One of the greatest things about real Barcelona is that it hosts some of the weirdest museums you will ever find. Some of them are even unknown by Barcelona citizens. Here’s a list of our favorites.
- Perfume Museum
It was opened in 1961 and ever since then it has been showing the most beautiful perfume bottles. It’s good to have a different view of the history of fashion and style through the finest perfumes. One of those museums in Barcelona that not even local people know that exist.
- Inventions Museum
There’s a museum in Barcelona about the best and worst inventions ever. Some of them have transformed the way we live, but some others have never become a reality, although the idea was genius. For example, someone invented a mop with a microphone on top, so that cleaning your home could be much more fun.
- This is a museum that kids will absolutely love. Some weeks ago we told you about Barcelona museums for kids.
- Funeral carriages museum
This is not a joke. There is a museum in Barcelona all about funeral carriages. Transport from church to cementery has been nearly as important as the ceremony itself. That’s why Barcelona’s cementeries have put together this exhibit to discover the history of funeral carriages through the past century.
- Footwear museum
Another unknown weird museum in Barcelona: one dedicated to the history of shoes. But not only will you see a wide variety of footwear from all times. There are also shoes that belonged to famous Catalan personalities such as the clown Charlie Rivel or our most international musician, Pau Casals.
- Music museum
If you enjoy any melody, don’t miss this museum in Barcelona. You’ll see more than 500 musical instruments of all kinds, as well as other related objects and documents.
- Automaton Museum (Tibidabo)
Tibidabo theme park (we told you about it on our Barcelona tourism with kids post) hosts a singular museum: one with many types of automata, vintage mechanical games and toys, coin-operated figures and much more. A great way to go back to childhood!
- Mammoth Museum
From all the weird museums that there are in Barcelona, this might be one of the best: everything about the mammoth and other prehistoric animals, especially those who used to live in Catalunya.
Did you like our list of the weirdest museums in Barcelona? If you prefer traditional museums, some time ago we told you about the best art museums in Barcelona and, most importantly, when to visit them for free, in our post Free culture in Barcelona.
Go ahead and enjoy the weird museums in Barcelona!
It’s Halloween in Barcelona, kids! But for Catalan tradition, the night of the 31st October it’s La Castanyada. What does that mean? We told you about it last year (read our post on La Castanyada).
To sum up: when summer is gone and it starts to get colder, it’s nice to sit by the fire, isn’t it? It’s even better if you’re eating some toasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes, as well as panellets, those little delicious sweets you’ll find in any bakery. That’s what La Castanyada is about!
So here’s what you have to do these days in Barcelona: look for a Castanyera (a lady who sells chestnuts at the street) and enjoy at any time!
Other Halloween plans in Barcelona
Even though according to the tradition we should be celebrating Castanyada and nothing else, Halloween has become popular also in Barcelona. That’s why there are many things to do in Barcelona in Halloween.
- Pumpkin Electronik: after their big success with Piknik Electronik, these guys are back in town with their Pumpkin Electronik: a Halloween party in Barcelona just for electronic music lovers.
- Halloween kids: as scary as it might be, Halloween is a fun party for children. That’s why we recommend this Halloween party at Poble Espanyol. If your kids prefer museums, check out this post: Barcelona Museums for kids.
- Basketween: this is only for basketball lovers. What about seeing an Euroleague match with FC Barcelona… but in a Halloween style? FC Barcelona is decorating the stadium so that you feel the Halloween vibe during the game. And if you like basketball, you’ll also enjoy this post: Real Barcelona for basketball lovers.
- The night of the souls: at Sagrada Família popular centre, there will be plenty of activities to get to know how different cultures celebrate the night of the 31st October.
So now it’s up to you to celebrate either La Castanyada or Halloween in Barcelona. Or both!
Hey: don’t be regular tourists! As you know, in this blog category we tell you all about the Real Barcelona and how to avoid being a regular tourist and starting behaving as a real Barcelona local! Today we give you some ideas to get the best souvenirs made in Barcelona. So, forget about Mexican hats, fiesta or flamenco and go real!
Cool bookshops in Barcelona
Some of the coolest libraries in Barcelona also sell beautiful books and other souvenurs from Barcelona. Although it might be a little more expensive than in a regular souvenir shop, we guarantee anything you get there will be much more beautiful! Some of them are Laie, La Central or FNAC Barcelona.
If you are looking for something different, The ‘Nerd’ Triangle is your place. As you might know, it is the biggest shopping area dedicated to comic books, ‘manga’ and all sorts of things that nerds will adore.
Beautiful souvenirs shops in Barcelona
In the city centre, among bars and regular gift shops, you will find some shops that are truly an oasis. All sorts of souvenirs from Barcelona but made with love, and many of them made in Barcelona.
A few examples? Art Montfalcon, Itaca, Nuovum or Wawas offer gorgeous gifts to take back home. If you are planning on visiting some museums too, have a quick look at the museum’s shop. Here’s a list of some of the museums we like.
Food & Drinks
What is the typical food in Barcelona? Besides paella and sangría (remember: In real Barcelona we prefer vermouth!), here’s a list of some other products you will really enjoy:
- Catalan cookies: Birba or Trias brands offer beautiful packaging and delicious cookies. Perfect for gifts, and they are produced in Catalunya!
- Cava: similar to champagne, cava is the typical sparkling wine that is only produced in Catalunya. You can’t leave without tasting some. And, by the way, we also have some wonderful wines and vermouths. Take a chance!
- Pork products: fuet, chorizo or jamón are only some of the parts of pork that can be pretty tasteful.
Fashion made in Barcelona
If you walk around Barcelona, you will notice that it is quite a fashionable city. We have great designers and local shops that offer great clothes, shoes and accessories. Where to find them? Just go to El Born (Metro L4 Jaume I) or Gràcia (Metro L3 Fontana) neighbourhoods and enjoy window shopping!
Some recommendations: La Manual Alpargatera (Catalan shoes), OMG Barcelona (they offer many products made by Barcelona designers), Bon Vent (cute Mediterranean fashion), Pinza’t (bags with recycled materials) and many more!
Or maybe you prefer cheaper products and bargains… Then you’ll find your place at second hand and flea markets in Barcelona, as we told you a while ago.
Barcelona souvenirs we don’t like
In touristic areas such as Las Ramblas, you will see hundreds of souvenir shops everywhere. Though you may find beautiful or interesting things there, you will also see some Barcelona souvenirs that local people don’t really approve:
- Mexican hats: we have nothing against Mexico, but we never wear those, and nor did our ancestors. Then, why is it sold as something typical from Barcelona? It isn’t!
- Flamenco things such as clothes, statues, magnets and whatever: flamenco is beautiful and many Catalans love it, but it is not from Barcelona neither. It comes from the south of Spain, where there’s a long tradition.
- T-shirts with fiesta, siesta or paella words on them: you know, we are much much more than just that!
You see there are plenty of beautiful and authentic souvenirs in Barcelona! Go for them!
If you like photography, travel and technology, keep reading: here are some of the best photo apps that every traveller should know. And most of them are free, so there are no excuses!
This is the number one photo app, whether you travel or not. It is also one of the most popular social networks among young people. But it is especially useful for travellers, as you can geo-tag your posts or use some of the most popular hashtags in the area you are visiting. If you are visiting us, do not forget to use #twentytu!
Barcelona is full of marvellous buildings you will want to remember. But photographing architecture can be quite tricky: you need to respect lines and perspectives! Here’s an app that will help you make the best shots!
Turn the places you visit into drawings! With this photo app you can make sketches out of your shots, so you will get.
This photo app’s name says it all: just fantastic frames for your photos!
Although Instagram offers lots of filters, for some people it’s just not enough. In this photo app you will find some more filters.
Everyone knows that vintage is a trend now, so why not transform your photos into an early 20th century style?
If you are a Photoshop user, you might want to keep it up also on your mobile. Here’s a free app by Adobe that features the main functions of Photoshop.
Those typical postcards you send when you are travelling could become much, much better with this photo app! Design your own postcard with one of your fantastic photos and a personalised message. You friends and relatives will be delighted!
If cinema is able to produce 3D movies, why can’t you have 3D pictures taken with your phone? Finally a great photo app has been created for that purpose. With Photosynth you can create 360-degree views of whatever you like (our great rooftop chill-out terrace, for example) and share it with your friends!
You have taken thousands of photos during your trip to Barcelona but they are all stuck in your phone. What to do? Make a digital album out of them! With Trip Journal, you can add photos as well as comments and much more, so that you will remember your trip just as it was.
So you see that travel technologies such as these photo apps can be really useful and fun!
For those who are into motor competitions and cars, this month there’s a great event just for you in Barcelona: Rally Catalunya (23rd-26th October)! This historical competition was held for the first time in 1916 (almost one century ago!), but the first official Catalunya race wasn’t until 50 years ago. Ever since that moment, it has evolved significantly. And now it’s back in town with a lot of things to do in Barcelona during those days!
The first Rally Catalunya in 1916
The first motor competition that was held in Barcelona in 1916 was quite different from today. Cars belonged to particular owners and they could drive themselves (they would get extra points if they did) or they could hire a mechanic to do so. If there were ladies riding the car during the competition, they would get extra points too.
According to a newspaper of the time (Heraldo Deportivo), some of the drivers cheated (with the weights of their cars), the time was not properly calculated and the roads were not good enough. Can you imagine an official competition under these circumstances?
Rally Catalunya 2014
Things have changed a lot since 1916, and now Rally Catalunya is one great competition for motor lovers! It begins at Costa Daurada (the Southern coast of Catalunya), and you will be able to see it in some of the main venues, all in Tarragona province. Check out more information here.
But the main question will be: who is going to win? After 8 consecutive victories by Sébastien Loeb, last year there was a new champion: Sébastien Ogier. Who will get lucky this year?
The great event in Barcelona: 23rd October
Rally Catalunya is also going to take place in Barcelona, with an official part of the race being held around Montuïc mountain, but also an ehibition and promotional events. Here’s a brief timetable so that you do not miss anything:
- All day long: Exhibition about the history of motor sports, inside the Arenas Shopping Centre, right in Espanya Square (Metro Espanya L1 L3). It will be open some days before as well, from the 20th October.
- 2.00pm: rallycars will start to arrive at Espanya. Each of them is going to make two laps around the stage.
- Afternoon: all sorts of promotional events, such as press conferences, signing autographs…
- 5.00pm: exhibition of historic rally cars.
- 6.00pm: the race! Each car will have to make two laps around Montjuïc, driving a total of 3.2 km.
So if you are into motor and cars, do not miss Rally Catalunya this year and its many things to do in Barcelona!
Why buy new products when you can reuse other people’s stuff? In real Barcelona, we love recycling and reusing, not only because we care about the environment but also because we love vintage!
That’s why in real Barcelona (the non-touristic one) second hand and flea markets are becoming more and more popular. And October is a quite busy month for flea markets and second hand markets in Barcelona. Here’s a list of some of the best:
Second hand and flea markets in october
- BLBCN (Brick Lane Barcelona)
When? 11th October
Where? Princesa St, in El Born. (Metro Jaume I L4)
What? Only vintage and second hand items by particulars.
When? 11th October 2014
Where? At CCCB, in the city centre (Metro Catalunya, L1 or L3)
What? Vintage and recycled items as well as local artists’ work.
- Flea Market Barcelona
When? 12th October
Where? Drassanes gardens (Metro Drassanes L3)
What? People selling all kinds of vintage stuff. And lots of bargains!
- Two Market Second Hand Barcelona
When? 18th-19th October 2014
Where? Zamora St. 78, in Poblenou. Very close to Twentytú!
What? All sorts of second hand and vintage objects.
- Horror Market
When? 26th October
Where? Espai Jove La Fontana, Gran de Gràcia St 190, in Gràcia (Metro L3 Fontana)
What? Second hand and vintage market but with a theme: Halloween and scary stuff! Real fun!
And some other markets open all year long
- Dominical de Sant Antoni
When? Every Sunday from 8.30am to 2.30 pm
Where? In Sant Antoni Market (Metro Sant Antoni L2 or Urgell L1)
What? Books, videogames, comic books, magazines, films, music… of all kinds! This market is well-known in Barcelona because it’s been going on for decades. Do not miss it!
- El Rastro de la Virgen
When? First Saturday every month from midday to 8pm
Where? Verge St (Metro Universitat L1 or L2)
What? Second hand, antigue and ecologic market.
When? Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9am-8pm
Where? Glòries square, in Poblenou. Very close to Twentytú!
What? Anything. Seriously.
See? In real Barcelona, away from tourists, there are lots of second hand and flea markets!
As La Mercè festivity comes to an end, there are still a lot of things to do in Barcelona. There’s a very special event this Sunday to close Barcelona’s main fest until next year: a party at the sky (Festa al Cel). It is a fantastic airshow that has been held in Barcelona for more than 20 years, although this time it takes place in a new venue: Mataró beach.
More than 100.000 people are expected to come to Mataró this Sunday morning to see the oldest and largest airshow in Spain. But what is it about? Aircrafts, speed, expertise, technology, aerobatics… A unique show in the sky!
This year’s edition will count on nearly 50 aircrafts, from the Spanish forces as well as aerobatics champions, international performers and much more. From 11am to 2pm on Sunday, you have a great chance to see some of the best air performers in the world… from the beach!
- When is it held?
28th September from 11 am to 3 pm is the official date, but there will be activities all weekend long. Check out the programme here.
- How to get to Mataró?
This year is the first time that this show isn’t held in Barcelona beaches (due to issues with El Prat airport). But it hasn’t gone too far: Mataró is just 25 minutes away by train from the city.
Get on a R1 Train in Arc de Triomf station (within walking distance from Twentytú) and get off the train in Mataró. There, you will see signs to get to the beach where the show will take place.
- What to do in Mataró before or after the show?
Besides the activities related to Festa al Cel, there are plenty of other things to do in this area near Barcelona. Mataró is a nice, Mediterranean city a few miles North from Barcelona. It is the capital city of Maresme region, a really beautiful area for its beaches, small villages and nature. In Mataró you will find a lovely old town, many shops and great beaches. Check out this website on tourism in Mataró for more information.
If you get tired of it, jump on a train or bus to Vilassar, Premià or Cabrils, also beautiful villages with great surroundings. The main point is that it is not a touristic area, but a lively place where there is a high quality of life and it offers a lot of things to do near Barcelona!
Autumn is almost here and there are a lot of things to do in Barcelona these months. Tired of sitting by the window watching the rain fall and feeling melancholic? Go out and do things in Barcelona!
Say hello to autumn with a great festival
La Mercè is almost here! We told you about it last week on this blog, but remember there will be lots of free concerts all around the city and many activities! Check out our post on things to do in Barcelona during La Mercè.
Go to concerts
Whatever your style is, we’re sure you will find your fit! Here is a list of our favourites:
– 19th – 23rd Sept: Barcelona Acció Musical
– 1st Oct: Swans
– 1st Oct: Pharrell Williams
– 14th Oct: Kylie Minogue
– 10th Oct – 29th Nov: 46 Voll-Damm Jazz Festival
And one more musical tip: check out which concerts are expected this Autumn at the famous Razzmatazz club: they are good, fun, not very expensive… and only one minute away from Twentytú!
Collserola or Montjuïc are the two most important mountains that surround Barcelona. Both offer great views of the city all year long. But Autumn is a special time of the year: leaves replace their green by other colours from yellow to brown or red. So a walk around a colourful forest is a really good idea! And there are many things to do in these Barcelona mountains.
- How to get to Collserola? Go to Catalunya (Metro L1 or L3) and pick a FGC train to Baixador de Vallvidrera or Peu del Funicular (depending on which route you want to do). Check out information here.
- How to get to Montjuïc: go to Espanya (Metro L1 or L3). From there, you can either walk or get in one of the many buses that go up the mountain. Of course, we recommend walking! Check out information here.
Go for something different
- Are you into motor and cars? Rally Catalunya (23rd – 26th October) is an official competition race that will take place partly in Barcelona, around Montjuïc mountain.
- Interested in photography and journalism? Ryszard Kapuściński, one of the greatest journalists of all times, witnessed the last days of the USSR and he took hundreds of photographs during that time. Now some of them are shown in an exhibition at La Virreina. See more information here.
- Missing those summer days? You can still go to the beach! Swimming will be a little less relaxing, but you’ll see that the weather in Autumn is not that bad! See our blog post on things to do in Barcelona beaches.
See? There are still a lot of things to do in Barcelona when summer is over!
Who says kids can’t enjoy going to the museum? In Barcelona there are a lot of museums where families with kids can have a great time. Whether you like art, science or chocolate, Barcelona is your place for tourism with kids! Go and inspire your little brilliant minds at Barcelona museums. Here’s a list from where to start:
- Chocolate Museum
If you like chocolate, this is definitely your place! You can get to know the whole history of chocolate, its medical and artistic uses and much more. And, of course, there are plenty of workshops for all ages where to get your hands dirty!
- Wax Museum
You have to be a little bit brave to get into this museum… You will find a lot of famous characters of all fields, and there are also some scary figures. Do you dare? And the location is just perfect, right in the middle of Barcelona’s most touristic street: Ramblas.
- MIBA (Inventions Museum)
Have you ever wished to invent a great thing that would change the world? MIBA is your place! You will learn about history of inventions and ideas and you will also see some great inventions that haven’t come to light… yet. A mug with a biscuit pocket, a seat for inserting suppositories (really) or a mop with a microphone are some of the gadgets you will discover!
- Picasso Museum
Pablo Picasso was one of the greatest artists of all times, and he spent most of his youth in Barcelona. The shapes of his pictures and their colours suggest plenty of things. How to represent someone’s personality through a portrait? How to explain a landscape without copying it?
- CosmoCaixa (Science Museum)
If your kids want to be like Einstein or if they are just curious, in CosmoCaixa they will have a great time. They will be able to ‘touch’ and experiment with science or take part in some of the many workshops that are held in the museum. Really interesting and fun.
You can enjoy tourism in Barcelona with kids through the city’s museums!
September is the month of traditions at real Barcelona. 11th September is the Diada, the Catalan National Day, and the week after that we celebrate La Mercè, the city’s most important Feast. If you are visiting us this month, don’t miss these great chances of mixing with local people and getting to know Real Barcelona.
Diada de Catalunya (11th September)
11th September is a day to remember Barcelona’s 1714 defeat, when Borbonic troupes took the city after a battle of 14 months. That day meant the end of Catalan institutions. This year is the 300th anniversary of that famous day and so the Catalan government and other institutions have prepared lots of activities to remember it. You can check out the agenda here.
La Mercè 2014 (19th – 24th September)
There will be traditional events (check them out here) as Gegants, Castellers or Sardanes. There will also be plenty of free concerts all over the city, some of them quite near Twentytú. You can see all of them here.
As there are thousands of activities all over the city for nearly a week, we have prepared are some recommendations to make it easier. Here’s our selection of events you can’t miss:
- Concerts at the beach (Tuesday 23rd): three well-known local bands (Manel, Txarango and La Troba Kung-Fú) will be performing in a really cool stage at the beach, and it is within walking distance from Twentytú! More info here.
- Be at the city centre (at Sant Jaume Square) on Wednesday 24th, the festive Day. You will see plenty of the most important Catalan traditions in just one place!
- Audiovisual projections at Town Hall’s façade, every evening. Do not miss it! More info here.
- Theatre and street art in Ciutadella Park during the day. More info here.
- Piromusical: fireworks and music in Espanya square. An amazing show that Real Barcelona loves! You can see last year’s video here. And if you need more information, you will find it here.
September is a great month to see the real Barcelona and its traditions with a nice and hot weather. Are you in?