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New restaurants in Barcelona

Who doesn’t want to discover a new restaurant in a city as cosmopolitan as Barcelona?

Since the nightlife has been reactivated, we have not hesitated to search for new options for the most demanding and daring palates in Barcelona.

Here we leave you a list with our top recommendations.

A casual proposal where its owners, the brothers Ignasi and Marc García, accompanied by Víctor Ródenas in the kitchen, invite you to enjoy long after-hours as if you were at home, and as they say on their own website: “Here you have a naughty and cozy space where you can get dirty, suck your fingers and raise your voice, a food house, shameless and where you can eat well “.

They have a short but varied menu and with many proposals of the day including a rice that changes constantly depending on the season.

You can find it a few steps from Mercat de Sant Antoni in Carrer de Manso, 54.

Two different spaces where you can have two completely different experiences.

On the one hand Sumac, where you can enjoy a gastronomy full of Middle Eastern flavors with Mediterranean touches. An experience that combines the five senses thanks to the cosmopolitan corner offered by its open kitchen.

And on the other hand, Mambo, with a more informal atmosphere, invites you to relax and enjoy an extensive menu of craft beers (15 taps) and atypical desserts such as saffron, pistachio and rose petal ice cream to the rhythm of good music to cheer up the body.

Located in the famous Enric Granados street, 30, Sumac & Mambo honors the roots of its CEO with an Iranian-Mediterranean fusion culinary proposal that will not leave you indifferent.

Pedro Baños and Paco Benítez are in charge of this new place of traditional Catalan cuisine with affordable prices and a lot of enjoyment “Fonda Pepa”.

Located in the Gràcia neighborhood, specifically in Tordera 58, they work with small wineries and biodynamic projects that add a special touch to the restaurant.

Without neglecting the techniques and style of haute cuisine, they offer unconventional combinations that highlight the quality of their products.

This vegetable-inspired smokehouse is the little brother of the “Fat Barbies” restaurant.

Nothing that happens in here is left to chance. Each ingredient is carefully selected prioritizing local, organic and ecological production.

Absolutely everything in Fat Veggies is handmade; from sauces, pickles and drinks to decoration, logo, photos and furniture as well explained on their website, also handmade.

Each corner taken care of to the smallest detail reflects the essence of its team composed of the Venezuelan chef and owner partner Juan Martini, his brother Aquiles in charge of the graphics, Alex Demendoza in charge of the room and the resident chef and head of kitchen, María Inés Duarte who delights us with her vegan brownie.

The entire offer at Fat Veggies is, as its name indicates, abundant and fat, with a common point that brings a smoky touch to each of its dishes. A proposal of high vegetable cuisine at affordable prices located at Carrer París, 168.

Agustina Prinsich and Hugo Andrelo arrived during the pandemic from Argentina with a minimalist and organic concept that make “La Papa” a restaurant that promises healthy vegan and vegetarian food free of ultra-processed foods.

They have a menu of the day at a more than accessible price prepared by chefs Franco Cavallo and Juan Manuel Vázquez.

In addition to offering homemade and healthy dishes, they propose a conscious and sustainable visual space transformed into a concept-store where all the furniture is for sale, as well as some of their culinary products such as granola or vegan dulce de leche. The address? You can find them from Tuesday to Sunday at Aribau, 92.

The Isabella’s group surprises this time with a restaurant different from the rest: 100% Mediterranean specialized in rice and seafood.

Its motto: “good vibe, good people, good food” and this is reflected in the decoration, upholstered sofas, wooden chairs and a fresh air in front of the emblematic W hotel that takes us to the coolest Ibiza of the summer.

Julieta’s menu offers more than 9 types of rice, a grilled selection that includes wild fish, salads and homemade desserts. And to drink, in addition to an extensive wine list, they have cocktails of all kinds that will make your after-dinner even longer.

You can find them in Pg del Mare Nostrum, 19.

The creators of this innovative restaurant that fuses Italian food with peninsular wines, are the restaurateur Badr Bennis and the Italian chef Nicola Valle.

Located in the heart of Sant Antoni neighborhood in an old car workshop (Passatge Pere Calders, 6), Benzina offers a daring and original Italian food menu that includes the best Italian and local ingredients.

But the Italian-New York gastronomic experience does not end there, the soundtrack that will accompany your palate, in addition to sharing it on Spotify, also gives name to the more than 10 cocktails that enshrine an eclectic, sugary and casual proposal.

Although it is not new, this multifaceted restaurant continues to revolutionize the Les Corts neighborhood on Avenida Diagonal, 505 with a cool proposal where design, art, music, gastronomy and cocktails coexist.

Metric Market does not sleep. You can go to enjoy your morning coffee while reading a book, eat a good gluten-free lunch menu (all its menu is suitable for celiacs), go to afterwork or have some cocktails before going out to party. You can do all this and much more in this chameleon space that does not lose the essence of an unconventional sensory and gastronomic experience.

Grupo Tragaluz surprises with this typical Japanese tavern or Izakaya bar located in Llauder, 1 a step away from the renowned and emblematic 7 Portes between Born and Barceloneta.

El japonés escondido has the young chef Àlex Vall at the helm of his kitchen, who after spending 8 years with Hideki Matsuhisa (owner of the Michelin Star Koy Shunka) offers a varied menu, based on street-inspired cuisine with tapas combinations Japanese to enjoy without spending too much.

Frederic Varó directs this innovative Japanese whose interior design is in charge of Lekuonastudio that, mixing wood with gray and earth tones, provides an air of a full-fledged Japanese tavern.

 The pandemic and the confinement of last year have postponed the opening of the new member of the Isabella’s group.

Harry’s, located a step away from the famous Paseo de Gracia in Passatge de la Concepció, 2, stands out for its Italian food menu with an innovative touch and Mediterranean proposals.

They seek to conquer both the local and international public while preserving the characteristic touch of the family group: traditional and Italian market cuisine in Barcelona.

Located inside the luxurious 5-star hotel Le Méridien, the renovated Cent Onze restaurant celebrates traditional Spanish cuisine with fresh produce and signature tapas and privileged views of the famous Rambla in Barcelona.

It offers a tasting menu with the best local ingredients that mix Mediterranean flavors and aromas in a renovated space that you can find in Ramblas, 11.

After having reinvented himself post-pandemic and offering home delivery, the renowned chef Dabiz Muñoz opened his first restaurant in Barcelona a few months ago.

GoXO is a haute cuisine fast food restaurant with great chefs behind it but without waiters and obviously, it has a delivery option. The premises are located at Carrer de Déu i Mata, 69-98 inside the NH Constanza Hotel in the inner courtyard of the L’illa shopping center. It has limited seating and the chef’s signature red and black aesthetic along with oriental-style neon lights.

It does not accept reservations and has limited hours during the week for lunch and dinner, but it is faithful to the style of the eccentric Muñoz who seeks to conquer the Barcelona palate with his fusion of Spanish haute cuisine with an oriental touch and his star dessert: the cheesecake from “La Pedroche”, his renowned muse and wife.

Delta del Ebro

Summer is over but we still have more plans to recommend you! And it is that a few hours from Barcelona we find the wonderful Delta del Ebro Natural Park.

Located in Tarragona, it is one of the most curious places in the Catalan geography. Just 130km from Barcelona, it is one of the best plans you can do to say goodbye to summer and enjoy incredible views and exquisite cuisine. It was declared a National Park in 1983 and currently has more than 7,000 hectares that make up the Biosphere Reserve of the Ebro Lands.

With an area of 320 km2, the Delta del Ebro Natural Park is the largest wetland in Catalonia, constituting one of the most important aquatic habitats in the Mediterranean.

There are endless activities to do and get to know this wonderful site. In this post we will detail some of the most typical and must-see visits for a dream vacation or getaway.

HOW TO GET THERE?

BY CAR

The most agile and comfortable way to get to Delta del Ebro is by car from Barcelona directly on the AP-7 motorway, taking one of the following exits:

  • 39A (l’Ampolla), continue on the N-340 and take the TV-3401 to Deltebre.
  • 40 (l’Aldea / Tortosa), continue along the N-340 and take the TV-3400 to Deltebre.
  • 41 (Amposta / Sant Carles de la Ràpita) and continue on TV-3454 to Deltebre.

BY TRAIN

If you decide to visit it by train, you will need another means of transport to get there since the stations are not located in the same municipality. The closest are:

  • L’Aldea-Amposta-Tortosa: medium-distance trains and some long-distance trains stop.
  • L’Ampolla-El Perelló-Deltebre: medium-distance trains stop.
  • Camarles-Deltebre: medium-distance trains stop.

BY BUS

The bus company in the area is called Hife and it runs regular routes to multiple daily destinations including Barcelona and Tarragona. It also communicates the different populations of the Delta del Ebro with each other. On their website you can check the schedules that best suit you.

WHAT TO VISIT?

PUNTA DEL FANGAR

The Delta del Ebro Natural Park houses several protected areas with total or partial restricted access. One such area is Punta del Fangar, a 400-hectare peninsula in the north of the Delta where terns and seagulls habitually nest. The most striking thing about this landscape is its desert appearance, with its peculiar mobile dunes stretching for 6 km along the sea.

BUDDHA ISLAND

It is located at the eastern end of the Delta, has more than a thousand hectares of surface and about five kilometers in length. It is the largest island in Catalonia.

Because entry is restricted and authorization is required to enter, it is a very special place that preserves its wild and indigenous style.

However, there are several options to be able to see the Buddha Island without having to enter:

You will only be able to see the interior if you decide to visit it on June 29, which is when La Romería de San Pedro is celebrated and you can freely enter the interior; or if you stay in the farmhouse on the island of Buddha. It is a Valencian-style farmhouse built at the end of the 19th century, when the island was populated by settlers and local people to cultivate rice fields. Apart from the house, the farmhouse is made up of a small church and some agricultural warehouses.

EL TRABUCADOR BEACH

El Trabucador is a huge sand bar where you can find two different beaches: an outdoor beach, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and an indoor beach, in the Bay of Alfaques. It is the area of the Delta where more water activities are carried out due to the shallow water depth, in such a way that it is ideal for all those people who are starting in this type of activities without much difficulty.

From the pier, you can see a magnificent sunset that connects with the mountains of the town of San Carlos de la Rápita or “Les Salines de la Trinidad”.

Access to the Trabucador beach is free throughout the year except in July and August.

RICE FIELDS

65% of the surface of the Ebro Delta is dedicated to rice cultivation. This crop requires flood conditions in fresh water throughout the growth period of the plant, which goes from April to September approximately.

During the months of October and November, when the rice is already harvested and the fields are flooded, they are colonized by thousands and thousands of aquatic birds that pass by in migration or begin their wintering.

Rice fields are undoubtedly the most typical landscape and the emblem of the delta, which gives it color and aroma throughout the year.

At the beginning of October the festival of the rice harvest is celebrated, which allows us to observe the artisan way of collecting the grains with the typical carts. Around the same dates, a gastronomic fair takes place in the Delta where you can enjoy all the culinary varieties of this product.

ACTIVITIES

Among the most outstanding activities we find:

  • Kayak: you can rent a kayak and go on various routes both in the delta and in Amposta or Sant Jaume d’Enveja.
  • Fishing: you can rent one of the boats in the fishing centers of the municipality or go on one of their fishing trips. It is also highly recommended to walk through the fishing port of San Carles de la Ràpita since it is one of the most important fishing ports in the Mediterranean, as it still houses a fleet of about a hundred units between small boats of minor gear and large boats of drag.
  • Sailing: the two bays, dels Alfacs and el Fangar, allow you to navigate safely using the full force of the wind, which is why athletes from other regions and regions come very often to practice sailing.
  • Hiking: there are many routes to enjoy nature and the environment of the delta, here you will find some suggested ones.
  • Cycle tourism: the Park has several itineraries of varying lengths and thanks to its completely flat orography, the practice of cycle tourism is facilitated.
  • Birdwatching: it is one of the most famous and recommended activities to do. At the end of September the Delta Birding Festival is held, which welcomes fans from all over the world. In the Món Natura site, various recreational and educational activities are offered to learn about salt, traditional fishing and bird watching and learn about the species.
  • Kitesurfing: the calm and shallow waters of Badia dels Alfacs, closed by this arm of land that forms the Delta de l’Ebre and also the Riumar beach area in Deltebre, have the ideal wind to practice this sport.
  • Diving: L’Ametlla de Mar is home to the most extensive Posidonia meadow in Catalonia and, for the most expert, there is the possibility of discovering up to twelve sunken boats in the waters of Golf de Sant Jordi, on the coast of Terres de l ‘ Ebre.
  • Wine tourism: the family wineries have opened their doors to the visitor to publicize the wine-making process, as well as their work philosophy. In Terra Alta, you will find the majority of wineries, some of them with a centuries-old tradition.
  • Cruise through the delta: you can take different routes with various companies to travel and enjoy the Delta by boat, among them the most famous are: visiting the mouth of the Ebro river, a trip along the Migjorn river and a trip from Sant Carles de la Ràpita.

GASTRONOMY

In the Delta del Ebro you can find both top-level restaurants and good quality restaurants at very affordable prices.

Some recommendations are:

This restaurant is a must-see in the Ebro Delta. Its chef, Vicent Guimerà, integrates the best of Delta, local and local products with haute cuisine with incredible results.

Another of the top restaurants in the area, with always top quality products, both rice and the other dishes on the menu, which are adapted according to the market and season or depending on the gastronomic days in the area.

Restaurant with more than half a century of experience in the world of hotels and restaurants. A combination of service, history, product, facilities, location and above all the added value of offering the best quality fish and seafood products. The restaurant has a conservatory overlooking the sea in a cozy atmosphere.

One of the best cuisines in the Delta, it combines traditional cuisine with typical dishes and the best selection of wines by Joan Faiges.

The chef, Xavi Montanyés, the youngest son of the family, has managed to collect the best of the products of the Ebro Delta and elevate them to haute cuisine. Together with his father, he cooks the best lobster soup in the region. A lot of quality at a good price.

Family restaurant where you can savor and discover all the typical cuisine of the Ebro Delta such as rice dishes (paella, arrossejat, rice with duck, rice with lobster, black rice, blue crab and galley) although the star dish is the stew with rice stock. The most striking thing about this restaurant is its location with wonderful views of the rice fields.

The best storage rooms in Barcelona

You move to another country, city, house and you need all your things and furniture yes or yes, but there is a space problem and you do not know how to solve it.

For this, there are storage rooms and in Barcelona you have several options to choose the one that best suits your preferences. In this post we bring you all the necessary information so that you can relax knowing that your things are in the right place.

At The Onsider we have a storage room within the same building but if you need even more space, do not hesitate to consult this information.There are important factors that influence the final value of the rental storage room:

  • The geographical location: the value of renting a storage room in the center of Barcelona is not the same as having one in areas further away from the big cities. In any case, it is important to take into account the distance that remains from our apartment along with other aspects such as security, 24-hour access or surveillance system.
  • The dimensions: this factor is obvious to take into account, but before deciding on one type of furniture storage or another, estimate the square meters really necessary.
  • Time needed: do you need to rent a storage room only for a few days or for months? Time is, along with space, another priority factor when choosing a storage room. There is the option to rent by the day.
  • Additional services: such as 24-hour access, rest areas, parking or surveillance system every day of the week.
  • Bluespace has 24 storage centers in Barcelona.
  • Access 365 days a year.
  • Facilities equipped with video surveillance.
  • Spaces from 1m2 to 200m2 for all needs. For more information on the measurements of the storage rooms, you can consult the measurement guide.
  • Free parking with loading and unloading areas and internal transport elements to facilitate the transfer.
  • Price: from € 1 / first month.
  • Homebox has 8 large centers in Barcelona between the center, Gavá, Mataró and El Prat.
  • Facilities equipped with alarm and video surveillance cameras.
  • Access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Storage rooms for rent from 1 to 40m2.
  • Free Wi-Fi, parking, sale of cardboard boxes for packing, forklifts and pallet trucks and vehicle rental.
  • Virtual visits and online budgets.
  • Mister traster has 5 major centers in Barcelona.
  • 24/7 access.
  • 100% security, you have a personal access code to enter, CCTV, alarm and individual lock.
  • They have free moving service included.
  • In the center of La Maquinista they have a coworking space.
  • Storage rooms from 1 to more than 8m2.
  • Budgets by whatsapp and online.
  • OhMyBox! It has 4 centers in Barcelona.
  • 24 hour access.
  • Security with video surveillance cameras and private access PIN.
  • Storage rooms from 1 to 12m2.
  • They have trolleys and pallet trucks available for free.
  • The first month is paid in advance and the minimum stay is 15 days.
  • First month free for a minimum stay of 2 months.
  • Pribox Trasters Urbans has 3 centers in Barcelona.
  • Bright spaces arranged on one floor and with direct access from the parking lot.
  • 24 hour access.
  • Practical, modern and cheap storage rooms from 1m2.
  • 24h CCTV cameras and alarm system.
  • Free parking and van.
  • First month free for new users + 2 hours of free transportation to move your things.
  • Trasteros Fabregada has 1 center in Barcelona.
  • Bright spaces arranged on one floor and with direct access from the parking lot.
  • Access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Storage rooms from 1 to 25m2.
  • 24 hour surveillance.
  • Concierge.
  • Parking and vending service.
  • Price: from € 30 / month.

Ibiza in summer

Little by little, tourism is reactivated in Spain and Ibiza could not be missing in your bucket list of destinations to visit from Barcelona. A city declared a World Heritage Site, idyllic coves, charming towns, places with a lot of history and unique natural spaces are some of the things to see in Ibiza. In this new post we leave you the best beaches and coves on the island, where to eat and what to do or visit if you decide to enjoy this Balearic wonder on vacation or at any other time of the year.

CALAS

BENIRRÀS

Cala Benirràs is one of the must-sees in Ibiza, whether with family, friends or as a couple. Surrounded by mountains full of green pine trees, on Sundays it becomes a meeting point for hundreds of people who participate or simply contemplate its famous drum festival. At dusk, just before sunset, the left end of the beach becomes an improvised stage where the show is assured. While some play the timpani, others dance, take photographs or drink while they contemplate the sarao, which lasts until the sun goes down. There are many who assure that this exhibition is one of the few that maintains the hippie essence that surrounded Ibiza in the 70s.

CALA D´HORT

Cala d’Hort is a small and charming beach at the same time, from which you can enjoy the views over the mysterious islet of Es Vedrà, which rises only a few hundred meters from the shore. The beach has fine sand at one end and is rockier at the other, and is very popular in summer. Protected by a cliff, it is located at the end of a steep slope where the main access road ends.

CALA SALADA

Surrounded by hills of pine forest, the small sandy cove of Cala Salada is a preferred destination for island people and private boat owners. The water is beautiful and clear, shallow and perfect for swimming. The seabed is mostly soft sand. On the rock ledge to the right of the cove there is a very picturesque stone tower with paths that take you to the top of the neighboring sandy beach of Cala Saladeta. The first has a more family atmosphere, while the second is somewhat younger. The latter is due to its complicated access and the fact that it does not have any service.

CALA COMTE

It has spectacular views of islets such as s’Illa d’es Bosc, s’Espartar or ses Bledes, but the most impressive is undoubtedly sa Conillera. This, together with the reflection that the sun brings to the water of this cove full of areas of white sand and rocks will make you get one of the most special photographs of your vacation. There is no one who does not remain speechless when contemplating an image of the beach, hence its name in Ibiza is ‘Platges de Comte’ (fairytale beaches). The two main beaches are separated by the most bohemian temples of Ibiza’s sunsets. Sunset Ashram Restaurant enjoys fabulous panoramic views from its commanding position, and features a creatively designed structure that blends in with the rock it sits on.

SES SALINES

Ses Salines is the quintessential beach of Ibiza, not only because it is located in the Natural Park (declared as such in 2001) protected by a crown of dunes, but because in this area the purity and transparency of the waters, thanks to the Posidonia Oceánica, included in the declaration of World Heritage Site.

The territory of the reserve covers almost 3,000 land and 13,000 marine hectares, and extends through the south of Ibiza and the north of Formentera, also occupying the arm of the sea that separates them. From here comes the famous “Sal de Ibiza”.

Nearby is Es Cavallet, noted for being the island’s first nudist beach with an extensive sandy area topped by a defensive earthen tower.

CALCALA XARRACA

Attractive cove at the foot of a small cliff of red earth, with small islets in front. It has a group of houses on the right bank, among which a chalet with a stone tower stands out. The landscape is very attractive and the surrounding coastline offers many secluded nooks and crannies.

SA CALETA

Sa Caleta is a quiet and different beach, away from the large expanses of white sands where hammocks and umbrellas crowd. The beach is protected by reddish earth cliffs, creating a feeling of complete isolation due to its horseshoe shape. It is of fine sand, with clean and shallow waters, ideal for families with children, and it is also great for snorkeling.

BEACHES

ES CANAR

The tourist area of Es Canar is one of the most important in the municipality of Santa Eulària and concentrates numerous hotels and multiple services. It stretches from Cala Nova beach to Punta Arabí, where a popular hippy market is held every Wednesday. Es Canar beach occupies its central area. It is of fine sand, with a small port for boats and llaüts on the right side, next to the more urbanized area.

CALA BOIX

The dark sand beaches are atypical in Ibiza and Cala Boix is characterized by being the only one on the entire island. It is located on the edge of a cliff, on which several restaurants are located and access is through steep steps. Downstairs there is also a small beach bar, as well as deck chairs and umbrellas.

CALA LLONGA

This is the beach of the small and popular resort of Cala Llonga, accessible by zigzagging roads with spectacular views. Wide and sandy ground, it borders the picturesque bay with hills of lush pine forests on either side

ES VEDRÀ

At almost 400 meters high, this rocky, uninhabited limestone island is located 2 km off the west coast of Ibiza, right in front of the Cala d’Hort beach. It is a mandatory visit and luckily it has many viewpoints to enjoy its wonderful majesty. It is said to be the third most magnetic point on earth (after the North Pole and the Bermuda Triangle). The best location to see a magical sunset in the Es Vedrá area is from Cala d’Hort or one of the bars right on the beach. Another perfect option, and not so crowded, is from the Torre des Savinar, also known as the Torre del Pirata.

GASTRONOMY

Like most places in Spain, Ibiza has an exquisite gastronomy. When you visit it, you should not return without trying its most typical dishes: guisat de peix, bullit de peix, arroz de matanzas, peix en salmorra, borrida de ratjada, sofrit pagès and fried octopus. Also, if you prefer sweet, you should try these tasty desserts: flaó, greixonera and orelletes.

DALT VILA

The old walled citadel of Dalt Vila (literally, “upper town“) rests on a small hill next to the sea and overlooking the city. Founded and baptized by the Phoenicians as Ibosim, it was one of the most important coastal cities in the Mediterranean, which is why it has had several settlers throughout history. The wall that surrounds the citadel dates from the Renaissance, and was built by Kings Carlos I and Felipe II to defend the city from French and Ottoman invasions.

In Dalt Vila you will find countless magical corners where you can take spectacular photos. There are three routes that go up and the Tourist Office offers free guides so you can get lost in this labyrinth of alleys. You will find several information plates that will guide you on the way up, so that you can learn all the details and curiosities about the citadel at your own pace.

There is a wide range of restaurants in Dalt Vila. The terrace of the La Plaza restaurant, in the Plaza de Vila is a perfect option for a romantic dinner. If you keep going up to the Plaza del Sol, you will find the small bar-restaurant S’Escalinata, with fabulous panoramic views, where you can relax on its poufs distributed along the cobbled steps.

MARKETS

LAS DALIAS

With more than 30 years of history, Las Dalias is one of the island’s classics. It is located in Sant Carles, in the north of the island.

In the afternoon and evening the atmosphere is lively with live music, concerts and DJ sessions. The night version is held in summer: they are on Mondays and Tuesdays from June to September, and on Sundays in July and August. At Easter and at Christmas special markets are also organized.

PUNTA ARABÍ

Created in 1973, the Punta Arabí market is the largest on the island. Among the more than 500 stalls that are set up on Wednesdays, you can find original articles from different parts of the world, as well as crafts, fashion, natural cosmetics, musical instruments, costume jewelery, etc.

It has a children’s area, the “Hippie Kids” beach bar, where children can participate in recycling workshops, learn to design their own t-shirt or make a flower crown. In the multicultural tent there is music and live performances from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

SANT JORDI

This second-hand market takes place on Saturday mornings at the old racecourse in the town of Sant Jordi, in the south of the island, and is preferred by the island’s residents.To get local crafts, there are two particularly recommended markets: San Rafael (in the interior) and Sant Joan de Labritja (to the north). They also sell agricultural products from the area and organic food. Another place where it is possible to buy local and naturally produced products is the Forada market (Buscastell, Sant Antoni de Portmany, in the west).

ESCAPE TO FORMENTERA

If you have enough time during your stay in Ibiza, we recommend spending a day visiting Formentera. Despite being one of the smallest islands in the Balearic Islands, there you can enjoy a large number of attractions that will make the visit worthwhile. These are some of the places you should not miss: Saona cove, Ses Illetes, the Barbaria lighthouse, Els Arenals, the Mola lighthouse and the Ses Salines Natural Park. To get to Formentera you can take one of the ferries that leave from the port of Ibiza. To explore this virgin island you have multiple options, among them we recommend renting a car, motorcycle or bicycle, since the island has a bike lane and trails that are fully suitable for traveling on two wheels.

How and Where to open a bank account in Spain

Moving and starting a new life in another country is sometimes complicated, because it raises really important questions, such as how to open a bank account in the country? What documentation will they ask me for? o What is the best bank? In this post we solve all those doubts in a very clear and simple way, so that your move to Spain is much easier.

How to open a bank account in Spain?

When opening a bank account in Spain, you must prove the status of resident or non-resident. If you have a resident card or Spanish DNI, simply by going to the bank of your choice, you can open an account instantly.

If you are a foreigner, the main thing is to prove your resident or non-resident status.

If you want to register as a resident, you must first obtain the NIE from the Foreign Office. Once you have it, you can open a bank account without problems. In this other post we explain how to obtain the necessary documentation to be a legal resident in Spain.

If you do not have or do not want to obtain a resident card or NIE, there is the option of requesting a non-resident certificate. To get this document there are two viable options:

  1. Go to the General Directorate of Police with your passport and a copy of it, and request a non-resident certificate there. You can pick it up after 10 days. Once you have obtained this document, you can go to the chosen bank with your passport and open the account immediately.
  2. You can request the non-resident certificate directly at the bank of your choice and they will do the procedure for you. You must bring your passport and the bank will sign an authorization to request the certificate on your behalf, but with an extra cost of approximately € 15. Keep in mind that the account will not be operational until you receive this certificate.

What documents must be presented to open a bank account?

Generally speaking, some banks request more documents than others. We recommend that you verify with your bank the documentation that you must present exactly. However, we highlight the documents that everyone usually asks for.

If you are not a resident, they will ask you to present your valid passport or identification card, a proof of your address, your employment status, the non-resident certificate, on the contrary, if you are a resident you must present your DNI, NIE or passport, a document confirming the source of your income, proof of your address in Spain, such as a recent utility bill, bank statement or a rental agreement.

It is important to bear in mind that all the documents requested by your bank must be translated into Spanish.

What are the banking options to choose in Spain?

  • Bank type: traditional banking.
  • Mandatory domicile € 600 and have € 30,000 in Sabadell products.
  • Remuneration of 2.73% the first year and 3% the following. Limit to remunerate € 10,000.
  • Bank cards without commissions.
  • Standard bank transfers without fees.
  • Bank type: traditional banking.
  • Mandatory domicile a payroll and contract € 5,000 in savings products to avoid paying commissions.
  • It has one of the largest commercial networks in Spain.
  • Competitive associated financial products.
  • Up to 15,000 avios to travel.
  • Bank type: traditional banking.
  • Personalized attention with a manager.
  • No need to direct the payroll (it can be opened without monthly income).
  • Account without commissions if you have income.
  • Second free account.
  • Debit card without issuance and maintenance fee.
  • 6000 BBVA ATMs at no cost.
  • Type of bank: traditional banking and they also have the possibility of online banking. They have an account called “Hola bank” for non-residents 100% digital.
  • Personalized attention with a manager.
  • Maintenance fee of € 0 if a payroll of more than € 600 is paid by direct debit.
  • Full control from the CaixaBankNow app.
  • Free credit card.
  • Transfers to any type of account.
  • Checking account with annual maintenance fee of € 48.
  • 9500 free ATMs.
  • Bank type: online banking.
  • Account without commissions and without paperwork.
  • Free credit and debit cards.
  • Bank transfers free of charge.
  • Domicile your payroll, pension or unemployment. Mandatory domiciliary € 700.
  • It has no commitment to stay.
  • You can withdraw money free of charge at more than 50,000 ATMs in Spain: ING, Euronet, Cashzone, Banca March and Euro Automatic Cash ATMs (former Banco Popular and Targobank ATMs): any Bankia amount: free withdrawals from € 50. Other ATMs: free withdrawals from € 200.
  • Bank type: Santander bank online banking.
  • No commissions with a payroll of more than € 600 for people up to 31 years old and € 1,000 for older people.
  • Online account without maintenance or issuance fees.
  • Free bank cards.
  • Standard bank transfers without fees.
  • Bank type: online banking.
  • 100% online processes.
  • Payroll account without commissions.
  • Mandatory domiciliary income of € 800 per month and 3 receipts.
  • Remuneration of 5% the first year and 2% the following. Up to € 340 profit in the first two years.
  • Bank cards without commissions.
  • You can withdraw money for free at EURO 6000 ATMs (Caja Rural, Deutsche Bank, Laboral Kutxa, Banca March).
  • Bank type: online banking.
  • Mobile account without commissions.
  • German security, Spanish IBAN.
  • Free virtual debit card. If a physical card is requested, it has a commission of € 10.
  • More than 7 million customers.
  • It has no commitment to stay.

Barcelona Parks

With the arrival of spring and with the longer days, you want to enjoy the outdoors, take long walks, have picnics or simply see nature in its greatest splendor. And what better way than visiting the parks that we have in Barcelona? Today, we present you 6 options that you will love.

PARQUE GÜELL

If you haven’t visited Park Güell yet, what are you waiting for? This famous park is one of the symbols of Barcelona; a jewel of Gaudí, the greatest exponent of Catalan modernism, which fuses monumental architecture and nature in a single and indivisible element.

The central point of the park is a large plaza in which there is a huge 110-meter-long bench, with the appearance of a snake covered by small pieces of ceramic. In the park grounds there is the Gaudí House Museum, with a collection of works by the architect and the Casa del Guarda, which houses audiovisual exhibitions on the park’s past.

Location: Carrer d’Olot, 3

Admission: € 10, except residents of the adjacent neighborhoods (El Coll, Vallcarca-Penitents, La Salut, El Carmel, Can Baró and Baix Guinardó).

JARDINES DE PEDRALBES 

It is one of the most stately and extensive gardens in Barcelona, both French and English style, the truth is that entering them transports us to a time when serenity and majesty were determining elements of the landscape.

When we walk through the magnificent wrought iron entrance gate, we are greeted by a large 7.28 hectare area (equivalent to 8 football fields). Once inside, the protagonists are the trees, paths and the large areas of grass and shade. Inside we can enjoy the majestic Royal Palace of Pedralbes, and also the sculptures and historical architecture. The Fountain of Hercules, by Gaudí, stands out.

It is a perfect place to go as a couple or spend a relaxed afternoon with friends, this quiet park will transport you to another era, being a perfect place to disconnect from the outside noise outside its walls.

Location: Av Diagonal, 686

PARQUE DEL LABERINTO DE HORTA

The Horta Labyrinth Park includes the oldest preserved garden in the city and is a romantic space, a harmonious walk full of architecture and nature.

Its name comes from the labyrinth of cut cypress trees that we can visit and explore in the lower part of the garden, as well as ponds, fountains, pavilions and sculptures. But the Horta Labyrinth park is much more than a huge labyrinth. Along the tour of the enclosure, you will find all kinds of flora, such as the Himalayan cedar, a linden, a Jupiter tree or a huge plantation of camellias.

It is a place that could well be considered a garden-museum, since you will find a route between neoclassical and romantic buildings, and gardens of all kinds. It is especially interesting to see how architecture and nature integrate and achieve perfect harmony with each other.

We recommend that you visit it on Sundays since admission is free on those days.

Location: Passeig dels Castanyers, 1

JARDÍN BOTÁNICO

Located in the Montjuïc Park, the Barcelona Botanical Garden offers visitors an enchanted walk through the vegetation of the five regions of the world with a Mediterranean climate. The function of the Garden is to preserve and make known collections of Mediterranean plants from around the world.

You will be able to enter the whimsical network of paths and discover the most characteristic plants of the main Mediterranean plant landscapes. Starting with the vegetation of the Canary Islands located at the entrance and going up to the western Mediterranean. In the Northern Hemisphere, the area with the greatest representation is the Mediterranean Basin, following the visit route you can access the Mediterranean-climate coasts of California. Then there are the Mediterranean areas of the southern hemisphere where you visit the Mediterranean region of Chile, southern Africa, and the two Mediterranean regions of southern Australia.

In addition, you will see most of the flowering Mediterranean plants. The Garden then becomes a spectacle of colors that also invites the animals to get closer to the plants and pollinate them.

Location: Carrer Doctor Font I Quer, 2

PARQUE DE CERVANTES

We can say that the Cervantes park is one of the largest as it has an area of 87 665 m². You will find it located in the Pedralbes neighborhood, inaugurated in 1965.

It should be noted that every year a contest for new roses is held in this park, which are baptized with different names by their creators. In addition to the rose bushes, in the park there are several grassy areas and small groves, ideal for jogging, cycling, gymnastics or the simple art of contemplating in the heart of the Pedralbes neighborhood. There is also a children’s play area, table tennis tables and a picnic area.

Location: Avenida Diagonal, 706

PARQUE DE DIAGONAL MAR 

Diagonal Mar park is the third largest park in Barcelona and the most modern, in which its metallic structures stand out. It is an immense and sunny space with exuberant vegetation.

The park is divided into three areas, two smaller ones next to the littoral zone, both with a small pond, and a larger one that houses a larger lake, populated by ducks, geese and aquatic birds. A wooden bridge connects the two shores of the lake.

Diagonal Mar Park is home to a children’s play area, a petanque court, ping-pong tables, basketball and soccer courts, a sports area, an amphitheater and the star attraction: “The Magic Mountain” that welcomes different giant slides where the kids will have a lot of fun.

Location: Carrer de Llull, 350

What to visit in easter in Catalunya

With the arrival of Easter, we want to recommend you some of the most beautiful towns in Catalonia, which, to this day, are still frozen in medieval times, still preserving their cobbled streets, their arches, the stone balconies or towers . All of them are towns full of charming corners that take us back several centuries

MONTBLANC

Montblanc is a town located in the province of Tarragona, whose origins date back to the year 1080 and which, today, preserves the largest walled enclosure in Catalonia and a walk through its streets will take you back to the Middle Ages.

You can visit its stately towers, gates, sharp walls and a Romanesque bridge that make Montblanc an epic town with a 100% medieval atmosphere, as well as visit the monasteries of Poblet, Vallbona de les Monges and Santes Creus.

The Tourist Office conducts guided tours to discover the medieval history of this town. We highlight the Montblanc Medieval Week (coinciding with Sant Jordi, at the end of April). There is a cavalry school, exhibitions of medieval trades and a fabulous representation of the legend of Sant Jordi, among other activities. In addition, there are curious museums, such as the Nativity Scene Museum, the Wine Museum or the Rock Art Interpretation Center.

BESALÚ

If you want to discover the architectural heritage of Girona (just 30km from Girona), we recommend visiting the famous town of Besalú. The monumental importance of this is fundamentally given by its great value as a whole, by its unity, which determines it as one of the most important and unique samples of the medieval ensembles of Catalonia.

The historical origin of Besalú is a fortress that already existed in the 10th century, and today you will find corners that will remind you of the typical medieval town in which, in addition, there was a Jewish quarter.

Without any doubt, you should visit the medieval bridge of Besalú, as it is the most emblematic monument of the site with almost 150 meters in length. It was built in the 12th century. In addition, we recommend visiting the Jewish baths, the church of the monastery of San Pedro de Besalú and San Julián, a former pilgrim hospital, the Cornellá house, the church of San Vicente and the Gothic room of the Royal Curia Palace.

The beauty of its streets have turned Besalú into a film set. It hosted the filming of the third season of the HBO series Westworld, in addition to being chosen as a location for Game of Thrones or the movie Perfume.

PERATALLADA

Peratallada is one of the towns on the Girona coast that has a special charm, since all its corners are beautiful and authentic. It was declared a Historic-Artistic Site for being one of the most important and best-preserved medieval architecture center in Catalonia.

Among the most important elements, the fortress castle stands out, formed by the fortified nucleus and the keep, as well as the palace and the walls. The castle dates from the 11th and 12th centuries, although it has undergone subsequent reforms. The walls are from the 12th and 13th centuries. The great moat that surrounds the town, dug into the living rock, is surprising, since Peratallada sits on stoneware rock.

The two main squares of the town are Les Voltes, a beautiful arcaded square, and Castell, in front of the castle and the palace. Both are surrounded by narrow streets and stone houses that are very well preserved and decorated with flowers.

Outside the walled enclosure, we recommend a visit to the Romanesque-style parish church of San Esteban, which contains a Gothic tomb from 1348 inside.

As an interesting fact, there is a curious ice cream shop, Gelat Artesà de Peratallada, where they make totally artisan ice cream and it is famous for its quality and for the originality of its flavors, such as Roquefort or L’Escala anchovies.

CAMPODRON

Camprodon is located in Girona and the Pyrenean landscape of this town has great appeal for hikers and is ideal for skiing in winter. The town still preserves old castles and fortifications as part of its heritage.

It has its origin in the monastery of San Pere and in an old market granted in 1118 by Ramón Berenguer III known as the Great, and who was a nobleman of the time.

One of the greatest charms in Camprodon is its old town and its streets, many of them still with traces of the old stones, present both in the houses and on the ground. Even so, it is also interesting to visit El Puente Nuevo de Camprodon, which is undoubtedly the best-known architectural element in the entire town. Built in the 12th century, it is 66 meters long. Another very interesting place to visit is the Monastery of San Pedro (10th century) and the Church of Santa María.

The town of Camprodon stands out for its specialties in pork sausages, such as bull, sausage, ham, etc. Likewise, their cookies and marzipans are known. The biscuits manufactured by the Birba company are the best known outside the municipality.

TALAMANCA

Talamanca is a charming and very beautiful town to visit from Barcelona (60km away).

Although remains of Iberian deposits have been found, the first news of their existence dates from the year 960 when Salla, the founder of the monastery of San Benito de Bages, made a donation of land at the end of the Castle of Talamanca. Between 878 and 897, peasants from the north settled near castles and churches and repopulated the area. At that time the Castle of Talamanca and the Church of Santa María de Talamanca were founded, which gave rise to the current town of Talamanca.

This town is characterized above all by being a destination for tourism on weekends and holidays. It is a small town, but you can visit the ruins of the castle and the church of Santa María, as well as the vineyards and the natural park of Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac.

TAVERTET

Tavertet is a small town of just over 150 inhabitants but with a notable prehistoric activity, since vestiges of the Neolithic era, the megalithic tomb, the field of funeral urns and the Iberian wall were found. The Tavertet cliff offers a breathtaking panorama, which can be seen from the town’s viewpoint and represents one of the most emblematic and beautiful images of the territory.

The main architectural attraction to see in Tavertet is the Church of Sant Cristófol de Tavertet, which is part of the Romanesque routes of Osona. The original building dates from the 11th century and the current bell tower was built during the first renovations in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Another great attraction of this town are its 50 houses and the stone walkways built between the 17th and 19th centuries, which have made the urban nucleus declared an Asset of Cultural Interest by the Generalitat of Catalonia.

Tavaret has El Mirador del Pla del Castell, which is a mandatory stop, since it offers us spectacular views of Las Guilleries, Montseny and the Sau reservoir.

Health insurance companies

More and more people are putting their health in the hands of private healthcare because the greatest advantage it has is that you avoid long waiting lists and they also adapt to your needs.

There is currently a wide range of health insurance in Spain, and that makes your search quite difficult. Today we are going to facilitate that work with this post where you will find the best health insurance for 2021, but before that, we leave you a small guide with aspects to take into account when contracting health insurance:

  • Centers: It is important that the insurer you choose has medical centers near your residence, in order to be able to use their services quickly and comfortably.
  • Profile: Contracting the insurance can be done individually, for your family, for the self-employed or for companies. Depending on your profile and the situation you find yourself in, there will be insurers with better insurance that suit you.
  • Copayment or without copayment: You will have to analyze if you are one of those who go to the doctor very frequently and want to forget about paying extra costs at the stipulated price, then your best option will be health insurance without copays. If, on the other hand, you do not use the services regularly and prefer to have a cheaper fee, insurance with a copayment is better for you.
  • Coverage: It is vitally important to contact an agent specialized in insurance to indicate which health policy is best suited to your needs.

It is one of the most complete companies on the market. There is no medical expense that is not covered in Adeslas. It includes general medicine and a wide group of specialties (pediatrics, cardiology, neurology, urology, etc.). It also has a wide range of additional services: diagnostic tools, prenatal and childbirth tests, psychotherapy, rehabilitation and annual check-ups. 

We would like to emphasize that it offers coverage where others cannot, such as chronic dialysis treatments or by including up to 40 Psychotherapy sessions per year (in the case of patients with eating disorders). These are some of its most interesting guarantees: 

  • Reviews and preventive checks. 
  • Rehabilitation and physiotherapy. 
  • Intraocular lenses in cataract surgery. 
  • Internal cardiovascular and trauma prostheses. 
  • Complementary services and treatments at special prices.
  • Telephone medical guidance.

Price: from € 17 / month. 

The DKV company stands out for the quality of its service and also for betting on technology, promoting healthy habits with Apps such as Quiero Cuidarme and offering them the video-consultation service through Digital Doctor, as in their medical care, with the most advanced diagnosis and treatment. 

The self-employed have an additional discount of 5% forever and have coverage designed for them. It includes a daily payment in case of sick leave, up to 20,000 euros for travel assistance of up to 180 days and healthcare in the event of an accident. 

It has some of the most complete policies on the market, such as Top Health, with which it clearly stands out from the competition by offering its clients, among other guarantees and services: 

  • Reimbursement for vaccines and medications. 
  • Early diagnosis of glaucoma and diabetes. 
  • 3D virtual colonoscopy. 
  • Ultrasound (3D / 4D) in pregnancy. 
  • Surgery to reduce the risk of breast and gynecological cancer. 

DKV offers an insurance aimed exclusively at foreigners residing in Spain called DKV Residente, with which you can have complete private healthcare in Spain (includes: primary care, hospitalization, oral service and worldwide travel assistance in case of emergency and refund of the 100% of expenses in Spain and up to € 1000 / year in the case of drug expenses). 

Price: from € 18 / month. 

With Sanitas you have access to a wide medical team (more than 40,000 professionals) and to a network of its own clinics (the Milenium clinics) equipped with advanced medical technology, as well as to an important network of hospitals (1,200 throughout Spain). Among them, two hospitals that have the accreditation of excellence stand out; Sanitas La Zarzuela and La Moraleja (Madrid) as well as the CIMA Hospital (Barcelona). In addition, they offer you the option of choosing the Sanitas Más Salud plan with which you can go to any center in the world, thanks to the reimbursement of medical expenses and its coverage in the US, but they also have video calls with your doctor, thanks to the BLUA Complement. This coverage has an additional cost, but you can count on the free service for a certain period. 

The quality and specialization of its products make this insurer have a very positive evaluation among its clients. Its customer service and patient follow-up are one of its main advantages. We highlight the option of Sanitas Profesionales for the self-employed and small companies, which has a price more adapted to the market. 

Price: from € 20 / month. 

Asisa is consolidated as one of the largest expert health insurers, thanks to its extensive experience endorsed by the more than 2 million clients who have trusted them. 

As for its offer, we highlight that it includes rare guarantees, such as compensation in the event of death by accident and excellent conditions in the provision of its services, such as being able to access more than 600 free authorization tests. It also has a wide range of international medical insurance such as the Extended International Asisa that allows those who have left the country to have coverage of up to € 60,000. This option includes all the essential services abroad: 

  • Consultations. 
  • Diagnostic tests. 
  • Hospitalization. 
  • Ambulatory surgery. 
  • Transfer by ambulance. 

Price: from € 24 / month. 

Seguros MAPFRE is a company characterized by offering its clients flexible policies that are adapted to the needs of each insured. At MAPFRE you can choose from a wide range of medical insurance, with or without a copayment; medical chart and reimbursement. Choose the policy you choose, you will have at your disposal a series of extr a, which will increase depending on the products contracted. For example, Gold Customers can enjoy home delivery of medicine or a free gift of two months per year for the life of the insurance. MAPFRE facilitates many procedures and procedures online through its website, in addition to offering relevant information. 

Preventive Medicine is one of MAPFRE’s strengths, which includes, among other benefits, the Biomechanical Gait Study (to prevent injuries and detect abnormalities) and the Healthy Child Program. We would like to highlight that it also offers these other guarantees: 

  • Access to the US concerted hospital network. 
  • Cryo-preservation of stem cells from umbilical cord blood (S.C.U.) and umbilical cord tissue (T.C.U.).
  • Reimbursement of expenses incurred for the processing of a national and international adoption process up to a maximum of € 12,000. 

Price: from € 35 / month. 

Assistència Sanitària has the most extensive list of doctors and specialists in our environment, from which the insured can freely choose. We simplify the procedures and the doors are opened to us wherever we are, with more than 40,000 consultation points, medical centers and hospitals in the rest of Spain. Assistència insureds have a quick care medical staff whose objective is to improve the quality of care and is offered as a complementary service to the routine visit with any of the more than 4,000 doctors on the entity’s medical staff. It is also well known for being the FCB’s (Football Club Barcelona) insurance.

  • Free choice of doctor from a list of more than 4,500 in Barcelona.
  • Direct access to the specialist without prior visit to the GP.
  • Internet services.
  • 20 regional offices.
  • Health specialists with more than 50 years of experience.
  • Absence of waiting lists.
  • Home emergency service.

Price: from € 19 / month. 

Living in Sant Gervasi

The Onsider is located in the prestigious Sant Gervasi neighborhood and, without a doubt, this is one of the best areas in Barcelona. In this post we show you some of the many reasons that make it the most prestigious, safe and coveted place to live.

IT IS A NEIGHBORHOOD WITH HISTORY

The Sant Gervasi-Galvany neighborhood occupies the lower part of the old town of Sant Gervasi, between Diagonal and Ronda del Mig. The name Galvany became popular when the municipal market in the area adopted it, recovering that of the former owner of the surrounding land, Josep Castelló i Galvany. The Camp d’en Galvany development began in 1866.

The first thing that was built was the market, in whose surroundings houses were built. The arrival of the Sarrià train, which crossed the neighborhood, ended up driving the urbanization process. Influential families had their Modernist palaces and mansions built between the late 19th and late 20th centuries. Today, it is considered the “chic” neighborhood of Barcelona, although it still retains its village appearance, due to its large number of narrow streets, local places and its small squares.

GREEN ZONES

In addition to its historical wealth, our neighborhood is one of the best places to live for all nature lovers, especially because of its proximity to the Collserola mountain. There you can find large green areas such as the Jardin del Turó de Putxet, the Parque de La Oroneta or, a few kilometers away, the famous Carretera de las Aigües, highly recommended for sports fans who seek to isolate themselves from the noise of the city. We recommend you visit the Turó Park, just 8 minutes from The Onsider. It is a secluded and elegant place that has century-old trees and one of the most impressive spaces in the park is the pond, surrounded by trees and covered with water lilies that bloom in spring. However, if there is one space that stands out above the rest, it is the Tibidabo mountain, one of the main attractions of the neighborhood. It can be reached through different options, both by public transport and by car.

GREAT ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE

Sant Gervasi has a very rich architectural heritage that ranges from the stately homes to the mixture of styles of Santa Maria de la Bonanova or the Valldonzella convent. Two examples of its architecture are the Sagnier House and the Ramonet House, a magnificent garden tower that currently houses a public library. Some buildings from the rural past of the neighborhood still remain, such as the old Can Casals farmhouse or Can Pomaret. Buildings such as Casa Roviralta on Avenida Tibidabo or the La Rotonda building, recently restored on Passeig Sant Gervasi, are also particularly relevant. The Mercat Galvany is one of the most emblematic markets in Barcelona and has a great gastronomic offer and services. It was inaugurated in 1927 and its iron structure and large glass windows make it an artistic monument of the city. If you stay at The Onsider, you will have it just 5 minutes away on foot.

GOOD EDUCATIONAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

In terms of health, Sant Gervasi has 29 hospital care centers and 5 primary care centers. In addition, in this area you can find up to 180 private medical centers, 100 pharmacies and five urban spas. As for the educational part of the district, it is made up of 42 primary, 36 secondary and 32 university education centers (we highlight the Abat Oliba and Ramon Llull universities), in addition to a boarding school and five international schools.

GOOD CONNECTION WITH THE HOLE CITY

It has a good combination of public transport with the Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat (FGC) that connect directly with Plaza Catalunya, it also has different Barcelona subway lines (L9, L6 and L7) and several bus lines that cover the area. Its proximity to the Vallvidrera tunnels makes access to the Vallès region very easy. The Blue Tram is still an option to get around and in turn is another way to discover the history of the neighborhood. It dates from 1901 and makes a 1,276-meter ascent route towards the foot of the Tibidabo funicular. It goes up surrounded by modernist and noucentista buildings that give way to nature and magnificent views of the city. It is an alternative way to access the CosmoCaixa (Science Museum), the Tibidabo amusement park, the Sagrado Corazón temple, the Collserola communications tower and the Fabra Observatory.

The best plans with children for Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and although this year will be somewhat different, we invite you to plan endless activities in Barcelona, together with your family. Don’t let the Christmas spirit fade! HO HO HO!

SANTA LLÚCIA CHRISTMAS MARKET

The Santa LLúcia Fira is par excellence the Christmas market in Barcelona and the oldest. It has been celebrating more than 234 years and this year could not be missed.

The “fair” begins at the end of November or beginning of December, with more than 280 stops arranged by sectors according to the items sold (nativity scenes and figures, vegetation and crafts) and located in front of the Plà de la Seu, on Avenida de Cathedral. The sellers will offer you, as they have always done since ancient times, all the products you need to decorate your home for the Christmas holidays. In addition, the little ones will be able to approach the giant Tió that will be presiding over the square.

Hours: From November 27 to December 23 from 11am to 8:30 pm on weekdays and from 10am to 9pm on holidays.

Place: Pla de la Seu.

KÄTHE WOHLFAHRT

Käthe Wohlfahrt is a German store that has an incredible handmade Christmas decoration, located in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona.

You can teleport to a real Christmas market in Germany. The store is set like a Christmas village, in which each area is dedicated to specific products: nativity scenes, tree decorations, cuckoo clocks, nutcrackers, incense smokers and the traditional Christmas pyramids, which rotate due to the heat. of the candles and create games of light and shadow. It should also be noted that the shop assistants wear the typical local costumes and there is a huge tree in the center of the store that will leave you speechless.

Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Place: Carrer dels Banys Nous, 15.

SAGRADA FAMILIA CHRISTMAS MARKET

Since 1962, a Christmas fair has been organized every year in the Plaza de la Sagrada Familia, the most traditional Christmas market in L’Eixample. This Fair coincides with that of Santa Llúcia, in front of the Cathedral. In fact, it is an extension of this since it began to be organized when there was no longer space for posts in front of the Cathedral. A group of artisans decided to move to the Dreta de l’Eixample and, in this way, a new Christmas market was born.

The numerous stalls that fill the square are divided into four sectors: that of Christmas trees and plants; that of mangers, traditional figures (such as the caganer), tions and Christmas decorations in general; that of food, with establishments for the sale of sweets; and the gifts sector, with stalls selling handicrafts, costume jewelery and clothing.

Hours: From November 28 to December 23, from 10am to 9pm from Monday to Friday and holidays, and until 10pm on Saturdays, Sundays and vigils.

Place: Plaza de la Sagrada Família.

MANGER EXHIBITIONS

Due to health reasons, this year the manger will not be able to be installed in Plaça de Sant Jaume as usual, however, there will be an exhibition based on a tour of the mangers of the last ten years. As if it were a nativity scene, the exhibition is structured around five of the main figures: the angel, the Kings, the birth, the animals and the caganer. In the exhibition we can see the interpretation that has been made of each of these five figures in the mangers that have been installed in Plaça de Sant Jaume over the years.

The exhibition can be seen on the ground floor of the Town Hall and admission is free.

Hours: Monday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Place: Pl Sant Jaume, 1.

AQUARIUM OF BARCELONA

L’Aquàrium de Barcelona is a phenomenal option to experience the magic of Christmas surrounded by fish, sharks and other fascinating creatures.

It has more than 11,000 fish and marine creatures of 450 different species. These are divided into three spaces: Mediterranean aquariums (14 aquariums to discover the Mediterranean Sea), tropical aquariums (with exotic species and colorful fish) and the Oceanarium (the largest area of ​​the Aquarium, with an 80 meter glass tunnel that allows privileged views of, for example, sharks).

One more year, they have prepared different activities, workshops and magic shows to enjoy as a family on these dates where the illusion of the youngest children at home are the protagonists. Not only will they be able to enjoy the activities, but they will also be able to visit the Barcelona marine center, which is once again present in the alliance of 106 aquariums from 33 countries that have joined with the European Commission and the United Nations Program to the Environment with the aim of combating plastic pollution in the oceans and seas.

Hours: Weekends from 11am to 7pm.

Location: Port Vell, Moll d’Espanya.

CHRISTMAS IN POBLE ESPANYOL

One more year, the Poble Espanyol venue will be filled with Christmas corners in various streets, squares and shop windows to offer you an emblematic place, outdoors and full of proposals for families in Barcelona.

Right there is the House of Santa Claus and you can visit (until December 23) or you can meet one of the Kings (from December 26) to deliver the letter personally (with prior reservation and all the necessary measures). security, yes!). In addition, in the Plaza Mayor for the first time there will be a large Christmas tree, as well as live music. There will also be surprising dance and acrobatics shows, and throughout the premises, the artisans will offer you Christmas craft workshops.

Hours: From Saturday December 12 every day except holidays, and from January 1 to 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Place: Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13.

COSMOCAIXA

If your children like science, we propose a fun and educational plan for these parties, which is a visit to the Cosmocaixa, one of the most emblematic science museums in Barcelona. It is located in the heart of the upper area of ​​Barcelona, ​​very close to the Collserola mountain range and Tibidabo and its fantastic modernist building stands out.

The museum is divided into zones that represent different branches of science. They are not independent rooms, but rather they are located in a large and open space and through which one goes, discovering different sciences such as optics, physics or chemistry. In short, it is designed for the little ones to touch, feel, taste and see, but also for the older ones to learn during the visit.

We highlight a huge room where the flooded forest is located that reproduces an Amazonian forest, full of fish and different species of animals, very tall trees and the rain that is falling from aerial sprinklers that achieve a magical effect both visually and in terms of auditory.

Hours: Monday to Sunday and holidays, from 10am to 8pm.

Place: Carrer d’Isaac Newton, 26.