Jun 16 2015

July in Madrid – Fiestas, Parades, and Art

This July in Madrid holds the Madrid Pride events which are 4 days of music, parades, fiestas and much more. These events are great fun for everyone and the city will be buzzing full of people.

Program

Thursday July 2

18:00: Carrera de tacones. The  famous stiletto race at calle Pelayo in Chueca.

24-06: Kluster @ Chango. Orgullo special for the boys who like a little more edge
24-06: Masterbeat @ WE Pride at Sala But (Barceló 11). Small venue, for those who like it tight.

 

Friday July 3

12-20: PAPA pool party at Akua Terraza Lounge (Casa del Campo). Tiny, tiny pool but lots of swimsuit.

20-late: Mr Gay Pride España 2015. Swimsuit candidates and good fun, followed by DJs and live acts at Plaza Callao (just off Gran Vía).
24-late: Matinée Pervert party at La Riviera. This will be busy.

 

Saturday July 4

13-16: Chill at the pool at El Lago. Informal splish-splash for the party-weary.

18-24: Pride parade. Leaves from Atocha along Paseo del Prado to Plaza de Colón. Best vantage point from Plaza Cibeles.
20-02:30: DJs and live acts at Plaza del Rey and Plaza Callao.
24-06: Kluster @ Chango. The regular Saturday night session.
24-07: WE Party Festival main party at Fabrik. For most, the main party of Orgullo.

 

Sunday July 5

18-06: WE Party Closing Party at La Riviera. For many, the main event. By midnight, it'll be heaving.

20-02: Que Trabaje Rita at Sala But. Pride edition of the popular hipster party.

 

By far the largest gay parade in Spain and with around two million people taking to the streets, one of the biggest pride events in the world. It so overshadowed other pride events in Spain that it was moved back a week to allow regional events to flourish.

 

Bullfighting in Las Ventas Bullring

Bullfighting in Spain is probably one of its main traditions and so a lot of bullrings in Spain are overrun with tourists and can lose their authenticity. This is not the case with The Ventas bullring in Madrid which is where the most hardcore of bullfighting fans can be seen week in week out, watching the very best bullfighters. Bullfighting is obviously not the sport for everyone and is sometimes frowned upon but if you wish to check it out and decide for yourself then this is definitely the place to do it.

Inside Las Ventas Bullring there is also the Bullfighting Museum which is totally free and gives a great introduction to the way the fights work and the costumes and equipment that is used.

Bullfights are every Sunday (during the season) at 7pm from mid-May (during the San Isidro festival) until October. There is no bullfighting in Madrid outside the season.

 

Other Ticket Offices

·         Galicia. Plaza del Carmen, 1. Tel: 91 531 27 32

·          La Taurina. Pasaje Matheu. Tel: 91 522 9216

·         Teyci. Goya, 7. Pasaje Comercial Carlos III. Tel: 91 576 45 32

·         El Corte Inglés. Tel: 902 400 222

·         Localid. Parking Pza. de Santo Domingo. Tel: 91 559 50 28

·         Plaza de Las Ventas. Alcalà, 237. Tel: 91 356 22 00

 

Visit La Reina Sofia Art Collection

Picasso´s Guernica (Image by Manuel Galrinho)

La Reina Sofia is a fantastic modern art collection, which houses the world famous piece – Picasso's Guernica. The strange modernist painting is a graphic portrayal of the massacre of an entire village by the Germans during the Spanish Civil War and is one of the artists most well known pieces. There are also several great pieces by Salvador Dali. If you are into art then you should definitely pay a visit as it is considered by many to be some of the most impressive art of the 20th century.

Address: Santa Isabel 52, though best reached from c/Atocha. Nearest Metro: Atocha. 

 

If you want to come to Madrid in July for the parades or for any other reason and still havent found a place to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find great apartments all around the city. Featured below is the Alcala Deluxe Apartment which is large and can sleep 6 people. 

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Jun 12 2015

July in Barcelona – Fiesta Fiesta Fiesta!!

This July in Barcelona is absolutely jam packed with great things to do and plenty of music festivals so you are sure to never be bored! Read on to find out some of our suggestions.

 

Grec Festival
When: The whole month of July
Where: Several venues in Barcelona

El Grec summer festival of Barcelona takes place during the entire month of July and is one of the biggest and longest cultural festivals in Spain. The festival is filled with art forms such as Circus, dance, music, theatre and other stage acts which will take over Barcelona for its duration. This year will be the 39th year of the festival which shows its ongoing success and popularity. There are activities and events for all age ranges.

For more information or to check out what´s on and when the take a look at the official website for news, tickets and program information.

 

Sala Montjuic
When: July until August
Where: Castle of Montjuic 

From the 3rd July until the 7th August the gardens of Castle Montjuïc become Sala Montjuïc. It is a great open air movie festival with a beautiful location in the gardens of the castle. After the 3rd July there will be movies shown outdoors several times a week. Bring whatever you want with you to make this experience perfect or turn it into a little picnic with your own blankets, food and drinks. Montjuïc (Mountain of the Jews) is very close to the city centre and is easily accessible either by walking, cable car, or funicular from Paral-lel metro station.As well as movies there are also many acts playing live music such as samba, blues, flamenco and jazz. Movies are always shown in their original language with Spanish subtitles.  Click this link to go to the official website where you will be able to see the full program and ticket information

 

Vida Festival

When: 02.07 – 05.07
Where: Several venues in Vilanova i la Geltrú 

Vida festival celebrates everything that is great about la Vida (Life). The festival takes places in a town about 45 minutes from Barcelona known as Vilanova i la Geltrú. Barcelona. This festival is quirky, different and in a great location with many original stages. It is famous worldwide and attracts an audience from all walks of life but it is very spacious and never gets overcrowded – so you can listen to music and dance, or you can relax and have a quiet picnic.

There are performances from many different artists and from all genres including pop and rock artists, singer-song writers, dj´s and more. As well as this there is a lovely market that showcases a whole array of different creations from national and international artists.

Check out their website for all information about artists, venue, tickets etc.

 

Cruilla Barcelona
When: 10.07- 12.07
Where: Parc del Fórum

Cruilla is yet another fantastic festival taking place this summer in Parc del Fórum! This varied music festival is becoming one of the best summer festivals in Barcelona. The festival only chooses the best acts from each genre when picking artists so you will not be unimpressed with the line-up. Headlines this year include: Kendrick Lemar; Lauryn Hill; Damian Marley.

 Check out the official website for tickets, program information and more.

 

 

If you are planning to come to the great city of Barcelona this July and haven´t yet found somewhere to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find some great apartments throughout the city. Featured below is the Comtal 52 Apartment which comfortably sleeps 4 people.

 

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Jun 10 2015

Stroll Down The Beautiful Manzanares River in Madrid

In the past few years the River Manzanares has been transformed from what was referred to as just a stream running through Madrid into a beautiful 8km green zone area lined with parks and trees as well as a concert area and much more.

 

Image by Márcio Cabral de Moura

The river Manzanares has its source near the Navacerrada mountain pass in the Guadarrama Mountains. The upper river is protected as the Parque Regional de la Cuenca Alta del Manzanares, which is a nature reserve that is recognized and protected by UNESCO.

The Manzanares flows in a south-eastern direction from its source, and passes through the medieval town of Manzanares el Real where it a dam was created in order to form the Santillana reservoir, one of the most important water supplies for the capital. The river then takes a southern direction and enters the Monte del Pardo, an ecologically valuable area on the edge of Madrid.

The river is canalised where it passes through the built-up areas of the city. The Manzanares runs past the west of the city and further downstream and acts as a natural division between the old city and the Carabanchel and Usera neighbourhoods to the southwest. Along here it runs past Atlético Madrid's football ground, the Vicente Calderón. The river leaves the city at its southernmost tip. It makes a strong eastern turn which takes it past the village of Perales del Río and towards the river Jarama, into which it flows near the dormitory town of Arganda del Rey, ending its 83 km (52 mi) journey.

In an astonishing project of urbanization that’s taken eight years, cost a small fortune and managed to avoid and work around certain environmental legislation, the sections of the M-30 motorway that ran alongside the river have been hidden, and instead cars now pass through 43 kilometres of underground tunnels. This means that finally the banks of the Manzanares have been given a makeover and reclaimed as an enormous greenbelt.

   

People relaxing by the river (image by Enrique A Sanabria)

Just finished in time for summer and running eight kilometres in length, it includes 33,000 and 460,000 planted trees and bushes, respectively, football pitches, fountains, playgrounds, baroque-style gardens, new bridges, restored old bridges, cafes, a BMX track, climbing walls, a concert area big enough for 20,000, an orchard and, even, a beach. 

 

If you would like to visit Madrid and take a stroll down this wonderful river but you are still looking for a place to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find some lovely apartments available to rent. Featured below is the Latina Nature Apartment which is just a few minutes walk from the river.

 

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Jun 09 2015

Sant Joan´s Day in Barcelona – Craziest Night of The Year!

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.

 

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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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