Wednesday 01 October 2014

Barcelona

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When looking into a stag weekend abroad, they don’t come much bigger and better than Barcelona. This city never sleeps and has something for everyone. Every weekend thousands of people flock to this beautiful city by the sea for a weekend of fun in the sun.

Take a look at the list below to see why a Barcelona stag do is something that all the boys will love and remember for years to come!Barcelona Monument a Colom

The daytime activities

There is a great mixture of activities to fill your day, ranging from go karting and paintball to yacht charter and watersports. There really is something to suit all ages, and it’s always a great idea to have something in the day to break up your San Miguel intake!

The sun

They say it only rains for 10 days a year in Barcelona so you know you’re likely to enjoy your weekend away in the sun! The city is a beautiful place, and even more so when it has the sun beating down on it. One extra bonus is the beautiful women who tend to revert to bikinis and not much more in the sunshine!

The nightlife

This city doesn’t really kick off until late at night, but when it does it does so in style! There are an endless number of trendy bars scattered all over the city where the beer and Sangria flows until the sun is almost up again. The clubs start to get busy just after midnight, with a great choice of music which will keep you all dancing through the night.

The beach

Not only is this an awesome city, but it also has its very own beach that is heaving every weekend to give a real carnival feel. If you venture down there, you will see plenty of other stag and hen groups taking advantage of the golden sands and the beach side bars – a beer will never taste better. The view isn’t bad either!Barcelona Parc Gűell

The footy

Just like the nightlife, Barcelona’s football team is also rather impressive. Whilst you’re there, it’s a great opportunity to visit the famous Camp Nou for a stadium tour or even to take in a game and see the great Messi and co show the rest of the footballing world how to play the beautiful game.Barcelona Placa del Rei

So if you’re looking at heading overseas to celebrate with the boys, you will struggle to find anything that comes close to a Barcelona stag weekend. Sun, sea, sand and lots of cheap beer will ensure you all have an amazing weekend away, and you’ll even get a tan for the big day!

Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city, with a population of nearly two million people, and the capital of Catalonia. The city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history dating back at least 2,000 years when it gained prominence as a Roman town under its old name, Barcino.

In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought a massive uptick to the tourism industry in the city. This had the effect of changing the city in ways that are still felt today with neighborhoods renovated (and in some cases leveled) and the intense focus of modern design permeating all aspects of life in Barcelona from public buildings to something as simple as a park bench or an event poster. For visitors, this has translated in to the very modern, yet incredibly old city you see now in the 21st century where the new elements work to both preserve and celebrate the ancient.barcelona port olimpic

This beautiful city is full of what European cities are known for (outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums, and churches) and is fantastic for walking with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core center of town, focused around the Ciutat Vella provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather.

When to visit

August is probably the busiest time in Barcelona; at the same time about 10% of shops and restaurants can be found closed from mid-August to early September, when the owners go on vacations. You’ll find cheap accommodation and a much quieter city as a vast majority of Spaniards go on vacation in August. Business is low, people from Barcelona tend to be on vacation, hotels that remain open but don’t have their business customers tend to lower prices and make offers. However there will still be plenty of tourists. Barcelona has decent enough beaches but the locals will really appreciate it if visitors do not consider it a beach resort and don’t wear beachwear when visiting churches, etc…

Barcelona is great off-season and is a lovely city even in winter months of January and February as long as the possibility of rain is low. Given the high humidity, 19-23°C is considered comfortable weather, which is normally the temperature between April and June and between late September-November. This is the best time to visit the city. Anything warmer than this can feel too hot.

Festivals and events

Barcelona hosts a number of annual fiestas, many of which are unique to Catalonia and offer an insight into its distinctive culture.

  • Sónar. A annual three-day music festival held in Barcelona, Spain. It is described officially as a festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art. Music is by far the main aspect of the festival. The festival runs for three days and nights, usually starting on a Thursday in the third week of June.
  • Festes de la Merce. Barcelona’s main annual festival around the 24th of September, encompassing many events such as which group of ‘castellers’ can form the highest human tower, live music events, firework displays and processions involving wooden giants. All of this is accompanied by a heavy consumption of Cava, the national drink of Catalonia.
  • Festes de Gracia. The Festes de Gracia is a Catalonian celebration, held around the 15th of August each year to commemorate the Assumption. During the week of festivities that mark one of Barcelona’s most important fiestas, the city of Gracia explodes with fun, excitement, color and fireworks. Many streets are decorated by the neighbours, live music, food in the street, and the parties continue all night.
  • Festes de Sants. Similar to Gracia’s event, but smaller and later on in August. If you can’t go to the Gracia’s, try go to this festival instead.
  • Sant Jordi. 23rd of April. Considered to be like Valentines Day. People give roses and books around the streets. Traditionally men give women roses and women give men books. It is one of the most popular and interesting celebrations in Catalonia.
  • Corpus. Late in May (Corpus Christi day). An egg is put over the fountains (most of them in the churches, and decorated with flowers), and “magically dances” over the water. Most of the churches are in the city center: Cathedral’s cloister, Santa Anna, Casa de l’Ardiaca, Museu Frederic Marés, and over 10 more fountains there are over 15b people live here.
  • Fira de Santa Llúcia. From December 2nd/3rd to December 23rd, to commemorate Sta Llúcia (December 13th). In front of the Cathedral, is where the Christmas objects are sold. Some places sell Christmas trees, but most of them sell elements for making the pessebres, the representations of the birth of Jesus that people uses to put at home. These include small sculptures, wooden pieces and moss used to simulate grass. December 13th is the feast day of Santa Llucia, patron saint of fashion designers and blind people, who gather at the Santa Llucia chapel in the cathedral to pay their respects.
  • Revetlla de Sant Joan. This is the midsummer solstice celebration. It is celebrated on 23rd June every year and is signified by the fireworks that are permanently on display during this time.
  • Fira de Barcelona. All year you have events [2] and fair services [3] in Barcelona. The Feria Internacional de Barcelona organisation was not officially constituted until 1932. The International Exposition was held in 1929.
  • La Merce. (few days before Sept 24): Another day that is famous, but not that important. It is holiday and the city offers a lot of activities to have fun. Enjoy fountains and fireworks show at the base of the Montjuic hill.

2 Comments

  1. oleafrica says:

    Hi,

    Good info. I’m planning to visit the city in future especially attend the El-classico game while on tour.

    Cheers!

  2. Ciutat Vella Girl says:

    From the looks of your pictures it looked like the weather was perfect. Glad you have a great time in my country.

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