Apr 29 2016

Highlight of events in Barcelona May 2016

With a new month come new events. We will tell you the most popular events that are going on in May in the city of Gaudí: Barcelona.

 

A rare view of Barcelona: visit the Mirador at CCCB
1 May, 2016 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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The CCCB is one of the most popular cultural institutions and opens its roof space for once one day each month, to give visitors the chance to experience the viewing point on the fifth floor. Through a glass façade, you can view Barcelona from a rare perspective, catching a glimpse of Barri Gótic, Ciutat Vella, Montjuïc, Tibidabo, the tower of Collseral and the sea.

Admission is free.

Picture by: http://www.cccb.org

 

Formula 1 Gran Premio de España 2015
8 May 2016 – 10 May 2016

One of the biggest weekends on the Barcelona sporting calendar, the Spanish F1 Grand Prix drives into town once more at the Barcelona-Catalunya Montmeló circuit, where it has been held since 1991. The main event is the Sunday race, but there are lead-up events, starting with a pit lane walkabout on Thursday 7th (for holders of a three-day or Sunday ticket), before the qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday. If you go with your family, a kids' zone offers entertainment for 3- to 12-year-olds.

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Museum Night – La Nit Dels Museus
21 May, 2015 7:00 pm – 22 May, 2016 1:00 am

The idea of visiting a museum at night holds a strange allure – it will give visitors a different kind of experience. A visit that is more mysterious in any kind of way.

More than 80 museums and cultural centers are open in Barcelona on the evening of the 21st from 19:00-1:00, with free entry. Many cultural delights awaits the visitors, such as live music, theatre and dance performances, poetry, workshops, guided tours, gastronomy, storytelling and other interactive themed shows. The popular Eat Street festival sets up mobile kitchens that will satisfy those midnight cravings near Plaza de la Glòries.

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Apr 29 2016

What to do in Madrid in May 2016

Being in Madrid in May gives you the opportunity to enjoy the cities´ events with a lovely weather. We listed the must-visit events in the capital of Spain: Madrid.

DocumentaMadrid 2016
27 April 2016 – 8 May 2016

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Fans of the genre ´documentary film´ cannot miss the event that Cineteca (Matadero) hosts for the thirteenth edition of this prestigious international festival.

The Official Section brings a selection of the year´s great international productions which will be premiered in Spain. More information about this international event can be found on their website.
 

Picture from: http://www.elseptimoarte.net

 

Madrid Realists
till 22 May 2016

Art lovers who are visiting Madrid in May will love this event.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is home to an exhibition of around 75 works focusing on a historic group of artist by the realist movement, who lived and developed their artistic work in Madrid.

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Mar 24 2016

Since spring officially started last month. You can also expect the sun to be back in the Spanish Capital Madrid. We listed already the most important things to do for you, So you only have to enjoy your holiday.

Since spring oficially started last month. You can also expect the sun to be back in the Spanish Capital Madrid. We listed already the most important things to do for you, So you only have to enjoy your holiday. 

FC Barcelona 

Barcelona vs Real Madrid is the biggest game in european club football also known as El Classico and both teams meet each other every season atleast twice in the league and their are possible encounters in cup games as well. The first game between these famous rivals was played on 13th May  1902. The first game was won with 3-1 by Fc Barcelona.
We highly advice you to watch this game in a pub in Madrid to witness the rivalary between these spanish clubs. 

Fc Barcelona – Real Madrid 04/02/2016 

Real Madrid 2016 Champions League

Retiro

El Parque del Buen Retiro ( Shortened el Retiro) Is definitly the most famous parc of Madrid. The Buen Retiro Park is a large and popular 1.4 km2 (350 acres) park at the edge of the city center, very close to the Puerta de Alcalá and not far from the Prado Museum. A magnificent park, filled with beautiful sculpture and monuments, galleries, a peaceful lake and host to a variety of events, it is one of Madrid's premier attractions. The park is entirely surrounded by the present-day city.

Retiro parc Madrid 2016

The parc has many different aspects to offer for the general ¨parc-lover¨. El Retiro gives the opportunity to rent a rowboat by hour to paddle along in the man made pond at the center of the park. 

 

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Mar 24 2016

April 2016 is the start of the Spring season in Barcelona. We have already listed some opportunities to enjoy the sun in this Beautiful city

April is the month of the world famous El classico. 
Barcelona vs Real Madrid is the biggest game in european club football also known as El Classico and both teams meet each other every season atleast twice in the league and their are possible encounters in cup games as well. The first game between these famous rivals was played on 13th May 1902. The first game was won with 3-1 by Fc Barcelona.

Fc Barcelona – Real Madrid 04/02/2016 
Fc Barcelona – Atletico Madrid 04/05/2016
FC Barcelona – Valencia CF 04/09/2016
Fc Barcelona – Valencia FC 04/17/2016
FC Barcelona – Sporting de Gijón 04/24/2016

Real Madrid 2015 Champions League

Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi festival could be seen as the catalan version of valentines day. During this day bookstalls and book markets pop up all over Barcelona on Sant Jordis day with the highest number being on Las Ramblas and Rambla de Catalunya. At the end of the event roughly four million roses and 800,000 books will have been purchased. Most women carry a rose of various colors in one hand, and half of the total yearly book sales in Catalonia take place on this occasion.

 

Sant Jordi´s day is not an official public holiday in Catalunya so everything is open as normal but people treat it as a day of fun and fiesta. Although book stalls and roses can be found all over the city we have listed the areas which are the most popular. Be aware though that these areas get very crowded so if that’s not what you are looking for then head slightly out of the central areas.

 

To add to the tradition and sentiment of the event it has now become customary to give roses of different colors to signify and symbolize different meanings. Below are the symbolic meanings of the colors – but of course if you like a particular color then you can just ignore the symbolic meanings!

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Red rose – usually given to lovers because it symbolizes passion and love.

Blue rose – usually given to friends since they symbolize trust. It is said that if you give blue roses to someone who is anxious, it will help that person to feel more calm.

Pink roses – usually given to show gratitude for an important favour, or simply for that persons affection. .

Purple roses – symbolize nobility, femininity and seduction,

White roses – symbolize purity and innocence, and are often given to express someone the desire of having a deep long relationship

Yellow roses – these are less common, but are also seen. They symbolize joy and happiness, thus they are usually given to teenagers and also in celebrations.

 

The Palo Alto Market

The Palo alto market takes place every first weekend of the month. The market in April will be on the 2th and the 3rd ( Saturday and Sunday) in the area ¨Poblenou¨ 

The market offers a big variety in food to go, which is sold from nice vintage food trucks. It also offers live music and many different workshops and clothing shops. 

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Vista Habitat Apartments 2016

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Feb 26 2016

March 2016 is going to be another great month in Madrid, We have already listed the most popular things to do for you.

March 2016 is going to be another great month in Madrid, With two different home-games in the Champions league at home it is going to be a very exciting month.   

Football

Real Madrid and Atletico will play 2 league games, and one Champions League at home during the month March. Will they make it to the next round in the Champions League ? We will all find out during this month.

Real Madrid – Celta Vigo 05/03/2016
Real Madrid – Roma       08/03/2016
Real Madrid – Sevilla    20/03/2016

Atletico Madrid – Real sociedad         01/03/2016
Atletico Madrid – Deportivo la coruna 12/03/2016
Atletico Madrid – PSV                      15/03/2016

Real Madrid 2015 Champions League

Vivancos – Born to dance. 

The Vivancos group has created a new show which is called : ¨born to dance¨ which is an impressive mixture of Metal, Martial arts and Flamenco. The group is already on tour for nine years and has visited more than 200 cities in 35 different countries, with 900 performances seen by two million people, these seven artists are closing a stage of their lives with another show.
The shows will take place at ¨Teatro de la Luz Philips¨ from Tuesdays to Sundays. From 12 April to 2 May

You can find more informations about there shows in Madrid their website 

Ingres Exhibition

The work of Ingres, only seemingly rooted in Academic painting, undoubtedly constitutes an important forerunner of the late 19th- and early 20th-century artistic revolutions. The heir to Raphael and Poussin, Ingres’ work anticipates both Picasso and anatomical distortion in art, inspiring the revitalisation of the 19th-century European art schools, particularly the Spanish.

The exhibition to be shown at the Museo del Prado in 2015, which has benefitted from the special collaboration of the Musée du Louvre, offers a precise chronological presentation of Ingres’ work but will also pay particular attention to his complex relationship with portraiture (characterised byhis simultaneous rejection and admiration for it), which will be juxtaposed with his ongoing aim of being primarily recognised as a history painter.

Ingres Madrid March 2016

you can find more information about the exhibition at the website of the museum del Prado 

Paella Cooking class

Prepare and enjoy your own paella guided by a local chef through a hands-on 4-hour cooking class. You will start this experience by visiting the nearby market where you will buy all the necessary ingredients and after the lesson, flavour your own creation as your guide gives you hints and tips on Spanish gastronomy.

Paella cooking Class Madrid March 2016

Highlights

·         Perfect for all ages and skill level

·         Family friendly

·         Vegetarian meal option available

·         Led by a local guide

 

What You Can Expect

Make your way to the cooking school where this activity takes place. This centre's main goal is to make all visitors learn how to prepare well known Spanish dishes through hands-on cooking classes performed in the centre of Madrid with the supervision of professional chefs.

All meals will be prepared in teams of two people, under the guidance of a local guide that speaks English and requires no previous cooking experience.

Once the dishes and drinks have been finished you will have time to enjoy them together with the other travellers for lunch as you talk about your Spanish travel experiences and learn hints from your guide to continue your Madrid experience. You will be able to repeat these delicacies back home as you will be handed out copies of these dishes's recipes.

 

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Gran Via Madrid 2016

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