Sant Jordi is coming and Barcelona is ready to receive World Book Day: streets flooded with roses, writers at street level and a legend for the most romantic. A day that, surely, will grow in you a desire to know more about our city. Do you want to discover Barcelona from anywhere around the world? With this books about Barcelona you can do it at your own pace and from the vision of those who knew how to reflect the true history of the city into the pages. Keep reading!
Live Barcelona in first person
Is there a better way to know Barcelona than with the memories of someone who has lived here all his life? Andreu Martín presents us ‘For now, everything is going well’, almost 400 pages that review the Barcelona since 1920, going through the Franco dictatorship and the transition to the present day. The book was written with a simple and close humour that will help you understand how it has become the city that is today.
Nowadays Trending Topics
And if you are looking for a more recent novel that will allow you to capture the essence of Barcelona in 2017, ‘Barcelona’ by Grégoire Polet – French writer who lived for 8 years in the city – is a good beginning. In its pages he speaks about Trending Topics like independence, tourism or class struggle. All of this happens through a history with characters from different origins that reflect the reality at the streets of the city. Essential for those who have a more critical spirit 😉
The multifaceted singer Loquillo, which we already talked about in our post ‘Music videos shot in Barcelona’, also wants to give his vision in ‘Barcelona city’, an urban chronicle of rock and troubled times from Franco’s death to colonel Tejero coup of February 23rd, 1981. The rocker explains it this way: “Barcelona is its backdrop: a Barcelona that no longer exists, my Barcelona, of which there are only ashes left …” The eighties melancholy is very present in the writing of the Catalan rocker.
The modernism neighbourhood
What do the Masonic architecture, the Cabala and the Roman topography have in common? All of them are united in the ambitious project of Ildefons Cerdà; l’Eixample. In The Barcelona of Cerdà’, the historian Xavier Hernández discovers all the history that hides behind that construction which is the basis of the most populous district of Spain. Discover the figure of Cerdà, urbanist, jurist, economist and politician, who was the impeller of one of the most representative neighbourhoods of modernism of Barcelona.
24 hours: then and now
Do you want to travel to 1950 Barcelona? In 1951 Luis Romero won the Nadal prize thanks to ‘La Noria’, a totally faithful reflection of the Barcelona of the 50’s thanks to a story that takes place in 24 hours. Last year a special edition of Romero’s novel was published along with ‘Gira Barcelona’, an updated version through the voice of 12 Catalan writers that explain a full day in the city at different neighbourhoods.
Monuments without queues
Barcelona has a great cultural heritage thanks, especially, to the number of architecture, painting and art genius who decided to settle in the city. Picasso, Dalí or Gaudí are not only in the museums, but you can also get to know them through the pages of the publications of the Dosdearte publishing house. Among their titles there is one dedicated exclusively to modernism, the biography of Antoni Gaudí and even a book on the complete history of F.C.Barcelona!
The best anecdotes to know Barcelona
If you expect to visit Barcelona again and want to do it as an expert in its legends and curiosities, ‘The anecdote book of Barcelona’ is a must. There you will find dozens of unlikely anecdotes that talk about the origin of the city, its neighbourhoods and more curious stories accompanied by some fun illustrations. It’s perfect to explain something about the city to children, a story they will never forget!
Have you already chosen your books about Barcelona for this Sant Jordi? Also, don’t forget our tips to share solidarity in Sant Jordi’s Day that we proposed you in the blog!
Today we become your private guide to show you the secret spots of Barcelona, those that are far from the tourist itineraries but are worth visiting to know the true essence of our city. How well can you keep a secret?
If you walk on the streets of Barcelona you’ll find bars, cafés and restaurants everywhere. However, they are not always visible at first sight and many places hide inside them beautiful oasis full of vegetation where to escape the stressful lifestyle of the city. Ideally, the chance will lead you to them, but just in case, we give you some names to start the tour; The Café de l’Estiu in the Gothic, the eco-shop Olotuki in Gràcia, the solidary bar Mescladís or the terrace that is hidden inside the bohemian Antic Teatre.
Temple of Augustus
The Sagrada Familia, the Cathedral, the Parc Güell … you can discover many of Barcelona jewels just following the crowd. But today we are talking about one that, instead, is hidden between the medieval streets of the Gothic. At number 10 on Paradís Street there is a small courtyard where you will find four imposing Roman columns built at the end of the first century in honor of the Emperor Augustus. The Temple of August is one of the few Roman constructions that remain in good condition in Barcelona, since many others were demolished to use their stones in other buildings when the city began to grow.
Towns transformed into neighborhoods
Barcelona is not a particularly large city – London occupies up to 15 times more -, however, it has been growing thanks to the annexation of different towns that are now neighbourhoods of the city. We encourage you to visit them and discover that many of them still maintain a certain rural atmosphere, as well as traditions and festivals typical of the villages. Choose where; Sant Martí, Sants, Les Corts, Sarrià … There you will find squares anchored in time, neighborhood markets, streets with low houses … Remember not all the charm of Barcelona is in the centre!
La Contrasenya: Password required to eat
A few minutes away from Twentytú you’ll find ‘La Contrasenya’, a clandestine bar that serves Mediterranean food with correct prices and a very close service. For sure, it’s not only a restaurant, but also an art gallery, as well as a place to learn how to cook thanks to workshops that are organized every week. If you want to taste their specialties, you will have to send an email to their owner Angela and she will reply with the instructions to reach this mysterious and picturesque place. We can’t say anything else, it’s top secret!
The Statue of Liberty in Barcelona
Although Barcelona already has the statue of Columbus to welcome the newcomers by sea, it also has its own Statue of Liberty. If you walk in Passeig Sant Joan you shouldn’t miss a small modernist library called Biblioteca Arús, the first public of the city and opened in 1895, which keeps at its main entrance a two metre replica of the New York symbol.
War history outside museums
Barcelona is also full of history, and not all of it lays at museums. If you want to know more about the civil war the city underwent 80 years ago you can visit the 307 shelter, one of more than a thousand antiaircraft shelters that were built in the city to protect the civil population.
Another of the most impressive examples of the war is in the city centre, specifically in Felip Neri Square, where you can clearly see the shrapnel marks of a bomb launched by the nationalists on Barcelona in 1938.
These are just some of Barcelona secret spots, we will let you discover the rest for yourself. Do you dare to tell us yours?
Days are longer, temperatures are rising, terraces are crowded and also … music festivals are back in town! Primavera Sound, Sonar, Cruilla … the offer is diverse and the tickets are selling fast, so here’s a review of the most outstanding musical dates so you don’t miss your bracelet!
Primavera Sound 2017
For the second consecutive year all festival tickets are sold out and Primavera Sound keeps proving itself as the city’s landmark festival. This year’s edition features Frank Ocean, The XX, Bon Iver, Van Morrison or repeaters such as Arcade Fire and Metronomy who have already visited the festival in the past.
However, they are not the only ones because up to 200 groups are going to be in stages with styles as varied as the most Brit pop of mythical bands such as “The Zombies” versions of the great Bowie by Seu Jorge or the presentation of the new project of the virtuous Jonny Greenwood, a member of Radiohead.
If you have not arrived in time to buy your Primavera Sound full festival ticket, don’t worry, this year they have enabled a secure exchange of tickets between individuals to avoid abusive prices and falsification of tickets.
The festival of advanced music returns this year with a new stage, the SonarXS, and its bet to enjoy the music throughout the day – remember that you have day and night tickets – so that the rhythm doesn’t stop. 150 artists among which we find such powerful names as the French duo Justice who present their new work ‘Woman’, legends of hip hop like De La Soul or the dance music star Eric Prydz.
If you feel like knowing more, we leave the complete lineup divided by day and night Sónar.
In addition this year Sónar crosses borders, and even oceans, to export its brand to cities as different as Buenos Aires, Bogota, Reykjavik, Istanbul and even Hong Kong!
Although it’s been only 7 years since its launch, Cruïlla can brag of being at the height of the biggest festivals and that’s why this year it presents a lineup full of renowned artists like Jamiroquai, Two Door Cinema Club, Pet Shop Boys or the prodigy of Rock Ryan Addams, who has not been in Barcelona since 2002.
If you come with small children or are a large group, you should know that children under 15 have free admission and that groups of more than 10 people can enjoy a 15% discount.
Just watch the funny presentation video of Cruïlla lineup so you start feeling the rhythm!
Barcelona Beach Festival
If you are in Barcelona, you can’t miss a festival on the sand! Armin Van Buuren, Axwell to Ingrosso or Martin Garrix, among other djs are going to bring rhythm to the night of July 15th in Barcelona Beach Festival.
In addition to the artists, you should know that one euro of each ticket is given to different charities such as Associació pro persons with a physical disability Sant Adrià or Barnabitas Youth Association, among others, solidarity actions like the one we organize in our hostel Twentytú with the Solidarity Open Night solidarity.
Festival of the gardens of Pedralbes
And although there is still a week left for the presentation of their lineup, we can’t forget this festival with one of the best environment; the Festival of gardens of the Royal Palace of Pedralbes. An oasis in the middle of the city that is filled with music in the months of June and July.
To whet your appetite, we remind you that last year the festival was attended by artists as diverse as veterans Tom Jones, Patti Smith or The Cranberries and new promises like The Lumineers or Milky Chance.
And if you’re a rock soul your festival is Rock Fest that is celebrated in Can Zam this summer with rock icons like Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple or the Spanish veteran rocker Rosendo.
Also, if you want to sleep outdoors, you should know that they also have a camping area where you can share your rocker passion with the rest of the audience. Let’s rock!
Remember that we also started our own ‘music festivals’ on the terrace of our Twentytú hostel that opened its bar on Friday 17th with live music, dances and many more surprises that we will reveal. We’ll keep you posted!
Some years ago the Swing Fever landed in Barcelona. In the dozens of schools and meetings that are organized throughout the city you can learn lindy hop, Charleston, Boggie Woggie or any other variety of this frenetic dance that emerged in the USA during the interwar period. Do you want to jump to the dance floor? We tell you where and when you can enjoy the best Swing in the city.
Barcelona, where the Swing phenomenon began
In the late 1990s Swing was perceived as a very distant and old-fashioned dance in our town until Lluís Vila opened the first Swing school in Gràcia, called Balliball (now BallaSwing) in 1997. Many of the teachers who are teaching today in different Barcelona schools were his first students and those responsible for the passion for the Swing that spreads all over our streets, especially now that the good weather is coming.
According to David de la Fuente, president of the Association of BCNSwing, in Barcelona there is Swing over 359 days a year, with an average of 3.5 events at day and a community of 5,000 usual dancers who come every week to dance schools.
Where to dance Swing
Ballaswing, the Swing pioneers
We started talking about the school that imported Swing to our country: Ballaswing. The Swing pioneers in Barcelona have three schools in three different neighbourhoods; Gràcia (link), Sants and also in Poblenou, only 10 minutes away from Twentytú Hostel.
This Sunday is the first day of ‘Swingui Qui Vingui’ where you can dance on the rambla of Poblenou to the rhythm of the best Swing DJ’s. If the dance whets your appetite, you can also join the paella that is organized later in the restaurant of the cultural centre Casino l’Aliança.
Apolo: Jazz & Swing for all audiences
One Sunday a month the Apolo Club shows one’s best face to move to the southern United States of the early twentieth century. 80 years after its opening as a dance hall, Apolo hosts the Jazz & Swing, an event where the Barcelona Jazz Orchestra offers the music and dancers do their dance steps.
Don’t forget that the next date is March 26th and the only requirement that you must meet is to want to have fun!
Spank the Baby, ready for the dance parties
If you want to learn Swing in record time, you are just in time because Spank the baby begins their intensive courses of different dances, levels and figures of the Swing. Their dance parties are famous, like theirthe St Patrick’s Party edition with live dance exhibitions. or ‘Grilled swing’ as we told you in our post about calçots in Barcelona.
If you can’t get enough with Swing lessons, remember they also offer Hip Hop, Capoeira or Salsa classes, among other disciplines.
Swing maniacs for beginners, leaders and followers
Swing Maniacs is a good place if you want to take your first steps in the Swing world. They have different schedules and different locations to choose the one that fits you best depending on whether you’re leader, a follower or a couple. In addition, they organize events for companies, activities for schools and private classes for parties, birthdays or celebrations.
If you are a beginner this Saturday you can go to one of his great parties for beginners where there will be a food contest –you must take your best recipe- and an intensive dance course to the winner.
Temple Swing: 10 years of rythm
In the Temple Swing it doesn’t matter if you have a dance partner or not, there all Swing lovers find their place; Balboa, Swing solo, Jazz steps … dances for all tastes in the heart of the city.
If you want to try just once or if you are only at the city for a few days, you can go to one of their Dance Party Sundays dance party or to any of the events that they organize every week.
Remember that Swing doesn’t take holidays, so don’t lose the rhythm and check the upcoming events with Swing schools.
The brunch is already a classic in Barcelona. A mix between breakfast and lunch imported from the United States that whet the appetite to anyone. Eggs Benedict, natural smoothies, sweet and salty pancakes, Bloody Mary … do you want to know more? Keep reading to find out where the best brunch in our town is.
In the spring of 2005 two Irish couples brought to Barcelona one of the first brunch of the city. A simple but safe menu that you can combine with some of the dozens of cocktails that they, as proper Irish, know how to prepare in its rightful measure. As a curiosity we recommend you try their delicious…noodles burger!
Also, if it gets late, remember that they also organize after works after 6 pm.
And if you’re looking for a different brunch, your place is Carrot Café right next to Twentytú. They have unique and very special plates that you’ll only find there and that will make you want to repeat very soon. As regular costumers we recommend you to taste some of their sandwiches, especially those made with wasabi, curry or squid ink bread. Don’t forget to try its carrot cake… they say it’s the best in town!
Brunch & cake
Although you must be patient to find a table where to taste this brunch, when you see their plates you will know that the wait has been worth it. The most famous Brunch & cake is in Enric Granados Street but you can also enjoy it next to the beach at Brunch & cake by the sea. Their sweets and their secret recipes are cooked following their slogan: “in grandmothers we trust “.
Ten minutes’ walk from Twentytú you will find this charming place with Brazilian soul – his owner is from Sao Paulo – with high quality products and totally homemade plates. Don’t get surprised to see a dog walking around: he’s Dende, the owner’s pet and the inspiration for the name of the place. Don’t miss their exotic plates and, above all, their star dessert called ‘happy childhood’.
Picnic restaurant is an international brunch next to Ciutadella’s Park led by Jaime from Santiago de Chile and Tara from California. Each season they change the menu to create new and original plates and prepare their famous cocktails, such as Sweet Iced Tea or Pink Lemonade. Remember they only have brunch from Friday to Sunday.
With a lovely décor the Trópico restaurant offers a very assorted menu full of plates so attractive and colorful that you’ll feel sorry for eating them! As they explain, their menu is one around-the-world trip through the flavor of the tropics; Arepas with perico from the Caribbean, pancakes typical from Morocco or a bowl filled with red fruits as they are eaten in the Amazon. Which one do you prefer?
And what about a brunch in the middle of a typical Spanish main square? Brunch in the city is an event celebrated in Poble Espanyol (link) during spring Sundays that combines electronic music, shade spaces to relax between dances, activities to enjoy with kids and brunch for all tastes. Don’t forget that when the summer arrives, this event is moved to Joan Brossa gardens.
And although we love to import traditions from all over the world, we must don’t forget our own, so we remind you of the best places to have vermouth in Barcelona.
Tradition, fun and many calçots. This is what you will find in several calçotades that are organized throughout Catalonia. A popular party that is mixed with many other hobbies like music, sport or nature. Do you want to discover wich is your calçotada? Here are 7 calçotades to satisfy the greediest stomachs!
Calçotada is a catalan tradition where calçots (a slim onion) are grilled over a fire, wrapped up in newspaper and eaten by dipping them in a delicious sauce. Groups of friends and family gather around tables in the countryside wearing paper bibs and gloves to avoid getting dirty.
Although the most traditional calçotada is celebrated in the town of Valls, where the celebration gathers more than 60,000 people every year – the town has only 25,000 inhabitants- Barcelona is also a good place to get to know first-hand this great gastronomic festival.
Valls calçotada was celebrated on January 28 th and 29 th, but there are still many opportunities to enjoy this slim onion that is accompanied with a sauce based on romesco, nuts, bread and vegetables. Don’t know where? Put on a bib, gloves and take note of our proposals:
Calçots near Twentytú
Very close to Twentytú hostel also they prepare a popular calçotada, concretely in the square Font i Sagué where you will be able to know closely the people of Clot neighbourhood. This calçot party is still being organised but if it is like the ones from previous years it will be a success!
Gràcia, the neighbourhood of festivities
Without forgetting the greater Gràcia festivities,the neighbours of the district are always planning new activities to enjoy its streets. This Sunday the commission of Ciudad Real street organises a calçotada popular in the Ateneu Roig cultural center which, in addition to calçots, includes another traditional Catalan food: botifarra with beans. You can buy early tickets for 15 euros in Ateneu, or the same day, for 17 euros.
Skating and calçots near the beach
And if you’re a sport lover, this plan is perfect for you: a 35km route from Barcelona to a calçotada en Castelldefels Castelldefels and all on wheels! The route starts at the shopping center “El centre de la Vila” and ends at Can Pere Martí restaurant with a menu of calçots, botifarra and grilled potatoes. Don’t worry if you eat too much, the return to Barcelona is going to be by train.
Calçots at the foot of the Sagrada Familia
Very close to the Sagrada Familia temple you can also eat calçots. In this case the calçotada popular is organized by the youth organization of the district, Arran Sagrada Família, which is always searching for alternatives to the problems that arise every day to the most disadvantaged groups. If you want to know more details you have to be very attentive to their Facebook event.
And if you want to burn everything that you have eaten during the calçotada nothing better than dancing! On March 4 th and 5 th ‘Spank the baby’ swing school organises a calçotada with a lot of rhythm. Two days along wich, in addition to eating calçots, you can learn to dance, attend concerts and participate in a lot of activities.
Neighbouring calçotada in Sants
The festival committee of Alcolea de Dalt-Sants organizes many events throughout the year; Sardanas, paellas, dances, parties … and of course, calçotades! The next is on March 5th and is going to be celebrated in Alcolea street, taking advantage of the arrival of the good weather
The untraditional calçotada of Valls
And if you want to travel to the true origin of calçots, you are still in time to go to Valls, but in this case it’s a modern and untraditionald calçotada that is organized by the B-Free Group event company on March 19th. A different celebration that offers music, vermouth, tasty food and very good vibes.
Now that spring is coming, you may already feel like enjoying the good weather in Barcelona. If you are staying in Twentytú, don’t worry, Glòries is full of outdoor activities; Leisure, culture, sport and a lot of innovation in an area which is always growing. Don’t you know where to begin? Put on some comfortable footwear because we’re starting the route!
BruumRuum! The street lights to your rythm
When the sun goes down in Glòries, Agbar skyscraper is not the only source of light at the area. Every day from 9.30 pm to 11 pm the BruumRuum project puts color and soundtrack to Joan Antoni Coderch square, a space of more than 3.300m2 that changes forms and lights depending on the ambient noise and the movements of those who pass by. Watch this video to see how it works!
The project has been carried out by artec3 studio and the designer David Torrents, who was also a member of the jury at the first design project of our rooms at Twentytú in collaboration with Design College of Barcelona, BAU
Exhibitions at street level
While Glòries square is still under construction to transform the space into a green area full of services for the citizen, a temporary space has been prepared for pedestrians to cross the square where you will find different pictures and pieces of art in its 80 meters of length. Of course, you’ll have to wait until March 28th, when its first exhibition will be released: ” Prats de Molló (a French village): the meridian of memory”.
Superblock: a espace for leisure and pedestrians
The first superblock of Barcelona is a space delimited by the streets Badajoz, Pallars, Llacuna and Tànger that has become a pedestrian area where many activities are held. This month its final transformation will start, including new picnic tables, a literary tour, markets and green areas and games.
And if you are a fan of the sport, you should know that in the northern part of Glòries square (between Meridiana Avenue and Diagonal Avenue) there is a zone enabled to practice sports of all kinds; A stretching space, table tennis facilities and futtoc (a mix of ping pong and soccer) tables, two volleyball courts, an athletic track and even a giant chess board.
In addition, there is a stall where you can borrow sport equipment. The schedule of this loan service is from 16.00 to 20.30 on weekdays and from 10.00 to 20.30 on weekends.
The new shopping centre of Glòries: art and open spaces
The Glòries shopping centre was one of the first in the city, and although it has undergone several remodelling projects since its opening, it’s now when it totally changes its concept with a design full of transparent glass facades that show the whole store as if they are a showcase, trees, giant sculptures of the Spanish designer Javier Mariscal and better accessibility to the 130 stores. An open space that pretends to be more like a commercial street rather than a conventional shopping centre.
Sustanaible Point of Information
And if you still want to know more about Glòries, we encourage you to pop into the provisional Information Point that is located at the crossroads of Caspe Street, Cartagena Street and Meridiana Avenue. It’s made of materials of easy construction and disassembly to generate the minimum environmental impact in the area. There you also have information about the entire process of Glòries transforming and a space for renting electric bicycles.
If you are a film buff or addicted to TV series this weekend you have a date with the Saló del Cinema i les Sèries that is going to take place in la Farga de l’Hospitalet. The second edition of this unique event in Spain is going to gather television networks, producers, actors and many more professionals related to the world of big and small screen. Do you want more spoilers? Keep reading!
Definitely many of you know Jon Snow, Walter White or Chewbacca, but what happens until these characters appear on screen? El Saló del Cinema i les Sèries get closer the process of producing, performing and promoting a TV series or film to the general public. A fair dedicated to the audiovisual world that last year exceeded 20,000 visitors and in this edition is going to have 114 exhibitors of companies related to cinema – distributors, publishers, film schools – 34 talks and conferences of experts and up to 25 events during 3 days. If you want to go to this event from Twentytú Hostel, just take the Metro Line 1 to Rambla Just Oliveres station.
This year the organisers have prepared several themed exhibits, especially designed for fans of best cinema. The most prominent are dedicated to ‘Star Wars’, ‘Game of Thrones’, Cinema Robots, Cinema Cars and to a sample of original pieces of the Hollywood cinema.
In addition, Filmoteca de Catalunya organizes two exhibitions focused on classic elements of the cinema; One is starred by Macari Gómez Quibus, one of the most important poster designers in Catalonia, and the other is dedicated to pictures taken during the shooting of films of all time.
Do you want to become a screenwriter, dubbing actor or cameraperson?
If you dream of working in the film industry el Saló is the right place to make contacts thanks to the Great Mixer, a Networking meeting where actors, producers and directors are going to exchange experiences and projects of all kinds. In case you haven’t let go too much during the meeting, at the end there’s going to be an open question time to distribution professionals, all of it with a free Moritz beer for all participants.
But if you want to go into action you also have other more practical options in the event: A slam of writing where you can see how the screenwriters create their stories, improvised performances related to the cinema by Planeta Impro, recreations of action scenes with film specialists and even the possibility of dubbing a movie scene and take the shooting home.
New and old acquaintances of the Cinema
The organizers of Salón del Cinema i les Sèries have invited some public figures of the Spanish cinema to participate in several talks and round tables; Javier Olivares, the creator of the series ‘The Ministry of Time’, Kike Maíllo, director of the films ‘Toro’ and ‘Eva’ or actor Roberto Álamo, winner of a Goya for ‘La gran familia española’.
In addition, new film professionals will also find their place in the event. The attendees will be able to contribute to one of the 16 projects that have been selected; In addition to being able to participate through crowdfunding in its financing, one euro of each ticket will destined to the production that each visitor chooses.
Do you want to know more about what happens behind the scenes? You can buy your tickets in advance or at the box office of the same enclosure.
Barcelona is a luxury set that has locations of all kinds; Sea, mountain, corners with history, modern buildings and, above all, so much charm. That’s why bands from all over the world choose their streets to record their music videos. Stories of love, of lack of love, of overcoming and of new experiences. Do you want to know them? Hit the play button!
Big Mistake (1997), Natalie Imbruglia
If you watch this music video by Australian Natalie Imbruglia very closely, you will probably recognise some of the spots, as it was filmed nearby Twentytú hostel Barcelona!
The video, which is inspired by one of the scenes on the film Week-end by the French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard, Imbruglia is chased by a suitor who has to overcome several obstacles to reach her. You will have to wait until the end of the video to find out if he finally catches her.
My inmortal (2000), Evanescence
Amy Lee, the lead singer of Evanecescence, turns into a ghost that wanders through the gothic streets. The band couldn’t have chosen a better spot because the Felip Neri Square, where much of the video is set, is erected on an old medieval cemetery.
Slow (2003), Kylie Minogue
The Australian Kylie Minogue set her ‘Slow’ music video at one of the most impressive swimming pools in Barcelona, the municipal swimming pool of Montjuic, where 11 years before that the Olympic Games of Barcelona’92 were celebrated. Despite the sunny weather of Barcelona, the shooting had to be postponed twice because of something quite unusual in Barcelona: rain!
Crazy (2010), Shakira
The Colombian Shakira, shortly before moving definitively to Barcelona, brought her madness to the city to shoot the video for the first single from her album ‘Sale el sol’. In it you can see the singer doing his particular “crazy stuff” in different places of Barcelona, like skating among thousands of fans, even bathing in a public fountain or riding a motorcycle without a helmet (for these last two crazy things she received a fine from the city hall).
New Lands (2011), Justice
The Barcelona production company Canada, with Redbull’s collaboration, paid tribute tothe cinema of the 70’s doing its particular version of the film Rollerball (1975), to put image to the song New Lands of the French duo Justice. A futuristic and action-packed music video that was shot on Horta’s Velodrome under the expectation of a crazy audience. Do you believe that a match like that would fill the Camp Nou like a Barça-Madrid?
Little numbers (2011), Barcelona
In the music video of ‘Little numbers’ the female duo of indie-pop Boy share out good vibes among the people of Barcelona. Children, the elderly, waiters, young students … all of them are caught up in their optimism and dance to the rhythm of this catchy song you possibly know because it appears in several ads.
Bad boys (2015), Inna
To rhythm of Arab music, house singer Inna presents a Barcelona that may well be Los Angeles; Skateparks, beaches, graffiti and many palm trees. It’s not the first time that Inna shoots in Barcelona streets, where she even made an acoustic at the foot of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar with a look and a musical style quite different from what we are used to see from her..
Ain’t Nobody (2016), Felix Jaehn ft. Jasmine Thompson
The young Emma Thompson chose Barcelona and its imposing skyline with the sea in the background to shoot the video of this collaboration with the German DJ Felix Jaehn. Do you want to enjoy the same views? You only have to go up to the bunkers of Carmel, some anti-aircraft batteries of the Civil War that are just one of the viewpoints over Barcelona.
Young you (2016), Kakkmaddafakka
The Norwegian rock band of impossible spelling also chose Barcelona to shoot a song that speaks about those loves that show up at the most inopportune moment. While the lead singer of the band tries to comfort the girl he just left, we can see several places of the city that you surely recognize as Colón Square, Mapfre towers or a beautiful sunset from Barceloneta Beach.
El final de los días (2016), Loquillo
And we finished this review with a local artist, rocker Loquillo, who also chose Barcelona to shoot a video / short based on a love story between two girls in the 80’s, a time when same-sex relationships were still a taboo. As a curiosity you must know that the young man who appears in the video is Loquillo’s son, who plays the role of his father 30 years ago. Will there be a happy ending?
Do you know music videos shot in your city? We would love to hear about it!
Glòries Square, just over 500 metres from Twentytú, has always been a link between some of the most important avenues in Barcelona and also serves as a border of two large districts; l’Eixample and Sant Martí. Until now, however, it had been a gray space focused on facilitating car circulation, a vision very far from what the architect Ildefons Cerdà had envisioned, as heBarcelona to be a city of parks and gardens. Now Glòries is renewed and bets on a large green space, an important public transport station and different facilities for pedestrians. Do you want to discover more about this great project? From our nearby location we give you all the details!
A large green area which respects historical elements
The main idea of the project is to turn what until now had been a cement-built area and a multitude of lanes in different directions into a large green area full of pines, holm oaks and hackberry, without any interruption of traffic. A park of about 12 hectares that will recover some of the historical spaces of the area as the hydraulic structure Rec Comtal, which will become a wet garden; the ship of Cartagena Street, which will have different uses; or the old Factory of Umbrellas, which could be reused for constructing a Centre of Fashion Professional Training.
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In addition, the new Glòries wants to be a reference of the good public transport connections at the city. With several accesses from different points of the square, an interchange of tram, metro and bus will be built. The tramway line of this section is expected to join with the lines that finish their route in Francesc Macià Square. This latest initiative will allow metropolitan cities such as Esplugues, Cornellà or Sant Feliu to have direct transport to the 22 @ district and all its services.
Thinking of people
The Glòries project doesn’t want to be just a reference of modernity and infrastructures, but has as main objective to improve the quality of life of the neighbours and visitors of one of the fastest-growing zones at the city.
The project also includes a a building of 1012 flats, of which 50% will be social housing. In addition, the plan features a Primary Care Center, a nursery and a residence and/or flats for the elderly.
On the other hand, as we already do in Twentytú, Glòries will bet on spaces that are sustainable and respectful of the environment; the circulation of cars will be redistributed – they will run through tunnels under the green area thanks to the burial of Gran Vía Avenue- and new bicycle lanes will be established to ease the coexistence of pedestrians, cars and cyclists.
Although some of the new features are partially finished, such as some new residential buildings or a space for cultural activities, the construction of the part and the rest of the equipment is not expected to begin until 2018.
We leave you a spectacular video that explains the winning project for the new park called Canòpia Urbana, which will turn Glòries into a new unprecedented area of leisure and services.