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Activities in Barcelona: Live Music at JazzSí

Activities in Barcelona: Live Music at JazzSí

There are a ton of music venues in Barcelona, but for me one of the best places to see live music  is JazzSí in the Raval neighbourhood. Linked with the Taller de Músics music school, it offers an opportunity for young musicians to get involved with the live music scene, and hosts jam sessions and live concerts every night of the week. Entry costs between 4 to 8 euros (including a drink) for a 2 hour show.  There are different themes each night,…

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10 Tips to beat the Pickpockets in Barcelona

10 Tips to beat the Pickpockets in Barcelona

Violent crime in Barcelona is virtually non-existent. I am surprised how often people ask me if I feel safe here, as they have heard it’s a dangerous place!   It is very rare that belongings are taken by force or with any threat of force; but Barcelona certainly has a reputation for pickpockets. Pickpocketing is pretty common, especially in busy tourist areas like Las Ramblas and the metro, as it is not a crime here – at least if the value of…

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Where to Eat in Barcelona: el dinàmic

Where to Eat in Barcelona: el dinàmic

One Saturday early evening, after a planned trip to the cinema was thwarted by a huge queue, we came upon el dinàmic in Sant Antoni. An open plan restaurant with high ceilings, we chose a table on the mezzanine level, overlooking the rest of the restaurant. Friendly service, a homely atmosphere and comfort food warmly greeted us. We chose two of the small tostades to start with – one marinated salmon & one butifarra sausage – which at 2 euros each…

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Activities in Barcelona – The Barcelona Taste Tour

Activities in Barcelona – The Barcelona Taste Tour

If you are planning your first visit to Barcelona, deciding on where to eat can be a challenge. The city is bursting with literally thousands of bars, restaurants and cafes, all potentially offering the best food money can buy. Or not. The choice is overwhelming, and as a tourist in an unfamiliar city there is a tendency to either follow your Lonely Planet Guide to the letter, probably ensuring a pleasant trip, alongside your fellow panicked tourists who followed exactly…

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Exploring Catalunya with Catalunya Wine

Exploring Catalunya with Catalunya Wine

It’s Wine Wednesday here at Tales of Barcelona HQ. That midpoint of the week when the hangover from the previous weekend has finally faded, and thoughts turn back to that sweet nectar we all love.   To be honest, any day with a Y in it is Wine Day for me – but Wednesdays and Fridays most of all. That said, I am rather fussy with my wines, and totally clueless when it comes to selecting wines, as I tend to…

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Activities in Barcelona: Monestir de Pedralbes

Activities in Barcelona: Monestir de Pedralbes

If you are a lover of religious buildings then the Monestir de Pedralbes (Pedralbes Monastery) should be on your list to visit. Even if not, it makes for a very peaceful afternoon, and there is free entry every Sunday after 3pm, or all day on the 1st Sunday of the month. Ask the attendant on the way in for the audio guide, for just 60 centimos you’ll learn a lot more as you go around. The pretty gardens in the centre…

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Activities in Barcelona: La Diada de Sant Jordi

Activities in Barcelona: La Diada de Sant Jordi

When I first came to Barcelona, I was surprised to learn that Catalunya and England share a patron Saint. St George to the English, and Sant Jordi to the Catalans, the story of the dragon slaying saint is celebrated on the same day in England & Catalunya, on April 23rd. Whereas in England we don’t really mark the day with anything special (preferring to jump on the back of the Irish for Paddy’s Day) La Diada de Sant Jordi is…

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Activities in Barcelona: the Holi Festival of Colours

Activities in Barcelona: the Holi Festival of Colours

Traditionally the Hindu festival of Holi celebrates the end of winter, and beginning of spring. In Barcelona there are 2 versions of the festival, one large scale event where you pay an entry fee to watch DJs in September, and this, the original, free event that actually does take place in spring- this year on 12th April. Organized by Bollywood Sitare & Sangam, the Cultural Association of South Asia, this Holi is in my opinion far better than the other;…

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Activities in Barcelona: Admiring Modernist Architecture

Activities in Barcelona: Admiring Modernist Architecture

The magnificent Hospital Santa Creu i Sant Pau is the largest example of modernist architecture in the World. Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s medical complex is stunning, and its hard to imagine in these days of boring practicality that it was, until 2009, a fully functioning hospital. The healthcare activities that once filled the maze of buildings have been transferred to a modern building in the same grounds, and now, through ongoing restoration, the original buildings are a fabulous showcase for…

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An Expat in Barcelona: 10 Things I Miss About the UK

An Expat in Barcelona: 10 Things I Miss About the UK

I wasn’t born to live in Britain.  I have always yearned for travel and adventure, for more excitement than the usual kids’ activities of girl guides and piano lessons.  From ice-skating to horse-riding and considering jumping out of a plane at 15 (as I was underage I needed a parent to jump with me, which strangely wasn’t met with enthusiasm from my mum & dad, so I haven’t yet ticked that off the list) I always knew there was more beyond…

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