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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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Jul 07 2015

5 Great Things to Do on Foot in Barcelona

Barcelona is a beautiful city with a lot of great areas to explore by foot. Below we have compiled a list of the best places to visit and stroll around on foot smiley

 

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1. Montjuïc

CASTELL DE MONTJUIC

Make your way up Montjuïc and visit the old castle there which has been made into an International Peace Centre. You will have a great view of the city.

 

ENJOY THE BOTANIC GARDEN

More than just a garden, this is practically a forest filled with great activities and playground equipment for kids. You will be able to enjoy the view and relax.

 

VISIT FONT MAGICA

Font Magica, the magic fountain, was created in 1929, during the World Fair. During the summer months each weekend there is a show every half an hour where there is music played through speakers and the fountain pumps millions of litres of water through jets in time with the music and lights.

 

VISIT OLYMPIC STADIUM LLUIS COMPANYS

Just like the Font Magica, this beautiful Stadium was built to house the World Fair, in 1929. It was entirely renovated in 1992 for the Olympic Games. These days it is filled with football and rugby matches. Its architecture is also really impressive, which makes this Olympic Stadium one of the best things to do and to see in Barcelona.

 

ENJOY A GOOD RESTAURANT UP THE MONTJUIC HILL

Spain is famous for food so reward yourself with some local delicious food in La Font del Gat – Passeig de Santa Madrona, 28 – in order to enjoy some real Spanish food in a real Spanish atmosphere.

 

2. Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. It stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere. It is definitely one of the best areas in Barcelona to stroll around as many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. Remains of the squared Roman Wall can be seen around Tapineria and Sots-Tinent Navarro to the north, Avinguda de la Catedral and Plaça Nova to the west and Carrer de la Palla to the south. El Call, the medieval Jewish quarter, is located within this area too.

The Barri Gòtic is a maze of streets and back streets which is filled with many quirky shops and cafes and also is home to many squares – one of which is referred to as “Plaza Tripi” (officially called Placa de George Orwell) as it was said to have often been frequented by the writer. Most of the quarter is closed to regular traffic although open to service vehicles and taxis.

 

3. Parc Güell

 

The Park Güell is a public park system that Eusebi Güell ordered Catalan modernism legend Antoni Gaudi to design and create for him. It is composed of gardens and different architecture and is located on Carmel Hill, in Barcelona. The park was built between 1900 and 1914 and was officially opened as a public park in 1926. In 1984, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site under “Works of Antoni Gaudí”.

Park Güell is extremely beautiful and the majority of it is free to walk around however there is an area with some buildings in typical Gaudi style that cost about €8 to visit (note that it is worth pre buying tickets online as there is often a queue because only a certain amount of people are allowed in each hour). There is also always many different musicians and buskers playing music whilst you walk around.

The nearest metro stops are Vallcarca or Lesseps (both green lines) or there is a bus from Plaza Catalunya that will take you right to the top.

 

 

4. Parc Ciutadella

Ciutadella Parc

Parc de la Ciutadella is a beautiful park in the Ciutat Vella barrio. For decades following its creation in the 1800s, this park was the city's only green space. Nowadays the parc includes the city zoo (once home to the albino gorilla Snowflake, who died in 2004), the Parliament of Catalonia, a small lake (where you can rent out rowing boats), museums, and a large and magnificent fountain designed by Josep Fontserè (with possible contributions by the young Antoni Gaudí). As well as this the parc is also always filled with musicians and people doing juggling, acrobatics and yoga so there is always something to amuse yourself.

The main attraction in the parc is the zoo which is home to roughly 7,000 animals. Near the zoo's entrance there is a climbable life size gigantic stone mammoth as well as a metallic cat.

The parc is beautiful and well worth a visit so head along with a picnic and soak up the sun in this lovely environment.

 

5. Segway Tours

 

 

What better way to discover a large area of the city in a relatively short time than on a Segway! Segways are 2 wheeled vehicles which are extremely easy and safe to use but also great fun! They allow you to go much faster than you can walk so you can whizz around the city being led by a professional and very knowledgeable tour guide. The tours can be requested in many different languages and there are different routes which last different amounts of time and even tours that include lunch, so there really is something to suit everyone!

For more information about prices and different Segway tours on offer click this link

 

If you want to come and enjoy the great city that is Barcelona and you need somewhere to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments which has many different apartments to suit all needs. Featured below is the Paseo De Gracia A Apartment with a lovely view of Gaudi´s Casa Batlló.

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May 06 2015

A Selection of Fantastic Things to Do and Places to See in Barcelona

This article will give you some great ideas of things to do in Barcelona including 3 fantastic chocolate based restaurants, water activities and taste of Gaudi!

Below we have selected 3 of the best chocolatiers in Barcelona for you to visit and indulge yourself!

Chok

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Here in Chok in the Raval you can find many different chocolate items such as caramelized roasted almonds dipped in chocolate, but the real specialties are the customised donuts with over different 30 types and flavors to choose from but all with chocolate as an ingredient. These are sure to be the best donuts you have ever eaten!

La Pastisserria

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www.lapastisseriabarcelona.com

This fantastic patisserie is the creation of the talented young pastry chef Josep maria Rodriguez who won the Patisserie World Cup in 2011. Whilst it is true that they make one of the most exquisite croissants in the city their real specialties are their cakes such as their pure chocolate cake or the amazing I Love You Xoco.

Oriol Balaguer

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Another master chocolatier in Barcelona is the well know Oriol Badageur who has received many prestigious prizes for his chocolate creations. The specialties are the bonbons or you can even ask for a personalized chocolate bar.

El Turó Park

Turo Parc

The Turó Parc is a tidy, elegant and cosy area. A shaded area with small forests, beautiful scenery, beds of ivy, and winding pathways. Since its creation at the beginning of the twentieth century, this park has been without a doubt one of the most emblematic parks of Barcelona.

It has a childrens play area and a pond full of fish as well as an outdoor café so that parents can relax and have a drink while the kids run about.

Las Golondrinas

These Boat Tours in Barcelona (known as Las Golondrinas) have been operating from the port since 1888 and give you the chance to see the ocean surrounding Barcelona. The tours start from Portal de la Pau which is at the end of Las Ramblas and they last either 40 minutes or 90 minutes.

Opening times – 10am-8pm

Price – 7€ Adults, €2.75 Children

Jet Ski´s

If you are still in a watery mood then you can also rent out jetski´s and whizz around the see high speed! For the more adventurous and for an extra fee you can also rent out wakeboarding equipment and try that! For prices and more information about renting jetski´s in Barcelona click here 

Prices

30 minute hire 100 €

1 hour hire 180 €

Barcelona International Short Film and Animation Festival

Another great thing thats taking place this month is the Barcelona International Short Film and Animation Festival 17th edition. It takes place near Universitat and will run every day until 17th May. For more information about the times of the films and whats on click the link. 

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The Secret Pedrera

The Secret Pedrera is an intimate and highly sensory route to discover the nooks and crannies of this landmark building in a different way: in the peace, tranquility and magic of the night. 

You can discover the secrets hidden in Casa Milà after dark and become the fortunate witnesses of the lives, customs and little stories of the residents of this singular building 100 years ago.

Come and see how Casa Milà, ‘La Pedrera’, comes to life at night. An intimate, guided and exclusive tour of the main areas of this jewel of the Catalan Modernisme. 

Consult times for each language. Languages available: Catalan, Spanish, English and Russian. Other languages on request.

• The visit includes a glass of cava at the end of the tour.

• It is possible to book exclusive tour.

Opening hours:

From Monday to Sunday, from 8.30pm until 11.30pm. Last entry 10.00pm. Different sessions, depending on the language, within this time.

Price:

Adults: 30€

Children 7 to 12 years: 15€

Children 0 to 6 years: Free

Morrissey

Music legend that is Morrissey, former frontman for the Smiths is coming to Barcelona for the second time in 7 months in order to promote his new álbum, World Peace Is None of Your Business (2014). For this performance he will be playing in the main room of Barcelona´s super club Razzmatazz on Wednesday 29th at 8pm. For tickets to see Morrissey live click here

If you are coming to Barcelona and are still looking for a place to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find a wide variety of apartments at great prices! Featured below is the lovely Casp Apartment lcoated in Eixample.

Casp Apartment

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Apr 20 2015

Spanish Copa del Rey final – FC Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao

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.

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The winners of the Copa del Rey will then go on to play in the next Supercopa final, which is the annual game between Spanish league winners and cup winners and will take place at the beginning of the next season. If one of the teams do the double and win liga and cup then the winners of the Spanish Cup play the runners up of the league. 

The full name of Copa del Rey tournament is "El Campeonato de España–Copa de Su Majestad el Rey de Fútbol"  but it is generally called the King's Cup "Copa del Rey" or "Copa de S.M. el Rey." Barcelona are strong favorites as they have won the Copa del Rey more than any other team, with 26 victories to their name - so it is sure to be a fantastic match with the stadium filled with Barcelona fans!

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

If you are coming to Barcelona to watch what is set to be a fantastic game and you haven´t sorted accomodation then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will be able to find apartments located all over the city. Featured below is the lovely Plaza España 3 Apartment which is conveniently located near the Camp Nou and sleeps up to 6 people. 

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Oct 14 2014

Top 5 reviews in Semptember

 

We are more than happy about 84,2 % of satisfied clients in September! And are working hard to get closer to 100 % soon!

Habitat Apartments is pleased to share with you the 5 best reviews we received last month from our clients in Barcelona apartments.

 

 

ADN Ground Apartment Barcelona

ADN ground Apartment Barcelona
"ADN Ground is an amazing, modern apartment very close to Plaza Espana ( metro, shops, market, supermarket) with everything we needed during our stay. We really enjoyed our stay there! Everything was perfect and we will come back soon! :)" Katarina

General Quality ——->10.0
Habitat Service ——->10.0
Cleaning ——->10.0
State of repair ——->10.0
Location ——->10.0
Value for money ——->10.0

Rambla Deluxe A Apartmetn Barcelona   

Rambla deluxe A apartment in Barcelona
"We stayed in the apartment during the last week in August and found it very clean and comfortable. It is ideally situated in the heart of Barcelona so we were able to walk everywhere. We had an excellent stay."
Delia Kay

General Quality ——->10.0
Habitat Service ——->10.0
Cleaning ——->10.0
State of repair ——->10.0
Location ——->10.0
Value for money ——->10.0

 

Plaza Real 11 Apartment in Barcelona

Plaza Real 11 Apartment in Barcelona
"We loved the apartment. Great location. A couple of upgrade suggestions: Add small night stands on the sides of the bed; better lighting over the dining table; add a shelf in the bathroom for placing our necessities; need a soap tray in the shower. If we return to Barcelona, we would definitely stay at Plaza Real 11 again." —  Rodger B.

General Quality ——->10.0
Habitat Service ——->10.0
Cleaning ——->10.0
State of repair ——->10.0
Location ——->10.0
Value for money ——->10.0

Boulevard 1 Apartment in Barcelona

Boulevard 1 Apartment in Barcelona
"Excellent location, on the smaller side but is good for 2-3 people, the photos on the website give you a very accurate view, please add another hook or two for towels near the shower. I will probably book this apartment again. / Habitat comments: Thank you for your suggestion, we will keep it in mind. Sinn

General Quality ——->10.0
Habitat Service ——->10.0
Cleaning ——->10.0
State of repair ——->10.0
Location ——->10.0
Value for money ——->10.0

 

   Barcelona Plaza Suites Apartment in Barcelona
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"What a fantastic apartment!. Lovely apartment, new and well furnished, perfect location! The best place to start discovering the city. the best location in Barcelona for proximity to places of interest. Would gladly stay here again! Loved our stay in Barcelona thanks to the Habitat team."  Rene L.

General Quality ——->10.0
Habitat Service ——->10.0
Cleaning ——->10.0
State of repair ——->10.0
Location ——->10.0
Value for money ——->10.0

For more reviews about our apartments please visit Habitat Apartment in Barcelona. And now BE THE NEXT TO STAY AND REVIEW!

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