Travel Guide

Concerts

 

Palau de la Música Catalana (Concert Hall):Built between 1905 and 1908 as a headquarters for the Orfeó Català and funded by popular donations, it constitutes a symbolic and sentimental heritage of an entire city that identifies with its history. In addition, the Concert Hall -one of the most representative buildings of Catalan Modernist style- has been the privileged stage for the national and international concert life of the city of Barcelona for one hundred years. 

For more information and tickets, please, visit the official website.

 Palau de la Musica Catalan street view
 

El Liceu (Opera House): Barcelona's Opera House was originally opened in 1847. It is one of the world's finest and biggest stage and acoustic settings for opera, and one of the most important opera houses in the country. Most of the building was destroyed by fire in 1994 and was rebuilt shortly after. It can be easily spotted while walking along the famous and colorful Les Rambles street.

For more information and tickets, please, visit the official website.

El Liceu street view

L'Auditori (Concert House): L'Auditori, a modern concert house sitting on the area of Plaça de les Glories, opened doors in March 1999. It is home to Barcelona's Symphonic Orchestra and also features a truly international concert programme.

For more information and tickets, please, visit the official website.

Auditori main hall

Razzmatazz (indie rock): Located in the Poblenou area, this large venue holds many high quality concert from the rock & electro scene. At night, it opens its five rooms as a disco where the indie scene is represented.

 Razzmatazz street view

Sala Apolo (indie rock): Located in the Paral·lel, this two halls historical place normally programs rock and electro concerts. Every Monday, it holds the Anti-Karaoke, one of the hidden jewels of the city where rock and hardcore hits take the stage thanks to the spontaneous participation of the assistants.

 Sala Apolo Dance Hall

Heliogàbal (indie folk): A small bar which is normally packed to listen to the latest propsals from the indie folk world. One of the hot spots responsible of the latest wave of successful local bands, like Mishima, Manel, Delafe y Las Flores Azules or Love of Lesbian.

 Heloigabal logo

 

 

Recommended books

Looking for the next novel to read? Here is a selection of best-sellers that can be easily found in major on-line bookstores and duty-free shops. 

Enjoy your reading!

 

 The Cathedral of the Sea

Cathedral of the Sea (By Ildefonso Falcones): In the 14th century, Catalonia's ships dominated the western Mediterranean. Barcelona's Santa Maria del Mar church was built in 54 years in this century, so quickly as cathedrals go that it is all in one style, a high, spacious, unadorned Gothic.

Arnau, the main character in this novel, sees the cathedral start and lives to celebrate its completion. Born a serf, he survives perils, saves Barcelona from Pedro the Cruel of Castile, and is made a baron. His evil enemies plot to have him away from the city's political life. His lifelong goodness to his fellow-workers, to clients and to outcasts such as the Moors and Jews will make things change for the good.

 
 Front cover of The Shadow of the Wind (By Carlos Ruiz Zafón): The novel, set in post- Spanish Civil War Barcelona, concerns a young boy, Daniel. Just after the war, Daniel's father takes him to the secret Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a huge library of old, forgotten titles lovingly preserved by a select few initiates. According to tradition, everyone initiated to this secret place is allowed to take one book from it, and must protect it for life. Daniel selects a book called The Shadow of the Wind by Julián Carax. That night he takes the book home and reads it, completely engrossed. Daniel then attempts to look for other books by this unknown author, but can find none. All he comes across are stories of a strange man - calling himself Laín Coubert, after a character in the book who happens to be the Devil - who has been seeking out Carax' books for decades, buying them all and burning them. Terrified, Daniel returns the book to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books but continues to seek out the story of the elusive author. In doing so Daniel becomes entangled in an age old conflict that began with the author himself. 
 Font cober of

 The Time of the Doves (By Mercè Rodoreda): Set during the Second Spanish Republic and the Spanish Civil War, the novel is set in Barcelona before, during and after the war and pictures a young woman's struggles in life as well as her conflictive relationships with two men, and her progression from nearly complete submission until she develops a full-fledged outlook in life, personal maturity and independence. The novel has been translated into more than twenty languages and is regarded as one of the most important pieces of fiction in contemporary Catalan literature.

(Source: Wikipedia)

 Front cover of

The enormity of the Tragedy (by Quim Monzó): Quim Monzó (born 1952) is today's best-known writer in Catalan. He is also, no exaggeration, one of the world's great short-story writers. This 1989 novel, his first book published in the UK (after translation to over 20 other languages), shows all his idiosyncrasy (comic lists, names and juxtapositions; maniacal explanations of how household gadgets work; an eye for the surreal) and his originality.

The first reaction to reading Monzó is uproarious laughter. He is colloquial, sarcastic and outrageous. He examines with X-ray precision his disoriented urban characters. Without settled ties or families, these spin in a maelstrom of emotions and instincts. The plot hangs on the plight of a man who suddenly finds he has a permanent erection. The consequences are both hilarious and tragic.

(Source: monzo.info)

 

 

City attractions

The city has its own bureau of tourism in which official website you can find all the information you need.
 

 MACBA The Ciutat Vella and Barri Gòtic districts concentrates most of the historic interest like the Picasso museum, the Modern Art Museum of Catalonia, the the National History Museum, or the Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, among many others. The Avinguda Maria Cristina in Montjuïc also holds the interesting National Art Museum and Cosmocaixa.
 Salamander in Parc GuellAntoni Gaudí's major architectural jewels are spread around different districts: from Passeig de Gràcia with La Perdrera and Casa Batlló to Gràcia with the beautiful gardens of Parc Güell and L’Eixample where Sagrada Familia stands. To enjoy the sea front La Barceloneta, the old times fishermen district is now opened to the sea through a vibrant and modern promenade where one can stroll, skate or ride a bike.
 Palau Sant JordiBarcelona and its citizens have always been very keen on sports. The Olympic hive the city experienced in 1992 is still present. Athletics, Basketball, Tennis, Sailing, … are some of the major sport events besides football. If you are a football fan you will enjoy a visit to the Camp Nou.
 Calella de Palafrugell If you intend to stay longer and visit other parts of Catalonia, the Tourist Bureau of the Catalan Government covers in detail the different activities and places of interest. It also provides links to the specific tourism bureau of the different locations such as the Costa Brava, the Pyrenees or the Costa Daurada.

 

 


 



 

Getting around

Barcelona is conveniently accessible by its main airport El Prat, and two other nearby airports (Girona-Costa Brava and Reus).

Barcelona has a good public transport network that combines the bus, the “metro” (subway), the tram and the train, which reaches out the metropolitan area. The most convenient way of getting to the different parts of the city is the metro. The frequency of pass is very high, connections between the different lines are usually well indicated and it reaches most of the areas of interest in the city. The cost of tickets has been unified across the different public transport services. Details can be found at Autoritat del Transport Metropolità (ATM).

Bus lines cover almost every part of the city but besides the fact that they also deal with very busy road traffic, it is a bit more complex to get familiar with the different routes and stops. Nevertheless, you may need it to reach specific areas of the city. There is also a tourist bus (covered and uncovered version) that takes you along the main attractive sights of the city (Barcelona Bus Turistic, must purchase specific tickets). Complimentary to the metro and the bus is the recently developed tram, which goes along “La Diagonal”. It may be a good choice to getting around from the conference venue to the nearby Pedralbes park, la Illa and other shopping malls down la Diagonal. Further details, including  including timetables and costs can be checked from Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona.


At night, taxis are a competitive choice.

If you know the exact destination address, Barcelona city hall also provides a the Com Anar web service that estimates the best route, including a time estimation, to get from one point to another in the city. Also the public transport service guide you with the transport combination you may require at TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) - vull anar.

For additional information on these and other services like car hire, bike rental, etc, visit Alternative transport. A detailed city map displaying services and other practical information can be found at Ajuntament de Barcelona - Plànol de la ciutat

 

Barcelona, a city open to the Mediterranean

EUSIPCO 2011 will be held in the city of Barcelona, one of the nicest European cities to visit. Its museums, art galleries and nightlife are of an impressive high standard. The metropolis has become in the last decades a modern and vibrant place that welcomes visitors from all over the world attracted by its vitality and personality. Besides that, this meditarrean capital has a lot of interesting sights to offer to its visitors. Walk along the Ramblas, a pedestrian street with dozens of outdoor cafes, to enjoy street musicians, living statues, flower stands and book kiosks. Stroll the narrow winding streets of the Barri Gotic, the medieval Gothic quarter full of interesting tapas bars and cafes. Check out Picasso’s museum or even his favourite hangout, Els Quatre Gats, where he used to meet with other avant-garde artists and which has been renovated without loosing its bohemian charm. Or head for the old Barceloneta on the waterfront to enjoy the sea view and have a sunset drink at a chiringuito bar at the beach. And of course, don’t forget to visit some of Gaudi’s modernist buildings, like the famous and still unfinished Sagrada Família or the magnificent Casa Batlló and La Pedrera in the fashion center of the city, Passeig de Gràcia. 

Barcelona view from the Parc Güell

 

 

 


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