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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: 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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Where to Eat in Barcelona: Las Empas

Where to Eat in Barcelona: Las Empas

The perfect stop off for an afternoon snack, or a mid-session refuelling, Las Empas offers delicious empanadas to eat in or take away. Owned by an affable Belgian chap who spent several years in Argentina, Las Empas also boasts an impressive selection of craft beers; fusing Argentinian tastiness with continental flair. All the empanadas I’ve tried are delicious, and I have worked my way through most of the menu. My personal favourite is the Empa Siciliana; stuffed with succulent beef,…

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Where to Eat in Barcelona: La Taberna Griega

Where to Eat in Barcelona: La Taberna Griega

When you’ve had enough tapas to last a lifetime, try out this fabulous Greek restaurant in Gracia.  We were looking for a place to eat one Friday night and something caught our eye as we wandered along the street.  Greek dancing and plate smashing!  We were sold.  Rushing inside to catch the last few plates crashing to the ground, we had sadly missed the weekly performance, but were still rewarded with delicious food.  We chose a starter of mixed dips,…

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Exploring Catalunya: Roman Ruins in Tarragona

Exploring Catalunya: Roman Ruins in Tarragona

The Romans certainly left their mark on Catalunya; and nowhere more so than in Tarragona, the Roman capital of Catalunya.  Within easy reach of Barcelona, about an hour by train, Tarragona, or Tarraco as it was called then, is well worth a visit.  Smaller & less hectic than the big city, it makes a pleasant day trip or weekend visit. I took the train from Barcelona down to Tarragona, but be careful which train you take.   The high speed Ave…

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Where to Eat in Barcelona: La Paradeta

Where to Eat in Barcelona: La Paradeta

The best fish restaurant in Barcelona.  Another no-frills joint, my kind of place!  Known affectionately by my friends as the ‘pointy fish place’ this restaurant behind the old Born market is a must for seafood lovers. On entering you are greeted by a fresh fish stall, packed with delights from clams, crabs & oysters to calamari and lobster, and what will become the best tuna steak you’ve ever eaten. The fishmonger behind the counter asks how many are in your…

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