Color and tradition at the Carnival of Barcelona

If we say Carnival, you will probably think about the Carnival of Brazil, but in Barcelona we also have our peculiar and traditional Carnival.

It is called “Carnestoltes” and is celebrated as a party. This year it will be held from February 8 to 14.

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Each city has its ride or “rúa” and Barcelona too. There is also the Carnival King´s ride, the “naranjada” and the big “sarao” that takes place on Sunday afternoon, and on Ash Wednesday the burial of the sardine takes place too.

So Carnival is perfect to come to Barcelona and enjoy the atmosphere of the city. Near the Hotel Barcelona Princess you can enjoy the Carnival in Poblenou, and the Negresco Princess Hotel is in the city center, so you will be able to experience in first person the Carnival of Barcelona.

There is another city very close to Barcelona where carnival is really famous and full of party: Sitges. A big party is organized, full of costumes, feathers, color, music and fun. They know how to have fun and that´s why this is the gay capital of Europe.

Barcelona agenda 2018

A new year has begun and it is a perfect moment to know what Barcelona offers concerning music, culture, festivals, sports and congresses. There are so many options that we will divide it into two publications.

We show you the best proposals to do in Barcelona so you can put on your agenda the ones you like the most.

Music:

Concerts “Joanne Worlt Tour” of the superstar Lady Gaga arrive to Barcelona on 14th and 16th January in Palau Sant Jordi

The Guitar Festival BCN takes place during 6 months (from January to july), in different venues of Barcelona and it includes different musical styles, and as you can guess with its name, it revolves around guitar.

In Parc del Forum and in front of the Barcelona Princess Hotel the best independent music festival, Primavera Sound, will take place from 30th May to 03dr June. We are looking forward to know the program of this edition.

The International Advanced Music Festival and the Creativity and Technology Congress, known as Sonar, will take place on 14th, 15th and 16th June. We are waiting for confirmations.

On 13rd and 14th July, also in front of the Barcelona Princess Hotel the Cruïlla Festival comes back, but before this, on 09th and 10th February we will be able to enjoy the Cruïlla Carnival in Poble Espanyol.

Barcelona Beach Festival is this year on its tenth year and will take place next 14th July, this year with David Gueta as a new artist for this festival.

Agenda 2018 - Música

Agenda 2018 – Música

Festivals and traditions:

Costumes, live music, shows, dance and color in the Barcelona Carnival  from 8th to 14th February, even the main show takes place on friday during this week.

An experience you can not miss is Sant Jordi´s day, very similar to San Valentín´day in the rest of Spain. It´a day full of legends, roses, books and love. It´s a perfect day to spend a romantic night in the Negresco Princess Hotel and to admire books and roses all along Ramblas and Passeig de Gràcia.

23dr June is the magic night in Barcelona. This day, Sant Joan´s day, arrival of summer is celebrated with music,  firecrackers, fireworks and bonfires.

Sports:

The Half  Maraton (21 km) is used to be made on 11 st February with a tour that includes the city centre and the seafront of Barcelona.

The Barcelona Zurich Marato  will start in 11st March with a route full of attractions as Sagrada Familia.

On 11, 12 an d13th May the Formula I World Championship will take place in Barcelona with the best pilots and teams as Ferrari, Redbull or McLaren.

If you like motorbikes, on 15th, 16th and 17th June you have an appointment with the Grand Prix Monster Energy of Catalunya of Moto GP in the Barcelona circuit.

Later on our favorite sport event will take place in Barcelona:  The Triathlon, whose date is already confirmed and will be on 07th October 2018

Agenda 2018 - Deporte

Agenda 2018 – Deporte

 

Congresses

The Mobile World Congress with the latest innovations, technical developments, and companies as Microsoft, HTC and Samsung will be in Barcelona from 26th February to 01st March in Fira Gran Via Barcelona.

Eyeforpharma, an event for pharmaceuticals will be in the Barcelona International Convention Centre  (CCIB), just in from of Barcelona Princess, from 15th to 15th March.

From 16th to 19th April the city hosts Alimentaria in the area of Gran Via Barcelona , a fair to experience with food, beverage and gastronomy.

 

Culture

Cultural offers in the city are unlimited. To be aware of all these offers experts are TR3C Club, and Negresco Princess Hotel has became a culture space.

The # Negrescoescultura and not only because the Hotel is in the center of Barcelona and is an ideal meeting point for lovers of Barcelona’s culture. Also because culture can be breath there…

For example, next 05th February this hotel will have a literary dinner with the writer and philosopher Francesc Torralba. During this evening, gastronomy of Negresco Princess and its chef, Jon García, will marge with literature.

Agenda 2018 - Cultura

Agenda 2018 – Cultura

Barcelona Princess Hotel is full of art and color

On November 24 was the #PoblenouOpenNight, a day of art and creativity in the neighborhood organized by the Poblenou Urban District Association, of which the Barcelona Princess Hotel is a member.

In addition to the open doors of several places, the offer was extended with the Markespaces Circuit and the Windows Art Circuit (WAC).

It was in the WAC proposal that the Barcelona Princess Hotel participated for the first time in an evening of art, cocktails and tapas.

The #wacpoblenou was a tour of different spaces for the creation of live art in unconventional settings.

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In the case of Barcelona Princess, the windows of the hall of this hotel were the canvas where the muralist Héctor Soto, known as Ekosaurio, surprised us with his live creativity.

We take the opportunity to talk to him …

_Hector, where are you from?

I’m from Puerto Rico, I’ve been in Barcelona for a year and a half and I’m delighted to be settled here. Barcelona is a multicultural city full of art and design. I like to travel, I’ve done it for Europe and on a skateboard. I have also been to the Virgin Islands of the Caribbean.

_ Muralist since when?

I am Architect and I started in 2016 in grafity and to paint in large format. Now I am studying morphology of plants because I like to paint them.

_ During the #wacpoblenou we saw the windows of the Hotel decorated with olive trees. Why  plants?

Because plants inspire and touch you. They remind me my country that is tropical and full of vegetation. Since I was a child I have had contact with them, I remember them in my childhood with my grandmother.

I work with ornamental plants and for the WAC and the Barcelona Princess Hotel I wanted some kind of relationship with the city. In this case I chose the olives because they are part of Spain and can always be seen in any bar. In addition, they fit in very well with the sustainable philosophy 360 of the Barcelona Princess in green, ecological and proximity products.

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__ You mention sustainability, how do you contribute to your day-to-day?

Being aware of the environment.

_ What do you like most about Art?

Freedom. There are no restrictions and it is being made over time.

_ What is your favorite place in the city of Barcelona?

The bunkers of Carmel is the best place in Barcelona to get lost and meditate. You can also enjoy this trip and afterwards admire the views of Barcelona.

_ And in the Princess Hotel in Barcelona?

The 23rd floor where the pool is located and from where you can enjoy the views of the Mediterranean Sea.

_ If you came just to visit the city, what do you think you couldn´t miss, see or do in Barcelona?

Visit the neighborhood of Poblenou and Gràcia. They are beautiful and picturesque neighborhoods of Barcelona. Poblenou, which is very close to the hotel, is a very creative neighborhood of Barcelona that reminds me the one in Williamasburg, a neighborhood in the Brooklyn New York district or the one in Wynwood, a historic neighborhood in the north of downtown Miami.

Thanks to @Ekosaurio for your time and for this talk and for the live demonstration during the Window Art Circuit of Poblenou. See you in the next edition!

Happy 2018, the best is yet to come …

A new year is about to begin and the best way to say goodbye to this 2017 is reminding all those actions in which the Hotel Negresco Princess and Barcelona Princess have participated and are related to the city of Barcelona, gastronomy, culture, sports, sustainability and environment .

During the 2017…

We were in solidarity with our cause in favor of Cottolengo of Alegre´s  Father and collaborating with other foundations such as Trinijove, ARED, Barcelona Forum District, Action against Hunger, Rotary Foundation, among others. In addition, Santiago Hernández, Director of the Hotel Barcelona Princess, was awarded for his generosity and proactivity in helping the labor incorporation in the XXII Tourism Night of Catalunya.

We were sustainable and in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism we accepted the Challenge # Tourism17 and we turned for a responsible tourism. We participated in the “Let ‘s Clean Up Europe” cleaning day in the Collserola Park and the Barcelona Princess Hotel turned off the lights of its impressive skyscraper during the hour of the planet.

We played 3 sports participating in the Barcelona Triathlon and 7 athletes of the Barcelona Pirncess Hotel formed the team #BarcelonaPrincessTeam to promote a healthy life. The Negresco Hotel, offered free Yoga classes on his terrace to connect body and mind. And both urban hotels in Barcelona, participated in the Inter Hotel Games 2017 and they did it for a good cause.

Music was present on the terraces of Barcelona during 2017 and was accompanied by sunsets and gastronomy. At the Hotel Barcelona Princess with DJ Vinyl, sessions at 85 meters high at the Terraces week and at the Hotel Negresco Princess with tribute to Prince and George Michael (live music) at the Terraces week and music inspired by the sun and the sea with Mediterranean Soundn by Moët Chandon during the summer. Festivals could not be missed at the Fòrum Parck and in front of the Barcelona Princess Hotel, such as the Primavera Soun and the Cruïlla Festival.

Chefs of Barcelona hotels had an active year. The Restaurant of the Hotel Negresco Princess changed its image to become Negresco Restaurant. Its Chef, Jon García, presented a weekly menu and his “tapa” Dome of lamb, foie and chocolate, was the winning “tapa” in the Tapas of the earth category of the Tapa Tour Hotel. The Barcelona Princess inaugurated the good weather of Barcelona with its traditional Cocktail lunch at The Gym Bar, this year with a proposal of healthy and sustainable lifestyle habits. “Tapa” Plankton Planet made by Joan  was the semifinalist of the challenge “Placton Marino del Hotel Tapa Tour”. And David and Pedro did live cooking in a showcooking at the Congress of the product and gastronomy of the Pyrenees and at the Montanejos Cheese Fair.

– We became a reference of culture. With # NegrescoÉsCultura, this hotel in the center of Barcelona, became the new reference space for culture in Barcelona in collaboration with the TR3SC club. In the Fòrum area of Barelona and in the Poblenou district, the Barcelona Princess Hotel was introduced in live art and made part of the Window Art Circuit of the Poblenou Open Nigth

Thanks to all the Princess Hotels & Resorts Hotels workmates in Barcelona for their involvement in the 360 Princess & You Sustainable Project. Thanks to the foundations, institutions and organizations and above all thanks to you for trusting in us.

During 2018 we want to do much more, we hope to count on you and we wish you good luck!

What to do for Christmas in Barcelona?

What to do for Christmas in Barcelona? Still don´t know? We give you some ideas.

For Christmas the streets of Barcelona have many lights and decorations, and in the city you can enjoy it in many ways.

Belén en Plaça de Sant Jaume de Barcelona

Belén en Plaça de Sant Jaume de Barcelona

Near the Negresco Princess and the  Barcelona Princess Hotel there are many interesting things to do, here are some of them:

 

  • Christmas markets in the Cathedral square of Barcelona:It is one of the oldest places in the city, and in this square you can find original Christmas objects.
  • Mangers: In a quiet walk along the Ramblas you can visit some mangers, which are a sample of small figures that symbolize the birth of Jesus. Also in Sant Jaume square you can find a big manger  that this year is aerial.
  • Christmas “Tió”: It is a typical Catalan tradition that consists on decorating a trunk with eyes and a smile and feeding it with different kind of food  for a couple of weeks, and  on December 24, it gives you a few gifts.
  • Illuminated streets: Walking through the streets of Paseo de Gracia, along the Ramblas, and other typical places of the city you can immerse yourself in a walk full of light and decorations.

These are some of things you can do in the city during these dates when Barcelona becomes a city full of light and magic.