Javier Llaudet's good addresses in Barcelona
We asked Javier Llaudet, the co-founder of swimwear brand Arrels Barcelona, to give us some of his good addresses in his city, Barcelona.
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Every day, Javier goes swimming at the Club Natacio Barcelona, in a huge seawater pool, in front of the Mediterranean, literally on the beach. The Club Natacio Barcelona is an old institution created in 1907 where different aquatic sports are practised such as water polo, synchronised swimming, but also martial arts such as karate and outdoor sports such as petanque.
In Barcelona, we eat out a lot and Javier Llaudet has always loved tapas bars. In his top 3 is El Xampanyet, a bar dating back to 1929, located on a pedestrian street in the Born district, a few steps from the Picasso Museum. The bar is named after its homemade sparkling wine, which you should try. At Joanet's, they cook fresh market produce and seasonal specialities, just like at home. Located in one of the city's most beautiful squares in the Ribera, it feels like a real Catalan restaurant. At Vaso de Oro, the waiters are still in their uniforms. It's the old-school feel that makes this iconic and very popular Barcelona tapas bar so charming, open to the outside world in the Barceloneta district. It's hard to choose between all the fish and seafood specialities and the good draught beers ...
Although the work of the architect Gaudi is associated with the city of Barcelona in the minds of many, few people know about Casa Vicens, his first masterpiece, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. The house houses a small museum whose aim is to place Gaudi's work in its historical context, to immerse oneself in the Barcelona of the late 19th century. Antonio Gaudi was very fond of the Sant Felip Neri square, a small emblematic square in the heart of the old town, which is a must-see. Fun fact, the video for Evanescence's song My Immortal was shot there. Sant Felip Neri square still bears the marks of the Spanish Civil War and the bombing it was subjected to in 1938.
In terms of cultural life, Barcelona offers a wide choice of activities and visits. The Mies van der Rohe Foundation was created in 1983 by the Barcelona City Council with the aim of rebuilding the German pavilion of the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition. Today, the foundation is a place for debate and awareness-raising on contemporary architecture and urban planning, with conferences, exhibitions, installations and workshops. Javier Llaudet also highly recommends the Can Framis Museum, an arts centre dedicated to contemporary Catalan painting. The permanent collection is renewed every year and there is a new temporary exhibition every quarter.