Emblematic and centenary shops of Barcelona

Time goes by and some shops in the city of Barcelona are clear examples of the history of the city. They are shops with more than one hundred years and mostly modernist style.

Some of these emblematic stores continue to offer original products and some other shops offer new products. You can identify them because in their entrance they have a distinctive sign that catalogs them as the unique and most important shops from an historical point of view and the city’s heritage.

According to VisitBarcelona guide of BarcelonaTurisme, some of these historic shops that are well worth visiting and be surprised by their interiors, facades and products are:

  • Rei Herbalist( C/Vidre, 1)

In it you will find medicinal plants, spices, tea and natural cosmetics. In this herbalist of 1818 and heritage of Barcelona you will also find history in its exterior and interior with a XIX century environment and a fountain dedicated to Linne

  • Bagués´s Jewellery (Pg de Gràcia, 41)

In its interior,  shine and reflections with high-end jewelry and in its exterior culture, art and history.

  • Xancó´s shirts (La Rambla, 79-80)

This shop of almost two hundred years of history is placed in Ramblas, one of the most emblematic places of the city. Inside, the cash register is what surprises the most. This shop is part of the Architectural,Historic-Artistic and Landscape Heritage Catalog of the emblematic Establishments of Barcelona.

Other emblematic shops recommended by VisitBarcelona guide of BarcelonaTurisme are Casa Calicó, Cottet Optics and Audiology, Rovira´s drugstore, Boileu´s editorial, “El Rei de la Magia”, San José´s stamperie,  knitted prooducts La Torre, “La Casa de las Sabatilles”, La Mallorquina, Manual Alpargatera, fur shop La Sibèria, Mil and Obach hat shops.

During your holidays to Barcelona, do not miss these emblematic places and let yourself flown through the time and history of the city. To locate these places you can use our free handy smartphone that you will find in the room of your Hotel Barcelona Princess and Negresco Princess.

Many cultural activities for this season

Once again, the Negresco Restaurant reopens the doors to the world of Barcelona culture and does so with a very tight schedule. Do you want to know what awaits us these months in the Negresco Restaurant?

In the Negresco Restaurant we start the season with many cultural activities that will take place during the month of April and May.

As usual, the Negresco Restaurant joins Barcelona’s writers, enabling the spaces of the Hotel Negresco Princess and the restaurant to the different cultural formats that are happening in the city.

Sant Jordi is coming soon, and literature has an important place throughout the month of April with the literary dinners organized by the TresC culture club. After the good experiences with Joan Lluís Bozzo, Francesc Torralba and Antoni Bassas, we opened the season with Martí Gironell (April 4) and Màrius Serra (April 5). An intimate format in which to talk with your favorite authors in a relaxed and enjoyable dinner, discover characters, travel to different locations, examine  every detail, in short, a unique opportunity to live a novel in a very different way.

Who said that book presentations are boring? We  don´t think so. The Negresco Restaurant is an ideal space for new presentations That´s what the journalist Agnès Marquès thinks and on April 14 she will present her book “Els guapos són els raros” in a very special way … Doing a literary aperitif! Also on the 19th we will have the opportunity to present the new novel by Pep Prieto, “Carnada”, together with the journalist Jordi Basté.

But as well as literature there is also theater! And cinema! That is why we continue to welcome the Vis à Vis of the TresC with important personalities of the national cultural world, including Silvia Munt (April 10), one of the most valued female characters of the Catalan cultural scene. A multifaceted actress and cinema and theater director who has received numerous awards – several Goya Awards – she has given us great works, among the most recent ones, “Las chicas de Mossbank Road” and “El Precio”. And Nausicaa Bonnín (3 de amyo), the young Catalan actress who already has a long and intense career in the world of acting. On television, we have seen her in series such as “El cor de la ciutat”, “Sagrada familia”, “La luz de Elna” or “Citas”; in the theater, “Las brujas de Salem” or “Don Juan”; and in cinema, “Tres días con la familia”, “El cuerpo” or “Elisa K”.

In addition, in May, we will have the opportunity to promote the new show of La Seca, “Otello”, with a very special event that we will already explain …

A very tight schedule that will get us the culture in all its fullness. We still have more … Who said that the series can not be paired? In the Negresco Restaurant, the people of Serielizados want to drink wine and watch audiovisual works. Thus, we will pair the most emblematic characters of the series that have been important for us, with DO Penedès wines and premium quality artisan cheeses that best represent their personality # 5persontages5vins. In each session we will have a main serie, starting with Sherlock on April 26, The Handmaid’s Tale on May 23, Game of Thrones on July 20, …

But … and the music? After the first experience with “Sentits del Vi” a few months ago, we want to repeat! If music can remind you of a movie or a place, why not a wine or a gastronomic “tapa”? Sentits del Vi returns, the Barcelona version of the enomusical pairing that the TR3SC Club celebrates every year at the Live Music Market in Vic! And this time, in a very special session since the Club Tr3sC celebrates its 12th anniversary with us!

Xavier Barba, The fantastic sommelier, will guide a tasting of 4 wines DO Penedès wines, paired with the music of 4 Catalan artists and 4 author “tapas” that the Negresco Restaurant chef, Jon García, will create for the occasion. In addition, we will have the honor of being able to listen live to the musical of XARIM ARESTÉ, BIG MAMA, JARPS and JU. A game of senses in a unique space!

As our director, Jairo Mayolas, explains, “we do not want to become one more space. We believe in culture and that is why we want to offer careful activities that make people feel at home “. So you know, if you want to be aware of the city’s cultural agenda, keep an eye on our networks!

We will wait for you!

Barcelona on wheels with the Barcelona tourist bus

As usual, with the good weather and spring arrival, the stop of the green route of Barcelona BusTurístic stops right next to the Hotel Barcelona Princess on Passeig del Taulat.

The Barcelona BusTurístic is the original and official tour of Barcelona since 1987 and is one of the best ways to know Barcelona during your visit to the city.

You can go up and down as many times as you want, so with the BusTuristic you can go around the city and thanks to its three routes (red, blue and green) you can visit the most emblematic places of the city such as Port Vell, Parc de la Ciutadella, Plaça Catalunya, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera,  Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Plaça Espanya, Montjuïc, the Camp Nou of FC Barcelona and several beaches in the city.

You can identify the BusTuristic by its colorful exterior and get comfortable inside or go up to the second level to enjoy the sun.

Exploring Barcelona with Barcelona BusTurístic is a comfortable, ecological and quick way to discover the city, as well as being able to know its history in your own language.

The Barcelona BusTurístic has an App so you can know where you are and where to get up and down. It is free and you can download it in your handy smartphone that you find in the rooms of both Barcelona Princess and Negresco Princess Hotels that also allow you to make unlimited calls and be connected with wifi at any time.

 

How much is the Bus Turístic?

Older than 12 years old: 1 day € 30 and 2 days € 40

Children from 4 to 12 years old; 1 day € 16 and 2 days € 21

Older than 65 years old: 1 day € 25 and 2 days € 35

Children from 0 to 3 years old: Free

 

How many routes does the Barcelona Bus Turistic have?

It has 3 routes: the red, blue and the green one.

You can use them all and go up and down as many times as you want.

Take into account that the duration of a complete route is approximately 2 hours.

 

What is the Barcelona BusTuristic timetable?

In winter from 9am to 7pm

In summer 9am to 8pm

Its frequency is between 5 and 25 minutes depending on the season.

You can buy your tickets directly on the bus or at the reception of the Negresco Princess and Barcelona Princess Hotels with a special discount.

Near the Negresco Princess you also have stops of the Barcelona BusTurístic in Plaça Catalunya and Passeig de Gràcia with the blue and red route.

Culture comes back to Negresco Restaurant with Pep Prieto and TresC!

Pep Prieto  presents a new novel with the title of Carnada (Bridge Editorial), and he does it in the best company, in our house. Once again, Negresco Restaurant  welcomes the arrival of a new book and does so with its author, Pep Prieto, with the journalist Jordi Basté and with the socialist politician Miquel Iceta.

The Negresco Princess Hotel insist on becoming a place of reference within the cultural world of the city and does so together with its ally in culture, the TresC club. This time with the presentation of the new novel by Pep Prieto together with the journalist Jordi Basté and the socialist politician Miquel Iceta, who will accompany the author discovering this funny novel full of unexpected events.

The story tells the adventures of Pep and Andreu, two journalists and good friends who receive the order to recover a USB that contains a very compromising information for the Government. It turns out to be much more than this: what they see shows that Catalonia is heading to the Apocalypse. They have never felt part of this world, but now they will want to save it. The writer and critic of Catalan cinema, brings us a story of friendship, sex, action … and zombies. God saves us!

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Would you like to come to this presentation? Enter our Facebook, label who you would like to attend with and you will participate in a draw for a double entry for you and your companion. Come on!

In addition, the event will have the special collaboration of Agustí Torelló Mata winery  that will allow us to taste two very fresh cavas, aged for 3 and 4 years: AGUSTI TORELLO MATA BRUT RESERVA and the ROSADO“TREPAT” RESERVA. A luxurious pairing with the best company!

An opportunity to enjoy great authors and personalities of our city in the best place, our Hotel Negresco Princess. This type of activities already begin to be usual within the cultural programming of the city. Recently, we were lucky to be the chosen by Francesc Torralba to present his first novel “Desfici” and in the next days we will have the chance to enjoy the literary dinner with Antoni Bassas and his “Bon dia, són les vuit”! Josep Pla Prize 2018.

Palau de la Música, one of the greatest representatives of Catalan modernism

El Palau de la Música is a music auditorium designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, one of the greatest representatives of Catalan modernism. It was built between 1905 and 1908 and declared a National Monument in 1971.

It was destined to concerts of orchestral and instrumental music, as well as choral interpretations and music productions. However, in the Palau there have also been cultural, political, theatre plays and, of course, the most varied musical performances. Nowadays, this kind of performances are still held. And you can complete the experience with the lovely café and restaurant venues inside, as it is written in the Lexus Magazine.

Photo by Palau de la Müsica - Orfeó Catalá

Photo by Palau de la Müsica – Orfeó Catalá

The Concert Auditorium is the most important venue of its type in Cataluña, and it regularly stages world premieres. When entering, aside from the heavenly skylight, you will be struck by the organ, a bust of Anselm Clavé, another of Beethoven, and a plethora of decorative motifs: palms, fruit, flowers and jewels.

The foyer of the Palau is a great venue that has been converted into a spacious café-restaurant whose culinary highlight is definitely breakfast. It´s a good way to start the visit of the Palau.

The Palau restaurant, at open air and placed on the ground floor in one of the places in Barcelona to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing food. Then, you have The Mirador Restaurant, located at the top of the Plaza del Palau and overlooking the Art Nouveau façade by Domènech i Montaner. It offers a menu of lunch and dinner weekdays (starter, main course and dessert), a tasting menu and a menu with a selection of seasonal cuisine.

This music auditorium is placed in Barcelona, specifically in Sant Pere neighborhood and our Negresco Princess is near to this majestic building, so it is a must if you are on vacation in Barcelona. As tip, we suggest you to see one of its corners where you will see the legend of San Jordi.

 

For more information about this or about other ideas to visit in Barcelona you can visit our Blog and see Luxos Magazine, an online travel guide that you find in the handy smartphone that you will find in all our rooms at the Negresco Princess and Barcelona Princess Hotels.