Sep 19 2014

October in Venice – a mix of sport and food

Welcome to Venice in October! This month, we are expecting a mix of sport and food events. It’s not a secret: When you’re working out, you have to eat a lot. We are looking for to the Venice Marathon 2014 (26th Oct.) and the local festival Sagra del Mosto (5th Oct.).

pasta in venice before the race

Every year on the first weekend in October, the local festival Sagra del Mosto takes place on the Island Sant Erasmo. It is an island in the laguna of Venice. You can easily go there taking the vaporetto Line 13 from Fondamenta Nuove to the Sant' Erasmo Chiesa stop. This year the festival takes place on 5th October. On the island, you'll find live music and a regatta in mascareta (2 person, male and female), as well as a market with local products and a lot of food as pasta, risotto, ribs and sausages. Join the festival, and enjoy Venice in a new way!

On the 4th Sunday in Octobre every year, the Venice marathon takes place in the most beautiful laguna of Italy. This year, the 29th Venice Marathon will be hold on the 26th October. There will be about 8.000 person joining the race. The start will be approximately at 9:20.

If you are not the big runner, you can stand along the race course, and cheer the athletes. It will be a nice event, and the athletes are definitely happy about the audience! More race details about the 29th Venice Marathon will you find here.

Sunday 26th October will be an exhausting day. So, it is important to take some refreshment before the race starts, it doesn't matter if you're going to run or just encourage the athletes. What a coincidence that the day before is the world pasta day (25th)! So, go, and grap some pasta having the next day in mind. Enjoy your pasta!


You want to go to Venice but you are still looking for a place to stay? Have a look at our beautiful Habitat Apartments!

We offer nice apartments as the Rialto project 5 apartment for up to 7 person. 






© pasta image: Katrin Morenz

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Sep 18 2014

October in Madrid – it’s time for Prescilla, El Musical!

Musical!? Some crazy teenies jumping and singing on a stage? Reminding you of “Highschool Musical”. No thanks, not interested! Yes, some people would maybe respond like this. But this time it is different. The musical “Priscilla – Reina del Desierto” is coming to Madrid in October, and it will enthrall all of us. 

priscilla the musical in london


The première is on 2nd October 2014 at the New Teatro Alcalá in Madrid. In the following we present you the most important information about this wonderful musical. More information about Priscilla, El Musical will you find here.


The New Teatro Alcalá

Since its foundation in 1927, the theatre has produced a lot of important national and international artists. Furthermore, it is often connected with the biggest success of the Spanish musical scene as „Jesuschristo Superstar“ and „Grease“. With 1.240 seats, the theatre is the only one in Madrid – except El Lope de Vega – which is able to host a musical as “Priscilla, El Musical”.



You haven’t heard about Proscilla yet? No problem, we give you a short summary of the plot.

The musical is based on the film of the same name Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994). It is about two drag queens and a transsexual buying a run-down old bus and calling it Priscilla. The trio goes on a road trip across the Australian Outback and meets some Australian citizens who are not all receptive to their lifestyle. However, it is after all a film about three friends whose friendship is put to the test.



If the plot has not convinced you yet, the soundtrack will definitely do. Here are just some of the songs in the muscial:












And many more besides…


Did we convince you? This musical is definitely more than some teenies jumping and singing on the stage. So, do not miss this fantastic event, and get you a ticket for October in Madrid!

© Priscilla image: Rupert Ganzer (flickr)


If you are still looking for an apartment. Have a look at our amazing apartments at Habitat Apartments.

There is for example the Latina Black apartment, located in La Latina Area with two bedrooms.

latina black apartment



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Sep 16 2014

Golden October in Barcelona – a month full of sport and musical highlights

It's getting cooler and the Summer is drawing to an end. Fall is already knocking on our door. But don't be sad! Regarding to all the events on the agenda, it will be a Golden October. We are presenting you a mix of sportive and musical events which are coming to Barcelona in October.

pharrell williamsFirst of all, there will be some spectacular musical highlights. Pharrell Williams as well as Kylie Minogue are coming to Barcelona. The Pharrell Williams’ concert is on 1st October at Palau Sant Jordi arena on Montjuic hill. There are still tickets from 55 Euro up. Kylie Minogue is coming to Barcelona on 14th October also at Palau Sant Jordi arena on Montjuic hill. There are also still tickets from 35 to 60 Euro. So do not hesitate, go and get you a ticket!

kylie minogue in barcelonaThere is also the 46th International Jazz Music Festival in Barcelona, holding from 10th October to the 30th of November. You are a fan of Jazz music? Have a look at the programme of the 46th International Jazz Music Festival.

You are intersted in sport events? The Golden October in Barcelona would also perfectly fit to you. We collected the three most important events for you.

1.  Garmin Barcelona Triathlon 2014: The BCN Triathlon is the biggest in Spain. Last year around 6000 triathletes were competing in the three different categories: Supersprint, Sprint, and Olympic. This year it takes place on Sunday 5th October, from 8:00.

2. 53rd Barcelona International BoatShow: It will bring together the widest offer and the latest nautical and leisure products.There will be the largest display of yachts, oats and accessories for sailing, fishing, surfing and scuba diving. The show takes place in the five halls in the Gran Via Exhibition Centre and the On-water Show will be in Port Vell (15th to 19th October).

3. The Futbol Champions League is going on: FC Barcelona vs. Ajax Amsterdam (21st October 2014, 20:45).
You shouldn't miss that at all. If you are not able to get a ticket anymore, it is also a great experience to watch the match in a local bar.

Did we get your attention? Go for it and book your journey with Habitat Apartments!
If you are looking for a place to stay, we recommend you the Paseo de Gracia A apartment with an amazing terrace overlooking the Casa Batlló.


© Pharrell Williams image: Dora Hon (flickr)

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Aug 27 2014

September in Venice

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The magical city of Venice is the perfect place to spend some days off. Traveling to the city of canals in September is not just extraordinary caused to the amazing weather but also to some great events.

venice international film festival

71 st Venice International Film Festival: The 71st Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, takes place at Venice Lido from 27th August to 6th September 2014. It is the oldest international film festival in the world. Since the festival was founded by Count Giuseppe Volpi in 1932 as the "Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica", it has taken place every year in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy.

This year the Festival began with a screening of "Birdman”, directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director.

Find more information about the 71 st Venice International Film Festival Screening Theatres

Regata storica venice

Regata Storica: Sunday 7th September The Regata Storica is the main event in the annual "Voga alla Veneta". This unique type of sport has been practised in the Venetian lagoon for thousands of years. Originally, the Venetian regata has always consisted of various races with different kinds of boats. Today, the most popular race is the gondolini regatta.

On the day of the “Regata Storica”, St Mark’s Bay and the Grand Canal are packed with boats of every shape and size, filled with loudly cheering, local supporters. You can enjoy the Regata Storica sitting comfortably on the uncovered floating stalls, set up along the Grand Canal near Campo San Vio. The floating platform is set in one of the most beautiful and spectacular points along the route, and allows to attend the historical water pageant as well as all the regattas.

plaza san marco venice

Visit Piazza San Marco: This is a place where local citizens come together. It is located between the Doge's Palace and the Jacopo Sansovino's library, and it holds several buildings as well as some important monuments e.g. the Basilica San Marco, which is located in the east of the square.

As a remark to Napoleon, the square is famously named the "drawing room of Europe". It is the only one in Venice which is officially called "Piazza", all the other squares are called "Campi".

Don´t miss the opportunity! See all these sights in one square!

Image © Jorge Ara Saldías Flickr Gallery

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Aug 27 2014

September in Florence

You´re looking for a place to travel to in late summer? The Tuscany is the perfect destination: Temperatures are already nice and warm, and the landscape convinces with all the beauty it has to offer. Check out what’s on the schedule, and make plans for your own summer trip to the Tuscany!


La Rificolona: The Festival of the Paper Lanterns belongs to our favorite nights of the year. Here in Florence, the "Festa della Rificolona" is an evening parade through the streets of the city. Rificolona is a traditional event, celebrated since Middle Age on September 7th. The lovely ‘Festival of the Lanterns’ is said to be one of Florence’s oldest tradition.

Nowadays, la Rificolona is an entertaining festival, mainly dedicated to children. You will see Florence lighted up by hundreds of paper lanterns, parading along the historical centre.

Image © Rificolona and Florence Flag

Markets in Florence: The markets are the most authentic way to discover the taste of the city. Markets in Florence offer the visitor an authentic view into the city´s life. Here the visitor gets the opportunity to buy traditional products as well as to stroll along most beautiful places and spots. Please take note:

(Central Market) is an imposing iron-and-glasses building where you can find any kind of fresh products as well as all the delicious typical Tuscan food.

The most important market in Florence is opened almost every day. You can find clothes, jewelry, leather products (one of the pride of Florence), souvenirs… Walking around there is always a pleasure!

This market is definitely a tourist spot, and absolutely overpriced. You can find the same products with a notable price difference for example in San Lorenzo Market or in some shops in the city centre.

The biggest and cheapest market in Florence: it takes place in the Cascine Park every Tuesday morning (from 7 to 14). It’s a lovely location, along the river Arno and immersed into the green of the park. You can find almost everything: clothes, houseware stands, antiquities, beauty products and also general grocery – whatever you want!

Image © Flickr Tavallai


Segway tour through Florence: Experience Florence in a new comfortable way!
Segway tours become more and more popular. It is possible to discover a large part of Florence in 3 hours for only 67,50€.  Experience this charming city in a modern and comfortable way by Segway Tours!

If you are planning on traveling to Florence in September, enjoy the comfort of our amazing Habitat Apartments Speziali Exclusive apartment


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