LIVE THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ACCOMPANIED PROFESSIONAL GUIDES
The Christmas market of St. Lucia (or Fira de Santa Llucia ) is the most typical of Barcelona, next to the cathedral. It is usually open the last day of November and it lasts until Christmas Eve. There are three major product groups that prepare the house before the arrival of Christmas : trees and natural products ( moss , cork , mistletoe ... ) allowing to decorate and build the nativity scene, handmade Christmas decorations and traditional instruments such as tambourines or bagpipes .
In Catalonia there is something different from other parts of Spain: the figure of "caganer". It was traditionally a peasant
character dressed with sash and beret, crouched with his buttocks in the air, making their needs. Today they make caganers from footballers, politicians and other notorious characters , including " moreneta " ( the Virgin of Montserrat ) . Every year there is a particularly controversial figure.
Another typical Christmas characters of Catalan culture is the famous tió (yes, with accent on the o) . This is a log with barretina (a well-known Catalan cap) , eyes, mouth and a pipe. The day before Christmas , the kids beat him with a stick while singing a ditty that invites you to "poop" gifts . These come out from under a blanket with which the tió is covered.
Guided tour of the most emblematic streets and corners of the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, discovering the Christmas spirit and traditions.
Did you know that children hit and feed the Tió to recive gifts and sweets?
Route schedules are from Monday to Sunday at 18 pm, from 30/11 to 23/12.
For booking go to the website of Tourism Barcelona: www.bcnshop.barcelonaturisme.com
FRIDAY’S TANDEM STOMP
The second Friday of each month Gràcia Valencia House offers a selection of swing music with guest DJs that will guide whoever starting in this dance. ’Begginers’ and initiated dancers will enjoy good music and all the variations that the ’tandem’ move has.
From 22.30 to 23.15 h tandem class. From 23.15 to 2 h social dancing with DJ
4 € (BALLASWING club and associations outside BCN). € 5 regular
SWING DANCING IN GRÀCIA
The last Sunday of each month will be changing the vermouth for a dance in the plaza of the Virreina as the Ballaswing company takes to the streets to their DJ with the aim of turning this place into a ’block-long’ to invite everyone to dance.
From 12h to 14.30 h
“EL BOSC DE LES FADES”
(The Fairie Wood) is one of the most original thematic cafés in Spain. The space belongs to the Wax Museum, in Passatge de la Banca Street. Just by entering you will find yourself submerged in a magical World, full of branches over our heads, enchanted trees in every corner, little cascades, will-o’-the-wisps and even a haunted house in which the visitor will finde fantastic figures and a magic mirror where the visitor can see all kinds of folk creatures.
“El Bosc de les Fades” café is worth a visit if you are looking for something different, both fun and relaxing in its small hideaways. A mixed crowd and good value. If you’re up for chasing fairies — El Bosc de les Fades is your spot.
Bacoa has opened a new branch in the round Universitat. In a masterstroke, Australian Brad Ainsworth, largely responsible for the emergence of premium burger, with Bacoa, moves the proper name to a new and spacious setting and turns the corner of St. Catherine in Little Bacoa.
The new Bacoa is enormous, but maintain the informality and trademark excellence. What’s New? Ainsworth bet km 0: each quarter will offer a burger with proximity products, like artichokes Prat examples.
And also put on the table a little made mustard and two geniuses who cherish very battered dishes: 1. burger / St. James, loin and ham with manchego cheese breaded with panko, Japanese breadcrumbs, and 2. a vegan made from chickpeas, tasty and yes, apart from being very good is about the texture of the meat.
THE MAMMOTH MUSEUM
Is a unique, scientific and historical museum that can be found on one of the oldest streets in the Gothic Quarter, in a building from the 13thCentury.
The Museum displays authentic skeletons of animals from the Ice Age, like the mammoth, along with accurate reproductions of many other animals besides. The Museum also offers visitors the chance tosee copies of many existing pieces of cave art found in the Caves of Altamira and from the Levant region.
The Museum experience can be exciting and interesting for everyone, between touching and ancient mammoth tusk, smelling awoolly rhinoceros horn, celebrating a birthday there or taking home a real piece of ancient history by acquiring an artisan piece or bone. Our Museum offers all this and much more!
We have been waiting for you for over100.000 years!