Archive of: June, 2015
What is Sant Joan?
Sant Joan Festival is one of the most important celebrations of the year in Barcelona. It’s celebrated on the 23th of June, which is the longest day of the year. On the night of Sant Joan the sun reaches its highest point, before beginning to drop. The sun is considered to be the symbol of fertility and wealth, and therefore it must be given strength, which is provided by bonfires and fireworks. The next day, 24th of June is the actual day of the feast, and it’s a public bank holiday, and most of the stores and restaurants are closed.
What happens during Sant Joan?
In Catalan the night is described as “ Nit del Foc “, which means “the Night of Fire”. The city is filled with little temporary shops that are selling fireworks for the festival, and the bakeries are full of the traditional dish of Sant Joan, called Coque, which is a kind of a bread that can be found sweet and savoury. The locals usually organize their own parties with their friends and family, but if you don’t have a party to join to, the most common place for people to celebrate it, is the beach. During the evening and night people gathers around the beach, where there are firework displays, dancers and musicians. A lot of people continue partying until the sunrise.
The feast of Sant Joan is one the most exciting time of the year to visit Barcelona, you can feel the people’s eagerness towards the start of the summer. The night of Sant Joan is magnificent and filled with excitement and people, both young and old, making the most of the feast! Don’t miss this while in Barcelona and head to the streets with your friends!
Are you traveling to Barcelona with your loved one? Maybe you would like to surprise her / him with a romantic day filled with love, delicious food, and amazing spots of the magical city! Below we listed some of our favorite romantic things to do and see!
What could be a better way to spend a day with your loved one than taking a biking tour together and seeing the amazing city from a whole new perspective. By biking you will be able to see more places and interact with the city in a much more authentic way.
Wander around Parc de Ciutadella
Don’t miss the beautiful park of Ciutadella, you can have a little picnic with strawberries and champagne there. Go and enjoy the gorgeous architecture and relaxed atmosphere of the park!
Enjoying the beach
The city is known for it’s beautiful beaches so why not enjoy a beautiful day at the beach. You can either just relax and take a siesta, or do some beach activities such as stand up paddling or beach volleyball, the beaches offer a wide variety of different kind of activities for each and everyone’s taste.
Watch the sunset
Bunker del Carmel is the best viewpoint in Barcelona, it offers a 360 view over the city! It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the incredible sunset! Bring some drinks and snacks with you and have a perfectly romantic evening with your loved one.
Drinks on a rooftop
Barcelo Raval Hotel has a magnificent rooftop with unbeatable views over the city, the rooftop offers a 360 view, you can enjoy one drink while looking to the sea and one looking at the mountains! On top of the amazing views, the rooftop bar makes the most exclusive cocktails.
Image by Barcelona Vibes
See the Magic Fountains of Montjuic
The Magic fountain is an incredible collection of waterfalls and ponds on Avinguda Maria Cristina. During the summer time from Thursday to Sunday at 21:00 to 23:30, there is a series of fountain shows with beautiful music and lights. This is something that can’t be missed!
Image by Barcelona Vibes
Stroll around the old town
Gotico and Born are the most romantic parts of the city, they are filled with adorable cafes and bars. Wander around the cutest narrow streets and find some of the most unique buildings and charming plazas!
Dine in a nice restaurant
For dinner we highly recommend a restaurant called El Pla Carrer de Bellafila 5. This restaurant is known for its romantic and cozy atmosphere with an amazingly welcoming staff that will make your dining experience exquisite. This restaurant is specialized in mediterranean dishes and each dish is displayed in a very beautiful way. Check their menu here.
Contact us for more information and start planning your romantic getaway today!
We asked people who live in Barcelona: “Why do they love Barcelona so much, what makes it such a special city and what are the best things about living here!” Above we have listed all of the reasons!
” An international city but staying near its roots! ”
” Barcelona has an artsy and chilled atmosphere that everybody loves! ”
“ Everyday you see something new, you experience something new and you meet someone new! “
“ The combination of city and seaside! “
“ It has beaches, snow, culture, lively night life, design, and life for all typed of people! “
“ Barcelona offers something for everyone! “
“ Eating out is rather cheap! “
“ Easy to fly here and from here to everywhere! “
“ Pleasant and easy to move from one place to another within the city. “
“ It’s never boring! “
“ There is always something going on! ”
“ Breathtakingly beautiful architecture! “
“ The city isn’t too massive! “
“ The weather is amazing! “
“ The local beer, Moritz is great! “
“ Barcelona is a meeting point for people with completely different backgrounds! “
“ Barcelona has an open-minded and tolerant atmosphere! “
The list could go on and on, there are so many reasons why this city is simply one of the best cities in the world. After all, Barcelona has been ranked as the best beach city in the world, according to National Geographic.
Is your next stop Barcelona? Maybe you want to impress the locals by speaking their language? Below we have listed the most important phrases in Spanish and we have also listed same phrases in Catalan, you can find them here!Hello! — Hola!
Good morning! — ¡Buenos días!
Good afternoon! — ¡Buenas tardes!
Good evening! — ¡Buenas noches!
Good bye! — ¡Adíos!
How are you? — ¿Cómo estás?
I’m fine thank you. — Bien gracias, ¿y tú?
What is your name? — ¿Cómo te llamas?
My name is… — Me llamo…
Where are you from? — ¿De dónde eres?
I’m from… — Soy de…
Pleased to meet you. — Encantado (masculine) / Encantada (Feminine)
Bon appetit! — ¡Buen provecho!
I don’t understand. — No entiendo.
Excuse me! — ¡Discúlpe!
How much is this? — ¿Cuánto cuesta?
Sorry! — ¡Perdón!
Thank you! — ¡Gracias!
You are welcome! — ¡De nada!
Where’s the toilet? — ¿Dónde está el bano?
Help! — ¡Ayúdame!
I love you! — ¡Te quiero!