Hotel Negresco Princess participates in the Plancton Marino Challenge of the Hotel Tapa Tour

The Hotel Negresco Princess was one of the 12 participants Hotels of the Plancton Marino (Marine Plankton) Challenge in the second edition of the Hotel Tapa Tour in Barcelona.

The 12 Chefs of these hotels in Barcelona tested their skills and techniques in the kitchen, as well as their creativity to elaborate a tapa with Marine Plankton, a food with the pure essence of the sea.

For this green challenge Jon García, Chef of Negresco Princess Hotel, presented the tapa “Cold Canelón of dry tomato and buffalo mozzarella with plankton in two textures”

Reto Plancton Marino - Chef Jon García - Hotel Tapa Tour en Barcelona 2017

Reto Plancton Marino – Chef Jon García – Hotel Tapa Tour en Barcelona 2017

A tapa designed to be tested in 3 mouthful to be able to perceive in a balanced way all the flavors and textures.

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The legend of Sant Jordi, the dragon and the princess.

The most romantic day in Barcelona where roses and books are exchanged is coming.

April 23 is Sant Jordi (St. George), a celebration that is considered the Sant Valentin Catalan. In this tradition the streets of Barcelona wear red roses and you can buy books in the bookstalls in the streets like La Rambla.

The book was added to this celebration because Abril 23th is also celebrated the World Book Day.

But behind the princess, the knight, the dragon and the rose there is a legend: The Legend of Sant Jordi.

Sant Jordi · Barcelona · Hotel Barcelona Princess

Sant Jordi · Barcelona · Hotel Barcelona Princess

What is the legend of Saint George?

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Jake Quickenden in Barcelona

At the Negresco Princess Hotel we are excited because the English singer, Jake Quickenden, visited our Hotel in Barcelona.

We are sure you know who Jake Quickenden is. Yes, he was a contestant on the series of The X Factor, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and The jump. Also Jake was guest at Tv shows like Weekend and Big Brother.

Well, the Hotel Negresco Princess has the chance to ask him some questions.

  1. What are you doing in Barcelona city?

It’s my first time to Barcelona and I am coming to vlog and do some photo shoots

  1. Why do you choose Barcelona?

I have heard so much good stuff about the city so it was my first choice, as long as being better weather than Manchester it’s also an ideal place to vlog

Jake Quickenden in Barcelona at the Hotel Negresco Princess

Jake Quickenden in Barcelona at the Hotel Negresco Princess

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Barcelona is also music

Barcelona is the perfect setting that has inspired many singers and artists to include the city in their lyrics or in their videos.

There are many examples. There are songs in all genres, languages, from different moments of Barcelona and artists of different nationalities.

Regarding lyrics, one of the most memorable songs is “Barcelona”, a single released by Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury and the catalan operatic soprano Montserrat Caballé. This song was used as a hymn of the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992. By the way, this year precisely Barcelona celebrates 25th anniversary of this sport event. (Video)

Also Barcelona is mentioned in the Soundtrack of the film ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’. A film written and directed by Woody Allen and starring by Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johanson and Penélope Cruz. The song is called “Barcelona” and the musicians responsible are Giulia and the Tellarini. (Video)

Shakira is another singer who has mentioned Barcelona in the lyrics of her songs as the song “La Bicicleta” with Carlos Vives but she has also chosen Barcelona and Catalonia as settings in their videos as “Loca”, “Empire” where youcan see the mountains of Montesarrat (Video), “Mi verdad” with Maná or her latest single and video “Déja vu” with Princes Royce.

And more recently the British singer Ed Sheeran composed a song about Barcelona that is included in the Deluxe version of his new album “Divide”. Ed Sheerna admits that he loves Barcelona and in his song “Barcelona” includes Las Ramblas, La Sagrada Familia y la Sangría. (Song)

These songs and other more can be listened as ambient music on the terraces of the Hotels Princess Hotels & Resorts in Barcelona. Come to the terrace The Gym Bar at the Hotel Barcelona Princess or La Terrazza at Hotel Negresco Princess, drink a cocktail, eat tapas and enjoy while you dance to the rythm of Barcelona.

Invasion of Sustainable Colour at La Roca Village

The sustainable movement of Cracking Art has invaded La Roca Village with giant and multicolored animals.

Up to 40 animals of large size and strident colors such as rabbits, snails, frogs and swallows have been setted up in the streets of La Roca Village during the spring and until May 31st.

Cracking Art - La Roca Village

Cracking Art – La Roca Village

Crackin Art is an artistic, social and environmental movement. It’s is an initiative from Italy (1993) that now comes to Barcelona but that it has already invaded with its colorful animals another cities such as Bangkok, Moscow, Sydney, Shanghai, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, New York, Paris , Brussels or Milan.

The colorful sculptures of Cracking Art are made of plastic and according to Paolo Bettinardi (Director of the collective Cracking Art) and Kicco (Artist and founder of Cracking Art) it is a sustainable art because they always reuse the same material for the new sculptures.

Getting to La Roca Village:

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