GuellTrenca

One of most famous symbols of Barcelona’s identity, the mosaic technique used by Gaudí, like many artists in Catalan Art Nouveau, is still in vogue.   The name of this technique comes from the main feature perceived at first sight: broken tiles, plates and cups. Trencar means in Catalan ‘To break’, hence trencadís is the equivalent for ‘breakable’.… Read More


Gran Teatre del Liceu live music in barcelona

Here’s an optional playlist of Spanish composers for a harmonious trip to Barcelona What did it sound like in northern Spain 15 decades ago? What are your favourite Spanish composers? Let’s jump back between the ramifications of time and spin back 150 years when the Spanish empire begins to struggle. Their presence in the colonies is being altered by… Read More


Josep Puig i Cadafalch, famous portrait by Ramón Casas

Take a glass of Codorníu, 2017 has been declared the year of Josep Puig i Cadafalch due to his century-and-a-half anniversary. This year, many institutions are offering several events to commemorate the birthday of this master architect, archeologist and politician. In addition, it’s been 100 years since he became president of Catalonia. L’any Puig i Cadafalch,… Read More


Palau de la Musica Catalana

Lluís Domènech i Montaner There’s a master behind every genius. And there would be no Gaudí without Lluis Domènech i Montaner. My first impression discovering Catalan Art Nouveau or “Modernisme” in architecture was to experience how this personality, considered the spirit of this epic movement, still hasn’t received honorable mentions enough to value what he represents for… Read More


Palau de la Musica

Modernisme is a cultural movement that started in Europe in the nineteenth century. In other countries it was known as Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, Stile Floreale, etc.  It was based in nature, curved lines and asymmetry, created as a reaction to bourgeois conservatism. Catalan Modernisme was also a political and cultural movement that sought to transform… Read More


Castellers - Human towers

  Castells – Human Towers Castells (castles) are the towers that the Castellers build in town squares using their own bodies. All kind of people take part in a Castell, regardless of age or size. Castellers form colles, which are associations of people who train and prepare the castells together. Each Castell is made up… Read More