Crema Catalana: Best recipe for Catalonia’s most typical dessert

Crema catalana is Catalonia’s most renowned dessert; made with an egg custard base and caramelised sugar topping, find it on the menu of almost any restaurant in the region and you won’t be disappointed.

Traditionally served in a clay dish, this dessert steeped in history and legend is will tickle both your curiosity and your taste buds. So what is the story behind crema catalana?

The chances are you’ve tried France’s crème brûlée or Portugal’s creme caramel – two desserts that are similar to crema catalana – however today we’re going to delve into the history of this sweet treat and explain to you step by step how to make it at home.

As far back as we can remember, crema catalana has been associated with Catalonia’s local holidays, being above all the typical dessert served on the day of Sant Josep in early spring (19 March). Yet, legend has it that the dessert became so popular in the region of Catalonia in the 18th century when the monks of a Catalan monastery served this dessert to a visiting bishop.

As the story goes, the flans the monks were going to serve to the bishop didn’t set, so instead the monks served crema catalana. When the bishop tried a spoonful of the dessert, which he expected to be cold, he cried: “Crema!” ­– which in Catalan means, “it’s burning hot!” And this is where this curious dessert gets its name “Crema Catalana”.

So now it’s your turn. Today we bring you a homemade recipe that uses basic ingredients you can find at any supermarket. What’s more it’s simple enough for everyone at home to join in and help.

So, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in: it’s time to make your very own Crema Catalana.

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Crema Catalana recipe step by step

Ingredients

  • 1 litre of whole milk
  • 8 medium-sized egg yolks
  • 25 g of cornstarch
  • 250 g of white sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • zest of half a lemon

Instructions

  1. First of all, wash your hands and all surfaces you are going to use thoroughly before starting to prepare this delicious homemade dessert. Now let’s get to work!
  2. Wash the lemon well and peel it. Be sure to remove all the white part from the zest, as it can give your crema catalana a bitter taste.
  3. Pour a glass of milk and add the cornstarch. Stir well to ensure the cornstarch dissolves.
  4. Pour the remaining milk into a large saucepan. Add the cinnamon stick and the lemon zest.
  5. Slowly bring the milk to boil on a low heat.  Be sure to stir regularly and make sure the milk does not burn.
  6. When the milk reaches boiling point, take it off the heat and cover with a lid for the cinnamon and lemon to release their flavours. Leave to one side to infuse and cool.
  7. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with 200 g of white sugar until combined.
  8. When the milk has cooled, add the egg and sugar mixture to the saucepan and combine well. Then, add the glass of milk with cornstarch and mix.
  9. Next, leave the mixture to heat slowly on a low heat. Stir for approximately five minutes with a wooden spoon always in the same direction (for example always clockwise) until the milk slowly begins to thicken into cream. It’s important not to let the mixture boil and to remove all lumps.
  10. Take the cream off the heat and remove the cinnamon stick and lemon zest. Pour the cream into a large ovenproof dish or individual dishes, depending on how you are going to serve it.
  11. Leave the mixture to cool to room temperature. When it has cooled, you can store it in the fridge if you don’t plan on eating it immediately.
  12.  Before serving, sprinkle the crema catalana with the remaining sugar. Lightly burn the sugar topping with a cooking torch until it begins to turn golden brown and caramelise.

Now, grab a spoon and dig in to your very own homemade Crema Catalana!

Tips:

  • If you’re not a fan of cinnamon and lemon, remove them before leaving the milk to cool down in step 6. This will give the Crema Catalana a milder flavour.
  • Why not try infusing your crema catalana with something different? We suggest citrus fruits, lavender or even rosemary. Let’s get creative!
  • You can buy cooking torches from any hardware stores or specialist cooking stores.
  • It’s important you caramelize the sugar topping immediately after adding it, before the cream base absorbs it. This will ensure you get a solid caramel topping.

We hope you enjoy this traditional Catalan dessert! Bon profit!

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Eixample Esquerre: the coolest neighbourhood in the world 2020 according to Time Out

Eixample Esquerre has done it. Beating the likes of Soho, London, Downtown, Los Angeles, and even the most stylish and upcoming neighbourhoods in Berlin, Paris and Hong Kong, it has been voted the coolest neighbourhood in the world right now by Time Out.

With the help of its international team of editors and a global reader survey, every year the online magazine picks a favourite. This year Esquerra de l’Eixample in Barcelona has taken the top spot and we couldn’t be happier.

Why Esquerra de l’Eixample?

It was not only Esquerra de l’Eixample’s unique grid-like architecture, its endless list of restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries, and its LGBTQ+ clubs and bars, (hence its nickname “Gayxample”) that have taken it to the top spot this year.

Above all, it was Esquerra de l’Eixample’s community spirit that has proved it to be the most authentic, and coolest, neighbourhood on earth. Dealing with the most unexpected circumstances earlier this year, this community has come together to support its most vulnerable during this time of hardship.

In our complete guide to Eixample Barcelona you can learn about the history of the sprawling Eixample neighbourhood, which is actually split into two main districts: Esquerra (left) de l’Eixample and Dreta (right) de l’Eixample. As a rule of thumb, and as their names indicate, one is to the left of Passeig de Gràcia and the other to the right.

So, we’ve put together a short guide to Esquerra de l’Eixample, the lesser-known Eixample district, so you can get to know it like a local.

What to see and do in Esquerra de l’Eixample

Here’s a round up of our favourites things to see and do in the Esquerra de l’Eixample neighbourhood. We recommend you check online before visiting, as opening times may very due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parc de Joan Miró

C/ d’Aragó, 2, 08015 Barcelona

Visiting Esquerra de l’Eixample with kids? Not to worry! This park is ideal for kids of all ages with areas shaded by palm trees and pines, a playground and a striking sculpture by Joan Miró. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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Mercat de Sant Antoni

Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, 1, 08011 Barcelona

Discover the best-quality local produce and history in this magnificent building by the local architect Rovira i Trias. After almost a decade of renovation, it has recently opened its doors once again. What’s more, don’t miss the second-hand book market right outside on Sundays.

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Casa Sayrach

Avinguda Diagonal, 423, 425, 08037 Barcelona

Also known as the House of “Cream” due to its milky colour, this fantastic example of late-modernist architecture by the architect, Manel Sayrach, took inspiration from Gaudí.

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La Model


Carrer d’Entença, 155, 08029 Barcelona

Although visiting a former prison may not be the first thing you think about when planning your trip to Barcelona, La Model project remembers over 100 years of history. Discover more with guided visits and a range of cultural events, art exhibitions and concerts hosted regularly.

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Where to eat & drink in Eixample Esquerre

Carrer d’Enric Granados

Stroll down this pedestrian- and bike-friendly street lined with trees at any time of day and you’re sure to find locals of all ages out and about. Stop at any of its restaurants, bars and coffee shops, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Fàbrica Moritz

Ronda de Sant Antoni, 41, 08011 Barcelona

A microbrewery belonging to Barcelona’s famous Moritz beer, drop by to try any of its variants with a selection of tasty Catalan-inspired tapas, take a tour of the brewery and learn the history of the city’s local tipple.

Malasang

Carrer del Comte Borrell, 148, 08015 Barcelona

With its sleek, modern interior decked out in wooden fittings, Malasang boasts character and captures the modern-vibe of Esquerra de l’Eixample. Drop by for tapas, vermouth or beer. You won’t be disappointed!

Pastisseria Takashi Ochiai

Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, 110, 08011 Barcelona

This Japanese bakery serves the best Nippon treats. From matcha cappuccinos, homemade mochis and doriyakis to local and equally delicious sweet treats. Not to be missed!

Bar La Principal

Carrer de Sepúlveda, 186, 08006 Barcelona

An emblem of the neighbourhood, this bar on the border of Sant Antoni offers a unique experience with its tiled interior and street-side terrace. Offering simple bites to eat and a selection of local drinks, grab a seat and tuck in.

Where to stay in Eixample Esquerre

Now you know where to eat and what to see and do, there’s only one thing left to make sure your trip is as comfortable as possible. Our flats located in the heart of Eixample Esquerre are perfect for discovering this area and ensuring you don’t miss out on a thing.

Our ethnic-style Livingstone apartment is located close to the Sant Antoni marketplace. This light-filled pad it is perfect for corporate visits. Also in Eixample Esquerre is KissMe. This romantic 2-bedroom apartment has a balcony overlooking Carrer Rocafort, and is ideal for an early-morning coffee or late-afternoon drinks.

Our apartment Noname also in Eixample Esquerre is just a stone’s throw away from Plaça Espanya and boasts three spacious bedrooms. And, finally, the ArtBlue penthouse is a haven for art lovers that is located on the fashionable Carrer d’Aribau, boasting a plethora of local-run shops, bars and restaurants.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Eixample Esquerre!

La Castanyada in Barcelona, The Chestnut Festival

La Castanyada  is almost here here! La Castanyada is a custom of eating roasted chestnuts and panellets (traditional Catalan sweets) during the 1st and 2nd of November.

This is a custom held deep in the hearts of Catalans since we are children. We observe this day in school years, not falling foul to the Halloween pageant and its pumpkin lanterns.  This tradition has been going for much longer and is hosted by the Castanyera – a kind of mythical good lady witch – who would sit behind her charcoal fire roasting chestnuts for everybody in her peasant rags.  Some of the traditions have also been borrowed from traditional funeral offerings that have long been forgotten in the passage of time.

Eat Roasted Chestnuts in La Castanyada

La Castanyada is the survival of those traditions in a more modern form that pays homage to all of the Catalan Saints (1st November) and the Day of the Dead (2nd November).

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The first day of La Castanyada would begin with the churches beginning a non-stop ringing of bells to warn the citizens on the arrival of the time to pray for their deceased.  The chestnuts are said to have been roasted for the bell-ringers who would be working all day, and that the chestnuts and sweet pieces were to replenish their strength and stave off the cold while they took turns to rest.

According to some sources, the tradition became more widespread across Catalunya and other regions of Spain and Portugal during the Eighteenth Century.  So if you are visiting Barcelona during this time, La Castanyada 2017 will be right on your doorstep, as virtually every street corner in the city will host a stall roasting chestnuts and sweet potatoes (moniato) for you to buy and eat right away in hot portions.

Try the Delicious Panellets in La Castanyada

The best ones are almond-flavoured, candied fruit that are coated in pine nuts and are a typical meal for the La Castanyada celebration.  The origins of this part of the tradition are somewhat lost in history, but some ideas hint that this custom is linked to the blessing of loaves, which were deposited as an offering to family tombs in honour of the memory of the ancestors and also as food in their journey to the beyond.

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La Castanyada  with all its beautiful tasting chestnuts and sweets is actually a communion celebration to worship deceased relatives.  Traditionally, while there will be many roasted chestnut vendors on the streets, it is not really a street-style festival.  It’s actually a very private moment for the Catalan family as they spend time together and pay respect to their lost ones.  In fact during La Castanyada, families would normally go to the cemetery and put flowers on the graves of their deceased family members and then spend the rest of the day at home, together.

However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be things going on the city.  Barcelona is one of the most vibrant places in Europe.  If you are looking to stay here during this time, or anytime even, we have a fantastic choice of holiday rental apartments to ensure that your trip is pleasant and comfortable.  Check our selection here.

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Everything you need to know about La Mercè Barcelona 2020

La Mercè Barcelona is finally here! This week, from 23 to 27 of September 2020, join us for one of the biggest festivals on Barcelona’s calendar. Remember that on Friday 25 no events will be held, but the celebrations will resume on Saturday for the weekend.

La Mercè is a festival that dates back to the Middle Ages in honour of Our Lady of Mercy. As you’ll have learnt in our past articles here and here, nowadays, it unites the city of Barcelona in one huge celebration for young and old alike.

Given this year’s exceptional circumstances, there will be some changes to the celebrations for La Mercè Barcelona compared to previous years. In this article, we’ll talk you through the safety measures in place, in addition to the online events, to ensure everyone gets a chance to celebrate.

In this article on La Mercè in Barcelona we’ve got you covered. From fireworks, live music concerts, street events, and the famous La Mercè closing ceremony, we’ll make sure you don’t miss out on a single thing.

La Mercé Barcelona 2020: Covid-19 measures

La Mercè 2020 will take place during the day from 11:00 am to 22:00 in order to ensure better control. All events have limited capacity and must be booked online here in advance.

La Mercè Barcelona this year has unfortunately had to forgo its typical correfoc (fire run) which is normally held every year on 24 September. Likewise, the castellers (human towers) will no longer take place this year given government restrictions. The main reason is to avoid crowds of people gathering and to ensure social distancing.

The City Council has also decided to cancel all digital light mapping shows, and what’s more, the events will be spread out across 10 neighbourhoods to prevent excessive crowds. Locations this year include many of Barcelona’s greatest spots, such as Ciutadella Park, Park Güell, Camp Nou, Joan Miró Park,  Grec Theatre and Montjüic castle.

La Mercé Barcelona 2020: Opening ceremony

This year the festival’s opening ceremony (the pregó in Catalan), will take place as usual at the City Hall but will not be open to the public. Be sure to watch the opening ceremony live on betevé or on La Mercè’s official website.

As you may guess, the theme of this year’s speech by entertainer and clown “Tortell Poltrona” will be to encourage citizens and visitors Barcelona to celebrate La Mercè whilst respecting the safety regulations in place.

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La Mercé Barcelona 2020: Live music concerts

You’ll be pleased to know that the Barcelona City Council has made sure that many concerts can still take place this year, always following all regulations and safety measures.

This year, however, it is essential that you book your tickets online here. With a line-up that ranges from the Barcelona Municipal Band, House of Pharaohs to a selection of DJs, Sabor de Gràcia, the Barcelona symphonic orchestra, and local jazz bands, you’re sure to find something up your street.

We couldn’t possibly list all the concerts if we tried! You can also check out this link here for a list of all concerts and activities.

La Mercè Barcelona 2020: Closing ceremony

This year’s magical closing ceremony (known as the Piromusical) will take place on Sunday 27 at 10:00 pm at Plaça Espanya. However, as we’ve mentioned, this year the event will not be open to the public in order to avoid crowds and ensure social distancing.

However, not to worry! Head  to your nearest rooftop or balcony, as this year the fireworks will be even bigger and better than in past years so they can be seen and enjoyed all over the city.  The event will also be broadcast live on TV3 with a vintage soundtrack that pays homage to Barcelona’s oldest and wisest citizens: the over 60s.

What’s more, there will be four other simultaneous fire shows at points around the city in the areas of Sants-Montjuïc, Nou Barris, Les Corts and Sant Martí.

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La Mercè Barcelona 2020: from home

As mentioned, this year La Mercé En Obert (Open Mercè) will be streamed live on TV (Betevé) and La Mercè website to ensure no one misses out on the opening and closing events, concerts, street shows, traditional celebrations, and much more, from the safety of their own homes.

What are your plans for La Mercè this year? We hope you have a blast!

Top 10 Barcelona churches that you can’t miss

Barcelona churches are synonymous with magnificent architecture and unforgettable history. With over 200 churches scattered around the city, we’ve picked out 10 Barcelona churches worth visiting thanks to their historical, cultural or architectural value.

We will cover the city’s most famous churches – from the Sagrada Familia and the Barcelona cathedral and Santa María del Mar – to some lesser known but equally as stunning churches, just waiting to be discovered.

If you’re visiting Barcelona, don’t miss out on these hidden-away delights. Let us take you on a tour of Barcelona churches to discover another side of the city.

These 10 Barcelona churches are the ones we recommend you must see on your next visit!

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

This stunning example of Catalan Gothic architecture has a special place in the heart of all Barcelona locals, which was built thanks to the donations of local businessmen and residents. We’d thoroughly recommend a guided door to discover its crypts and rooftops with breathtaking views. Discover more in our article on this special Barcelona church.

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Interested in learning more about this important piece of history? This Barcelona church inspired a book by ldefonso Falcones plus a TV series. You can discover many more books written about or set in Barcelona here.

Address: Plaça de Santa Maria, 1, 08003 Barcelona

Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor

This Neogothic monument is located almost 600 m above sea level with views overlooking the entire city. This Barcelona church started out as a small chapel; the construction as the church we know it as today started in 1902 and ended in 1961.

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Why not make a day of it and also discover the Tibidabo amusement park? It’s the perfect plan for the whole family.

Address: Ctra. de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo, 111, 08035 Barcelona

Monestir de Pedralbes

Founded in 1327, this Gothic monastery just outside the city centre boasts a three-floor cloister, a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions, and beautiful gardens. What’s more, its walls are brimming with history.

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Address: Baixada del Monestir, 9, 08034 Barcelona

Basílica de la Sagrada Família

Need we say more? The Sagrada Familia, the ultimate Gaudí’s masterpieces, is a church that is synonymous with Barcelona. Don’t miss the chance to uncover the secrets of this World Heritage Site, which is a monument to Catalan identity. Discover more about the history of this epic Barcelona church and visiting it here.

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Address: C. de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona

Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia

The name of the Cathedral of Barcelona can be translated as “Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Sant Eulalia” after the city’s patron saint, who is buried inside its walls.

Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia

This beautiful Barcelona church is an example of Gothic Catalan architecture that took 150 years to build. It can be found in the heart of the Gothic quarter. Discover our guide to one of Barcelona’s most fascinating neighbourhood’s here.

Address: Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona

Basílica de Montserrat

The church of the Montserrat monastery is a must for all those who visit Barcelona.  Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims who once travelled to this mountain to visit this sanctuary of the Virgin Mary of Montserrat.

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A thousand years have passed since its founding, yet believers and non-believers from around the world still flock to this Barcelona church. Set in the mountains, it makes the perfect day trip for walkers. Discover how to get there and what to see whilst there here.

Address: 08199 Montserrat, Barcelona

Basílica Santa María del Pi

A stone’s throw away from the city’s famous avenue ‘Las Ramblas’, you’ll find art, culture and community tucked away in this historic square. Wander around this Gothic-style church and contemplate its beautiful stained glass windows, including the fascinating “Rose window”.

Address: Plaça del Pi, 7, 08002 Barcelona

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Església de Sant Felipe Neri

On first glance, you perhaps may not even notice the San Felipe Neri church tucked away in this quaint, tranquil square, yet its walls hold a tragic tale that dates back to the Spanish Civil War.

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Definitely worth a visit, if you would like to learn more about the neighbourhood of Cuitat Vella, where this Barcelona church is located, check out our guide here.

Address: Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, 2, 08002 Barcelona

Monastir de Santa Anna

Carrer de Santa Anna, 29, 08002 Barcelona

This former monastery located in the Gothic quarter is a Barcelona church you don’t want to miss. This Roman-style church still conserves much of its original architecture, despite having some Gothic elements. 

Check out its website before visiting to discover concerts and events held in its beautiful courtyard.

Basílica de la Puríssima Concepció

The curious thing about this basilica is that it was once the Jonqueres Monastery. In the 19th century, stone by stone, it was moved to its new location in the heart of L’Exiample.

If you plan to visit the sights of Eixample, don’t miss this little-known Barcelona church, with a tranquil garden home to a plethora of exotic plants tucked away inside its walls.

Address: Aragó, 299, Carrer de Roger de Llúria, 70, 08009 Barcelona

Given these uncertain times, we recommend you check visiting times for Barcelona churches either online or by phone before you visit.

We hope you enjoy this guide to Barcelona churches. Let us know, which is your favourite Barcelona church?

Digital nomads alert: where to network in Barcelona?

Where to network in Barcelona? Easy: digital nomads in Barcelona will be thrilled to hear that their current location is a thriving hub for digital nomads all over the world. A mixing pot for expats, start-ups, solo entrepreneurs and nomads from all corners of the globe, digital nomads in Barcelona can expect to find one here of the most diverse networks in business.

Yet, we also understand that this huge network can be overwhelming, especially in a city where there is always something going on. This article covers the best online and offline networking groups, events and places, giving digital nomads in Barcelona a great place to start.

If you’re a digital nomad planning to stay in Barcelona, or you’ve just arrived, check out our latest guide to being a digital nomad and the places where to network in Barcelona here.

Digital nomads from around the globe can feel reassured that Barcelona is English-speaking friendly, making networking that little bit easier. All the events, groups and spaces below work with English as their main language.

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Where to network in Barcelona? Online networking and Offline networking

Digital nomads in Barcelona: online networking

If you’re a digital nomad, the chances are you’re already very familiar with online networking.  In the last few years, networking groups on social media have boomed, bringing people from all fields of business together to collaborate, innovate and negotiate.

We’ve put together a few of our favourite and most fruitful online groups for digital nomads in Barcelona so you to get a head start on networking from wherever you’re currently based. Let’s discover where to network in Barcelona:

  • Barccino is a unique English-language collaborative platform for the start-up, tech and innovation communities in Barcelona. Discover information on events, latest news and like-minded entrepreneurial nomads.
  • Barcelona Entrepreneurs & Digital Nomads boasts an online community of over 2,000 digital nomads in Barcelona all looking to collaborate and network.
  • The Barcelona Digital Nomads group organises co-working days, shares information specific to Barcelona, and focuses on digital networking events and job opportunities.
  • The Community of Digital Nomads in Barcelona, or CODINO, is a group of fantastic location-independent workers based in Barcelona. Whether you’re looking to network, for a new business partner, or for help with living in Barcelona in general, this is the place to be.
  • Girl Gone International Barcelona is a group specifically for the community of women living and working in Barcelona, offering networking and support.

Digital nomads in Barcelona: offline networking

Whilst the online community is thriving more than ever, we also know there’s nothing like meeting other like-minded innovators in person, networking over coffee or drinks, and all whilst getting to know some of Barcelona’s coolest locations.

Meetup is a great platform for finding in-person events and groups that bring together inspiring people to exchange ideas and open up new opportunities. Below are two of our favourite groups in Barcelona.

Barcelona Freelancers Meetup is a supportive community where digital nomads in Barcelona can meet both during and outside of working hours to work together, to network, and simply to chat.

Digital People in Barcelona is a community of over 2,000 location-independent workers. It offers an exciting array of monthly workshops both online and offline, ranging from talks on boosting productivity, reaching goals and entrepreneurship, and co-working events aimed at bridging the gap between digital nomads in Barcelona.

What’s more, if you’re a digital nomad who has just arrived in Barcelona, don’t miss this year’s edition of BizBarcelona. This yearly conference supports local businesses, promotes entrepreneurship, and helps the self-employed find new opportunities.

This year it will be held on-site at the Recinte de Montjüic and online from 21–23 September 2020, with a focus on providing solutions and helping businesses and freelancers adapt to the ongoing pandemic. Find all the information here.

Digital nomads in Barcelona: the best co-working spaces for networking

Another great place for digital nomads in Barcelona to meet other entrepreneurs are Barcelona’s many co-working spaces. Bringing together local and location-independent creators, innovators and designers in unique and inspiring spaces, below are a few of our favourites. ***Due to Covid-19, we recommend you that you check each Co-working space to see if they are open and all the usual activities are running.

Betahaus is a living and evolving ecosystem with its headquarters in the quaint neighbourhood of Gràcia. Digital nomads in Barcelona choose it thanks to its talks, workshops and exhibitions aimed at the location-independent community and presentations where businesses and freelancers get the time and space to shine.

With three co-working spaces across the city, MOB (Makers of Barcelona) offers a unique professional community of creatives where digital nomads can build long-lasting business relationships. From exhibitions, workshops and many social events, meeting other innovators has never been so easy (or fun!).

We hope that this list of online and offline networking events will help you discovering how and where to network in Barcelona and get that one bit closer to your next big opportunity. Happy networking!

The Best Guide for Digital Nomads in Barcelona

Looking for a guide for digital nomads in Barcelona? Digital nomads from around the world flock to Barcelona, with the Catalan capital being at the top of the list for many remote workers. With its all-year-round mild Mediterranean climate, sandy shores and welcoming European and international vibe, you’ll be stuck for reasons not to come.

But apart from this, why else do digital nomads choose Barcelona as a pit stop on their adventures?

For digital nomads, Barcelona is very well-connected with other top remote working locations. Getting from Europe to Asia has never been easier thanks to El Prat airport, with hundreds of flights every day. Barcelona’s location in central Europe also facilitates remote work thanks to being in same time zone as colleagues in Europe.

What’s more, Barcelona is a huge economic hub and holds a range of conferences and networking events every year. From hosting the huge Mobile World Congress to smaller events for start-ups, getting to know people in your field and expanding your horizons to other areas has never been easier.

If that’s not enough for digital nomads, Barcelona’s cultural scene boasts something for everyone. From theatres, live gigs by international artists, some of the world’s most stunning modernist architecture and museums galore, what better city to be in when the working day ends.

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Digital nomads in Barcelona: the best short-term and monthly rentals

Digital nomads can count on Bizflats when it comes to finding a short- or long-term rentals in Barcelona. Given Barcelona’s popularity, demand for accommodation in the city has rocketed in the past five years. This means that digital nomads often arrive feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to turn.

For digital nomads, we know that a flexible rentals is top on your list of priority.  Browse our long-term and short-term apartments here before you arrive. We boast a wide range of executive, comfortable and contemporary apartments equipped with everything digital nomads need. From Wi-Fi and desks where you can work in the utmost comfort to sunny terraces and sun-filled living rooms, working from home away from home has never been so easy.

Digital nomads know that finding a monthly rental apartment in a new city can be a daunting prospect. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of five must-haves for you to bear in mind when finding your perfect pad for the next few months.

What’s more, as a digital nomad, we know how important your time is – so, all our apartments ensure no fuss and we take care of all the time-consuming paperwork.

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Still deciding? Check out our recommendations on the best locations to stay here. As your stay in Barcelona is temporary, location is key to ensuring you get to see the most of the city. Because working from home can often be quite solitary, these central locations and upcoming business areas offer co-working spaces, spacious coffee shops and quiet libraries.

Last but not least, your safety and that of our staff is our number one priority. The Covid-19 measures we have adopted in all our apartments mean our apartments are the safest option for digital nomads.

What is the cost of living for digital nomads in Barcelona?

The cost of living for digital nomads in Barcelona can vary greatly depending on your own tastes and interests.

Because we know what’s important to you, our article on the cost of living in Barcelona covers the most important areas so you can prepare for your stay in Barcelona.

As a digital nomad, you’ll need to know the costs of getting around the city to conferences, networking events and meetings, and eating out for both work and leisure. What’s more, we’ve covered the costs of entertainment, nightlife and culture for your much deserved time off.

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Digital nomads: getting taxis in Barcelona

As a digital nomad, getting from A to B quickly and in comfort is your aim. Luckily for you, Barcelona’s ample taxi network means that this is possible.

Getting a taxi in a new city can often be daunting. Check out our step-by-step guide on getting a taxi in Barcelona here for information on prices, tipping, Covid-19 measures and airport transfers.

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Digital nomads: things to see & do in Barcelona

If your stay in Barcelona is temporary, exploring this bustling, beautiful city before you move on to your next remote work destination is a must.

Digital nomads can make sure they don’t miss out on any of Barcelona’s wonders with our recommendations on the best the city has to offer.

Explore the trendy neighbourhood of El Born whilst travelling back in time and stumbling across hidden gems. Uncover the stunning architecture of the Eixample district, including la Sagrada Familia and other Gaudí’s masterpieces. Check out our list of the top 10 places to visit in Barcelona, including the stunning Las Ramblas, the colourful Boqueria market and the views offered by Montjuic.

Digital nomads can also make the most of Barcelona’s fantastic location for day trips to surrounding areas. Discover villages bursting with character such as Sitges, picturesque scenery and sprawling beaches in Cadaqués or a dose of history and art in Dalí’s Figueres.

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Learning basic Catalan for digital nomads

For digital nomads who are interested in staying in the city for longer, or for those who simply want to make a great impression with locals and fit in when ordering coffee, getting a taxi or making business contacts, learning Catalan is a must.

Here we’ve compiled a list of the most essential Catalan phrases to make your stay as productive as possible.

We hope this brief guide to being a digital nomad in Barcelona will make your stay with us unforgettable. Don’t forget that our team is on hand to help you every step along the way. Remote working has never been easier!

If you need more help finding your place to stay in Barcelona, write us to  info@bizflats.com or call us +34 936 394 343 We will be happy to help you 😉

La Pedrera: long- and short-term rental a stone’s throw away from this Gaudí masterpiece

La Pedrera, also known as Casa Milà, a Gaudí masterpieces that simply cannot be missed. Barcelona has become synonymous with this innovative and creative
architect and your stay in Barcelona would not be complete without discovering one of our favourites of his works.

La Pedrera is located on Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona’s most emblematic avenues. Hidden away behind its stony façades is a magical sanctuary with an allure that invites you to be surprised by the playful nature of this modernist building.

Now your dream of staying in the heart of Barcelona, a stone’s throw away from La Pedrera, is now possible. Located on the splendid carrer València, learn what it’s like to wake up as a neighbour to the masterpiece that is La Pedrera.

We also know that your health and that of your loved ones is your utmost priority. Staying in an apartment is the safest option for your stay in Barcelona to limit your contact with other guests in communal areas. Enjoy privacy and be assured that your health is safeguarded during your stay in the neighbourhood of La Pedrera.

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La Pedrera: reasons to visit Gaudí’s last civil masterpiece

Built between 1906 and 1912, La Pedrera was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in the year 1984. Its stony, curved façade with hints of both light and shadow gives the building its unusual name – “La Pedrera” means stone quarry in English, capturing to a tee this building’s organic and rugged exterior.

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La Pedrera was initially built by Gaudí as a residence for Pere Milà i Camps and his wife, Roser Segimon i Artells whose dream was to live in a house with the best location in Barcelona. Located in l’Eixample district, La Pedrera building also includes a block of flats with sixteen apartments, given that this district was rapidly expanding. Read more about its history in our complete guide to one of Barcelona’s most elegant and fascinating districts here.

La Pedrera was Gaudí’s last civil project. It boasts six floors that are connected via two large interior patios ensuring the flats are filled with light and have a good supply of fresh air. Bring your camera and be sure to look up to capture Gaudí’s meticulously well thought out design.

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Milà’s Family: Pere Milà i Campsand his wife Roser Segimon i Artells.

A visit to La Pedrera would not be complete without heading to the attic. Discover ‘Espai Gaudí’ – the city’s only museum to house fascinating information about all of Gaudí’s buildings in Barcelona.

Today La Pedrera Foundation has ensured that this masterpiece of Gaudí’s in the centre of Barcelona has become a hub of innovation, culture and architecture. In addition to summer jazz concerts on its awe-inspiring rooftop terrace (don’t miss the majestic sculptures and the best view of Barcelona), La Pedrera also boasts a range of cultural activities, plus a cafeteria and shop on its lower levels.

Dandi apartment: a stone’s throw away from La Pedrera

“Dandi sports the charm, class and distinction, of the sort of gentleman that’s rare in today’s day and age”.

Elegant, like La Pedrera, our Dandi apartment is a luxurious haven in the heart of the Eixample district and a block away from this Gaudí masterpiece.

What if, in in addition to visiting La Pedrera and taking photos of its many faces, you could stay in the sophisticated district where it is located? When choosing Dandi, you can!

Have breakfast in a quaint café with La Pedrera as your backdrop, browse Barcelona’s most luxurious boutique stores that line Passeig de Gracia, or simply take a stroll around the neighbourhood that La Pedrera’s first residents declared the best location in Barcelona.

This 110 m2 apartment with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms is ideal for between 2–4 guests (with a maximum capacity of 6) and is designed to combine chic luxury with the utmost comfort. Don’t want to leave? Don’t worry! Our Dandi apartment is fully equipped for both short-term and long-term stays, meaning you can truly experience what it’s like to be a Barcelona local.

With two balconies and a terrace, wake up to light streaming through this apartment reminiscent of the neighbouring apartments in La Pedrera. With original Catalan mosaic flooring throughout, Dandi has its own piece of history for you to discover right under your feet.

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COVID-19 health and safety measures

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, from the entire bizFlats team, we want our guests to know that health and safety is our number one priority.

All our apartments undergo rigorous cleaning in line with our health and safety protocol to prevent the spreading of COVID-19. In addition to the complete disinfection of all facilities, we ensure the highest standards of cleanliness are met when preparing our flats for incoming guests.

What’s more, all our apartments have posters with up-to-date safety information that we recommend you take the time to read upon arrival.

If you’d like to learn more about our COVID-19 health and safety measures, check out our article here. More than ever we cannot wait to see you in Barcelona. La Pedrera is simply waiting for you to uncover its architectural secrets and its privileged location in the Eixample district, all possible when you choose our D