Apr 27 2015

Things To Do This May in Rome!

This May in Rome is jam packed full of great things to do including BBQ, good music, good food and good art! The weather is also getting warm so come to Rome and soak up the sun and culture!



Fri May 01 2015 at 12:30 pm 

Birra turbacci, località monte dei porci 50, Mentana, Italy


The Birra Turbacci Country fest is a great day out for all the family with lots of different things to do and see as well as great food, beer and music!

You can start the day by having lunch with the brilliant Venerando Valastro who is known as "the king of the grill" and you can taste some delicious American BBQ style food both meat and vegetarian! (For the BBQ Venerable a reservation is required by 22nd April as places are limited)


AMERICAN BBQ – Meat – (only lunch / afternoon) Price 22 € – single dish consisting of:

Spare ribs with Baked beans – Pulled pork with Coleslaw – Cam-wursterl puree and bacon with mustard sauce

AMERICAN BBQ -Vegetarian- (only lunch / afternoon) Price 16 € – single dish consisting of:

Coleslaw – Jack Potatoes – Ratatouille-

There are also chefs who will prepare various different dishes and homemade desserts such as Cheesecake and Banana Split which can also be purchased with tokens.


In the afternoon there will be Mississippi River Band to entertain the party with their live music and at the same time there is also Beer Pong that can also be played with children. 

From 13 to 15 the Riding School Talus will open up their stables nearby. For those who want to try, there will be opportunities for younger people to ride Ponies and adults to ride Horses. They will also teach you a lot about the sport of horse riding.

The drinks can only be purchased using tokens:

1 token = 1 €

Benefit Package 7 tokens + a Turbacci pint glass that you can keep 10 €

For beers on tap, you can choose the different formats:

20 cl – 2 tokens

30 cl – 3 tokens

40 cl – 4 tokens


Sinead O´Connor

Sunday, May 10,  21.00

Auditorium Parco della Musica – Sala Santa Cecilia – Rome

Come and see the legendary Sinead O´Connor perform live in Rome, it is sure to be a fantastic night. For tickets to see Sinead O´Connor click here.


Urban Market

Not far from the Colosseum you'll find the hip quarter of Monti, which hosts a fantastic "urban market" every weekend – held in the conference hall of Grand Hotel Palatino. Founded in 2009, the market is a blend of contemporary creativity and vintage fashion: expect to find everything from handicrafts from cutting-edge designers to retro clothing, furniture and homeware items. The colourful and diverse array of trinkets and fashion on sale makes Mercato Monti an ideal place for a weekend wander, and the perfect excuse to explore the other independent stores and galleries dotted around the rest of the area's small streets.
• Via Leonina, mercatomonti.com. Every weekend 10am-8pm


Art Museum

The ambitious yet somewhat obscure Norweigan-American artist Hendrik Christian Andersen moved to Rome at the end of the 19th century where he lived for over 40 years. When he died he left all his works to the Italian state, and his studio home – an art-nouveau villa between the river and via Flaminia – was eventually converted into a museum where some 200 sculptures, 200 paintings and 300 graphic works are now displayed. With an interest in urban planning and architecture, much of Andersen's work is inspired by the idea of a great "world city", an intriguing concept to explore in the context of a visit to Rome itself.
• Via Pasquale Stanislao Mancini, 20, museoandersen.beniculturali.it

 Open Tues-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-7pm



First weekend in May – Open House Roma. Guided tours of buildings and architecture studios in Rome. Free but reservations required – See Open House Roma.

If you are planning on coming to Rome and havent yet found somewhere to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find a variety of different apartments available to rent. Featured below is the Pineto Attic Apartment which is in a great location just a few minutes walk from the Vatican Museums.


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Apr 23 2015

World Travel Awards – Spain’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand 2015

This year, we at Habitat apartments are proud to announce that once again we have been nominated for the award of Spain´s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand in the World Travel Awards 2015.


World Travel Awards 2015

The World Travel Awards were founded in 1993 and aim to “serve, acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.” Nowadays they are recognised as the most prestigious awards in this sector and are sometimes referred to as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry.’ The English organisation awards their prizes based on a survey of professionals all over the world.

We were grateful last year to win this award and we are hoping to maintain the title this year. To achieve this award we as a company have tried to differentiate from others by focusing on quality management and professionalism, as well as a 24/7 service. We pride ourselves in having an extremely attentive and well-trained customer service that are easily contactable and speak a variety of languages, so that we can answer the majority of our clients’ questions in their own language.

Furthermore, we are very selective when choosing our apartments and we believe that quality is better than quantity – we never select an apartment unless we think it is superb.

If you think we deserve this award then please vote for us, it´s very quick and easy! http://www.worldtravelawards.com/vote

You can also check out all of our apartments here www.habitatapartments.com

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Apr 22 2015

Madrid in May – Head Outdoors and See The City By Foot!

Now that the weather is good why not head outside and explore some of the city by foot or even by bike. Madrid is a beautiful city with a lot of different things to see so below we have listed a few different options and walks that you can do. 


Retiro Park is a beautiful and old park in the heart of Madrid. Here you can go for a walk, eat ice creams at the cafes, have a picnic, and then rent out a rowing boat and row around the lake to burn off some of those calories! It is also home to the Crystal Palace and a public exhibition centre just to the left of the boating lake entrance, which houses art exhibitions which are always excellent and free. The atmosphere is very relaxed and made even happier by the talented buskers that fill the park.


Stroll Along the Banks of The  Manzanares

At long last the M-30has been completed and it is possible to take a leisurely and very pleasant walk along the banks of the Manzanares. The pathway is filled with many different places to stop including leisure areas with swings, ziplines and slides as well as other places to relax. There are also many fountains and streams for kids to play with in summer and bars with extensive terrace seating. For anyone who likes walking this is a definite must do route that will be enjoyed by all. There are also many bike/scooter rental places in Madrid so if you don’t fancy the walk or you would like to be able to get around quicker and easier then you should consider renting a bike. Here is a bike rental link in Madrid prices start from as little as €4.


The Temple of Debod


In Madrid lies the only authentic Ancient Egyptian piece of architecture in the whole of Spain. The Temple of Debod was actually transported piece by piece from Egypt to Spain as a mark of gratitude from the Egyptian government. In 1960 due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam there were many ancient Egyptian landmarks and pieces of history that were under threat of being made permanently underwater. UNESCO made an international appeal to help save these sites and Spain along with some other countries fought hard to help preserve some and so in 1968 Egypt donated the temple to Spain.

The temple was rebuilt in one of Madrid's parks, the Parque del Oeste, near the Royal Palace of Madrid, and opened to the public in 1972

Restaurante Sobrino de Botín 

(Calle de los Cuchilleros 17, 28005 Madrid, Spain)

Was founded in 1725 and holds the title of oldest restaurant still running in the world. The restaurant has been mentioned in virtually every guide and many famous people have been known to frequent it such as the King and other politicians. Furthermore, artist Francisco de Goya worked there as a waiter while waiting to get accepted into the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

The restaurant was founded by a French man Jean Botin and his spouse, and was originally called Casa Botín. It was inherited by a nephew of theirs called Candido Remis, thus explaining the change of name to Sobrino de Botín, which survives to this day.

The Sobrino and its speciality of cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) are mentioned in the closing pages of Ernest Hemingway's novel, The Sun Also Rises. Its other signature dish is sopa de ajo (an egg, poached in chicken broth, and laced with sherry and garlic): a favorite pick-me-up with Madrileño revellers.

This really is a great place to visit, the service is quick, the atmosphere is unique and the food is fantastic. We would recommend booking at least a day in advance though because the restaurant is filled every day.


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If you are going to Madrid and you havent yet found somewhere to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find a wide variety of Apartments all over Madrid. Below featured is the Fuencarral Boutique Apartment which sleeps 4 people.


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Apr 22 2015

May in Barcelona – Filled with Sports, Music and Beer!

This May in Barcelona is packed full of great events for you to enjoy. There are a few major sporting events, plenty of music and also a beer festival to name but a few! Below listed are some events that we think you will enjoy!

Primavera sound 2015


From the 28th to the 30th of May is the 15th edition of Primavera Sound Festival so you can look forward to what is sure to be another fantastic Festival! Primavera, is an annual music festival that takes place in Barcelona and is held within the Parc del Fòrum leisure site—located approximately 6 km north east from the center of Barcelona—in the Diagonal Mar area of the Sant Martí district, by the coast of the Balearic Sea. The event is one of the largest music festivals in Spain, with an increasing attendance rate of more than 100,000 each year.

To buy tickets for Primavera Sound Festival Click here



Copa Del Rey Final

The long awaited final of the Copa Del Rey in Spain is almost here and for the 2014/2015 season it will be a ferocious match between FC Barcelona v Athletico Bilbao on Saturday 30th May 2015 at Camp Nou in Barcelona.

Click here to buy tickets for the Copa Del Rey Fina – Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona 




On Friday 29th May the Australian rock legends AC/DC perform in Barcelona as part of their 40th anniversary World tour. The concert will take place at the Estadi Olimpic which is on the hill behind the MNAC and the Magic Fountain. The easiest way to get there is to walk from Plaza Espanya station which will take about 15 minutes.

For tickets to see ACDC in Barcelona click here


Formula 1 Barcelona



Barcelona Formula One F1

On Friday the 8th of May the Barcelona F1 Formula One race begins and is 3 fast and furious days! The race is one of the most looked forward to events in the Formula One calendar and takes place at the Montmelo Circuit de Catalunya which is approximately one hour north of Barcelona.

The Barcelona F1 racetrack has fifteen grandstands, all of which face enormous screens and three of which are under cover. There are also plenty of food/drink stalls and everything you need to make this a truly incredible experience.

Circuit de Catalunya F1 race:
Circuit length: 4.655km
Circuit distance: 307.104km
Number of laps: 66

For tickets to see the Barcelona F1 Formula One Race click here


Barcelona Biergarten Beer Festival

The Barcelona Biergarten Beer Festival at Poble Espanyol returns in the spring of 2015 for its second year of german themed fun! Poble Espanyol is situated on Montjuic hill and will be transformed for 4 days from Thursday April 30th to Sunday May 3rd into a typical German Biergarten (German for beer garden) with beer and food, live music, workshops, competitions, prizes, fun and surprises for all the family.

It is a well known fact that German beer and German food – such as Bratwürst and Pretzels – are delicious and so we are sure you will enjoy the day. For more information about the Barcelona Biergarten Beer Festival click here.


If all these great events have enticed you to come to Barcelona but you havent yet found accomodation then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you wil find a huge number of apartments all over the city that can accomodate all needs. Featured below is the lovely Fluvia Apartment which has a swimming pool and is located within walking distance to the Primavera Sound Festival.


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Apr 20 2015

5 Best Activities to do In Barcelona with Children

We all know that no matter how much you want/deserve to go on holiday, it can always be a bit of a hassle to organize when you have young children because you have to balance their needs with your own. In this article we have listed 5 different activities which we think will appeal to children of different ages so you can tailor the activities based on the ages and desires of your children.


You will be pleased to know that Barcelona is very child friendly with virtually all bars and restaurants welcoming children inside. It is also very easy and quick to travel around the city using metro, tram or bus


Museo de la Xocolata (Chocolate Museum)

The Chocolate Museum (Museo de la Xocolata in Catalan) is a truly spectacular experience and the perfect place to take your family. They offer many different workshops and activites that are each aimed at different age groups from babies right the way up to adults. For example, there is a workshop for painting with (and eating!) chocolate for the youngsters and then there are guided tours of the museum as well as brandy testing with chocolate for adults. It is really a fantastic day out that will be enjoyed by the whole family. Take a look at the website here to view the different workshops and tours that are available – there are 13 in total!

Address: Calle Comerç, 36, 08003 Barcelona

Phone: 932 68 78 78



Barcelona Aquarium


The Barcelona Aquarium is another example of a place that accommodates people off all ages. Its main attraction is the Oceanari, which is a giant shark infested tank with a glass tunnel and conveyor belt that passes through it. But if this is too scary for younger children then there are other rooms with different activities where kids can play “find Nemo” amongst kaleidoscopic fish and also another room aimed at pre-school kids and is educational and fun. Visit the Barcelona Aquarium website where you will find all the information that you need about different activities.


Museum of Ideas and Inventions (MIBA)

The Museum of Ideas and Inventions was originally designed for adults to create quirky and unique inventions that can potentially be turned into prototypes. But now there is also the MiniMiba where 5-12 year olds can come up with inventions and each month 3 of the inventions are made into prototypes by a team of engineers. As well as this one of the favorite features amongst the kids is a big slide going from one floor down into the main room. Be aware though that occasionally this is closed. After the museum there is a shop where it is possible to buy some of the inventions.

Open: Tues-Fri from 10am to 7pm; Sat 10am to 8pm and Sunday 10am to 2pm.
Price: Adults €7.00, Children under 12 €5.00 and under 4's FREE
Museu d'Idees i Invents de Barcelona (Miba)
Ciutat, 7, Plaça Sant Jaume Tel. 93 3327930


Barcelona zoo

Who doesn’t love a good zoo? Barcelona Zoo is a fantastic zoo including things such as a primate house, a terrarium, a "Land of Dragons" featuring komodo dragons and an "Aquarama" for dolphin shows. It is located within Parc Ciutadella and is big enough that it will tire out the kids when walking around so that you can have some peace and quiet in the evening!



Barcelona Urban Forest

Barcelona Urban Forest is an adventure playground located in The Placa Del Forum in Barcelona. It is easy to get to and offers 3 different courses to suit different ages, with the hardest course being suitable and fun for adults. There are rope swings, ziplines, bungee jumping and log rolls to name but a few. It is a day out that will be enjoyed by everyone and that your kids will thank you for afterwards. These are the Different courses and prices:

ORANGE (€11): recommended for children between 3 and 8 years. BLUE (€17): recommended for +8 years old children and 1,35m. (height). RED (€17): recommended for +12 years old children and more than 1,45m. (height).  BLUE AND RED (€24)  

Opening times: Weekends 10h to 15h and 16h to 20h


If you are coming to Barcelona and you are looking for a place to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find apartments that suit families or groups of any size. Featured below is the beautiful Modernista Apartment which sleeps up to 9 people.


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