Sardanes

The Sardana is a type of circle dance unique to Catalonia which is believed to have originated from the Empordà region (north east of Catalonia) from where it spread to the rest of Catalonia during the nineteenth century. Despite its origin is not being completely clear – some argue it already existed in the sixteenth century – it is sure the rise of the dance took place during the Renaixença, a movement that’s main objective was to recover Catalan’s traditions and language.

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As you have probably seen visiting Know Barcelona, we really want you to see and visit some of the best places – as well as less known – in the city. We can’t keep a secret!

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Audio Guide

What better way of visiting Barcelona than with an audioguide? Forget about books, papers or leaflets; be ecological and download all the information you need to know to your mp3 player!

BARRI GÒTIC
LA RIBERA
LA MERCÈ
EL RAVAL
LES RAMBLES
L'EIXAMPLE

Top Nightclubs

If what you really want is to get the full Barcelona experience you definitely can’t miss our Top nightclubs list featuring some of the best clubs in the city! Don’t forget club’s opening times are different than in the rest of Europe, opening at midnight and closing at five and even 6 in the morning. Have fun!

RAZZMATAZZ

Address: C/ Almogàvers, 122   08018 – Barcelona                                                       Phone: (+34) 93 320 82 00

One of the most popular clubs in the city is Razzmatazz. Situated in the heart of Poble Nou, an old industrial area, this reformed warehouse has five different rooms hosting five different types of music. From indie and rock downstairs to electro and even techno, the club can pride itself in having a great programme with world renowned Djs such as Miss Kittin or Dave Clarke. Furthermore, the building also has two terraces where it is possible to smoke and chill on a summer night, away from the noise of the club. Razz is open Fridays, Saturdays and during local holidays with a ticket price of 15€ with two drinks included. For more information visit their website.

SALA APOLO

Address: C/Nou de la Rambla, 113  08004 – Barcelona                                               Phone: (+34) 93 441 40 01

Forrmer theatre Sala Apolo is known for having a really busy program of amazing parties of all styles. The club is divided into two rooms: Apolo upstairs and a smaller room downstairs, La [2]. Between them they host some of the best nights starting with Nasty Mondays and it’s pop-rock music followed by indie-electro on Crappy Tuesdays. La Boombox on Thursdays, is probably the most popular night of the week in Barcelona: a regular meeting point of indie lovers and vintage clothing fans, it has a great atmosphere that won’t disappoint you. Weekends focused on electronica with the internationally renowned Nitsa parties and amazing Djs that won’t let you stop dancing until 6am! For more information about the club you can check out their website here.

         

MOOG

Address: C/Arc del Teatre, 3  08001 – Barcelona                                                         Phone: (+34) 93 301 49 94

Despite being one of the smallest clubs in Barcelona, its reputation has made Moog respected locally and internationally, being even more popular than the much bigger Razzmatazz or Apolo. It plays great underground techno music and has a friendly atmosphere which has made the club gain fans like worldwide known Dj Jeff Mills (resident of the club until 2005), who described Moog as the best club in Spain. Inside, it has been tastefully designed with a wooden bar and dancefloor downstairs, and a much smaller room upstairs with seats on one side to relax. The club opens its doors at 12am with a 7€ entrance fee; expect massive queues to get in! For more information visit their website here.

[Pictures credit: Razzmatazz via Yadig; Apolo via Cocoon and Surf Barcelona; Moog via La Boca]

Top Restaurants

Here you will find some of the best restaurants of Barcelona according to food quality, price, and customer service. Keep in mind lunch and dinner times are later than in the rest of Europe with restaurants normally opening from 1pm to 4pm and from 8pm until 11pm.

LA TAVERNETA

Adress: C/ Francesc Pujols, 3   08002-Barcelona                                                           Phone: (+34) 93 302 55 29

This small restaurant is one of the best kept secrets in Barcelona. Just off the Ramblas, one would think that because of its position it would be overpriced and the food would be mediocre, but no. This restaurant serves traditional Catalan food for a reasonable price, offering two courses and dessert lunch menus for only 12€. However, it’s not only the food that attracts customers. The restaurant is decorated as if it was an old traditional bar, with red velvet walls, paintings and old pictures giving the place a charming atmosphere. The service is more than great, really attentive and truly welcoming. For more information you can check out their website here.

 EUSKAL ETXEA

Address: Placeta Montcada, 1-3   08003 – Barcelona                                                  Phone: (+34) 93 310 21 85

Situated in the area of la Ribera, this restaurant is specialized in traditional basque food and “pintxos” (similar to tapas). Even though there is a table area to sit down and even a private room – only available if you decide to go for a full meal – i strongly recommend that you go for the full “tapa-eating” experience and sit down at the bar. You will be amazed by how many different types of tapas come flying from the kitchen! Accompanied by a glass of cider or local beer there’s nothing else you are going to need. The desserts are also highly recommended, especially their “to die for” rice pudding. More information can be found here.

   

Important: Tapas are priced according to the type of toothpick they come with and, due to the constant flow of movement around the bar, waiters don’t keep a record of how many tapas each costumer has had. For this reason you will be asked to show the toothpicks to the waiter at the moment of paying.

EL DRAPAIRE

Address: c/ Sitges, 11   08001 – Barcelona                                                                   Phone: (+34) 93 302 76 28

If you want to try traditional spanish “embutido” (cured meat) then this is the place to come to. The restaurant has a wide variety of traditional Spanish food and tapas where you can choose from Spanish ham, local cheeses or Spanish omelette – just to mention a few options. The interior is also great with two big sitting rooms traditionally decorated and the customer service is perfect, always with a smile regardless of how busy the restaurant is! Food is really well priced – very cheap for the high quality they serve – and despite this they don’t have a fixed price menu so you can easily eat for around 15€ per person. More information about the restaurant can be found here.

[Picture credit: La Taverneta via La Taverneta; Euskal Etxea via Faimouioui; El Drapaire via Salir]

Going Out

Holidays not only mean walking and visiting buildings 24/7, there also has to be time to relax and interact with the locals. In Going Out we put together a top list of affordable Restaurants that serve to-die-for traditional spanish food and as well as a top list of Nightclubs that you can’t miss while you are in Barcelona.

What to visit

Because we understand it’s not always easy to know where to go or what to visit in a new city, we decided to put together some of the most amazing places of this Mediterranean city that will definitely make you fall in love with it. Our will is to show the real side of the city, not only the typical tourist spots, as well as introduce you to Catalan culture and way of living.

In Know Barcelona we focused in 6 of the 73 areas the city has: Barri Gòtic, La Ribera, La Mercè, El Raval, Les Rambles and L’Eixample. We believe this areas are a must see for its charm and beauty as well as for having important monuments or buildings that you can’t miss in your visit to Barcelona.