Festes de la Merce
Around the Barcelona
This week long event starts at September 24th in honor of Barcelona's city Saint Merces. There are more than 600 events and activities to take part in - fireworks at the beach, video art installations and free concerts of street theaters plus a whole bunch of kids activities . In the past, everything happened in the center of the city, now the festival has moved with its center at Mount Montjüick and the district of Sant Andreu.
Eat breakfast on the beach
Metro station Barceloneta
Barcelona has a beach which is four kilometers long. It is usually full of people, but not in the mornings. Buy your breakfast and sit down in the sand. Look at the men who usually gather on the pier to fish and feel the sun slowly starting to warm up the body and everything around.
Take an evening stroll through Gracia
Metro station Fontana
Are you new to Barcelona and afraid to get stuck on Rambla? Go to Gracia. Narrow, shady streets lined with designer shops, trendy restaurants and quaint squares with sunny terraces and a soothing pulse in the air. Make sure to visit this magical district
Cycling along the coast
Barcelona is a great city for cycling and finest is to ride along the beach. Rent a bike and start at the Forum and move north along the street Taulat, past Badalona to Premia del Mar. If you fancy a little longer trip, you can continue all the way to Mataro with the waves lapping on the beach next to you. There are bike paths or walkways all the way and many beach bars in case you get thirsty.
Find peace and art in the cemetery
Mare de Deu del Port, 56
Montjuïc cemetery is one of the most quiet and melancholical places in the city for those who want to escape from the tourist trail. There are countless works of art to discover and admire - perfectly sculpted angels, kitschy symbols of love, virtue and manliness. On the southern edge of the cemetery you will find the little-known monuments El Fossar del la Pedra, built on the site of a mass grave where 4000 victims of the Franco regime were buried during the Spanish Civil War. The work is designed by architect Beth Gali.
Arab spa - Aires de Barcelona
Passeig de Picasso, 22
It has been a busy fall and you have come to town to rest? Get to the Arabic spa at the cozy El Borne and treat yourself with a lovely massage. You can also just lie, float and relax in various temperate pools.
Just a short Metro ride to the north of the city center and you will find Poblenou district - full of life and movement. District is located right by the sea and this beach is not as crammed with tourists as Barceloneta's. In the area's old factory premises you will also find art galleries, cafés and small shops. Sit down at a pavement café on the Rambla de Poblenou and watch the street life.