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Agenda

It's impossible to get bored in Barcelona: the best concerts, exhibitions and events related to art, culture and leisure await you, week after week. Here are some of the main ones. Don't miss anything this constantly moving city has to offer.

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  • XXXIII Congress of the ESCRS

    5-9 September
    33th Congress of the European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons.

  • CSIO Barcelona

    24-27 September 2015
    The organization of the 104 International Show Jumping with the best current horse riders.

  • Barcelona Degusta

    24-27 September.
    Food and gastronomy Grand Festival. A great place to enjoy authentic flavours.

  • ESPE 2015

    1-3 October 2015
    54th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology.

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  • Apps to get around Barcelona

    BCN Life

    It's a pleasure to have the city in the palm of your hand and to forget about the maps, leaflets, flyers and all the information you accumulate while travelling. Barcelona has loads of apps which help you enjoy the city at the click of a button and more than 600 Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city which you can use to stay connected.

  • Bars where you can travel back in time

    Barscelona

    As we have already mentioned in Historic restaurants and In the hidden jewels of the Raval, Barcelona is full of bars and restaurants that seem frozen in time. Here are some suggestions in case you feel like getting away from the present and landing in the past, even if it’s just for a short time.

  • Historic streets

    BCN Life

    The city streets are an extension of the lives of its inhabitants; they are part of their homes, their way of sharing and living together in what is, in short, their home or everyone's home. If we walk through Barcelona,  we'll see that every street has its own unique story to tell.

  • The sacred principles of "pa amb tomàquet"

    Gastronomy

    If you ask any Barcelona local to name the best Catalan invention of all time, nine out of ten will probably reply "el pa amb tomàquet!" (bread rubbed with tomato). More than a simple recipe, culinary technique or custom, the gesture of rubbing tomato on a piece of bread is a sign of Catalan identity.

  • Barcelona through a child's eyes

    For family

    Travelling with children is a great opportunity to discover the city through different eyes and, above all, learn about things you wouldn't normally consider doing when travelling with friends, your partner, husband, wife or even on your own.

  • Historic restaurants

    Gastronomy

    Barcelona offers a wide range of gastronomic delights to suit all tastes and pockets. Places where you can travel back in time and discover some of the kitchens where people first began to cook what we know today as Catalan cuisine.

  • Bars with live music

    Barscelona

    Barcelona has its own distinct melody. It sounds of the sea, of terraces full of people, of the wind blowing down from the mountains, of crowds and the Mediterranean. But if you want to hear its most lingering melody, you won't find it in the streets… you'll have to step inside one of the thousands of bars that resound with the sound of guitars, drums, basses and as many instruments as there are groups in the city.

  • Poble-sec, from bodega to bodega

    Gastronomy

    It's no coincidence that Poble-sec has been given different names and nicknames in recent years. It could be said that it is one of Barcelona's most laid-back neighbourhoods so it's no surprise that the city's hipster set are making a beeline to live here. This authentic Barcelona neighbourhood was known as "little Paris" in the 1940s when it was a hotbed of fun and its cabarets, theatres, concert halls and bars were at the height of their popularity.

  • Tibidabo, the magic mountain

    For family

    It isnt surprising that the Barcelona locals nicknamed Tibidabo "the magic mountain". Standing 515 metres high, it's the tallest point on the Collserola Ridge and its distinctive outline features on many postcards of the city.

  • Free stuff that you won't find in guidebooks

    BCN Life

    If you want to discover Barcelona with alternative experiences, without spending a penny, keep on reading; you'll be interested in this. Every month there are free activities to get you off the sofa or out of your hotel room to explore the city. Here are just some of the things you can do all year round. But keep your eyes peeled because there's something you can do every day in Barcelona without being out of pocket.

  • Experience La Mercè festival like one of the locals

    De temporada

    If you're thinking of heading to Barcelona for a break in September, there are five key dates on the calendar when the city opens its doors and celebrates its festivals in style. The Catalan capital dresses up for the occasion to pay tribute to the Mare de Déu de la Mercè, patron saint of Barcelona since 1687.

  • The hidden jewels of the Raval

    Barscelona

    Once known as the "barri xino", the Raval was known for its disreputable atmosphere where alcohol, prostitution and lowlife walked hand in hand through its streets. This atmosphere is long gone and, for more than a decade now, the Raval has established itself as one of the city's coolest neighbourhoods and a focus of the city's entertainment and cultural scene.

  • Barcelona's gin and tonic temples

    Barscelona

    In five short years, this curious invention, known as gin and tonic has conquered Barcelona's bars; so much so that bottles of gin fill their display cabinets and shelves. Their origins and blends are as varied as the combinations you'll find at the thousands of bars that specialise in serving them.

  • Barcelona cocktail bars with pedigree

    Barscelona

    Making cocktails can be compared to symphony music because you have to be very precise if you want the mixture to attain the perfect harmony. You can't just mix for the sake of mixing; you have to mix with mathematical rigour and in-depth knowledge. If you want to visit some of the city's shrines to cocktails, keep on reading, sit at the bar and watch how the cocktail waiters in their uniforms perform magic in their laboratories.

  • The Eixample, a vast kitchen in Barcelona

    Gastronomy

    The Eixample isn't just a modernista site; it's a neighbourhood with a rich and varied culinary offering. If there was one thing the moneyed-classes of the time knew how to do, it was to eat well. That's why, in addition to its artistic heritage, the Eixample maintains its culinary standards as one of the signs of its identity.

  • Barcelona on two wheels

    BCN Life

    Who said that bikes were only for the summer? In the Catalan capital you can use them all year round. They're also one of the most fun ways to explore the city in the open air, with your friends, family or on your own.

  • Museums with kids

    For family

    Maybe kids and museums are two words, like oil and water, that won't mix… no matter how hard you try. But Barcelona has museums that are perfect to visit with kids and, most important of all, places where all the family will have fun learning new things.

  • Barcelona for runners

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    Running fever has spread throughout the world at the speed of an Olympic runner. But where do the Barcelona locals train? What are the best routes for running and discovering the city? That's enough questions. Let's put on our running shoes and explore them for ourselves.

  • A zero-cost cultural afternoon

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    On Sunday in Barcelona most ticket-office staff seem to have part of the day off, so you won't have to buy tickets for most main museums. The only thing to remember is this rule only applies after 3pm or all day on the first Sunday in the month. That's right! You can enjoy the top museums without paying a penny… surely one of the best deals in town.

  • Three city squares for a peaceful Sunday

    BCN Life

    City squares, particularly in Barcelona, are a meeting point, the focus of city life that gauge the mood of its residents. Spending a Sunday exploring the city's squares can be a great way to discover the city.

  • Museum Night: art in the moonlight

    BCN Life

    The Barcelona moon bears witness to thousands of magical nights. Although, if you asked it about La Nit dels Museus (Museum Night), it would say that it casts its own peculiar spell, and has a special magnetism that is hard to explain, making it into a night that nobody, whatever their age, should miss.

  • Kids' ideas for parents with kids

    For family

    When a family is in the middle of a trip, it's a bit like a parliamentary assembly. Sometimes it can be hard to reach a consensus and for everyone to agree on what to do on a particular day. The secret is to make the kids feel as if they are the important ones. Here are some ideas to reconcile your family politics and, above all, to learn and have fun as you've never done before.

  • The city's most authentic

    De temporada

    Objects, clothes, accessories and nearly everything in life can also have a second life. This is the mission of second-hand markets. They have mushroomed throughout Europe bolstered by the growing popularity of vintage clothes and recycling. Barcelona wasn't going to be left behind, and every year new initiatives emerge that follow in the footsteps of these three classics.

  • Sants Festival, how to become one of the locals

    De temporada

    In summer, in June and September, Barcelona's former villages host their neighbourhood festivals. They are the perfect excuse to visit the city and lose yourself in its districts that are dressed up to the nines. The Sants Festival keeps alive the spirit of a major festival that used to be held in honour of Saint Bartholomew, the patron saint of the former village of Sants.

  • The wine and cava trail

    Gastronomy

    If anything defines Catalonia, it's its vineyards which not only shape its landscape but the very essence of its nature, traditions and historic legacy. Just a short distance from Barcelona, 30 minutes by road, you can immerse yourself in the counties of Alt Penedès, Anoia, Baix Llobregat, Baix Penedès and Garraf, which make up the Penedès region, which is famed around the world for its wines and cavas.

  • Three family accommodation options

    For family

    The verb "to sleep" is important in our everyday lives, but it is even more important when we're travelling as a family. After exploring the streets, rest is vital if you want to go back the following day with your batteries recharged to continue to discover everything a great city like Barcelona has to offer. That's why we suggest three different types of accommodation, and an example of each, which are perfect for you and your family to relax and have a rest.