Oct 17 2014

Barcelona in November – a month full with concerts, festivals and fairs

As every year, November in Barcelona starts with La Castanyada, meaning All Saints' Day and the evening before. The festival is called after the traditional treats of castanyes (roasted chestnuts) which are often consumed with moniatos (roasted sweet potatoes) and panellets (cakes), drinking muscatel sweet wine. You should definitely taste it!

Families in Barcelona often celebrate the public holiday with a meal togehther, a visit to the church to honour Catholic Saints and a visit to the cemetery to honour deceased family members.
 

There are also several events for music-lover in November in Barcelona. Inter alia Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias, and OneRepublic are coming to the city. Have a look at the details:

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Lady Gaga's art rave

Concerts:

Lady Gaga                                      8th November                               El Palau Sant Jordi arena

Guana Apes                                    8th November                              Sala Razzmatazz

Enrique Iglesias                              13th November                             El Palau Sant Jordi arena

OneRepublic                                   19th November                            Sant Jordi Club Barcelona 

Ed Sheeran                                     24th November                            Sant Jordi Club Barcelona 

 

You are more the athletic person? There is also a nice event for you in Barcelona.

Cursa Jean Bouin 2014  
The 91st Jean Bouin Mundo Deportivo takes place on Sunday 23rd November. There are two competitions, one over a distance from 5km and one from 10km. If you want to participate in the race, you can register until 18th November.

 

Last but not least, there are several cultural events as fairs, festivals and exhibtion in the city in November. Have a look at all those nice events, coming to Barcelona soon.

Barcelona Manga Fair
The 20th anniversary editiona which excpects to welcome more than 100,000 visitors, takes place at the Fira de Barcelona at Montjuïc. During the four-days event (30
th Oct-2nd Nov), there will be Manga films, stands, video games, conferences, workshops and more. The entrance costs 7 Euro.      

Art Futura  
From the 6th November on, the ArtFutura arrives to 20 cities: Barcelona, Berlin, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico DF ect. This years's theme is "The Digital Promise". The ArtFutura in Barcelona takes place at CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona). 

World Press Photo 
For over 55 years the World Press Photo contest takes place every year. During the following year, the prize-winning photographs, assembled into an exhibition, travel to 45 countries. The exhibition is coming to Barcelona from 6th November to 8th December. Don't miss all those nice photos! The entrance is only about 6 Euro.john stanmeyer 2013
Winner of the World Press Photo 2014

Sâlmon Dance festival
This year the Sâlmon Dance festival takes place from the 27th Nov to 7th December in Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona. There will be again several new European artists performing with fresh ideas and sometimes going against the current.

L’Alternativa film festival
This event, hold to showcase the best international independent filmmaking from the last two years, starts on 17th November. There is a wide range of contemporary films coming to Barcelona. New directors and screening little-known films will be introduced. It will take place at CCCB.
 

Did Barcelona get your attention? Plan your trip to the city with HabitatApartments. 

We offer several nice places to stay for 2, 4 or more person. In the following you find the beautiful Art1 Apartment for up to 6 person, right in the center of Barcelona, close to the Ramblas and Plaça Reial.

 

art1 apartment

© image Lady Gaga: Official Website

© image World Press Photo: John Stanmeyer, 2013

 

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Oct 17 2014

November in Madrid – a wide range of events

"To go to bed at night in Madrid marks you as a little queer. For a long time your friends will be a little uncomfortable about it. Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night. Appointments with a friend are habitually made for after midnight at the cafe." These were the words of Ernest Hemingway in his work Death in the Afternoon. He was so right about it. Madrid is a city that never sleeps. Especially in November, there are so many events and thinks to do for you. You shouldn't miss them at all!

 

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Elton John performing
 

Primarily, there are a lot of musical and dance events coming to Madrid in November as Ballet, Flamenco and concerts. We prepared a list with the most important events for you. More concerts coming to Madrid in November will you find here. 

Bosque Ardora During the Danza Festival in Madrid, there will be a new show by Rocío Molina. She is performing a modern flamenco production around the theme of the dual nature of woman. The performance start with a 4-minute video that takes the audience to the center of a forest peppered with totems. The show takes place on 6th and 7th November at Teatros del Canal.

El Mesías
The Uruguay-based Sodre National Ballet is performing El Mesías, based on the oratorio composed by George Friedrich Handel. It is a mix of modern and contemporary dance. The ballet company will perform from 6th to 8th November at the Teatros del Canal in Madrid.

An old monk
This touching and surprising show by Belgian director and actor Josse De Pauw is coming to Madrid from 30th October to 1st November. The dramatic monologue with live jazz music in English with Spanish subtitles will be an evening full of laughter and hidden tears. 

 

Concerts in Madrid
There are famous musicians coming to Madrid in November as Elton John and Anastacia. Have a look at our selection of concert highlights in November:

Elton John (1st Nov)

Anastacia (7th Nov)

James Blunt (15th Nov)

Enrique Iglesias (15th Nov)

Cat Power (16th Nov)

Clean Bandit (20th Nov)

One Republic (20th Nov)

Ed Sheeran (25th Nov)

 

November in Madrid offers you also some entertaining exhibitions. There are photographic exhibitions and an interesting one about the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Brandenburger Gate, Berlin

25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
This historical event will be also celebrated in Madrid. The Puerta de Alcalá, the central gate of Madrid, will get transformed into the Brandenburger Gate. From the 6th to 9th November, a video projection is shown until the morning of the 10th November.

EFE, 75 years in photos
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the EFE news agency, the Casa del Lector in Matadero Madrid is hosting an exhibtion about the history of journalism in Spain. There will be images as well as some different interactive and technological elements. The exhibition can be visited until 15th January.

Stephen Shore 
The work of this great photographer will stay in Madrid until 23rd November. In the following you find the details about the opening hours:
Monday: 2pm to 8pm

Tuesdays to Saturdays: 10am to 8pm
Sundays/holidays: 11am to 7pm

 

Last but not least, there are also some sport events coming to Madrid. Besides the matches of Real Madrid, there is an horse racing event at Zarzuela.

Horse racing
The autumn season is coming to an end. Enjoy a sunny Sunday morning watching up to five different horse races. There are tickets from 5 Euro. It is a nice event for the whole family.

Real Madrid
There are two different Real matches waiting for you in November. Have a look at the details:

Champions League
Real Madrid : Liverpool      (4th November, 20:45)

Liga BBVA
Real Madrid : Rayo Vallecano    (8th November, 20:00)

 

You want to go to Madrid in November, but you haven't found a place to stay yet? Do not worry. Habitat Apartments has the perfect apartment for you. We offer multiple nice apartments in Madrid.

In the following you see the Gran Via Central apartment for up to 4 person. 

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Gran Via Central apartment, bedroom

 

© image Elton John: Official Website

© image Brandenburger Gate: florianric (flickr)

 

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Oct 17 2014

November in Rome – everything the heart desires

What is the first thing coming to your mind when you think about Rome? Italian food, music, art, Pope? No matter what it is. In November you can find everything in the city. 

Let's start with some religious events. There are two Saints festivals on the agenda next month. On the 1st and 2nd November, the All Saints Day, otherwise known as Tutti Santi, will be celebrated. The main celebration takes place at the cemetery Cimitero del Verano and at Piazzale del Verano. Romans travel to see the pope and to visit family graves at this place.

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Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia, Rome

On the 22nd November, the Feast of Saint Cecilia takes place in Rome. This festival is hold to celebrate the popular patron saint of music, who came of a noble Roman family and was martyred. The main celebration on this day, takes place at the Catacombs of Saint Callixtus where there is the Crypt of St. Cecilia as well as a statue of her. More about the story of Saint Cecilia can you find here.

There are some other attractive events coming to Rome in November. As a musical event we can recommend you the Roma Jazz Festival 2014. This 38th edition will be in Rome from 14th to 30th November. Have a look at the whole programm of the Roma Jazz Festival here. 

The following event is perfect for art and photograph lovers. Fotografia – Festival Internazionale di Roma 2014 is hold every year, and shows over 2000 photographs from 180 artists. At Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome you can visit the exhibtion until 11th January. There are also some special events like meetings, lectures, presentations and screenings.

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Pizza at Pinsere Roma

On the occasion of the two thousandth anniversary of Augusto's death, there is the Bimillenario di Augusto exhibition until the 2nd June 2015. There is a lot to see as the Piramide Cestia or the Casa di Augusto. 

Last but not least, we want to recommend you a nice place to enjoy the Italian cuisine as pasta and pizza. The place is called Pinsere Roma and there you can eat delicious pizza. Have a look at this yummy pizzas below. I am already hungry when I look at those! What about you?

You would like to join the celebration of Saint Cecilia or attend one of the other events? So, book your trip to Rome with Habitat Apartments. We offer very nice apartments in Rome. 

Below you see the Pineto Attic Apartment with two bedrooms for up to 6 people. The apartment has a beautiful terrace where you can enjoy your breakfast or dinner.
pineto attic apartment

Terrace of the Pineto Attic Apartment

 

© image: Xuan Che (flickr)

© image Pizza: Official Website of Pinsere Roma

 

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Oct 14 2014

Top 5 reviews in Semptember

 

We are more than happy about 84,2 % of satisfied clients in September! And are working hard to get closer to 100 % soon!

Habitat Apartments is pleased to share with you the 5 best reviews we received last month from our clients in Barcelona apartments.

 

 

ADN Ground Apartment Barcelona

ADN ground Apartment Barcelona
"ADN Ground is an amazing, modern apartment very close to Plaza Espana ( metro, shops, market, supermarket) with everything we needed during our stay. We really enjoyed our stay there! Everything was perfect and we will come back soon! :)" Katarina

General Quality ——->10.0
Habitat Service ——->10.0
Cleaning ——->10.0
State of repair ——->10.0
Location ——->10.0
Value for money ——->10.0

Rambla Deluxe A Apartmetn Barcelona   

Rambla deluxe A apartment in Barcelona
"We stayed in the apartment during the last week in August and found it very clean and comfortable. It is ideally situated in the heart of Barcelona so we were able to walk everywhere. We had an excellent stay."
Delia Kay

General Quality ——->10.0
Habitat Service ——->10.0
Cleaning ——->10.0
State of repair ——->10.0
Location ——->10.0
Value for money ——->10.0

 

Plaza Real 11 Apartment in Barcelona

Plaza Real 11 Apartment in Barcelona
"We loved the apartment. Great location. A couple of upgrade suggestions: Add small night stands on the sides of the bed; better lighting over the dining table; add a shelf in the bathroom for placing our necessities; need a soap tray in the shower. If we return to Barcelona, we would definitely stay at Plaza Real 11 again." —  Rodger B.

General Quality ——->10.0
Habitat Service ——->10.0
Cleaning ——->10.0
State of repair ——->10.0
Location ——->10.0
Value for money ——->10.0

Boulevard 1 Apartment in Barcelona

Boulevard 1 Apartment in Barcelona
"Excellent location, on the smaller side but is good for 2-3 people, the photos on the website give you a very accurate view, please add another hook or two for towels near the shower. I will probably book this apartment again. / Habitat comments: Thank you for your suggestion, we will keep it in mind. Sinn

General Quality ——->10.0
Habitat Service ——->10.0
Cleaning ——->10.0
State of repair ——->10.0
Location ——->10.0
Value for money ——->10.0

 

   Barcelona Plaza Suites Apartment in Barcelona
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"What a fantastic apartment!. Lovely apartment, new and well furnished, perfect location! The best place to start discovering the city. the best location in Barcelona for proximity to places of interest. Would gladly stay here again! Loved our stay in Barcelona thanks to the Habitat team."  Rene L.

General Quality ——->10.0
Habitat Service ——->10.0
Cleaning ——->10.0
State of repair ——->10.0
Location ——->10.0
Value for money ——->10.0

For more reviews about our apartments please visit Habitat Apartment in Barcelona. And now BE THE NEXT TO STAY AND REVIEW!

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Oct 09 2014

Romantic stay in Florence – falling in love again

Florence is said to be one of the most romantic cities in the world. There are several spots where you can spend romantic time with your partner. Your are just married? Or do you fall in love at the first sight? Maybe you want to spice up your long relationship? Regardless, Florence is the perfect destination for you!

We looked for the most romantic places, and prepared the following list for you.

Perfect Apartment
First of all, you need a place to stay. And which place would be better than this beautiful Speziali Exclusive apartment where you are going to fall in love with eachother again?

apartment in Florence

This elegant apartment is situated in the center of Florence, and is made for a couple in love. The apartment has one lovely bedroom with a huge double bed. There is also a jacuzzi and a terrace with a breathtaking view of the dome, where you both can enjoy a romantic dinner.

“The way to a man's heart is through his stomach”
There are some very special places to have dinner, lunch or a snack. In the following, you find our recommendations.

Belmond Villa St. Michele
This restaurant, with a facade designed by Michelangelo (from the 15th century) is the perfect place to have lunch or dinner. In the Garden, there is a small area called Lover's Corner. This is the perfect place to propose or to profess your love for her or him.

Cacio Vino
You want to enjoy a cozy dinner, this restaurant with only three tables should be your choice. But be sure to get there early!

Picnic at the Parco delle Cascine
If you want to enjoy the fantastic weather, you can go to the local market (open Sunday and Tuesday mornings) or another place to get some food. After that, you walk with your love to the Parc and search for a quiet place. Enjoy the food and your lovely company!

pharmacy of santa maria novella

Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella

"The way to a woman's heart is through her shoes…"
There are also several places in Florence for a shopping trip. Besides the normal boutiques and shops you can also find some very special places.

Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella
This 600-year old pharmacy is not only an antique place you should visit, but it also sells some products of high quality. During a romantic evening in your apartment you can spoil your love with some of your new acquisitions.

Fiera del Cioccolato (in January)
Every year in January the Chocolate Festival takes place in Santa Croce square. There are bitter-sweet cakes, artisan confectionary and chocolate tipples. Handmade chocolates from Florence are a local art form. You can find some little Chocolaterias in the city over the whole year (e.g. La Bottega del Cioccolato; Vestri;).

Art lovers are going to love following places…
Boboli Gardens
The Garden of the Pitti Palace, the home of the powerful Medici family, is a lovely place for a walk, or some romantic hours sitting on a bench. Inside the house, you find astounding pieces of art.

Accademia and Uffizi
At these places you find great works of Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Venus Rising. If you are up for a three-day art trip, you can invest in a Firenze Pass for 72 Euro.

Romantic spots at sunset
You want to go on a romantic walk with your love? Have a look at the following places.

Piazza Michelangelo
To get to this breathtaking place you can take the steps, hire a taxi or a bus. From the Piazza, where you have an amazing view of the city. Below it, you find a lovely café where you can have a glass of wine at sunset, watching couples dancing.

view from piazza michelangelo

View from Piazza Michelangelo

Arno River
A walk along the river, hand in hand, at sunset is especially romantic. You shouldn't miss this at all.

Piazza Santissima Annunziata
At this picturesque place, you can walk under shady arches and porticos. Hold on for a moment, and kiss your dear tenderly.

Tower of Anolfo
If you want to do something special, you can take your love to the top of Brunelleschi's cathedral dome. The fantastic view will make him or her breathless.

Sharing a bottle of wine
A bottle of wine is always a nice idea for a romantic date. As there is the perfect bottle for every reason, there is also the fitting location for it. Have a look at or recommendations.

Gustavino’s wine bar
This location is just north of Piazza della Signoria, and in its cellar there are over 800 wines to choose from. The Tuscan wines chianti and brunello will make your evening extremely memorable.

Mid-afternoon wine
There are also some Florentine wine bars that offer wine and cheese tasting after midnight. This can be also a great idea after an early dinner.

Day-trip to the Tuscan
If you want to see a small part of the Tuscan, you can also rent a bike for a day. There are some tour groups which offer wine tasting at the end of the day. If you prefer to enjoy your togetherness, you can also rent bikes separately of course.

What do you think: Is there a better place for a couple in love to spend their holidays than Florence? You don't think so?

Book your stay in Florence with Habitat Apartments.

 

© image Pharmacy: Graeme Churchard (flickr)

© image View from Piazza: Evan Blaser (flickr)

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