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  • The Eternal Banquet, Food in Ancient Egypt

    The Eternal Banquet, Food in Ancient Egypt

    Travel back to another era on a thematic tour of the galleries of Barcelona’s Museu Egipci while you discover the secrets of the culinary art of Ancient Egypt. Afterwards, on the terrace, let your senses be enraptured by the incense and music, and delight your palate with a tasting of foods from the time of the Pharaohs.

  • Concerts at the MEAM

    Concerts at the MEAM

    The Museu Europeu d’Art Modern, the MEAM, provides much more than just modern representational art, as it programmes a series of activities related with music, so visitors can enjoy a range of different proposals. Thus, on Friday the museum will house Blues and related styles and on Saturday classical music cycle at Palau Gomis.

  • Nits d'Estiu (Summer nights)

    Nits d'Estiu (Summer nights)

    Throughout the summer, most evenings see special cultural and gastronomic activities held at venues around the city. Many modernista spaces such as Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Palau Güell, Casa Amatller, La Pedrera, Torre Bellesguard and Casa Batlló host concerts, suppers, drinks and audiovisual shows. In turn, several cultural venues, including Poble Espanyol, CaixaForum and El Born Centre de Cultura i Memoria, open late at least one night a week, allowing you to enjoy their exhibitions and special activities away from the daytime crowds and heat. Film fans can head to open-air screenings such as Sala Montjuïc, which shows movies at the castle on top of Montjuïc, Gandules, a free event at the CCCB where the audience sits in deckchairs (gandules in Catalan), and Cosmonits, a programme of sci-fi films at CosmoCaixa. Finally, the city's parks host evening concerts and the Liceu goes al fresco with the screening of one its operas at the Arc de Triomf.

    "It's impossible to get bored on a summer night in Barcelona. The art nouveau landmarks and other places in the city offer music, food and entertainments including open-air films."

  • Grec Festival de Barcelona

    Grec Festival de Barcelona

    For many Barcelona culture lovers, summer means one thing: the Grec Festival, a wide-ranging arts event that sees the city through one of the hottest months of the year and into its traditional holiday period. Theatre, dance, music, circus and children's activities fill Barcelona's venues, although it is the iconic Teatre Grec that not only gives the festival its name but also provides the location for some of the most atmospheric performances. Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the festival and was inaugurated with a performance of "Les bruixes de Salem", based on Arthur Miller's classic play, The Crucible. Other highlights included contemporary dance from the Alonzo King Lines Ballet Company and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and musicians such as Dorian Wood, Scott Matthews and Myles Sanko. It's a fantastic celebration of creativity that provides an artistic backdrop to the long, languid days and nights of summer in this city.

    "I've seldom enjoyed such an eclectic culturefest. Theatre, dance, music, circus performances and activities for kids liven up the long summer days Barcelona. The iconic Teatre Grec hosts some of the most inspiring performances."

  • Cruïlla Festival

    Cruïlla Festival

    Perhaps not as well-known as its Barcelona music festival peers, Primavera Sound and Sónar, Cruïlla is ideal for those people looking for top-notch, interesting bands that tend towards the indie and alternative, along with smaller crowds and a more compact programme. Based in the same venue as Primavera, the Parc del Fòrum, recent lineups have been featured a broad mix for music lovers of all ages: 2016 welcomed Robert Plant, Alabama Shakes, Skunk Anansie and Cat Power as well as local acts like Animal, Adrià Puntí and Ramon Mirabet. Anyone wanting a kid-friendly festival should certainly consider Cruïlla, which has a real family vibe, particularly on the Sunday. As well as the music, additional activities are laid on including puppets, traditional games, painting and sessions at the nearby adventure park, Barcelona Bosc Urbà. Add in food trucks, a market with clothes, accessories and beauty treatments, free WiFi and a cashless payment system, and your perfect summer weekend is set!

    "If you're looking for interesting bands that play indie and alternative music, put this down in your diary. A concise programme of events featuring activities for people of all ages, especially on Sunday."

  • Mas i Mas Festival

    Mas i Mas Festival

    While most of the people involved with organising live music in Barcelona head off on a well-deserved holiday this month, the yearly Mas i Mas festival keeps the city's concert scene going with a packed programme of events. Mas i Mas is one of Barcelona's most emblematic music companies, as the owner of the historic Jamboree jazz club, as well as techno club Moog and the flamenco venue Tarantos, all of which are located in the very heart of the city. These three all host shows during the August festival along with equally iconic venues as the Palau de la Música Catalana and El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria. Last year's event saw over 200 concerts take place throughout the month, with acts that included local favourites such as Maria del Mar Bonet, Sílvia Perez Cruz and Martirio, as well as numerous international jazz musicians like Kevin Mahogany, John Abercrombie and Lee Konitz.

    "There's no let-up for music in Barcelona, and one of the city's leading music promoters stages concerts at its iconic venues, including the Palau de la Música, Jamboree and Moog, with performances by local and international artists. I discovered Silvia Pérez Cruz here. What more can I say?"

  • Circuit Festival and Girlie Festival - 10th anniversaries

    Circuit Festival and Girlie Festival - 10th anniversaries

    With the beaches full and holiday season in full swing, Barcelona welcomes back two of its most emblematic summer events, Circuit Festival and Girlie Circuit, which this year are celebrating their 10th anniversaries. Billed respectively as the biggest international gay festival and the biggest international lesbian festival, and both produced by Barcelona's Matinee Group, they see thousands of visitors from across the world come to the Catalan capital for days of parties. Circuit is two weeks of fun with a programme that includes pool parties, including the biggest and most popular event of the festival, the Water Park Day (which lasts all day and goes on into the night) at the nearby La Isla Fantasia water park, DJ sessions (with performances by some of the biggest names on the gay scene) and club nights, while Girlie follows a similar pattern albeit for fewer days. Doubtless with a decade of good times to celebrate, this year will see some extra special guests and even more partying than usual.

    "If you're on the gay scene you can't miss the world's biggest LGTBI festival. A unique atmosphere with packed events all over the city. The festival at the water park is one of the most fun I've ever seen."

  • Trofeu Joan Gamper

    Trofeu Joan Gamper

    FC Barcelona gets a new season of football underway with its traditional friendly that is named after the club's founder. In recent years, the Joan Gamper has been played towards the middle of August, once the players return from their summer break, and it provides fans a great opportunity to see some of Barça's new signings in action before the serious business of leagues and competitions begins. It's also a fantastic chance to visit the majestic Camp Nou stadium, Europe's largest and a must-see for any real soccer aficionado; indeed it's one of the most-visited places in Catalonia. To contest the 'trophy' (until 1996, it was actually a four-team competition with two semi-finals and a final played, but a rise in other pre-season events meant that it was scaled back), the club usually invites an international challenger: among those that have taken part in the past five years are the Italian sides U.C. Sampdoria and A.S. Roma, and Santos F.C. from Brazil.

    "Barça fans are in luck. The season kicks off with its traditional friendly match. An opportunity to see the new signings in action at the majestic Camp Nou."

  • Parks of Barcelona route

    Parks of Barcelona route

    There are many different sides to Barcelona: the Barcelona with its traditional neighbourhoods, the Gothic, modernista and contemporary city… but there is also a green Barcelona, the Barcelona of parks and gardens. You’ll find them dotted around the city. These green spaces are always interesting, whether it be for their plants, urban design or sculptures.

  • Beaches


    Barcelona has ten accessible beaches, with Wi-Fi and excellent amenities and services inviting you to enjoy the Mediterranean Sea throughout the year.

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