The Umbrella House – Casa Bruno Cuadros

The painted steel Chinese dragon sign on the façade of the umbrella house Barcelona. The dragon is adorned by a fan, an umbrella and a bamboo lantern.

One of the most easily recognisable landmarks on Barcelona’s iconic Las Ramblas boulevard, Casa Bruno Cuadros is located half-way between Plaça de Catalunya and the Columbus Monument. Better known as The Umbrella House (Catalan: Casa dels Paraigües) due to the brightly coloured umbrellas which decorate the façade. The building dates back to 1858 and was …

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How to Unlock Your Suitcase When You’ve Forgotten the Combination

A red hand luggage size American Tourister suitcase with a built in combination lock

Picture the scene, you’ve just arrived at your hotel in an unfamiliar city after a long flight. You put your suitcase on the bed and slowly turn the numbered wheels of the three-digit combination lock. You press the button to get access to your case but nothing happens. The metal zipper tags remain firmly trapped …

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From Barcelona Airport to the Cruise Ship Terminals

A blue Pullmantour cruise liner docking at the Moll Adossat wharf Barcelona

Barcelona cruise port is located close to the city centre at one end of the famous Las Ramblas boulevard. Although there are several public transport options to get from Barcelona airport to the city centre, none of them connects directly to the cruise ship terminals. In this article, we review how to get from Barcelona …

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Fira de La Candelera – Molins de Rei

Market stall selling calçots, artichokes tomatoes and oranges at the Fira de la Candelera fair, Molins de Rei, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

La Fira de la Candelera takes place in Molins de Rei during the first weekend of February. Traditionally this is an important date for farmers and rural communities because it marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox. La Candelera (English; Candlemas) is a Roman Catholic holiday celebrated on the 2nd of …

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The Foundling Wheel at Plaça de Viçenc Martorell

Photo of the main façade of the house of mercy orphanage including the foundling wheel or baby hatch in Plaça de Vicenc Martorell, Barcelona

Many of Barcelona’s civic centres and local council offices are located in historic buildings, many of which originally belonged to private individuals or the church. One such building is the Citizen Services Office (Seu del Districte de Ciutat Vella) located at Plaça de Viçenc Martorell in Barcelona’s El Raval neighbourhood. The building dates back to the …

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The Cerdà Houses and the Origins of the Eixample District

One of the 4 casas Cerdà with colourful frescoes painted by Raffaello Beltramini.

In the 1850’s Barcelona was booming and the medieval walls which surrounded the Gothic Quarter were torn down to allow the city to grow. The city council asked several architects and city planners to submit plans for a new suburb which would envelope surrounding villages such as Gràcia, Sarría and el Clot. The councillors initially …

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Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site

The main entrance to the old Hospital de Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site in Barcelona.

A Short walk from the Sagrada Familia, the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site is one of the most interesting architectural and historical attractions in Barcelona. Built at the start of the 20th century, the site comprises a total of 27 Art Nouveau buildings and was a working hospital as recently as 2009. In 2014, after …

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