La Mercè festivals 2017 in Barcelona

As every year in Barcelona, from the 22 to the 25 September there are celebrated the festivals of La Mercé, an important figure of the catalan culture.
This year, the festival poster was made by Javier Mariscal, creator of the iconic and charismatic Coby, the mascot of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

Merce17-Cartell

Merce17-Cartell

During these days, the streets of the city are filled with events and shows of Catalan and Mediterranean culture, in which you can enjoy the performances of the best Catalan artists, and do several activities such as the sardanas (traditional Catalan dance) or watch the typical catalan castells, fireworks and many other activities.

Many of these activities are done in the center of the city, you can easily get to them from the Hotel Negresco Barcelona, located in the heart of the city, from there you can walk to the different and dynamic shows performed during these days of Catalan culture for example the Parc de la Ciutadella or Plaça Sant Jaume.

One of the highlights of La Mercé are the concerts that take place at the Fòrum de Barcelona, and from the Hotel Barcelona Princess you can attend them, as they are a few steps from the hotel entrance. In them you can enjoy countless festivals that will fill you with joy and energy.

From here you can access to an advanced schedule of the festivals.
Don’t miss these dates and enjoy the festivals from one of our two hotels located at the gates of these wonderful cultural festivals.

Navigate in Barcelona, a city that looks out to sea.

Being located on the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is a city that offers unique and unforgettable experiences that you can keep in your memories.
The Hotel Barcelona Princess is located in front of the sea and the Negresco Princess is a Hotel in the heart of Barcelona, so both have a privileged location for incredible sea activities.

Blue Magic

Blue Magic

Blue Magic is adventure and it allows you to make unique experiences in Barcelona in unique boats, and enjoy the views of Barcelona from the sea, something different to visit the city on foot, which will allow you to see the city from an original and different perspective.

There are a thousand ways to see the city of Barcelona, and although it is nice to see it from wherever, without a doubt, doing it from the sea can be something memorable. Seeing a sunset from the Barcelona Sea is something that will surely remain in your memory, since you can make it away from all the noise and traffic of the city, only with the sound and tranquility of the waves.

Blue Magic 2

Blue Magic 2

You will be able to look at the city and see the whole skyline of Barcelona: the Sagrada Familia, Agbar tower, Montjuïc, Mapfre, W towers, monument to Columbus, the chimneys of Paral.lel and even the skyscraper of the Hotel Barcelona Princess.
From both urban hotels in Barcelona of the Princess Hotels & Resorts chain, you can arrive in a few minutes to the Blue Magic. All the exits sail from the Port Olímpic, so you can go there and live this beautiful experience that you will not regret.

Negresco and culture in the center of Barcelona

The Hotel Negresco Barcelona is located in the center of Barcelona, this privileged location allows you to be close to great cultural sights of Barcelona, and both its restaurant on the street and its roof terrace, are a meeting point for before and after the shows and theatre plays.

Pic by JaulaDeArdilla on Flickr

Pic by JaulaDeArdilla on Flickr

Some of the main cultural attractions that you can find near the hotel are:

Teatre Tívoli: One of the oldest theaters in Barcelona in which great figures of the Catalan theater have performed, it has an old decoration with red and gold colors and a capacity for 1643 people.

Coliseum: In Gran Vía, one of the oldest and renowned theaters in Barcelona, this venue hosts large format shows, musicals and concerts.

Teatre Borràs: In Plaza Urquinaona, built in 1931, this beautiful theater is built on an Italian Renaissance architecture. It used to be a cinema, and has been receiving various reforms, nowadays it is a theatre.

Palau de la Musica Catalana: It is a concert hall named World Heritage by UNESCO, is endowed with an incredible beauty and adorned with beautiful materials, a point to visit in Barcelona.

Liceu Theater: Located on Les Rambles, it is the most prestigious theater in Barcelona, it offers the best works on the genre of the opera, and is one of the most important theaters in the world.

These are some of the beautiful cultural places near the Hotel Negresco Barcelona, you can spend some time in the restaurant open to the public and eat some of the delicious menus offered at the hotel, then enjoy these great points of interest.
Also close to this hotel in the center of Barcelona you can find: Teatre Goya, Teatre Poliorama and Club Capitol.

The most photographed places in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most beautiful and visited cities in the world, and as every city there are always some places that stand out more than others.

These are some of the most photographed places in Barcelona, both by tourists and local citizens of the city, because although you know Barcelona, you still will in love with these spots.

Photo by @igorovsyannykov on Unsplash

Photo by @igorovsyannykov on Unsplash

PLAÇA CATALUÑA

Located in the heart of Barcelona is one of the main points of the city, it has beautiful fountains and colorful flowers that give it a great beauty, where you can achieve beautiful photos. This beautiful and busy square is located five minutes walking from Hotel Negresco Princess.

SACRED FAMILY

This emblematic monument is one of the most well-known and visited artworks in the world, people from all over come to Barcelona to contemplate and photograph the magnificent architectural design of the great Antoní Gaudí, the greatest architect of Catalan modernism. From the Hotel Barcelona Princess, you can enjoy good views of this imposing architectural work from either its panoramic lifts or from its rooms overlooking the city.

PARC GÜELL
Another incredible work of Antoni Gaudí, this magnificent park is located in a secluded place of the city where you can enjoy a quiet walk, away from the traffic of the city. Here you can take pictures of unique and beautiful architectural works and enjoy one of the best views of Barcelona.
Do not let your camera miss any of these key points of the city of Barcelona during your visit. Go outside and save photos of these amazing memories.

Photo by Matt Briney on Unsplash

Photo by Matt Briney on Unsplash

PLAYA DE LA BARCELONETA
It is the main beach of Barcelona, is the most well-known and busy of the city and there is people from different countries, walking along the promenade, or enjoying the sea and sand, is one of the most photographed beaches in the world.

Gaudí in Barcelona

Antoni Gaudí, a benchmark in the city of Barcelona, celebrates the 165th anniversary. He was one of the most important architects in the history of architecture.

We want to do a small tribute to the highest representative of Catalan modernism and talk about some of his most representative works.

  • La Sagrada Familia: One of the most famous construction of Catalan modernist architecture, it is one of the most visited buildings in Spain. To enjoy one of the most famous catholic basilicas worldwide you can see this basilica from the panoramic elevators and rooms of the Hotel Barcelona Princess and also from the terrace of the Hotel Negresco Princess.

 

  • Park Güell: World heritage and a clear example of Gaudí’s ability to create an exceptional experience, with gardens and architectural elements.
  • Casa Batlló: Right in Passeig de Gracia, one of the most emblematic walks of the city is another important works of Gaudí, Casa Batlló. You can visit it from the Negresco Princess, hotel in the center of Barcelona.

 

The essence and magic of this Catalan representative breathe all over the city, giving everyone who walks their streets exclusive and essential places to visit. You can also admire:

  • Casa Milà: Also known as “La Pedrera“, another beautiful element in the city and that is also located in the Passeig de Gràcia.
  • Palau Güell: Located near the harbor and the seafront of the city, it is a magnificent example of domestic architecture in the context of modernism.

Do not miss the opportunity to live in person the great works of this referent of architecture in your next visit to the city of Barcelona.