Sant Jordi

April 23rd is the feast of Sant Jordi (Diada de Sant Jordi), the patron Saint of Catalonia. The tradition is that the man buys the woman a rose and the woman buys the man a book, although this is not just between lovers, it is also between friends, workmates, … . It is a very colourful day as you will see almost everybody carrying at least one rose.

Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi Catalan tradition

Although Sant Jordi is not a public holiday, throughout the city and particularly the city center is filled with stands selling roses and books. The main example of this is Las Ramblas as is totally packed with people walking around looking for books and roses or simply enjoying the atmosphere.

The 23rd of April is also the Book’s day (Dia del Llibre) as it was the day that Miguel de Cervantes died (1616). There are lots of bookstalls around the city center where you can even see writers signing their own books.

It is a very romantic day, although in recent years is getting more commercial, but still a very enjoyable Spring day.

Tip: April 23rd is the only day of the year that the Palau de la Generalitat is open to the public. It is a magnificent building so it is a highly recommended visit. Big queues are expected so try to get there early.

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Taxi Fares and Supplements 2014

These are Barcelona’s Taxi Fares and Supplements 2014 are established by the Metropolitan Transport Authority (EMT) for 2014.

How is the fare calculated?

Basically there is a minimum fare, just to start the meter, and after that a fee per km is applied (see Basic fares table below). On top of that there are number of supplements (see Supplements table below).

Taxi fares and supplements 2014

Taxi fares and supplements 2014

 

Taxi Fares:

BASIC TAXI FARES BARCELONA
T-1* T-2*
Meter start €2.10 €2.10
Km charges €1.03 €1.30
Waiting hour €21.23 €21.70
Applicable Monday to Sunday from 21h to 7h (inside Barcelona city) Monday to Friday from 7h to 21h (inside Barcelona city)

Supplements:

SUPPLEMENTS
T-1* T-2*
Trips to and from the Airport €4.20 €4.20
Trips to and from the Port €4.20 €4.20
Trips to and from Fira exhibition centre €2.10 €2.10
Luggage (>55x35X35) €1.00 €1.00
Special nights ** €3.10 €3.10
Weekend nights *** €3.10 €3.10

*T-1 and T-2 would be city fares, and T-3 would be inter-city fares.
** 23-24 June, 24-25, 31 Dec and 1 Jan from 21h to 7h
*** Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 21h to 7h.

For further information visit the Taxi section. Also check Barcelona’s Public Transport section.

Remember that you should only pay what the taxi meter indicates and you should always ask for a receipt.

For a complete fare list and any other information, please check the Institut Metropolita del Taxi (taxi regulator).

If you need to order a taxi we give you some taxi telephone numbers:

Taxi Amic: 93 420 80 88

Radio Taxi 033: 93 303 30 33

Barna Taxi: 93 322 22 22

Aqui Taxi Barcelona: 93 219 73 42

Movies filmed in Barcelona

Specially since Olympic Games were celebrated in Barcelona in 1992, this city has gained an international recognition due to its beauty, architecture and modernism. This particular appeal has not been overlooked by some filmmakers who have wanted to film their projects in this city. Here are some of the most relevant movies filmed in Barcelona and the places where they were filmed. If you loved those movies, maybe you would like to take a picture in one of those relevant places.

Vicky Cristina BarcelonaColón, Maremagnum Shopping Center, Barceloneta, Pla de Palau, Old town, La Pedrera, Santa María del Mar Church, Montcada Street, Picassomuseum, Sagrada FamíliaLas Ramblas.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona view from La Pedrera

Auberge Espagnole: Las RamblasPark GüellSagrada FamíliaBarcelona beaches, Barrio Gótico, Raval.

Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother): Colón, Sagrada Família, Palau de la Música, Teatre Trípoli, Caputxes street, Hospital del Mar and cemetery of Montjuïc.

The Passenger (Professione: Reporter – El Reportero): La Pedrera (quite different than the current building)

The Machinist (El Maquinista): Barcelona, Tibidabo Park.

El Perfume: Historia de un asesino (Das Perfume: Die geschichte eines mörders): Ferran street, Poble Espanyol (Montjuic), Labyrinth park (Horta, next to velodrome).

Poble espanyol
Manuale d’amore 2: Sagrada Família,  Barrio Gótico, Vila Olímpica and Barcelona beaches.

REC (2007): movie filmed entirely inside the building located at Rambla Catalunya nº34.

Barcelona has become more and more in a beautiful city, not only reflected on tourism but also in big screen due to the important movies filmed in Barcelona.

Formula 1 Gran Prix Barcelona 2013

Formula 1 is back in Barcelona. The Circuit de Catalunya will host the fifth Formula 1 Grand Prix of the season (Gran Premio de España Barcelona 2013) between the 10th and 12th of May.

Formula 1 Grand Prix in Barcelona

Formula 1 Grand Prix in Barcelona

Trainings schedules, qualifying and race are as follows

GP España Formula 1 Timetable
Day Event Time
Thursday 9th May Practice 10:00 – 12:0016:00 – 19:00
Friday 10th May Practice 14:00 – 15:30
Saturday 11th May Qualyfing 11:00 – 12:00
Saturday 11th May Qualifying Q3 14:00
Sunday 12th May Race 14:00

Thursday of Grand Prix, include a visit to Pit lane with the same input. That is the best chance to enjoy the Formula 1 from the inside and if you are lucky enough, you may get a picture with some top driver.

Two presale periods with different price discounts have been introduced: First presale period ending on November the 30th offers a 20% discount while the second presale period ends on February the 28th allows a 10% discount. Tickets price vary from €50 to €450 outside the two pre-sale periods (depending on number of days). Click here for further details regarding prices.

How to get to the Circuit?

By train (Rodalies – RENFE): Take the train at either Sant Estació train station or El Clot-Aragó train station towards Montmeló train station (line R2). The journey time is around 30 minutes. From Montmeló train station it is just a 20 minutes walk to the circuit.

BUS: Sagalés Coach Company offers a direct bus service from Barcelona city centre to Montmeló Circuit to enjoy the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Busses depart from the junction of Diputacio street and Passeig the Gracia. Price: €8 return ticket.


Finally, don’t forget to use sunscreen products, sun glasses, a baseball cap or a hut and comfortable footwear as although the Grand Prix will take place in May, temperatures can easily reach 30ºC.