May 26 2015

June in Barcelona – Sun, Sea and Fireworks!

 

This June in Barcelona is packed full of great things to do and as summer begins each day it gets more and more busy and lively! Read on to find out some of our recomendations for things to do in June!

 

Sónar is a three-day electronic and advanced music festival. It was founded in Barcelona in 1994 by Ricard Robles, Enric Palau, and Sergi Caballero. The festival has been divided into two parts since its inception: Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night.

During its 20-year history, Sónar has transformed the atmosphere of the city every June, as well as making Barcelona the continent's epicentre of electronic music and being one of its main touristic attractions for people of all ages. 

 

This year has a rgeat line-up including The Chemical Brothers, Skrillex, Duran Duran and Die Antwoord as well as many many more. For tickets to Sonar click this link

 

Guided Tapas Tours

Are you interested in discovery authentic and delicious food made fresh in Barcelona? If so then you should definetely go on a guided Tapas walking tour. The tours are in English, German, Spanish, Chinese, French, Japanese or Russian. The tours take you to places where locals eat and buy their food, and avoid overcrowded tourist haunts avoid overcrowded tourist haunts like the Ramblas and similar places. The guides are all very knowledgable and passionate about their jobs so as well as some great food you will also be able to learn about the areas which you are walking through. 

All tours have to be reserved and paid for in advance so if you would like to book the Tapas Walking Tour click here. Prices range from €39 for the Tapas Tour to €69 euros for the Gourmet tour. There is also a Chocolate and Cava Tour and an Olive Oil Tour.

 

 Segway Tours


This photo of Barcelona Segway Tour is courtesy of TripAdvisor

What better way to discover a large area of the city in a relatively short time than on a Segway! Segways are 2 wheeled vehicles which are extremely easy and safe to use but also great fun! They allow you to go much faster than you can walk so you can whizz around the city being led by a professional and very knowledgable tour guide. The tours can be requested in many different languages and there are different routes which last different amounts of time and even tours that include lunch, so there really is something to suit everyone!

For more information about prices and different Segway tours on offer click this link 

 

Festival of Sant Joan

Sant Joan is often described by Catalans as the 'Nit del Foc' – meaning the 'Night of Fire'. On this day and night you can certainly expect to find fire – lots of it!. From giant bonfires to extravagant firework displays this is a very spectacular day to witness. In the days leading up to the celebrations you will see temporary fireworks shops open up throughout the city, with queues down the street. It is also very common for friends and neighbours to organise private displays and parties - known as 'Reveltes'. 

The Feast of Sant Joan celebrates the start of the summer. It is the longest day of the year and what is known as the Summer Solstice in England. 

If you dont have connections in Barcelona and you are just here for a holiday then the best and most lively place to go and enjoy the festivities is Barceloneta beach. This starts getting busy early evening and is still filled with people until the early hours of the morning. Be especially careful here though as the huge number of people makes it a prime spot for pickpockets to operate.

 

If you are lucky enough to be coming to Barcelona this June and you are still looking for accomodation then look no further than Habitat Apartments. Here you will find a wide variety of luxury apartments that can suit all needs. Featured below is the Vista Apartment which is on the top floor and offers a brilliant view of the beach – perfect for watching the Sant Joan festivities!

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May 26 2015

Discover Some Great Things to Do in Madrid This June

 

Madrid is a great city that never disappoints with its wide variety of things to do. Summer is just around the corner and so each week this capital city becomes more and more lively. Read on to discover some great things to do in Madrid this June!

 

 

 

One of the best new and modern ways to visit cities is on a Segway. Segways are 2 wheeled vehicles which are incredibly easy to control and are suitable for people of all ages. They are fun, safe and allow you to see much more of the city in less time. There are many different tours available that vary in length and route and also even one that included tapas on the way! Click on the link to find more information about Segway Tours.  

 

National Archaeological Museum of Spain

The National Archaeological Museum of Spain (Museo Arqueológico Nacional) is a museum in Madrid,Spain, which is now open after its renovations. It is located beside the Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square), sharing its building with the National Library.

The museum was founded in 1867 by a Royal Decree of Isabella II, and its purpose was to be a depository for numismatic, archaeological, ethnographical and decorative art collections compiled by the Spanish monarchs.

The collection includes, among others, Pre-historic, Egyptian, Celtic, Iberian, Greek and Roman antiquities and medieval (Visigothic, Muslim and Christian) objects.

 

For more information or to buy tickets for the National Archaeological Museum of Spain click here

 

Maroon 5

Barclaycard Center (Palacio de Deportes), Madrid, Spain

15th June 20.00

This June the world famous band Maroon 5 are playing in Madrid. If you are interested in seeing Maroon 5 live you can buy tickets here.

 

Spandau Ballet

Barclaycard Center (Palacio de Deportes), Madrid, Spain 

18th June 20.00

As well as Maroon 5, Spandau Ballet are also in Madrid a few days later and although they are different styles of music they are both great bands. For tickets to see Spandau Ballet live click here

 

Madrid Food Tours

http://madridfoodtour.com/ 

A Madrid Food Tour is a guided cultural walking tour that gives guests the opportunity to learn about real Spanish cuisine, its history, and taste some of the best food Madrid has to offer. The tours will take you to a mix of Madrid's most famous foodie stops as well as tiny, family-run gems. And because good food is so much more than ingredients, you’ll get to meet the passionate locals who are dedicated to creating this city's cuisine. Our English-speaking guides are all experts on Madrid and its food. And because the group tours are small,you’ll get quality time with your guide. Each tour offers an excellent variety of tastings, tapas and local drinks.

 

Are you coming to Madrid this June and you are still looking for somewhere to stay? Well take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find some fantastic apartments that cater for all needs. Featured below is the spacious Alcala Deluxe Apartment which sleeps 6 people.

 

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Pictures taken from Alan Kotok Flickr & spain.info
 

 

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May 15 2015

Best Holiday Home in European Capital Award

Recently we were nominated for Best Holiday Home in European Capital for our lovely Paseo de Gracia A Apartment in Barcelona. The award is part of the European Holiday Home Awards  (EHHA) and it was a great honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award. Unfortunately we did not win the award this year but we were one of the finalists, which we are really proud of.

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Paseo de Gracia A Apartment, spectacular view to Gaudi's Casa Batlló 

Paseo de Gracia A is an incredible apartment in one of the major avenues in Barcelona and one of the most important shopping area from Spain: Paseo de Gracia. You will find all the well known designer brands and best restaurants and bars from the city.

The apartment has a small terrace with table and chairs where you will enjoy wonderful evenings overlooking the Casa Batlló, a building restored by Antoni Gaudí, architect and figurehead of Catalan Modernism

 

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May 06 2015

A Selection of Fantastic Things to Do and Places to See in Barcelona

This article will give you some great ideas of things to do in Barcelona including 3 fantastic chocolate based restaurants, water activities and taste of Gaudi!

Below we have selected 3 of the best chocolatiers in Barcelona for you to visit and indulge yourself!

Chok

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Here in Chok in the Raval you can find many different chocolate items such as caramelized roasted almonds dipped in chocolate, but the real specialties are the customised donuts with over different 30 types and flavors to choose from but all with chocolate as an ingredient. These are sure to be the best donuts you have ever eaten!

La Pastisserria

Aragó 228

www.lapastisseriabarcelona.com

This fantastic patisserie is the creation of the talented young pastry chef Josep maria Rodriguez who won the Patisserie World Cup in 2011. Whilst it is true that they make one of the most exquisite croissants in the city their real specialties are their cakes such as their pure chocolate cake or the amazing I Love You Xoco.

Oriol Balaguer

 Pl. Sant Gregori Taumaturg, 2

Another master chocolatier in Barcelona is the well know Oriol Badageur who has received many prestigious prizes for his chocolate creations. The specialties are the bonbons or you can even ask for a personalized chocolate bar.

El Turó Park

Turo Parc

The Turó Parc is a tidy, elegant and cosy area. A shaded area with small forests, beautiful scenery, beds of ivy, and winding pathways. Since its creation at the beginning of the twentieth century, this park has been without a doubt one of the most emblematic parks of Barcelona.

It has a childrens play area and a pond full of fish as well as an outdoor café so that parents can relax and have a drink while the kids run about.

Las Golondrinas

These Boat Tours in Barcelona (known as Las Golondrinas) have been operating from the port since 1888 and give you the chance to see the ocean surrounding Barcelona. The tours start from Portal de la Pau which is at the end of Las Ramblas and they last either 40 minutes or 90 minutes.

Opening times – 10am-8pm

Price – 7€ Adults, €2.75 Children

Jet Ski´s

If you are still in a watery mood then you can also rent out jetski´s and whizz around the see high speed! For the more adventurous and for an extra fee you can also rent out wakeboarding equipment and try that! For prices and more information about renting jetski´s in Barcelona click here 

Prices

30 minute hire 100 €

1 hour hire 180 €

Barcelona International Short Film and Animation Festival

Another great thing thats taking place this month is the Barcelona International Short Film and Animation Festival 17th edition. It takes place near Universitat and will run every day until 17th May. For more information about the times of the films and whats on click the link. 

Montalegre, 5. Metro Unviersitat or Catalunya

The Secret Pedrera

The Secret Pedrera is an intimate and highly sensory route to discover the nooks and crannies of this landmark building in a different way: in the peace, tranquility and magic of the night. 

You can discover the secrets hidden in Casa Milà after dark and become the fortunate witnesses of the lives, customs and little stories of the residents of this singular building 100 years ago.

Come and see how Casa Milà, ‘La Pedrera’, comes to life at night. An intimate, guided and exclusive tour of the main areas of this jewel of the Catalan Modernisme. 

Consult times for each language. Languages available: Catalan, Spanish, English and Russian. Other languages on request.

• The visit includes a glass of cava at the end of the tour.

• It is possible to book exclusive tour.

Opening hours:

From Monday to Sunday, from 8.30pm until 11.30pm. Last entry 10.00pm. Different sessions, depending on the language, within this time.

Price:

Adults: 30€

Children 7 to 12 years: 15€

Children 0 to 6 years: Free

Morrissey

Music legend that is Morrissey, former frontman for the Smiths is coming to Barcelona for the second time in 7 months in order to promote his new álbum, World Peace Is None of Your Business (2014). For this performance he will be playing in the main room of Barcelona´s super club Razzmatazz on Wednesday 29th at 8pm. For tickets to see Morrissey live click here

If you are coming to Barcelona and are still looking for a place to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find a wide variety of apartments at great prices! Featured below is the lovely Casp Apartment lcoated in Eixample.

Casp Apartment

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May 04 2015

The Best Rooftop Terrace Bars That Barcelona Has to Offer!

 

Like any big city Barcelona has a lot of tall buildings and hidden on top of some of these are some fantastic rooftop bars which allow you to look out over the city and relax in style!

 

B Bar Barcelona

 

B-Bar Rooftop Terrace

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 391, Eixample, 08015

The B-Bar at the top of the B-Hotel offers one of the best rooftop terraces in the whole of Barcelona. The spacious terrace gives an ideal view over the whole of Plaza Espanya and you can even see the MNAC art museum. As well as this it is right next to the Arena which is beautifully lit up at night and it also offers the "too-blue-to-be-true" pool which always catches peoples eye. Compared to other rooftop bars, the B-Bar is reasonably priced and offers various tapas dishes and delicious drinks which you can enjoy whilst gazing out over Plaza Espanya.

Opening times: daily 8pm-1am

Prices from: Beer €3, glass of wine €4, cocktail €9

 

Sky Bar at Grand Hotel Central

Vía Laietana, 30, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, 08003

Many of Barcelona's rooftops offer a somewhat limited view of the city's major sights. The Sky Bar Terrace at the top of the Grand Hotel Central is not one of those. It features a large clear swimming pool and breathtaking views of almost the entire city, so its unsurprising that this hidden gem is quite popular. It is open from 8.30pm but it gets very busy very quickly so it is best to get there early in order to get a table. If you can´t make it there early then usually you can expect to wait for a free table as the bar takes no reservations. Despite this it is definetely worth the wait as, unlike some other rooftop bars, the drinks and food here are comparatively cheap.

 

Opening Times: Mar-Oct daily 8.30pm–1am
Prices from: Beer €3, glass of wine €4, cocktail €10

 

Biergarten

Plaça Pius XII, Pedralbes, Barcelona, 08034

Beer gardens (or Biergarten) are very popular in Germany, and especially in Bavaria. Barcelona now has its own Biergarten, though of course it is only open during the summer months. Located next to the Hotel Princesa Sofia, it offers a good selection of German culinary delights as well as superb beer.

 

Torre Rosa

Francesc Tàrrega, 22, Sant Andreu, Barcelona, 08027

That sentence written in all the guidebooks about the 'incomparable setting' was likely invented to talk about Torre Rosa. Drinking a cocktail in a house formerly owned by one of the 'indios' or 'Americanos' (Catalans who left and made good on the other side of the pond and then returned to spend their wealth) can have a hand in making your heart skip a beat or two. This is possibly one of the most perfect places in Barcelona. Behind the bar you'll find Jordi Reig, who will tell you everything anyone could ever want to know about the different types of rum and how to mix a good mojito. If you aren't in the mind space for explanations and would rather imagine yourself in Havana, just head out to the terrace and do a bit of moon gazing.

www.torrerosa.com

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri 7pm-2.30am; Sat, Sun, hols noon-3am

 

If you are coming to Barcelona and are still looking for somewhere to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find hundreds of apartments available to rent at great prices! Featured below is the Barcelona Plaza Terrace Apartment which also has a lovely rooftop terrace! 

Barcelona Plaza Terrace Apartment

 

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