Exhibitions Barcelona CCCB

Impurity Exhibition BarcelonaImpurity Exhibition CCCB

The CCCB (Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona) is currently presenting some interesting works as part of an ongoing series into the condition of the human species - at this point in time particularly poignant as global statesmen currently ponder the state of affairs in terms of political economy and it's effects on society (at least, we hope that's what they are thinking about).


Liceu Theatre Barcelona

Grand Theatre of Liceu BarcelonaGran Theatre of Liceu

Situated on the Ramblas, the Liceu theatre hosts great theatre and opera.  The original building was destroyed in a fire and in 1999 was rebuilt to great artistic and technological quality, and maintains the decorative feel of the original house. Guided tours are also available which include the Cercle de Liceu, a private club which shares the building and houses a collection of paintings by Ramon Casas.


Barcelona Sightseeing

Sightseeing-BarcelonaBarcelona Sightseeing

This is a brief overview of the main sights that you may want to visit in Barcelona and a brief description of each one.  Later we will add a link for each one to more information and provide detailed instructions, opening times etc there.  But for anyone looking for a brief guide to Barcelona's main sights this is the guide for you.


Where to Stay in Barcelona

Plaza-Reiel-BarcelonaKnow your Area

I've noticed that many people use their favourite search engine to search for information on the best areas to stay in their chosen destination.  This is a very good question and independent advice is quite tricky to come by without exhaustive searching.  So, I have written a small description of each area of Barcelona along with some general travel advice for holidaying tourists.


La Central Bookshops Barcelona

La Central del Raval Barcelona BookshopsCoffee and Books

Barcelona has great bookshops dotted variously around the centre and in the Eixample district.  La Central is a series of shops which hold more literary, artistic and classical titles, and in various languages (English, French, Italian etc.).  The interior design is cosy and they often sneak in a coffee shop with great coffee and cakes.


Macba Barcelona

The Mabca Museum BarcelonaContemporary Art Barcelona

The MACBA (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona) is a beautiful, modern art gallery and exhibition centre located in the heart of the Raval district. In summer they offer free entrance in the evening, called Nits de Macba, and the atmosphere is great.   The exhibitions are eclectic and of very good quality, ranging from cinema to architecture.  The area hosts plenty of bars and restaurants and the MACBA is just around the corner from the another art gallery, the CCCB, for a full day of culture.


Casa Asia Barcelona


Taste of Asia in Barcelona

In Barcelona, at the top of Diagonal, located in a beautiful, modernist Palau Baro de Quadras, there is a small piece of Asia.  The Casa Asia foundation of Barcelona invites you to sample Asian flavours, cultural, intellectual and culinary, all in one place.  They show a series of films, hold conferences, offer courses and hold exhibitions, promoting Asia in Barcelona. 


La Caixa Exhibitions Barcelona in February

La-caixa-exhibitions-feburary-barcelonaCatalan Art

Starting February 4th until 26th April, La Caixa Forum in Barcelona is displaying an exhibition of artworks from Catalan Artist Joaquim Mir.  The exhibitions covers his work from the early days when he frequented the restaurant Els 4 Gats in Barcelona until his later works from 1921 when he moved to Vilanova i la Geltru.  The exhibition is called: Joaquim Mir. Anthology.


First Steps in Barcelona

Las Ramblas Barcelona

Plaza Catalunya

Most people begin their tour of Barcelona at Plaza Catalunya, and this is a great place to start. From here people generally head in either up or down to begin their tour: Down the Ramblas, towards the Port area or Up through the shopping districts of Eixample.
The main tourist office is located here, as are central terminals for the bus and metro, there is even a connection to the local railways here for heading out of the city.


El Mercat de Les Flors

Mercat de les Flors BarcelonaArts and Dance in Barcelona

Housed in a stylish building from the 1929 Barcelona Exhibition and in its present form since 1983, the Mercat de les Flors is an unmissable cultural centre offering contemporary arts, dance, music and theatre.  It is located on Montjuic, a short stroll away from several other fantastic theatres and museums such as the Grec, MNAC and Teatre Lliure. 


Barcelona Jazz

london-bar-barcelonaJazz Music Barcelona

Barcelona has a lively music scene, from great concerts held in Palau Jordi to more intimate venues such as Jazz Si and London Bar where live music is played throughout the week, ranging from Blues and Jazz to Flamenco.  Barcelona also annually holds a series of Jazz events at the Barcelona Jazz Festival.  This article will highlight some of the clubs especially worth visiting on the Barcelona jazz and blues circuit.


The Picasso Museum Barcelona

The Picasso Museum Barcelona Picasso in Barcelona

The Picasso Museum in Barcelona holds a variety of early works from this famous artist from Malaga.  The musem dates from 1963 and has recently seen a series of expansive renovations and is constantly developing new programmes and services.  The museum is located in the heart of the Gothic area and there is a great little coffee house just 1 minute away.


La Boqueria Barcelona

La boqueria market barcelonaFamous Boqueria Market

A visit to the Barcelona Boqueria marketplace is a must.  This ancient marketplace dating from 1217 is stuffed with every kind of produce; fruit, veg, fish, meat, cheese, nuts, herbs, you name it.  It's full name is Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, and it's located halfway down the Ramblas.



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