Barcelona ─ a fascinating city with its own history, traditions, habits and rhythm of life. Everyone can find “rest for the soul” there no matter what their age or preference.
For most tourists, Barcelona’s nightlife is very similar to a festive day: crowded streets, restaurants with terraces, pubs, and nightclubs everywhere, in some nightclubs you can see famous and rich people spending their free time in Barcelona.
The district of Port Olympic is considered the center of Barcelona's nightlife. You have plenty of bars, restaurants and discos at hand. It is located just in front of the Barceloneta beach, where the nights can be even more intense than the days.
Your journey on a Barcelona night should start with a visit to the magic fountain of Montjuic. This fountain receives a great number of admirers who come to see the miracle of engineering created by Carlos Buigasa. Throughout the year, between 21:00 and 23:30, in Carlos Buigasa square, in Montjuic Park, you can enjoy an impressive show that synchronizes music, light and high-powered jets of water.
Rock lovers can discover numerous rock clubs where concerts are often given by stars of this musical genre.
You can dance practically everywhere in Barcelona. However, there are special places to go. Our guests can enjoy the “Sala Bikini” club, where you can dance to ultramodern music, Latin music or try out some salsa. For a combination of fire-dancing and a classy party you can enjoy the trendy but not expensive “Opium Mar”, with Barcelona’s biggest beach terrace and plenty of life at night.
In Barcelona, there is an overwhelming amount of entertainment and interesting activities for children such as Aqualeon, a huge aquatic and safari park; The Aquarium of Barcelona; Catalonia in miniature, an architectural complex, etc. However, the most impressive are "Port Aventura" theme park, a true “Spanish Disneyland”, and the Aquopolis, the biggest aquatic park in Europe located 100km from Barcelona, where you can slide down all types of water slides and also see a dolphin show and even swim with the dolphins.
When we contemplate Catalan traditions, we cannot forget its gastronomy.
Spain, and Catalonia in particular, is considered the birthplace of the most exquisite dishes. In the Middle Ages, about 600 years ago, Catalan cooks were the first to print their recipes in a Romance language. Now, gastronomes call Barcelona "The new European capital of gourmets" where 9 restaurants have been awarded with "Michelin" stars.
Modern Catalan cuisine represents a fusion of Italian, French, Iberian and even Arabic culinary traditions. This had a big impact on and influence over taste and predilections of the young aristocrats at the end of the seventies
Arabs have influenced our local cuisine with ingredients such as lemon, honey and cinnamon, etc. As a result, Catalan cuisine combines tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, onions, dry fruit, and fragrant herbs. Many of these ingredients are used in other Mediterranean places, but here they are prepared in a special way.
Catalan cuisine is made up from the famous Mediterranean diet with proven benefits for health and which is included in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. This diet is based on cereals, fruits, dairy products, olive oil, meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, olives, wine and other fermented drinks.
One of Catalonia’s most traditional snacks, which can also be found around Spain, is called "bread with tomatoes". You just have to spread a fresh tomato over a slice of bread and then season it with salt and olive oil.
There is a diverse variety of salads with tomatoes, pasta, herbs, anchovies, tuna, green beans, corn and a lot of other ingredients.
A lot of importance is given to meat dishes. Many of them are grilled with special grills which guarantee an unforgettable taste. Also, don’t miss out on the roast fish, and black rice with squid.
Paella is a special dish. The main component is rice. Paella is very diverse: seafood paella (shrimp, squid, octopus, clams, and mussels) or meat paella (chicken, rabbit, and vegetables).
The most popular sauces are “Alioli” made from garlic and oil, and “Romesco” sauce. Romesco sauce is made from tomato, garlic, bread, almond, pepper, rosemary, olive oil, vinegar and salt.
Among the many desserts, the most popular is “Crema Catalana”, which is made with egg yolks, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and lemon flavored custard.
Resisting the gastronomic temptations of Catalan cuisine is impossible! Who could turn their nose up at Spanish ham, paella or gazpacho?
And of course, the wine ...
Catalonia has an excellent production of red, white and rosé wines, the most famous wines are from Penedes and Priorat. Penedes is known for its white wines, a fortress from 10 to 13 degrees, with a fruity and soft taste, produced from a mixture of three local vineyards. Wines from Priorat are, perhaps, the most loved Spanish wines ─ dark red, strong color, saturated, with a velvety taste. We can’t forget the exceptional Catalan wine, known all over Spain, and abroad, as “cava”, which is produced in Sant Sadurní D'Anoia (near Barcelona).
Gastronomic and wine tours in Catalonia are a fascinating trip for food lovers.
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