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In its 42nd edition, this race has become one of the most well-known marathons in Europe. The Zurich Marathon in Barcelona is a huge city festival where runners from around the world come and enjoy this fantastic long-distance race. They are backed by the good weather and more than 42 km of city circuit which winds through the most emblematic parts of the city.
The 2020 Grec Festival will showcase 108 events throughout the summer beginning on 30th June, with the emphasis on contemporary performance and a new three-pronged format: Grec Festival (48 events throughout July), Grec en Obert (36 activities designed to be performed digitally, including plays, dance, open rehearsals, talks and walking tours) and De Grec a Grec, a series of performances by the city’s different theatres with 24 plays that have been postponed and will begin in September and run throughout the 2020-2021 season.
The opening events on 30th June and 1st July will be a tribute to the healthcare staff and key workers in the form of the entertainment "A tocar" brought to you by the company Baró d'evel and other performers. The festival will feature La Veronal, Mal Pelo, Compagnie XY, Sergio Blanco, Angelica Liddell, Silvia Pérez Cruz, La Ribot, Tiago Rodrigues, Angelica Liddell, and the Belgian dance troupe Peeping Tom, to name but a few.
The Grec venues will include the open-air Teatre Grec on Montjuïc, the Mercat de les Flors, Teatre Lliure, TNC, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Born CCM, the Museu Marítim, Jamboree and the Palau de la Música Catalana.
This year there will be music galore, with names including the Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, Manel, Els Amics de les Arts, Mayte Martín and Stay Homas at the Teatre Grec. There will also be concerts at the Palau de la Música Catalana with names such as Xavier Sabata, the Orquestra Simfònica del Liceu and a session dedicated to Mahler. Other venues, like Jamboree, will host a series of concerts.
The festival will take into account the current circumstances and new safety measures. Audience numbers will be limited and venues will be cleaned constantly. There will be new venues that will allow a different relationship between the performers and the audience.
Take a look at the programme. This summer you'll be able to enjoy the festival to the full!
Casa Batlló reopens on 1st July with innovative hygiene and safety measures in place using the latest air-purification technology, UV-light disinfection and a carefully thought-out protocol throughout the visit.
Antoni Gaudí's building will be extending its range of activities for families and relaunching its "Magical Nights" concert season adapting it to the new situation. The new opening times will be Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Admission will be free for Spanish healthcare workers until the end of 2020 and for residents of Catalonia until 31st August. Other members of the public will be entitled to special admission prices. The visit includes a SmartGuide, which will enable visitors to enjoy a real immersive, augmented-reality adventure. The visit is also adapted for children and features free admission and special discounts for them plus a new courtyard terrace with a bar.
The Casa Batlló will also be hosting a new season of its "Magical Nights", that have accompanied summer evenings for the past decade with live music on its rooftop. The season returns with two daily concerts at 6pm and a new layout of the space, with tables for audience members, an expanded bar service and all the necessary measures in place to guarantee a safe experience.
Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the cultural, artistic and sensory experiences Gaudí's magnificent landmark has to offer.
The bike is an original and different means of transport to discover the city. Barcelona has fully integrated cycle lanes and you can cycle through the city’s open spaces and parks. These conditions and the mild climate are ideal for this alternative means of transport. You can choose from organised routes or bicycle hire.
There are a hundred different ways to discover the Parc de la Ciutadella. You can explore the history of the former military citadel and the 1888 Universal Exhibition, or simply enjoy the surroundings and take part in one of its many cultural events. Barcelona's public park par excellence will never let you down.
A space of classical beauty in the middle of the Parc de la Ciutadella, surrounded by leafy plants typical of Europe's most romantic gardens.
Known locally as the "Parc de l'Escorxador", this park is a jigsaw puzzle of different elements set out around a cement plaza designed to host all kinds of events and activities.
A small, delightful park, sunny but with shady areas, simple yet complex, is located in Barcelona's Eixample.
The Parc de Montjuïc is located in the Sants neighbourhood and it occupies a vast swathe of the imposing hill overlooking the port, offering a plethora of green areas and gardens, museums and cultural attractions, sports facilities and Olympic sites. Montjuïc speaks to us about the history and life of a hill that has helped define Barcelona's personality.
The Parc de Cervantes greets us as we enter Barcelona from the Avinguda Diagonal. An image of lush greenery and colour which conceals a small open-air museum.
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