Streetlife: Passeig de Picasso
Video by Alberto De La Rosa
1Passeig de Picasso, Barcelona
This 18-hectare park was created in the mid-19th century following the demolition of a military citadel. Today, the park remains an inviting spot for a stroll around its small lake or a picnic on the grass. Within this natural space, you’ll also find the zoo, the Parliament of Catalunya, the Cascada—a lush fountain designed by Josep Fontserè—a beautiful plant house known as the Umbracle, and the Hivernacle (greenhouse). Until the end of August, the park will host the summer concert series, Música als Parcs, which offers free, outdoor concerts in parks across the city.
2Pg. Picasso 5, 08003 Barcelona
Designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner for the Universal Exposition of 1888, this Modernista building currently houses the Museum of Zoology. Castle-shaped and crowned with battlements, it is one of the most impressive features of Parc de la Ciutadella.
The Aire experience was first conceived from a desire to recover the ancient Greek and Roman bath tradition. In Barcelona, there is no better place to do this than a former storage area of the local market in the Born, where old wells, which once supplied the city with water, were found. This huge, high-ceilinged space has been beautifully decorated and filled with candlelight, creating a tranquil ambience where you can relax and rejuvenate in the turquoise waters. American businesswoman Priscila has visited Aire de Barcelona many times. “It’s one of the reasons I come back to Barcelona as often as possible,” she said. “The whole experience is just amazing.” www.airedebarcelona.com
4Pg. Picasso 36, 08003 Barcelona
HelsBCN is a swimwear brand handcrafted in Barcelona. Their designs combine Mediterranean essence and Brazilian cuts, and they believe the best memories are made under the sun. Every suit dazzles with colour and unique prints, and their seamless comfort allows for long hours spent splashing in the sea. www.helsbcn.com
5Pg. Picasso 40, 08003 Barcelona
Local rock fanatics flock to this club en masse to dance out the weekends until six in the morning. On its two dancefloors, you’ll see a mash-up of tattoos, young partygoers and techno-haters. Since its opening in 1976, Magic has embraced counterculture, punk and new wave, never straying too far from its headbanging rocker roots.www.magic-club.net