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Refuge 307 – Bomb Shelter

The tunnels of Refugio 307 were made by all the residents of Poble Sec neighborhood in the district of Sants-Montjuic.

The three entrances that it has, are in the street Nou de la Rambla with about 400 meters of tunnels, 2.10 meters high and an approximate 1 and 2 meters of width. The refuge was equipped with different rooms such as a washbasin, fountain, infirmary, children’s room and home.

Visiting it, you can feel the anguish felt the citizens during the Civil War.

El Refugio 307 is one of the best preserved in Barcelona, at the same time it’s a living memory of the struggle for life and the horror of wars.

This Refuge 307 is one of the more than 1000, that were built in Barcelona during those troubled times, it is also a living example of the passive defense that the inhabitants made during this period.

c/ Nou de la Rambla, 175
08004 Barcelona
Tel. 93 256 21 00
Fax. 93 268 04 54

Visit & Timetable
From Monday to Saturday, only for groups with prior reservation.

Sundays: Guided tour from 10.30 (english)

Limited availability. Prior reservation required.
Group reservations must be made one week in advance.
Holidays closed.

General admission: 3,50€
Free admission: Barcelona Card and promotion ‘Gaudir +’

How to get there
Metro: Paral·lel (L2 i L3)
Bus: 121 (parada Nou de la Rambla), 21 i H16 (en Paral·lel)
Walking: 20 min walk from Hotel Lloret Ramblas

Infromation and Reservations
Phone: 93 256 21 22
Business hours: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm from 4 pm to 7 pm.

NIT DE SANT JOAN 2018 (St. John’s Eve)

“Sant Joan kindles the fire of my heart”

Sant John’s night (23th to 24th of June) well known in Catalan Countries as La Nit de Sant Joan or Revetlla de Sant Joan (in catalan), Verbena de San Juan (spanish). During this night, people gather with family or friends to have dinner “al fresco” (in the cool air) and make campfires on the beach. The St. John night, is the shortest of the year due to its proximity to the summer solstice.

The origin of this feast is related to paganism, to the celebrations of the summer solstice, in the Northern Hemisphere, and also to Christianity. Catholicism tells us that Zacharias lit a bonfire to announce the birth of his son John the Baptist, and hence comes the tradition of bonfires. Before Christianity settled in Europe, people lit fires with the aim of giving “strength” to the sun which, from the summer solstice, believed, that its power declined, as the days began to get shorter. At the same time they believed that the fire purified and frightened the evil spirits.

Sant Joan Bonfire

“Bonfire on the beach all night long”

La Nit de Sant Joan is a great party in Barcelona, and in many places on the beaches of Catalonia and Spain and aims to summer welcome. Many people take the first sea bath this night. The beach is full of people picnicking, dancing around the fire, skipping campfire and partying in the summer season.

“Coca de Sant Joan”

Like all Saints, Sant Joan also has his typical cake called “Coca de Sant Joan” made with nuts and candied fruits. Coca and Cava are a perfect match for this celebration. Another typical thing at this time is firecrackers and fireworks. The children spend the whole night, and the day after, dropping firecrackers through the city. A real madness!.

Interactive map of the Sant Joan bonfire

Happy St. John’s Eve!! 😉

Festivities in Barcelona – L’ou com Balla

Dancing Egg

L’ou com Balla (catalan) – El Huevo como Baila (Spanish) from May 31st. to June 3th., is a tradition in Barcelona over 600 years, and was considered the biggest festival in the city. This curious event is celebrated in different places of Barcelona once in a year.

How can they dance?

Basically l’ou com Balla an egg that is emptied and plugged with wax in the hole, then is placed in the jet fountain, so that it rotates without falling, or if it falls to the bottom, where it’s picked up again by the water pressure. The fountains are decorated with flowers and fruits.

Where can you see it

You can see this traditions in several places in Barcelona, almost all in the old town of the city
The Cloister of the Cathedral of Barcelona, Frederic Marès Museum, The Parish of Santa Ana, Ataneu Barcelones, The Parish of the Purisima Concepcion, Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres, Poble Espanyol.

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