Archive of: May, 2015
Are you traveling to the capital of Catalonia and you are eager learn some Catalan? Learning some Catalan before your trip will help you during your stay in Barcelona and you can impress the locals by speaking their language! Below we have listed some phrases we think are the most important to know when traveling to Catalonia.
Hello! — Hola, Bom dia!
Good morning! — Bon dia!
Good afternoon! — Bona tarda!
Good evening! — Bona nit!
Good bye! — Adéu!
How are you? — Com está? / Com Estás?
I’m fine thank you. — Bé, grácies, i tu? / Bé, grácies, i vosté?
What is your name? —- Com et dius? / Com es diu?
My name is… —- Em dic…
Where are you from? —- D’on ets? / D’on és vosté?
I’m from… —- Sóc de… / Vinc de…
Pleased to meet you. —- Encantat. / Molt de gust. / Tant de gust.
Bon appetit! —- Bon profit!
I don’t understand. —- No ho entenc.
Excuse me! —- Dispensi! / Perdoni!
How much is this? —- Quant costa aixó?
Sorry! —- Perdó!
Thank you! —- Grácies! / Moltes grácies! / Mercés!
You are welcome! —- De res!
Where’s the toilet? —- On és el lavabo?
Help! —- Socors! / Auxili!
I love you! —- T’estimo!
Next week we will post about the useful phrases in Spanish! Stay tuned!
Here are some interesting and fun facts about Barcelona you might not know!
1. Founding of Barcelona
There are two Spanish legends concerning the founding of Barcelona. One legend says that Hercules was the founder of Barcelona before building Rome, and the other says that the city was Hamilcar Barca’s, masterpiece. Which one do you believe?
2. La Rambla is not just one street, in fact it’s five streets
The most famous street in Barcelona is La Rambla, but did you know that actually it’s not just one street, but it consists of 5 boulevards, joined to make one long promenade. This is the reason why La Rambla is also known in plural, Las Ramblas. It starts at Placa Catalunya and ends at the Columbus statue by the waterfront. More than 150 000 people walk on La Rambla every day.
3. Sagrada Familia and Antoni Gaudi
Did you know that Antoni Gaudi wasn’t the first architect who was appointed to work on the famous La Sagrada Familia. The person who was appointed first on this huge project was Francisco De Paula. The construction of Sagrada Familia started in 1882, and it’s still an ongoing project, the promise is that it will be ready the year of 2026.
4. Barcelona is the reason for World Book Day
St. George’s Day in Catalan, La Diada de Sant Jordi is one of the biggest, most widely celebrated festivals in Barcelona. It takes place on April 23rd and it’s a celebration of love and literacy, a Catalan Valentine’s day. On this day, the tradition is to give roses and books to the loved ones. UNESCO was inspired by this day and it declared the day as the International Day of Books.
5. According to National Geographic Barcelona is the best beach city in the world
Today there are in total seven beaches located on Barcelona’s 4.5 km long coastline. But did you know that before 1992 Barcelona’s seaside was completely covered by industries and there was no beach existing for leisure use. When the city was hosting the 1992 Olympic Games they moved their industries and converted the seaside area into a nice leisure area by improving two of the beaches and creating five new ones.
Start planning your trip to Barcelona today and discover more secrets about the amazing city! Contact us for more information and we will help you plan the perfect trip!
How about a break from the hectic city life? Montserrat is definitely a must-visit place, it is a 1200 meters high mountain located only 50 km away from the city of Barcelona. Montserrat offers some of the most spectacular mountain views of Catalunya.
There is a possibility to take a cable car to the highest point, where it is possible to see almost all of Catalonia and as in addition to this you might also spot the island of Majorca, this of course requires a clear day! It is highly recommended to hike around the peaks and enjoy the amazing natural wonders of Montserrat.
In addition to the breathtaking views and gorgeous hiking paths, Montserrat is a sacred place as the Monastery and the black virgin statue of Montserrat are located there. The monastery is incredibly beautiful and totally worth a visit! Futhermore, there is an interesting museum, which is in fact considered to be one of the national referent and most visited museums in Catalonia.
It is quite easy to get to Montserrat, you just have to find your way to the Espanya railway station and from there look for the line R5 towards Manresa. You can find the train schedule and more information here.
Spend a perfect day by discovering one of the most beautiful places in Catalonia. Bring your own lunch and have a wonderful picnic on the peaks of Montserrat with an amazing landscape!
A new kind of innovative and sustainable event all the way from Australia has arrived to Barcelona, Picnic In The Vines.
Picnic In The Vines is all about spending a day in an amazing winery, listening to incredible live music, eating delicious food, trying out high quality wines, and most of all having an unforgettable Sunday with friends and families!
What could be a better way to spend a Sunday than lying on a picnic blanket in the sun with a terrific view of the vineyards while listening to Jazz, Soul Blues, and Bossa Nova played by a talented live band. Taste high quality wines of the award-winning Giro Ribot winery and enjoy mouthwatering BBQ and Paella prepared by a skilled chef.
This event is different from all the ordinary wine tours because Picnic in the Vines will give you the ultimate relaxed picnic feeling on an authentic winery with a breathtaking view over the vineyards. To create the best possible atmosphere the decoration is done by an artist association, Lartsi, who will create unique items to make this event special!
Sunday, 17th of May
The event takes place in an award-winning winery, Giró Ribot.
Bodega Giró Ribot, Finca del Pont, 08792 Santa Fe del Penedès, Barcelona
- With transportation 55€ (Placa de Catalunya at 12:30pm)
- Without transportation 42€
- Tickets available here.
- To get 10% discount enter a promocode: picnicvibes