7 fun things to do in Barcelona

Looking for fun things to do in Barcelona? Barcelona is a fun city, there’s no denying it! And with so many fun things to do, you can often be spoiled for choice. It’s got both mountains and sea, a great cultural scene, shopping options for all budgets – and not to mention its amazing restaurants and trendy bars.

However we’ve come up with a list 7 really fun things to do in Barcelona you might not have thought of before. Planning a hen or stag do in Barcelona? You’ve come to the right place! Or looking for a way to surprise your other half on a weekend getaway? We’ve got you covered.

These are our favourite fun things to do in Barcelona with friends or family, when we just want to have a really good time!

Fun things to do in Barcelona
Fun things tot do in Barcelona – Play padel in Barcelona

1. Wine tasting at one of Barcelona’s wineries

You may or may not know that the area of Catalonia is famous for its wine regions. From Empordà, Penedès, to Alella, Montsant, Terra Alta and Priorat ­– wine lovers are truly spoiled for choice.

For this reason we 100% recommend a fun trip to one of the region’s gorgeous wineries. An easily accessible option from Barcelona on public transport is Alella – this small town boasts several vineyards and wineries, some with sea views! At Bouquet d’Alella there’s the option to enjoy a tour of the winery and a wine tasting session, or to splash out on a private sunset picnic! Penedès is also reachable by train, with over a dozen wineries offering bespoke activities, including bike tours, taster menus and wine pairings, and more!

2. Play padel in Barcelona

Where tot play padel in Barcelona? Padel lovers will love the app Playtomic. Simply sign up and enter your level then search for matches to join nearby or set up a match with friends or new people. You can book a spot for one person or more, depending on the slots available. You don’t need to be a member of the clubs that appear to join the match so this makes easier the booking of the court and the availability to play. You will have also the possibility to find tennis matches.

With many great padel clubs in Barcelona, you’re sure to find a match to suit your level. We highly recommend it, is one of our favourite fun things to do in Barcelona.

3.  Play lasertag in Barcelona

More fun things to do in Barcelona? The vintage game is back in vogue! We all remember playing laser tag as a kid ­– the smoke machines, the music and the lights – so what could be more fun than a laser tag match in Barcelona?

Challenge your friends or family at Play Point with two centres in Barcelona: one Carrer Comte Borrell, 88 and the other on Carrer Cartagena, 329-331. We loves its adventure-themed mazes and impressive decoration. They also offer indoor paintball and virtual reality activities for true thrill seekers.

4. Paddle boarding in Barcelona

If you’re visiting Barcelona in the warmer summer months, what better way to cool off than one of the trendiest water sports activities?

We love SEA YOU paddle surf school on Platja de Sant Sebastià. It’s as simple as booking online and dropping by to grab your paddle board. This centre also offer surf lessons for those who want to learn how to hit the waves on a more traditional board, and paddle board yoga for those who want to put their balance to the test.

5. Try get out of an escape room in 60 minutes

Barcelona is brimming with escape rooms for all ages, tastes and abilities. This activity is perfect with groups of friends or colleagues as it really encourages team work, communication and working together under pressure.

Our favourites with clues and puzzles available in English are Lock Clock (Passatge del Patriarca, 4-10) – with a Gaudí themed room – and Xcape Room Barcelona (Carrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 258) with the genres of crime and thriller.

6.  Marvel at the heights of the city from the Montjuic cable car

Get ready to enjoy panoramic views of Barcelona for 750 metres along this wonderful cable car route. It runs from the Parallel metro station to the top of the Montjuic Mountain – where you’ll find the city’s castle dating back to 1640.

While you’re there, why not visit the Fundación Joan Miró, el Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya or Poble Espanyol with its artisan stores and traditional bars. We recommend going at sunset for breathtaking views!

7. Get creative at a drink and draw session

Paintbrush at the ready! The latest craze in the city involves wine and painting, and we have to say we could not be more onboard. No experience is needed, just eagerness to get creative. Drink and draw classes at Art Wine include all the painting materials you’ll need (paint, brushes, canvas and an easel), plus wine and water.

Join one of their regular sessions and get ready to make news friends and socialise over art, or book a class for a private group with your very own teacher to guide you through the steps. At the end don’t forget to take home your masterpiece.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our tips about fun things to do in Barcelona!

And if you need to book an apartment in Barcelona, let us know and we will help you 😉

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Your Complete Guide to La Mercè 2022

La Mercè 2022 is here and that means this rather sticky summer has almost come to end. Yet what better way to beat our blues than with a grand celebration of everything musical in the form of the city’s festa major?

As we’ve mentioned to you in our past articles about this event, La Mercè is celebrated in honour of one of Barcelona’s patron saints: Mare de Déu de la Mercè (Our Lady of Mercy). In this 151st edition of the festival, we’re bringing the best La Mercè 2022 has to offer.

This year’s poster was designed by Bilbao-born artist, David de las Heras, who has called the Catalan capital his home for almost a decade. Capturing three generations of women in Barcelona towering above the city and its most monumental structures, the poster was inspired by all the versions of La Mercè that have been, that are, and that will be in the years to come.

La Mercè 2022 will run from Thursday 22 September to Monday 26 September, with the official day of celebration being Saturday 24, promising to be one of the biggest events of the year. Rooted in music and tradition, the programme is brimming with activities, performances and, of course, live music concerts in the city’s streets, squares and venues.

Get ready for La Mercè 2022!

La Mercè 2022
La Mercè 2022

Covid restrictions for La Mercè 2022

Unlike in past years following the Covid-19 pandemic, it will no longer be necessary to book your ticket online. All the events and activities during La Mercè 2022 are free and open to all.

The final line-up will be released on 12 September featuring more than 500 activities. Promising a total of 100 groups and artists, 80 companies at a range of 26 venues.

Regarding Covid-19 restrictions, this year La Mercè is celebrating a return to normal, with no masks and no capacity restrictions as in the past two editions. However, activities and concerts will be spread throughout the city to avoid huge crowds forming in central locations, with a focus on outdoor events.

Live music concerts at La Mercè 2022

La Mercè 2022 will host a diverse range of artists from Spain and around the globe for the BAM, Cultura Viva and Música Mercè programmes. With stages returning to Bogatell beach and Rambla de Raval, new additions at Ronda de Sant Antoni and Zona Universitària, plus all the usual venues throughout the city, including Teatre Grec, Moll de la Fusta and Plaça Joan Coromines.

This year’s BAM events, promoting alternative music, identities and genres will come jam-packed with interesting proposals from emerging groups and artists that include Fotos de la Novia, La Queency and AL-V at the Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm; Luna Ki, Molly Nillson, and Bones of Minerva at Moll de la Fusta; and Cartel Madras and Pedro Mafama at Rambla de Raval.

Other confirmed highlights include the much-loved Catalan group Els Catarres on Friday 23, the legendary La Oreja de Van Gogh, also on Friday, La Pegatina on Saturday 24 and Lola Índigo on Sunday 25. Remember the full line-up will be released on 12 September, so keep your eyes peeled for more announcements.

Another new addition to La Mercè 2022 is the Jazz & Food Festival at Moll de la Fusta on Monday 26th. With a focus on local talent and female musicians, it promises to be the perfect plan to bring this brilliant festival to a close.

Tradition at La Mercè 2022

Just like in past years, Catalan traditions and customs will play a huge part in La Mercè 2022. Expect to see traditional dances such as la sardana, the wildly entertaining fire run – correfoc –parades of immense hand-crafted giants (capgroços) and falcons, and performances of the UNESCO-recognised castellers, or human towers.

What’s more, the guest city of La Mercè 2022 is Rome. Find influences of the Italian capital throughout the festival, with an open-air cinema at Plaça de la Mercè showing films by Italian directors, in addition to performances by Italian artists over the four days.

Be sure to check out the full programme on the official La Mercè 2022 website when it is released on 12 September for times and locations.

Closing ceremony La Mercè 2022

On Monday 26, the last night of La Mercè 2022, the festival will be brought to a grand close with the stunning Piromusical firework display to a curated soundtrack. And this year, it will take place at its usual location of l’Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, by the Magic Montjuic Fountain.

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Things to Do in On day in the Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is steeped in history and brimming with charm. From its narrow cobbled streets, stunning architecture and historical ornament, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.

But, we hear you ask, how many buildings in the Gothic Quarter are actually Gothic? In actual fact, fewer than you would imagine, as many of the buildings in this quarter were built in the 19th and 20th centuries. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that this neighbourhood is one of Barcelona’s most beautiful!

This article is packed with the best tips and things to see in one day in Barcelona’s stunning Gothic Quarter – discover its most historical monuments, hidden-away squares and the history written on its walls.

Things to do in the gothic quarter
Things to Do in the Gothic Quarter

Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia (Barcelona Cathedral)

Plà de la Seu

We’ll start our tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter – previously known as the Cathedral Quarter – at this stunning monument. Built during the 13th and 14th centuries, this is one of the few examples of Catalan Gothic architecture in this area.  Get your tickets online here starting from €9, or visit in the morning before 12:45 or in the evening after 17:30 for free admission.

Eglésia de Santa Maria del Pi

Plaça del Pi

Another truly Gothic gem in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona is this stunningly beautiful 14th-century church. Don’t miss its stunning stained glass rose window and its tranquil interior, which often hosts candlelit concerts.

Plaça Sant Felipe Neri

This quaint square in the Gothic Quarter is the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a moment of peace. Yet the vestiges of its tragic past are visible on the walls of its Baroque church, which was subject to a horrific attack during the Spanish Civil War in January 1938.

Shopping at Avinguda Portal de l’Àngel

One of Barcelona’s liveliest shopping streets can be found in the Gothic Quarter. Head south from Plaça Catalunya and you can’t miss this commercial hub. With some of the best brands – including Zara, Mango, H&M, Pull&Bear and more – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Plaça Sant Jaume

This square in the Gothic Quarter is home to the Casa de la Ciutat (the City Council) of Barcelona, which despite being built in the 14th century, has a neoclassical façade. It’s open to the public on Sundays from 10am to 2pm and admission is free.

This square is also home to the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya – the seat of the Catalan government – with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance features.

Museu d’Història de Barcelona, MUHBA

Plaça del Rei

Step back in time at the Barcelona History Museum, where you can explore the ruins of the Roman settlement of Barcino. Here you’ll find the remnants of a former fish factory, a bodega, a church and more!

‘The Kiss’ Mural

Plaça d’Isidre Nonell

One of the most photographed spots in Barcelona is in the Gothic Quarter! This unique piece of street art is made up of hundreds of mosaic photo tiles submitted by locals capturing their very own ‘moments of freedom’.

Find more instagrammable spots in the Gothic Quarter and further afield in our article.

El Pont del Bisbe (The Bishop’s Bridge)

Carrer del Bisbe

This narrow cobbled street and bridge is one of the most famous sights in the Gothic Quarter. Despite its appearance, its not even 100 years old, and was built by Joan Rubió – one of Gaudí’s disciples – to join these two buildings.

Plaça Reial

This beautiful square shaded by palm trees was once home to the Caputxins Convent. Today, its stunning architecture overlooks some of the city’s most popular nightlife spots, and you’ll often stumble across street performers and artists in one of the city’s liveliest squares.

Don’t miss the two street lamps in its centre designed by Gaudí himself. If you want to discover more pieces by the master of modernisme, check out our article here.

El Temple d’August

Carrer del Paradís, 10

This Roman temple dedicated to the Emperor Augustus is a hidden gem in the city’s Gothic Quarter. What’s left today are four beautifully preserved columns surrounded by a peaceful courtyard, just behind the cathedral.

So there you have it, our mini guide to Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Don’t forget to check out our apartments in the Gothic Quarter to make sure you don’t miss a thing on your trip to Barcelona.

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Best Private Clubs in Barcelona You Should Know About

Private clubs, members-only clubs, social clubs – whatever you want to call them, Barcelona welcomes them all! In the past few years, several of these community-based hubs have popped up across the city, offering settings that combine sanctuary and respite with business and networking to its members.

Despite the pandemic causing many businesses to close down, these private clubs in Barcelona have flourished, with many new spaces opening up. Their main offering is comfy and thoughtfully designed spaces to work, areas for relax – including spas, gyms and pools – and ideal spots for networking, where meeting diverse, yet similar-minded individuals has never been so easy.

If you’re visiting Barcelona for a long-term stay for business or leisure, or if you’re a digital nomad eager to mingle with other creatives and local talent, don’t miss our list of the best private clubs in Barcelona!

Soho House Barcelona

Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, 4,

Soho House Barcelona was one of the first private clubs in Barcelona, opening its doors in 2016. With stunning views of the port and a stone’s throw away from the Gothic area, this luxurious property boasts all the comforts of home in an unbeatable location.

Similar to its clubs in London, New York, Istanbul and Miami, Soho House Barcelona welcomes creatives of all types to enjoy its top-class facilities. Enjoy a signature cocktail at the rooftop bar with a gorgeous pool, hit the gym or seek contemplation and reflection in a yoga class. It’s also a great place to mix with like-minded people and network during your time in Barcelona.

The club also boasts the Little Beach House in Garraf, a short train ride up the coast from Barcelona, where members can enjoy a laid-back beach vibe, while still making the most of the benefits of one of the most popular private clubs in Barcelona.

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Private Clubs in Barcelona: Soho House

Juno House

Carrer d’Aribau, 226

The first women’s-only private club in Barcelona, Juno House opened its doors at the beginning of 2022. With the aim of providing women with a place where they can enhance their professional career, find like-minded talented women and support their own wellbeing in a holistic setting.

Named after the powerful goddess Juno, the beautiful space in the former Flour Factory on the centrally located Aribau hosts mentoring sessions, workshops and talks, and also features thoughtfully curated workspaces. The Little Juno space allows mums to get back to work with kid’s classes and more. The intimate Clubhouse is the perfect setting for after-work drinks and stimulating conversation.

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The Sircle Club

Carrer del Rosselló, 265

In the heart of the city, just a short walk away from Passeig de Gràcia and Gaudí’s La Pedrera, this members-only space has something for everyone, with a special focus on innovators and entrepreneurs.

Relax and unwind at the luxury Spa by Signature, with access included in the monthly membership. Those visiting the city for work will also enjoy the exclusive workspaces and library with a dedicated female-author section. Members-only events at this private club in Barcelona include professional workshops and inspiring discussions and readings.

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Private Clubs in Barcelona: The Sircle

The Wild Bunch

Carrer d’Espinoi, 8-10

This business centre in the north of the city – close to the Tibidabo mountain – is one of the most coveted private clubs in Barcelona. Its interior décor is reminiscent of old British clubs you’d stumble across on the streets of London: think leather armchairs, lavish rugs and deep mahogany paneling.

The clientele is predominantly male community open to individuals of diverse politics, opinions and from different industries. Combining business and pleasure, The Wild Bunch offers a relaxing setting for business meetings – with a bar, pool table and large TV screens for football matches. The Wild Hub is its more results-focused branch for investors and entrepreneurs, operating under the three pillars of analysis, funding and consulting.

So there you have it, our list of the top private clubs in Barcelona. We recommend visiting their websites for more information on membership prices, how to apply to become a members, and the range of services and benefits they offer.

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Barcelona carnival 2022 – Featured Activities

Barcelona Carnival 2022 is here and it promises to be one of the biggest and best ever! Despite being the second carnival during the pandemic, this year Barcelona will host an array of fantastic and flamboyant activities brimming with colour and excitement from 24 February to 2 March.

Barcelona Carnival 2022 will bring freedom and fantasy to all districts in Barcelona, so don’t miss our complete guide to a range of featured activities for young and old!

Barcelona Carnival 2022
Barcelona Carnival 2022

Barcelona Carnival 2022: Thursday, 24 March

Just like every year, Barcelona Carnival 2022 will be kicked off on Jueves Lardero, or Fat Thursday. Traditionally, this last Thursday before Lent marks the start of the celebrations and feasting before the upcoming period of fasting.

El Arribo – 5:45 pm

This year, El Arribo opening ceremony will take place on La Rambla in honour of all those who work in kiosks, and will be presented by King Tòtil and Queen Belluga.

This magical parade will end at Palau de la Virreina to hold the much-awaited Taronjada. This rebellious event dates back to 1333 when the Council of One Hundred prohibited the throwing of oranges, and is celebrated this Barcelona Carnival 2022 with the throwing of orange confetti and fireworks.

Culinary events

Similar to past years, Barcelona Carnival 2022 will welcome an array of gastronomic events on Dijous Llarder, from omelette competitions, coca bread tasting events, show cooking, and much more.

Highlights include the truita tasting and concert at 6 pm at the Centre Cívic Font de la Guatlla, the Centre Cívic el Coll’s Fat Thursday for the elderly at 5 pm and La Violeta Omelette contest at 8pm. What’s more, anyone can take part in the ninth edition of Entruita’t’. Find more information about this online omelette competition here.

And whilst we’re on the topic of food, don’t forget to try the traditional coca de llardons: this pork crackling bread topped with pine nuts is one of the most typical sweet-and-savoury Barcelona Carnival 2022 treats.

Barcelona Carnival 2022: Friday, 25 March – Saturday, 26 March

On the 25th, Barcelona Carnival 2022 brings us a plethora of parades, or Rúas. With 30 in total around the entire city, you’ll be spoiled for choice. This year, Barcelona Carnival 2022 will bring the city’s Old Quarter to life with a special event for kids at 5.45 pm, with two colourful parades starting from Plaça de la Mercè and Plaça de la Acadèmia respectively, and ending in Plaça del Rei.

Highlights on Saturday 25th include the ‘Carnavalassu adult’ (5 pm) with a parade starting at Sant Felip Neri and ending at Avinguda Francesc Cambó. Gràcia’s main parade will start at 6 pm in the Jardinets de Gràcia and will end at Plaça de la Vila. And in Les Corts things get started at 4:30 pm in La Plaça Comas, and will finish with a chocolate event and entertainment for kids in Plaça de Can Rosés.

Unlike in other towns and cities, which save the best for Sunday, Barcelona on Saturday will be brimming with a range of parades, pageants and processions in addition to workshops, tasting events, costume parties and masquerades. There are so many events to choose from in fact, we recommend checking out the official city council website to find out what’s going on in your area.

Barcelona Carnival 2022: Wednesday, 2 March

In Christian cultures around the world, Ash Wednesday celebrates the start of Lent. Bringing Barcelona Carnival 2022 to a close will be the traditional “Burial of the Sardine”. This ritual marks the seven days of decadence and celebration and gives way to a time of sobriety and abstinence. This procession symbolises a burial of the past to make way for the new and is an event that cannot be missed.

This Barcelona Carnival 2022, there are eight different burials to choose from in the city, each with its own peculiar traditions. Catch parodies of funeral processions, the burning of the King of Carnival and community meals of… you guessed it – sardines!

Some highlights include the Centre Cívic de Guinardó’s New Orleans-style sardine burial at 5:30 pm and the burial of the King of Carnival at 7 pm at the Cotxeres de Sants auditorium, to bring this magical time to a close.

But wait… it’s not over yet! La Barceloneta will celebrate its very own Carnival the following weekend. So get ready for more fun and frivolities!

From bizFlats, we wish you a very merry Barcelona Carnival 2022!

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Barcelona Blog – Tips, culture, things to do, restaurants and much more

Our Barcelona Blog is here with the complete guide to one of Europe’s most coveted destinations.

We’ve got you covered for your next visit to this wonderful city, with tips about what to do, where to stay, restaurants, and much more. This guide is curated by locals to ensure your stay is simply unforgettable.

So whether you’re planning a city break, a summer getaway, a business trip or a family holiday, here you’ll find everything you need to know, and in one place!

So, let’s dive in!

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Barcelona Blog: What to See & Do

We agree that it can be a little overwhelming planning what to see and do in a city that has so much to offer.

Barcelona is steeped in historical heritage. If you’re dying to find out more about the Roman past of Barcino, check out our guide to the city’s old quarter, known as Ciutat Vella.

No visit to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the masterpiece that is the Sagrada Família. Our Barcelona blog boasts tips about your visit (such as booking in advance), the history of the monument and interesting facts that we’re sure you didn’t know. Read on here!

If you’re a Gaudí fiend, why not explore some of this modernism architect’s lesser-known pieces scattered around the city?

If you have 48 hours or less in the city, we recommend you tick off the city’s top 10 attractions including its famous bustling Les Rambles and Camp Nou – the world’s third largest football stadium.

What’s more, we’re in the midst of one of the best times of the year to visit: it’s summer! This Barcelona blog can recommend a plethora of outdoor plans.

Why not hit one of the city’s nine beaches to cool off and top up your tan? Our other favourite outdoor plans include discovering the Montjuic mountain, relaxing in the natural park Collserola and catching some amazing views of the skyline from the Carmel Bunkers.

Finally, if you love wandering the streets of a new city and taking in hidden delights away from the most popular tourist spots, why not explore our Barcelona blog area guides replete with local tips.

Discover the colourful and cultural Raval, the majestic district of Eixample, and the beautiful Born home to the Picasso museum and the Palau de la Música music hall.

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Barcelona Blog: Where to eat

When on holiday, knowing the best places to eat can often be an odyssey. That’s why our Barcelona blog has got you covered!

If fine dining is something you’d like to try, you’re in luck! With an array of Michelin-star restaurants, you’ll find something for all tastes and budgets. What’s more, thanks to recent food trends, many a new veggie spot has popped up in the city. Our Barcelona blog recommends our favourite vegetarian restaurants from its famous Teresa Carles to its family-run L’Hortet.

Our Barcelona blog also recommends you try Catalan cuisine on your visit here. Discover the best places to order pà amb tomàquet (toasted country loaf with garlic and tomato), springtime calçots (grilled long sweet onion) and butifarra amb mongetes (Catalan sausage with white butter beans) here.

With its all-year-round wonderful climate, outdoor eating in Barcelona is one of its best attractions. Whether you fancy a beer and tapas with friends, a long lunch or to unwind with a book and a coffee, the city has many a beautiful terrace where you can pull up a chair and relax. Discover our top 10 Barcelona terraces here.

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Barcelona Blog: Where to stay

When it comes to finding a place to stay, why not check out our Barcelona blog for our guides to the best areas and information about long-term and short-term rentals in the city’s best locations.

Discover our modernist Dandi apartment with a terrace in the opulent district of la Dreta de l’Eixample – only one block away from Passeig de Gràcia. Or in the upcoming LGTBQI-friendly l’Eixample Esquerre – voted the coolest neighbourhood in the world by Time Out – you’ll find the romantic KissMe apartment.

In the heart of the old quarter find our spacious 3-bedroom MACCA apartment a stone’s throw away from La Rambla. Or if peace and quiet is on your mind, our Jollie penthouse boasts a sun-drenched terrace in the residential area of Les Corts.

Find our Barcelona blog complete guide to the city’s best locations, a low-down on each neighbourhood and the best apartments here.

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Barcelona Blog: day trips

Last but not least, Barcelona boasts a prime location perfect for exploring the surrounding region of Catalonia. With sprawling beaches, beautiful mountains and sleepy fishing villages a short journey away, taking a day trip from Barcelona is the perfect complement to your trip.

A few hours from the city lies Cadaqués in the province of Girona. You’ll fall in love with its stunning promenade, whitewashed houses and the cobbled streets of its historic centre.

Another unmissable day trip is to Sitges. Known around the world as a top LGTBQI destination, don’t miss its nightlife, beautiful beaches and museums, all only a 40-minute train journey from the city.

You can discover more of our favourite simple day trips from Barcelona here.


We hope our Barcelona Blog complete guide to the city comes in useful on your next trip! You know where we are.

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Best Pa de Sant Jordi recipe step by step

Pa de Sant Jordi is a typical type of bread eaten on the day of Sant Jordi, a very important date in Catalan tradition. It is enriched, in alternating bands, with cheese (which is usually Maó cheese) and with sobrasada.

The Origin

Sant Jordi is one of the most eagerly awaited days on the Catalan calendar. This year the great literary event will be celebrated like this.

Why not try your hand at baking one of our favourite Sant Jordi recipes? What better way to enjoy your favourite books than with the smell of freshly baked bread floating through your home?

We’d like to share with you the recipe for Pa de Sant Jordi (Sant Jordi bread), which was first made 25 years ago by a famous baker in Barcelona, Eduard Crespo. Normally sold in bakeries across the region, with this traditional yet simple recipe that even the youngest members of the family can help with, you can recreate the colours of the senyera (the Catalan flag) at home. Enjoy!

Pa de Sant Jordi ingredients

500 g of strong flour
– 80 g of grated emmental or Parmesan cheese
– 80 g of Mallorcan sobrasada sausage 

– 40 g of walnuts or mixed nuts
– 8 g of yeast
350 ml of lukewarm water
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter
– 1 teaspoon of salt
– 1 teaspoon of sugar

Pa de Sant Jordi method

Please note: Remember to wash your hands thoroughly and any work surfaces before starting to bake.

Finely chop the nuts and put them to one side. Take the Mallorcan sobrasada out of the fridge.

Next measure out 350 ml of lukewarm water. Add the yeast and stir making sure there are no lumps.

Measure out the flour and add it to a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle and add the water and yeast, the salt and the olive oil.

Mix together and knead slowly until the dough no longer sticks to your hands or to the side of the bowl. If necessary add more flour. Cover the dough with a cloth and put it aside for 30 minutes. 

Next, divide the dough into three equal parts – one for each of the flavours.

Add the room temperature Mallorcan sobrasada sausage to one, the cheese to another and the chopped nuts to the final part. Mix each section of the dough together with its ingredient and knead well for ten minutes. Cover with a cloth and leave them to rest for one hour.

Now it’s time to shape the bread. Shape four strips of sobrasada mix and five of strips of cheese mix. With the nuts mix make one longer and thicker strip, which will act as the frame of the flag. Stick the strips together in the form of the Catalan flag using wet fingers if necessary.

In a pre-heated oven at 190 degrees, cook the bread for around 45 minutes. It’s really important not to open the oven during this time to ensure the bread rises properly

Once the bread is golden brown, take it out of the oven and let cool on a rack.

The Final Result

Serve with your favourite book!

We hope you enjoy your Pa de Sant Jordi from home this year! It’s a fun experience and it’s deilcious!

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Pa amb tomàquet delicious recipe step by step (only 5 ingredients)

Here is a really easy recipe to make “Pa amb tomàquet” (Catalan tomato bread), one of Catalonia’s most typical dishes! It’s very easy to do and it’s delicious.

Pa amb tomàquet - Pa amb tomaquet recipe step by step

Ingredients to make “Pa amb tomàquet”

  • Bread (If you can order Pà de Pagès (farmhouse loaf) even better)
  • Ripe tomatoes
  • Peeled garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

Preparation

  • 1) Cut the bread into slices.
  • 2) Toast the slices
  • 3) Rub the toast with the garlic
  • 4) Cut the tomato in half down the middle
  • 5) Rub the tomato into the bread

The final touch

Season with oil and salt and eat immediately so that it does not soften.

When to eat pa amb tomàquet?

You can eat it with any meal as a side dish. For example in Catalonia is very typical to order the main dishes for each person and always to have it as a side dish to share. It can be accompanied by cold cuts, cheese, anchovies, omelette, etc. It’s also used on sandwiches (only in Catalonia, in the rest of Spain if you want pa amb tomàquet in your sandwhich you have to specify it).

Enjoy and bon profit!

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