Monestir de Pedralbes – One of Barcelona’s Best Kept Secrets!

The Monestir de Pedralbes, Barcelona

The Monestir de Pedralbes is a beautiful gothic monastery which was built in 1326 by Queen Elisenda in an effort to be forgiven for her sins. Some of the most famous architects of the time worked on the project including Ramon Despuig and Berenguer de Montagut who also designed the Bascilica de Santa Maria del…

Windsurfing on the Ebro Delta

A lone windsurfer enjoys small waves and spring sunshine at Riumar

The Ebro Delta National Park is located 160km south of Barcelona. It is an important wetland habitat and home to about 300 species of birds. It is also one of Spain’s main rice growing areas. The strong north easterly Mestral winds which blow regularly from autumn to spring make the area popular with windsurfers and…

What to Wear in Barcelona in March

Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona

As March draws to a close we take a look back at the month’s weather and more importantly, at what we’ve been wearing. March sees the transition from winter to spring and the changeable weather normally reflects this. This year has been no exception. The first of March was sunny with maximum temperatures of around…

The Roman Temple of Augustus

The Roman Temple of Augustus

Tucked away inside a medieval building in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona, these 9m high Corinthian style columns are nearly as old as the city itself. The Temple of Augustus dates back to the first century BC and was part of the Forum, at the centre of the Roman city of Barcino. Unlike the majority…

The Roger de Llúria Monument

Statue of Roger de LLúria, Barcelona

This bronze statue of Roger de Llúria was constructed in 1885 by Catalan artist Josep Reynés. The statue is located on Passeig Lluis Companys, just opposite the main entrance to the Ciutadella Park and was originally part of a series of 8 statues of Catalan heroes. Who was Roger de Llúria? Roger de Llúria was…

Sitges in Winter

Statue of Santiago Rusiñol and Ramon Casas, located near the Beach, Sitges

Sitges is a Spanish beach resort located just 35km south of Barcelona. The town is famous for it’s nightlife, beaches, carnival and the Sitges Film Festival. Sitges in the wintertime is a popular day trip for Barcelona residents who typically visit on Sunday and take a stroll along the seafront followed by lunch in one…

Surprising Street Art in Poblenou

Bird, Street Art in Poble Nou

Barcelona has lots of street art and public art, ranging from graffiti to large and impressive statues and murals by famous artists. On my way to the beach this morning I noticed this interesting series of modified road signs at the bottom of the Rambla del Poblenou. There are about a dozen of these “modified”…

The Arc de Triomf

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona

The Arc de Triomf was built in 1888 as the main entrance to the Exposición Universal de Barcelona. It was designed by the Catalan architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas and features sculptures by Josep Reynés, Josep Llimona and Manel Fuxa. The 30 metre high mudejar style brick arch is the focal point at the end…

Cardboard Carnival Car Costume

I saw this rather badly “parked” cardboard car costume on my way to work yesterday morning. The owner had obviously had one too many drinks during their Carnaval celebrations and decided that it was safer to leave their costume in the car park and walk home!

Microcars in Barcelona

Cute green microcar

The MUHBA (Barcelona History Museum) has several centres dedicated to the history of the city from Roman times to the present day. From the 21st of December 2012 until the 15th of March 2013 they are staging a temporary exhibition dedicated to the history of microcars in Barcelona. The exhibition consists of about 15 cars and microcars from…

Gambrinus – Barcelona’s Giant Lobster Statue

The Gambrinus lobster statue and Barcelona's Head

This funky giant prawn/lobster statue was originally part of the decor at the Gambrinus seafood restaurant. The 10m long fibreglass sculpture was designed and built by Spanish artist Javier Mariscal. When the Gambrinus restaurant closed the statue was bought by Barcelona city council, restored and now takes pride of place on Passeig Colom near the Port…

Live Music in Barcelona

Barcelona band "The Vacilons Project" playing in Sala Monasterio

If you enjoy live music then Barcelona has a lot to offer. Pretty much any band which tours Europe stops off in Barcelona. In addition to International acts, there is a thriving local music scene with bands from Barcelona and right across Spain. Venues range in size from small bars and clubs to the emblematic…

Lock it or lose it!

A child’s bike securely chained to a litter bin in Barcelona

It’s true that Barcelona has been getting a bit of a reputation for petty crime lately and that personal security is no laughing matter. Having said that, the sight of a child’s bike securely chained to a litter bin brightened up this morning’s trip to the supermarket.

January Sales – Ganga Style!

Funny advert for the January Sales in Barcelona

This advert made me smile on my way home from work so I thought I’d share! Here in Barcelona, the January Sales started on January 7th and this advert is for the Gran Via 2 shopping centre. Obviously it’s a play on words – Ganga means Bargain in both Catalan and Spanish.