Come to the first symposium organized by Oncobell and take the opportunity to discover Barcelona: in this article you will find the perfect guide to get around the city.
Barcelona has a network of municipal markets that includes 39 food markets spread round all the city neighbourhoods and characterised by their fresh food, personal service, quality and variety. Mercat de la Boqueria is the most popular, is the largest market in Catalonia and has the most varied array of food on offer in its 300 plus stalls. It is located on the upper part of the Rambla. For finding everything, the most characteristic market is Mercat dels Encants, one of the oldest in Europe. The most characteristic feature is the auctions, that start at 7 am and are unique in Europe. It is not a food market, but you can buy almost anything here: clothes, furniture, antiques, domestic electrical appliances, cosmetics, toys, and books.
Barcelona is a real paradise for foodies: has a great selection of restaurants, loads of variety for every taste and budget. Some of the classical restaurants, with lots of tradition and many years behind that you should go are: Can Culleretes, Els 4 Gats and 7 Portes. In Barcelona is custom meeting up with friends at midday for to drink a vermouth. The vermouth is a sweet, aromatic wine and it is usually drunk around midday on holidays or at weekends, together with olives, seafood, crisps or some other nibbles. Some of most popular bars to “going for a vermouth” are: Quimet i Quimet and El Xampanyet. Catalan cooking has lots of typical dishes that are still made and served in traditional restaurants today: "pa amb tomàquet", bread with tomato; "escalivada", a salad made from roasted peppers, aubergines and other vegetables; "empedrat", salt cod and haricot bean salad; "escudella", a stew with vegetables, thick noodles and rice, boiled with haricot beans and meat. As for sweets and desserts, "crema catalana" is famous, as are "panellets". There are lots of restaurants in Barcelona where you can try these traditional dishes, the most populars are: Ca l’Isidre, Casa Leopoldo, Can Cortada and Can Travi Nou. In Barcelona there are also restaurants of international chefs such: Lasarte (Martín Berasategui) Àbac (Jordi Cruz), Enoteca (Paco Pérez) Tickets (Albert Adrià), and Pakta (Albert Adrià), Roca Moo (Joan Roca), Moments (Raul Balam) and Dos Cielos (Javier y Sergio Torres).
The city has an immense cultural heritage and offers a wide range of recreational options that cover all the disciplines related to the world of culture. In the city you can find: Gran Teatre del Liceu, epicenter of opera, ballet and classical music in Barcelona since it was opened in the mid-nineteenth century, it is considered one of the best opera houses in Europe. Palau de la Música, an architectural of Catalan modernism, the only concert hall declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO which is currently an unavoidable meeting point of the cultural and social life of Catalonia. MNAC, located in one of the most impressive buildings in the city, houses one of the most complete collections of Romanesque art in the world. Picasso Museum, a center of reference of Picasso's art with a permanent exhibition which contains more than 4,000 works. Joan Miró Foundation, the most important public collection of Joan Miró's works composed of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, engravings and drawings by the Barcelona artist. CosmoCaixa, a science museum where you can find a geological wall, a flooded forest, an exhibition hall dedicated to the evolution of the theme and the planetarium. Castle of Montjuïc, a place of historical interest, symbol of struggle and testimony to crucial historical moments in the city.