They say street art in Barcelona was a big thing until 10 to 15 years ago. That was before the city council began to ‘clean up’ the city by tightening graffiti laws, imposing big fines and white-washing the most colourful areas in town. Later on, a few street art festivals such as ‘The Influencers’ and ‘OpenWall Conference’ claimed some legal walls around the city, while spontaneous street art is essentially reduced to stencil art and pastel art (as in these cases the fine is lower if you are caught).
One of my favourite things to do in Barcelona was wandering around cemeteries.
Unfortunately I had the time for visiting only two of them, which are the Poblenou Cemetery and the Montjuic Cemetery, the latter being the setting for one of my favourite movie scenes ever: the cemetery scene in Almodovar’s ‘All about my mother’.
Let’s start with my apologies for not trying out the best of Barcelona’s restaurants and cafés as I originally promised.
The thing was that I couldn’t get enough of eating local cheeses and Spanish ham on the go so, by the time I should have sat down to ‘review’ a restaurant, I wasn’t really looking forward to having a proper meal.
Around noon we arrived in Sitges, a small town near Barcelona whose atmosphere is the closest you will find to Ibiza on mainland Spain.
First an artsy town, and later, in the 1960s, a centre of counterculture, now Sitges is best known for its gay-friendly Carnival Parade, which took place last weekend.