Barcelona 4 all – World Tourism Day 2016

Barcelona is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Spain and Europe. For that reason, the Catalan city has had to evolve to achieve a balance between tradition, vanguardism and sustainability.

UNWTO has chosen to celebrate World Tourism Day 2016 (September 27th) on the theme of tourism for all.

And that is also one of the objectives of the city. A Barcelona for everyone: people with disabilities, seniors, youth, children, families, tourists, travelers, business and of course for its citizens.

Recently in sustainability matters, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) has added to the H16 line two 100% electric buses with accessibility. H16 bus line has its stop in the Forum of Barcelona in front of the Barcelona Princess hotel.

In Princess Hotels & Resorts we know the importance of tourism in Barcelona and its social, cultural, political and economic impact. Therefore, its urban hotels in Barcelona trying to contribute to the development of the

The Hotel Barcelona Princess has recently launched its 360 gastronomy which includes sustainable, local and fair trade products. This is an action within our project 360 Sustainable: Princess & You. And next October 9th the #BarcelonaPrincessTeam will do the triathlon in Barcelona with a solidarity challenge: To fight against rare diseases. Help us!

Barcelona - Hotel Barcelona Princess

Barcelona – Hotel Barcelona Princess

And the Hotel Negresco Princess has joined the campaign “Restaurants against Hunger” with a solidarity dish at its restaurant The Corner by Princes and help fight child.

Barcelona - Hotel Negresco Princess

Barcelona – Hotel Negresco Princess

We can still do more and the city as Hotels in Barcelona work to make you feel welcome in Barcelona.

The Corner by Princess against Hunger

The Corner by Princess Restaurant, Restaurant of the Hotel Negresco Princess, joins the campaign “Restaurants Against Hunger“. A solidarity initiative promoted by Action Against Hunger in collaboration with the Spanish Federation of Hospitality (FEHR).

From September 15th to November 15th, solidarity menus and solidarity dishes will feed more than ever because them will contribute to help fight child malnutrition.

Restaurants Against Hunger is an action that has been supported by prestigious chefs like Joan Roca, Quique Dacosta, Paco Morales, Koldo Rodero, Pepe Rodriguez, Nandu Jubany etc.

Joan Garcia, Chef of the Hotel Negresco Princess, has selected for this solidarity action a special dish from the menu of The Corner by Princess: Seafood rice casserole with prawns.

The Corner by Princess - Hotel Negresco Princess

The Corner by Princess – Hotel Negresco Princess

Taste this rich dish that feeds at the Restaurant The Corner by Princess in the Eixample district of Barcelona (Roger de Llúria 16 -18).

For each dish or solidarity menu we will donate a portion to Action Against Hunger to provide nutritional treatments that can save the lives of more children living threatened by child malnutrition.

World Car Free Day in Barcelona 2016

World Car Free Day is celebrated on September 22. We tell you what you can do to enjoy a Car-Free Day in Barcelona and be sustainable.

World Car Free Day will be held within the events of the week of sustainable mobility. During this day the cars won’t run on certain streets of the city to make way for pedestrians, bicycles and public transport.

From the Hotel Barcelona Princess in Barcelona Forum Dsirtict, you can take a walk along Diagonal or walk to the beach. You can also move easily and get to main Barcelona’s attractions as la Sagrada Familia, Barceloneta, Las Ramblas, etc. in a sustainable way. Outside this Sustainable Hotel in Barcelona you can find green transport as the subway, tram and two bicycles stations (Bicing).

Fòrum de Barcelona - Pic by ARLO2807 Flickr

Fòrum de Barcelona – Pic by ARLO2807 Flickr

In the center of Barcelona some streets will be closed like Via Laietana that connects Plaça Urquinaona with Passeig Colom and the port of Barcelona.

You can take advantage of World Car Free Day in Barcelona and walk down (see trixis, segways and tricycles routes in Barcelona) Via Laietana from the Hotel Negresco Princess and enjoy the city without smoke or noise. In your itinerary you have to visit the Palau de la Música Catalana,  Barcelona Cathedral, the Roman wall and the Born district.

Barcelona - Pic by Marimbajlamesa Flickr

Barcelona – Pic by Marimbajlamesa Flickr

If you want to rent bicycles in Barcelona, ask at the hotel reception.

Fun at La Mercé in Barcelona

La Mercè is the Barcelona’s biggest festival, celebrated to honour the city’s patron saint. It includes traditions, culture, concerts and fireworks.

This spectacular Catalan festival will be held from 22 to 25 September and this edition the Paris City Council was delighted to be invited as the guest city at La Mercè 2016.

As Catalan culture and traditions you will find ‘Correfocs’, ‘castells’, ‘gegants’ and ‘sardanes’.

La Mercè, Barcelona 2016

La Mercè, Barcelona 2016

Different neighborhoods and venues of Barcelona celebrate this festival. For example: Parc de la Ciutadella, Plaça de Sant Jaume, El Parc del Fòrum, Montjuïc, Plaça de la Mercè, Platja de Barceloneta, Platja de Bogatell, Plaça Catalunya and Ajuntament de Barcelona.

Some of these spaces are near to the Hotel Negresco Princess, Hotel in the center of Barcelona.

One of the most important ingredients of the La Mercè is the Piromusical which is the closing ceremony of La Mercé. The Piromusical de la Mercé is magic show with fireworks, music and fountains. This year it’s possible you listen French songs or songs by David Bowie and Prince.

You can watch the fireworks of the Piromusical from La Terrazza, the rooptop terrace of the Hotel Negresco Princess, while enjoying a cocktail and some delicious tapas.

If you want music and concerts, at the Fòrum of Barcelona which is just right in front of the Hotel Barcelona Princess, you will dance to the beat of Oques grasses, La gran pegatina, La Raíz, La Sra. Tomas, Dani Lanca, Manu Chao o Dubioza

Fun at La Mercé in Barcelona!

All the same? – Sustainable Gastronomy 360

360 Princess & You Sustainable

360 Princess & You Sustainable

They’re not to us and that’s why we’re identifying them for you.

With our Project 360 Princess & You Sustainable we have started down a path that will lead us to carry out actions to make the company more environmentally friendly in every part of the Hotel Barcelona Princess.

Sustainability is one of our guiding principles and we are incorporating new management systems to ensure we have the smallest possible impact on the environment, believing in and working to drive the local economy.

It is now up to the Hotel Barcelona Princess to apply this virtuous circle to gastronomy area. Our culinary offering features this 360 green symbol on products or dishes that deserve special attention either because they come from local producers or because they’re environmentally friendly or because the companies work with people at risk of social exclusion or with disabilities.

360 Princess & You SUstainable

360 Princess & You SUstainable

But none of this is possible without your help. Princess Hotels & Resorts, committed to the environment, wants to reinforce its Environmental Protection Strategy in the Hotel Barcelona Princess, and we are convinced that our customers will appreciate it.

360 Princess & You Sustainable

360 Princess & You Sustainable

More information about our proyect 360º Princess & You Sustainable (here) or visit our 360 green mural at the hall of this Hotel in Barcelona.