December opens with a bridge that not even Calatrava. This Monday is celebrated the day of the Constitution and Wednesday, the day of the Immaculate Conception. If, in addition, you are one of the lucky ones who have been granted Tuesday as a holiday, a week of doing the lazy can be seen only comparable to Toni Cantó’s working day. Of course, facing the prospect of five days off, Barcelona has not stood still, and has filled its agenda with so many plans that you will not even have time to get cold.
‘Places to be’
Barcelona is such a changing ecosystem that it produces the same anxiety as all that pile of books and series that is accumulating and that you have not yet been able to consume: to which you get lost, they open a new place to which yes or yes you have to go. Luckily, this bridge you can spend some time getting up to speed.
It starts with Xuba (Mallorca, 194), a taqueria with barely a week of life run by the chef Antonio Saez. Yes, the one he commanded at Lasarte when he had two Michelin stars‒. Its quality is also accompanied by popular prices, so no, don’t expect a sangria with the bill. Good news for your pocket.
Also in the Eixample, another new ‘place to be’, the store Lego (Paseo de Gràcia, 9), the brand’s first European flagship store, which opened its doors a month ago. 800 m2 full of billets and with a replica of the Sagrada Família that, of course, also includes its cranes.
At the other end of the city, the Forum reopens the Urban Forest (Parc del Fòrum, s / n), that complex of zip lines, ropes, mats and walkways that causes more vertigo than the fall of Citizens in the polls. And in La Sagrera, the Vintage Kilo, the largest pop-up store in Europe, which from 3 to 5 returns to Barcelona, at the Nau Bostik (Ferran Turné, 11), selling their clothes at the price of pine nut panellets: between 50 and 40 euros per kilo.
For love at art
December has just started, which means two things. One, that you should have already released the advent calendar and, two, that this weekend is first of month, so the Barcelona culture opens its doors without entry. Take advantage of the latest round of free museums of the year and visit the main exhibition spaces in the city, such as the Macba, the CCCB, the MUHBA, the MNAC or the Design Museum, with its celebrated exposition about the mythical graffiti artist Banksy.
That you have already devoured all these museums and you need more culture? More options: until the 12th, the LOOP Barcelona will fill various emblematic points of the city with video art and dynamic and immersive experiences, including the stone (Passeig de Gràcia, 92). And yes, immersion is in fashion, because the options are endless. To highlight a couple, the ‘Gold pack’ of the Casa Batlló (Passeig de Gràcia, 43), which includes access to the house and its virtual reality exhibitions, or the show Nature on, which from December 7 will invade the Pedralbes gardens (Diagonal, 686) to build a wild and fantastic ecosystem.
A new star
The tower of the Virgin Mary
It is the star plan of this bridge: see how they illuminate the tower of the Virgin Mary of the Sagrada Família (Mallorca, 401), the second tallest of the Gaudí temple (behind the Jesus tower, still under construction), and which reaches 138 meters in height.
The inauguration will be day 8, in honor of the celebration of the Immaculate Conception, at 7:40 p.m., with the act of blessing the tower and the lighting of the star. It does not require a ticket, but it does require a good coat to withstand the cold on the street. If you prefer to swallow it from the comfort of your home, it can also be followed via streaming on its website.
How many times have you heard ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ so far this week? 10? fifty? 100? Well, add one more zero to the account: welcome to a christmas route That would give a feeling even to Santa Claus.
It begins in Pla de la Seu ‒the Cathedral Square‒ with the Santa Lucia Fair as the nerve center of these parties. And, if you go with children, ask him with the cane “what’s wrong, log?” to the giant ‘uncle’ placed next to the Casa de l’Ardiaca, which will be defecating sweets until the 18th.
Very close, they return the traditional manger of the Frederic Marès Museum (Plaza Sant Iu, 5) and the artistic reinterpretation of the plaza de Sant Jaume, which this year expands from Via Laietana to La Rambla, changing its figures for lights with the usual shapes in nativity scenes. And, in addition, the ‘caganer’ will not be the only one hidden, the Sagrada Família will also be hidden in a modest portal in the center. Yes, history repeats itself.
Finally, stop by Käthe Wohlfahrt (New Baths, 15), the largest Christmas shop in Spain, with 300 square meters of Christmas products. The place, which recreates a Bavarian town, something like a kind of Poble Espanyol de la Navidad, offers toys, figures, ornaments, decorations, incense and all those objects that obsessed Jack Skellington in ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. A must to feed the Christmas spirit.
Five days hangover
Faced with the prospect of five holidays, more than one is already singing the great song that Soraya took to Eurovision: ‘The night is for me’. You don’t have to get up early, so you can hang out until late at a club & mldr; And you can also spend several days recovering from a hangover, which age is no longer forgiving.
The bridge agenda is complete. This Friday, Apolo (Nou de la Rambla, 113) brings to the iconic Peggy Gou al Nice. Sunday, the Churros with chocolate. And on Tuesday, holiday eve, Bravas, the party that bets on rough diamonds of electronics.
Razzmatazz (Almogàvers, 122) hosts on Sunday the Boiler room, the official festival of modern Barcelona. On Tuesday, A fantasy, a ‘drag’ and ‘queer’ party more eclectic than Paco Clavel’s closet. And Wednesday, close the bridge with the anniversary of the mythical The Dirty.
Finally, two less ‘mainstream’ recommendations. In the Room Vol (Sancho de Ávila, 78), the party Internet Cabaret, which this Saturday celebrates a hodgepodge of backfire and memes until 3 in the morning. And in the Taro room (Rossend Arús, 9), this Friday, electronic fusion and jazz.
A movie bridge
‘Spencer’, ‘House of Gucci’ or ‘The good boss’. They are the titles that point to the Oscar and the Goya and that, if you have not seen yet, you have no excuse on this bridge. If you are already up to date with the great premieres, in the Film library (Salvador Seguí, 1) the cycles dedicated to directors continue Luis G. Berlanga already Satyajit Ray. And, until the 12th, the Festival Dart, dedicated to documentary cinema on contemporary art, will continue to screen films at the Cinemes Girona (Girona, 175). Perfect to start movie week.
Breathe fresh air
Of course, there is life beyond Barcelona. And, with so many holidays on the horizon, surely you are already preparing an express getaway to breathe air that is not on the WHO red list. Well good news for lovers of winter sports, because not only is your house frozen, but also the Pyrenees. A white cape covers its mountains, ideal for mountaineering, ice climbing, skiing or whatever the body asks of you.
And, if on the snow you get on at the same level as Bambi learning to walk, sign up for a less winter ‘trekking’. In the Jordà beech forest, the Montseny And till Collserola you can still see the last orange colors of autumn. A plan that, either you do this bridge, or you leave it for 2022 because, at this point in the year, deciduous trees are so sparsely populated that, in human equivalents, their congeners would have already sent them directly to Turkey.