There is this great little bar called Stoke that you would nearly never find unless you were looking for it. Tucked away in the gothic quarter, it's a little hub for many of the young travellers that have actualy settled around Barcelona. Saying age group 20-30 here. The bar's small but perfectly formed and the upstairs has couches and shows movies up there sometimes.
The staff skate, the beers are cheap, the parties rapant (10e all the beer or sangria you can drink for an hour!). The people you meet here will probably be from all over the place. When I was visiting there were a lot of Australians and Italiens around, a couple of Americans.
The bars connected with this travel company called Stoke Travel which is ran by three Aussie dudes and they've created a cool little niche in Barca. Worth checking out for sure. You'll make alot of friends that know what they're talking about when it comes to Barcelona.
We did end up around the corner in Ryans Irish pub a lot as well, and the kebab place around the corner does a mean pita for 3 euro!
This festival is not as famous as others like Cannes, Venice or some others in Spain, but it's specialized in fantastic and science-fiction films, or it was, since the Generalitat put money and gave it a more 'international' look and showing films of all genres.
In any case, the festival is a good chance to meet the beautifulness of Sitges during the first weeks of October.
We didn't have time to go to Universal's but I think it's worth a visit. There also in a waterpark Costa CaribeThere is a bus service which takes you from BCN to the park.
Prices are about average, 1day for Parc Aventura and bus only 34 euro/adult
This is a cool attraction, whether youýre a child or not (like me!). What it essentially is? Itýs a full 40 minutesý ride to enjoy the countryside, scenes, monuments from many countries of the world (a must for a travel junkie like myself:)) ) - in the form of special effects, of course. There may be queues in summer, so be warned! 6 and 7 PM each day are main sessions, and there are also three more of them during weekends. Passeig de Lluis Companys 10-12 is the address to put into your address book.
Every Sunday afternoon during the summer. A mass of people congregate in the parks neer the Olympic stadium for a session of drumming. Up to a thousand people sit around drumming and dancing, Street vendors walk around selling beer and other 'stuff'. The drumming continues into the early night.
I found these street puppets in the square in front of the Cathedral.
There are there many street artists everyday, so is a good place to hang around, sit down and watch the people go by (beware of pickpockets BTW).
These puppets were sooo big... and they were all managed by a single guy, who also played music... it was gorgeous!
If you want to back in childhood on one day and if you near Barcelona don´t miss this chance! Port
Aventura-crazy fun park, sit in Tarragona, place only one hour from Barcelona.
The tickets doesn´t cheap (for a groups, in a May, were 25,5 euros) but doesn´t meditate to visit this
park. This price include all rides in park. You can not bring into park anything except yours wallet and
Port Aventura is image like the world and you will walk through many countries and teritories. In that way
you will visit: Mediterrania, Polynesia, China, Mexico and Far West in the end.
In entrance you may take a map with all programs.
This park is very big and you must separate whole day to see whole park and to try drive in a whole rides.
One again-don´t miss this chance!
Actually not of the beaten path at all, but no guarantee you will see this...
My apologies to them if they come from another part of the Balkans, but on a February afternoon, outside El Corte Ingles music store, an excellent band busking. About nine of them, so I'm guessing no-one would be getting rich doing this, but quality.
Here I am with my friends at the typical touristy event in the madieval castle. We were watching medieval knights fighting just in front of us, then the flamenco show followed. Of course we were eating and drinking all the time and after all the shows finished we were dancing till the dawn. It was a lot of fun, I must say.
If you want to visit Barcelona best dates are:
23rd April-La diada de Sant Jordi-: A popular Catalan legend says that Sant Jordi (Saint George), killed a dragon to save the princess that it was holding captive. From the dragon’s blood sprouted a rose bush, and the prince gave one of its roses to his beloved. At this date Barcelona is plenty of roses and books around streets, squares... Famous writers are signing books. It is marvellous! and La Rambla is the best place to go for a walk if you have a couple.
The tradition is men present roses to women...and women present a book to men.
15th August-Les festes de Gràcia-: Do you want to have a crazy time ? You must not miss the Gracia parties. Gracia, now a district, is one of former towns which were annexed to Barcelona city like Sants, Les Corts, Sant Gervasi and Sarria.
There are a lot of traditional fiestas which are mainly celebrated during summer.
24th September-La Mercè-: Main parties of the city.
Do you like electronic music? SONAR is for you!
Sonar is a three days festival of electronic and experimental music, with a lot of DJ performances and multimedia shows.
It is not only a night festival but a meeting point by day for all artists who want to show their works.
It's celebrated on June. More info on http://www.sonar.es
The vast musical and teathrical culture the Barcelona offers, too bad that if you don't understand Catalan you'll not appreciate it.
Others: La Costa Brava (beautiful beaches only few miles north of Barcelona), Montserrat Mountain, The Pirineos.