The long weekend on the occasion of the castanyada chestnut-roasting festival is a great opportunity to discover Barcelona and to enjoy its traditional cuisine in one of its elegant restaurants such as El Principal de l’Eixample.
Not everybody is fortunate enough as to have four days’ time to take in the sights in Barcelona. Here are a few suggestions on how to enjoy this year’s castanyada holiday:
1- A tour around Ciutat Vella:
To know the historic Ciutat Vella district is to learn about the origins of Barcelona, a town that remained within its medieval city walls well into the 19th century. At the heart of it is the Barri Gòtic, the oldest urban area in Barcelona, which invites you to delve into the city’s most historic nooks and crannies.
Once you have visited the Born area, you could cross Via Laietana towads the Rambla to discover the El Raval neighborhood, home to the Macba museum.
The Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA) is one of the architectural icons of the El Raval neighborhood. The “Enthusiasm. Challenge and Obstinacy” exhibition, a project that addresses contemporaneity from an optimistic, persistent and passionate perspective, will be hosted there until May 5, 2019.
3- Spend a morning shopping:
Barcelona is a city that invites you to shop around, providing would-be buyers with an ample choice of businesses that are intimately woven into the city’s identity and uniqueness as they stroll through its attractive and historic neighborhoods.
Indeed, Barcelona boasts one of the largest open-air commercial hubs in Europe, with the Paseo de Gracia Boulevard at its heart.
4- Take a walk around the Eixample:
The Eixample (or Ensanche) neighborhood was designed by engineer Ildefons Cerdà, whose urban development plan was approved almost 150 years ago, in 1859. One area that is particularly worthy of note is the so-called Quadrat d’or (Golden Square), a square around the Passeig de Gràcia that covers the area between Carrer Aribau and Passeig de Sant Joan, from left to right, and Avinguda Diagonal, Ronda Universitat and Ronda Sant Pere, from top to bottom.
5- Enjoying the local cuisine:
You would do well not to forget fine cuisine in your plans to enjoy the castanyada long weekend. Indeed, Barcelona has no shortage of restaurants to choose from, with offerings ranging from cosmopolitan cuisine to specialties from the world over, not to mention elegant restaurants such as El Principal de l’Eixample.
Should you choose the latter, you would have the chance to discover the restaurant’s new autumn menu. This menu features typical dishes from Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine with surprising touches, such as prawn ravioli with Mediterranean caviar, lobster and chickpea stew or tasty oxtail à la royale with foie gras and truffles. What are you waiting for to book a table?