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November 3, 2017

La Fàbrica del Sol is organizing a guided tour for groups entitled ‘The art of visiting a garden: Parc del Laberint’. The two-hour route is a chance to discover the flora, hedge maze, water, mythology and hidden spots in this unique city garden.

parc laberintThe Parc del Laberint d’Horta has the merit of housing the city’s oldest garden and being an exponent of the 18th century neoclassical garden, with a touch of Italian physiognomy. The garden is on the estate of the Marquis of Llupià, Poal and Alfarràs, a very learned man who commissioned the Italian Domenico Bagutto with the garden, the latter working on in until 1808. The French gardener Delvalet was responsible for the planting of trees and foliage and the Catalan master builder Jaume Valls oversaw the work. The Desvalls family continued to own the estate until the 1970s, when it became municipally-owned. It was opened as a public park in 1971.

Delve into its maze and let you be seduced by the color of flowers of love, the gentle sound of water and the mythological stories represented there. This park is full of little delights for one’s eyes, reflection and rest, inviting visitors to lose themselves for a while.

When: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: from 10 am to 12 am and 12 pm to 2 pm, Fridays 4 pm to 6 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm.

Price:  General admission 1,86 € (for person) – to 38,22€ (for group between 20-25 persons)

Address: Meeting place: Park entrance, right next to the ticket office.



July 31, 2017

The 52nd edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy will be held at Camp Nou on August 7th, 2017, FC Barcelona has announced (kick off 8.30pm CET). This year’s invitees are Chapecoense, the Brazilian club that was involved in a tragic plane accident last fall while on its wat to the Copa Sudamericana final in Colombia. The Joan Gamper game traditionally serves as the official unveiling of the team each season in front of the home fans.

gamper2017Barça previously announced its invitation to Chapecoense for this year’s Gamper to help pay tribute to the 71 people who died in the accident on November 28th, 2016, as well as their families. Barça hopes to help Chapecoense rebuild institutionally and recover the competitive level it had before the tragedy.

Chapecoense will be the sixth Brazilian side to take part in the Gamper competition. Prior to them, Internacional de Porto Alegre, Vasco de Gama, Santos, Flamengo and Botafogo have all also taken part in the tournament. The only Brazilian side to win the trophy was Internacional Porto Alegre who were victorious in 1982/83. The latest match against a Brazilian team was in 2013 with FC Barcelona beating Santos 8-0.

Where:  Camp Nou (C. d’Aristides Maillol, 12, Barcelona)

When: 7th of August, 2017, 8:30 pm

Where to buy the ticket:  or Camp Nou box office

Tickets Price:  From 39 to 84€


July 31, 2017

evening at the seaThe Municipal Sailing Centre is offering a way to discover Barcelona from another perspective through a trip along the coast in a sailing boat, enjoying the unique sensation of travelling at sea, driven by the strength of the wind.

The trip is a chance to observe the nearby urban environment from a natural surrounding, with an instructor from the center guiding the boat.

Watching from a natural closeness, the urban landscape is explained by one of their instructors. It is a way to relax and enjoy the marine environment.

· Sports shoes and water (boots are recommended if available)
· Sportswear depending on the season · Spring – Summer is necessary to bring swimsuit, shirt, a hat and sunscreen
· Autumn – Winter is necessary to carry jacket windproof and / or waterproof according to the conditions and water temperature
· complete spare clothes


When: Every day from 6pm to 8pm

Where: Municipal Sailing Center, Moll Gregal, 1, 08005 Barcelona

Prices: General admission: 39€


July 31, 2017

Women in the Courtyard

The new edition of the open-air film series at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) is devoted to ‘dangerous’ and rebel women in the world of movie making. The program pays homage to them with films starring women who break the mold and don’t respond to usual conventions: femmes fatales, everyday rebels, imperfect mothers and violent women all form part of a program which includes films from all periods, genres and nationalities.

cccb summerFilms to be shown include I’m No Angel,  Johnny Guitar, La gran ciutat (Mahanagar), Instinto básico (Basic Instinct), Mommy, Girlhood and El carrer de la vergonya (Akasen Chitai).

August 8, 2017 “I’m No Angel” Session 1: Mae West, the bad girl who always went everywhere.

August 9, 2017 “Johnny Guitar” Session 2: Rebel classic.
August 10, 2017 “The great city (Mahanagar)” Session 3: Rebels daily.
August 15, 2017 “Basic Instinct (Basic Instinct)” Session 4: “femme fatale” modern. The triumph of independence and sexuality.
August 16, 2017 “Mommy” Session 5: Mothers imperfect (bad mothers).
August 17, 2017 “Girlhood (Bande daughters)” Session 6: Rebels and dangerous neighborhood. The girls of the band.
August 22, 2017 “Street of Shame (Akasa Chitai”) Session 7: Prostitutes / hookers; Stigma more dangerous.
August 23, 2017 – Session 8 Guess the movie!
August 24, 2017 – Session 9 Guess the movie!

Where: CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona), c. Montalegre, 5, Barcelona

When:  Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday ‘s of August at 22:00h
Tickets: Free but limited entrance


July 31, 2017

The arrival of the hot weather sees Barcelona’s neighbourhoods celebrate their traditional festivals. One of the most iconic celebrations is the Festa Major de Gràcia, declared a traditional festival of national interest by the Government of Catalonia and awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi distinction.

As ever, the streets in the neighborhood will be decorated and filled with activities for everyone, between them competitions, workshops, sports activities, concerts and more.

gracia2017The neighborhood of Gràcia was originally a small farming community which, in the course of the 19th century, underwent a big transformation and became an area of workers and small traders. Barcelona’s growth and the implementation of Cerdà’s expansion plan meant it was incorporated into the city but it has continued to assert its own characteristics and its own way of doing things.

Gràcia’s festa major is regarded as the maximum expression of the neighbourhood’s identity and consists of a whole series of celebrations that combine public participation with traditional and popular culture. Residents’ associations, split into areas, organize part of the festival, with each one responsible for its own street or square. The result is almost a week of activities in every corner of the area, thanks to the contribution of the many Gràcia men and women who are involved.

The Fundació Festa Major de Gràcia brings together the associations that decorate the streets and squares and take part in the festival by organizing the dances, concerts, workshops, communal meals and so on.


While the reason for holding the festa major in Gràcia is disputed — some attribute it to Sant Roc, others to the Mare de Déu d’Agost, that is, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary — most see it as the Feast of the Assumption because tradition has it that the neighborhood is dedicated to the Virgin. Still, the Feast of Sant Roc is also celebrated separately: local residents pay homage to the saint and the Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia dedicate a pilar d’ofrena to him, in other words, a  human offering in the form of a pillar of castellers, in the presence of Gràcia’s festival figures.


The festival’s origins run almost parallel to the neighborhood’s urban development. The first reference to it is documented in 1817, when a religious gathering at Can Trilla in honour of the Mare de Déu d’Agost was recorded. It became more established in the 19th century and took on a more civic rather than a religious character, with lots of associations and other organizations helping to organize it.


Dates: From the 15th to the 21st of August.




July 3, 2017

grec 2017The Grec festival is Barcelona’s largest annual summer dance, theatre and music festival with a huge program of over 130 wonderful theatre, dance, circus and music performances in many venues in the city. The Grec festival name is inspired by the Teatre Grec in Barcelona (Greek theatre) which is the main stage of the festival. Teatre Grec is an open air theatre on Montjuïc hill built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition.

As part of its 41st anniversary celebration, the Barcelona Grec Festival takes place from June 14th to July 31st with a program full of theatre, dance, music and circus acts. It also includes an extensive program of activities aimed at both professionals and the general public.

With the aim of bringing culture to as many people as possible. There are performances by large national and international acts both mainstream and experimental. It’s for all ages, including children with a section called Mini Grec.

In this edition, you can enjoy these spectacles in the Greek theatre and other locations around Barcelona:

  • Dance: The dance performances will take place in July in famous venues around the city, like Sala Apolo and Teatre Grec.
  • Theatre: 30 performances organized over July in many theatres around the city, including Antic Teatre. There are also shows scheduled outside the typical scenario, such as the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia.
  • Music: The concerts will also take place in July at the Jamboree, Sala Apolo and Harlem Jazz Club, among other venues.
  • Circus: Six shows organized at the Mercat de les Flors, Archaeology Museum of Catalonia, Teatre Lliure and Teatre Grec.
  • Mini Grec: Many activities and shows for children.
  • More Grec: Other cultural activities, for example at the libraries of Barcelona.

You can already buy tickets on the websites of the specific venues where the concerts will be held. Check out the page of the festival where you will find everything, and from there you can also access the concert you like.

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July 3, 2017

punxes 2The building at Avinguda Diagonal, 420, one of the most emblematic in Barcelona, is key to understanding Modernisme, the Catalan Art Nouveau movement. Bartomeu Terradas commissioned Josep Puig i Cadafalch to design a house for one of his daughters in 1905 and this was the result.

Now it has been opened to the public, who can see the three outstanding parts of Casa de les Punxes: the ground floor, the main, or noble, floor, and the rooftop terrace, with its characteristic punxes, medieval-style pointed towers.

punxes 1Be accompanied by a guide to know firsthand the history of the house, its corners and secrets. Enjoy the rooftop delve each click where you will discover the great figure of Puig i Cadafalch arquitect. At the end of the visit, on the main floor, awaits the legend of St. George.

The tours are every day in three languages: Catalan, Spanish and English. Estimated duration of the visit 1 h 30 min.


Address: Av. Diagonal, 420, Barcelona

Dates: Every day except National Holidays

Hours: at 11:00h & 12:00h –guided tours in Catalan, at 16:00h – guided tours in English, at 17:00h – guided tours in Spanish, for audio guide visit: every day from 9:00 to 20:00h

Tickets: For the guide visit: General admission: 20€, Groups (+14 people): 18€ per person, Children under 5: free, For the audio guide visit: 12,50€