La Barceloneta – a favourite neighbourhood

La Barceloneta is built on reclaimed land between the old town the former Maians Island, and is where Barcelona’s most central beach is found.

An evocative name, La Barceloneta, this is Barcelona’s much loved neighbourhood by the sea, where the people of Barcelona love to come and eat fish, seafood and “tapas”. A little grubby but choc-full of charm and faded grandeur, the Barcelones would not love La Barceloneta any other way.

A beautiful neighbourhood to explore, la Barceloneta boasts beaches on one side, the quaint Port Vell (old port) on the other. It absolutely must be explored on foot, as the streets are generally too narrow for cars.

Once Barcelona’s fishing district, this working class neighbourhood was redeveloped before the 1992 Olympic Games and is home to one of Barcelona’s best-loved beaches. This was not always the case, Barcelona was a city that turned its back on the sea until the 1992 Olympics, and the coast here was formerly squalid and dirty, a far sight from the clean sand and clear water enjoyed today.

The beach is thought to have inspired Miguel de Cervantes for the setting for the fight between Don Quixote and the Knight of the White Moon – it was here that the knight errant was finally defeated and abandoned his quest.

The promenade of La Barceloneta is a wonderful place full of life, perfect in fact to enjoy a stroll and feel a sea breeze on your face. Activities abound here; there is a gymnastics area, facilities for beach volleyball, beach tennis, and table tennis tables.

As spring gathers momentum and the first breath of summer is being felt over our city, be sure to come down to the Barceloneta when you visit Barcelona and enjoy its beaches, sea food, and laid back old world charm.

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German film in Barcelona

Until May, The Goethe Film Club will be hosting a series exciting recent German films at the Goethe-Institut in Barcelona. A social event will take place after every film at the Berlin Eixample Bar on Diagonal, offering you the chance to discuss the film with other lovers of German cinema.

The Goethe-Institut promotes the study of the German language and culture abroad and is found at Calle Roger de Flor 224 in Barcelona.

The following films are showing in April, every Wednesday at 8pm, with free admission. More information click here.

April film schedule:

April 8th Good Bye, Lenin!, Wolfgang Becker, Germany 2003.
April 15th Halbe Treppe (A media escalera), Andreas Dresen, Germany 2001.
April 22nd Prinzessinnenbad, Bettina Blümner, Germany 2006.
April 29th Das Wunder von Bern (El Milagro de Berna), Sönke Wortmann, Germany 2003.
May 6th Sonnenallee, Leander Haußmann, Germany 1998/99.
May 13th Soul Kitchen Fatih Akin, Germany 2008/09.

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Van Van food market

Van Van, Barcelona’s food truck market would be equally at home in Melbourne, East London, San Francisco or Berlin. Come along and enjoy some high quality, healthy, locally and ethically sourced organic street food at this global village food market where the cuisine of Thailand, China, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam, India, as well as many others, will be cooked up in the back of over 20 food trucks. Everyone is sure to find something to suit their tastes and not to go home hungry.

The event coincides with the reopening of Plaça de les Glòries, where the Lost and Found Vintage Market will also be happening, and takes place on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th from 11am-9.30pm.

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Poble Nou Open Day 2015

Feelathomeinbarcelona is based in the wonderful district of Poblenou and we are not afraid to show our pride in our neighbourhood. So we are very excited about the Poblenou Open Day taking place this weekend on the lovely Rambla Poble Nou, for a third year in a row.

Poblenou Open Day offers visitors have the chance to visit some 80 hubs of art and creativity that are part of the neighbourhood’s burgeoning art scene. Many of these are normally closed to the public.

Galleries, workshops, showrooms, shops, restaurants, hotels and more will open their doors and host a range of activities including, among other events, poetry readings, walking tours, food tastings and live music.

If you are staying on one of our apartments in Poble Nou be sure to join in the fun tomorrow from 11 to 8. If you are staying in another part of town, come and see Poble Nou, we are by the beach and enjoy a laid back village vibe!

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Mercat d’escapades – rural tourism in Catalunya

Many visitors to Barcelona are unaware of the diversity and beauty of Catalunya, which includes high mountains in the north and lush plains in the centre. From Friday until Sunday the the Mercat d’Escapades on the Avenida de la Catedral de Barcelona aims to make visitors to the city more aware of these options.

In addition to publicising options for exploring the heritage of Catalunya, visitors will be able to buy trips, activities and experiences.
A total of 111 companies are participating. The event is organized into four areas: culture and gastronomy, nature, wine, and family holidays. As well as gathering information, visitors will be invited to take place in activities such as workshops; wine tastings, beer or oil tastings, or sampling culinary delicacies from the Catalan countryside.

To find out more see, an online platform that allows users to purchase trips and activities directly from internet.

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Picasso and Dali

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona is mounting an exciting new exhibition that combines the work of the artists Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí for the first time. Dalí was Catalan, and Picasso spent his formative years in Barcelona. Barcelona´s Deputy Mayor for Culture, Knowledge, Creativity and Innovation, Jaume Ciurana, has observed that Barcelona “made them theirs because they endorsed Barcelona”.

The exhibition of 78 pieces from the two artists is titled ‘Picasso / Dali. Dalí / Picasso’ and was devised by the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg (Florida, USA), where it ran until November last year in collaboration with the Museu Picasso in Paris and the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí in Figueres (Girona).

It features 29 works from both artists that are not usually on display and so can only be seen here in Barcelona. Also on display are two works that are rarely exhibited in Europe – ‘Retrat de la meva Germana’ and ‘The profanació de l’Host’, by Dalí. The curators have borrowed works from museums in Germany, Canada, the USA, Spain, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The exhibition is based upon the relationship between these two giants of twentieth century art, through paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures and prints. It also devotes a section to the Spanish Civil War, an event which profoundly affected both artists, who were both against Franco’s fascist regime.
The organisers have noted the importance of Catalunya in the artist´s relationship, especially Barcelona and Cadaqués, where a young Dalí was visited by Picasso, who then became something of a teacher to him.

This exhibition represents a unique aspect of Catalan art and history and is a must see for anyone interested in 20th century art. It begins tomorrow, the 20th of March, and runs until June the 28th.

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Pedestrian Sundays

Barcelona pedestrian Sundays are a fun new weekend event organised by the Ajuntament de Barcelona (council). Staring at the end of the month, on March the 29th, the event is to run on six consecutive Sundays up until April the 26th; the side lanes on stretches of Diagonal and Passeig de Gràcia will be closed off to traffic and dedicated to pedestrians only. The central lanes on both streets will function normally with traffic, and there will be no changes to public transport routes.

Instead of cars and buses, the streets will be filled with workshops, fun children’s activities, book stands, sporting activities including a space to play futtoc, a brand new sport invented in Barcelona combining table tennis and football! There will be spaces dedicated to circus skills, traditional Catalan giants, volleyball and live music. Last but not, visitors will be offered guided tours of some of the architectural highlights of the area, which is full of art nouveau masterpieces. The latter event is perhaps special of interest to visitors to the city.

The activities are not purely being organised by the Ajuntament for fun. They also are an experiment to, and the gauge how fun and entertainment can fit into the normal life of the city in the absence of traffic, and to see if Barcelona’s residents embrace the idea of traffic calming. If ‘Sundays for Barcelona pedestrians’ is a success then it could become a regular fixture and could and be rolled out to other streets in the city. With it’s wide boulevards and pleasant climate, Barcelona is very well suited to this idea, which has seen success in many other cities globally.

All activities are free and run from 9am-3pm.

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Horse riding for kids in Barcelona

The Barcelona L’Oreneta Pony Park in the north of Sarria aims to reach out to more students than ever this year. The Pony Park, which runs the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona, will bring the world of horses more to than 5,000 city children in a practical class where they can comb and stroke eight ponies as well as take a ride on them.

Children from 91 schools in the Catalan capital, from many different backgrounds, will benefit this year from a free equestrian morning. The activity takes place during school hours and is aimed at children aged 5-8 years.

The initiative is part of Barcelona Equestrian Challenge (BECH) and is organised by the Institut Barcelona Esports (IBE) with the aim of bringing the world of horses to school in Barcelona, promoting a passion and respect for animals, nature and sporting values.

Over the past year during 2013 and 2014, over 4,000 Catalan school children benefited from this program exceeded by far during the current school year. As confirmed by Ramón Catalán, president of CSIO Barcelona and representative of Real Club de Polo, “the number of children who benefit from this project is multiplied exponentially, and throughout this course will about 5,100 youngsters will enjoy with this activity. It’s our bid to get Barcelona more involved with their natural environment” Catalan added.

On weekends the Pony Park also offers rides to the general public and visitors to the park, who visit Oreneta to walk, play or ride the miniature steam circuit railway.

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The Tapies foundation

Antoni Tàpies is one of Barcelona’s most celebrated artists. Tápies arrived on the International and Catalan art scenes in the 1950s, after some time living and working in Paris.

Influenced by the abstract impressionism of the time, Tàpies incorporated waste paper, mud and rags into his paintings, eventually arriving at the use of whole pieces of furniture, running water and girders.

Born and raised in Barcelona, his work and his identity were closely entwined with the city. A strong critic of Spain´s fascist regime under Franco, Tapiès was once arrested for attending a secret assembly that was pro democracy and freedom of speech. By the 1970s Tàpies began to introduce symbols of Catalan identity in his work and in 1974 he made a series of lithographs called Assassins, in memory of the Catalan freedom fighter Salvador Puig i Antich, who was executed, and displayed them in the Galerie Maeght in Paris.

After the death of Franco and return to democracy, he set up the Tàpies Foundation at its current location at Calle Aragon 255, the former Montaner i Simon publishing house, in 1984, and dedicated it to the study and appreciation of contemporary art. True to form, he crowned the building with an installation piece in the form of a tangle of ragged metal netting and aluminium entitled Núvol i Cadira, or ‘Cloud and Chair’. The building is now a cultural centre and museum dedicated to Tapiès’ work and life, and is the location of frequent exhibitions, symposiums, lectures and films related to Tàpies as well as contemporary art.

This is one of Barcelona´s most important cultural landmarks. Lovers of the artist, or of contemporary art should not miss it.

Aragó, 255

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Museum of World Cultures in Barcelona

The Museum of World Cultures is a fascinating and unique ethnological collection of artistic and cultural artefacts from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania. The collection is made up of nearly 529 pieces from the private Folch collection and is on loan to the city of Barcelona for the next 20 years. None of it has ever previously been on display to the general public until now.

The exhibition is on Calle Montcada in a medieval townhouse – the Nadal and Marquès de Llió house.

As well as the pieces from the Folch Collection, pieces from the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge, the Clos Archaeological Foundation and the Duran Vall-llosera Archaeological Collection can be seen, making for a rich and unique cultural experience.

Interactive and audiovisual museum resources help to explain the background of the items on display. These make use of images, films and documentaries provided by the Ethnological Museum of Barcelona and the Folch Foundation, providing insight into different aspects of cultures and landscapes exhibited, and helping to place them in context, rather than just being shown as raw exhibits.
Free until Tuesday the 7th of April, Montcada, 14, Barcelona 08003.

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