Enjoying Barcelona from the rooftop

June 3, 2016 03:47 PM | ACN

Barcelona Hotel Terrace Week begins this Friday, inviting Barcelona residents to the signature opening weeks of summer. In this week-long event, a record-breaking 66 roof terraces will open their doors for free, offering a total of 234 activities from the 3rd until the 12th of June. Some of the variety of activities that each hotel has to offer include culture, entertainment, music, family fun and leisure. A newcomer to this list of activities is gastronomy, celebrating Barcelona’s place as European Region of Gastronomy 2016. Specifically, some of the things one can see while visiting the myriad of terraces are wine and cheese tastings, magic shows, mojitos and tapas tastings, Cuban dancing, various concerts of almost every type of music imaginable, and even the classic synchronised swimming display. 

Mobile World Congress participants expected to nearly fill Barcelona hotels

February 18, 2016 07:12 PM | ACN

Hotels around Barcelona are starting to fill as the city prepares to host the 11th edition of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) from the 22nd to the 25th of February at the Gran Via venue of the Fira de Barcelona. With between 95,000 to 100,000 visitors expected to attend, the highest number ever for the MWC, Barcelona’s Hotel Association expects to reach full occupancy on the peak days. Although the average rate for a room has gone down from €278 to €237 per night this year, some hotel rooms in central areas like Passeig de Gracia report rooms going for as much as €800 to €1,100 per night. Although the event blocked 26,300 rooms for the event with the city’s hotel association, the high demand for rooms in Barcelona has pushed some participants to look outside the city for rooms in Sitges, Castelldefels and even as far as Girona. 

Project 'Dry Martini' arrives in London

November 11, 2015 06:33 PM | ACN / Sara Prim

'Dry Martini' has opened its first venue outside of Spain and the world's capital of cocktails is the chosen location. The tailor-made project by Catalan businessman Javier de las Muelas aims to take "the bar experience to a higher level" stated Executive Director of the 'Dry Martini' Organisation, José Juan Balaguer, who described the customer as "parishioner" and the bar as "a temple". The 'Dry Martini' cocktail bar in Barcelona is amongst the 'World's 50 best bars' and besides the Catalan capital is also present in Madrid, San Sebastián, Palma de Mallorca, Artíes and Begur. London's 'Dry Martini' is located in Melià White House Hotel, in the Regent's Park area. Besides the wide range of classic cocktails its menu also includes "Excentric and Signature cocktails" and "100 different Dry Martinis".

Sitges International Film Festival focuses on “terror in all its forms”

October 9, 2015 10:39 AM | ACN / Sara Prim

Almost 200 fantastic and terror genre films will be projected, from the 9th to the 18th of October, in the 48th edition of Catalonia’s International Fantastic Film Festival, in Sitges. The opening film this Friday will be the lauded “The Witch”, whose director Robert Eggers won the best director award in Sundance Festival. Sitges 2015 will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of David Fincher’s ‘Seven’ and tribute north-American director Oliver Stone, who will be awarded the Honorific Prize. The Festival, in partnership with Mobile World Capital Barcelona, have launched ‘Phonetastic’ a novelty of this year which aims to power all the potential of new generation mobile devices as movie-making tools.  According to his director, Àngel Sala the pace of tickets sales is similar to last years but a new venue has been added to the seven existing, Cinema Tramuntana.