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Redacción, Administración, Publicidad, Distribución. E-mail: / Edita: / Depósito legal. B-8793-96 Editor : See Barcelona Grup Director Gerente: Edward J. Clarke/ Director Comercial: Juan José Godar / Redacción: Michael Horton / Colaboradores: Carmen Macias,, FX. Escandell / Fotografía: Núria Llinares. Copyright©2011 by See Barcelona Grup. Tel.+34931265105-658775369. Photographs copyright by authors. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without prior written permission is strictly prohibited. Prohibida la reproducción total o parcial de cualquier elemento de esta publicación sin el consentimiento previo y por escrito de See Barcelona. Publisher makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information given in the editorial and advertising pages of See Barcelona but accepts no responsibility for errors or omissions for claims made in any section of this magazine.




arcelona is the heart and motor of the autonomous region of Catalonia in the northeast corner of Spain. Catalonia is Spain’s leading economic region with almost 20% of national production for a region that is only 6,3% of Spain’s extension and has just over 15% of the population. There are more than 7 million inhabitants in Catalonia and of these close to 70% live in Barcelona and the immediate surroundings (metropolitan area). With over 4 million people, Barcelona has one of the largest metropolitan areas among Mediterranean cities. Recent developments such as the new high speed train link to Madrid and eventually to France, or the expansion of the port and the new airport runway and terminals will allow Barcelona to grow even further. BARCELONA’S HISTORY Barcelona’s origins go back more than 2,500 years when Phoenicians and Carthaginians settled in the area and chose to have a commercial port. The name of Carthaginian ruler Amilcar Barca is often referred to as the origin of the name Barcino, later used by the Romans. The Carthaginians were replaced by the Romans in the 1st century B.C. who preferred Tarraco (modern day Tarragona) as their regional capital. Barcelona has several surviving monuments from this period, concentrated around the Plaza Sant Jaume and the gothic quarter. During the third century AD Barcino replaced Tarraco in importance and became the major Roman outpost in the area of Hispania Citerior; the Roman walls, still visible as part of later buildings in the Gothic quarter, were reinforced in this period to repel the Frankish and German invasions. With the disintegration of the Roman Empire came the invasion of the Visigoths who occupied Barcino in 415 A.D. and renamed the city Barcinona. Three hundred years later at the beginning of the 8th century the moors conquered Barcelona during their drive from northern Africa to the south of France. Only one hundred years later, the Franks led by Louis the Pious occupied Barcelona and established a strong military presence in what became known as the Spanish Mark, the front line of a constant battle between the Christian kingdoms of the North with the Arabs. This conflict eventually evolved into what became known as the Reconquest. The Carolingian Empire established a number of Counties and the most important of these was that of Barcelona. The origins of the Catalan nation are to be found in Wilfred the Hairy, Count of Barcelona who established a hereditary system of succession. Before his death in the year 898 he managed to unify the county of Barcelona with the rest of the Carolingian territories . In the year

HISTORY OF BARCELONA 988 Count Borrell II achieved independence from the Carolingian kings for the County of Barcelona and became the dominant political and military force in the region later known as Catalonia. The 11th and 12th centuries consolidated Barcelona as an important Mediterranean city. BARCELONA’S GOLDEN AGE In the year 1070 gold was the medium of exchange in 95% of the commercial transactions. The internationalization of trade by way of maritime transportation was fundamental in the development of 12th century Barcelona, and soon the city became as influential as Genoa or Venice. The growth of the city then and later was to be directly related to the increasing importance of its port. There are still some buildings from this prosperous period, such as the romanesque style church of Sant Pau del Camp or the chapel of Santa Llucia in the Cathedral. A good selection of artwork commissioned or purchased by Barcelona’s rich patrons can be seen in several of the city’s museums, such as the MNAC (National Museum of Catalan Art) or the City History Museum in the Plaça del Rei. Jaume I “The Conqueror” established the “Consell de Cent” in the 13th century, an innovative form of government. The Cathedral of Barcelona was begun in the 13th century and shows just how prosperous the city had become. It was the preamble to the building boom of the 14th century when Barcelona was reaching out and conquering foreign ports under Jaume II. The chapel of St. Agatha in the Royal Palace of the Plaça del Rei was built for Jaume II, who died in 1327. The foundations of the church of Sta. Maria del Pí were laid in 1322 and the church of Sta. Maria del Mar was begun in 1329. The plague decimated the population of Barcelona and at one point half the councillors and 4 of 5 magistrates had died. But the building boom continued unabated until the end of the century. Under Pere III (1336-1387) the city was particularly embellished with civil buildings. The vaulted halls of the Saló del Tinell and the impressive vaulted structure of the royal shipyards (Reials Drassanes, today the Maritime Museum) are part of this building crusade. Pere III embarked on a series of Mediterranean wars and had his galleons built in Barcelona’s shipyards. Public building activity was matched by private investment and the results can be seen on the Carrer Montcada, for instance, with palaces built for Barcelona’s wealthy merchant families. REBELLION AND DEFEAT Between 1479 and 1516 Barcelona’s rulers were more interested in rich and productive Castile, also theirs, than in promoting the Mediterranean seaboard. However, the potential of Barcelona to be as important for international trade as Genoa or Venice always kept them interested in maintaining their mandate. Barcelona had a unique status, and was considered a partner of royal Spain, and as such enjoyed special freedoms. The representative parliamentary assembly (Les Corts) could limit central control over Barcelona. In the early 17th century, with the Spanish monarchy teetering due to excessive growth and economic mismanagement, the Catalans began to worry about losing their immunity from taxation. This period of constitutional conflict was especially noticed in Barcelona, where all the Catalan institutions inherited from the Middle Ages were based. The elevated cost of the 30 years war and the hostilities with France starting in 1635 brought the Spanish need for men and money to Catalonia. In 1640 a revolt against Spain began in Barcelona and spread to the rest of Catalonia. The rebels changed their allegiance to Louis XIII of France. Catalonia’s



people and wealth were decimated during the next 16 years, with the 1652 siege of Barcelona by Don Juan José de Austria ending the rebellion. The conquering general was a generous winner and a remarkable rebuilding of the city followed, only to be wasted with the 1680 and 1690 wars against France. The war of Spanish Succession marked the end of Catalan privileges. Relations with the bourbon king Philip V were bad from the start due to his totalitarian political ideas. The royal viceroy in Barcelona repeatedly infringed the Catalan constitutions. Although Barcelona’s merchants were generally peaceful they could stand no more interference from Spain and stated that as a sovereign nation they had a right to secede from a monarchy that no longer respected their rights. As a result of all this turmoil, on June 20th, 1705 Catalonia signed a treaty with England and Genoa and sparked a war with the Spain of Philip V. The war with Spain lasted 9 years and ended with the surrender of Barcelona on September 11, 1714, today celebrated as Catalonia’s National day. Philip V abolished the traditional Catalan constitutions and Barcelona became a mere provincial city, humiliated by the permanent presence of an occupying army in what is today the Ciutadella Park. But, as resourceful as ever, the defeat made Barcelona’s people turn to creating wealth again, starting new industries based on direct trade with Americas, and the beginning of industrialization importing cotton. The economic indicators at the end of the 18th century skyrocketed and set the stage for a splendid period of economic expansion and commercial growth. BARCELONA: SPAIN’S INDUSTRIAL PIONEER The rapid economic expansion of Catalonia was stopped suddenly by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century. The post war years and the 1821 yellow fever epidemic caused the generally optimistic Barcelona city council to publicly declare that they doubted if the city would ever recover. By 1836 the recovery was complete and Barcelona was back on track developing different industries. Spain’s first mainland railway was built between Barcelona and Mataró, 30 kilometers to the north, in 1848. After the Spanish revolution of 1868 which removed the Bourbons from power in Spain, Barcelona and Madrid came to a relatively peaceful coexistence. In Barcelona the political tendency of Catalanism started gaining ground and there was a resurgence of interest in Catalan institutions, traditions and culture. The prosperity of the age was reflected in the 1888 World Exhibition and Barcelona became a city of cafes and terraces with a flamboyant bourgeoisie. The early years of the 20th century saw social unrest as the tension increased between the rich industrial barons and the working class. The ideas of social anarchists such as Kropotkin and Bakunin had become well established in Barcelona during the 19th century, but a different breed of violent anarchists from France came to Barcelona and gained a strong following. Sadly Barcelona became known as the city of terrorist bombs. There were general strikes in 1901 and 1902, and in 1909 Barcelona saw riots that lasted a week and extensive destruction, including the razing of 70 buildings belonging to religious orders that were systematically burned. These events were known as the Tragic Week and the actual reason for the explosion of popular anger was the military draft that took soldiers to Morocco. But not all was strife and conflict. These were also the years of Modernism and very strong cultural currents were at work in Barcelona. In the 1931 general elections the left wing republican

coalition won and forcibly exiled King Alfonso XIII. This was the beginning of the second republic and it allowed for great strides in Catalan aspirations. Socialist leader Francesc Macià returned from exile in Paris and became the president of Catalonia’s Generalitat. Macià’s ambitious plans for the city were cut short by the military insurrection of 1936. The Spanish Civil War was the beginning of one of Spain’s darkest periods and the Catalan national identity was totally repressed. Not until Franco’s death and the new Spanish constitution of 1978 did Catalonia regain a measure of self government with the Estatut de Autonomia. The 1992 Olympic Games produced the most extensive changes to the city in all its history. We can see and admire all the physical changes such as parks, museums, roads, infrastructure; but even more important is that which you can’t see but you can sense: the pride and enthusiasm that Barcelona’s people have regained and that they are able to transmit to visitors. Sheldon Nazar




CURRENCY & EXCHANGE. Since January 1, 2002 the euro is the currency in Spain and most of the European Union. The seven banknotes are all the same on both sides in all the euro countries, while the eight coins have a common European Union side and a national side with a different design for each country. The banknotes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. Coins have a value of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, as well as 1 and 2 euros; each euro is divided into 100 cents. The symbol for the new currency is: €. If you happen to have leftovers of the old currency, the Spanish peseta, banks will no longer change them for euros. Since June 30, 2002 you are required to exchange them at the Bank of Spain offices. Bank hours are generally from 8:30am to 2pm, Monday to Friday although some banks do open on Saturday mornings. Most bank offices will exchange the major currencies and there are also “cambio” or “change” establishments which are most commonly found on or around the Ramblas. They have very flexible opening hours and offer a variety of additional services such as Western Union money transfers, travel arrangements, and some even internet access. ОБМЕН ВАЛЮТЫ㻃 С 1 января 2002 года евро является валютой в Испании и большей части Европейского Союза. Банкноты выпускаются достоинством в 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 и 500 евро. Монеты имеют значение 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 и 50 евроцентов, а также 1 и 2 евро; каждый евро состоит из 100 евроцентов. Символ евро: €. Если у вас сохранились «старые деньги» в испанских песетах, можете оставить их на память, т.к. банки больше не будут менять их на евро. Испанскую песету с 30 июня 2002 года возможно поменять на евро в испанских банках по специальному запросу. Местные банки обычно работают с 8:30 до 14:00, с понедельника по пятницу; некоторые банки открыты в субботу утром. В Барселоне вы сможете обменять валюту в отделениях многих банков, а также приёмных пунктов “cambio” или“change”, в своём большинстве расположенных на улице Рамбла. У данных пунктов очень гибкий график работы и там же вам предложат ряд дополнительных услуг, таких как пересылка денег через систему «Вестерн Юнион», обмен трэвэл-чеков, доступ в Интернет и др. NEWSPAPERS & MEDIA. The main newspapers in Barcelona are La Vanguardia and El Periodico and El Pais in Spanish and La Vanguardia, El Periodico and Avui in Catalan. The newspaper costs 1,20€. You can find daily newspapers from around the world at most centrally located newspaper kiosks as well as a selection of American and British and other magazines. ГАЗЕТЫ И СРЕДС ТВА МАССОВОЙ ИНФОРМАЦИИ Основной газетой в Барселоне являются «La Vanguardia», «El Periodico» и «El Pais» на испанском языке и «La Vanguardia», «El Periodico» и «Avui» на каталонском языке. Каждая из газет стоит порядка 1,20 €. В центральных киосках вы можете найти ежедневные газеты со всего мира, в том числе


и российские, а также есть выбор американских, британских и других журналов. TIPS & TAXES. Tips are readily accepted in Barcelona. In restaurants and bars the usual tip is around 10% of the bill, depending on the quality of service. Hotel and airport porters will take, depending on the luggage you have, 2 to 10 euros; in a taxi a 10% tip is customary. There is a variable (8-18%) value added tax (IVA) applied to most items and services, but most prices you will see include it. When it is not included it should be clearly marked. ЧАЕВЫЕ В Барселоне с удовольствием принимают чаевые. В ресторанах и барах обычная сумма чаевых составляет от 5% до 10% счёта, если вам понравилось обслуживание. Носильщикам полагается оставлять от 2 до 10 евро, в зависимости от количества багажа; таксисту обычно полагается оставлять до 10% от стоимости поездки. Следует учесть, что во многих случаях НДС (IVA) не включено в цену услуги; однако в этих случаях данная информация должна быть ЧЁТКО ОБОЗНАЧЕНА. ELECTRICITY. As in most of western Europe, in Barcelona 230V 50hz is the standard power supply. For those of you coming from North America with 110v 60hz appliances be sure to use an appropriate transformer. You can find these easily in hotel shops and electrical supply stores. ЭЛЕКТРИЧЕСТВО 䜽Как и в большинстве стран Западной Европы, в Барселоне 230В 50Гц – это стандартный блок питания. Для путешественников из Северной Америки с 110 В 60 Гц техники – не забудьте использовать соответствующие трансформаторы. Вы сможете легко найти их в магазинах отеля или в специализированных магазинах. BUSINESS HOURS. General business hours in Barcelona are from 9 am to 1:30 or 2:00 pm and from 4 pm to 8:00 pm. Some establishments have different hours, such as banks or government offices and services (post office) which usually close for the day at 1:30 or 2:00pm, although they do start earlier in many cases, around 8am. Large department stores and shopping malls stay open at lunch time. Some shops in areas considered to be tourist attractions stay open longer as well. In these areas some shops are open until 10pm. There is some limited holiday shopping, eight holidays per year. ЧАСЫ РАБОТЫ㻃 Офисы в Барселоне работают с 9 утра до 13:30 или 14:00 часов и с 16:00 до 20:00. Некоторые организации имеют разное расписание работы – такие, как банки или государственные учреждения, которые обычно открываются в 8:00 и закрываются на перерыв в 13:30 или 14:00. Крупные универмаги и торговые центры работают без перерыва. Некоторые магазины открыты до 22:00 – из-за большого



наплыва туристов. В праздничные (обычно их 8 в год) и выходные дни все магазины обычно закрыты, кроме периодов распродаж. SMOKING. In Barcelona smoking is widespread, and although the Catalan government has implemented some measures to reduce smoking, this is still a smoker’s city. As of January 1, 2006 national anti-smoking laws were implemented, basically banning smoking in the workplace. Restaurants and bars have also been included and are now smoke free. MEDICAL EMERGENCIES & ASSISTANCE. You will receive immediate medical help if you need it. Travellers from EC countries can receive medical treatment in Spain because of the reciprocal EC agreements. For other travellers, emergency treatment will be given, but it is a good idea to have some kind of medical insurance that covers further treatment here. Following is a table with important phone numbers: Medical emergencies ......................................................061 Centralized emergency line..........................................112 Hospitals ............................................................ 93 227-5400 93 248-9011 93 291-9191 Dental emergency ......................................... 93 227-4747 ON DUTY pharmacies ................................... 93 481-0060 AIDS line ............................................................ 93 339-8756 Poison info ........................................................ 91 562-0420 LEFT LUGGAGE. The Spanish word for the left luggage depot is “consigna” and you will find these at the Sants and França train stations as well as at Barcelona airport. КАМЕРА ХРАНЕНИЯ Испанское слово, обозначающее «камеру хранения» - “consigna”; вы найдете их на вокзалах Сантс Эстасьо и Французском – França, а также в аэропорту Барселоны. PHARMACIES & DRUGSTORES. Pharmacies are identified by the large green cross displayed outside the premises. You will find an ample selection of overthe-counter medication for the usual variety of colds, headaches, digestive discomfort, etc. If you don’t need a doctor, and are in doubt about the medication that would suite you, ask the pharmacist, who is generally very knowledgable. If you need a doctor and he prescribes medication be sure to keep the receipts to claim from your insurance company when you get back home. АПТЕКИ Аптеки легко найти по большому светящемуся зелёному или красному кресту. Там вы найдете достаточный выбор различных лекарств от простуды, головной боли, желудочно-кишечных расстройств и т.д. Если вам не нужен врач, но есть сомнения относительно лекарства, посоветуйтесь с фармацевтом, который даст вам квалифицированный ответ. Если вам нужен врач, и он выписал вам рецепт на лекарства – не забудьте сохранить квитанции, чтобы затребовать их стоимость в вашей страховой компании по возвращении.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. Many bars and restaurants close on public holidays, as do most shops the only exemptions from the law being in tourist areas. Recently a law was passed that allows shops to open on some holidays; when they do the crowds flock out. Often there is a “puente”, literally meaning bridge, which means that if a holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday, the Monday or the Friday is also taken as a holiday which combines into a four day weekend. The public holidays observed in Barcelona are: Jan 1: New Year’s Day; Jan 6: Epiphany; Easter Friday; Easter Monday; May 1: Labour Day; Whitsun; June 24: Saint John; Aug 15: Assumption; Sep 11: Diada: Catalonia’s national holiday; Sep 24: La Mercè: Barcelona’s patron saint; Nov 1: All Saints; Dec 6: Constitution Day; Dec 8: Immaculate Conception; Dec 25: Christmas; Dec 26: Sant Esteve (Boxing Day). ПРАЗДНИКИ. Многие бары и рестораны в праздничные дни закрыты, как и большинство магазинов (за исключением некоторых). Недавно был принят закон, который позволяет работать магазинам, находящимся в туристических зонах. В Испании существует понятие “рuente” – «мост», который означает, что если праздник выпадает на вторник или четверг, понедельник или пятница также принимается как праздник, объединяя таким образом четыре выходных дня. Праздничными днями в Барселоне являются: 1 января – Новый год, 6 января – Крещение, Пасхальная пятница, Пасхальный понедельник, 1 мая – День Труда, Троица, 24 июня – День Иоанна Крестителя, 15 августа – День Св. Марии, 11 сентября – Diada – Национальный праздник Каталонии, 24 сентября – Ла Мерсе – Праздник покровительницы Барселоны, 1 ноября – День всех Святых, 6 декабря – День Конституции, 8 декабря – День непорочного зачатия, 25 декабря – Рождество Христово, 26 декабря – День Св. Эстебана. SAFETY Barcelona is generally a safe city and you can stroll around and do your sightseeing at ease. However, as in any large city, that attracts large numbers of tourists, some basic precautions should be taken to avoid uncomfortable situations. t8BUDIZPVSMVHHBHF FTQFDJBMMZIBOECBHT DBNFSBT  video cameras, etc. t*GZPVUSBWFMCZDBSBOEIBWFUPMFBWFZPVSMVHHBHF inside, try to use surveilled parking lots, and above all, don’t leave objects within sight. t8IFOZPVBSFJOPQFOPSQVCMJDBSFBTEPOUTIPX large amounts of money. t%POUHFUJOWPMWFEJODBSEHBNFTPSTJNJMBSCFUUJOH games in the street. t5IFSFBSFTPNFTJUVBUJPOTJOXIJDIZPVTIPVMECF especially vigilant, for example:





- if you are offered flowers on the street and they get very close to you - if someone gets very close to you to tell you that you have a stain on your clothing - if you are driving and while stopped at a red light someone tells you that you have a flat tire or a burning tire. t 6TF ZPVS IPUFMT TBGFUZ CPY BOE MFBWF ZPVS WBMVBCMF objects and currency. If you wish you can ask your hotel to safeguard your identity documents (passport, etc.). If you do this you must ask your hotel to stamp a photocopy which you should always carry with you.

LANGUAGES. Catalan and Spanish (Castilian) are the two main languages spoken in Barcelona. Although nearly half of the population of Barcelona is not of Catalan origin most can understand and speak Catalan. English is not as widespread as you would expect given the dozens of language schools operating in Barcelona, but if you make a little effort at speaking Catalan or Spanish you will find that goodwill and gestures help the local English language skills. If you want to learn Spanish during your stay you should go to a qualified language school of which there are many.

How to make a police report The National Police and Local Police patrols, as well as the police stations located in areas that attract tourists, have available police reports for those tourists that may need it. The text of the forms has been translated into four languages: English, French, German and Italian. When you make an official report you will receive a copy with an order number to help you with any further paperwork (i.e., insurance claims).

ЯЗЫКИ Двумя основными языками в Барселоне являются каталонский и испанский (кастильский). Почти половина населения Барселоны – не каталонского происхождения, однако, в своём большинстве, они понимают каталонский язык и говорят на нём. Английский распространён не так широко, как следовало ожидать, учитывая наличие в Барселоне десятков языковых школ. Но если вы чуть-чуть постараетесь, произнося отдельные слова на каталонском или испанском, то вы увидите, что добрая воля и язык жестов помогают местным жителям стараться изъясняться по-английски. А если вы хотите выучить испанский язык во время вашего пребывания, вы можете обратиться в одну из многочисленных языковых школ, расположенных в городе.

БЕЗОПАСНОСТЬ Барселона – безопасный город, и вы можете гулять по нему совершенно спокойно. Однако, как и в любом большом городе, который привлекает большое количество туристов, необходимо соблюдать некоторые меры предосторожности: tʃʛʘʱʥʩʧʠʖʟʨʛʞʝʘʞʚʩʧʘʤʟʗʖʙʖʜ ʤʧʤʗʛʣʣʤʧʩʢʠʞ  фотоаппараты, видеокамеры и т.д. tɻʧʡʞʘʱʥʩʨʛʮʛʧʨʘʩʛʨʛʣʖʖʘʨʤʢʤʗʞʡʛʞʘʱʣʩʜʚʛʣʱ оставить свой багаж внутри, пытайтесь использовать охраняемые автостоянки и укладывать багаж в багажник машины, не оставляя вещи на виду. t ʀʤʙʚʖ ʘʱ ʣʖʫʤʚʞʨʛʧʲ ʘ ʤʗʯʛʧʨʘʛʣʣʱʫ ʢʛʧʨʖʫ  ʣʛ держите при себе крупные суммы денег. tʃʛʘʘʵʝʱʘʖʟʨʛʧʲʘʠʖʦʨʤʭʣʱʛʞʡʞʚʦʩʙʞʛʖʝʖʦʨʣʱʛ игры на улице. t ʇʩʯʛʧʨʘʩʴʨ ʣʛʠʤʨʤʦʱʛ ʧʞʨʩʖʬʞʞ  ʘ ʠʤʨʤʦʤʟ ʘʱ должны быть особенно бдительными, например: - Если вам предлагают цветы на улице, и продавец слишком приближается к вам; - Если кто-то очень близко подходит к вам, чтобы сказать, что у вас пятно на одежде; - Если вы за рулем и во время остановки на красный свет кто-то говорит вам, что у вас спустило колесо или сгорела шина. tɾʧʥʤʡʲʝʩʟʨʛʧʛʟʪʤʨʛʡʵʚʡʵʫʦʖʣʛʣʞʵʬʛʣʣʱʫʘʛʯʛʟ и денег. Рекомендуем вам сдать на хранение паспорт и другие документы в отеле и попросить на ресепшене проставить их свой штамп на копии вашего паспорта, для ношения с собой.

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Все полицейские участки располагают специальными формулярами для подачи заявлений. Эти формуляры переведены на четыре языка: английский, французский, немецкий и итальянский. При подаче заявления, вам должны выдать его копию с регистрационным номером (о том, что заявление было принято), чтобы начать любое другое ходатайство (восстановление утерянного паспорта, требование к страховой компании и т.д.)

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In Spain the V.A.T. is included in most prices on display and is currently 18%. In order to be eligible for a VAT refund in Europe you must reside outside the European Union and you must spend a certain amount in one store on the same day. In Spain this amount is 91€. You may receive your refund in a number of ways: C7*<1 C2;.,==8B8>;,;.-2=,*;CB1.:>. CB*74%;*7</.; C(1.76*4270B8>;9>;,1*<.% ! " ! $ SHOPPING IN BARCELONA Shopping in Barcelona has become one of the main activities f visitors to this city, whether on holiday or on a business trip. The quality, quantity and variety of goods on offer is simply astounding and the main shopping areas add the incentive of being located in architecturally rich settings so that you can combine shopping with a thorough knowledge of Barcelona’s architecture. Take for instance the Passeig de Gràcia with its landmark Modernist buildings, many of which house fine shops (jewellery, fashion, gifts) at street level. And of course, the old city is one of Europe’s largest outdoor shopping areas. The variety and quality of Barcelona’s shopping has made it one of Europe’s most active and attractive shopping cities. Combine this with the favourable exchange rates and the program which refunds V.A.T. to non-EU nationals, and you have a compelling reason to go on a shopping spree while in Barcelona!

Cash Refund Offices in all major international airports as well as convenient city centre locations. You can even choose to receive your Tax Refund when you return home via their international network of cash refund partners. The Cash Refund Desks provide you with your cash refund in a wide range of international currencies. How to Claim Your Refund

In-Store When you spend over €91 in one store ask the sales assistant for a Premier Tax Free voucher. Complete the voucher in-store.

ШАГ 1 – В МАГАЗИНЕ Попросите у продавца-консультанта сертификат на возмещение НДС. Прямо в магазине заполните форму. ШАГ 2 - АЭРОПОРТ Когда будете покидать страну, где вы приобрели товары, или Европейский Союз, предъявите на таможне ваши товары, паспорт, товарные чеки из магазина и форму. Таможня поставит штамп в вашей форме. ШАГ 3 - ВОЗМЕЩЕНИЕ Предоставляет несколько способов получения возмещения НДС: Вы можете отправить форму с проставленным штампом на адрес в одном из предоплаченных конвертов с нашим обратным адресом (их можно взять в торговых точках).

At the Airport Bring your Premier refund voucher to the Customs Desk at the airport. Have your Premier voucher stamped by a Custom’s officer.

Getting your Refund For a credit card or check refund, simply mail your completed form duly stamped by customs to Premier in the pre-paid envelope provided or present your form at the nearest Premier Tax Free desk for a refund cash.

Тогда возмещение будет зачислен прямо на вашу пластиковую карту или на ваш банковский счет. или Вы можете представить форму с проставленным штампом в один из множества наших пунктов возмещения, чтобы получить немедленное возмещение средств. См. список Пунктов возмещения налога наличными Как делать покупки без налогов Для того чтобы иметь право на возмещение НДС, вы должны проживать не в той стране, где делаете покупки. Если вы занимаетесь шопингом в Европейском Союзе, то вы должны постоянно проживать за пределами ЕС. Вы будете иметь право на возмещение уплаченного НДС только в том случае, если в одном магазине в течение одного дня потратите сумму не меньше указанного минимума. Минимальная сумма зависит от страны. В таблице приведен список стран, где существует НДС, а также минимальная сумма, которую нужно потратить, чтобы иметь право на возмещение НДС.








ИНДИВИДУАЛЬНЫЙ ТУРИЗМ В БАРСЕЛОНЕ При желании, вы можете заказать индивидуальную экскурсию по Барселоне и окрестностям на комфортабельном автомобиле класса люкс. Помимо этого, вы также сможете воспользоваться услугами профессиональных переводчиков, стилистов и шопперов, записаться на приём в СПА или знаменитые барселонские клиники. Для бизнесменов мы предлагаем поиск деловых партнёров и инвестиционных проектов, а также участие в выставках. Если вы хотите приобрести в Барселоне или окрестностях недвижимость, мы подберём подходящие варианты. Если у вас есть другие сокровенные желания – мы постараемся исполнить их!

INDIVIDUAL TOURISM IN BARCELONA If desired, we can arrange an individual tour with a luxury car. Apart from this, we can offer services of professional translators, stylists and shoppers entered in spas or clinics or famous Barcelona. For business people we can find customers or suppliers, or investment projects and participation in fairs. If your interest is in buying a flat, a farm etc., We find your dream home. If you have any other wish - I will try to comply!

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THE MYTH OF COINS Gods and heroes populated the coins from old Hispania. One exhibit explains some of the beliefs associated with these pieces. Not only did they serve to pay for products and services, but also were used as amulets and good luck charms, as offerings or in burials. We refer to the coins of the old Hispania, that are now shown at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, at the exhibit of “Gods and myths of the ancient. The coin evidence of Hispania”. This is 289 pieces, amongst coins and archeological artifacts, that manifests the image proliferation of gods and heroes on the coins that were produced since V bc century till the arrival of the visigoths in the Iberian peninsula, moment from which the christian cross replaced the images of Heracles or Europa. JAPAN, ONE YEAR LATER CULTURE. Casa Asia features a series of activities on the anniversary of the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear crisis that caused devastation for part of the japanese coast in March 2011. VISUAL POETRY FOR THE YOUNGER ONES INFANTS. Magic, dance, puppets, projections and objects, under the inspiration of Joan Brossa, fuse the show Embrossa’t. DELACROIX, EN RETROSPECTIVA Place: Caixa Forum Centre Social i Cultural, Av Francesc Ferrer Guàrdia 15/02/2012 to 20/05/2012 Amb més de 130 obres, el CaixaForum repassa la trajectòria del mestre del romanticisme, amb la mostra més gran que se li dedica el darrer mig segle. Totes les facetes d’Eugène Delacroix es podran veure a l’exposició “Delacroix (1798-1863)”, al CaixaForum. Es tracta de la retrospectiva més important dedicada al pintor francès el darrer mig segle, amb més de cent trenta obres. Entre aquestes hi ha pintures procedents dels museus més importants del món; treballs que són un referent de la cultura visual occidental. A banda dels olis més coneguts de Delacroix, també es podran veure una sèrie d’obres que repassen la relació del pintor amb Espanya. COM HABITEM EL MÓN Place: Fundació Foto Colectania i la Fundació Suñol, Pg Gràcia, 98 Més de 165 instantànies, d’autors com ara Walker Evans o Ed Ruscha, repassen com interactuem amb el món en una exposició dividida entre la Fundació Foto Colectania i la Fundació Suñol.

MUSEU D’HISTÒRIA DE BARCELONA Centre d’Interpretació Històrica del Refugi 307 (MUHBA) Place: C Nou de la Rambla, 169 Visita al refugi antiaeri del Poble-sec, construït solidàriament pels veïns i veïnes del barri, on s´explica la història de la construcció del refugi, la situació de la població civil i la defensa passiva de la ciutat de Barcelona durant la Guerra Civil. UN REPÀS A L’ESCULTURA DEL SEGLE XX Place: Pg Gràcia, 98 15/02/2012 to 01/09/2012 Art. Obres de Chillida, Gargallo, Giacometti o Calder es poden veure a l’exposició“Escultura/objecte”, a la Fundació Suñol. L’escultura o l’art en tres dimensions és la protagonista de l’exposició “Escultura/objecte”, amb la qual la Fundació Suñol comença a celebrar el seu cinquè aniversari. Es tracta d’un repàs a l’escultura del segle XX, des de les avantguardes històriques als anys vuitanta. S’hi poden veure més de trenta peces del fons de la Col·lecció Suñol, entre les quals hi ha obres d’artistes consagrats com ara Chillida, Miró, Gargallo, Calder, Giacometti o Miró, però també treballs més recents de Pep Duran, Bill Culbert, Jaume Barrera o Tom Carr. GOYA LUCES Y SOMBRAS Formada por casi un centenar de obras, “Goya. Luces y sombras” ofrece un recorrido cronológico por la obra del genial maestro. Una nutrida e importantísima selección que, sin pretender ser exhaustiva, se articula en forma de pequeños relatos visuales que analizan los grandes temas abordados por el artista a lo largo de su vida. La exposición se presenta en Barcelona en el marco del acuerdo de colaboración entre la Obra Social “la Caixa” y el Museo del Prado, e incluye piezas tan destacadas y apreciadas por el público como La maja vestida, La sombrilla, Vuelo de brujas o Todavía aprendo. FERRAN ADRIÀ I ELBULLI RISC, LLIBERTAT I CREATIVITAT Place: El Palau Robert 2 and 3 february Exposición en la que se muestra el talento y la capacidad innovadora que Ferran Adrià, el cocinero más influyente de finales del siglo XX y principios del XXI, ha aplicado a la gastronomía.

S E E B SA EREC EB LAORNC AE :L O RN EAC:O MUE NS DE AF TUI O L N ISN OF FO TR HME AQTUI AORNT E R FC BARCELONA - CAMP NOU FC Barcelona – Getafe Wednesday 11 april FC Barcelona – Atletic Club Sunday 1 april FC Barcelona - Real Madrid Sunday 22 april FC Barcelona – Malaga Wednesday 2 may FC Barcelona - RCDE Sunday 6 de may Barcelona FC: Aristides Maillol, entrada nº 7 Barcelona, 08028

BLACK BREATH + VICTIMS + TORMENTED Place: Razzmatazz 3, Carrer de Pamplona 88 9 April

23è Festival de Guitarra Place: Palau de la Música Catalana, Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt 11 May

ICON OF COIL+ A NICE CHAOS Place: Salamandra 2, Avinguda Carrilet 301 (L’H, Barcelona) 14 April

RUSSIAN CIRCLES Place: Sala Apolo, Carrer Nou de la Rambla 113 15 May

RADIO MOSCOW Place: Rocksound, Almogàvers, 116 18 April

JUDAS PRIEST Place: Sant Jordi Club, Passeig Olímpic 5-7 16 May

LOREENA MCKENNITT CELTIC FOOTPRINTS TOUR Place: Palau de la Música Catalana, Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt. 24 April

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND Place: Estadio Olímpico Lluís Companys, Paseo Olímpico 17-19. 17 May

MANIC STREET PREACHERS Place: Razzmatazz, Carrer dels Almogàvers 122 2 May

LENNY KRAVITZ Place: Sant Jordi Club, Passeig Olímpic 5-7. 3 June

THE TOY DOLLS Place: Razzmatazz, Carrer dels Almogàvers 122 4 May

MADONA Place: Palau Sant Jordi, Passeig Olímpic. 20 - 21 June





arcelona is an easy city to get around in thanks to its good public transportation network, which is constantly being extended. Driving your own car or a rental car in Barcelona is definitely not recommended because of the tremendous amount of traffic and the extremely difficult parking situation. Following are descriptions and tips on the different modes of public transportation available to you and the metro route map.

METRO (SUBWAY, UNDERGROUND) Barcelona’s subway system provides trains that are comfortable and air conditioned in summer and it can take you almost anywhere in the city. For the year 2010 a single fare is 1,45€ but you can also buy a 10 ticket strip called a T1 for 8,25€ for 1 zone. You can use the T1 with both metro and buses. There are also one, two, three and five day travel cards which are very useful for getting around quickly and cheaply. The price for the 1 day travel card is: T-dia (1 day): 6,20€. BUS If you want to see where you’re going, and do some sightseeing as you go, this is the way to travel around Barcelona. Although there is a lot of traffic congestion in the city, the bus system has exclusive use of special reserved bus lanes, which makes it quite efficient and remarkably fast. The price is exactly the same as the metro and the special cards and passes are valid for both bus and metro. For routes see the bus maps on the bus shelters and in the metro stations. TAXI Barcelona taxis are all the same colour, black and yellow. The ride starts with a 2€ minimum fare plus 0,90€ per kilometre (1,15€ at night). There is a minimum 20€ charge from the airport. Make sure that when you start your trip the meter is turned on and that you pay whatever it indicates at the end of your journey plus the extra charge for any luggage. You can check the current fares, posted in view inside the taxi. BUS TURÍSTIC Barcelona’s Tourist Bus takes you along a route that includes the city’s most interesting tourist, commercial and leisure areas. There are one and two day tickets available, valid on three separate routes that intersect at different stops. On board there is a tourist information officer who keeps you up to date on where you are and what you can see and do. Run by the local public transportation authority andTurisme de Barcelona, you can get on and off as many times as you like, there are 44 stops on 3 routes which you access with just one ticket and there are several crossover points. The audioguide is in 10 languages and you get discount-voucher booklet and an informative guide. ТУРИСТИЧЕСКИЙ АВТОБУС Туристический автобус Барселоны провезёт вас по самым интересным маршрутам: туристическим, коммерческим и развлекательным районам города. Существуют билеты на один и два дня, действующие на трёх отдельных маршрутах, которые пересекаются на разных остановках. На борту есть сотрудник, который предоставит вам туристическую информацию и


AIRPORT INFORMATION NUMBERS General Information Police: Lost items: Tourist Information: Airlines operating from Barcelona include: Continental Airlines British Airways Delta Alitalia Iberia KLM Air France Lufthansa SAS Finnair

902 404 704 93 297-1219 93 401-3442 93 478-4704 900 961 266 902 111 333 93 478-2300 902 100 323 902 400 500 93 298-3699 93 298-3585 902 220 101 902 117 192 902 178 178

поставит вас в курс где вы находитесь в данный момент и посоветует, что вы можете увидеть и сделать в данном районе. Этот автобус работает под управлением местного общественного транспорта и Департамента по развитию туризма Барселоны. На протяжении всех маршрутов, с одним и тем же билетом вы сможете входить и выходить столько раз, сколько вам хочется. Поэтому сохраняйте билет до конца дня. Маршрут состоит из 44 остановок, разделённых на 3 маршрута; один и тот же билет пригоден к использованию на всех трёх маршрутах, которые пересекаются на некоторых из остановок. Автобусы снабжены аудиогидом на 10 языках, в том числе и на русском, а также вы получите ваучеры на различные скидки и информационный буклет. TELEFERIC DE MONTJUIC In 2007 Barcelona’s cable cars were completely overhauled, with new 8 passenger panoramic cabins and new stations, all accessible to the disabled. The views are stunning. The base station is Parc Montjüic (near the funicular station) there is a midway stop (Castle station) and it ends at Mirador. Spring hours are 10am to 7pm and the cost is 6,50€ single or 9,30€ return (children 4-12 years old: 5€ single and 6,70€ return). You can get there easily on the Bus Turístic, or by Metro to Paral.lel station and then the Funicular de Montjüic or by bus lines 50, 55, 61 & Parc Montjüic. BARCELONA CITY TOUR The unmistakable red double-decker Barcelona City Tour buses have quickly become one of Barcelona’s recognizable landmarks. With a very large fleet of comfortable buses that come equipped with a very clever sliding roof on the top floor to shield passengers from the rare rainy weather, their service includes 36 stops along 2 routes that intersect in 4 places, all this accesible with just one ticket that lets you get on and off as many times as you like. There is a great 12 language audio system and you also receive a service guide in 6 languages and a discount booklet. БАРСЕЛОНА АВТОБУСНАЯ ЭКСКУРСИЯ ПО ГОРОДУ Красные двухэтажные автобусы, проводящие экскурсии по Барселоне, быстро завоевали популярность среди



U S E F U L I N F O R M AT I O N and city bus-metro ticket that is perfect for the visitor arriving at the airport and wanting to see the city. FUNICULAR DE MONTJUÏC This is the most comfortable way to access Montjuïc. From the urban center (Paral.lel metro station) and in only 2minutes you have access to places such as the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), the Poble Espanyol (see description in Points of Interest section), the Palau Sant Jordi, the Olympic stadium, the Sports University and the Joan Miró Foundation. The Montjüic station is adjacent to the Teleferico base station and allows you to easily continue right up to the fantastic views offered by the Montjüic Castle at the top of the mountain. Integrated into the Metro system, you don’t have to pay a separate ticket. Fare: Single ticket 1,40€.

туристов. Последним предлагается воспользоваться большим количеством комфортабельных автобусов со складным верхом, который в редкие дождливые дни защищает пассажиров от влаги. Маршрут включает 36 остановок по 2 маршрутам, которые пересекаются в 4 местах – и всё это при покупке одного билета, который позволяет в течение дня входить и выходить столько раз, сколько вам захочется. Поэтому сохраняйте билет до конца дня. Экскурсионная программа переведна на 12 языков, в том числе на русский и передаётся через наушники по аудио системе. Помимо этого, вы получаете карту с информацией на 6 языках и буклет с различными скидками. TRAMBESOS & TRAMBAIX Barcelona has recently inaugurated several tram lines. The cost is the same as the metro and bus and you can use the same tickets. The Trambaix lines are the T1, T2 and T3 which all start (or end) at the Pl. Francesc Macià. The Trambesòs is the T4 line and covers the opposite end of the Diagonal, running from the Forum area up to the Olympic Village (see map). The high tech and beautifully designed vehicles are very user-friendly and relaxing. This is one of Barcelona’s most comfortable and leisurely way to do some city sightseeing along the routes. AEROBUS This comfortable bus takes you to and from the airport every 15 minutes with stops at Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia and Plaça Espanya. The Barcelona Transportation Board has recently introduced a combination airport bus

TRAMVIA BLAU TIBIDABO This is a classic of Barcelona’s public transport system, with restored cars that take you from Sant Gervasi to the Avinguda Tibidabo where you can then catch the Tibidabo Funicular that runs to the top of mount Tibidabo. The Tramvia blau offers the most attractive and picturesque way of reaching theTibidabo. In a residential area, this old fashioned tramway runs through the leafy setting of the mountainside, before ending at the foot of the funicular railway. It covers a route of 1,276 metres, overcoming a steep rise of 93m. AEREO An unforgetable ride, this cable car’s easily recognizable towers in the port and the Barceloneta show the route that goes all the way across the port and up to Montjuïc’s Miramar scenic lookout. The two towers located in the port are beautiful examples of steel engineering. Built for the 1929 World Exhibition they offered a new and quick way to link the port area and Barceloneta to the mountain of Montjüic. The fantastic views are an alternative way of getting aerial views and pictures of the city, especially from the Sant Jaume tower, the one in the middle of the route. This is a great way to really get a complete panoramic view of all of the city, from the Barceloneta beaches to the Forum and from Montjuïc towards Tibidabo and Park Güell.





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Romanesque apse of Sant Climent de Ta端ll installed at the MNAC





arcelona is a museum lover’s paradise. The variety, quality and quantity of these institutions is guaranteed to keep you occupied for a considerable portion of your time in the city. There was a flurry of activity before and after the 1992 Olympic games that resulted in the renovation of some of the city’s world class museums such as the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, host to one of the world’s best collections of Romanesque art, and the construction of new museums such as the MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) with its spectacular white building by architect Richard Meier in the heart of the old city where the contrast couldn’t be greater.

MNAC - MUSEU NACIONAL D’ART DE CATALUNYA Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, Tel.936 220 376. Espanya. 50, 55, Bus Turístic, Bus Parc de Montjuïc. Free parking. Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sundays & holidays 10am to 2:30pm. Closed Mondays, except holidays. The National Museum of Catalan Art is one of the best museums of its kind in the world. If you are interested in medieval art and architecture you must visit this museum, renovated by architect Gae Aulenti who also remodelled the Gare d’Orsay in Paris. Visitors can admire the breathtaking 11th and 12th century Romanesque apses, reconstructed precisely as if they were in their original locations, such as the apse of St. Climent of Taüll, as well as the stunning wooden religious sculptures, such as the colourful Majestat Batlló, or the Descent from the Cross of Erill la Vall, both reference pieces for Romanesque sculpture. The Romanesque collection comprises Catalan artworks from the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Besides mural painting, mention should be made of the examples of panel painting and wood carving, as well as remarkable holdings of stone sculpture and metalwork. There is also an excellent Gothic art wing and the very high quality Thyssen-Bornemisza collection of medieval art was transferred here in 2004 from the Pedralbes Monastery. And to complete Barcelona’s Modernista heritage, at the MNAC you will be able to see their excellent collection of Modernist painting, drawing and prints (Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol, etc.) as well as the comprehensive holdings of Modernista Decorative Arts, with works from Gaudí and Jujol, and sculpture. Among the latest exciting additions to the MNAC is the Picasso area, where you can see some of the great master’s most interesting works in context. The idea for the Medieval collections originated in the early 20th century when the looting of architectural national treasures in Catalonia was at its height. Catalan cultural organizations and the church began a crusade to move the most remote church paintings to this central location where they were out of reach of unscrupulous art dealers and collectors. The Museum is housed in the extravagant National Exhibition building built for the 1929 Barcelona International Fair, on the mountain of Montjuïc. If you should visit in the late afternoon when you leave you

might get to see the spectacular Magic Fountain (Fridays and Saturdays), although the splendid views of the city are alone worth the trip. There are escalators all the way up to make it easier to get to. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya stages several major temporary exhibitions every year, following is a description of the current shows. Gothic Art Collection



CATALONIA 1400. THE INTERNATIONAL GOTHIC REVISES ONE OF IT’S MOST CREATIVE CYCLES IN CATALAN ART HISTORY, WHICH COINCIDES WITH THE STAGE OFEUROPEAN ART KNOWN AS “INTERNATIONAL GOTHIC”. THIS PERIOD, WHICH BEGINS AT THE END OF THE XIV CENTURY AND CONTINUES TILL MID XV CENTURY, HAS GIVEN ARTISTS THAT OCCUPY A CENTRAL PART OF EUROPEAN ART HISTORY, LIKE LLUIS BORRASSÀ, RAFAEL DESTORRENTS, PERE JOAN OR BERNAT MARTORELL. Organize: National Art Museum of Catalonia. From March 29th to July 15th 2012 (Seasonal Room 1) Comissary: Rafael Cornudella, MNAC’s Gothic art chief, in collaboration with Guadaira Macias and Cesar Fava. During the XIV century in Europe a process of dialog and synthesis happened between the two great centers for modern art: on the one side Paris, north of France and the Netherlands, and on the other side the central Italian circles, mostly Tuscany. Around 1400 this process crystalizes into a new aesthetic code which formulates first and foremost in a french circle and “french-flemish”, it also fed on other international contributions and quickly spread through Europe. The artistic dynamic of the frenchflemish area and the patronage and prestige politics of the Valois, the reigning house in France, explain the success of a cultural model that seduced many other princes and european nobility. Catalonia decidedly adds itself to the internationalism circuit, and soon redesigns with originality a new trend marked by the contrasts and combined a unique balance, skillful work and the observation of nature, elegance and expression, material luxury and the artist’s ability. The fruit of these experiences makes up one of the most plural and intense moments of catalan history. Peter John: God Our Father

CATALONIA 1400. THE INTERNATIONAL GOTHIC is the first group exhibit organized in Catalonia dedicated to a period in the catalan gothic art. Suggests a new perspective on art of this period and brings together a very selective sample of great art work. The paint on woodmostly altarpieces-constitutes the axle of the show, but also represented in the exhibit are other picturesque luxury genres like miniature and embroidery. Also shown are gold/silversmithing pieces, parisienne production pieces of gold enameling in ronde bosse like some extremely notable works of catalan silversmithing. The panorama is completed with polychromed wood relevant sculptures. The exhibit brings together works from diferent museums and libraries of Catalonia, Spain and abroad. Many of the work also come from parochial and monastic churches, cathedrals and other church institutions, as well as civil institutions, like the Generalitat Palace or City Hall of Lerida (Paeria). THE GREAT ALTARPIECES The altarpiece is the most genuine expression of the catalan paint on wood since the XIV century. Towards 1400, a clearly native appearance shows and has acquired considerable

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES dimensions. The exhibit presents complete altarpieces by Lluis Borrassà, Joan Mates, Bernat Martorell and Jaume Ferrer. Also exhibited, amongst others, the four altarpieces with narrative scenes of Retablo de san Jorge de Bernart Martorell, today in the Louvre, probably coming from Sant Jordi Chapel at Palau de la Generalitat and can be admired for the first time in Catalonia after more than a century after their export. GOLD/SILVERSMITHING AND SCULPTURE The parisienne silversmithing pieces ilustrate the dinastic and diplomatic relations between the courts in France and Catalonia-Aragon. The small jewel the broom pod (cosse de gênet) was no more than the currency of King Charles VI of France: with gold metal and small pearles the pod and seeds are produced on a timeless jewel, that could apper just as gothic as modern; The Galcerán de Vilanova, Seu de Urgell bishops chalis, that is still used in liturgy, is a capital work of the catalan silversmithing and shows a complex figurative program. The processional cross of Igualada has been restored for the ocasion at the MNAC, recovering the correct site of the sculptural pieces, that are of exceptional quality. Also exhibited are polychromed wood sculptures of San Pedro, of Pere of Sant Joan coming from the old great altarpiece of Sant Pere de Cubell, or the sculpture of the Virgen two meters high, atributed to Antoni Canet-one of the principal catalan sculptors and architects of his time-which was the main image of the altarpiece of the Santes Creus monastery. GOTHIC MINIATURE In this period the miniature flowers again and shows the influence of the new frenchflemish figurative models. The exhibit presents a group of 9 lit manuscripts, a type of work that is rarely accessible to the general public, and includes the two monuments of the catalan gothic miniature: the famous Misal de Santa Eulalia of Rafael Destorrents –that did not leave the cathedral of Barcelona for many years– and the Salterio and book of hours of Martorell, kept at the Historic Archive of the City of Barcelona. Unprecedented Bernat Martorell: from paint to embroidery Metro L1 y L3 (Pl. España) Bus Bus Parc de Montjuïc (Av. de Maria Cristina-MNAC) 50 - 61 (Av. Del Estadio/Piscinas Picornell) 13 (Av. Marqués de Comillas/Pueblo Español) 55 (Museo MNAC/Museo Etnológico) Hasta Pl. de Espanya 9, 27, 30, 37, 56,57, 65, 79, 109, 157, 165 Bus Turístico MNAC Tren turístico de Montjuïc (Check the dates of operation) FGC L8, S33, S4, S8, R5, R6 (estación Espanya) Opening times of the MNAC Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm Sunday and public holidays: 10 am to 2.30 pm Monday: closed, except public holidays Closed: January 1st, May 1st and December 25th Free entrance: First Sunday of each month

The Other Story of Saint George

CATALONIA 1400 The International Gothic Style Bernat Martorell. Saint George Bearing the Torture, c. 1434-1437. París, Musée du Louvre, Département des Peintures © RMN/Daniel Arnaudet

EXHIBITION 29th March – 15th July 2012



MUSEUMS & GALLERIES MUSEU PICASSO Jaume I. Carrer de Montcada, 15-23, tel. 93 256-3000. 14, 17, 19, 39, 40, 45, 51, 59. Open: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-8pm. Closed Mondays. This is one of Barcelona’s most visited museums and deservedly so. Their collection of Picasso’s work is particularly strong in his early period, with some of his school book sketches on display, and strong works from his early days in Barcelona and Paris. The spectacular series of Las Meninas (a visual study by Picasso of Velazquez’s famous painting) is not to be missed!

Inside the Picasso Museum

SALA D’EXPOSICIONS DE LA PEDRERA FUNDACIÓ CAIXA CATALUNYA Passeig de Gràcia, 92. Tel. 93 484-5530. Free entrance. More info at Diagonal. 7,16,17, 18, 22, 24, 28. Open: Monday to Sunday from 10am-8pm. Although not strictly a museum the excellent exhibition space at Gaudí’s Pedrera building definitely deserves mention in this section because of the extremely high quality of the exhibitions that they manage to bring to Barcelona. MUSEU D’ART CONTEMPORANI DE BARCELONA Plaça del Angels, 1. Tel. 93 412 08 10. Universitat, Catalunya. 9, 14, 16, 17, 22, 24, 38, 41, 55, 58, 59, 66, 91, 141. Open daily11am-7:30pm; Saturday 10am to 8pm; closed Tuesdays; Sunday & holidays: 10am-3pm. This recent museum of contemporary art, designed by Richard Meier, has been the subject of controversy but is now considered one of Barcelona’s landmarks. The vivid contrast between Meier’s architectural concept and the surrounding historical buildings makes for a striking and stimulating situation. This museum shows mainly temporary exhibitions, with special attention paid to photography, video and graphic work, while it acquires the core of its permanent collection from purchases and donations.

FUNDACIÓ JOAN MIRÓ Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, Tel. 93 443-9470. 50, 55. Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-7pm, Thursday 10am-9:30pm, Sunday and holidays 10am-2:30pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Dec.25 & 26 and January1. The Joan Miró Foundation holds one of the most complete collections of Miró’s work in the world. The beautiful building that houses this wonderful and whimsical collection was designed by Miró’s friend the architect Josep Lluís Sert. You will find sculptures, tapestries, paintings, drawings and the artists’s complete graphic work, all exquisitely displayed. The Foundation presents exhibitions of contemporary art on a regular basis and they also offer contemporary music concerts and conferences.

MUSEU D’HISTÒRIA DE LA CIUTAT Plaça del Rei. Tel. 93 315-1111. Jaume I, Liceu. 16, 17, 19, 40, 45. Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-8pm, Sundays & public holidays 10am-2pm. The City History Museum, located in one of Barcelona’s most beautiful squares is housed in a building that has extensive Roman archaelogical remains in its basement. With this visit you also get to see the Chapel of St. Agatha and the Saló del Tinell. MUSEU DEL ROCK Arenas Barcelona, Gran Via Corts Catalanes, 373-385, 4ª planta, Espanya. Bus Turístic. local PC2. The Rock Museum houses one of the most singular and complete private archives in the world: a unique permanent collection that will transport the visitor from one object to another through the various periods of rock history. In 2010 this collection was declared a Cultural Heritage Property by the Government of Catalonia.The collection is divided into two parts: On the one hand, arranged chronologically, are a variety of exhibitions dedicated to the most representative stages of rock, from its origins to the present day. On the other, a place of honour is reserved for two of its most outstanding proponents: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, their influence spanning decades of hits and mythomania. More than 400 items of memorabilia, over 50 gold and platinum records, more than 60 articles of clothing from various artists, dozens of signed musical instruments, innumerable objects, rarities and artefacts once handled by Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Ringo Starr, Mark Knopfler, Bruce Springsteen, Kurt Cobain and many more. An entire universe of memories fills the Museum with an atmosphere of glamour and the legend of rock’s all-time greatest masters. Come and explore the mythical world of rock through its relics and icons. Autographed shoes that belonged to Brian May



MUSEU D’HISTÒRIA DE CATALUNYA Pl. Pau Vila, 3. Tel. 93 225-4700. Barceloneta. 14, 17, 19, 40. Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm. Wed. till 8pm. Sunday & holidays, 10am to 2:30pm. Mondays (not holidays) closed. Occupying almost half of the renovated late 19th century Palau de Mar building between the Barceloneta and the rest of the city, this striking Museum of the History of Catalonia offers historical exhibits from several different perspectives. The permanent exhibition turns the visitor into the main character of a unique interactive experience during which objects and documents, historical recreations, audiovisual material and databases become the milestones of a fascinating journey through the history of this country. CASA-MUSEU GAUDÍ Park Güell, carretera del Carmel. Tel. 93 Lesseps, Alfons X. 24, 25. 219-3811. Map1:D2. Open: Daily 10am to 6pm from October to March, and till 8pm from April to September. Antoni Gaudí lived in this house within the park which he created, the Park Güell, from 1905 to 1925. The displays consist of furniture he designed as well as quite a few drawings and projects. If you visit the Park Güell make sure that you stop here. MUSEU FREDERIC MARÈS Jaume I. 17, 19, 40, Plaça Sant Iu, 5-6. Tel. 93 310-5800. 45. Open: Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm, Sunday 10am-3pm. A beautiful museum showing mostly religious objects from the 12th to the 15th century. There are some excellent examples of precious metalwork and Catalan crucifixes. Excellent collection of sculpture, from Roman times to baroque. Fascinating and huge collection of daily life objects from the 15th to 20th centuries. FUNDACIÓ ANTONI TÀPIES Passeig de Gràcia. 7, 16, Aragó, 255. Tel. 93 487-0315. 17, 22, 24, 28. Check their website at www.fundaciotapies. org. This very active Foundation presents exhibitions of contemporary artists on a regular basis, as well as being the home of an extensive permanent collection of the work of Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona’s most internationally renowned contemporary artist. Housed in one of Barcelona’s most striking and beautifully restored Modernist buildings, the Editorial Simon i Montaner by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, worth a visit in itself. Look out for the suggestive Tàpies sculpture on the roof (you can’t miss it!). The Antoni Tàpies Foundation holds regular temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists, check timetables and schedules at the door. MUSEU D’ARQUEOLOGIA DE CATALUNYA Pg. Santa Madrona, 39-41, Montjuïc. Tel. 93 424-6577. Espanya. 55. Open: Tuesday to Saturday 9:30am to 7pm, Sunday 10am-2:30pm. Excellent temporary exhibitions complement the main collections, such as the current Egyptian Mummy exhibition, worthy of world-class muse-

ums and definitely not to be missed. This museum is especially interesting for the archaelogy buff and for those interested in finding out who the early inhabitants of Catalonia were. It also has a very interesting collection of objects from the rest of Spain. MUSEU MONESTIR DE PEDRALBES Baixada Monestir, 9, tel. 93 203-9282. Maria Cristina. 22, 63, 64, 75. Open: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-2pm, closed Mondays. To get away from the stress and noise of the center of Barcelona you can’t do any better than this Monastery that is also a museum. Easy to get to thanks to the subway (metro). The 14th century cloisters are one of the architectural jewels of Barcelona and the Catalan gothic period and they are still used by Clarista nuns to this day. There are 14th century paintings by Catalan painter Ferrer Bassa, one of the leading italo-gothic painters of the period. MUSEU TEXTIL I DE LA INDUMENTÀRIA Jaume I. Carrer de Montcada, 12-14. Tel. 93 319-7603. 14, 17, 19, 40, 45, 51. Open: from Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-3pm. Another medieval palace on the same street as the Picasso Museum houses the textile and clothing museum. Well worth visiting for the stupendous period costumes and the beautiful architecture of the building, as well as the pleasant café. MUSEU MARÍTIM Drassanes. Avinguda Drassanes, 1. Tel. 93 342-9920. 14, 18, 36, 57, 59, 64, 91. Open: Monday to Sunday 10am-7pm. The Maritime Museum is housed in the best preserved mediaeval shipyards in Europe, one of Barcelona’s most interesting buildings. With a great collection of all things maritime, the items on display include model ships, navigational instruments, drawings and replicas, figureheads and more. The highlight of their collections is undoubtedly the impressive full size replica of the Royal Flagship of the battle of Lepanto. Full size reconstruction of Royal Flagship inside the Museu Marítim.





points of MONTJUÏC The dominant feature of Barcelona’s skyline is the 570 foot high mountain of Montjuïc. It was already settled well before Roman times, and was later known by the Romans as Mount Jupiter. In the 9th century the moorish invaders built the Laribal Garden pavilion, and centuries later it became a military fortress. Its modern history begins in the late 19th century when the first plans for urbanizing the mountain were drawn up. The 1929 Universal Exposition held in Barcelona was the beginning of Montjuïc’s integration with the city, which was only recently completed with the 1992 Olympics. Montjuïc is also one of Barcelona’s most important natural parks and is an oasis of calm and nature in the middle of the urban agglomeration that is the city. The best views of the city are to be had from here. The buildings of the 1929 plans for Montjuïc are largely intact today, including most of the 15 palaces which have become major museums, such as the recently remodelled Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya housed in the Palau Nacional, and the archeological and ethnological museums. Palau Nacional & Magic Fountain of Montjüic. Photo: Jordi Pareto

OLYMPIC RING For the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games the 1929 Olympic Stadium was refurbished and expanded. Next door, the futuristic Palau Sant Jordi was built without supporting columns for the huge monolithic roof. It took 10 days to lift the roof using hydraulic lifts. Since the Games it has become a favoured concert venue. The TV broadcast images that fascinated the world were those of the divers at the Picornell swimming pools, with the spectacular backdrop of the city. Today they have become public swimming pools, very popular and busy. AGBAR TOWER Glòries. Barcelona’s newest Just off Plaça de les Glòries entry in the field of unique and high quality modern architecture is the spectacular Agbar Tower by Jean Nouvel. It is the headquarters of Aigües de Barcelona and in a city that is generally not very hi-rise it is visible from almost anywhere. At night the spectacular high tech LED illumiPlaça Catalunya




f interest nation is a must-see, but it is only turned on from 9pm to midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. PALAU DE LA MUSICA CATALANA Jaume 1, Urquinaona. 14, 17, 18, 22, 24, 59. If you want to see one of the best examples of Modernist architecture in Barcelona you can’t miss taking a tour of this building. One of Barcelona’s UNESCO Heritage Sites, the Palau de la Musica is a fantastic amalgam of all the arts and crafts in service of political and cultural symbolism proposed by the Catalan Modernists. The Modernist architect Lluís Domenech i Muntaner, whose work is also on the Passeig de Gracia and is the architect behind the magnificent Sant Pau Hospital, made this his masterpiece in 1908. In preparation for the celebration of the centenary, it has had a thorough facelift and original elements that had been removed have been replaced. The multicoloured mosaic and stained glass inside will no doubt dazzle you.

SANTA MARÍA DEL MAR Jaume1. 14, 17, 40, 45, 51, 57, 59. Considered by many to be the best example of gothic architecture in Catalonia. The interior is an example of harmony and the feeling of airiness and lightness is unrivalled in all but a select few gothic structures in Europe, due in part to the fact that the wooden choirstalls that were in the central nave were burnt during the Spanish Civil War. The spacing between columns is the largest of any gothic structure, over 9 metres, and the acoustic properties of this beautiful space have made it a favourite for concerts; if you have the opportunity to attend one, do so. CARRER PETRIXOL Liceu, Jaume I. 14,17,18,59. One of the best loved areas for artists and bohemians is the confluence of the plaça del Pí, placa Sant Josep Oriol and Plaçeta del Pí, located just off the Ramblas. The area is dominated by the church of Santa María del Pí (XIV-XV c.) with its huge multicoloured rose Agbar Tower at night



Hospital de Sant Pau.



window. Leading from the Plaça del Pí to Portaferrisa is the carrer Petritxol, well known by the locals for its art galleries and especially for the “granja’s” that serve delicious thick hot chocolate with pastries such as “ensaimada” and croissant, a perfect pick-me-up after a long day of sightseeing. This area hosts many of Barcelona’s best antiquarian shops. RAMBLAS Catalunya, Liceu, Drassanes. 14, 17, 18, 22, 24, 36, 57, 59, 64. Barcelona’s most characteristic avenue, the nerve centre of the city and not to be missed for anything. Whenever

something important happens to the city this is where everyone shows up to celebrate or protest. There are always people on the Ramblas, up to the very early hours. The Ramblas run from the Plaça Catalunya right down to the monument to Columbus at the water’s edge. The characteristic flower and animal stands decorate the top twothirds of the way, and there are important landmarks like the Canaletas drinking fountain, said to confer true Barcelona citizenship to whoever drinks from it and where Barcelona’s soccer triumphs are celebrated. Further down, you will find the reconstructed Liceu Opera House, the Joan Interior of Santa Maria del Mar basilica.

Boqueria food market main entrance. Castell de Montjüic



ZOO Ciutadella. 14, 16, Parc de la Ciutadella. Tel. 93 221 2506. 17, 39, 40, 41, 59. The Barcelona Zoo houses over 7,000 different animals belonging to 400 species. In November 2003 the zoo’s star, “Copito de Nieve” (“Snowflake” in English) the only albino gorilla in captivity, passed away. You will most likely see some of the more exotic births that have ocurred there over the last year. There is also a children’s zoo with petting animals. PORT OLÍMPIC Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica 36, 40, 45, 59. The beaches in the Olympic Village and Port area are among the best in Barcelona, and certainly some of the most popular. The Olympic Port commercial infrastructure is magnificent and is complemented by Barcelona’s two skyscrapers, the Hotel Arts and the Mapfre office building. Continuing along the waterfront you will see the Olympic Port which is home to many of Barcelona’s seafood restaurants. Among the many choices available, there is one that stands out, La Fonda del Port (see our Seafront section). The area adjacent to the Olympic Port, towards the mountains and on the other side of the Ronda Litoral expressway, is the Olympic Village, where each of the buildings was designed by a recognized architect. The quality and variety of architecture in this area makes strolling through here a pleasure. Moll de la Fusta, between Columbus Monument and Barceloneta.

BARCELONETA Barceloneta. 14, 17, 36, 40, 45, 51, 57, 59, 64. This area has had a tremendous revitalization since the 1992 Olympic Games as it stands between the Olympic Port area and the Port Vell. It is built upon a triangular peninsula that was formed with displaced sand from the construction of the port of Barcelona in the 17th century. A military engineer did the urban planning in the mid 18th century to resettle the forcibly removed residents of what is today known as the Ciutadella Park, which became a military garrison. The layout is an example of baroque city planning with regular modules and some buildings with interesting baroque facades, such as the church of Sant Miquel del Port. The Barceloneta has always had a kind of independent atmosphere, as if it was a separate small town, and you can still feel it if you stroll and wander through the narrow streets. Until recently this neighborhood was Barcelona’s only point of contact with the sea, and its residents were mostly fishermen. It is well known for its seafood restaurants and beaches that stretch all the way to the Olympic Village and Port. The 1992 Olympic Games brought about great new projects such as the recovery of a beautiful beachside walkway, the Palau de Mar project and the Marina Port Vell leisure port. This is a worthwhile excursion if you want to learn about Barcelona’s relationship to the Mediterranean.




Miró Mosaic on the pavement, and the Boqueria Market. There are also free public chairs at the Plaça Catalunya end so that you can sit back and watch the passers-by; they used to be for rent, and tickets were sold for the morning hours or the afternoon/evening. These chairs are an excellent vantage point for watching the colourful human river of the Ramblas. As with all places that are very popular with tourists watch out for pickpockets, especially when crowds are gathered looking at a street performance, especially at the lower end, near the Plaça Reial. PLAÇA REIAL Liceu, Drassanes, Jaume I. 14,36,57, 59,64. Just off the Ramblas is this interesting porticoed square, with tall palm trees in striking contrast to the pavement and lamposts. Of special interest are the two central lamposts, Antoni Gaudi’s first commission in Barcelona and restored by the city in recent years. Under the porticoes you will find a variety of popular restaurants and bars. Come by at night and the terraces are full of customers, street musicians entertain you and shady characters measure you up. LICEU OPERA HOUSE Liceu. 14,59. Considered by many to be one of the finest opera houses in Europe along with the Scala of Milan, it burnt to the ground tragically in 1994. The rebuilding of Port.

Palau de Mar.


the Liceu greatly expanded the facilities while conserving the original façade. COLUMBUS MONUMENT Drassanes. 14,36,57,59,64.At the foot of the Ramblas, almost at the water’s edge is the 19th century monument to Christopher Columbus. The monument was built to commemorate the return of Columbus from his first trip to the Americas, because it was at Barcelona that the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabel, welcomed him home. The 50 metre tall structure, built on the occasion of the Universal Exposition of 1888, has become one of the identifying symbols of Barcelona. It can be visited for a small fee from 10am until 7pm (except Mondays) and the excellent views to be had are well worth getting into the rather small lift and squeezing into the narrow viewing platform. ESTACIÓ DE FRANÇA Barceloneta. 14, 17, 36, 40, Av.Marquesdel’Argentera,s/n. 45, 51, 57, 59, 64. Barcelona’s main international train station, called France Station, is a masterpiece of 19th century metal architecture and engineering. Recently restored to its original splendour, it has been used many times as the backdrop to historic films. Nowadays it has lost importance to other stations such as Sants.


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ARENAS DE BARCELONA Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes, 373-385, 08015 Espanya L1, L3 & FGC. CJ, L72, Barcelona. L95, L70, L94, N13, N16, N1, N15, N17 Bus Turístic ARENAS DE BARCELONA opens its doors once again and it does so with a spash after several years of closure. It is an avant garde space that integrates shopping, entertainment and culture and it has done so mixing the past and the present while returning to the city the use of one of its most emblematic buildings, the Arenas Bullring. It is a different space that unites shopping, culture and entertainment located inside a unique building of great architechtural and touristic value, and its main purpose is to offer visitors a memorable experience. The complex, located in the old Barcelona bullring, is right on one of Barcelona’s most important tourist and economic centres: the Plaza España. This strategic location is connected directly to the airport through the Gran Via, the seaport through the Avinguda Paral.lel, and it is very close to the main Sants railway station. On top of that just opposite the Arenas de Barcelona we find Fira de Barcelona trade fair site with over 3 million visitors every year. Thanks to this exceptional location there is available an unbeatable combination of public transportation (metro, bus, Generalitat trains and taxis). The original building, which housed what for many years was Barcelona’s main bullring, was built in 1900. The architect was Augusto Font i Carreras and this was one of the first important buildings you could see upon arriving in Barcelona. Inevitably it became a point of reference, not only of the area but also of Barcelona. After many years of inactivity (since 1977), the architectural studios of Richard Rogers Partnership and AlonsoBalaguer Arquitectos Asociados received the commission View of the Plaça d’Espanya from the outdoor terrace of Las Arenas

The original façade of the Arenas de Barcelona bullring

to transform the old bullring into a commercial, cultural and entertainment venue. The result: a building that integrates tradition and cutting edge innovation and that aspires to become a symbol of Barcelona. A feat that it will easily achieve when you see the exquisite care with which the original façade of the building was raised 4 metres above its original location and the spectacular treatment of the interior space. With 110 commercial spaces, a 12 cinema complex, a major fitness centre with a circular outdoor running track, a huge domed hall on the top level, as well as the new Barcelona Rock Museum, Las Arenas is set to become one of the city’s most popular locations. There are also some of the best 360º views of Barcelona from the upper level outdoor terrace from which you can see the Sagrada Familia, the Olympic Port skyscrapers or the beautiful Palau Nacional and Magic Fountain. The spectacular interior of Las Arenas de Barcelona



What’s Sónar? Sónar is the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art which is held every year in Barcelona and in various other cities in the world since 2002. Sónar was created in 1994 by Sergio Caballero, Enric Palau and Ricard Robles, the founders and co-directors of the festival. A pioneer and unique in its format and content, Sónar is today a leading international festival in the field of advanced music and the application of new technologies to artistic creation. Sónar is an exceptional combination of entertainment, the cutting edge and experimentation, and at each event its programme features major names in modern music together with an extensive international line-up of emerging artists and a meticulous selection of new media art. The festival is an inevitable benchmark for taking the pulse of the cutting edge of culture of the present and the future. The artists, professionals and more than 80,000 visitors from all over the world who faithfully attend each year are the key architects of this truly unprecedented sociocultural experience. Sónar in the world: Sónar has regularly travelled beyond Spain’s frontiers since 2002 with events of various dimensions and formats in different places in the world, adapting its philosophy to unusual venues and environments, and highlighting the most interesting talent from the international and local scenes. So far, Sónar has travelled to London (an annual date since 2002), Chicago, New York, Washington, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Seoul, Lyón, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Lisbon, Rome and Tokyo, among many other destinations. SonarPro: SonarPro is the platform that the Sónar festival provides for the creative and cultural industries to present new businesses, projects and products within the binomial of technology and creation. It is a space for interaction and interrelation that combines ideas from unorthodox artists that are seeking a commercial outlet through international and local business projects. Confirmed Artists at Sónar 2012 Barcelona Sónar Barcelona, which will take place on 14, 15 and June 16, presents its first confirmed artists, including New Order, The Roots, Deadmau5, Hot Chip, Modeselektor, James Blake dj, Fatboy Slim, Richie Hawtin, Amon Tobin’s ISAM, Squarepusher, Nicolas Jaar, Luciano, Azari & III, Jacques Lu Cont, Friendly Fires, Metronomy, John Talabot, Mouse On Mars, Die Antwoord, James Murphy, The 2 Bears, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Untold, Daniel Miller, Pegasvs, Daedelus, BBC Radio 1 presents Annie Mac & guests and showcases from Hyperdub, Brainfeeder and 100% Silk, among the many new additions to Sónar 2012 Barcelona. The USA’s The Roots, probably the best hip-hop band in the world today. Top-drawer technological shows with a massive impact on the senses, like ISAM by Amon Tobin, and the shows by Deadmau5 and Diamond Version (the new project by Alva Noto and Byetone). Major names in electronic dance music, including Fatboy Slim (for the first time at Sónar), Richie Hawtin, Azari & III, Jacques Lu Cont, Modeselektor, Ital, John Talabot, Luciano and Laurent Garnier (presenting his latest show, LBS). Some of the leading standard bearers of today’s freshest and most danceable pop, like Hot Chip (who have a new album under their belt) Metronomy, Friendly Fires and Austra. Undeniably talented young artists like James Blake (wearing his dj hat), Nicolas Jaar (returning after his success at Sónar 2011), Maya Jane Coles, Jacques Greene, Julio Bashmore, Thundercat, Cooly G, The


Suicide Of Western Culture, Uner and Blawan, among others. Top drawer adventurous and experimental artists such as Mouse On Mars, Squarepusher, Peaking Lights, Maria Minerva, LA Vampires, Plapla Pinky and Supersilent, who will be performing with the legendary British musician John Paul Jones. The major showcases by Hyperdub, Brainfeeder and 100% Silk (three of today’s most important labels, champions of cutting edge dubstep, the fertile Los Angeles beats scene and the new batch of underground house producers in the United States, as well as the BBC Radio 1 show with Annie Mac and her guests. New Order, one of the most influential British bands in the history of music, will be headlining Sónar by Night on Saturday 16 June. New Order is undoubtedly one of the key names in the history of music and one of the most influential bands of recent decades. The Manchester outfit pioneered the use and assimilation of the language of electronic dance music in a pop context after the end of Joy Division, and succeeded in creating a style all their own. Innovative and highly respected by the critics, as well as being massively successful, New Order have been responsible for an extensive catalogue of hits as timeless as “Blue Monday”, “Bizarre Love Triangle”, “True Faith”, “The Perfect Kiss,”“Regret” and “Fine Time,” among many others. South Africa’s Die Antwoord has been also added to Sonar 2012, returning to the festival after their triumphant concert last year to present the excellent new “Ten$ion”. Other additions include the wisdom of James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) on the decks on Friday the 15th at Sonar by Night; danceable electronica with a pop sensitivity from Britain’s Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs; The 2 Bears, the new house project by Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Raf Lundell; the highly respected dj Untold, a mainstay of British bass music; the session by Daniel Miller, the founder of Mute and a living legend of new wave; the up and coming Barcelona kraut-pop duo Pegasvs; and the colourful show of mirrors by the American beatmaker Daedelus. Besides those mentioned above, the festival will also feature Cornelius presenting the band salyu x salyu, the Brazilian experimentalist Ricardo Donoso, the Canadian remixers Keys N Krates, unusual musical-scientific ideas from Japan’s Masaki Batoh, the mysterious 5-piece band performing under the Mostly Robot monicker (in a show presented by Native Instruments), and some of the most interesting outfits currently working in Spain, such as Lenticular Clouds, Lolo & Sosaku, D.Forma and Esperit!, among many others. Red Bull Music Academy comes back to the SonarDôme stage and the performers in the programme include the legendary Dj Harvey, footwork heroes DJ Spinn & Dj Rashad, plus Brenmar, NguzuNguzu, Salva, Nehuen, Jesse Boykins III and Doc Daneeka, among many others. NEW ADDITION!: Lana del Rey at Sónar 2012 Barcelona Sónar confirms the special appearance of Lana Del Rey at Sónar by Night. The singer from New York, recently awarded International breakthrough artist at the Brit awards, will present her debut album “Born To Die”, a chart topper half the world over. Lana del Rey, one of the stars on the current International pop scene, will perform at Sónar Barcelona 2012. The young New Yorker, whose rocketing career has converted her into a global icon, will present her debut album ‘Born to Die’ live, after having topped the charts in north America, the UK and other parts of the world. Lana Del Rey possesses a carefully groomed style evoking images of the Hollywood hey-day, impeccable videos (“Video Games”, “Born To Die”, “Blue Jeans”) seen over the internet by thousands of viewers throughout the world in a short space of time and achieving millions of hits, and songs that stand out for their contemporary sound, accurate melodies, high doses of glamour and influences of pop, from the 50’s to the 90’s. Lana herself cites Elvis Presley, Britney Spears, Nina Simone, Nirvana, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys and Antony and the Johnsons amongst her principle references and defines herself as a



POINTS OF INTEREST most visited attractions, and for good reason. Barcelona’s Aquarium is the world’s largest and most important with a Mediterranean theme. The stars are the sharks found in the Oceanarium along with over 8,000 other fish. The Oceanarium, which holds 4,5 million litres, features a transparent tunnel over 80 metres long, which gives the visitor the impression of strolling around the depths of the sea. Enjoy a walk along the

The most important Mediterranean collection in the world. 11,000 organisms from 450 species Huge Oceanarium 80 metres of transportment tunnel under the water 21 tanks of water from seas all over the world. Auditorium, cafeteria, shop, events.

Don’t forget to visit us! Moll d’Espanya del Port Vell, s/n - 08039 Barcelona

L’AQUARIUM DE BARCELONA Moll d’Espanya, s/n, Port Vell, 08039 Barcelona. Tel. 93 221 74 74. L3 Drassanes,L4 Barceloneta. 14, 17, 19, 36, 38, 39, 40, 45, 57, 59, 64, 91, 57, Bus Turístic. With the wonderful seafront available in Barcleona, it was only a matter of time before a spectacular facility such as this was implemented here. This spectacular Mediterranean lifesize aquarium is one of the city’s

bottom of the sea and discover the sensation of being submerged and surrounded by thousands of fish and large sharks. Discover the other face of the Earth in Planet Aqua, where you will find the most surprising creatures imaginable: fish without eyes, piranhas, alligators, penguins, rays,... And also Explora!, an interactive space intended for youngsters where they can see, hear, touch and investigate. Barcelona’s Aquarium, it’s another world!



IMAX 3D Drassanes, Barceloneta. 14,17,19,36,39,40,45,57, 59, 64, 157, Bus Turístic. IMAX PORT VELL the cinema of the future, is a spectacle of image and sound unique in the world. In a single venue you will enjoy cinema in a big way: with a screen 27 metres high (IMAX) and a domical screen 30 metres diameter (OMNIMAX). Also at IMAX PORT VELL you will be able to experience cinema in 3 dimensions. An

unforgettable sensation. The images are so realistic and grandiose, along with an absolutely wraparound sound (27,000 watts/quadraphonic), that we are sure you’ll never before have felt so much a “player in the movie”. Currently showing is Dolphins & Whales: Tribes of the Ocean 3D, in which spectacular IMAX 3D imag-

es show the habitat and life of these animals in never before filmed sequences. Another major IMAX3D film is Mummies 3D: Secrets of the Pharaohs, which follows researchers and explorers as they piece together the archeological and genetic clues of Egyptian mummies. Also playing now is Magic Journey to Africa: An Adventure Beyond Your Dreams, an inspirational tale infused with magic, fantasy and adventure. Shot entirely in stereoscopic 3D it combines real images with animation and visual effects. The most recent addition to the playlist is the wonderful new production from Disney/

Pixar, Toy Story 3 in full IMAX 3D, you get to enjoy the new adventures of Woody, Buzz and the rest of the gang. If you still haven’t visited the IMAX cinema you have a whole new world to discover. Enjoy the cinema of the future at IMAX PORT VELL, an emblematic Barcelona site. Special conditions: schools, congresses and conventions.





BARCELONA’S BEER BY EXCELLENCE Considered the first industrial beer company in Spain: Cervecera Moritz Louis Moritz arrived in Barcelona from Pfaffenhoffen in 1851, site for the beer region of Alsace, where he was born 21 years earlier and where his brother was beer master. Good connoisseur, due to his origen, of beer and the ,process of production, his first job post would be the small factory that Ernest Ganivet (another frenchman settled in Barcelona) had on Cires street of Barcelona, where heíd work as beer master. In 1856 Louis Moritz is already brewing his own beer. Three years later he buys the Joan Maurier factory, located on Portal de Santa Madrona street, which makes him one of the most important producers in Barcelona. to come. The size of the establishment would continue to grow progressively, with the purchase of neighboring buildings by Louis Moritz, till the creation of a great architectural development, that partly, his successors would recuperate in present day.

The demand for beer increases, and the business grows with the attainment of more land. In 1862 he purchases property in the recently planned Ronda de Sant Antoni (since the demolition of the walls and beginning of the ìCerda Planî implementation), in order to inaugurate, two years later, one of the first buildings of the Eixample, that would the largest beer factory of the city for years

In a short period of time, Moritz beer gains prestige and in 1897 Moritz Brewing Company is born, legendary location in the city and a clear sample of the roots of the company in Barcelona city. Louis Moritz dies in 1920. Two years later, his descendants create F·brica de Cervezas Moritz, S.A. Yje quality and reputation of Moritz consolidates during the decade of the 1920ís. Amongst Moritz major customers



are locals that form part of Barcelonaís great history, like Zurich, Boliche, VelÛdromo, Font del Gat or el Suizo. In 1930, Moritz reaches a record volume in sales, and two years later the company controls 34% of the catalan market. In 1934, Moritz participates in the samples fair that inspired the 2nd republic to jump start the catalan economy. During the civil war 1936-39, the factory is collectivized. At the end of the war the factory is returned to the family and resumes sales. In 1966 the era of advertising commences, Moritz launches Ep.Ep. Epidor campaign, and a few others that with time would become icons of the period, like the famous seat 600, a small utility vehicle that was all the rage in those years and again nowadays. However in 1970, the petrol crisis that affected different sectors of the economy, and the impossibility of a recovery after the creation of Cervezas Barcelona, S.A., Moritz decides to sell itís shares. Cervezas Barcelona, S.A. dissapears in 1978. In 2004 fourth and fifth family generations relaunch the brew company on the same site where Louis Moritz established Moritz beer in 1856.

In 2011 Cerveces Moritz opens itís doors to the city of the Moritz Barcelona factory. A 4500 square meters project, transforms the factory into a great gastronomical culture and leisure platform open to the public. Jean Nouvel has been in charge of the remodel and design of the old factory, presenting the industrial and manufacturing spaces that were the headquarters of the company in 1856. FMB has been transformed into a unique space, divided into three floors, that accommodates all kinds of activities related to gastronomy, the new trends, fashion design, architecture and more. The space includes a brewery , two restaurants, a wine bar, a shop, a microbrewery, a museum, a gastronomy hall and a series of multipurpose rooms to accommodating activities ongoing in the city. Gastronomy, pillar for the project. One of the strong points for this project is the gastronomical slope, where the award winning chef Jordi Vila, will be in charge of directing the cooking spaces. On the side he designed the menu for the Moritz brewery, which can be viewed from the street, and you can find an ample offering

of dishes with catalan roots and typical alsatian dishes, like the Flammkuuchen. The interior design is all over contemporary, but has not lost a peak of the essence of itís early years. A visit that you do not want to miss during your stay in the city.





Cathedral ambulatory


he Gothic Quarter is the heart of the city. We encourage you to stroll through the historical and political centre of Barcelona, we invite you to take a walk to explore the architectural heritage of yesterday and the political institutions of today. You will discover the remains of the ancient fortifications and the temple to Augustus built by the Romans on Mount Taber. These remains now rub shoulders with the old palace of the count-kings, the Cathedral and other Gothic buildings which mark the apogee of the city and its culture in the medieval period. You can end or start your walk at the Plaรงa de Sant Jaume, with a visit to the interior of the City Hall, where you can admire the historical Salรณ de Cent.


CATHEDRAL Beautiful example of Catalan gothic, started in 1298. The complicated faรงade was added very much later, in the 19th century. There is a very interesting ancient crypt and a unique cloister where you can stroll and relax while you admire the architecture and the geese. You can also visit the rooftop for a small fee, a lift takes you up and you get wonderful views of the city rooftops. You can climb the stairs up to the central spire for a breathtaking view. Palau del Lloctinent. Photo: Fris




PALAU DEL LLOCTINENT An excellent example of very late gothic civil architecture (16th century). PLAÇA DEL REI This is one of Barcelona’s favourite venues for concerts and artistic activities. It is an extraordinarily coherent mixture of singular buildings, including the chapel of Saint Agatha, the Palau Reial Major, and the Palau del Lloctinent. PIA ALMOINA This was the residence of the 16th century canons and has recently had a complete rehabilitation (including a very good exhibition space) ROMAN WALLS Remains from the 4th century A.D. These remains are visible as part of the walls of a series of gothic period buildings. The best vantage point is from the Via Laietana, as in the picture of the Plaça de Berenguer above right. SANTA MARIA DEL MAR Considered by many to be the most perfect example of Catalan Gothic architecture, it’s harmonious interior boasts excellent acoustics that make it a preferred concert venue. Begun in 1329 by Berenguer de Montagut, and completed in 1383, this church was built during the height of Catalan overseas expansion. In July of 1936, during the Spanish Civil War a fire destroyed much of the interior. Cathedral detail.

Barcelona’s Cathedral: exterior of ambulatory and belfry.






Modernist art and architecture flowered in Barcelona like in no other city in the world. You will find entire districts spattered with Modernist buildings. For those with a keen interest in learning more about this artistic current there is the Modernist Route a program that identifies 115 of the most important sites. Tickets are available at the Modernist Route Centres located in the Turisme de Barcelona main office (Plaça Catalunya) and the Güell Pavillions. The first Modernist architect we shall illustrate is Domènech i Montaner, two of his buildings in Barcelona have been declared Unesco World Heritage Sites. With the 1908 Palau de la Musica Catalana he created one of the Modernist masterpieces, declared a Unesco World Heritage site. It took 3 years to complete (1905-1908) and was built as the home for the Orfeó Català, a leading local choir. Sheet iron was used precociously in this building, and the lavish decoration makes it feel like a piece of jewellery. The auditorium has an inverted cupola made of stained glass that will take your breath away, as will the mosaics that can be seen both inside and outside. Sculpture and painting are also a crucial part of the building’s decoration and this synthesis of all the arts perfectly illustrates the Wagnerian influence on Catalan Modernism. With a busy concert schedule you can easily find out how good the acoustics of this building are. Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau This unique hospital Inside of Palau Robert.


complex is an unqualified masterpiece of Modernism and shouldn’t be missed by anyone interested in Modernist architecture. It is located not far from the great Sagrada Familia, at the other end of the Avinguda Gaudi, and it is open to the public for viewing (temporarily closed for restoration work). This hospital originated in the 15th century, when the six hospitals that existed in Barcelona at the time were joined into one large complex. Its original location was in the old quarter, in what is today the National Library of Catalunya. By the late 19th century the original gothic premises were clearly insufficient and a major expansion of facilities was required. Thanks to Catalan banker and philanthropist, Pau Gil, construction was undertaken on the present day complex for which Modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner was chosen. He in turn surrounded himself with some of the best tradesmen and artists of the time, such as Pau Gargallo and Eusebi Arnau, which goes a long way towards explaining the extraordinary richness and harmony of the building. Construction stretched over a long period of time, and the official opening was actually in 1930. Anecdotes abound, as that of the young Pablo Picasso painting a dead woman there in 1903. Recently this building, along with the Palau de la Música Catalana, was declared to be a World Heritage site by the UNESCO. At number 35 of the Passeig de Gràcia is another of Lluís Domènech i Montaner’s brilliant masterpieces. The Casa Lleó Morera is on what is known as the “block of disagreement” because of the contrast between the major Modernist buildings, including this one and those by Gaudí (Casa Batlló) and Puig i Cadafalch (Casa Amatller). The Casa Lleó Morera was originally built in 1864, and in 1902 Domènech i Montaner was contracted to carry out a complete reformation. It was finished in 1906 and won the first prize of the City’s Artistic Buildings Contest (held yearly between 1900 and 1930). The Lleó Morera family eventually sold the property in 1943, when drastic and ill-advised modifications were carried out. In the 1980’s it was partially restored to its previous splendour. You can spend quite some time discovering and admiring all the decorative details on the exterior, but the inside has also managed to keep many original Modernist elements intact. The decoration is again an overwhelming synthesis of all the arts, like in the Palau Güell or the Palau de la Musica, and the sheer richness can easily keep you busy for quite a while. The Passeig de Gràcia probably has the highest concentration of Modernist buildings in the city. Starting at the Plaça Catalunya, the first building to impress us is the 1890 Casa Pascual i Pons, (Passeig de Gràcia, 2-4) by Enric Sagnier, whose neo-gothic tendencies can be plainly seen. At number 6-14 stand the magnificent and stately Cases Rocamora (1918) by J. Bassegoda, one of the districts largest group of buildings. He also used a lot of neogothic elements which helps to make this stretch of Passeig de Gràcia one of Barcelona’s most monumental. This part of the Passeig offers many opportunities for shopping or



Palau de la Musica Catalana interior by Domènech i Montaner enjoying a good meal while sightseeing and discovering Modernist Barcelona. At number 41 we come to the Casa Amatller (1898-1900) by Puig i Cadafalch. From the outside this building surprises for its combination of a rigid stepped gable with floral neogothic details. The surface decoration brings associations with metalwork miniatures and caskets from the middle ages. The façade shows St. George fighting the dragon, which is a Catalan nationalist theme once again. Right next door is the crowning piece of the “Block of disagreement”Gaudí’s spectacular Casa Batlló, an apartment block which has an unreal appearance. The facade is covered with multi-coloured tiles and the roof uses glazed ceramic “scales”, following the theme of St. George and the dragon. The cross can be read as piercing the dragon’s backbone, while the eerie balconies are the bone’s of the victims. The inside is stunning, especially the first floor salons and the central courtyard, but the innovative attic and spectacular rooftop are also well worth visiting up close. Just around the corner on c/ Aragó you can visit one of the earliest Modernist buildings, the Editorial Montaner i Simón built by Domènech i Montaner between 1880 and 1885. It has now become the Antoni Tàpies Foundation, one of Barcelona’s most innovative and active art centres. It is well worth visiting the inside, which has been beautifully restored and is an unbeatable setting for the Tàpies art library and exhibition space. Another interesting feature of Catalan Modernisme is its early adoption by all kinds of patrons, especially shops such as pharmacies, bookstores, bakeries, etc. There are two of these on the Ramblas. The Antiga Casa Figueras (Rambla, 83) was decorated by Antoni Ros in 1902 and is richly decorated with mosaic and stained glass. The 1911 Farmacia Genové (Rambla, 77) by Enric Sagnier includes gothic elements as well. The Park Güell was originally intended to be an English style garden city, this enchanted world was projected by Antoni Gaudí but most of it was actually executed by his extraordinary disciple Josep Maria Jujol. The undulating benches are covered with fragments of brilliant ceramic tile, all sizes, kinds, colours and qualities. The resulting mosaic is a favourite subject of photographers, who enjoy the challenge of striving to capture every nuance and detail. The main entrance to the park is flanked by a couple of buildings that look like they illustrate a fairytale, and actually they do: Hansel and Gretel. Next comes the famous staircase, with a multi-coloured dragon or lizard like creature keeping watch over the falling water that spouts from its mouth. Then the staircase bifurcates and leads the visitor to the impressive and monumental hypostyle hall. The ceiling is completely covered with the characteristic mosaic of broken tiles and there are several “suns” that break the monotony of the white tile. The roof of the hypostyle hall is the famous undulating bench

terrace, a perfect vantage point to get a general view of Barcelona looking out towards the Mediterranean sea. The mosaic bench is a tour de force of colour arrangement, with an iconographic meaning (from strong and deep colours to white or near white) which recalls the rising of gothic cathedrals (from dark to light). This is another of Barcelona’s Unesco World Heritage sites and nowadays it attracts huge numbers of visitors, try getting there early in the day or at lunchtime to avoid crowds.

The Palau Güell was projected by Antoni Gaudí in 1886 and benefited from the fact that Eusebi Güell, who commissioned the building of this palace which was originally intended to host social and community events (political meetings, concerts, etc.), instructed him to use the best of everything. In other words, he had an unlimited budget to do as he saw fit. And that is evident in the result, with superb metalwork, stone masonry and woodwork that includes ebony and rare brasilian woods. The metalwork on the façade includes Catalan national iconography, illustrating the fact that Modernism in Catalonia was identified with nationalist aspirations. Due to extensive restoration work being undertaken the Palau Güell will remain closed to visitors until 2011. The Casa Milà (Passeig de Gràcia, 93), more generally known as “La Pedrera” (The Quarry), is Antoni Gaudí’s most mature work. If any one building had to represent Modernism in Barcelona this would be it. Built between 1906 and 1912, it was the last aparment block to be built by Gaudí and it was full of revolutionary and pioneering details that demonstrated a brilliant mastery of technique and creativity. Originally lampooned and ridiculed for its naked and rough appearance (to the eyes of Gaudí’s contemporaries), it was badly mutilated and reformed over the years. In 1984 it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Today it is the headquarters of a local savings bank, La Caixa de Catalunya, which has invested huge amounts of money in ten years to restore the building back to the way Gaudí created it. And they have succeeded beautifully. This is a mandatory stop if you want to learn about Barcelona and Modernism. There is an exhibition space in the restored attic, and a conference hall in the basement, as well as the excellent free exhibition venue on the main floor (see our Museums section for current exhibition details). The view from the rooftop is priceless. Check our Gaudí section for more details. Moreover, when speaking of Modernisme, we cannot forget that Modernista architecture integrated all the arts, both on the fronts and in the interiors of the buildings. Resulting from this integration are the Modernista buildings that were built in L’Eixample in Barcelona, outstanding among them the so-called “mansana de la discòrdia” (block of discord), with three emblematic buildings: Casa Amatller, Casa Lleó Morera and Casa Batlló. The wealth of Modernista decorative arts that can be admired in the





Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya makes it possible to exhibit a remarkable number of works that were part of the interior décor on the main floors of all three buildings. In the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya the presence of works by two of the foremost artists of new Catalan painting is notable: Ramon Casas and Santiago Rusiñol, the promoters, together with Miquel Utrillo and Pere Romeu, of Els Quatre Gats, an establishment decisive for the consolidation of Modernisme. The work that has become emblematic of Els Quatre Gats and also of Catalan Modernisme is Ramon Casas and Pere Romeu on a Tandem, which can now be admired in the galleries of the MNAC.

Ramon Casas and Pere Romeu on a Tandem by Ramon Casas (1866-1932) . Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

So, Modernisme embraced aspects as diverse as architecture, music, the plastic arts, the graphic arts and the decorative and industrial arts, and in all of them it achieved an extraordinary personality and quality. Nevertheless, it was the architectural side, overshadowed by the genius of Gaudí, that scaled the greatest heights.


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arcelona’s most famous and brilliant modernist architect, Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), built his best works in this city. This section describes those you really should make a point of seeing, starting with the spectacular Sagrada Familia Temple. SAGRADA FAMILIA Plaça Sagrada Familia, Tel. 93 455 0247. Sagrada Familia. 18, 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 48, 50, 51. Visiting hours: Oct.-March: daily 9am to 6pm; April to Sept. 9am to 8pm. Begun over 100 years ago in 1882, and still not completed, this is undoubtedly Barcelona’s most readily identifiable monument. You can visit the structure and climb up some of the towers if you have a head for heights (there are lifts to go up), and there is a museum that has models of what the final building will look like, with a massive central tower that soars almost 200 feet above and between the current towers. At the moment there are 2 façades: the Passion and the Nativity with sculptural contributions from different sculptors, including Japanese artist Etsuro Sotoo whose work can be seen on the Nativity facade. On the Passion facade is the brilliant work of local sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, which to some observers seems to stand apart from the rest of the work and has been the focus of criticism from some quarters and lavish praise from others. In any case, everyone can agree that the work is strong and passionate and of great beauty in itself. DEDICATION OF THE SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA On November 7, 2010 the Sagrada Familia was dedicated by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. From that moment the Sagrada Familia became a minor Basilica (the major Basilicas can only be located in Rome). The ceremony started at 10am with the Holy Mass. At the beginning of the Mass, the Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona spoke a few words of greeting to the Holy Father. Afterwards the complex liturgy of dedication/consecration took place. Shortly after 12:00 the Prayer of the Angelus was held outside the Nativity facade of the Sagrada Familia and the Holy Father addressed the thousands of faithful gathered in the streets for several blocks around. The interior of the Sagrada Familia can hold close to 10,000 people but it was limited on that day to around 7,500 for security reasons. The two squares on either side and the streets around the building were occupied by thousands of people (40,000 chairs were in place), and they were able to follow the proceedings on giant television screens. The King and Queen of Spain as well as other authorities were in attendance. The interior of the Sagrada Familia is now fully vaulted and the windows have been glazed. Major items such as the organ, the altar and baldacchino are also in place and ready for use. However, the Sagrada Familia still has a long way to go before it is fully finished on the outside. The most spectacular parts of the exterior are still being built and are only just now beginning to rise. There are the 4 evangelist towers as well as the central main tower of Jesus, the tower of the Virgin (over the crypt), and the Glory Portal with

MODERNIST BARCELONA its 4 belltowers. Recent estimates talk of around 20 years for full completion. This is truly a project that reminds us of the great age of the cathedrals between the 12th and 15th centuries, and it is all the more remarkable when you consider that it has been financed by donations, starting with Gaudí himself. The beauty and harmony of the interior of the Sagrada Familia, along with the vast scale and daring architectural innovations introduced by Gaudí will make a visit turn into an unforgettable experience, both spiritual and physical. In future issues of See Barcelona we shall publish expanded articles on the Sagrada Familia and all of Gaudí’s works in Barcelona, including the Güell Colony Church, considered to be the dress rehearsal for many of the architectural solutions found in the Sagrada Familia, the sublime Teresianes School, the restored Palau Güell which has been closed to the public for several years, and we shall see the latest developments in the beatification process of Gaudí.







CASA BATLLÓ Passeig de Gràcia at Aragó. Passeig de Gràcia. 7, 16, 17, 18, 22, 24, 28. On the Passeig de Gràcia stands this simply incredible building. The curved shapes and antropomorphic suggestions make it an eerie sight when it is illuminated at night, and in daylight it is equally fantastic and organic. All Gaudi’s favourite materials are used here, such as ceramic tiles (on the roof ) and mosaic (on the façade). The ingenious use of light, such as in the photo above, with tiles going from light at the bottom where there is less daylight, to darker at the top, and the brilliant use of parabolic arches in the attic, along with the impossible shaped ceilings and chimneys make this one of Gaudi’s most celebrated works. In the summer of 2005 it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only recently opened to the public, and having celebrated its centenary in 2004, the Casa Batlló is one of the must see visits in Barcelona. You can get to see the first floor, the attic and the rooftop.







PALAU GÜELL Nou de la Rambla, 3-5. Entrance fee (includes audioguide): 10€, reduced 8€. Opening hours: Apr. 1 to Sept. 30, Tue. to Sun. 10am to 8pm. Closed Mondays except holidays. Built between 1886 and 1888 as the main house for Gaudí’s patrons the Güell family. This is one of Gaudí’s greatest buildings, and has been slightly overshadowed by his other more popular and better known buildings. This is a tour de force of all Gaudí’s later architectural practice. It is built to resemble a small palace, with a lavish, elegant, warm and rich decoration. The main façade is difficult to photograph because of the narrow street, but it is rather austere, of white stonework. The main entrance has a most intricate and spectacular ironwork design set in the parabolic archways that would later recur in the architects work. The centerpiece of the entrance is the Catalan coat of arms wrought iron sculpture which is one of the recurring nationalist themes present in Gaudí’s work. The basement was used as the stable and was big enough to get carriages in. Gaudí used a combination of rectilinear and circular brick masonry columns as can be seen in the photograph below. The bare and austere brickwork is replaced upstairs by some of the most lavish use of noble materials (such as marble, inlaid woodwork, different kinds of metalwork) to be found in Gaudí’s work. The building is centered around an open space that culminates in a dome that allows light through, in a style reminiscent of arab baths buildings. In several of the rooms there are tremendously elaborate sculpted wood ceilings. The restored rooftop of the Palau Güell is one of those magical places that only Gaudí could have created and should not be missed (the more colourful work is not Gaudí’s).The chimneys are fantastic conical shapes, with different volumes and textures, decorated with a variety of materials, such as volcanic stones, pebbles, glass, or ceramic tile mosaic. This is considered to be the first rehearsal for the rooftop of La Pedrera, and it also was the first time that Gaudí used broken tile mosaic. The central spire has small openings that allow light to filter down into the main vertical opening of the building, and it is topped by a fantastic creature half human half bat above a spiked ball.







CASA MILÁ (LA PEDRERA) Passeig de Gràcia, 92, Tel. 93 484-5900, Diagonal. 7, 16, 17, 18, 22, 24, 28. Also on Passeig de Gràcia a few blocks higher up, although on the opposite side of the street, this building is Gaudí’s most immediately recognizable work, along with the Sagrada Familia temple, and is generally considered to be his most accomplished work and the pinnacle of modernist architecture. The façade, which was covered with black soot from urban pollution, now proudly shows of its sinuous curves and elaborate metalwork. The most spectacular project was the recovery of the original attic, one of the most original aspects of Gaudí’s work. In the 1950’s the attic was converted into apartments (thirteen separate ones!) and to take them apart and recover the original structure was a slow and arduous task. The restoration of the roof, with the chimneys that are a symbol of Barcelona, involved cleaning by hand the thousands of pieces of tile fixed with mortar that Gaudí used as a kind of mosaic. Missing or damaged fragments of tile, glass or stonework were replaced using same kind of calcium mortar of the original work (the portland cement of other restorations was also replaced with this).



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PARK GÜELL Olot, s/n, Tel. 93 213 04 88. 24,25. Opening hours: 10am to 8pm. One of Barcelona’s large urban parks, originally intended to be an English style garden city. The familiar Gaudí curves and mosaic work are in full evidence all over the park, from the benches to the porticoes. This is a great place to get a good view of Barcelona from up high looking towards the sea.



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The physical and psychological city centre is the spacious and geometrically arranged Plaça Catalunya. There are several interesting sculptures to be seen in and around the square. Also, watch the kids feed the pigeons.



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The interesting sculpture by Miró was very controversial when it was first installed. Located near the Plaça Espanya and Fira de Barcelona area, the Parc de Joan Miró, formerly the city slaughterhouse, is home to another ceramic mosaic sculpture by a contemporary artist.




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The expansion of Barcelona in the mid-nineteenth century was planned very carefully by Cerdà, and the resulting geometrically ordered area is called the Eixample, or expansion. It is home to most of the Modernist architecture which found a perfect empty space for building according to the new designs. The Eixample occupies what was the empty space between Barcelona’s medieval walls (Ciutat Vella) and the then independent village of Gràcia. This area has experienced tremendous commercial growth in the last few years and there are now several up-and-coming areas withing the Plaça Eixample that each have their own very defined characteristics. The Francesc commercial shopping and eating out guide for this area follows Macià Avin gud aD the map. You can refer back to this page for a general overas l iag l e ona d a r view of the whole district of the Eixample. r l a T






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Casa Batlló Declared a World Heritage Site in 2005 by UNESCO this beautiful building is like a jewel. The building was not built by Gaudí, rather he was commissioned to renovate it between 1904 and 1906. The result has become one of Modernism’s icons, with the eerie undulating shapes and riotous polychromatic mosaics setting the tone.


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Gaudí’s most iconic building, and the symbol of Barcelona, still under construction over a century after it was started. Not to be missed.

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On the upscale Diagonal avenue, this fantastic building by Modernist architect and scholar Puig i Cadafalch using neo-gothic elements and lavish materials such as ceramic tile.

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For many this amazing apartment building is Gaudí’s masterpiece. See for yourself and enjoy the extensive exhibition spaces in the attic and the mezzanine.

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DIVING WITH SHARKS L’AQUÀRIUM DE BARCELONA Information about “Diving with Sharks’” in our aquarium: Intended for: qualified divers. (It’s not enough with a sea baptism) Maximum capacity: 4 divers per dive. Calendar: Wednesdays and weekends. Times: from 9.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. approximately. Price: 300 € per person Book in advance. Directly in our webpage (it’s not possible to book by telephone or email) What should you bring with you? - Diving qualification* - ID or passport* - Towel - Swimsuit - Items of personal hygiene - Logbook (optional) * Is essential to bring the indicated documentation in order to be able to participate in the activity.

What is included? - Guided tour of L’Aquàrium de Barcelona (30 minuts) - Theoretical class on sharks (50 minuts) - Dive in the Oceanarium (50 minuts) - Diving equipment and material (if you want to bring your own diving material, it has to be Cressi brand) - Insurance - Free entrance to L’Aquàrium for 2 people accompanying diver (they will be able to see the diver into the Oceanarium, but they can’t assist to the theoretical class). It is not possible to dive with sharks without doing the previous guided visit and the theorical class. WWW.AQUARIUMBCN.COM

FLASH FLASH is the tortillerĂ­a that will never be out of fashion thanks to its glamour and the quality of all of its gastronomy. Its decoration, inspired in the play between black and white, the luminosity and the photography, is an asset that makes this venue unique, and already it is a classic yet at the same time it demonstrates permanent modernity. Inaugurated in 1970 it has managed to become an emblem of the city. It has maintained inalterable its quality and ambience over these 40 years. A meeting point for intellectuals, politicians, designers, photographers, journalists, musicians, artists, models, office workers, and all kinds of â&#x20AC;&#x153;coolâ&#x20AC;? people, it is a preferred venue to see and be seen.

Their â&#x20AC;&#x153;standard menu is mainly comprised of a selection of tortillas (70), magnificent hamburgers that are very different to what we are used to, a grand salad buffet and a vegetable section. On â&#x20AC;&#x153;the other menuâ&#x20AC;?, the daily specials that change every day, simple, light, market fresh and homely cooking predominates. All this with really restrained pricing. This allows the achievement of having captured a very wide variety of types of clientele, and they all feel perfectly at home at Flash. The hours are another of the attractive features. It is open every day of the year except for Xmas day, and the kitchen is open from 13:00 hours to 01:30 hours in the morning, NON-STOP.

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Parc Güell to Horta




The Parc Güell is currently one of Barcelona’s most visited attractions, and rightly so. There is no entrance fee (yet) and visitors can get real close up to Gaudí’s fantastic and colourful creative work. You can easily spend half a day wandering around and being surprised at the contrasts you will find, from the polychromatic mosaics found on the famous undulating bench and the dragon fountain, to the Hansel and Gretel chocolate house inspired buildings at the main entrance, or the rustic stone columns and arches that lead you up and around the park. Not far from the Parc Güell you will find the Horta neighborhood. The Vall d’Hebrón area hosted several of the 1992 Olympic games events, and the legacy is still visible, with good city planning of leisure spaces. Here you will find the Parc del Laberint d’Horta (small entrance fee) which is probably the best example of a planned green park to be found in the city. If you need another excuse to visit this area, there are 2 historic buildings that are also 2 of the city’s best restaurants (see opposite page).

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CAN TRAVI NOU 93 428-0301 End of c/. Jorge Manrique, Parc de la Vall d’Hebron. Located in a typical 17th c. Catalan “masia” (farmhouse) this restaurant is an absolute must for gourmets. The excellent traditional Catalan and Mediterranean style cooking is complemented by the privileged location, in the midst of natural surroundings. There are private dining rooms and a lovely terrace. Private parking. Frequented by celebrities and business people, Can Travi Nou is one of Barcelona’s favourite meeting places. Open 13h to 16:00 & 20:00 to 01:00h. Closed Sunday nights. $$$$ ALL CARDS p.72 1 CAN CORTADA 93 427-2315 Avda. de l’Estatut de Catalunya, s/n. The origins of the current Masia Can Cortada can be traced to the 11th c. It was conceived as a fortified farmhouse in the midst of nature. Beautifully restored and catalogued as part of the city’s Artistic Heritage, Can Cortada is still today surrounded by nature. Specialized in Catalan and seasonal cuisine. There are private dining rooms and an open air terrace in the gardens. Private parking. Open 7 days a week from 13:00 to 16:00 and from 20:00 to 01:00. $$$ ALL CARDS p.72 2

Mosaics of the Parc Güell Declared a World Heritage Site in 1984 by UNESCO Gaudí’s Park Güell is one of the sights not to be missed on your trip to Barcelona. The dazzling mosaics were actually executed by Jujol, one of Gaudi’s stalwart collaborators and an amazing artist in his own right. The contrast between the delicate and ethereal mosaics and the rough hewn stonework used in the rest of the park is quite jarring, but perfectly integrated.

Parc del Laberint d’Horta This is Barcelona’s oldest surviving garden. It originated in the neoclassical period of the 18th century and it has preserved its original and very special character. There is a small entrance fee to help defray the cost of maintenance but it is well worth it. The dreamlike atmosphere and the complicated iconography of statues, canals, trees and plants make this an extraordinary visit.





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The characteristic shape of the mountain of Montjuïc dominates the city from the south. This huge urban park is one of Barcelona’s green belts, the other being the Collserola and Tibidabo parks. Montjuïc has always been an of strategic importance to the city and it is home to a wide variety of installations, from the military castle at the very top, through the huge cemetery on the south side. With the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games came a much needed reconditioning and the sports facilities are now considered top of the line. The other major theme to be found on Montjuïc is culture, some of the most important museums of the Onix Hotel city are found here, such as the B Hotel splendid MNAC with its impressive Romanesque and Gothic permanent collections, or the very active Fundació Joan Miró. A new addition is the splendid Rock Museum Cotursa in the brand Rocafort new Arenas Shopping Center. Poble Sec Silken Concordia Barcelona













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Montjüic is home to some EATING OUT of Barcelona’s best world class museums, such as the 1 Montjüic El Xalet MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya), with its world class permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, the brand new and recently inaugurated Museu del Rock in the Arenas Shopping Centre on the Plaça Espanya, or the Fundació Joan Miró, housed in the beautiful white building by Josep Lluís Sert and where you can see one of the world’s best collections of Joan Miró’s work as well as excited contemporary art exhibitions and activities.

Casa de la Papallona Hidden away on the discrete carrer Llançá, next to the Plaça Espanya, the Modernist mosaic in the shape of a butterfly can be seen. The building next door has also been renovated and converted into a slick and modern hotel, and the contrast between the two styles is actually quite stimulating. While you’re here you can see the brand new Arenas Shopping Center that used to be one of Barcelona’s classic bullrings. The exterior façade has been conserved and it was actually raised by several metres..

Fundació Joan Miró Set in a still striking building by Josep Lluís Sert, a personal friend of Miró’s, the activities of the Foundation are much appreciated by locals and visitors alike. This is the best place to see large and small scale works by the master. The Paral.lel temporary exhibitions are also worthwhile. Tryp Apolo

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MONTJUÏC EL XALET 93 324-9270 Av. Miramar, 31. This spectacular restaurant is one of Barcelona’s truly unmissable and really unique dining options. Set among exotic gardens, near the Joan Miró Foundation and the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, here you will enjoy the finest views of the city along with the extraordinary quality of their elaborate Mediterranean cuisine. They have an amazing rotating dining room and some great roomy terraces to enjoy in good weather. Open 7 days a week from 1pm to 1am. $$$$ ALL CARDS p.74 1

Dona i Ocell by Joan Miró The interesting sculpture by Miró was very controversial when it was first installed. Located near the Plaça Espanya and Fira de Barcelona area, the Parc de Joan Miró, formerly the city slaughterhouse, is home to another ceramic mosaic sculpture by a contemporary artist.









Barcelona’s Seafront Barcelona had lived ignoring the seafront for many years, the port was mainly dedicated to shipping and a few ferry lines. That all changed in the years leading up to the Barcelona 92 Olympic Games. Now Barcelona boasts almost 5 kilometres of excellent sandy beaches, several leisure boat ports, the Mediterranean’s busiest cruise schedule and an amazing variety of entertainment and dining choices. Barcelona’s seafront should be seen both during the day for the beaches and the sights, and in the evening for the exciting nightlife activity. One of the best ways to see it all in one swoop is to take a ride on the 1929 cable cars that cross from the Barceloneta Torre de Altamar to Montjuïc’s Miramar. On busy port days you’ll see as many as 9 huge cruise ships docked. If you take a nice long stroll be sure to check out the excellent public sculptures to be seen along the way, from Roy Lichtenstein’s Barcelona Head to Frank Gehry’s Fish at the Olympic Port.

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Until just a few years before the Barcelona 92 Olympic Games the Port Vell was a rather drab and industrial area. Today it is one of the city’s most attractive and busy areas, offering excellent shopping, a few good eating out opportunities and the unbeatable entertainment value of the IMAX Port Vell and Barcelona’s amazing Aquarium.

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One of the centrepieces of Barcelona’s 1992 Olympic bid was the redevelopment of the area just north of the Barceloneta Beaches. A new leisure port was created and many of the world’s best architects drew up the plans for the buildings that would house the athletes. After the games they were sold as apartments. The Barceloneta beach and Olympic Port area have become one of Barcelona’s most sought out nightlife and dining areas.

SIMBOLO DE UNA CIUDAD “El 7 Portes” Cada ciudad tiene un gran restaurante de referencia. Si en París las antiguas brasseríes como Flo son de visita obligatoria, en Barcelona el restaurante 7 Portes es una referencia imprescindible, mantiene una belleza y esplendor excepcional. Fue inaugurado en el año 1836 en los históricos “Portics d’en Xifré”, edificio de interés arquitectónico, y en sus inicios estuvo vinculado a la masonería (muy popular en la época) como parecen indicar algunos de sus “signos” como el número 7 ó el ajedrezado del suelo. A lo largo de sus más de 170 años de historia, sus salones han sido testigos de multitud de anécdotas e importantes decisiones, protagonizadas por personajes tan influyentes en todos los ámbitos de la sociedad como Pablo Picasso, Dalí, Ava Gardner, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Camilo José Cela, o el grupo The Police por citar algunos de los muchos que visitaron el 7 Portes. Por tanto al sentarnos en una de sus mesas no sólo nos hará disfrutar de la mejor cocina catalana-mediterránea de la ciudad y su prestigiosa bodega, sino que, su decoración y ambiente acogedor harán que nos sintamos envueltos en el entorno de su larga historia.

“7 PORTES” A SYMBOL OF A CITY Every city has at least one great restaurant as a reference. In Paris, brasseries such as Flo are essentials, in Barcelona the 7 Portes can’t be missed, its splendour is truly exceptional. Inaugurated in 1836 at the historical “Portics d’en Xifré”, a building classified as a Spanish national monument. The nº 7 and the chessboard floor are symbols originally connected to Freemasonry. Through over 170 years of history, it has witnessed several anecdotes and important decisions taken by famous figures such as Pablo Picasso, Dalí, Ava Gardner, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Camilo José Cela and the band The Police for example. So, when you sit at one of our tables, you’ll enjoy the best catalanMediterranean cuisine and our prestigious cellar as well as an authentic decoration and atmosphere, that will make you feel part of its great history. Pº Isabel II, 14 Barcelona Reservations: 93 319 30 33, Opening hours: from 13:00 to 01:00 p.76 3

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SHÔKO 93 225-9203 PasseigMarítimdelaBarceloneta,36.Located in front of the sea and at the feet of the famous Hotel Arts, the Shôko Restaurant & Lounge Club is a space in which music and gastronomy merge with the best ambience of the city. Here you can savour dishes from the asian-mediterranean cuisine, adapted to modern tendencies yet also traditional. At night the restaurant turns into a distinguished first hour Club with the most advanced electronic music currently on the scene and a party programme you can’t miss. Shôko boasts a 700m2 interior space and 250m2 terrace, and offers a capacity of up to 200 people seated for dinner. 800 for buffets and cocktails and up to 2,000 for club. From the moment you enter, you are automatically transported to another state of mind. The interior mixes red, black and gold tones clarifying “the five elements” of wood, fire, metal, water and earth. There are two VIP areas separated by a dance floor and a bamboo space. Combined with exquisite lighting, this energizing atmosphere contributes to the customer’s enjoyment, providing private chill-out and lounge areas, where you can site back and watch manga cartoons and old Japanese movies. Opening hours: RESTAURANT - Lunchtime 13:00 - 16:00 (Fri. Sat. Sun. till 16:30); evenings 20:30 to 24:00. CLUB - Thu-Fri 00:00 to 03:00h. Fax: 93 2259201, e-mail:, website: p.77 6 Shôko’s beachfront terrace

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67 years in business are the guarantee of an incredible history in Barcelona. Cuisine based upon the best fresh seafood and ďŹ sh produce. MagniďŹ cent bar for creating whimsical tapas (seafood, etc...). Kitchen open from 13:00 hours to 24:00 hours. Reina Cristina, 3 - 08003 Barcelona Tels. 93 310 10 06 - 93 310 53 92 /

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One of the best restaurants that enjoys the highest prestige in Barcelonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olympic Port area. Since the re-inauguration in 2001 the owner, Javier, offers an innovative cuisine adorned with sofistication. Rices, oven-baked fish, live shellfish, grilled meats and Iberian ham and sausages. Kitchen open non-stop from 12.00h to 1.00h. Open every day of the year.

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