The 10 best Barcelona attractions you can’t miss

The 10 best Barcelona attractions that you can’t miss during your visit to the city are finally here! We’ve done all the hard work so you can sit back and enjoy your trip to one of Europe’s top city break destinations.

Culture, food, history, sport, and more. Barcelona does have it all – but how can decide when it comes to planning your trip?

As locals of Barcelona, we’ve drawn up a list of the best the city has to offer based on our articles on our blog and our favourite things to do in the city. From exploring its wondrous examples of architecture, getting lost in its streets steeped in history and trying the best tapas on the culinary scene, we’ve got you covered by the way of the best Barcelona attractions.

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Best Barcelona Attractions

1. Sagrada Família

A trip to Barcelona wouldn’t be complete without stepping inside this masterpiece by Antoni Gaudí, which he began in the year 1883. With nothing like this Barcelona attraction anywhere else in the world, you’ll be left awestruck by the details of its magnificent façade and the stained-glass windows of its light-filled interior. Remember to check out our interesting facts about the Sagrada Família before visiting.

2. Les Rambles

We’re sure you’ve heard of this famed Barcelona attraction. This tree-lined avenue replete with restaurants, bars, shops, street artists and more starts at Plaça Catalunya and ends at the Columbus Monument by the port. As you stroll down, don’t miss the renowned Liceu Opera House or the Canaletes fountain.

3. Mercat de la Boqueria

This colourful, vibrant food market is an unmissable stop on any trip to Barcelona. Browse stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and an array of local products from wine, cured and pickled products, and more. Get there early to beat the crowds. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, our spacious 3-bedroom MACCA apartment is only a 2-minute walk away.

4. The Gothic Quarter

Every corner of every street in this central area of Barcelona is steeped in history. Discover Barcelona’s Roman past, its neo-Gothic cathedral and the history of the Plaça de Sant Felip Neri. Check out our guide to the city’s old quarter to discover these Barcelona attractions and more in the Gothic Quarter.

5. Casa Batlló

Another of Gaudí’s masterpieces is this effervescent house by the master of Catalan modernist architecture himself. Its fantasy-like design inspired by nature is sure to win you over. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located on Passeig de Gràcia among luxury stores including Chanel, Gucci, Prada, and more.

6. Montjuïc Magic Fountain

This spectacular show combining water, music and lights every evening at 8:00pm is another essential Barcelona attraction. It’s the perfect end to a day in the city and if you’re travelling with kids they’re sure to be amazed!

7. Parc Güell

Located to the north of the city overlooking its streets and with stunning views of the surrounding coastline and mountains is one of our favourite Barcelona attractions. Tucked away in nature, Parc Güell designed by Gaudí is like something out of a fairytale. Don’t miss its exquisite tiling design and famed dragon sculpture.

If you still haven’t got your fill of Gaudí, don’t miss our guide to the buildings he designed in Barcelona.

8. Parc del Laberint d’Horta

This secret maze is perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a moment of tranquility on their trip to Barcelona. Get lost in this enchanting green maze and explore its historical gardens. Perfect for a midday picnic or an afternoon stroll. Discover more green spaces in Barcelona to reconnect with nature.

9. El Born

The neighbourhood of El Born, alongside “El Barri Gòtic”, makes for a perfect day exploring the true essence of the city. Brimming with many Barcelona attractions, don’t miss the Picasso Museum, the impressive Basilica Santa Maria del Mar and the wonder that is the historical Palau de Música. Find out more about this beautiful part of the city thanks to our complete guide on things to do and see in El Born.

10. El Camp Nou

Football fans around the world flock to the city every year to visit one of the most popular Barcelona attractions. Yes, we’re talking about the Camp Nou football grounds. Visit the world’s third largest stadium to discover its museum, trophy room, dressing room and more. Read more about visiting the home of this all-star team on our blog.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the top 10 best Barcelona attractions!

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When is the best time to visit Barcelona?

The best time to visit Barcelona, in our opinion, is all year round! Thanks to its gorgeous climate, even in the winter it’s a beautiful city to be in. With mild daytime and nighttime temperatures, you’ll be pushed to find a city so amazingly ideal for a weekend getaway.

However, if your schedule is flexible and you can choose any season of the year to come, we’d have to admit that the best time to visit Barcelona is the summer. From May to October you can enjoy more hours of sunlight; think long summer days that seem to last forever spent relaxing at the beach, refreshing nights with street parties and meals under the stars and, of course, sunrises and sunsets that will take your breath away.

To all this you can add a million and one activities as the city of Barcelona comes alive with summer plans for that suit all tastes, schedules and budgets.

If this sounds like the best time to visit Barcelona to you, keep on reading. Here are 8 summer activities that you won’t be able to resist.

Best time to visit Barcelona

Celebrate the arrival of summer with fireworks

The night of the 23rd June marks the celebration of Sant Joan and the Summer Solstice, one of the biggest events on the Catalan calendar. If partying on the beach under the lights of the starts and fireworks sounds like your thing, then this is definitely the best time to visit Barcelona for you! Read more about this traditional festivity here.

Hit the city’s beaches

Barcelona is famous for its nine beaches spanning almost 5 km along coastline. So, of course, we think that the best time to visit Barcelona is the summer, as it is when you can truly make the most of these stunning sandy shores from sunrise to sunset. Check out our complete guide to Barcelona beaches for more information when planning your next beach holiday in the city.

Dance until dawn at Barcelona’s Festes Majors

Many of the city’s Festes Majors (city parties) are held during the summer months, making it without a doubt the best time to visit Barcelona. Discover Catalan traditions like correfocs (fire runs) and castellers (human towers) at some of the biggest celebrations of the year in the neighbourhoods of Sants, Poble Sec and the Gothic Quarter. Steeped in tradition and local community, at these festivals you’ll find locals and tourists of all ages enjoying live music, local food, hand-made products and, of course, a good dance! Check out our article on one of the biggest of these events held in August: the Festa Major de Gràcia.

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Sing along at a music festival

June until August means one thing for music lovers in Barcelona: it’s festival season, i.e. the best time to visit Barcelona! A favourite among indie fans, Primavera Sound kicks off the summer at Parc del Fòrum. Combining creativity, music and culture, there’s the Sonar Festival bringing electronic music and art to the city. Not forgetting Festival Cruïlla with its eclectic mix of artists from pop legends to classic indie groups and Festival Jardins Pedralbes in a truly magical setting.

Catch your favourite movie at Sala Montjuïc

If you’re in Barcelona in July, you’ll be able to enjoy what is one of the most-awaited events of the summer. Watch classic movies and the newest Oscar-winning films at the outdoor cinema in the grounds of the Montjuïc castle during what is possibly the best time to visit Barcelona. Grab a picnic and a blanket and relax under the stars.

Experience La Mercè (Festa Major de Barcelona)

One of the biggest festivals of the year, La Mercè unites music, culture and art, in this yearly celebration in September, making this month the best time to visit Barcelona. As the summer heat wanes, hit the streets to enjoy a range of free events throughout the city, including live music, workshops for kids and the magical closing ceremony (the Piromusical) in Plaça Espanya. Find out more about the fantastic cultural festival that is La Mercè here.

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Have a drink on a rooftop bar or terrace

Bask in the beautiful summer climate on a rooftop with amazing views of the Barcelona cityscape, sea and surrounding mountains or terraces lapped by the waves as the cool sea breeze rustles your hair. Discover our guide to the top 10 bars and terraces to enjoy what we believe is the best time to visit Barcelona!

Bag a bargain at Barcelona’s outdoor markets

Food trucks serving delicious street food, pop-up stalls selling handmade gifts and second-hand clothes, and live music concerts by the newest bands… yes, it’s the best time to visit Barcelona! Discover the city’s summer weekend markets of Palo Alto, Two Market at Nau Bostik, and Fleadonia.

These are just some of the reasons why summer is the best time to visit Barcelona! We’re looking forward to welcoming you here.

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A Complete Guide to Barcelona Beaches

Barcelona beaches are on on our mind right now. With summer just around the corner, we’re planning long weekends with fun, sun and waves, and what better place than our beloved city?

Without a doubt, Barcelona’s all-year-round sunny climate makes it the ideal beach destination. So let’s enjoy its nine beaches spanning almost 5 km to catch some rays.

This complete guide to Barcelona beaches brings you the best the city’s coastline has to offer, all within the province. Dreaming of sand between your toes and the sea breeze in your hair? Let us take care of the rest!

Barcelona beaches map
Barcelona Beaches Map
Barcelona beaches
Platja del Somorrostro

Platja de la Barceloneta

Named after the city’s famous maritime neighbourhood, La Barceloneta is one of everyone’s favourite Barcelona beaches. Thanks to its central location – only a five-minute walk from the metro station – its plethora of bars and restaurants, its fantastic views of the W hotel and over 1 km of coastline to enjoy.

Platja de Sant Miquel

The privileged location of this Barcelona beach next to la Barceloneta that is open to nudists makes it popular among locals and tourists alike. Look out for the Wounded Shooting Star Sculpture that pays tribute to the city’s fishing district.

Platja del Somorrostro

Between the Hospital del Mar and Carrer Marina lies this Barcelona beach that used to be part of La Barceloneta. This central beach boasts a huge selection of restaurants perfect for taking in the beautiful views and people watching. Named after the shantytown that was demolished, this beach is popular among the young population of the city.

Platja de Sant Sebastià

Alongside some of the most famous Barcelona beaches, Platja de Sant Sebastià is located in Ciutat Vella. One of the city’s oldest beaches, it offers fully accessible facilities, sports clubs with an array of activities and great bus and metro connections.

Platja del Bogatell

The renovations to one of the most popular Barcelona beaches in the 80s makes this beach – with ping-pong tables, volley ball pitches and sun lounger and parasol hire – one of the most visited by people above all in their late 30s.

Platja de la Mar Bella

One of the Barcelona beaches that is open to nudists and a favourite among the LGTBQI+ population, these sandy shores can be easily accessed on bikes and public transport. What’s more, it boasts a great kids play area and basketball pitches for a great deal of fun in the sun.

Platja de la Nova Mar Bella

Another of the Barcelona beaches that forms part of the renovation of the city for the 1992 Olympic Games, Nova Mar Bella is completely accessible for the disabled and boasts a laid-back atmosphere. Close transport links include Line 4 metro stops Selva de Mar and El Maresme.

Platja del Llevant

One of the newest Barcelona beaches to become part of its renowned coastline, the Playa del Llevant offers a peaceful atmosphere outside of the city centre in the area of Diagonal Mar. Bask in the sun’s rays, take on its climbing wall, or relax at the Nueva Ola beach bar. What are you waiting for?

Platja de Nova Icària

Right in the centre of the city’s fabulous coastline is one of the city’s most tranquil and relaxing beaches. Hit the sand to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Perfect for families and kids and groups of friends to enjoy the shores of Barcelona on the sand, in the water or in one of its beach bars.

Banys del Fòrum

And let’s not forget one of the most alternative Barcelona beaches! This salt-water outdoor pool is an alternative for those hot summer days without the sand. Open from the beginning of June until mid September from 11 am to 2 pm.

Badalona

With three long beaches only 30 minutes outside of the city, Badalona’s three beaches – Central, Manresà and Gorg – are perfect for those looking to visit a beach that is frequented by locals and often overlooked by tourists. Enjoy the beautiful promenade of this neighbouring town and take in the stunning views from the “Petroli” bridge.

Montgat

Perfect for surf, windsurf and kite surf lovers, the three Barcelona beaches in Montgat are only 30 minutes from the city on the local RENFE trains. Boasting many water sports centre for thrill seekers, the beach is also accessible by bike and has free parking.

Let us know, which is your favourite of these Barcelona beaches?

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TOP 22 Barcelona apartments by neighbourhood

Barcelona apartments are just what you are looking for with summer is just around the corner. To help you plan your upcoming summer getaway to the city, we’ve put together this fantastic guide to Barcelona apartments for rent by neighbourhood, so you can choose your favourite place to stay in some of the most privileged locations in the heart of the city.

Our first stop is Eixample, where modernism meets modernity. This sprawling neighbourhood is home to many of our midtown Barcelona apartments. Read on to find out more and book your favourite!

Barcelona Apartments: Eixample

Dandi

Close to La Pedrera and La Casa Batlló, this 3-bedroom Barcelona holiday apartment with a terrace boasts gentlemanly charm. What’s more, its stately décor preserves the essence of the original architecture.

Dandi apartment with terrace

Livingstone

With 2 double bedrooms and full bathrooms, our Livingstone rental apartment in Eixample combines modernity with traditional pieces of furniture and art from South Africa.

Apartment Barcelona Livingstone

La Mimosa

A stone’s throw away from the luxury-shopping street that is Passeig de Gràcia, La Mimosa will charm you with its lavish finishes and designer furniture. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

La Mimosa - Barcelona Aparment

Ascot

This 3-bedroom Barcelona rental apartment boasts a prime location, close to the beach and the National Theatre of Catalunya. Bask in the tranquillity of this neighbourhood on the sun-drenched balcony or relax after a long day of sightseeing in the luxurious and spacious living room-dining area.

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Neo apt

With marble floors and pristine white walls, this light-filled Eixample apartment will bring harmony to your visit to Barcelona. Boasting 2 bedrooms and a terrace and located on a quiet pedestrian street, this is your home away from home, where you can unwind and relax.

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Noname

Simply indescribable, our Noname Barcelona apartment for rent has something that we can’t put into words. We urge you to experience this feeling of complete charm, luxury, and relaxation in this designer 3-bedroom flat within walking distance of the city’s renowned Plaça Espanya.

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Art Blue

You’ll simply love the warm wooden details in this light-filled romantic penthouse. With 2 bedrooms plus a dedicated workspace, you’ll struggle to tear yourself away to discover the delights of one of the city’s coolest streets, buzzing with life in its shops, restaurants and bars.

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KissMe

Our Barcelona rental apartment that combines modernism, romance, architecture and luxury under one single roof. Every last detail in our KissMe apartment – located in a tranquil residential area of Eixample – adds to the luxury of your experience in this fully equipped apartment for all the senses, a 10-minute walk from Plaça Espanya and the Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC).

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Garden House

This midtown Barcelona apartment is a true oasis in the heart of the city, a mere stroll away from the city’s famous Sagrada Familia. With its sprawling terrace shaded by a beautiful canopy and decorated with numerous plants, you won’t want to go home.

Calabresse

Last but not least, this rental apartment in Eixample lives and breathes luxury. From its state-of-the-art living room to its designer furniture and fully equipped kitchen, it is perfect for a business trip or a city break.

Barcelona Apartments: Zona Alta

Next on our list is the Zona Alta of Barcelona, where the exclusive neighbourhood of Pedralbes is located. Discover another side of Barcelona in this upscale residential area.

Ferran Batik

This luxury penthouse for rent boasts a spacious terrace with panoramic views and sun loungers from where you can enjoy the most breath-taking sunsets of the city. This light-filled 3-bedroom apartment is simply spectacular.

Barcelona Apartments: Gothic Quarter

Next we have Barcelona’s historical Gothic quarter. In the heart of the city you’ll find the following Barcelona holiday apartments perfect for any time of year.

Parsifal

A spacious, quirky Barcelona apartment for rent on the city’s most famous street – La Rambla – it combines a privileged location with utmost luxury. What’s more, it is also available as a monthly rental!

Macca

This exclusive Barcelona rental apartment with 3 bedrooms and a balcony is found tucked away on a pedestrian street and is within walking distance of Portal de l’Angel, Barcelona’s best shopping experience.

Bella II

Perfect for a romantic getaway to Barcelona, this one-bedroom rental apartment and its chic and glamorous décor will make you feel as though you’re in a movie.

Bella III

Located in the buzzing area of Raval, this modern apartment with original features is within walking distance of sights such as La Rambla, Plaça Reial and the Liceu Opera house.

Colonial

Cosy yet chic, our favourite one-bedroom Barcelona holiday apartment boasts luxurious wooden details and a wonderful open plan kitchen that is simply perfect for entertaining or relaxing with a glass of wine.

Oriental

Inside this stunning building you’ll find a Zen-like haven waiting to melt all your worries away and welcome you to this one-bedroom sanctuary with sleek, modern décor.

Catedral

A stone’s throw away from the beautiful Santa Maria del Mar cathedral, relax in this Barcelona apartment for rent with stunning high ceilings and a private courtyard.

Picasso

With a rustic yet contemporary feel, you’ll love the bare-brick walls, wooden floors and exposed beams. In the heart of the Gothic quarter, enjoy this trendy neighbourhood at your doorstep.

Barcelona Apartments: Les Corts

Discover our rental apartments in Les Corts: a quiet residential area within walking distance of the city centre, we invite you to delve into another side of Barcelona.

Gatsby

Exquisitely decorated and newly refurbished, Gatsby boasts 3 bedrooms with fun, natural decoration and a terrace with fantastic views of the city that is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Jollie

Picture yourself in this exclusive one-bedroom penthouse with a sun-drenched terrace. It’s waiting for you!

Villa in Barcelona

Last but not least, our villas by the beach are available upon request. Located in the fantastic destination that is Sitges, a mere 25 minutes from the cultural hub of Barcelona.

La Llevantina

Our upstairs and downstairs villas, that accommodate ten and twelve guests respectively, are exactly what you have been looking for. Combining relaxation and luxury – one by the beach and the other in the mountains – you’ll find it difficult to choose which of these luxurious gems is for you.

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Let us know, which is your favourite of our Barcelona holiday apartments? Book it now for your next trip!

El Raval District Guide: 9 Things to See and Do

Barcelona’s El Raval district is part of the city’s Ciutat Vella (old quarter). It is literally a stone’s throw away from the city’s famous Las Ramblas and Plaça Catalunya, so there is no excuse not to visit this emblematic part of the city.

What is today a colourful, vibrant neighbourhood was once a forgotten area of Barcelona associated with crime and prostitution. Yet it has recently seen a new lease of life with changes for the better, making it a neighbourhood in Barcelona with a truly unique personality with many a thing to see and do.

There is always something going on in El Raval come night or day, rain or shine. We’re not exaggerating when we say every corner of this district is brimming with art, culture and life.

We’ve put together this guide to El Raval district in Barcelona to make sure you don’t miss a thing. So grab your camera and get ready to discover 9 of the best things to see and do in El Raval.

1. CCCB – Centre for Contemporary Culture

Carrer de Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona

An unmissable stop on your tour of El Raval is this space dedicated to modern-day culture that is packed with fun activities and exhibitions for all ages and tastes. From life on other planets and the latest scientific discoveries to art, film and literature from all over the world, the CCCB programme has something for everyone. What’s more, entrance is free on Sundays after 3 pm – but make sure you reserve your spot in advance!

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CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona

2. MACBA – The Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona

Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona

Just around the corner is the MACBA, which you’ll recognise by its stunning modern glass façade, housing a diverse array of permanent and temporary exhibitions by local and international artists from the later half of the twentieth century to the present day. Check out the website for guided tours, workshops and activities for kids.

MACBA
MACBA

3. La Rambla del Raval

One of our favourite things to do in El Raval is take a stroll down La Rambla del Raval. This extensive tree-lined boulevard is brimming with ethnic and cultural diversity, and is where you’ll catch street artists for a colourful experience in El Raval District.

La Rambla del Raval
La Rambla del Raval

4. Take a photo with el Gat de Botero

Whilst you’re at La Rambla del Raval, don’t forget to snap a selfie with the district’s famous bronze sculpture of a cat by Fernando Botero, famous Colombian sculptor.

El Gat de Botero
El Gat de Botero

5. Go alternative shopping

El Raval is the place to be when it comes to vintage and alternative fashion. You’ll find everything and anything from handmade dresses and second-hand bargains to accessories from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Be sure to head to Calle Riera Baixa, which is lined with pop-up stalls every Saturday morning. What’s more, don’t miss the Fleadonia flea market on Sundays in Plaça de Blanquerna for even more bargains!

Flea Market in El Raval
Flea Market in El Raval

6. La Boqueria Market

La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona

Talking of markets, you simply can’t miss the symbolic La Boqueria market nestled between El Raval and Las Ramblas. Here you’ll find every fruit and vegetable under the sun, freshly squeezed juices, specialist products from around Spain and tapas bars packed with tourists and locals alike – be sure to get there early to try dishes made with fresh market produce. Famous around the world, this vibrant space has become synonymous with a trip to Barcelona.

Mercat de la Boqueria
Mercat de la Boqueria

7. Filmoteca de Catalunya

Plaça de Salvador Seguí, 1, 08001 Barcelona

This film archive located in the heart of El Raval strives to preserve film and audiovisual culture, with particular focus on Catalonia. Discover a range of film screenings throughout the week in original language version, in addition to photography exhibitions and a small bookshop.

Filmoteca de Catalunya

8. Discover Carrer Joaquín Costa’s nightlife

If you’re looking to discover the true side of El Raval, be sure to head to Carrer Joaquín Costa for an evening that promises some of Barcelona’s coolest bars, live music and your favourite tipple. Afterwards, why not head to Marsella bar on Carrer de Sant Pau, 65. Rumoured to be Barcelona’s first bar and frequented by Picasso and Hemingway, the drink of choice here is absinthe.

Marsella - Bar in el Raval
Marsella Bar

9. Savour the flavours of El Raval

Given the ethnic diversity of this neighbourhood, it’s no surprise that here you’ll find a plethora of restaurants serving food from far-flung places and places closer to home. Here you’ll try some of the best Indian, Vietnamese, Lebanese, Catalan and vegetarian cuisine.

Bar Cañete - where to eat in El Raval
Bar Cañete

10. L’antic Hospital de la Santa Creu & the National Library of Catalonia

Carrer de l’Hospital, 56, 08001 Barcelona

Formerly a hospital, this example of Catalan Gothic architecture can be visited today as the National Library of Catalonia, with its mission being to collect and preserve Catalan-language books and heritage. Don’t miss the beautiful courtyard of this hospital, which was where Gaudí himself was cared for before he died.

Biblioteca de Catalunya in El Raval

11. Visit the Drassanes Reials de Barcelona (Royal Shipyards of Barcelona)

Av. de les Drassanes, 1, 08001 Barcelona

Home to the Barcelona Maritime Museum, these former shipyards boast a spectacular collection of ships and are steeped in history. Head there to learn of the role the city played in the construction of these impressive vessels.

Drassanes Barcelona
Drassanes

12. Sala Barts

Av. del Paral·lel, 62, 08001 Barcelona

Known as Barcelona Arts on Stage, this emblematic venue that first opened its doors in El Raval in 1892 hosts theatre, music and cultural events and festivals. Be sure to check out its website to see what’s on!

That concludes our guide to El Raval District in Barcelona. Let us know what your favourite thing to do in El Raval is!

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How is Sant Jordi 2021 going to be celebrated in Barcelona?

Sant Jordi 2021 has the green light to go ahead this year on 23rd of April. And this beautiful day of the book and the rose is just around the corner! After it was cancelled last year and postponed to July, you’re probably how exactly this much-awaited event on the Barcelona calendar is going to be celebrated in 2021.

From the latest restrictions and measures, plus this year’s activity programme, we’ve got you covered in this article on Sant Jordi 2021. Although this year will be different from past years, we want to make sure it is still a day to remember.

Read on to find out more….

Sant Jordi 2021

Why is Sant Jordi so important?

The Catalan answer to Valentine’s Day, this event commemorates both Saint George’s day (or Sant Jordi as he is known in Catalonia) and World Book Day. The beginnings of this event celebrating love, books and of course, a love for books, lie in the story of Sant Jordi and the dragon. If you’d like to find out more about its history and origins, read more in our article here.

So here’s our round up of what Sant Jordi 2021 will be like. Additionally, given these uncertain times, we recommend double checking events online before attending.

Where can I buy books this Sant Jordi 2021?

Sant Jordi 2021 will take place over three days: 21, 22 and 23 April, this gives book sellers and customers alike more time to browse and will prevent large numbers of people gathering on the 23rd.

The plan that has been approved for this year’s event aims to, above all, avoid the usual crowds and, if possible, encourage bookstores to set up outdoor stalls. The usual stalls will be set up on around the centre of the city with a distance of 2 metres between each one, with a separate entrance and exit and a limit of 50% capacity.

Additionally, bookshops will be open as normal, also with a maximum capacity of 50% and following the recommended safety measures that are in place.

Sant Jordi 2021 - Where can I buy books this Sant Jordi 2021

What about roses?

This Sant Jordi 2021, only florists have been given the go ahead to sell roses. There will be outdoor stalls, as usual, in the main areas around the city.

What’s more, the city will host several small Sant Jordi “fairs” where books and roses will be sold in a selection of outdoor spaces, ranging from Passeig de Gràcia, Arc de Triomf and Plaça Reial, in addition to Rambla del Poble Nou, the Palau Robert Gardens and Diagonal.

Can I get my books signed this Sant Jordi 2021?

This year it is possible to get your books signed, but not in the usual way. Despite the measures being still unconfirmed, it looks like, in order to avoid long queues and crowds, authors will not sign copies of their books inside bookshops. However, it will be possible to order a signed copy of your favourite book and pick it up the next day! The option of having authors sign copies but outdoors also looks likely.

It is also worth noting that this Sant Jordi 2021 will not host the usual events and talks with writers and authors that usually take place, nor any prize-giving ceremonies.

Eventhough you can find some activities for the familiy here

Sant Jordi activities 2021

How can I celebrate Sant Jordi 2021 at home?

There are also many ways to celebrate this day dedicated to books and roses from the comfort of our your own homes. One of our favourite things to do is to try our hand at making homemade Pa de Sant Jordi. This typical type of bread recreates the colours of the senyera (the Catalan flag) and is usually filled with sobrasada sausage and cheese. We’re slightly biased, but it is simply delicious! Find the recipe here.

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You can also shop online to treat yourself or a loved one to a book whilst still supporting local sellers. Visit the platform “LlibreriesObertes” (OpenBookstores) to start browsing now!

Finally, if you’re stuck for inspiration this Sant Jordi 2021, why not check out our article on 8 books set in Barcelona that you’re sure to love for some gift ideas.

We hope you have a fantastic day filled with love and books. Let us know how you’re planning to celebrate Sant Jordi 2021!

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11 bakeries in Barcelona that will make your day sweeter

Bakeries in Barcelona are certainly not few and far between, but which ones can you count on for the freshest and sweetest treats? Look no further for your sweet temptation as we take you on a journey through the culinary culture of the city to discover the best desserts, pastries, cakes, and much more.

We all like to treat ourselves once in a while. Baking and dessert making is a true art, and there’s nothing better than the city’s flakiest croissant or homemade cake alongside a cup of tea or coffee.

If you’re intent on discovering the best bakeries in Barcelona you’ve come to the right place! Read on to discover 11 of the city’s sweetest places to visit.

Boulangerie Mayer

Carrer del Diluvi, 11, 08012 Barcelona

Known as one of the best bakeries in the neighbourhood of Gràcia, this French-run joint has been so successful it has now opened establishments in Poblesec and la Barceloneta. You can’t leave without trying its delicious French baguettes and buttery croissants.

bakaries in Barcelona - Boulangerie Mayer

Pastisseria Natcha

Av. de Sarrià, 45, 08029 Barcelona

One of the most contemporary bakeries in Barcelona, Pastisseria Natcha is sure to catch your eye with its array of homemade chocolates, from tasty praline truffles to white and milk chocolate delights. Don’t miss its huge range of chocolate desserts and, if you’re feeling creative, why not ask about their tailor-made cake service.

Oriol Balaguer

Plaça de Sant Gregori Taumaturg, 2, 08021 Barcelona

Oriol Balaguer is the renowned Catalan chef behind the fantastic and innovative inventions of this bakery. Located in the north of the city, this space combines design, innovation and the sweetest of treats, with the air of a department store where all of Oriol’s creations are on display in glass cabinets. A true delight for all the senses.

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Origo Bakery

Carrer de Milà i Fontanals, 9, 08012 Barcelona

Specialising in slow-fermented sourdough bread and organic baked goods, this small bakery is tucked away in Gràcia. They also serve speciality coffee and sell all their products at a 20% discount the next day. What are you waiting for?

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Cookies Demasie

Carrer de la Princesa, 28, 08003 Barcelona

A stone’s throw away from the Picasso museum is one of the most delightful bakeries in Barcelona specialising in cinnamon rolls of all types. Try them topped with pistachio, filled with dulce de leche or topped with chocolate. We’re sure you’ll want to try them all.

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Funky bakers

Passeig del Born, 10, 08003 Barcelona

After spending the afternoon strolling around the neighbourhood of El Born or on your way to the Parc de Ciutadella for a picnic, what better way to replenish your energies than stopping off at this quirky bakery? Priding itself on being a delicious collaboration between artists, chefs, artisans and bakers, discover an array of buns, pastries, cakes and sandwiches.

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La Donuteria

Carrer del Parlament, 20, 08015 Barcelona

Possibly the best place in the entire city for doughnuts, this bakery in Sant Antoni offers a huge selection of doughnuts, with flavours from passion fruit, strawberry to vanilla and matcha. What’s more, you can even personalise your doughnut to suit your own tastes!

La donuteria - recommended bakaeries barcelona

Forn Roura

Carrer de Calaf, 15, 08021 Barcelona

The secret to the bread sold at this bakery in Barcelona has been passed down from generation to generation of the Roura family. This almost century-old establishment founded in 1927 is located in the Galvany market of Sant Gervasi. Grab a loaf or two of this traditionally made bread that is simply to die for.

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Baluard

Carrer del Baluard, 38, 08003 Barcelona

Selling wood-fired bread, each loaf is unique and baked to perfection. One of the oldest bakeries in Barcelona, Baluard has establishments in la Barceloneta and also in Eixample. What’s more, you can now order bread, pastries and baked goods on their online store.

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Forn Mistral

Carrer de Torres i Amat, 7, 08001 Barcelona & Carrer d’Astúries, 35, 08012 Barcelona

Another of the bakeries in Barcelona steeped in history, Forn Mistral boasts five generations behind its lovingly baked bread. Be prepared to find a queue of eager customers at the door, but we assure you that everything you’ll try here is certainly worth the wait!

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Pastisseria Baixas

Carrer de Muntaner, 331, 08021 Barcelona

Serving classic pastries, desserts, cakes and sweet treats, each product is carefully prepared to perfection. This patisserie also offers catering services and home deliveries of their most coveted cakes.

Pastisseria baixas

Forn Sarret

Carrer de Girona, 73, 08009 Barcelona

Last but not least, out of all the bakeries in Barcelona this one stands out not only because of its delicious hand-made products, but also due to its beautifully crafted modernist façade, with wooden arches and hand-painted tiles. Specialising above all in freshly baked bread using local, organic ingredients. Don’t miss its star loaf baked with nuts.

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That concludes our list of the best bakeries in Barcelona. We hope they make your day even sweeter! Enjoy!

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8 recommended Barcelona restaurants that do delivery

Barcelona restaurants that do delivery have become the latest hot topic between friends and family. If you’re anything like us you’re always sharing the latest great place you ordered food from and looking for new places to try.

If there’s something that this time at home has showed us it’s that ordering food to take out can be the best solution when you’ve had a long day at work and you simply don’t feel like cooking.

This list of Barcelona restaurants that do delivery includes our tried-and-tested favourites, and in some cases this take-out food even requires you to get creative in your own home.

Who says you have to go out to a restaurant to enjoy the best food in Barcelona!

As these are uncertain times, we always recommend checking these Barcelona restaurants’ websites ahead of time to check their opening and delivery hours. Enjoy!

Creppy Pizza

1, Carrer del Camp, 08021 Barcelona

This crepes and pizza place is one of our favourite Barcelona restaurants that does delivery. We recommend the Milan pizza with truffle oil followed by a dulce de leche crepe for an exquisite weekend treat!

Creppy pizza - best pizza in barcelona

Chivuo’s

Gràcia, Eixample, Raval

If you’re in the mood for real American-style burgers and sandwiches, this is your place. Chivuo’s prides itself on serving the best slow street food and its menu features pulled pork sandwiches, a range of burgers in soft brioche buns and Philly cheese steak, plus authentic American cheesecake.

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Vitali Pizza

Carrer de París, 109, 08029 Barcelona

This Barcelona restaurant’s specialty is gourmet pizza with a wide selection of topics to suit all taste. What’s more, it also offers vegan and gluten-free options. In addition to accepting ticket restaurant, also watch out for special 2 for 1 offers during the week for a real mid-week treat!

Vilali pizza- top pizza restaurants in barcelona

Sr. Lobo

Travessera de les Corts, 38, 08903 Barcelona

Perhaps one of the tastiest of our picks of Barcelona restaurants, Sr. Lobo delivers 100%-authentic roast chicken straight to your door with all the trimmings. Claiming to be the best chicken in town (and we second it), the whole chicken with rustic oil and a side of wood-fired potatoes is simply to die for.

Petit Bangkok

Carrer de Balmes, 106, 08008 Barcelona & Carrer d’Àvila, 87, 08005 Barcelona

For an authentic taste of Thailand, there is no better place in our selection of Barcelona restaurants than Petit Bangkok. Travel to the East without leaving the comfort of your own home and choose from the most traditional Thai curries to flavoursome stir-fries and fresh summer rolls. Perfect for a mid-week lunch or weekend evening in.

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Little Fern

Carrer de Pere IV, 168, 08005 Barcelona

You’ll be delighted as we were to learn that there are Barcelona restaurants that deliver breakfast and coffee straight to your door! Our favourite has to be Little Fern: this community casual brunch spot in the heart of Poblenou serves dishes that take inspiration from New Zealand’s café culture, along with sweet treats, homemade granola and a range of delicious hot beverages. Don’t miss the chickpea pancakes topped with spicy kimchi and miso mayo, and the harissa scrambled eggs served with avocado and grated pecorino cheese on fresh sourdough toast.

Little fern

Les Tres a La Cuina

Carrer de Sant Lluís 35, 08012 Barcelona 

This family-run business based in Gracia prides itself on delivery the best of homemade Catalan cuisine straight to your door. Although this is a list of Barcelona restaurants and this isn’t a restaurant per-se, the three minds behind this delivery service ensure a different set menu every day of the week based on healthy recipes and the freshest of ingredients.

Les tres a la cuina

Hawker-45

Carrer de Casp, 45, 08010 Barcelona

Last but not least on our list of Barcelona restaurants that do delivery is Hawker-45. Serving new, innovative Latin American and Asian street food, the menu offers delicious curries, seafood dishes, soup and light bites. As an interesting proposal, Hawker also delivers pre-packed meal kits allowing you to get creative in the kitchen with the fresh, exotic ingredients. Why not learn how to make Bangkok chicken wings and Thai green curry this long weekend?

We hope this list of our favourite Barcelona restaurants comes in handy. Let us know, what’s the restaurant you keep ordering from again and again? We can’t wait to try out your suggestions!

Barcelona restaurants - Hawker45

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