6 Reasons to Visit the Joan Miró Museum

6 Reasons to Visit the Joan Miró Museum

Barcelona has long had a celebrated community of the arts, from incredible design and architecture throughout the city, to painters and sculptors like the amazing Joan Mirò, a Barcelona native known for his rebellious surrealism. If you have yet to visit the Joan Mirò Museum in Parc to Montjuïc in the heart of the city, it is well worth the trip and is easy to reach by public transportation or even on foot depending where you are staying when you visit.

6 Reasons to Visit the Joan Mirò Museum

  1. The Intrigue of Joan Mirò Himself
    At the Joan Mirò Museum, you will have the chance to learn of this man’s intriguing life, and what inspired his famous life works. He lived from 1893 to 1983 and is known for being among a group of classically trained  and extremely talented artists who rebelled against the fundamentals of painting and sculpture. They believed art had long been confined to the bourgeois class and so moved into creating surreal pieces influenced largely by cubists. While he was born and raised in the Barri Gòtic, Mirò’s art was not only rebelling against society, but also against his working class roots, having been born into the families of a goldsmith and a watchmaker. In 1920 he began spending the majority of his time in Paris, where he was part of the artist community in Montparnasse, though he still summered in his home of Catalonia.
  2. Explore Contemporary Artists Who Have Won the Joan Mirò Prize
    The Fundaciò Joan Mirò, which runs the museum, has been awarding the Joan Mirò prize annually since 2007. They look for contemporary artists who display the exploration, innovation, commitment, and freedom that was central to Joan Mirò’s life and work. This year’s winner is Ignasi Aballí.
  3. It’s Easy to Get There!
    Located right in the famous Parc de Montjuïc, you can get to the Joan Mirò Museum completely by public transportation, and visit the numerous famous attractions at this amazing location while you’re there.
  4. Breathtaking Exhibits
    Aside from one of the largest exhibits of Joan Mirò’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures that are installed permanently at the museum, you can also look forward to various rotating exhibits. Showing through September, the Alfons Borrell exhibit “Work and Days” is a conglomeration of over 160 of his paintings created over 60 years of his career, forming a sort of essay of his work.
  5. Take a Guided Tour of the Joan Mirò Museum
    Guided tours are offered, and even in English! They last about one hour and cost only 12€ per person.
  6. Family Activities
    If you are traveling to the Joan Mirò Museum with your family, there are numerous activities that will keep your little ones busy and having fun! From workshops to shows and tours all related to the museum’s permanent exhibits, come let your kids be inspired by the creativity of the man Joan Mirò’s lifeworks!

Many visitors to Barcelona look forward to exploring the area’s wonderful museums of Catalan artists from Picasso to Joan Mirò. The Parc de Montjuïc is likewise full of stunning views and amazing cultural attractions, making it well worth the trip when you are in the city.


Barcelona Ramblas: Things to Do and See

Barcelona Ramblas: Things to Do and See

The Barcelona Ramblas is the most famous street in the whole city. Stretching for 1.2 kilometers through its midst, this street has been a central meeting place for residents since the 18th century. Originally situated outside the walls of the medieval city, Barcelona Ramblas was once the site of a flowing river. In fact, the word ramblas originates from the Arabic word ramla, meaning a sandy riverbed. When the walls came down and the river dried up, sometime around 1766, covenants, monasteries, and a university were built along this new city limit.

Barcelona Ramblas quickly became the ideal place in the city to stroll and congregate, as the rest of the streets were narrow and winding. As it gained in popularity as a meeting place and a crucial aspect of social life in the city, the original buildings were torn down and replaced with marketplace businesses typical of urban gathering places. Known most frequently as La Rambla or Las Ramblas, this busy promenade is actually home to six separate ramblas that were different streams and tributaries before being built up.

Rambla de Mar

From the name you may have inferred that this is the rambla closest to the ocean and is a boardwalk area with little seaside shops and movie theaters. This is the newest addition to Barcelona Ramblas, as for most of its existence the city did not embrace its seaside location. Rambla de Mar was a successful attempt to integrate the beach into the life of the city.

Rambla de Santa Monica

This rambla is named for its original covenant that is now a museum, Centre d’Art Santa Monica. Central to this rambla is the roundabout whose central focal point is the famous Columbus Monument representative to most visitors of the Barcelona Ramblas.  

Rambla dels Caputxins

Named for the demolished Capuchin monastery, this rambla is known for the famous Gran Teatre del Liceu, where visitors and residents alike go to see the classics like Swan Lake and also contemporary composers like Mozart Gerhaher. If you’re a fan of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi you’ll love this portion of the promenade where you can see some of his most famous designs like Palau Güell and Plaça Reial.

Rambla Sant Josep

The vibrant marketplace, Mercat de la Boqueria is a favorite place to stop along the Barcelona Ramblas, which replaced yet another covenant in the mid 1900s. Central to this wonderful market is the gorgeous Joan Miró mosaic, an Art Deco masterpiece.

Ramblas dels Estudis

Named for the university that once stood here, there are several historic buildings still to see in this area, including one that houses the city’s first public clock!

Ramblas de Canaletes

Home to the famous Plaça de Catalunya, this rambla is named for the beautiful Canaleta fountain found at its center. The fountain has long been central to the city’s lore, as someone who “drinks water from Canaletes” is known to come from the Barcelona. It has also been said that those who have drunk from the fountain will keep returning to the beautiful Barcelona.


Walking Barcelona Ramblas is the perfect pastime when you visit the city, and is conveniently located at the center of the all the best hubbub. Whether you’re looking for shopping, cafes, or the chance to see some historic buildings, you’ll have no problem spending the better part of a day exploring this street.


Circuit Festival Barcelona Will be Here Soon!

Circuit Festival Barcelona Will be Here Soon!

One of the city’s biggest international festivals is right around the corner, much to the anticipation of the LGBT community worldwide. From August 5th through the 16th, people from around the world to congregate in our beautiful city and celebrate a facet of culture that has long been in need of more diverse gathering options. Circuit Festival Barcelona answers that need offering a 12-day holiday of enjoying the sunshine on the beach, around the city, and the clubbing scene at night. Barcelona is the ideal international meeting point for this gathering of the LGBT community, and Circuit promises to be a safe and fun upbuilding experience!

 Circuit Festival Barcelona Schedule



Circuit Festival Barcelona tickets can be purchased ahead of time either for individual events or for the entire event. Single event tickets range from 25€ to 75€. The All Access Pass will give you free priority access to all of the events at a 50 percent discounted rate. If you are looking forward to attending most of the events, this is a great option for you. The Pass also comes with a 10 percent discount at all the local shops that collaborate with the festival, four free entries at one of the DIR GYMS Barcelona, as well as festival swag!

Circuit’s Waterpark

One of the festival’s most famous and fun events is the Water Park Day, which is known to be the biggest open-air gay part in all of Europe. This fun day in the sun will take place on August 11th starting at 10 am and going all night! Enjoy water games and rides, live music and performances, and thousands of people gathering to celebrate the LGBT community!


Circuit Festival Barcelona is one of the events of the year in the city, and a great reason to finally take that trip to this ideal Spanish destination. Come enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere, and the city’s rich modern culture!

Tour Barcelona Camp Nou: The world’s third largest football stadium

Tour Barcelona Camp Nou: The world’s third largest football stadium

If you’ve ever happened upon Barcelona during a football match then you may have been surprised to see the red and blue streets filled with ecstatic fans cheering as if their very lives depended on victory. Catalonians couldn’t be prouder of their all-star team now sporting football heroes such as Lionel Messi, an idol of many Spanish youths, and soccer players around the world. Barcelona Camp Nou was the team’s very first stadium in its inaugural year of 1957, carrying some of the team’s richest history in its bleachers as well as on the turf. Soccer fan or not, taking a tour of Barcelona Camp Nou will provide a lot of insight into the heart of Catalan culture.

About Barcelona Camp Nou

Constructed between the years of 1955 and 1957 using mainly concrete and iron, the project cost was a staggering 288 million pesetas, meaning the team would spend its first years of existence in great debt. Nevertheless, it was a point of great pride among the team members and coaches, as well as the expanding local fan base that was quickly growing beyond what could be accommodated at the stadium. With a capacity of 99,354 it is now the biggest stadium in all of Europe, but still the crowds overflow into the streets and pubs of the city. When it initially opened it held just over 93,000, which was increased to 120,000 in 1982 to host the FIFA World Cup. New regulations forced the stadium to reduce its capacity in the late 1990s.

There are many notable facilities within the stadium that are cause for its official five-star status. On the tour, you will get to see all of them including the chapel, the presidential box, VIP lounge, Press and television rooms, veteran players area, and the FC Barcelona club museum.

Tour Club Nou

Touring Barcelona Club Nou has become one of the most popular things to do upon visiting the city and is a chance for visitors to get a behind the scenes experience of this Spanish landmark. Check out their impressive trophy room literally filled with accolades; step foot on the actual grass of FC Barcelona, and check out the coveted Messi Space covered with the Argentinian superstar’s accomplishments. You can also visit the press room and visitors’ dressing room, and see the players’ tunnel and commentary boxes. There are truly endless places throughout the stadium to explore that your general admission ticket would not allow you to see, which makes tours all the more appealing to real sports fans.


If you’ve growing up playing football then a visit to Barcelona Club Nou, whether for a tour or a match, will be a high point in your romance with the sport. There are few places as crazed over this game than Spain, and you’ll be left without any doubts about what committed fans actually look like. It is ideal to see this place both empty and quiet where you can just appreciate its legacy, and yet bustling and crazed during game time so you can witness what it was built for.

If you’re planning a trip to the city, be sure to look into these short-term rentals that will make the perfect spot for your pre or post game party!

A Must See: The Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona

A Must See: The Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona

Barcelona is a city as rich in culture as it is in beauty, making it one of the best places to visit in all of Europe. Among the city’s many cultural attractions is the famous Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona, housing a sizeable collection of the Spanish artist’s lifeworks. If you’re an art enthusiast or at all interested in the life and works of Picasso, this museum is central to understanding his career and the extensiveness of his talent. Located on the Carrer de Montcada, the city’s most important stretch of mediaeval architecture, the Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona building is a site to see in itself.

About the Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona

The museum is a key to understanding Picasso’s coming of age as an artist, and in that it deeply reflects his relationship to Barcelona itself where he spent many years of his youth and adolescence. Housing over 4,000 of his works in many different mediums from painting and drawing to printmaking, the collection is exhaustive up until his well-known Blue Period, and depicts his evolution into the years when his work became well known around the world.  The museum is housed in five large townhouses, or palaces, that were built within the 13th to the 15th centuries. These buildings represent the Catalan civic gothic style that is popular within the area’s most historic architecture.

Visiting the Museum

There are many different ways to explore the museum. You can opt for an audio tour that is self guided and allows you to learn more about the pieces you are most interested in, or for a more traditional guided tour given by a knowledgeable docent whose passion and education in Picasso’s work will be lavished on you. Tours are available of both the permanent collections and temporary exhibits.

Picasso – Dali

A popular exhibit currently on display at the Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona features the works of Picasso and Salvador Dali side-by-side. These two important 20th Century artists have long been known for having opposing political views, but a deeper relationship between them has recently been more exposed to the public, and the remarkable impact they had on one another personally is displayed in this exhibit of their similar works. Among the paintings, drawings, etchings and sculptures by both Picasso and Dali, you’ll find documents providing contexts to their work through which you’ll get to see how connected they truly were. There are many different ways to experience this exhibit including a roundtable discussion with experts in these works, guided tours, a reading club and family workshops that are offered.



The museum also takes part in many city-wide festivals such as the LOOP Festival, and will even hosts concerts during the upcoming Symphonic Festival. There are often special events happening, like free nights at the museum and other family oriented ways to enjoy this wonderful Barcelona attraction. Whether you’re a collector, enthusiast or just someone who enjoys learning about culture through the lens of famous artists, you don’t want to miss a chance to explore this wonderful haven of artifacts.

Be sure to look into these short term rentals located in the Gothic Quarter near the Pablo Picasso Museum Barcelona!

Spend a Day at the Beautiful Parks in Barcelona

Spend a Day at the Beautiful Parks in Barcelona

Squares and parks in Barcelona have long been a part of its way of life, especially since the 1980s when the city decided to give precedence to urban green space rebuilding projects to ensure that not only were their parks throughout the city, but that they were beautiful places. There are now many beautiful parks in Barcelona that are engrained in the way of life and are themselves attractions. Whether you’re looking to witness architectural wonders, unique wildlife, or just sit down and play a game of chess or read a good book, the parks throughout this busy city are the best places to find some serenity amidst the busy metropolitan life.

Here are some of the best parks in Barcelona worth exploring while visiting the city.

Park Güell

Among the most famous and historic parks in the city, Park Güell is both an urban green space, as well as a monument to Barcelona’s most celebrated modern architect, Antoni Gaudi. Amidst the natural landscape, you will find a forest of shocking and inspiring masterpieces. From the main entrance to the market and everything in between, Gaudi certainly succeeded in his mission to build a garden city.

Parc de la Ciutadella

The city’s greenest park, la Ciutadella is the perfect place to relax in nature either taking a long walk, picnicking along the shores of the lake or taking a row boat out exploring its perimeters. Also home to many of the city’s most popular sites, one could easily spend a day exploring this beautiful outdoor haven while taking breaks to see the zoo, the Catalan Parliament, or the Museu d’Art Modern.

Jardí Botanic

Barcelona’s botanical gardens are breathtakingly beautiful, boasting the plant life of six different Mediterranean climates, as well as that of the Canary Islands. Situated between the freight port and the Olympic stadium, the garden’s lush landscape is in perfect contrast to its urban setting, making it among the most interesting parks in the city. Aimed at the conservation of rare plant species, you’ll be sure to see some of nature’s most unusual specimens right here in the city.

Parc de Joan Miró

This park is named for the artist Joan Miró whose famous Dona i Ocell sculpture is on display in the southern end. An impressionist piece depicting a woman and bird, it is meant to be lingered over, as well as the 30 smaller sculptures throughout the park that give visitors a wonderful feel for Miró’s work and style. The park is also home to the city’s former slaughterhouse, which is another interesting site to explore. In the shade of the palm and pine trees scattered throughout the area, Catalonians can often be found playing a round of bowls or chess, keeping cool and occupied on the warm Mediterranean afternoons.


The parks in Barcelona are some of the best places you can enjoy the city’s history, as well as get an understanding of its easy going culture. Whether you’re looking for insight into its interesting architecture or simply to relax with a bottle of wine while people watching, you’ll love the experience. These Barcelona short term rentals are all near one or other of the city’s parks, making for an easy habit of daily visits.

Dive With the Sharks at l’Aquàrium de Barcelona

Dive With the Sharks at l’Aquàrium de Barcelona

Of the 450 different species living in harmony at l’Aquàrium de Barcelona, the sharks are by far the most popular, with many different activities to wow the crowds with their beauty and ferocity. This is the largest Mediterranean-themed aquarium in the world, meaning that the variety of sharks who call it home are all from the waters that surround the Barcelona Marina. Its six million liters of water are home to 11,000 different organism, all living happily with the sharks who also welcome divers and observers of all kinds. While reportedly a dangerous species, at l’Aquarium de Barcelona you’ll learn what they truly are.

Diving With the Sharks

If you are a qualified scuba diver, a visit to l’Aquàrium de Barcelona means you’ll have the chance to safely dive among the sharks in their main tank, housing thousands of other fish. This experience is actually a safety course in scuba diving with sharks, which begins with a guided tour of the aquarium, a lecture of sharks that will teach you about how these fish live, where they came from and whether they are victims or killers. Finally, you will dive into the Oceanarium and observe firsthand what you have learned. All of the equipment and your insurance is included in the price, and you will receive a souvenir as well as the opportunity to bring two friends into the aquarium with you for free.

l'aquàrium de barcelona
Photo Credit: Klaerchos Kapoutsis via Flickr

Shark Cage Diving

If you are not an experienced scuba diver but would like to learn, then this is the perfect beginners class for you. First you will learn the basics of scuba diving on your first ever dive. Get used to being underwater while learning hand signals, how to use a regulator, and the proper way to breath. You’ll also figure out buoyancy control and moving around with underwater rings. After you’ve got the basics down you will get to witness l’Aquàrium de Barcelona’s main tank for an underwater observation platform where you will be completely safe. Your course fees include all your equipment, insurance, and the option to invite two friends who can come witness and document this unique experience.

Shark Feedings

Not exactly a scene from Jaws, visitors can come three times a week to watch these majestic creatures eat what they love. Divers swim among them with sacks full of their favorite food of oily fish and squid, feeding these elegant predators. They use rods to reach the fish close to the sharks’ mouths to be sure that they get what is intended for them.

Sleeping with Sharks

This overnight experience for children aged eight to twelve is an educational and fun sleepover party. Kids will do a fun investigative workshop of sharks, eat dinner, play shark games and hear shark stories before bedtime. Following breakfast in the morning, they will get a technical area tour about how the animals “wake up” each morning.

 Plan a Visit to l’Aquàrium de Barcelona

Ready to plan a visit to El Acuario de Barcelona, or the Barcelona aquarium? Tickets for the Barcelona Aquarium range from €6.50 to €18.00 from the age of a toddler to the age of an adult, and hours are from 9:30 to 21:30 on weekdays, 9:30 to 23:30 on weekends. The Barcelona Aquarium address is Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, s/n, 08039 Barcelona, Spain.

While all of l’Aquàrium de Barcelona is a great time waiting to happen, the sharks are a particular draw for many of the guests, with people traveling here especially to partake in the Diving with Sharks course. If you’re a serious scuba diver coming to Barcelona for that reason, look into these wonderful short-term rentals at the beach!

Inspire the Artist Within at the National Museum of Catalan Art

Inspire the Artist Within at the National Museum of Catalan Art

Located on Montjuïc Mountain where there is an overwhelming number of fantastic things to see and do, the National of Museum of Catalan Art captures the spirit of this unique region within Spain. While this is a place for art enthusiasts and certainly artists themselves, it is also a wonderful place for leisure and reflection, as its location offers a unique vantage point from which to see both city and yourself. Enjoy the art collection as well as the bird’s eye view of the city while you explore one of the Barcelona’s best art collections.


  • Medieval Romanesque Art – This collection is comprised of 11th to 13th Century art ranging from mural and panel paintings that are the largest in Europe, to breathtaking metalwork, and wood and stone sculptures.
  • Medieval Gothic Art – The first documented Catalan artists belong to this era from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The famous painters from this time and whose art is housed in the National Museum of Catalan Art are Jaume Huguet, Lluís Dalmau, Bernat Martorell, and Lluís Borassà. This collection also includes many sculptures and liturgical pieces.
  • Renaissance and Baroque Art – This is a period of great evolution for art in Europe, ranging from the 16th to 18th centuries. Spanish artists such as Ayne Bru and Antoni Vladomat worked alongside international colleagues such as Tiziano, El Greco and Veláquez to bring about whole new styles and many religious works.
  • Modern Art – Covering the 19th and 2oth centuries and a wide range of styles from Neoclassicism to Avant-garde. This collection was reopened in 2014 after a renewal process bringing a more dynamic experience for viewers.
  • Drawing Prints and Posters – It’s always nice to see the less produced works of famous artists in order to get a sense for their talent and personality. What are the things they did for fun or practice? If you like to see that side of art, you’ll love these pieces.
  • Photography – This contemporary collection is home to more than 40,000 items from the 19th and 20th century with names such as Pere Casas Abarca.
  • Numismatics – This is the collection for collectors, and houses more than 135,000 examples of coins from the 6th century to the present day.

Education at the National Museum of Catalan Art

If you’re on vacation with the family and looking for some great activities for the kids then the museum is the place to visit. School holidays are packed with activities and camps for the little ones, covering a wide range of interests. It also hosts frequent story times where your imaginations will be awed by the what is behind some of Catalonia’s most famous artworks. If you have an especially curious child, consider the detective games offered by the museum programming for a fun way to spend the day. Sundays are family days at the National Museum of Catalan Art with creative activities for the whole family.


While staying at a Barcelona short term rental, there are few places as exciting to visit as Montjuïc Mountain and the National Museum of Catalan Art. Be sure to take advantage of this centrally located destination where you can enjoy both leisure and learning.