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173 Rooftop Terrace and the Montjüic Terrace, two of the best hotel’ rooftops in Barcelona

Would you like to drink a cocktail in one of the best hotel’ rooftops in Barcelona? Are you looking for the best city views or searching for the perfect terrace to host an event in Barcelona? Keep on reading!

At Crowne Plaza Barcelona we couldn’t be happier to share these news with you, the opening of two open air spaces that will take your breath away: 173 Rooftop Terrace and the Montjuïc Terrace. The best service at your disposition and some of the best views of Barcelona one can get.

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173 Rooftop Terrace

The dreamy rooftop terrace where anything is possible.

173 are the meters above sea level at which you will find our terrace, at the top of Montjüic where Crowne Plaza Barcelona is located. A privileged location in one of Barcelona’s most historical areas with a wide cultural and gastronomic tourism experience.

This perfect situation makes it one of the most unique hotel rooftops in town, with a 360º panoramic view that will let you see from Mediterranean’s horizon to any of the emblematic building’s of the city, such as the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s Cathedral, Tibidabo, the tower of Collserola and of course Montjuïc with all of its attractions.

173 Rooftop Terrace opens to the city to offer our best exclusive services not only to hotel guests but to everyone in town. Among the different areas that make 173 Rooftop Terrace you can find an exterior swimming pool, a solarium and a dedicated culinary space to enjoy the best Mediterranean flavours or cheer with our wide cocktail selection.

173 Rooftop Terrace offers unique and irreplaceable experiences in a cosmopolitan environment thought for you to relax and let go of time. An oasis in the middle of Barcelona. Want to come for a visit?

 

Montjuïc Terrace

The Montjüic Terrace is the perfect venue to organize all sorts of events: weddings, communions, business meetings, launchings, presentations… anything you can imagine.

This terrace also offers amazing views to the city. The National Palace with the National Art Museum of Cataluña (MNAC) as one of the main characters, together with the famous architect’s home Puig i Cadafalach, or the lights at night of the Montjuïc Fountain.

The Montjüic Terrace offers the perfect scenario to celebrate some of the most important and exclusive events in Barcelona. With the best expert team always available we want to make sure that every event is a success and that our clients don’t have to worry about anything but to enjoy the venue.

 

173 Rooftop Terrace and the Montjüic Terrace are your magical places in Barcelona.

Come and enjoy!

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San Juan’s Eve, a night of magic and tradition

San Juan, Saint John’s Eve or Sant Joan, is one of the most expected popular celebrations in Spain of June and the Summer time in general. The eve of the 23rd of June marks the beginning of the Summer, the endless days of sun, holidays, free time and watching sunsets from a rooftop. It is also a day of meeting with friends and family and getting to share this popular tradition, which is why we decided to bring to you in this post some of the most famous traditions on the year’s shortest night in Barcelona and surroundings. Had you heard of any of them?

 

Fire and bonfires
Fire is one of the main characters during San Juan’s Eve, which already reveals part of this night’s traditions. This midsummer night is all about making bonfires, especially at the beach. The tradition dates back to centuries ago when there was a belief that fire symbolized the welcoming of Summer solstice.

Another tradition that still lasts through time is the thought of fire’s light and heat to drive away evil spirits, as well as extending the amount of hours a day to give the Sun more strength, as from this night on the days start becoming shorter and shorter until Fall arrives.

 

Make a wish whilst jumping over a bonfire
It definitely is a risky activity, not suitable for minors and only to be considered if one is fully aware of the situation and its’ risks. During the night of San Juan many are brave enough to challenge the fire and jump over the bonfire while making a wish at the same time. If it becomes true or not, that’s only a matter of luck!

Get a taste of the “Coca of San Juan” and toast with a glass of cava

The “Coca of San Juan” is one of the highlights of June 23rd. This dessert consists of a pie made out of flour covered with glazed fruit and sugar. To go with the pie it is very common to toast with a glass of cava, a traditional sparkling wine from the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona.

 

Fireworks
Fireworks are also a must on this summer night of celebrations. Explosions filled with colour and spark light up the night sky forming all sorts of shapes and forms and the sound of the firecrackers will be heard from far away. An authentic performance.

 

Swimming in the sea at night
If you celebrate San Juan’s Eve around the coast one of the most magical traditions on this night is to go for a swim after midnight when the sea is completely dark or waiting for the sun to rise, welcoming the next day.

 

Music and dancing
Almost everywhere you go on this night you will find streets and beaches filled with people celebrating and concerts and music going on. Those who make their bonfire will very probably be dancing around the fire. Those who don’t, will probably also be dancing under the moonlight.

 

Burn what is no longer useful
Like we mentioned at the very beginning fire is one of they key elements of the night of San Juan. Many people will follow the tradition of bringing with them what is no longer useful and throw it into the fire to burn. Furniture, paintings, clothing… or even last year’s school books!

 

Now that you’ve learnt a bit more about some of the most typical traditions of San Juan, are you in to join any of them?

 

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Rooftop terraces, what is there about them that we love so much?

Rooftops are a big attraction for us, it’s inevitable. In a country where the sun shines brightly it is almost hard to escape the temptation of enjoying a rooftop terrace and where better to do so than in Barcelona. For this reason, we have decided to bring you 10 reasons to why you should decide to go spend a good time in one of them and let yourself be led by its’ magic.

 

  1. Share moments

Spending a morning or evening in a rooftop terrace with views to the entire city is one of the best ways to share a good time with friends. Conversations, laughs, debates, ideas,… Time goes by and without realizing we have been sharing great moments that become instant memories and experiences.

 

  1. Toast for the good times

When you sit at a table in a rooftop bar, you will probably want to enjoy it with a drink in hand, no matter if it’s water, soda, a beer or a cocktail. And there is no better way to celebrate that moment than with a toast, exchanging looks and smiles with good company.

 

  1. Taste the flavours of quality

Rooftops are already attractive themselves, however if they also offer good food the positive experience exceeds any expectation. The taste of a quality dish or simply a delicious snack, it will definitely help to get everyone at the table at their best mood.

 

  1. Feel the sun kiss your skin

Picture yourself sun bathing in a rooftop or simply feeling the breeze and the sun kiss your skin, one of the best pleasures that nature has given us. A rooftop in Barcelona where the sun shines at its brightest sounds like the place where we would like to be now that the nice weather is around the corner. The sun gives us life!

 

  1. Relax and disconnection

One of the best ways to disconnect and relax is by visiting a rooftop terrace where one can feel comfortable and time flies. You can read, listen to music, talk or simply watch the scenic views from the top. It is the place where everything stops, where you can get away from any problem and simply focus on the happiness of the moment.

 

  1. Enjoy the views

Good views are something precious, and in big cities like Barcelona only a few can really presume of their own. It’s true… views can take your breath away and we all look to find those daydream sceneries. Either with ocean views, views to the mountain or simply to the city roofs, it is definitely somewhere to let go and enjoy.

 

  1. End your the day the right way… with a sunset

Sunsets are always special. Watching the sun set from somewhere privileged, like a rooftop, can turn it even more magical. For us there is no better way to end the day than with the last rays of sun, good company and in a special place.

 

  1. Feel the comfort

Comfort should always be one of your main priorities when deciding between different options. In the case of a rooftop terrace, who wouldn’t want to lie back in a comfy chair with a good service at your disposal for anything you need? When things are made easy, it is more than likely we will decide to enjoy more time there!

 

  1. The surroundings

What surrounds you is also something important to consider when choosing which rooftop terrace to go to. Somewhere beautiful and peaceful will definitely help you to take in that perfect moment.

 

  1. Wet your feet in the pool

A rooftop terrace with a swimming pool, can it get any better? If you have ever had the chance of getting your feet wet while the music plays and the sun shines from the very top, you know what we’re talking about. An indescribable feeling that we highly recommend.

 

In conclusion, these are only some of the main reasons why in Crowne Plaza Barcelona we believe that spending time in a nice rooftop terrace is definitely worth it, and the list could keep going on and on.

 

 

So what about you, have your found your dream rooftop terrace already?

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Want to find out the “mum prototype” you are or have?

Mother’s Day in Spain is getting very close and in Crowne Plaza Barcelona we cannot resist to celebrate such a special day.

There are plenty of mum’s in the world and every single one of them is unique in their own way. However, sometimes there are some things about mum’s that they share in their personality or in the way that they raise their kids which many of us will probably feel identified with. Some sort of clichés about them. For this reason we have decided to collect a series of “mum prototypes” where one can find out the type of mum they are or have. Let’s go!

 

  1. The supermum who can do it all

These are the all-rounder unstoppable kind of mums. Supermums are those who have the ability to handle different situations at the same time and that don’t stress! Definetely very admirable. Not only that but they also manage to have an incredible memory to cover all of their kids’ needs. An endless amount of energy and a couple hours of sleep will do for them to recover and confront the next day with their best mood.

 

  1. Cooking lovers

There are some mum’s who are great at cooking, some others that aren’t as good… And then there’s those kind of cooking-lover mums who put all their effort into slow cooking the best meals for their family. Pots and pans do not rest in that kitchen and their recipes probably exceed the creativity of many chefs around the world.

Cooking-lover mums who spend hours and hours inside their kitchens enjoying every step of cooking abundant, delicious meals made with all their love.

 

  1. The sportswoman

The habit of being active is healthy and good for you. However when you have an athletic mum there’s definitely some moments where one wishes that she abandoned her sport shoes at least for once.

Athletic mums will not want you sleeping in until late on a Saturday morning, they will very probably be taking you on a hike to the top of the mountain or get some waves at the beach. Who even mentioned taking a nap or a good “siesta” after lunch, there’s definitely no stop here and they will keep pushing you until you can’t keep on anymore. As exhausting as it may be, once the effort is over and you think about all the shared moments with her, you will definitely feel very grateful and very thankful to have done all those things together.

 

  1. The worrying mum

The majority of mums have written in their DNA “protect your little ones”. The love mums have for their family is beyond and this translates into worries whenever they fear something. The worrying mums will need to have everything under control, know who their kids are with, when they are coming back, and sometimes this will limit ones freedom due to overprotection.

As time goes by and kids get older, slowly the worrying mums will start calming down, letting go and trusting their personal autonomy.

 

  1. The lectionary

The lectionaries are those mums who want their kids to learn what life is about on their own. This means learning to fall and stand back up again on their own, the kind of learning based on test-error where they will slowly learn what is good and bad.

Sometimes these kind of mums will be a bit resilient to baby their kids and may even seem strict and harsh, however the reality is that they are protecting their children in their own way. They know there are tough times and they will always protect them doing their best: letting them learn how to protect and figure things out on their own.

 

  1. The patient and the impatient

Mothers have to face every day a constant challenge: patience, with probably many moments where they will have to take in a deep breath.

Those who are patient will know perfectly how to handle these situations, controlling their temper with no problem. But for those who are more impatient, that’s where the challenge comes in to try and stay calm.

Whichever your case is, both patient and impatient mums will share one same thing: there is not a kiss or a hug they will resist to.

 

These are only some of the common prototypes that we share worldwide. Surely by reading this you will feel identified with one of these mum profiles, whether you are already in the mummy or in the children’s team.

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Serena Spa, a new relaxation experience in Crowne Plaza Barcelona.

We have reasons to celebrate in Crowne Plaza Barcelona!

We can now say out loud and proud that we finally have one of the best spa services of the continent: the Serena Spa, by Heaven on Earth.

You might be thinking that we’re exaggerating, but not at all! In Crowne Plaza Barcelona we officially have the second Serena Spa across Europe. A luxury spa brand that belongs to the brand Heaven on Earth, with a high international presence and consideration especially in Asian countries such as Singapore, Seychelles or the Maldives.

The Serena Spa is a new spa concept based in Indian and Eastern treatments, places where the massage tradition and the study of the body’s wellbeing have been grown for thousands of years. Harmony, balance and rest are a priority and therefore the experience we offer our clients is based on relax, pleasure, peace and disconnection.

One of the most relevant and differentiating attributes that we have at the Serena Spa is that all treatments use 100% natural, chemical-free and cruelty-free products, values that faithfully meet our philosophy at Crowne Plaza Barcelona.

We offer essential oils with different fragrances to let our clients choose the smell and treatment they prefer, all surrounded by an intimate, warm, relaxed and minimalistic environment.

Aside from personal care and the constant search of relaxation and balance between body and mind, one of the main characteristics that we have at the Serena Spa is that we offer a unique massage in Spain: the Marma Body, a massage technique that requires of a very specific and specialized professional training.

The Marma Body focuses on 109 points across our body that correspond to nerve endings and that will work to achieve a profound relaxation of our entire body through these points.

Furthermore, the Marma Body at the Serena Spa in Crowne Plaza Barcelona we also offer other treatments to our customers: from beauty treatments or anti-stress massages to rejuvenation, aromatherapy, exfoliation or relaxation treatments among others.

One of the main goals at Serena Spa together with Crowne Plaza Barcelona is to promote a healthy lifestyle, looking for balance between the body and mind through good habits: a healthy and balanced diet, appropriate rest, meditation, exercise, and in conclusion taking care of ourselves as priority factors. For this reason at the Serena Spa we offer not only a gym but also a hydrotherapy pool with a waterfall, water beds, swan’s neck fountains and a cold water area. Clients can also find a steam bath, sauna, caldarium, multi-sensory showers and a pediluvium.

 

The new Serena Spa at Crowne Plaza Barcelona is the ideal place to relax in Barcelona. Because dedicating time to ourselves, taking care of ourselves and disconnecting is necessary. Because you deserve it.

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Books set in Barcelona to read this upcoming Sant Jordi

On the 23rd of April one of the most popular festivities in Catalonia takes place: Sant Jordi, their patron saint. What in other places is celebrated as the World Book Day, in Cataluña there’s a different tradition, a combination of culture and romanticism. A special day dedicated to couples, lovers, roses and books as the main characters.

In Barcelona’s case, streets become decorated with roses, books stalls and people who don’t want to miss out on this special day. Many writers join the streets to sign their books, whilst bookshops open their doors to show readers the best novels up to date. You can find as many genres as you can imagine but just because Barcelona has so much to offer, we have decided to list the best books that set their stories in the Condal City.

 

Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones
2006

Cathedral of the Sea has been one of the latest sensational best sellers there has been with their story based in Barcelona.

Falcones, the writer, after documenting himself in the city’s history, recreates the moment in which the Santa Maria del Mar basilica, located in El Born (or La Ribera) started being constructed back in the 14th century.

The history is set in the medieval times, a period in history where the Condal City lived a moment of fortune and success. The novel tells how the fishing neighbourhood of La Ribera decided to start one of the most ambitious architectonic projects at the time: Santa Maria del Mar, a basilica which would soon become the biggest religious marine temple of the time.

The book travels around some of the outskirts and neighbourhoods of the city such as Plaza Sant Jaume, where today you can find the Generalitat government and the town hall, and also Pla de Palau, the square that back in the day was Barcelona’s most famous as it was located next to the sea and was the door to the city.

 

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
2001

Carlos Ruíz Zafón makes the most of the Condal City to create a mystery-romantic story throughout several areas of the Catalan capital: Tibidabo Avenue, Las Ramblas, Plaza Real or the Gothic area are just some of the recurring sceneries.

The Shadow of the Wind is contextualized in the mid-20th century when you could still breathe some of the last splendours of Modernism until the post-war days.

This novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafón intertwines branches and secrets all together, focusing the whole narrative on Daniel Sempere, a boy who one day finds a cursed book at the Cemetery of the Forgotten Books. Since the moment Daniel reads the first page, he finds himself immersed among mysteries, love stories, intrigue and riddles. Without a doubt, the Shadow of the Wind has been one of the most outstanding best sellers of the recent times.

 

Last Evenings with Teresa by Juan Marsé
1966

With Last Evenings with Teresa, Juan Marsé takes us away from the touristic areas of Barcelona to talk about other neighbourhoods that throughout time have been forgotten. More specifically, Marsé’s story is centred in El Carmel, a quarter which in its’ origins was distinguished by being one of the most insecure and neglected of Barcelona.

The novel is based on a love story between two young adults, Teresa and Manolo, more known as Pijoaparte. Teresa is the daughter of a Catalan bourgeois family and Pijoaparte is a local of El Carmel. She is a bit blatant but with financial means and an “easy life”, whilst he is a mischievous boy who struggles in his neighbourhood and aspires to achieve a higher social status.

Last Evenings with Teresa wanders through all sorts of areas of Barcelona: from the high part of the district of Gràcia, to Turó de la Rovira or Plaza de Sanllehy as some examples. Everything is described with a very subtle sharpness doing a small recall to the tease that helps Marsé criticize the Catalan bourgeois of the times.

 

In Diamond Square by Mercè Rodoreda
1962

In Diamond Square is without a doubt one of the most renown novels set in Barcelona. The title refers to a square located in the Gràcia district, a neighbourhood where most part of the story takes place.

The narrative is contextualized in Barcelona during the Republic, war and post-war times and handles with care the story of how Natalia, also known as Colometa, lives her marriage. Many of the situations described in the book can be extrapolated to the majority of women at the time: doubts, uncertainty, submission, obedience, naivety, joy or happiness among some of the feelings that arouse while you read the novel.

 

The City of Marvels by Eduardo Mendoza
1986

The City of Marvels portrays in a very reliable way the evolution of Barcelona during the World Exhibitions that took place in 1888 in Ciutadella and in 1929 in Montjuïc. Both exhibitions transformed and made the Condal City known to the rest of the world, hence the name of the novel.

Mendoza takes us to that Barcelona generation that evolved to an industrialized society and economic prosperity. The sceneries that appear in the novel are several: Moll de la Fusta, the walk and the monument of Colón, the fountain of Montjuïc or the chimneys of Poble Sec as some of the iconic elements of Barcelona that come up during the story.

 

These are some of the novels set in Barcelona although the list could keep on. Barcelona inspires and makes you fall in love, so are you ready to join us and read one of our recommendations set in Barcelona?

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Wake up with springtime to feel it skin-deep

Spring is the time of the year when everything seems to come back to life. We leave behind days of cold and dim light to enter the season of colors, the outburst of nature, the impulse to make new things and to explore the world around us. In all these moments the senses are the main focus, we live each experience getting in touch with one of them: smell, hearing, taste … our experience is more intense when we intensify the senses. It is exciting.

For this spring we propose some activities for you to feel and to live this moment of the year, in all the senses.

 

Wine tasting
With the spring breeze there is nothing better than having a glass of wine in a sunset with good company. And, although we are demanding with the palate, why not learning a little more of this drink that has been with us for thousands of years?

The wine tasting, apart from pleasant, is interesting. There are many characteristics that influence the good result and flavor of a good wine. If you do not know them, the experience is even more enriching. Furthermore, if you accompany the wine tasting with a cheese tasting, the moment will be sublime.

 

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Henry Fournier

 

 

 

Opera concert
Music is one of the art disciplines that are lived more intensly. It can arouse intense emotions, let the tears fall or make us smile, we can listen to it in solitude or with company. Our day to day is full of moments with music, but for this time of the year we propose you to dedicate a whole afternoon or night, with intention. Focus on what the melody conveys and get in and merge with all the notes.

 

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Radek Grzybowski

 

 

Massage
Touch is often one of the senses that we have less present but that unconsciously gives us a lot of information: “coffee burns or the scarf is soft” are perceptions that we get thanks to the touch. But not only the activities of our day to day connect us with touch, with a single caress we can have chills all over the body. To awaken this sense we propose a massage session or a visit to the Spa  so that, in addition to relaxing, it will help you to enter into consciousness with the touch and your body.

 

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Roman Kraft

 

Smell fragances
The fragrances have a lot of presence in our society but also, the smell is one of the senses that awakens the memories: moments of our childhood, places and even people. Smell has a magical power. At this time of year we would like you to refresh smells and relive memories through the fragrances so that you smile when relating a smell with a moment, a very special bond of ideas.

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Go to the cinema
This is one of the activities that we have more assimilated but often we don’t consider that, leaving aside the sound and the soundtracks, in the cinema we work intensely the sight. The visual strenght that movies have and the impact that a poweful image involves has a lot of weight. For this Spring, we propose you to go to the cinema and delight you with well-crafted scenes and images.

 

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Go out and live the spring!

 

 

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Which are the best restaurants of Montjuïc? We give you a list of the most recognized places near Crowne Plaza Barcelona

Barcelona is an endless city. In addition to its architecture, cultural movement, a nice weather and a good location in the Mediterranean, the restlessness and curiosity for the gastronomy of the locals and the new arrivals has no limits.

In the “Ciudad Condal” we are fortunate to have some of the most renowned chefs in the whole country, and not only that, but other cook artists have chosen Barcelona to delight everyone with their recipes and dishes.

At Crowne Plaza Barcelona we know that the culinary offer in our city, and in our area, is wide and of quality. That’s why apart from out restaurant El Mall, we recommend other places and restaurants that treat every dish with care and attention.

 

Hoja Santa y Niño Viejo

Although they are to different restaurants, they share premises and origin: the recipes offered are based on Mexican cuisine. Albert Adrià, the brother of the chef Ferran Adrià, is the one who created and simmered these two restaurants, always maintaining his vision of “haute neighborhood cuisine”

Both places are part of elBarri, a group of restaurants created from the talent of the brothers and chefs Adrià, along with Pedro, Juan Carlos and Borja Iglesias, also brothers and first line chefs.

Niño Viejo has a more informal and relaxed character: a Mexican canteen or taquería without a tasting menu but with a delicate presentation, with contemporary additions.

Hoja Santa is categorized as an elegant restaurant with slightly more colorful and elaborate results – without losing sight of the fact that both places are delicious – where, undoubtedly, there are influences of elBulli, the restaurant which during three consecutive years (2007-2009) received the recognition of the “Better restaurant of the world”. Some of its specialties are Antojitos, Tacos and Los Moles although the listing is long.

 

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Hoja Santa

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Niño Viejo

 

 

Mano Rota
Mano Rota is located in the area of Poble Sec ad offers fusion cuisine served mostly in the bars, one of the most characteristic elements of the local, although tables for two are also present.

The chefs, Bernat Bermudo and Oswaldo Brito, strive to stand out from the usual and offer diner guests intense flavors and surprising combinations, thus avoiding plain dishes without emotion. The products are of quality, of season and of proximity: many of the ingredients come from Barcelona or surroundings. This, added to the textures and nuances worked in all the food, gives the dish an international character, mainly starting from the Peruvian cuisine.

 

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Tickets Bar
Like Niño Viejo and Hoja Santa, Tickets is part of the group elBarri, which also includes other well-known places in the Paral·lel area such as Pakta, Bodega 1900 or Enigma.

The place offers dishes based on avant-garde cuisine but always reflecting in all its culinary creations its emblem of “La Vida Tapa!”, a concept that clearly shapes the cuisine of the land. The variety of dishes is wide and the menu changes according to the season. But we can assure that you will love any of the stews and sauces.

 

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Tickets Bar | Pilarmunneblog

 

 

Casa Xica

Casa Xica is oriented to a homemade menu but not less interesting. It is one of the jewels of Poblesec that besides serving products of proximity travels to other countries like China and Japan until taking them to your plate. The Asian character is breathed in almost all their creations and can be used as a passport to later taste the ecological wine included in the menu. The quality of the products is exceptional, besides the local is cozy, and it is necessary to reserve table if you want to go at night! The harmony of their dishes plays an important role in the whole experience, and also they renew the gastronomic offer often.

 

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Casa Xica | Style by Brú

 


Enigma

It is another of the locals that is also part of the elBarri group. Enigma is the newborn of ElBulli’s offspring, largely serving as a laboratory to transport its culinary ideas to the rest of the group’s restaurants and one of its main features is that serves an amount of twenty diner guests, no more.

The approach of the restaurant and its design is thought to surprise and deviate from what is usual, so the mysterious decoration and surprise are one of the main ingredients, together with the quality of food and its spectacular presentation.

 

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espai Kru
espai Kru  by Rías de Galicia is the main identity of this restaurant. Located very close to Plaza España, it is next to another of the most recognized restaurants of the area with a similar gastronomic offer, the Pakta.

espai Kru has a tour of dishes that travel from Galicia to Japan. The presentation of the delicacies is excellent and the quality of the ingredients outstanding. Definitely a recommended place to go, at least once in a lifetime. The experience deserves a visit, and more bearing in mind that the restaurant was awarded the Sol Repsol in 2016, a recognition and symbol of culinary excellence in the gastronomy of the country.

 

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espai Kru

 

 

Filigrana
The concept of the restaurant follows the line of classic, elegant and careful attention to details. The specialty of the Filigrana specialty is grilled meat, although the fish or the tapas are also delicious. It is the right place for a business meal or even for a romantic dinner, it meets all requirements. In addition to its gastronomic qualities, the premises have a privileged terrace overlooking Plaza España and Montjuïc.

 

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Filigrana

 

 

Oleum
Oleum Oleum is located in one of the most special places in Barcelona: the interior of the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) from where it has a panoramic view of the privileged city.
Oleum counts on gastronomic advice by Fina Puigdevall, chef of the restaurant LES COLS of the city of Olot, with ** Michelin. Its menu includes some dishes based on modernism and others from romanticism, for the most tender and delicate evenings. The ingredients that are used in the kitchen are of high quality, based, above all, on Mediterranean cuisine.

 

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Oleum

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In Saint Valentine’s Day, believe in love again: 7 tips for your first date

What do singles do on Valentine’s Day? Very good question. We have been inquiring and we have discovered that there are many ways to spend the 14th of February when you don’t have love commitments. There are those who lock themselves at home so that they can’t see couples walking their happiness around, others go out to reaffirm their conviction that they live better alone, others take advantage to stay with their other single friends and there are those who think it is a good day to have a first date.

If you are single and the option that convinced you the most is the last one, continue reading this post, because there are 7 tips to help you know what to do in any situation of a first date:

  • First: always greet with two kisses. Do not let prudence take you to lengthen your arm, because a handshake is the worst start for any date.
  • The most important thing in a first date is to avoid the awkward silences. That’s why it’s better to leave the house with prepared conversation topics: a nice anecdote in the restaurant where you are having dinner, some funny comment about the waiter, questions – never too personal – that show some interest or a selection of three or four short stories about your life.
  • An important clarification: it is not necessary that all the anecdotes you tell are strictly adhering to reality. In a first date, hyperbole for comic or dramatic ends is socially accepted.
  • PROHIBITED topics: religion, politics and football.
  • Never propose to share dishes. You don’t know the tastes of the other person and, if they are different from yours, you will spend time trying to find something that you both like – that’s in case you find it. It’s better that each one has its own food and focus the conversation in topics which you may share.
  • If you have the date in the restaurant of Crowne Plaza Barcelona, you can count on our waiters to accelerate the moment of the desserts and the bill in case something goes wrong.
  • And last, but not least, do not improvise the farewell. Excuse a moment and reflect for two minutes in front of the mirror if you want a second appointment or not. And whatever decision you take, be direct: it’s the only way to avoid the dangerous “we’ll see each other …” that ends with everyone waiting for the other to call and nobody ever calls.

But above all, if you want a first date to go well, dare to believe in love again! With the right attitude and our advice, your Valentine’s date will be exactly as you had dreamed it.

 

 

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Welcome February. How happy we are that you are already here!

The shortest month of the year of long nights and cold days hosts one of the best parties to let the imagination fly and become the character you want to be: Carnival. This pagan feast began 5000 years ago and seems to have no end. Many people love it!

In this post we give you some ideas to disguise yourself individually or in group, creating your own design in a fast, easy and with an original and attractive result. Here it goes!

 

Thief
One of the most fun and suitable for all audiences. The costume is simple, you just have to dress in a horizontal striped shirt and dark pants and shoes. Put on a mask to hide your eyes and carry a bag or a sac where you take your loot!

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Emmy Glover-Voss

 

 

Gourmet cook
An original costume to disguise yourself with your family. The clothing is simple, you only need a cooking jacket or a robe (black or white are the most common colors), and a toque blanche, the traditional chef’s cap. For the youngest ones, you can use the same clothes or, if you want to make it more likeable, you can dress them of some ingredient you use for cooking. They will look delicious!

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Indians

The key element is the feather headdress, an accessory that you can easily do following the guidelines of the video below/above. The most common thing is to place the feathers on the head, although you can also wear them as earrings, as a necklace or hanging from the shoes. For her, a top and a skirt with a fringe finish is very much in line with the theme. For him, a waistcoat and long and wide trousers fit perfectly in the style of the constume. Other accessories that complement the outfit are leather boots or an arrow bow and, as a last touch, stripes or painted designs on the face.

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 Cristian Newman

 

How to make Indian feathers

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Prince and Princess

One of the most dreamed costumes by all, children, but adults too! To be the main characters of the castle, or the hotel,  you do not need many elements. Less is more. For her we propose a simple outfit, with a long, elegant and not very striking dress to highlight the accessories: a crown, big and shiny earrings, high heels or a bracelet would be the most suitable. For him, a suit with vest, wide pants and long boots, a velvet cloak and a sword also go according to the outfit.

 

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Sweet Ice Cream Photography

 

 

Steve Jobs
We love the simplicity of the disguise and the character it represents. The father of the brand Apple has become one of the most representative celebrities of the 21st century, even if he is no longer with us. The clothing is more than easy: a black sweater with a turtleneck, gray metallic round glasses and pants of a neutral color. If you accompany this with an Apple accessory or print the logo, you have won the party!

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Parenting

These are just a few ideas to make your Carnival costume original and easy to prepare. But they are not the only ones! Take your creative side and unleash the scissors, we are sure that you have some rags at home to which you can give life to. It’s time to cut!

 

 

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