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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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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Easter holidays in Barcelona

Easter week will be celebrated from the 9th to the 17th of April. If you have days off, enjoy your Easter holidays in Barcelona.

Make the most of your Easter holidays in Barcelona with our guide for an exciting getaway.

In our blog post about Spring in Barcelona we told you that Holy week is the ideal time to visit Barcelona’s cathedral and other churches in the city like the impressive Santa María del Mar in the Born district, one of our favorite churches in Barcelona.

The Sagrada Família by Antoni Gaudí will project special lighting shows on its Passion façade during Holy Week, on April 10, 11 and 12 from 8pm to 10pm. The light show will be free and open to everyone.

Sagrada Familia · Barcelona

Sagrada Familia · Barcelona

In this Easter season in Barcelona you will not find Easter eggs in the city but you will can taste other very sweet alternatives such as ‘Les Mones’, a rich cake decorated with chocolates eggs or the bunyols of Quaresma a sweet made with fried flour and sugar.

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From Barcelona to the Pyrenees – Congress of the product and gastronomy of the Pyrenees

Pedro, Chef of the Hotel Barcelona Princess, will leave Barcelona for a few days to attend Congreso del producto y la gastronomía de los Pirineos  (Congress of the product and gastronomy of the Pyrenees).

This congress will be held from 18 to 21 March at the Palacio de Congresos in Huesca. More than a congress will be a space to share experiences among restuarant business, the food industry, chefs, wine experts, foodies and in general for the lovers of the gastronomy.

There will be renowned figures of gastronomy,for example Alberto Ferruz, chef of the BonAmb restaurant in Alicante, Charo Val, chef of La Alacena del Gourmet Catering & Events, from Ibiza; Guy Espagnacq, chef of the restaurant Le Petit Gourmand in Tarbes; Óscar García, chef of the Baluarte restaurant in Soria, Guillermo Cruz and Ramón Perisé Moré, sommelier and cook of the Restaurant Mugaritz in Rentería; Manuel Godet, chef of the restaurant L’Impreinte in Tarbes; Ricardo Sanz, chef of the restaurant Kabuki in Madrid and from Barcelona, Pedro Montolio, chef of the Barcelona Princess Hotel.

David Bourg & Pedro Montolio at The Gyma Bar, Hotel Barcelona Pirncess

David Bourg & Pedro Montolio at The Gyma Bar, Hotel Barcelona Pirncess

Pedro Montolio and David Bourg were winners of the first semifinal of Barcelona of the CCA and they will be in the final of the 7th edition of this contest Concurso Cocinero del Año  – CCA (Best Chef of the Year) but on Tuesday, March 21 they will be attend at the presentation and show cooking “La cocina de la trufa negra de Huesca” (The cuisine of the Black truffle in Huesca) where they will prepare three delicious tapas with truffle of Huesca as ingredient.

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