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Barcelona Nord bus station reduces energy consumption by 40%

The station has been installed with a geothermal energy system that will generate annual savings of 70,000 euros.

The Magic Fountain will not be operating for approximately one month for improvements and maintenance

From the 7th of January to the 26th of February the Magic Fountain will not be putting on its normal performances in order to carry out annual maintenance tasks.

Barcelona rings in the New Year 2015 with a great show featuring music, light and fireworks

For the second consecutive year, 70,000 people packed Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina to welcome in the New Year.

Video 'Barcelona Inspires the best New Year's Eve'

Sarrià-Sant Gervasi opens the new Doctor Roig i Raventós Gardens

The renovation of the gardens includes improvements in accessibility and lighting, and the creation of a vegetable backdrop to make a plant barrier.

The street tree search engine, a tool for professionals and the general public

There are more than 150 types of trees on Barcelona's streets. They add different kinds of foliage, different colours and different scents, helping to give our streets an identity while improving the environment. Now, using the street tree search engine, you can find out about this part of the city's heritage.

Mercè 2014 in The Magic Fountain

The Magic Fountain and Maria Cristina Avenue will also be part of the line-up for the 2014 Mercè festival. So don't miss out!

Blue flags for Barcelona's beaches

For the second year running, all of Barcelona's eight beaches have obtained blue flags, which certify that they have clean sand and water, easy access, good signposting and environmental education campaigns.

Video 'blue Flags on the beaches'

What sculptures can be found on Barcelona beaches?

L'estel ferit [The wounded star] by Rebecca Horn or Peix [Fish] by Frank Gehry are just some of the works on Sant Sebastià, Barceloneta and Nova Icària beaches. Discover them all!

Video 'Sculptures on the beaches'

New activities on Barcelona's coastline

Between the months of March and September, the Beach Centre invites you to take part in the many activities it has to offer, both those designed for everyone and those for particular groups. Check out its programme!

International Rose Competition: from the 9th to the 11th of May

From the 9th to the 11th of May the Ajuntament de Barcelona (Barcelona's City Council), through the city's Àrea de Medi Ambient i Serveis Urbans (Environmental and Urban Services Section), is organizing the 14th edition of the International New Roses of Barcelona Competition in the Cervantes Rose Garden.

Spring is here!

The municipal parks and gardens as well as household plants are all taking on new life and coming into flower with the arrival of Spring. Now is the moment to prune dead leaves and branches, sow seeds and begin watering on a more regular basis.

Video 'the spring Starts'

World Water Day

The Beach Centre and Fàbrica del Sol have organised workshops and walks to highlight the importance of this natural resource.

Video 'We investigate the water of the beach'

Clocks go forward an hour

The clocks go forward an hour, from 2 am to 3 am, on 30 March, so make sure you change your clock and watch times.

Trees are being updated

More than 60 Parcs i Jardins workers carry out work every winter to prune trees along the city's streets, making the most of the halt in vegetative growth during the winter.

The trees start|put on the day

Registration is open for the International "Barcelona Rose Convention"

An international event on roses and their use in public and private areas around the world, taking place in the Palau de Pedralbes from 11 to 14 May, will be joined by renowned experts from the sector. The registration period closes on 24 April 2014.

Barcelona, City of Roses

Electric tricycles deliver goods in Ciutat Vella

Barcelona City Council's Prevention, Safety and Mobility Department has began a pilot test for distributing goods in the Ciutat Vella District. The Councillor's for Mobility has made it a priority to see to the correct running operation of public transport and the distribution of goods, which is why this project is part of the strategic goals for this term of office.

The Magic Fountain's facelift

The Magic Fountain's facelift

Urban landscape. Cleaning and maintenance work will be carried out on the Magic Fountain and the Maria Cristina pools and waterfalls over the next month. At the same time, some technical improvements will be installed.

The Magic Fountain's facelift

The Silence Plan has raised awareness among close to 260,000 people

The Silence Plan has raised awareness among close to 260,000 people

City. Environmental promotion teams have carried out 14,312 visits over a period of 20 weeks. The number of noise-nuisance incidents dropped by around 8% in 2013.

World experts and business executives are to discuss energy innovation in Barcelona

Executives from the Spanish State's main energy businesses, businesses with a presence in Latin America, high-level politicians and renowned world experts will be coming together in Barcelona on 27 and 28 January to discuss the role of innovation in the energy industry, its effect on the fight against climate change and, in general, its contribution to society. The event in question is the II International Business Symposium FUNSEAM on Innovation and Sustainable Energy.

Giving toys a second life

Giving toys a second life

The environment. The City Council is setting up a pilot programme for reusing used toys that people leave at the city's neighbourhood green points and mobile green points.

Green and more sustainable party walls

Green and more sustainable party walls

Urban Habitat. Barcelona adapts the outer walls of several buildings to energy and aesthetic needs, with decorative vertical gardens and solar panels for self-sufficient buildings.

Green and more sustainable party walls

New Year's Even in Barcelona sees 70,000 revellers gather in Montjuïc

New Year's Even in Barcelona sees 70,000 revellers gather in Montjuïc

New Year's Eve. It was the first time the city offered a spectacular at the Montjuïc Magic Fountain to usher in the New Year.

New Year's Even in Barcelona sees 70,000 revellers gather in Montjuïc

Barcelona ushers in 2014 with an unforgettable spectacular

Barcelona ushers in 2014 with an unforgettable spectacular

New Year's Eve. The 45-minute ceremony was held in the Montjuïc Magic Fountain area. The show combined human towers, the Millennium Soul, an exciting countdown and a spectacular musical fireworks display given to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

A 'Barcelona brand' New Year's Eve

A 'Barcelona brand' New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve. A single celebration to usher in the New Year has been organised for the first time. It takes place as 10.30 pm at the Montjuïc Magic Fountain and lasts for 45 minutes.

Barcelona launches extra cleaning and security services for the New Year's Eve

Barcelona launches extra cleaning and security services for the New Year's Eve

Christmas. The City Council is launching extra cleaning and security measures for the New Year celebrations, particularly in the area of Avinguda de la Maria Cristina where a fireworks and music show organised by Fura dels Baus will be held for the first time.

Barcelona launches extra cleaning and security services for the New Year's Eve

The Millennium Soul is now flying over the Magic Fountain

The Millennium Soul is now flying over the Magic Fountain

Christmas. Fura dels Baus have been rehearsing the iron structure's takeoffs and flights over the fountain with a giant crane, while the "Castellers de Sants" human tower group have been performing their first positioning tests.

The Millennium Soul is now flying over the Magic Fountain

Locate the fountains with your mobile

Locate the fountains with your mobile

Technology. The Fonts Bcn application allows you to find the nearest drinking fountains from the 1,650 in the city. It also gives you the name, address and a route showing you how to get there.

Barcelona to get smart, new, efficient lighting

Barcelona to get smart, new, efficient lighting

Public works. This smart lighting will be installed in 15 city streets and squares in December. New technology means it is brighter and more efficient.

The e-vehicle is the future

The e-vehicle is the future

Mobility. The Fira de Gran Via is bringing the leading experts together for three days with the latest developments in electric mobility, the sustainable alternative to fossil fuels.

Barcelona takes part in the European Week for Waste Reduction

Barcelona takes part in the European Week for Waste Reduction

The environment. The aim is to raise local community awareness of the importance of reducing waste by preventing its production. The European Week runs until 24 November.

Barcelona completes its hydraulic network with the construction of a new drainage ditch

Barcelona completes its hydraulic network with the construction of a new drainage ditch

The environment. It will be implemented in Poble-sec and this Sunday sees the start of this first stage of the work, which will be disrupting traffic along Avda Paral·lel until June 2014.

Barcelona completes its hydraulic network with the construction of a new drainage ditch

Redevelopment work starts in Plaça de l'Assemblea de Catalunya, in Sant Andreu

Redevelopment work starts in Plaça de l'Assemblea de Catalunya, in Sant Andreu

Public works. The planned work includes replacing existing paving, improving street lighting, adapting the existing drainage system, fitting new urban furniture and tidying up garden areas.

The Jardins de Màlaga to be remodelled

The Jardins de Màlaga to be remodelled

The environment. The Sants-Montjuïc District plans to extend and improve the children's play area. This will triple in size and occupy an area of 347 square metres.

This is what Montjuïc's Magic Fountain looks like inside

This is what Montjuïc's Magic Fountain looks like inside

Heritage. Montjuïc's Magic Fountain hides away inside it much of the original machinery from 1929 which enables it to makes up to 7 billion combinations of light and water. Members of the public who visited it this weekend also discovered the fountain's original light and water show was very different from how it is now. + Videos on our YouTube channel.

'Magic Fountain interior' video

The City Council launches a second campaign on diesel exhaust

 The City Council launches a second campaign on diesel exhaust

The environment. Polluting particles will be measured at the checkpoint at the Avinguda Paral·lel-Carrer del Portal de Santa Madrona junction.

A cleaning station with a roof garden

A cleaning station with a roof garden

Urban Habitat. The Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district is opening a new cleaning centre and urban park situated at the foot of Tibidabo mountain, at Torrent d'en Maduixer. It is the first municipal facility to have a self-sufficient heating and cooling system, as it will be harnessing thermal energy from the subsoil.

'Torrent d'en Maduixer Cleaning Station' video

The Magic Fountain will flow on Fridays and Saturdays during the autumn and winter months

The Magic Fountain will flow on Fridays and Saturdays during the autumn and winter months

City. Until 30 April, the light, colour, water and music shows, which are seen by around two and a half million people every year, are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. >+ Videos on our YouTube channel.

The Magic Fountain will flow on Fridays and Saturdays during the autumn and winter months

Promoting a more sustainable city from school

Promoting a more sustainable city from school

Environment. This year 332 schools are taking part in "Barcelona School Agenda 21", a project that directly involves schools in the drive for sustainability and promoting good practices.

The new Eixample cleaning-services depot will be located in Joan Miró Park

The new Eixample cleaning-services depot will be located in Joan Miró Park

Cleaning. The Urban Habitat and Environment Commission has definitively approved the Joan Miró Park Special Underground Development Project for the location of the new cleaning-services depot.

Make daily life more environmentally sustainable

Make daily life more environmentally sustainable

Technologies. This is now possible thanks to an application thought up by a group of young environmentalists and agricultural and environmental engineers. The Directori Verd, or Green Directory, aims to be both informative and commercial. >+ Videos on our YouTube channel.

Good waste collection and recycling habits

Good waste collection and recycling habits

Environment. The City Council is launching a campaign that will be rolled out in all the Ciutat Vella neighbourhoods between now and 2015, to remind people and give more information on good habits for cleaning, civic behaviour and collecting waste.

'Ciutat Vella Cleaning Campaign' video

Barcelona improves its municipal services

Barcelona improves its municipal services

Society. Both the city and the public services it offers score highly with citizens, according to the Municipal Services Survey. Unemployment and working conditions are the main concerns. >+ Videos on our YouTube channel.

'2013 Municipal Services Survey' video

City Council invests 10 million euros in Nou Barris

City Council invests 10 million euros in Nou Barris

Urban Habitat. The City Council has carried out 225 road maintenance operations and 327 interventions at 53 municipal amenities across the district.

Clean water to make bathing a pleasure

Clean water to make bathing a pleasure

Cleaning. Every day, two City Council boats patrol the Barcelona coastline, picking up floating waste materials, to ensure that the water stays clean. >+ Videos on our YouTube channel.

A lake that becomes a public swimming pool for the summer

A lake that becomes a public swimming pool for the summer

City To cool off on these hot days, the alternative to the beach is usually a swimming pool. Have you seen the public swimming pool in Creueta del Coll Park? We'll show you! >+ Videos on our YouTube channel.

Work starts on building a new spill tank for the waters of the Torrent Espinagosa

Work starts on building a new spill tank for the waters of the Torrent Espinagosa

Infrastructure. The new tank will increase the capacity of the existing sewer system and preserve the natural environment of the Vallvidrera Reservoir, preventing occasional overflows.

The City Council has cleaned up more than 56,000 pieces of chewing gum and other stains on the city's pavements

The City Council has cleaned up more than 56,000 pieces of chewing gum and other stains on the city's pavements

The environment. The operation covered around 300,000 square metres of pavement, using a water-pressure system to save water. >+ Videos on our YouTube channel.

Cleaning up chewing gum

The remodelling of the Ca l'Alena Gardens begins

The remodelling of the Ca l'Alena Gardens begins

Public works. This project aims to convert the interior of a Marina de Port housing block into an area for greater public use which is better connected to its surrounding facilities.

A new urban park opens, linking up the neighbourhoods of Horta, Clota and Vall d'Hebron

A new urban park opens, linking up the neighbourhoods of Horta, Clota and Vall d'Hebron

Urban Planning. The Rieres d'Horta Park finally opened this Saturday, after four years of public works. This is a new four-hectare urban space that crosses the neighbourhoods of Horta, Clota and Vall d'Hebron, in the Horta-Guinardó district. >+ Videos on our YouTube channel.

Park of the Streams

All Barcelona's citizens will be able to enjoy free access to Park Güell's monuments area

All Barcelona's citizens will be able to enjoy free access to Park Güell's monuments area

The entry regulations that come into force on 25 October provide for free access to local residents and schools in the area and to all other Barcelona residents who request it.

Access to Park Güell

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