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Eating vegetarian in Barcelona

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On first impressions one might be inclined to think that Barcelona (or all of Spain, even) is unfriendly to someone who avoids eating animal products. Whilst there are indeed legs of ham as far as the eye can see, the city actually has a lot of plant-friendly eating options. I arrived in Barcelona with a fairly long list of vegetarian restaurants I wanted to try, but truthfully we didn’t really feel the need to seek them out all that often. Tapas was our friend, and whilst a lot of tapas dishes do include meat, there are plenty of great non-meat options available at most restaurants. We enjoyed some amazing vegetable paella at a tapas bar off Passeig de Gràcia, and ate more grilled padrón peppers and patatas bravas than one would think possible. Pan con tomate and escalavida were also among my personal favourites.

Whilst we didn’t get make it…

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La Mercè 2013

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While the start of the summer is celebrated massively during the night of Sant Joan, the end of the summer is celebrated even more massively with La Mercè.

La Mercè is the patron saint of Barcelona and is celebrated on September 24. This year, Barcelona will turn once again into one big party from September 20 until September 24. More than 600 activities take place all over the city, ranging from open doors in museums to Catalan traditions.

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It is a celebration of creativity, modernity, equality and multiculturalism, but also of traditions. Let’s start with the traditions, which go back until 1871. From 1902, the “castells” and “gegants” have started to gain popularity during popular festivities. La Mercè is also known for the ‘correfocs’, people disguised as devils who run through the streets with fire and shoot firework. While generally, you can join the…

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Switch

The Good Life in Barcelona

switchSwitch  is a small oasis to electronic music cult, located in the neighborhood of Gràcia, ideal for people looking for cool and alternative spaces.

A small space designed to savor a drink meanwhile while enjoying a carefully selected music from DJs and musical groups with an alternative point.

A beautifully decorated space with entrance a little dark, that goes into a spaced with generous lighting and eyes appreciates with a minimalist point, where the stools are boxes and the bar is glass.

Francisco Giner 24, map.

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Piknic Electronik Barcelona, until September 22nd

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Festigabal: from 19th to 21st August

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Once again, the Heliogàbal organices the Festigabal on the occasion of the festival of Gracia. The festival will take place from 19 to 21 August at 23h at the Plaza Rovira y Trias and is free.

Monday, 19 August

Los Hermanos Cubero

Los Tiki Phantoms

Tuesday, 20 August

Vàlius

Vic Godard & Mates Mates

Wednesday, 21 August

De Mortimers Gang Live Karaoke Band

Empty Pockets Jam Band

If you are looking for accommodation in Barcelona for those days, don’t hesitate to contact The Urban Suites.

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Montjuïc Madness! Picnik Electronik 2013

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Hola Chicos!

Summer is in full swing here in Barcelona, the shades are out, the bikini tops are on show, so what could be more fun than heading to the gorgeous Montjuic gardens in the heart of Barcelona to have a big ol’ picnic with some friends?! However, as you can tell from the image above, this was no ordinary picnic. This was much much more.

Like many of you, I had no clue what Piknic Electronik was about. To be honest I wasn’t really keen on going, a picnic in 32 c heat and electronic music- errmm no thanks. However, what I’ve learnt from my time abroad is that you’ve got to grab any opportunity your given. Adopting the YOLO, Never Say Never attitude is always the way because you never know you might just have fun!

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And boy did I have fun! It was amazing! A melting…

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Còrsega

A classic Eixample street

Named after the island of Corsica which was briefly under the Catalan sphere of influence, this street, intersected by the Diagonal at Passeig de Gràcia,

Còrsega

Còrsega

cuts across the Eixample, running along the lower part of Gràcia towards the Sagrada Familia. A bustling thoroughfare, it offers a plethora of shops, delicatessens, cafés and restaurants, as well as some further fine examples of Barcelona architecture.

Sightseeing

Còrsega 237, 239 (between Aribau and Muntaner) – two adjoining buildings from 1901 with impressive carved stonework entrance doorways, balconies and galerías.

look across the street and to the upper levels to view

Còrsega 224, 226 crowned with intricate stone-carved parapet decoration

Còrsega 241 (corner of Aribau) – a handsome wide-fronted xamfrà building displaying all the finest characteristics of elegant Eixample stonework architecture.

Casa Comalat

Casa Comalat

Còrsega 236 (between Aribau and Enric Granados) –

Diputació de Barcelona (corner of Rambla Catalunya) – baroque stone architecture with modernist touches – colourful ceramic tiling on balconies, roof and pinnacle.

across the Rambla is a pedestrianised section where you will find

Còrsega 298 (between Rambla Catalunya and Diagonal) – richly decorated stonework and columns

Casa Comalat (corner of the top part of Pau Claris) – a Gaudí inspired building with a chocolate box exuberance of colour and forms, finely decorated glass windows, ceramic mosaics and curved stone parapet. It is the rear of the building with the main entrance on Diagonal 442.

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