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Jan 22 2016

February 2016 in Barcelona – An opportunity to avoid or celebrate Carnival

February in Barcelona could be the great opportunity to escape from the clownish Carnival parties in your hometown. However, it could also be a chance to discover the Catalan way of celebrating Carnival at only  just 15km outside Barcelona.  

Carnival 

Barcelona is the great opportunity for the people who want to avoid the clownish party in their own city. On the other side, The real lovers of Carnival have the opportunity to take the trip to the village ¨Sitges¨ which is only 15km away from Barcelona and a very popular Catalan place to celebrate Carnival. 

Carnival is celebrated in almost the whole world. The name of the festival is officially refffering to carne vale (Which means farewell to meat), During those days, the idea is to eat and drink as much as you can before the fasting begins. 
The funny costumes, are one of the many reasons to witness this special event during the month of February.

Calendar Carnival

2016
04.02.2016: Dirty Thursday (Jueves Ladero)
08.02.2016: Shrove Monday
10.02.2016: Ash Wednesday

Carnival Sitges February 2016

El Foro

El Foro is a meeting point for gastronomy, art and culture. Located in El Born for a decade, the restaurant welcomes us in a bistrot-like atmosphere divided into different spaces and a decor that is part of its charm. The large menu of the restaurant offers meat imported from Argentina, Italian artisan pasta, pizza, grilled cheese, salads and home-made desserts at very reasonable prices. Every month there are art exhibitions, as well as live performances depending on the time of the year.

El Foro Barcelona February 2015

Hiking the Montjuïc

The Montjuïc provides you one of the greatest views over the city of Barcelona, but it takes some work to finally reach the top of this impressing mountain. During this walk, you will discover the buildings of the 1992 Olympic games. On top of the hill, you will find the the famous Olympic stadium and off course you will have enough chance to discover of the natural surroundings. The best place to start your journey will be at Plaza España, The best place to start your journey will be the at Plaza España, Which is on the foot of this impressive mountain.

Montjuïc February 2016

Photo by mbell1975 on Flickr

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 Barcelona Bailén Attic apartment which comfortably sleeps 2.

Bailen Attic Habitat Apartments February 2016

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Dec 15 2015

January is the start of a fresh new year. We have already listed the best things to do in Barcelona for this month.

January is the start of a fresh new year. We have already listed the best things to do in Barcelona for this month. So you can start 2016 already with a great experience.

FC Barcelona

Fc Barcelona plays 3 league games at home during the month of January. Will Barcelona stay ahead of the rivals from the capital ? We will all find out during the first month of the year.

FC Barcelona – Granada C.F 09/01/2016
FC Barcelona – Athletic Club 17/01/2016
FC Barcelona – Atlético Madrid 31/01/2016

Fc Barcelona January 2016

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You can find information and tickets here

Three kings day

The three kings day (Dia de los Reyes Mayos) is one of the most celebrated festivals in Barcelona. The day itself is on the 6th of January, But the main party starts on the evening before the official day. The three wise man will arrive around 16:30 at Port Vell.  From there, the parade ( Cabalgata de Reyes) will go through the city of Barcelona. During this parade, the floats are highly decorated and music is playing while they are going sweets and small gifts to the sweet children, and give coal to the naughty ones. 

The finish of the parade will be around 21:30 at the junction of Avinguda Rius I Taulet and Avinguda Maria Cristina, Close to the Magic Fountain of  Montjuic.

Three kings Barcelona 2015

Torre Agbar

This relatively new attraction of Barcelona ( opened on 16 September 2005) is probably the most beautiful in the winter months. the tower represents a water fountain that constantly changes its appearance. Depending on the incidence of light, the tower changes its colors – the colored aluminum sheeting that reflects the light consists of 40 different colors of high gloss.

Torre Agbar January 2016

Picture found on Flickr.com

You can find more information about Torre Agbar here

080 Barcelona Fashion

The 080 Barcelona Fashion show will take place from 1 till the 5th of January. The show is created to promote fashion and creativity within the city of Barcelona. The event will take at palau del rei major, Placa Del rei.

Sales

There are many sales during the month of January in Barcelona. Typically the January Sales would start around the 10 January and will take place till the end of the month.

 

 

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 Barcelona Modernista apartment which comfortably sleeps 9.

January Habitat Apartments

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Nov 25 2015

December 2015 in Barcelona is a great opportunity to expierence the warm catalan Christmas culture.

December is the month of woolen sweatshirts, cozy blankets and hot beverages. It is time to forget the sweaty summer and enjoy the pleasant winter in one of europes greatest Cities.

Caga Tio

Catalan christmas is a bit different as the Christmas you are probably used to. One of the special Catalan traditions is ´Caga Tio¨ which is translated as the shitting log. Caga tio is a hollow log that Catalan children display in their house from 8th December. The children will cover the whole time with a red blanket to keep it warm. On Christmas Eve, The children will hit the Caga tio with a stick and sing songs till it starts ¨pooping¨ Presents.

Caga tio Barcelona 2015

Picture by : jaimevicente.com

Ice Rink

During Chirstmas time, You can find various ice rinks through the city of Barcelona. The biggest and most populair one will be at the famous Placa Catalunya. This ice rink will have a surface of 1400 m2 and will be open from the 27st of November till the 10th of January. Ice rink Barcelona 2015

Picture by : everythingbarcelona.net

Christmas food traditions

The Catalan celebration of christmas is not only different with caga tio. It also has an own tradition of food during the December month. A typical Christmas dish in Barcelona is “Escudella i carn d'olla”, This is a bowl of pasta shells in a meat and vegetable stew or soup. Stores and Bakeries in the city will also sell a special bread for Christmas which is called “El Pa de Nadal”.
Please note that not all the restaurants and shops will be open during Christmas time in the city.

Barcelona Christmas Shopping

Barcelona will give you the perfect opportunity to find your Christmas presents during your stay in the City. On Thursday 3rd December the ¨Barcelona Shopping Night¨will take place. During this night, the shops in the city will be open from 20.00 til 01:00 to give you the change to do your Christmas shopping during the evenening. There are various events during these evening such as live music and shows.

Barcelona Christmas Shopping
picture : everythingbarcelona.net

Christmas Markets

There will be many different Christmas markets in Barcelona during the month of December. The biggest one of the city will take place at located at Avinguda de la Catedral and is called ira de Santa Llúcia. In this market, you will have enough chance to buy your Christmas presents. The market offers also a lot of traditional nativity scenes, as well as hand crafted jewelry. It is also the ideal place to gather some gift ideas and festive inspiration for your family and friends.

Christmas Market Barcelona 2015

picture from : perfecttravelblog.com

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 Barcelona Boulevard 1 apartment which comfortably sleeps 4.

Barcelona Habitat Apartments December

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Nov 12 2015

Catalan Christmas Traditions

December is the month to Experience the Catalan Christmas traditions in Barcelona.

Christmas time is one of the most charming periods in Barcelona. During the month December there are plenty of activities to do in the Catalan city. We have already listed the most popular Catalan Christmas Tradition for you. So you can experience the Catalan culture as a real local.

Caga tió

Caga tió (shitting log) is a Christmas character which is a hollow log that the Catalan children display in their house from 8th December. The children cover the log with a red blanket and feed it every day till Christmas Eve. On that day, the children beat the caga tió with a stick and sing songs until it starts pooping present and candy.

Caga Tio Barcelona 2015

  Christmas Shopping

Fira de Santa Llucia Christmas market is the most well-known Christmas market of Barcelona. Barcelona´s main market is open from the end of November to the 23rd December. In this market, you will have enough chance to buy your Christmas presents. The market offers also a lot of traditional nativity scenes, as well as hand crafted jewelry. It is also the ideal place to gather some gift ideas and festive inspiration for your family and friends.

Santa Llucia Market Barcelona 2015

Three kings Day

The three kings day (Dia de los Reyes Mayos) is one of the most celebrated festivals in Barcelona. The day itself is on the 6th of January, But the main party starts on the evening before the official day. The three wise man will arrive around 16:30 at Port Vell.  From there, the parade ( Cabalgata de Reyes) will go through the city of Barcelona. During this parade, the floats are highly decorated and music is playing while they are going sweets and small gifts to the sweet children, and give coal to the naughty ones.  

The finish of the parade will be around 21:30 at the junction of Avinguda Rius I Taulet and Avinguda Maria Cristina, Close to the Magic Fountain of  Montjuic.

Three kings Barcelona 2015

If you are planning to come to Barcelona for Christmas and you 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 Rambla Deluxe A which comfortably sleeps 6.

Rambla Deluxe A Habitat Apartments Barcelona

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Nov 03 2015

November in Barcelona – Some great things to do

November 2015 in Barcelona! Enjoy one of the greatest cities by night 

Fc Barcelona

The month november is an important one for Fc Barcelona. The catalan football club plays 4 times at home during this month.
It is going to be a specteculair month with 2 champions leauge games and 2 competition games.

Fc Barcelona – Bate Borisov  4/11/2015
Fc Barcelona – Villareal 8/11/2015
Fc Barcelona – Roma 24/11/2015
Fc Barcelona – Real Sociedad  28/11/2015

November is also the month of El Classico (in Madrid),  This gives you opportunity to go to a pub and witness the famous rivalary between two of the most successfull clubs in the world.

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FC Barcelona November

 

Torre Agbar & Hotel Silken:

The Torre Agbar is definitely one of Barcelona’s newest attractions. Built by the company Grupo Agbar as its headquarter this building basically outshines anything in its surrounding. Especially at night the tower, which is supposed to resemble a water fountain, is worth seeing since it is illuminated in 40 different colors in the dark. Currently it is the highest building in the city. Right next to it you can find the Hotel Silken which is with its clean face and modern interior design a perfect addition to the stunning tower – and by the way provides an overwhelming view to its colorful neighbor. These two buildings as well as the above Edifici Gas Natural shouldn’t be missed by people interested in futuristic and creative architecture. 

Address Torre Agbar: Avenida. Diagonal 211

Address Hotel Silken: Avenida Diagonal 205

Torre Agbar in Barcelona

Picture from : traveler.es

You can find more information here 

The Palo Alto Market

The Palo alto market takes place every first weekend of the month. The market in November will be on the 7th and the 8th ( Saturday and Sunday) in the area ¨Poblenou¨ 

The market offers a big variety in food to go, which is sold from nice vintage food trucks. It also offers live music and many different workshops and clothing shops. 

Palo Altro market Barcelona 2015

You can find more information on the palo alto website 

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 Barcelona Balconies 4 apartment which comfortably sleeps 6.

Terrace Barcelona Balconies 2015 Habitat Apartments

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