa de Levant
It is the youngest beach, where you will find a zone for animals. If you are on holiday with your elephant, parrot or dog, this is the perfect beach for you.
On all these beaches there are toilets, showers, lifeguards, police station and bars where you can rent deckchairs and umbrellas.