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Before the end of the summer, the different districts and neighbourhoods of the city will celebrate their patron saint festivities. During September, these celebrations are the preview of the city's great festivity, la Mercè. This is the case of the Horta, Poble Nou and the Gràcia area (including La Salut, Vallcarca and Penitents districts). During October, Les Corts and Sarrià. In November Sant Andreu de Palomar.
All these neighbourhoods dress their streets for the celebration and for a few days they are brimming with activities, music, concerts, popular dinners and games for the young ones. This tradition is much loved by the people of Barcelona, as it allows for more interaction between neighbours and direct participation, all thanks to their pride for belonging to the same neighbourhood.
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.
The Mercat de Mercats has become the Gastronomy Festival par excellence, and this year it is celebrating its 10th edition. This major festival of food products and gastronomy, which takes place on the Avenida de la Catedral, is a unique event for enjoying talks, presentations, cooking shows and tastings by professionals and journalists in the world of gastronomy. These are three days in which to discover and enjoy local tapas and dishes prepared by chefs from some of the best restaurants in Catalonia. This year, Mercat de Mercats has the participation of special non-food markets, and consolidates the family space, a classroom aimed at families with children from 0 to 6 years.
La Ribera neighbourhood is a must for anyone taking a walk through Barcelona. Whether you get there from the Via Laietana or the Arc de Triomf, as you explore the maze of narrow streets in this neighbourhood where merchants, artisans and guilds once, you’ll discover the city of design, leisure and fashion.
A stroll through Barcelona's Gothic Quarter brings to light the early Roman city of Barcino and the medieval town with its palazzos, mansions and Gothic churches. This is the style that defines "the heart of Barcelona": a neighbourhood where the splendour of the historic past coexists with the vibrancy of the present.
Barcelona wouldn't be Barcelona without the Rambla. A wander up and down this famous boulevard is a ritual well worth observing. Just soak up the atmosphere and admire the buildings, from the Canaletes fountain to the Columbus Monument, which connect the old and modern city with places like Liceu and Boqueria. A walk through the life and history of the city.
The cradle of Catalan culture, amongst many other cultures and civilisations, and a witness to major transformations such as the Industrial Revolution or the Civil War amongst many others, Barcelona has a fascinating history. Find out more about it!
Discover the characteristics, charm and the most interesting and attractive places of Barcelona's districts and neighbourhoods!
Barcelona and its home-grown art nouveau movement, modernisme, go hand in hand. The style emerged in all its glory at the end of the 19th century to reveal itself in hundreds of extremely beautiful buildings which line the way. Let yourself be captivated once again by these masterpieces in a style full of opulence, fantasy, symbolism and colour.
Barcelona is known throughout the world for its architecture. This is why the city didn't want to fall behind in the race to have some of the world's finest contemporary buildings. The names of today's great architects and artists are present in almost every city neighbourhood.
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