Of all Barcelona’s summer festivals, Grec is one of the best loved thanks, in no small part, to the fairy tale setting – a stone amphitheatre set amid swirling rose gardens and covered walkways dripping with jasmine and wisteria. The views over the city from the north side are stunning too, even more so at night – when most of the events take place - with stars up above and a glass of cava in hand.
Cloister of the Pedralbes Monastery
Founded in 1327 by Queen Elisenda de Montcada, the gothic cloister at the Pedralbes Monastery is considered to be the biggest in the world. Elisenda’s ornately carved tomb stands guard at one end of it, and many of its original features have survived intact as a magnificent example of how, with the right synergy, strong architectural features and generous vegetation can exist in complete harmony to create a place of exquisite peace and tranquillity.
Walks through the Gothic Quarter arriving at the Federico Marés Museum
Walking though the Gothic Quarter between its historical wall and squares that guard surprising stories is one of the main attractions of this area. We propose discovering the secrets of one of the its most romantic and photographed neighbourhoods, step by step.
The Bach Project: Yo-Yo Ma at the Palau de la Música
Contemporary virtuoso, Baroque composer and timeless architectural masterpiece
Music lovers visiting Barcelona this spring have an extraordinary opportunity to experience a one-off performance, Yo-Yo Ma the Chinese-American cellist will be performing Bach at the Palau de la Música on May 24th, a golden opportunity to combine music and sightseeing in what is undoubtedly one of the city’s architectural highlights.
The first important commission for modernisme master Antoni Gaudí was a summer house for the Vicens family completed between 1883 and 1885 in an area of the city that was open fields at that time.
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
The complex of buildings that form the Recinto Modernista Sant Pau was constructed between 1901 and 1930, designed by the architect Lluis Domènech i Montaner, a contemporary of Gaudí. Laid out at 45° to the surrounding Eixample the site occupies 9 city blocks with 27 separate pavilions and was considered by its architect a protest against the strictures of the rigid Cerdá city master plan.
For clubbers and lovers of live music this is the Barcelona venue, a multi-space club that has been at the vanguard of the music scene not only in the city but in Spain.
Barcelona’s cocktail scene is constantly evolving, given the fascination with gastronomy in the city it’s only to be expected that the world of mixology should be equally varied and rich.