Jun 27 2014

Amsterdam – Facts & Figures

Are you travelling to the Dutch capital soon and still need to catch up with some knowledge about your destination of choice? Benefit from this practical infographic and get informed within seconds!

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Jun 25 2014

Casal dels Infants- show solidarity!

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Habitat Apartments takes part in the "Solidarity Checking" initiative

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The tourism association Apartur with a member ship of 100 companies managing apartments in Barcelona is supporting mothers at risks with babies of 0-3 years.

 

Solidarity Checking was created in order to combine the tourism sector with the Casal des Infants.
Casal dels Infants is working since 30 years with children suffering from poverty in Spain.

Till now they helped 6000 children and families to start a better life in terms of: education, reinforcement in school, supporting spaces etc.
Children and young people will get better start conditions thanks to Casal dels Infants.
The cycle of poverty can be broken when everybody is helping a little bit.

Casal dels Infants with its 800 volunteers is facing these problems every day.
If you also want to help and be part of our association go online and 1€ will be destined to Casal dels Infants when your clients are booking one of your apartments.

 

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Jun 16 2014

July in Barcelona – Festival Edition

Loyal readers probably already recognized that we are making an effort to inform you about the best events taking place in chosen European metropolises every month. Don’t worry, it will be continued – but with some changes for Barcelona: we decided to forget about our general aim of providing a nice and colorful mix of different types of events! Since there are so, so many amazing festivals taking place in July we´re happy to surprise you with a Festival Edition for the Catalan capital. Keep reading and get informed!

Grec Festival: This event is not only one, but THE ONE festival taking place in Barcelona each summer. Since 1976 The Grec Festival annually returns to the Catalan capital attracting visitors from all over Europe. Since the established happening is dedicated to performing arts, spectators can admire breathtaking shows of dancing, theatre, music, circus etc. and just get lost in the wonderfully inspiring world of culture. For a whole month, from July 1st to 31st, artists will populate Barcelona’s Greek Theatre – from which the festival has taken its name – daily to impress an interested audience with high-quality shows of all kinds. Don’t miss out on this traditional event and get tickets for you favorite performances today!

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Barcelona Beach Festival: This event is a newcomer on the city’s festival calendar, but will probably mark its territory right away in order to return. For its first edition the Barcelona Beach Festival is about to take place in the music loving Catalan metropolis to please electronic music fanciers. Be told: for its kick-off the BBF did not shrink from costs and efforts and convinces with a small but delightful line-up that is simply impressive. Among others huge stars like David Guetta and Avicii will heat up the crowd with their famous and pumping sounds. Feel warmly welcomed to take your spot in the crowd on July 26th at Platja de la Pau. Tickets are already on sale!

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RockFest BCN: Faint hearted people can probably just skip to the next paragraph: here comes something heavy! On July 4th and 5th the RockFest BCN will return to Barcelona. Be prepared to face two days of hardcore and loud rock and heavy metal music right in the city centre of the Catalan capital at Parc de Can Zam de Santa Coloma de Gramenet. This event is of a special value to fans of stronger sounds since it is known for providing all kinds of metal and rock genres and staring a lot of famous national and international artists. Compared to a lot of other festivals tickets are pretty affordable and come to a price of no more than 60€ for both days!

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European Balloon Festival:  Ultimately we would like to present you something different than music. The European Balloon Festival is really a lovely happening and a great event for the whole family. The biggest hot air balloon festival in Spain and one of the biggest ones in Europe as well takes place in Igualda, a small Catalan city around 60km away from Barcelona. Being established since 1997 this event attracts thousands of visitors each year to enjoy the magic atmosphere and the various programm. From July 9th to 13th people can watch competitions, shows, night glows and fireworks and experience the art of hot air balloon riding in a completely unique way.

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Jun 16 2014

July in Madrid

Madrid in July is one hot, buzzing place and a time of the year, on which people prefer to slow down, lay in the sun or spend some relaxed hours at cute little bars and restaurants enjoying a cool drink or two. Despite this collective chill-out there are some nice events you really should leave your spot in the shadow for a bit and join into some active fun! Discover the city’s Top 3 events in July and choose your favorite(s).

One Direction Concert: Even though we might risk teenage-girls gasping we still would like to face you with this announcement: One Direction will play two (!) of their highly recommended concerts in the Spanish capital. On July 10th and 11th fans are welcome to populate the Estadio Vicente Calderon to experience the famous British boyband first hand. Be prepared to melt when Harry, Liam and Co. perform their passionate love songs live on stage – and look forward to rock `till you drop to some of their catchy tunes like “Best song Ever”, “Midnight Memories” and many more. Be told that hesitation can be dangerous since the tickets are hot and probably sold out pretty soon. Get some online and pack your fan shirt today!

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Madrid Pride: We like colors! So the following event fits perfectly into our list of preferences and happenings to be noted down. Madrid Pride is again right around the corner and ready to spice up the Spanish capital. “Mado” is one of the annual events hosted by the LGTB community all over the world and a series of street celebrations taking place during the city’s pride week. Since Madrid is considered a role model when it comes to tolerance and openness towards the gay community, Mado is one of the most colorful and largest events of this kind in Europe and the world. The city will be filled with good-humored people enjoying parades, exhibitions, concerts, performances, parties and sport events giving the city a unique, urban and multicultural face. A centre of the festival will be the Statewide Demonstration uniting people of all facets and likings cheering for a planet of love. Find more information about this great event on the official website.

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Tom Jones Concert: Since we started our list with something more suitable for a rather young audience, it seems just fair to end it with an event that some of our “more experienced” readers might probably meet with enthusiasm. The legendary, the great and one and only Tom Jones will give a concert in Madrid. On July 1st visitors can enjoy Mr. Sexbomb himself live and in color performing all of his famous hits on stage at Palacio de Deportes. Even though the veteran singer counts already 74 years by now – be aware of the fact that this smooth-operator still got game and certainly won’t disappoint you with his performance. Tickets cost between 84,00€ and 106,50€, are luckily still available and can easily be bought online.

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Jun 16 2014

July in Rome

Rome in July is boiling hot! And that is not just because of the city’s many hours of sunshine and high temperatures – Rome’s schedule of events is hot and does therefore also add some heat. Providing some of the town’s most traditional and established happenings, especially visitors interested in culture might find what their hearts desire in the in the eternal city.

Festa de Noantri: This event counts definitely to the ones with the greatest history in the city and dates back to the early days of 1535. At Festa de Noantri Rome’s inhabitants honor the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel – the mother of Jesus. Traditionally, Rome celebrates this festivity in the period of July 15th to 30th, which means that the month’s last two weeks are filled with happenings particularly in the district of Trastevere. Festa de Noantri can be translated as “Feast for the rest of us” and is a real get together of people all over town. Festivities usually kick-off with a religious procession and continue with performances, little markets and happenings in the streets. On the closing day people can usually benefit from a romantic atmosphere provided by a nice firework. Orientate yourself and find the area of Trastevere on the map.

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Cineporto: This event is truly loved by Romans as well as by visitors coming to town. Cineporto is one of the most successful and popular summer film festivals in Rome and attracts a tone of movie-fans each year. This nice happening is basically an outdoor cinema taking place in July and August in the Villa Borghese. Usually, Cineporto provides two separate screens each showing two dubbed movies every evening. Most of them are of recent release and therefore pretty up-to-date. But Cineporto does not just mean watching some films: between the showings there are live concerts of Italian bands turning this event into a manifold festival with many highlights to be found. Find more information here.

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AltaRomaAltaModa: When it comes to fashion it may be pretty hard to get some attention within Italy if you are NOT Milano… Anyways, not just the country’s fashion capital has something to offer – also the varied city of Rome has something to bring to the table. Especially when AltaRomaAltaModa is held in town, Rome’s fashion importance increases significantly. The city’s very own fashion week really doesn’t need to hide behind its big sister in Milano and has become an established event within the scene attracting “fashion people” from all over Europe each year.  Annually taking place in January and in July AltaRoma is again just around the corner and will open its summer-doors from July 12th to 16th to friends of shoes, dresses, shirts and Co. AltaRoma is known as a place for traditional Italian fashion houses and upcoming and young designers to meet to create a unique atmosphere of creativity and style. Look forward to four days of new trends and get informed on the official website.

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