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Beside the decorated tree, Catalan houses also display a Nativity Scene at Christmas; the representation with figures to recreate the birth of Jesus. Streets, squares, churches and entities of the city each prepare their own Nativity Scene, some with real people acting as figures. The most famous one is in the Plaça Sant Jaume, but there are many others such as the Iglesia de Belen, the Pia Almoina, Associació de Pessebristes de Barcelona, Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes, or Poble Espanyol. There are also scenes that underline a particular feature, such as the Nativity Scene of the Casa dels Entremesos, which has a touch of humour with the giant figures of Ciutat Vella.
Undoubtedly a tradition that deserves exploring this Christmas.
This is the main architectural event in Barcelona, a weekend in October where over 200 buildings of every shape and size open their doors to the general public. It is an initiative of the 48h Open House Barcelona association, which began in London in 1992. From then on, the concept of an 'Open House' has been implemented around the world: New York, Dublin, Galway, Tel Aviv and, since 2010, Barcelona, have their own week dedicated to local architecture. 'Open House' offers the opportunity to understand and experience architecture in a unique way, through an architectonic experience.
The program invites everyone to explore and understand the value of a well-constructed and designed space. In the last few years, this event in Barcelona has expanded to include cities and villages from the metropolitan area and the Maresme Coast, and on the roster of buildings to visit we will come across churches, schools, sports centers, apartment blocks, libraries and restaurants.
Adapted tours for Open House 2019:
- Modernista trail through the Eixample
Adapted Tour for people with motor impairment.
Meeting point: Plaça Catalunya/Portal de l'Angel, in front of the Banco de España.
Saturday 26th October 4pm
A walk through the Quadrat d'Or heritage quarter in the Eixample, which was home to Barcelona's bourgeoisie in the late 19th century. You'll be able to admire modernista buildings by Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and other architects who were part of the Catalan art nouveau movement.
- Literary trail through Gràcia
Adapted Tour for visually impaired people.
Meeting point: Fontana Metro station (corner of Gran de Gràcia and Carrer Astúries)
Sunday 27th October 11am
Places visited: Air-raid shelter 232 in the Plaça del Diamant.
Last June, Barcelona was guest city at the Buenos Aires Book Fair. The literary trails devised for this event are the source of inspiration for this tour. We'll walk through the streets and squares where literary works were set or their authors lived or spent time. The Plaça del Diamant is one of these places and is, perhaps, most closely associated with Mercè Rodoreda's novel of the same name. We will end the tour in the square with a visit to the air-raid shelter built during the Spanish Civil War.
Tickets are sold out. You can find more English routes here: 48hopenhousebarcelona.org
Every week the Wine Tourism Information Point and Mirador de Colom Wines recommend a different wine. Visit the Mirador +wine or cava tasting, plus a second tasting of the Wine of the Week. If you like the wine, you can purchase it at a discount. Don't miss this unique experience: A journey through the true flavors of the territory from the city center!
The Barcelona Maritime Museum is running a varied program of leisure activities for all the family, aimed at arousing the curiosity, respect and appreciation for maritime culture.
The Museu de l'Eròtica of Barcelona presents its two new collections, Bag One and Two Virgins. They are a series of drawings and lithographs by John Lennon depicting his honeymoon and erotic scenes captured during his sexual encounters with Yoko Ono.
El Barcelona Obertura Spring Festival, a new venture of Barcelona Obertura Classic & Lyric, spreads classical music around the city and, for fifteen days, the best international artists are on stage at the three main venues: Gran Teatre del Liceu, Palau de la Música Catalana and L'Auditori.
Barcelona Obertura Classic and Lyric brings together the city's key classical music venues to extend their global reach and reputation even further, and demonstrate Barcelona's wealth of classical music programming.
Running since 2012, Llum BCN is a festival of light that aims to counter the darkness of winter with the splendour of light (llum means 'light' in Catalan) reflected on some of the city's most beautiful buildings and spaces. This year the Llum BCN festival takes place again at the Poblenou neighbourhood, a district currently immersed in an intense process of transformation.
The citizens of Barcelona will soon be able to discover the force that light has to transform public spaces through artistic installations, projections and mappings by national and international artists. And as a demonstration of Barcelona’s emerging talent, students from 14 of the city’s colleges of art, lighting, design and architecture are using nothing else but light to present their intervention projects in the space. Overall, it provides us with a reflection on art, society and new technologies - in short, contemporary life. Don't miss it!
Lovers of the most daring, innovative, dynamic and even off-the-wall performing arts can't afford to miss this festival. The new edition of SÂLMON, headed by the Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona's leading dance venue, features a packed programme showcasing a range of formats by both local and international creatives who work under the system of artistic residencies.
It is very much an organic event, each year building on and evolving from the performances and creativity of previous festivals; it also adapts to what is happening in the world at large and the way that the use of public platforms, such as the stage, changes.
This may essentially be a festival based on only one instrument, but the sounds, performers and styles on the programme could scarcely be more wide-ranging. The skill of the organisers, leading Spanish music promoters The Project, in bringing together Catalan, Spanish, European and international performers from a variety of musical genres is quite something. Flamenco to pop, classic Cuban to contemporary Catalan, acoustic and electric, emerging and veteran acts – all this and more fills the many city venues that take part in Guitar BCN.
Already declared the best theme park in Spain by TripAdvisor users, PortAventura World has now taken visitor experiences to a whole new level with Europe's first Ferrari Land. This adrenaline-filled place with thrills for all ages covers 70,000m2 and has numerous attractions, such as the Vertical Accelerator that offers a lifelike Formula 1 experience as you accelerate in your F1-style cars from 0 to 180km/h in just five seconds and climb to a height of 112m along a 1km-track!
What's more, a new kids's area in Ferrari Land with five attractions aimed at different age groups: Junior Red Force is a mini roller-coaster that gives children the chance to experience the speed of the vertical accelerator, while Kids' Tower is a ricochet and freefall tower of nine metres, Flying Race and pilot your own plane, Champions Race lets all the family feel like the drivers of a mythical Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa or get in the gondolas and get ready to spin with Crazy Pistons.
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