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…

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…

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.