Will you be in Barcelona this February, studying Spanish with us ? Are you still wondering what you will be doing in your free time? Here are some cool suggestions…
- Take a look inside the former prison of Barcelona: La Model is the penitentiary building that has accompanied the contemporary history of Barcelona. A prison with great symbolism for the citizens that is now beginning the path to become a new place of reference in the city, ending the urban barrier that was this installation for more than a century. Within the years, this prison became the place where people involved in riots of all kinds were imprisoned. During the Franco regime, the cells of this enclosure took in thousands of political prisoners, especially during the 1940s, the post-war repression. Now you can visit it and even have a guided tour, which will help you learn and understand more about the history of Catalonia.
- What about a book fair? In Nou Barris a book and philately fair is organized every Friday. The Passeig Valldaura hosts lots of stalls where you can find old and second-hand objects, like books, magazines and collectible stamps. During the years this fair has established itself as one of the weekly appointments for lovers of philately and old books. If you are looking for an out-of-print book, an old edition or a stamp for your collection, this is a good place to visit.
- The audio-visual show of “Parabòlic Gaudí”: During the 20th century, the Palau Güell by Antoni Gaudí became a meeting point for the artistic and musical avant-garde of the moment, and organ concerts were really frequent in the central hall with the dome working as a huge speaker. With the purpose of continuing this spirit of creation, the Palau offers the mapping Parabòlic Gaudí. Every Friday the dome is transformed into a canvas for the projection of abstract geometry digitally generated. The projection of the light is synchronized with the music of a new organ. It’s a unique show in which light, architecture and music are once again merged. Get the tickets in the official website.
- Have a fabulous cocktail at Orient Express Cocktail Bar: Enjoy a fun atmosphere as mixologists dressed as station masters prepare the drinks and a model train brings them right to your seat. The staff is friendly and qualified, so they will help you choose the drink you want the most. There is a varied range of cocktails, gins, whiskey and other international spirits. Here you will find some of the best cocktails in all of Barcelona!
- Taste a delicious wine at the Barcelona Wine Week: The reference event for Spanish wine returns to Fira de Barcelona February 6th–8th. It brings together the largest wine offerings in the country to show all its power and variety to national and international operators. A wide-ranging showcase that will bring together all kinds of wineries, from the smallest and family-owned to large corporations, that’s more than 600 wineries! Learn more about it here.
- Attend the Llum Bcn Festival: Llum BCN (February 3rd-6th), which started in 2012 and arrived in Poblenou in 2018, is a unique event due to its artistic installations, in which the great European light festivals are reflected. However, it continues to work to be the engine and showcase of new artistic paths around technology and light. During three nights, the festival will meet different creative artists who come from different disciplines: art, lighting design and interactive environments, architecture, expanded audiovisual and live arts. You can check all the news about the program and reservations on the website and the Llum BCN application.
- Celebrate carnival in Sitges… The town of Sitges throws itself into the celebration of Carnival every year, one of its most emblematic festivals. For a whole year, the citizens prepare this great party by designing and sewing their costumes and decorating their floats. Fantasy and creativity go hand in hand to create magnificent characters wrapped in sequins and feathers and with prodigious makeup. In addition to the parades, many other activities are organized, such as the election and presentation of the Carnival queen, the second-hand costume market, children’s workshops, the float exhibitions or the fun costumed bed race. From February the 16th until the 22nd.
- … Or if you prefer, the Santa Eulalia Festival: Santa Eulàlia is Barcelona’s biggest winter festival and a great celebration of popular culture with traditional roots, this year celebrated on February 10th–12th. It’s a small-scale party, filled with very diverse popular culture activities for all ages. Among other events, the procession of the “Laies”, the human towers, the Sardanes dancings and the correfoc are always amongst the favourites. Check here the program of this year.