Barcelona is amongst Europe’s top cities for fashion and a wonderful city for shopping. From luxury shops to the young designers of the city or the shops of classic articles, make Barcelona one of the most important cities. We select few top shopping areas that you must visit when you are in Barcelona!
Passeig de Gràcia
Passeig de Gràcia is one of Barcelona’s most famous high-end shopping streets. Shopping along Barcelona’s gran Passeig de Gràcia means being right in the heart of the city, where elegant modernist buildings and the breathtaking Casa Battlo and Casa Mila, make the walk one of the most pleasant experiences. From the biggest brand names such as Versace or Dolce & Gabbana to the most affordable like ZARA and H&M, you’re bound to find a treasure to carry home that suits your taste and fits your budget.
Close to the metro and situated on the Avinguda Diagonal you’ll find one of the largest shopping centers with 230 well-known shops, a multiplex cinema, bars and restaurants. The complex is spread over 3 levels and includes stores like Stradivarius, ZARA, and Armani.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 208, 08018 Barcelona
Close to the Forum, in the Avenida Diagonal you can find the newest and most modern shopping center in Barcelona with more than 250 stores, cinemas, game spaces for children and a large public walkway with views to the sea! On the first floor you’ll find technology, TVs, and all your household goods. The second floor is for fashion, design and personal care and then the top floor to relax and have a good meal. You will find stores for example stores like Jack & Jones, Mango, Primark, H&M, and G-Star.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 3, 08019 Barcelona
Catalonia’s largest and newest mall on three levels. You will find a cinema, restaurants, a bowling alley, and a Carrefour hypermarket, but also stores like Calvin Klein Jeans, Victoria’s Secret, NYX, Mango, ZARA, Bershka, Douglas and many more.
Address: Carrer de Potosí, 2, 08030 Barcelona
Las Ramblas is one of the main tourist attractions and one of the most notable place in Barcelona. Over a kilometer long, with Port Vell (near the cruise port terminal) at the Southern end and Plaça Catalunya at the northern end, this walking street is surrounded by restaurants, bars, and shops from different brands.
Address: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
The Centre Comercial Maremàgnum
The Centre Comercial Maremàgnum is a large American style shopping mall with shops, discos, bars, restaurants, rooftop mini golf course, cinemas and an aquarium. Located at the end of La Rambla, in the old port it’s the only mall to be open on Sundays. This is the perfect spot to find what you are looking for and experience fashion at its best. And of course, you will find a beautiful view of the city and one of the best sunsets.
Address: Edificio Maremàgnum, Moll d’Espanya, 5, 08039 Barcelona
Opening times and SALE
Most of the shops and shopping centers are open from 10.00 (10 am) to 21.00 (9:00 pm). Traditional shops are open from 10.00 (10 am) to 14.00 hours (2 pm). The winter sales start around January 6th until the end of February and the summer sale lasts from mid-June to the end of August. You can find fantastic bargains with generally up to 50% discount and sometimes 75%! This is a perfect reason to go shopping in Barcelona.
Barcelona is a known entrepreneurial and business-friendly city. Thanks to its long business and commercial tradition, Barcelona is today one of the most important cities in Europe for doing business. The city produces and attracts entrepreneurs and has slowly established itself as a European center for business creation. Tourism in Barcelona has continued to grow in recent years and has become one of the pillars of the city’s economy. Barcelona receives more than 6.5 million tourists each year, generating almost 13 million overnight stays. The quality of services, the diverse cultural options, the world-renowned cuisine and the shops make Barcelona a highly desirable destination for tourists. According to the International Congress and Conventions Association (ICCA), Barcelona is the second-best place worldwide for organizing congresses.
Here are 6 reasons why you should invest in Barcelona
1. Thanks to its location, Barcelona is the gateway to southern Europe, the capital of the Mediterranean area, a bridge to the Maghreb and a platform to Latin America.
2. The infrastructure. Barcelona is the only city in southern Europe that concentrates, over 5 kilometers, one of the major ports in the Mediterranean, a high-speed train station, an international airport, motorways linked to the European network, the second biggest trade fair site in Europe and one of the biggest logistic zones in southern Europe.
3. Barcelona heads a big economic area with a long industrial tradition and a dense business fabric. The city is geared towards the economy and knowledge-intensive activities, especially advanced services and new economic activities.
4. The region of Catalonia is home to over 5,000 foreign companies, and 90% of them are based in the Barcelona area. Furthermore, more than 50% of all the Japanese, Italian, North American, French, Austrian and Swiss companies that operate in Spain are based in this area.
5. Barcelona has a long-established business and commercial tradition and the people of Barcelona are responsible, serious about their work and are also open to doing business with people in other markets.
6. According to the 2011 European Cities Monitor, Barcelona is the European city with the best quality of life for employees, a position it has held for the last 14 years.
Christmas, the happiest time of the year. The perfect season to enjoy the family, friends, dinners, gifts and the beautiful city of Barcelona. Apart from the great weather, there are many things to do and see in Barcelona in December, you can visit the beautiful Christmas markets with all the typical Christmas decorations and taste the delicious food.
The most popular and also the biggest Christmas market in Barcelona is the Fira de Santa Lucia Market, located in front of the old Gothic Cathedral. The market was the meeting place for Christmas since 1786, as you walk through the stands, you will find here many local handmade decorations and other typical Christmas presents from Catalonia.
Here are some other popular Christmas markets in Barcelona:
Fira de Santa Lúcia Christmas market
Saint Lucia Christmas market
Place: Avenida de la Catedral in gothic area
Date: Fri 24th November to Sat 23rd December 2017
Time: open daily from 10.30 to 22.30.
Plaça de Catalunya Christmas fair
Place: Plaza Catalunya
Date: 22nd December 2017 to 4th January 2018
Time: 10:00 to 21:00
Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Família
Place: Sagrada Familia church in Eixample area of Barcelona
Date: 25th November to 23rd December 2017
Time: daily from 10:00 to 22:00
Three Kings Fair
Fira de Reis a la Gran Via
Place: On Gran Via street from streets Muntaner to Calabria
Date: 19th December to 6th January 2018
Time: from 11.00 to 22.00
Fira de Nadal de Sants
Place: Carrer Joan Güell – Plaça de Sants
Date: End November to 23rd December
La Ciutat dels Somnis – Festival de la Infància
Place: Fira Montjuic exhibition centre on Pl Espanya
Date: 27th to 30th December 2017
Time: 10:00 a 20:00
We are happy to announce that we are the official partners of the Zurich Barcelona Marathon, which will take place in Barcelona on March 11, 2018. If you want to participate to one of the top Marathons in the world, you can book through Barcelona Vibes and you will get a discounted price before February 12, 2018.
Remember that we can also provide you with transfer services, accommodation, and other types of tours and activities during your stay in Barcelona. For more information, visit our website www.barcelonavibes.com and send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Looking forward to see you soon runners!
The 26.-28. of october, The Influencers festival will take place in Barcelona – so if you are into unconventional art, guerrilla communiaction, radical entertainment or maybe just having a computer geek inside yourself, this is definealty an event you should experience. The festival has been taken place for more than 10 years now, and it has grown to become a well known cultural event in Barcelona.
Throughout the 3 days of the festival you can experience different lectures, artists, hacktivists and researchers sharing their thoughts and projects within this technological and furturistic world where everyday technology and imagination collides! The previous years the festival has among other things presented themes like pranksterism, online user culture, mass surveillance, collective Intelligence, hacker culture, just to name a few, and if you visit The Influencers website you can see who will attempt the festival this year (www.theinfluencers.org/en).
This year the festival is hosting an internet flea market called “The internet Yami-Ichi”, which is a market that deals with internet stuff. The “Yami-Ichi” started back in 2012 in Tokyo and attracted people who was interested in selling, buying and trading unique internet objekts, and since then the market has mutated into many new cities throughout the years, fx Berlin, Moscow, New York, Brussels and Seoul – the “Yami-Ichi” was also a part of The Influencers festival last year, and it was a great succes!
Take a friend or maybe a business partner for this event, and prepare yourself to be amazed and inspired! This event is perfect for the curious person who loves to explore, with a mind where only the imagination sets the limits.
This week, Barcelona’s biggest annual festival, “La Mercé”, is taking place from friday the 22nd of September, until Monday the 25th of September, 2017. La Mercé origins is religious, and the festival basically celebrates Barcelona’s patron saint, the Virgin of La Mercé – meaning; the Virgin of mercy. The festival is an important cultural celebration to the Catalan people, and it is presenting Catalan traditions and folklore throughout the week – besides this, there will also be many concerts and parades to observe.
One of the cultural events of the “La Mercé” festival is what you in Catalan call “Castell”, which means castle, another term used to describe this sport is “Human tower”. This is a traditional sport of Catalonia, and it is possible to observe the “Human tower” in action during the festival.
One of the most popular parades of the festival is the “Correfoc”, also called the “Fire-run”, where you will see devils take over the streets and light fireworks. This should not be missed, but watched carefully, due to the fireworks running all over the street during this parade. A good advide; do not wear your best outfit.
Another popular parade of the “La Mercé” festival, is the “Ball of the giants”, which is a really impressive parade of giant figures passing through the streets to music, the parade is overwhelming and fun to watch!
Through the festival, a lot of museums opens up for free, and why not take advantage of this opportunity? Most of the museums has one day of the festival, where they open the doors free for everyone, and some even opens Monday, even though it is a bank holiday.
If you visit the official homepage of “La Mercé”, you can get an overview of the full program of the festival.
And to everyone who is participating in “La Mercé”, happy festival!
The summer of 2017 is official over, and we have entered the first month of the fall, september. Most people are back from their holidays, and the busy vibe of the summer in Barcelona is slowly fading out.
There is no doubt that Barcelona is a beautiful place to visit during the summer, but how is it to visit this popular disination during the fall? Here at the office, we personally love Barcelona in the fall, and we have gathered 5 reasons why you should visit Barcelona this time a year.
1. There is tourists all year around in Barcelona, do to the popularity of the city. But Barcelona is especially busy throughout the summer, and has lots of tourists visiting, but as the high season comes to an end in september, you will see less tourist, which makes you free to explore the city while it’s not overcrowded.
2. In the fall Barcelona offers loads of free concerts, all from Jazz, pop to reggae! With all these different genre of music, it should be possible for everyone to find some music after their liking. One of the biggest festivals in Barcelona, is the “La Mercè” street festival on the 22-25 of september, 2017. The festival offers many free events and activities, such as concerts and parades.
3. Throughtout the summer in Barcelona, the humidity can get really high, which most of all invites you to cool of on the beach. But when entering the fall, the humidity disappears and the temperature drops to around 15-21 degrees, which makes the weather perfect for sightseeing.
4. Beachdays isnt over yet! The temperature is getting lower, but during september there are still some beachdays left, so it is still possible to combine a city/beach holiday in Barcelona during september.
5. Through the summer period, a lot of Barcelonas polular restaurants are closed, because of vacation and such like. Many of these restaurants usually open up again in the beginning of september – so if you love travelling for food, this is important to be aware of.
So if you have thought about visiting Barcelona during the fall, don’t hesitate! It is a beautiful and vibrant city that needs to be explored.
Roses, books and romanticism, that’s what Barcelona is all about on the 23rd of April.
Last Sunday we celebrated Sant Jordi, the patron saint of Catalonia. This man was the hero in the legend of Sant Jordi where he saved the king’s daughter by killing a dragon. Out of the spilt blood of the dragon grew a bush of red roses and flowers. Since the 8th century, Sant Jordi is venerated in this whole region and the legend still remains extremely important in Catalonia. Many attractions, such as Casa Batlló, are decorated with roses and all streets are filled with red roses. Traditionally, the boys would give a rose to the girls, while the girls would give a book to the boys in return. Nowadays however, everybody gets roses and books. Walking down the Ramblas while checking the numerous books in Spanish and Catalan is a must during the day of Sant Jordi.
The Spanish town or, Pueblo Español, located on the Montjuich hill, was first built for the World Exhibition in 1929. Used as an open-air museum with specific architecture from the different Spanish
regions with contemporary art and handicraft shops became an enjoyable place for everybody, both the locals and the people visiting. This little town really is alive due to many events that are organised during the whole year. Weddings, concerts, festivals and workshops are only a few examples of the endless list. This unique combination of characterised houses and a great atmosphere makes it a place to absolutely visit during your stay in Barcelona. This unique location is also ideal for our cooking workshops. Right next to the main square we’ve got a beautiful place where you will be accompanied by well-experienced chefs, a pleasant atmosphere and delicious ingredients to create a tasteful paella or tapas dish. A truly must do if you want to experience the real Catalan culinary art!
In the beginning of La Rambla you can find this tiny, non-remarkable fountain which is named ‘la Fuente de Canaletas’. At first sight, most people just walk by without knowing the value of this place. But how can we blame you if nobody tells it? After this little explanation you’ll definitely need to have a look next time you pass by. As you all probably know, football is highly important in Barcelona, and so is the celebration after. But what has this fountain to do with the football history of Barcelona? Well this Canaletas Fountain is used as the meeting place for the celebration of victories of FC Barcelona. Every time when Barcelona wins, the Ramblas is entirely filled with people celebrating the victory all night long with beers, flags and a lot of noise. It truly is an incredible spectacle that you can’t miss! But keep this in mind: you won’t be home before next morning!