Aug 13 2015

Paseo De Gracia A Wins Luxury Apartment of the Year

 

Paseo De Gracia A Wins Luxury Apartment of the

Year

 

Paseo De Gracia

 

We at Habitat Apartments are proud to announce that our lovely Paseo De Gracia A apartment has been awarded the title of Luxury apartment of the year by the Luxury Travel Guide Awards.

 

The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of hospitality achievement, championing the best in their respective fields; therefore to come out on top is truly an achievement that we are very proud of.

 

The Paseo De Gracia A is perfectly located right on Paseo De Gracia which is Barcelona´s most famous street and we believe one of the main reasons for its success in the awards is the stunning view that it offers from its balcony of Gaudi´s masterpiece – the Casa Batlló.

 

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We are delighted to pay tribute to and commend all those who have excelled in the industry that we care about so much. This year in the awards there was an unusually large number of shortlisted companies, providing strong competition in every category.

 

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Aug 12 2015

Things To Do In Madrid In September

September in Madrid is still hot and starts to get slightly quieter and less touristic. We have compiled a list of great things to do this September for you!

 

 

Paella Cooking Classes

Learn to cook authentic Spanish dishes under the watchful eye of a local instructor in Madrid! After exploring the tempting food stalls of Torrijos Market (Mercardo de Torrijos), head inside its cooking school to learn the secrets of Spain’s much-loved gastronomy. Make flagship dishes like paella and a Spanish omelette, and taste some typical Spanish red and white wines. To book tickets for this class click here

 

El Rey León (The Lion King)

If you speak Spanish or just want to practice they why not go and see El Rey León (The Lion King) at the theater. It is one of the most famous Disney movies with great songs and great dance!

Teatro Lope de Vega

CalleGran Vía, 5728013

For more information or to buy tickets click this link http://www.elreyleon.es/

 

DCODE Festival

On Saturday 12th September the Complutense University Campus in Madrid will welcome the best national and international indie rock bands and artists, headed by Sam Smith, Crystal Fighters and Suede. Also on the stage will be Izal, Supersubmarina, The Vaccines, L.A., Wolf Alice, Circa Waves, Neuman, Second, Polock, Natalia Lafourcade, Hinds, The Parrots and Trajano!.

One of the stars at the DCODE Festival 2015 will be English singer and songwriter Sam Smith. The winner of four Grammy Awards has never been to Spain. This will be a great festival and for only €50 its a bargain to see so many great acts! To find out more information about the DCODE festival click here. 

 

Arnold Classic Europe

For a slightly different and enjoyable event you should check out this extreme bodybuilding and fitness events. The world famous Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming to Madrid for one of the world's most important fitness and body-building competitions. The star of films such as Terminator, Predator or Conan the Barbarian will make an appearance in Madrid to celebrate yet another edition of this multidisciplinary event dedicated to fitness and body-building: the Arnold Classic Europe. Find out more information about Arnold Classic Europe here

 

MadrEAT

This year The Botanical Garden of Madrid Complutense University will host to the opening edition of MadrEAT, the original and best street food market to be held in Madrid. There will be More than 20 stalls vendors enticing visitors with top quality cuisine and different flavours from each of the Spanish regions as well as foreign countries. Find out more information about the MadrEAT here

 

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Aug 11 2015

September in Barcelona – The Month Of Fiestas!

September is a great month to come and visit Barcelona. As well as having Catalunyas National day of celebration there are plenty more festivals and events to make your stay fantastic!

 

Diada Nacional de Catalunya          

Event date: Friday 11th September 2015
Event location:  Various locations in Barcelona and Catalunya

La Diada is Catalunyas National Day. In Catalunya “Onze de setembre” is celebrated as the National Day and a public holiday both in Barcelona and Catalonia region of Spain. It is similar to the American 4th July. The celebrations are nearly 150 years old and sometimes referred to just as the “Diada” and there are street parties and music all day throughout the city. There is strong support among part of the Catalan population for full independence from Spain and there are many nationalist organisations that organise events. 

As well as a celebration the Diada is a commemoration of the siege and final fall of Barcelona in 1714.

 
Ofrena floral al Monument de Rafael Casanova

One of the main traditions on the Diada is a ceremony at 09:00 where people go and watch the current and former presidents of Spain laying wreaths to commemorate the city and the lives lost. This takes place at the Rafael Casanova monument which is at the junction of streets Carrer d'Alí Bei / Ronda de Sant Pere. There is also a wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of Rafael Casanova in the church "Iglesia de Sant Baldiri de Sant Boi" in the town of Sant Boi de Llobregat near Barcelona. If you are interested in history or simply would like to experience a bit of Catalan culture then go and take a look!

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There are usually concerts on Plaza Catalunya and from 7pm usually at the independence festival "Festa per la Llibertat" which is at the Arc de Triomf monument on Passeig Lluís Companys. 
 

 

FC Barcelona games 

If you are into football then what better place to go and visit than the legendary Camp Nou – home to arguably the best team in the world! This season there are many new signings so it will be an exciting season both in the Spanish league and start their Champions League. Barcelona start their campaign against APOEL Nicosia on 17th September 2014. Buy Barca v APOEL Nicosia tickets here. 

 

La Mercè Festival Barcelona 2015 .

Merce festival is Barcelona's biggest festival of the year. During the week long festival (with the main day being 24th September), close to two million people will attend cultural and artistic presentations held throughout the city. The most traditional activities of the Mercè Festival are based in the popular culture of Catalonia. Especially noteworthy are the street parades, originating from the spectacular processions which took place centuries ago for the celebration of Corpus Christi. Each day of the festival is celebrated with its own parade filled with mythical characters and traditional drumming.

 

There are about 600 events spread throughout the plazas, streets, museums, and parks. All entertainment is free.  Barcelona's metro trains run all night during the Merce festival. The festival includes concerts, fireruns, fireworks, human towers and much more.

 

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 Mar Bella 3 apartment which comfortably sleeps 6.

 

 

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Jul 15 2015

August in Madrid – Packed with Great Activities!

August in Madrid is always sunny and hot so it is a great time to come and experience the city. Below is a list of different activites you can do whilst you are here!

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Spanish Cooking Class in Madrid

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.

 

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.

 

Madrid Tourist Card

What better way to truly discover Madrid than with the fantastic Madrid Card. With this you can gain entry to over 50 museums, partake in a "Discover Madrid" walking tour or visit the Real Madrid Stadium Tour. The card gives you the option to select the choice of a 24 hour, 48 hour, 72 hour or 120 hour pass and you can also enjoy discounts on shopping, restaurants and nightlife such as a flamenco show.

 

Highlights

·         Free admission to more than 50 Madrid museums

·         Priority access to Prado Museum, Madrid Royal Palace, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Reina Sofia Museum, and the Cable Car 

·         A Guided tour of Madrid including Santiago Bernabeu Stadium tour and Las Ventas bullring

·         Free guidebook and map to Madrid

·         Shopping, restaurants and nightlife discounts

·         Choose from 24-hour, 48-hour, 72-hour or 120-hour cards

 

Further Information

As well as the card and discounts you will also receive a tourist guide with information about all of the museums and services that are included and these are available in 5 languages. You will also receive a map of the city showing the locations of participating establishments so everything will be easy to locate.
 

Includes priority access into Prado Museum, Madrid Royal Palace, Thyssen-Bornemisza museum, Reina Sofia museum, Wax museum, Cable Car and Real Madrid stadium tour and up to 50 more museums

For a full list of all the Museums and activities that are free to enter with your Madrid Card click here.

 

Warner Theme Park

Take a visit to this fantastic theme park located roughly 20km from the center of Madrid where you will find the glamour of Hollywood Boulevard and the magic of Cartoon Village as well as 3 other areas. This theme park will be enjoyed by everyone from hardcore theme-park fans, with something for the most daring, and also rides for people who are a bit more laid back.

 

Water Park Aquopolis

Address: Avenida de la Dehesa, s/n
28691 Villanueva de la Cañada
MADRID

If you dont fancy a theme park then maybe a water park is more up your street and what better park in Madrid than Aquopolis! It has a whole variety of slides for all ages as well as different places to eat and all the amenities to make your day fantastic! For more information visit the website.

 

If you would like to come to Madrid and experience this great city and you are still looking for a place to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find a great selection of apartments dotted around the city. Featured below is the Contemporáneo Apartment in the La Latina barrio.

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Jul 14 2015

August In Barcelona – Festival Season!!

August In Barcelona is the month of festivals so prepare yourself for experiencing some great Catalan traditions and some great parties!

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La Festa Catalana

Event date: Every Saturday from May to September 2014 at 7.30 pm
Event location: Avinguda de la Catedral at Barcelona Cathedral in gothic area

La Festa Catalana (The Catalan Festival) is a yearly festival that runs through the summer and each week showcases an exhibition of Catalan festival traditions including "sardanes" folk dancing, "castells" human tower building, "gegants" giants, mythical beasts, Catalan stick dancers and more. This weekly festival is loved by visitors to Barcelona and non locals as it gives them the chance to experience cultural traditions which they usually wouldn’t get a chance to see. La Festa Catalana in Barcelona is held on the Avinguda de la Catedral in front of Barcelona cathedral. This is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in these colorful and impressive traditions and get a taste of the rich Catalan culture.
 

Circuit Festival Barcelona

Event date:  Wednesday 5th August 2015 to Sunday 16th August 2015

Event location: Various venues in Barcelona and Sitges 

Circuit Festival Barcelona This year marks the 8th anniversary of Circuit Festival in Barcelona. Circuit Festival is a international week long Gay and Lesbian event in Barcelona with pre-parties, parties, music and many leisure, arts and sports activities. This Festival is the biggest European gay and lesbian event and each year it attracts more and more people with last year attracting around 70,000 visitors from all over the world and over 60 DJs and artists. 

As well as many parties and other activities there is also the Circuit Festival Water Park Day at Illa Fantasia water park. The Illa Fantasia water park is north of Barcelona and is a great day out for everyone and attracts about 8000 people making it probably the world’s biggest water party. Circuit festival also features many other activities and exhibitions, a beach volleyball tournament at Mar Bella beach debates and special Circuit Shopping Day.

 

 

Festa Major de Gracia

 

Festa Major de Gràcia 2014 – Gracia Festival is the biggest street festival in Barcelona which is held every year in mid August. The Festa Major de Gracia dates are always the 15th August to 21st August. The festa is a street festival that takes place in the older part of the Gracia district in Barcelona. Around 17 streets are decorated by the residents. There are hundreds of activities mainly aimed at local residents, but tourists and visitors are welcome to the concerts and parades. The Festa de Gracia is all about Catalan traditions like parades, giant statues, castle building and fire runs, but above all it is a shining example of community spirit which welcomes visitors. It´s authentic, fun, joyous, colorful, festive and definitely worth a visit!

 Opening times: Weekdays until 02.00 – Friday and Saturday until 03.30

Festa Gracia Dates: Saturday August 15 2015 – Sunday August 23 2015

 

Salvador Dali Museum

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If you fancy something a bit more relaxing than a festival then why not Book yourself on a guided tour around the Salvador Dali Museum in the quaint little town of Figueres – less than 1 hour from Barcelona. It is well worth paying a bit extra for a guide and means that you get to skip the queue which some days can be more than an hour long. There isn´t much else going on in Figueres so its best to get to the museum in the morning so as not to waste a whole day.

 

If you would like to experience some typical Catalan fiestas but haven´t yet found a place to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find a wide variety of different apartments. Featured below is the Rambla Deluxe A apartment which sleeps 6 people.

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