Jan 22 2016

February 2016 in Madrid – Some great things to do in the Spanish Capital

Visiting Madrid in February gives you the possibility to enjoy the great city without the big summer crowds. 

 

Restaurante Sobrino de Botín 

(Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain)

Was founded in 1725 and holds the title of oldest restaurant still running in the world. The restaurant has been mentioned in virtually every guide and many famous people have been known to frequent it such as the King and other politicians. Furthermore, artist Francisco de Goya worked there as a waiter while waiting to get accepted into the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

The restaurant was founded by a French man Jean Botin and his spouse, and was originally called Casa Botín. It was inherited by a nephew of theirs called Candido Remis, thus explaining the change of name to Sobrino de Botín, which survives to this day.

The Sobrino and its speciality of cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) are mentioned in the closing pages of Ernest Hemingway's novel, The Sun Also Rises. Its other signature dish is sopa de ajo (an egg, poached in chicken broth, and laced with sherry and garlic): a favorite pick-me-up with Madrileño revellers.

This really is a great place to visit, the service is quick, the atmosphere is unique and the food is fantastic. We would recommend booking at least a day in advance though because the restaurant is filled every day.

Restaurant Madrid February 2015

Madrid Zoo

From the smallest insect to the biggest mammal, all the species of the planet live together in the Madrid Zoo. More than 6,000 animals belonging to more than 500 species are found there: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. This wonderful zoo is almost 20 hectares and includes a dolphin tank, aquarium, and an aviary, where the best examples of fauna from the five continents are brought together.

Madrid Zoo February 2016

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Single Entry: 16.90 € (adults) – 13.70 € (3 to 7 year children and adults over 65)

Free (younger than 3 yrs)  

Family (three or more children previously authorized): 13.45 € (adults) – 9.20 € (children)

 

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Gran VIa Madrid February 2016

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Jan 22 2016

February 2016 in Barcelona – An opportunity to avoid or celebrate Carnival

February in Barcelona could be the great opportunity to escape from the clownish Carnival parties in your hometown. However, it could also be a chance to discover the Catalan way of celebrating Carnival at only  just 15km outside Barcelona.  

Carnival 

Barcelona is the great opportunity for the people who want to avoid the clownish party in their own city. On the other side, The real lovers of Carnival have the opportunity to take the trip to the village ¨Sitges¨ which is only 15km away from Barcelona and a very popular Catalan place to celebrate Carnival. 

Carnival is celebrated in almost the whole world. The name of the festival is officially refffering to carne vale (Which means farewell to meat), During those days, the idea is to eat and drink as much as you can before the fasting begins. 
The funny costumes, are one of the many reasons to witness this special event during the month of February.

Calendar Carnival

2016
04.02.2016: Dirty Thursday (Jueves Ladero)
08.02.2016: Shrove Monday
10.02.2016: Ash Wednesday

Carnival Sitges February 2016

El Foro

El Foro is a meeting point for gastronomy, art and culture. Located in El Born for a decade, the restaurant welcomes us in a bistrot-like atmosphere divided into different spaces and a decor that is part of its charm. The large menu of the restaurant offers meat imported from Argentina, Italian artisan pasta, pizza, grilled cheese, salads and home-made desserts at very reasonable prices. Every month there are art exhibitions, as well as live performances depending on the time of the year.

El Foro Barcelona February 2015

Hiking the Montjuïc

The Montjuïc provides you one of the greatest views over the city of Barcelona, but it takes some work to finally reach the top of this impressing mountain. During this walk, you will discover the buildings of the 1992 Olympic games. On top of the hill, you will find the the famous Olympic stadium and off course you will have enough chance to discover of the natural surroundings. The best place to start your journey will be at Plaza España, The best place to start your journey will be the at Plaza España, Which is on the foot of this impressive mountain.

Montjuïc February 2016

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If you are planning to come to Barcelona and are looking for somewhere to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find a whole range of different apartments throughout the city. Featured below is the lovely Barcelona Bailén Attic apartment which comfortably sleeps 2.

Bailen Attic Habitat Apartments February 2016

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Jan 19 2016

The Mobile World Congress – Barcelona 2016

Mobile world Congress

The annual mobile word congress was founded in the year 1987. and has grown, with more than 94,000 (more than 200 countries) yearly attendees to the biggest mobile congress in the world.

There will be plenty events in Barcelona during the four (22-25 Feb) congress days. The event has 2199 exhibitors and thousends of C-level Leaders and with more than 140 inspiring speaker sessions you would not get bored.

The GSMA connects the mobile operaters worldwide with nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the mobile business.

In general, the goal of the exhibition is to address key developments of the technological mobile industry as well as defining the new and future mobile communications horizon. But to make this big event possible, supporting companies are being necessary: The Mobile World Congress provides partners such as Nokia, Sony, Samsung, hp and MasterCard who sponsor this exhibition.
You want to visit this congress but you are still looking for a nice place to stay?

We have collected already the best apartment for you :

ADN 11 Apartment :

Apartment in Barcelona ideal for a relaxing holiday away from the noise of the city center with all the necessary amenities and easy access to public transport. Its lovely terrace will become the ideal place to relax after a day of sightseeing.

ADN 11 Barcelona Mobile World Congress

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Plaza Espana 2  :

Sunny and charming 2-bedroom apartment located in the traditional Sants district, near Plaça España and Montjuic hill. Well connected to all the city by buses, metro or trains. Perfect place to discover Barcelona.

Plaza Espana 2 World Congress 2016 Barcelona

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Blanca 1 :

Blanca 1 apartment is ideal for a relaxing holiday away from the noise of the city center. All the necessary amenities and easy access to public transport.

The predominant white color all over the place, small details in its decoration and modern amenities including, will welcome you to an unforgettable stay.

Blanca Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2016

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Dec 17 2015

January in Madrid. Lets start the year with some great ideas to do in the Spanish capital

January means the fresh start of a new year. Lets start the year with some great ideas to do in the spanish capital.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid plays 3 league games at home during the month of January. Will Real Madrid be able to get back the first place ? We will all find out during the first month of the year.

Real Madrid – Deportivo
Real Madrid – Sporting
Real Madrid – Espanyol

Real Madrid January 2016

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the 200th anniversary of the Teatro Real

January 2016 will be the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the famous Teatro Real. During this celebration, there will be plenty of events in this spectacular theater.

Teatro Real January Madrid 2016

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Find the schedule of January Here

Three Kings Day

In Spain, the Christmas season lasts until January 6, the day of the three kings. So, the Christmas markets and Christmas lights will be still there in the first week of January. For everyone who hasn't enough of Christmas can enjoy the atmosphere a little bit longer.
Three Kings day is one of the most popular events in Spain. The Spanish tradition officially starts one day before (5th of January) With a big parade of the three wise man trough the city of Madrid. During this parade,  the Kings ride on camels or elaborate floats and throw goodies down to the children, usually candy or sweets.

Three kings day Madrid

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Madrid January 2016

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Dec 15 2015

January is the start of a fresh new year. We have already listed the best things to do in Barcelona for this month.

January is the start of a fresh new year. We have already listed the best things to do in Barcelona for this month. So you can start 2016 already with a great experience.

FC Barcelona

Fc Barcelona plays 3 league games at home during the month of January. Will Barcelona stay ahead of the rivals from the capital ? We will all find out during the first month of the year.

FC Barcelona – Granada C.F 09/01/2016
FC Barcelona – Athletic Club 17/01/2016
FC Barcelona – Atlético Madrid 31/01/2016

Fc Barcelona January 2016

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Three kings day

The three kings day (Dia de los Reyes Mayos) is one of the most celebrated festivals in Barcelona. The day itself is on the 6th of January, But the main party starts on the evening before the official day. The three wise man will arrive around 16:30 at Port Vell.  From there, the parade ( Cabalgata de Reyes) will go through the city of Barcelona. During this parade, the floats are highly decorated and music is playing while they are going sweets and small gifts to the sweet children, and give coal to the naughty ones. 

The finish of the parade will be around 21:30 at the junction of Avinguda Rius I Taulet and Avinguda Maria Cristina, Close to the Magic Fountain of  Montjuic.

Three kings Barcelona 2015

Torre Agbar

This relatively new attraction of Barcelona ( opened on 16 September 2005) is probably the most beautiful in the winter months. the tower represents a water fountain that constantly changes its appearance. Depending on the incidence of light, the tower changes its colors – the colored aluminum sheeting that reflects the light consists of 40 different colors of high gloss.

Torre Agbar January 2016

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080 Barcelona Fashion

The 080 Barcelona Fashion show will take place from 1 till the 5th of January. The show is created to promote fashion and creativity within the city of Barcelona. The event will take at palau del rei major, Placa Del rei.

Sales

There are many sales during the month of January in Barcelona. Typically the January Sales would start around the 10 January and will take place till the end of the month.

 

 

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January Habitat Apartments

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