In Barcelona you can do a million things, as everyone knows. It is a marvellous city in all its cultural, historical, tourist, geographical and above all gastronomic aspects. This last aspect has become an attraction not only for tourists from abroad but also for the national ones, since the offer of this Mediterranean City in restoration goes far beyond the Catalan cuisine. There is something for every taste: Asian, European, African and, of course, American cuisine. However the great specialty is the Mediterranean cuisine in its broad spectrum and in which of course the Jamón, is indispensable product as it can not be otherwise. We are going to give you some ideas of things that we love about our magnificent Olympic city and we are going to move away from the classics because those are already in any tourist guide!
Everyone knows about the famous and gorgeous work of architect Antonio Gaudí, the colossal and unique Sagrada Família, La Casa Milá- better known as La Pedrera or La Casa Batlló among other works, but few or very few know that in the Plaza de la Virreina in Barcelona, a chapel made by Gaudí is hidden in the church of Sant Joan de Gràcia.
It is a chapel that immediately recalls the symbolism used by Gaudí, the Maltese Cross, the trencadís, its characteristic angels, the columns of the altar…in short, a splendid work in a place of peace and tranquillity to which Gaudí himself went in search of moments of tranquillity and inspiration. Undoubtedly a place to visit and then pass to a terrace of the Plaza de la Virreina to have a drink while listening to musicians and urban artists.
The entire coastline of the Catalan capital is surrounded by wide, well-kept beaches with views of a blue-green sea crossed by large and small fishing and leisure boats. A spectacle by itself, without a doubt, that combines the proximity of a large and noisy city with the freedom and tranquillity of the sea. What is not lacking are the typical chiringuitos of all our coastline in which to take from an ice cream to some grilled sardines or a seafood paella. Feel you already like starting the season!
Of course if you are in Barcelona you can not miss the opportunity to try our Jamón in one of our Enrique Tomás ham shops that we have spread throughout the city and surroundings. Our brand is synonymous with quality and enjoyment. In our shops you will be able to delight yourself with any Iberian flavour you like, in sandwiches, tapas, delicious cones, tortillas and salads. Imagine yourself in one of our terraces with your Iberian Jamón sandwich and a delicious beer, now that the heat is at its most. We also have a wine cellar for food pairing, if you prefer wine or cava. We are in many parts of the city, check the list of your nearest store and come see us.
If you like dancing, at ballroom dances, take out your dancing shoes and your dancing flair at the swing festival held in the Parc de la Ciutadella, especially in the summer. Soon the agenda will be published so that you can put it in yours!
It’s called Lindy al Parc and takes place every Sunday at noon until 2.30 pm and it’s a good opportunity to socialize, laugh and dance. It is to do something different at mid-morning, take the opportunity to try a delicious meal in any of the many restaurants in the Barrio de El Born. The Parc de la Ciutadella is a beautiful place in the middle of the city, a good atmosphere in a green and familiar environment. Let your hair down and enjoy dancing!
A visit to a fish market in a coastal city is a “must”. The experience of seeing fresh fish, and seeing how a fish auction works is a curious and exclusive experience of port cities, especially if you don’t live near one. And if you’re not vegan, then at the end of the visit the traditional thing is to eat a seafood paella and suck on all your fingers… Enjoy it! But there are many more possibilities if you prefer a fish with salt, or grilled or a seafood soup… the simpler, the tastier. ¡Buen provecho!
Photo * obtained from El Periodico Autora Cristina Savall, Wednesday, 28/09/2016
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