Calçots, a gastronomic tradition!

“Calçots” are a tradition of the catalan gastronomy that runs from January to April and brings together family and friends around a table.

It is a grilled large and white onion which external side is scorched but the internal one is tender. Although, “calçot” is the protagonist, there is no “calçotada” without romesco sauce. A sauce prepared mainly with almonds, hazelnuts, tomatoes, garlic, oil and salt.

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The funniest part is to eat them. Hands are used instead of cutlery! Take the “calçot” from the top with one hand and with the other hand take it by the root to remove the scorched part. Finally, dip the “calçot” with the sauce and it is ready to be eaten.

We recommend you to use the apron not to get dirty but if it happens do not worry!  It’s part of the party.

But it´s not yet finished. After “calçots”, you will enjoy a barbecue with artichokes, white beans and potatoes. And afterwards catalan cream as dessert.

And of course… bread with tomato and cava can not miss!

If you are in Barcelona, do not miss the opportunity to taste them.

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.

Diagonal Avenue, a treasure of Barcelona

Beyond the beaches of Barcelona, we can find much more wonderful places in the city.

Exclusive stores, galleries, shopping centers, are some of the things you can find in Diagonal Avenue.

In the Forum area starting at number 1 of Diagonal we can find the impressive skyscraper of 26 floors, the Barcelona Princess Hotel, designed by the architect Óscar Tusquets.

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Walking up through the Diagonal Avenue you will find the Agbar Tower with its controversial shape and that lights the city every night.

Through the Diagonal you will have an easy access to the most emblematic buildings of Antoni Gaudí and other emblematic buildings of the city too, such as Casa de les Punxes designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

From the beginning to end of t his avenue you will find many green areas to rest. The Diagonal itself is green but there are also gardens such as the Diagonal Mar park, Parc del Center in Poblenou and the Pedralbes Park.

You will find more information about this avenue and about Barcelona, in our blog and also in the Smartphone Handy (lexus section) you will find in rooms in both Barcelona Princess and Negresco Princess Hotels

 

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