Sep 19 2016

October 2016 in Madrid

 

In the case you are interested in different kinds of exhibitions or a true fan of basketball, and then Madrid is your choice for October. Check out our tips for spending an unforgettable time in the capital of Spain.

 

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The last Sunday night of October is the end of Day Light Saving Time, also called summer time. Do not forget to turn the clocks one hour back – otherwise you will be one hour too early everywhere.

 

Street Food Market

October 14th to 16th takes place MadrEat food festival. Everyone will find their favorite food from the selection of 80 different food vendors. The MadrEat is held every month and they are always offering new products and tastes. The professional chefs make sure you will experience different and delicious culinary styles.
For more information about MadrEat click here.

 

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NBA and Euroleague basketball

To the fans of basketball Madrid offers two matches in October.

The first match takes place 3rd of October when Real Madrid plays against Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Global Games Europe 2016. It will be the Real Madrid’s 8th encounter facing a strong NBA team, when The Thunders are one of the leading teams in the NBA.

The second match takes place 12th of October. It is the first game of Euroleague 2016, Real Madrid against Olympiacos Basketball from Greece. This year the Euroleague has a new format: up to 16 teams will play a round tournament for over 30 match days and the top eight will qualify for a playoff. In the Final Four the four best teams will battle for the win.

Both basketball matches are played at Barclaycard Center in Madrid. For more information and for buying the tickets, click here.

 

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If you are interested in stories about the refugees aspiring to get to Europe, then this photograph exhibition at Casa del Lector is your must-to-do while staying in Madrid. 18 photographers and video journalists have captured the moments, without any changes nor editing the pictures. They have travelled to Syria, Macedonia, Greece, or Turkey and reflected and experienced the life of the refugees during their dangerous journey.
For more information click here.

 

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Photo: Ignacio Gil, #SinFiltro
Idomeni, Greece, 4th of March 2016

 

In October in Madrid there are also other exhibitions. Check out for example the Bosch at El Escorial. V Centenary exhibition in Real Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The sample consist eleven works of the artist Hieronymus Bosch and celebrates the 5th centenary of his death.

 

Planning to travel to Madrid in October and all but an apartment is already reserved? Habitat Apartments is offering a wide variety of fully equipped apartments all around the city of Barcelona. Check out for example this beautiful apartment where sleeps comfortable 4 persons, located in area La Latina.

 

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Sep 16 2016

October 2016 in Barcelona

 

Barcelona has a lot to offer for the travelers also in October. Here is a guide to the most important events this month.

 

Un nou Flea Market a Barcelona, photo: Moritz Barcelona / Flickr.com

 

The start of October doesn’t mean the end of outdoor events in Barcelona. The range of events is wide and for sure there is something for everyone. In October there is going to be events as festivals, street markets and a Champions League football match.

The last Sunday night of October is the end of Day Light Saving Time, also called summer time. Do not forget to turn the clocks one hour back – otherwise you will be one hour too early everywhere.

 

Fiesta Nacional de España

On Wednesday 12th of October is celebration of Spanish National Day. The National Day is a public holiday in all Spain and previously celebrated as “Día de la Hispanidad”. In Catalonia the shops are allowed to be open during the day but otherwise there are no special celebrations in Barcelona.

 

Camp Nou Stadium, photo: Jose Luis Hidalgo R. / Flickr.com

 

FC Barcelona vs. Manchester City

On Wednesday 19th of October FC Barcelona is playing against Manchester City at Camp Nou Stadium. The match will be exciting when FC Barcelona welcomes Manchester City to Barcelona for the third time in the last four Champions final rounds.
For more information check the website of UEFA Champions League. From here you can buy tickets to the match.

 

Bavarian Beer Festival

Wednesday 12th to Sunday 23rd of October is organized a German style beer festival in Barcelona, inspired by the real and original Münich Oktoberfest. In a huge tent is many bars and different kind of beers, live music and delicious traditional Bavarian food. In the festival is a lot of fun for everyone and it is also family friendly including a playroom and area for kids. For more information check the website of Oktoberfest Barcelona.

 

Lost&Found Flea Market Barceloneta, photo: Oh-Barcelona.com / Flickr.com

 

If you are interested in vintage clothes, art, books and other treasures, in district of El Raval is organized a street market every first Saturday and Sunday of each month.

 

Planning to travel to Barcelona in October and all but an apartment is already reserved? Habitat Apartments is offering a wide variety of fully equipped apartments all around the city of Barcelona. Check out for example this beautiful apartment where sleeps comfortable 3 persons, located in Barri Gotic.

 

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Sep 05 2016

Habitat apartments- winner of World Travel Awards 2016

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Habitat Apartments for the third year in a row received the prestigious commendation for "Spain's Leading Serviced Apartment Brand 2016".

 

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World Travel Awards celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year and is recognized across the globe as the ultimate travel accoladeEvent is attended by senior executives from major travel companies, operators, and destinations. World Travel Awards events are universally respected as providing established, top level networking opportunities both- regionally and globally.

This year World Travel Awards and World Spa Awards was joined together for the Europe Gala Ceremony 2016  and took place at Forte Village Resort on the southern tip of Sardinia, Italy on September 4. At this day the world-class resort welcomed hundreds of hospitality leaders from across the region and around the world. 

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.
Nowadays the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year World Travel Awards grasps the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies made to recognize and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.

World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.

You can get more information and insights in the official World Travel awards website

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Aug 17 2016

Month of Fiestas in Barcelona- September

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Not only summer is full of experiences, adventures, joy and priceless moments in Barcelona, but also September is. 

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Photo credit-  Moyan Brenn album on flickr.com

September is considered as a month of Fiestas.

The most important fiesta La Mercé (Barcelona´s annual summer fiesta) brings together many other smaller local fiestas. Although other local siestas don’t have the same importance, all of the fiestas are breathtaking with a lot to offer. For sure, they will pull into adventure locals as well as tourists, from kids to adults.

Fiesta de La Mercè

It is called after one of Barcelona's patron saints (the other being Santa Eulàlia) and it is one of the biggest Barcelona´s annual fiestas. 24th of September is the main celebration day that is also a public holiday in the city. However, the celebration is happening for 4 or 5 days and always on a weekend. There are many activities all over the city. It´s an opportunity to enjoy some authentic Catalan culture (for example, human towers, processions of giants and ‘big heads', and fire runs).All of those Catalan activities are all as spectacular as they sound. There will also be visual arts, dance performances, concerts, circus acts, open days at museums and other cultural sites, wine tastings. It all will be gathered together with one of the city's most extensive firework displays of the year in Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina.
Fiesta de La Mercè is a useful excuse for Barcelona to ease itself out of summer and into autumn with a week of fun activities that are all free.

When-  22.- 25.09
Where- all over Barcelona,
How much- almost all activities are free of charge.

For more information and programme check here.

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BAM Festival

The BAM Festival (Barcelona Acció Musical) is a music festival and it promotes the best independent artists. The festival has already 18 editions. It provides various music styles: the best musicians in folk to the best ones in electronic music, not forgetting also about rock, pop and indi sounds. The festivals is taking place at the same time as Fiesta de la Mercé. Both festivals perfectly complement each other.
Each year in the festival  you can meet big names from the world of music, both- nationally and internationally renowned.

Festival is held at the end of September (the week of 24th of September) in different stages located all around Barcelona. All concerts are free of charge.

Check the website for more information by clicking here.

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Festa Major De Sant Miquel

This is a celebration of Barceloneta neighbourhood.  Barceloneta is one of the most charming areas with one of one of Barcelona's oldest and best-loved beaches.
This annual festival takes place in the last week of September. The fiesta has lots of fun- concerts, markets, activities for children, and traditions, such as people running through the street throwing and juggling with fire, and many more.

Fiesta Major Del Poblenou

This is the festival that warms up Barcelona (especially the  Poblenou district where the festival is taking place) before the grate Festes de La Mercé. All the main attractions are on Poblenou´s main avenue.
 

When: first or second week of September,
Where: Poblenou district,
How much: most of the activities are for free.

Fiesta Major De La Ribera

The festival is taking place in one of the areas in Old Town in area called La Ribera. This area is one of the most central and touristic areas in the Barcelona city.

When: middle of September,
Where: area of La Ribera,
How much: mostly all activities are for free.

The Catalunya´s national day

This celebration is also called The Diada. It is celebrated on 11th of September. This day is all about demonstrations and some official ceremonies. At this day most of the businesses are closed (except Maremagnum shopping centre and some places in El Born and The Gotic Quarter). However at this day an entrance in some of the museums is free of charge (for example, the National Museum of Catalunya, the History Museum of Catalunya, El Born Cultural Centre etc.)

When: 11th of September
Where: different location all over Barcelona,
How much: cultural activities are for free.

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FC Barcelona game against Atletico Madrid on 21st of Septemberat at Camp Nou.

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Don´t forget that the Piknic Electronik Festival is still taking place in the Jardins Joan Brossa in Montjuic every Sunday.
And you still have an opportunity to have a Dinner with the stars in the Fabra Observatory.
For more information check your previous articles.

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Aug 17 2016

September in the royal city- Madrid

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Madrid is a city that is into many peoples´ bucket list. Check out what Madrid has to offer on September´16

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In September there are various exhibitions in Madrid, such as:

Hieronymus Bosch

The largest retrospective of Hieronymus Bosch paintings ever compiled. The event is being held at the Prado Museum in Madrid in tribute to the 500th anniversary of the painter’s death.

Rafael Alberti said that he was “the greatest creator of dreams, of dreamlike nightmares, able to be burned into our memories forever.”

When? From May 31, 2016 to Sep 11, 2016
Where? Paseo del Prado, s/n 28014. Madrid
How much? 8-16 euro (for Children, Students, Disabled persons, ICOM members and associations and Large familiesenterance is for free)
Entry includes the collection and temporary exhibitions, and is valid for the entire day.

For more information, check the official website here.

Caravaggio and the painters of the north

An exhibition that focuses on Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Milan, 1571 – Porto Ercole, 1610) and his influence on the northern European artists who were fascinated by his painting and disseminated his style.  

When?  From Jun 21, 2016 to Sep 18, 2016
Where? Paseo del Prado 8 28014. Madrid
How much? 8-12 euro

For more information click here
 

Hiroshi Sugimoto. Black box.

´´Photography creates life and death situations.´´ /Hiroshi Sugimoto

A collection of 39 large format pieces from the past 40 years with which to discover the work of the renowned Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

When? From Jun 23, 2016 to Sep 25, 2016
Where? Paseo de Recoletos, 2328004. Madrid
How much? 3euro , Mondays are for free

More information here.

 

World press photo

A touring show of the best images published in communications media all over the world.

When? From Sep 29, 2016 to Nov 2, 2016
Where? LASEDE (COAM) Calle Hortaleza 63 Madrid
For more information click here
 

Cervantes at the palace

The Royal Palace joins in the celebration of Miguel de Cervantes on the 4th Centenary of his death, with an exhibition of works relating to the author, drawn from the Royal Collections. The exhibition brings together very diverse objects. A highlight is the only manuscript of the play ‘La Conquista de Jerusalén’, considered to be an original by Cervantes.

When? From Apr 23, 2016 to Dec 30, 2016
Where? Calle Bailén s/n 28071. Madrid
How much? 5-10 euro
 

Architecture week

For a week in the end of September/beginning of October, architecture takes centre stage in the city of Madrid.
This event is organized by the Official Architects' Association Foundation (COAM), and features numerous bodies, companies and institutions that have combined to offer a wide-ranging programme of activities related to architecture; everything from visits to buildings and guided routes, through to exhibitions, courses and lectures. There are also workshops for little ones to enable younger visitors to learn more about the world of architecture in an entertaining way.

When? From Sep 29, 2016 to Oct 9, 2016
Where? COAM-LaSede c/ Hortaleza, 63 28004. Madrid
For more information, click  here.

 

DCODE festival

A one day festival that takes place into Madrid will be visited by many famous artists; one of them is going to be Zara Larsson.
When? 10th of September
Where?  Campus Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Calle del Arquitecto López Otero MadridSpain
More information at the official website

 

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Photo from http://dcodefest.com/home/index.php 

 

Ricky Martin 
One World Tour 2016

When? September 16, 2016 – 9:30 PM
Where? Palacio Vistalegre calle Utebo MadridSpain

 

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

This is the largest platform to promote Spanish fashion on the international scene, gathering the best current international designers in the city of Madrid .
The event showcases products like fashion pavilions, apparels, gem and jewelry, fashion trends and entertainment, food items with cold drinks etc. in the Apparel & Clothing, Cosmetics and Beauty Products, Fashion, Gems & Jewelry, Lifestyle & Fashion, Textile, Fabrics & Yarns industries.

When? from 16th September to the 22th September 2016
Where? Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I Madrid, Spain.

For more information click here

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Fashion’s Night Out 2016

Shops around town roll out the red carpets, truck in designers, models and celebs, and pour the champagne for limited edition sales, special discounts and a multitude of in-store events. Many are invitation-only, but a fashionable outfit, handsome faces and a bit of attitude will often get you far.

Expect the ladies to be out in force – female and male – for a bit of shopping and/or freeloading and celebrity spotting, so do dress up, you never know who you might run into.

When? September 8, 6pm-11pm
Where? All around Madrid, Most activities in Salamanca and along Fuencarral
Free: Register online for invitation
More information and registration here

 

 

If you are planning to come to Madrid 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 Castellana Deluxe apartment which comfortably sleeps 6.

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