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Aug 26 2014

La Mercè Festival in Barcelona 2014

Barcelona´s most important festival is coming!
 

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The most important festival of Barcelona, “Festes de la Mercè”, will be held from 19th to 24th of September, this time Stockholm, Sweden will be the guest city. The Festival are going to transform a stage overflowing with fantasy and the guest city programme will provide with a truly exceptional showcase in which to present its street arts, circus, dance and music.

Furthermore, the county town is full of celebrations that bring together Catalan traditions with dances, music, street art, fireworks and sporting events. The most important performances this year as previous occasions will be: The Mercè Ride with participants from all over Catalonia, castellers (or human towers), the Sardana (typical Catalan dance), the correfoc (groups of people from the community dressed as demons running through the streets with firecrackers and fireworks in hand) and the parade of the Giants.

This is a great opportunity to have one of the best experiences you can have, if you're in town do not hesitate to be part of the 500 activities that the city has prepared for all the public. If not, this is the best time to start planning your trip and be part of this great event.

la merce festival 2014 poster

For more information please visit the officila site: Festas de la Merè 2014

Don't miss this video from last La Mercè Festival 2013 edition

La Mercè 2013 from Barcelona Cultura on Vimeo.

Credits Pics: Fireworks

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Mar 13 2014

Barcelona: Europe’s first “Capital of Innovation”

What a nice honor! Barcelona was recently voted the European Capital of Innovation, an award given for the very first time. During the 2014 Innovation Convention organized by the European Commission and held in Brussel, Barcelona was chosen over five other contestants such as Grenoble and Paris (France), Malaga (Spain), Groningen (the Netherlands), Espoo (Finland). Distinguishing the city’s great progress in many different urban ways this award is endowed with a trophy money of 500.000€ which is meant to be used to expand Barcelona's innovative developments and was already presented to the mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias.

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The winning project Barcelona handed in was launched under the name “Barcelona com a ciutat de les persones” which means “Barcelona as city of people” and highlights the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens. To sum it up, this project was all about how peoples’ needs can be filtered out much better via advanced information and communication techniques. Pointing out Barcelona’s dominate role in this regard, the city was honoured for its leading position in uniting government bodies and citizens in order to enhance economic growth and additionally raise people’s welfare. "Barcelona is a deserving winner of the first iCapital award, for its dedication to using new technology for the benefit of its inhabitants", Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, justified the Catalan Capital's great succes.

Based on its main goals “Open Government”, “Smart Citizens” and advanced mobility Barcelona plans on creating a transparent, modern-technology-equipped and –friendly Spanish metropolis. Among these innovations Barcelona has also promoted sustainable growth using intelligent lightning or ecological vehicles. The award “Capital of Innovation” was started to be part of the European commission’s superior strategy to become an “Innovative Union” by the time of 2020.

If you might be planning on visiting the newly crowned "iCapital", take a look at our great apartments in Barcelona and book with Habitat Apartments.

 

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Feb 19 2014

March in Barcelona

You are travelling to Barcelona in March but you don’t know what to do there? Whether there are events or concerts you should visit? We reveal some insider tips to you of what to do in Barcelona this March.  

Barcelona Sitges Rally 2014 – Vintage Car Rally: On the Second of March, the 56th Vintage Car Rally will be taking place. The real name of this rally is “El Rallye Internacional de Coches de Época Barcelona-Sitges 2014”. This event will start at Plaza Sant Jaume in Barcelona and end at Port d’Aiguadolç in Sidges, which is about 45 kilometers away. Only cars, which have been manufactured before 1928, are taking part in the rally and race together until Sidges – the oldest car taking part is from 1905, which means it is 109 years old. To make the rally even more special, the drivers and their companions dress up in period costumes to make it seem as if it was back in the 20th century.  

rally sitges

The Rally attracts a lot of tourists – especially when it’s sunny – and thus is a lovely event you should visit. Find more information here.

FC Barcelona vs. Manchester City: On the 12th of March, an important football match is being held in Camp Nou in Barcelona: FC Barcelona is playing Manchester City. If you are a football fan, you should definitely visit this match. Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe, seating almost 100,000 people. The atmosphere is unique as all the Barça fans are coming to support their club. Tickets can be bought here.

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Marathon Catalunya: As every year, the Marathon Catalunya will be hold in Barcelona. This year, it is taking place on Sunday, the 16th of March, starting at 8:30am. More than 17,000 runners are being expected to participate. The race is very flat, not passing many hills, which makes it easy to reach a good time. The marathon goes throughout the city, passing wonderful sights like the Camp Nou stadium, the La Pedrera and La Sagrada Familia, sights built by Antoni Gaudí. The entrance fee depends on the number of participants, it can be between 61,50 and 84 Euros. The race starts at the Magic Fountain at the Montjuïc hill where it also ends.

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If you are interested in running a marathon, this is the perfect event for you. You’re not only running, but also seeing a lot of Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia. Find more information on marathonrunnersdiary.com

Beyoncé: This month, a very special event will be taking place in Barcelona – Beyoncé will give a concert at Palau Sant Jordi. Beyoncé Knowles became famous in 1997 as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child.  In 2003, she started her career as solo artist with her debut album Dangerously in Love. Today, she is one of the most famous singers in the world.

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Find more information and tickets here.

For the case you are still looking for a great place to stay during your trip to Barcelona, we would like to offer you some very nice apartments which you can find on our website.

We wish you a pleasant stay in Barcelona; we hope you liked are insider tips :)

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Feb 14 2014

Apps, which will make your trip to BARCELONA perfect!

You are travelling to Barcelona, but you don’t know the city at all? Which are the most famous and most important sights, where can you find the best Spanish restaurants? Where can you get a good coffee or drink a beer? And what if you get lost in the city, how are you going to find your way back to the hotel?
There are a lot of useful apps for Android and iOS which will bring solutions to all of these problems; we will introduce some to you!

1. Barcelona Metro Map: You arrive at your hotel in Barcelona but don’t know how to get to the city centre or to any other place? This app will show you which line of the metro you have to take and how long it will approximately take you until you reach your destination. It works offline – a good feature as you will probably not have internet on the way. Moreover, the app is for free. Attention: the app only serves for the metro in Barcelona! At the airport, there is no metro, so read up on how to get away from the airport before you arrive.

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2. Spanish English best dictionary: You are in Spain but you don’t speak any word of Spanish? This app may be very useful for you. It translates English to Spanish and the other way around, you can search for words and you can listen to each word being spoken out loud, both languages. Another app, Franklin ViDICTO (English-Spanish Visual Dictionary), works completely offline and offers you the words you need for accurate situations within different categories, e.g. “At the airport”, “In the hotel room” or “Dinner”. You can find pictures with the right term on it and thus easily communicate in Spanish. Both apps are for free.

dictionary vidicto

3. Barcelona tripadvisor: The Barcelona tripadvisor app unites everything: it has a city map, knows the best restaurants and hotels and the most famous sights, it can tell you where to go shopping and where nightlife takes place. All of these features can be used offline, which makes the app the perfect match for your trip to Spain – you just need to download the city “Barcelona” having internet in order to make all the features work offline. It’s free of cost.

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4. City Walks Barcelona: This app tells you which sights you have to see, it offers you different tours, like for example the “Antoni Gaudí Tour”, the “Gothic Quarter” tour, the “Picasso Tour”, “La Barceloneta” tour and many more.  Choosing one tour, the app shows you the corresponding sights (“Antoni Gaudí Tour”: La Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera etc.) and clicking on the sight tells you the story about it: when has the Sagrada Familia been built, what is the architecture meant to symbolize?  
Moreover, it offers a listing of the best specialty shops (porcelain, mosaics, hats, leather etc.), a listing of the best shopping zones and of the best gift and souvenir shops.
If you have internet on your phone in Barcelona, the app will localize you with its GPS and guide you to all the sights of the tour you chose – be it all the castles, the beautiful churches or the Raval district.
Last but not least, you can also create your own tour. Choose the sights you want to see – the beach, la Sagrada Familia and the Boqueria Market for example – and City Walks Barcelona will guide you there.

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5. Barcelona Bus Turístic: If you don’t want to walk much in Barcelona, there is a bus for tourists that brings you to all the sights you want to see. The correspondent app shows you the routes of the touristic bus lines which exist in Barcelona (the blue, the red and the green route) and tells you which line is going to which sights. Moreover, you can click on each sight the bus passes and the app shows you a picture and shortly explains the sight is. This app is for free and works offline.

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With all these apps your trip to Barcelona will be much easier and more organized. We, as Habitat Apartments, wish you a pleasant stay in this wonderful city, enjoy your holidays! And by the way: we also have an app which we would like to offer to you! Next Stop City Guides provides a map of Barcelona and also knows the best places to go, be it sights, bars, restaurants or events! :) It also works offline and is for free, thus you can use it during your whole trip!

next stop app

For the case you are still looking for a nice place to stay, book with us – we offer amazing apartments!

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Jan 27 2014

February in Barcelona

You are coming to Barcelona this month and don’t exactly know what to do? We will tell you what the most important events in February are!

HJ Lim & Barcelona Symphony Orchestra: HJ Lim is a young, South Korean pianist. She moved to France when she was twelve years old in order to become a composer. There, she studied under Marc Hoppeler and later graduated from the Conservatoire National Région de Rouen with First Prize. Today, she is giving concerts all over the world – in Asia, South America and Europe. This month, she will give a concert with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pablo González, in the Auditori de Barcelona. A full Rachmaninoff program will be performed on the 7th, 8th and 9th of February, tickets are available from around 25€ on. Find tickets here.

hj lim

Valentine’s Day: On the 14th of February it’s Valentine’s Day in many countries all over the world which is the day of the beloved. If you are in Barcelona and want to surprise your beloved, there are very romantic spots the capital city of Catalonia provides.
First of all, there is the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. Every night, it offers a spectacular show with music and colorful lights which your partner won’t ever forget.

magic fountain

Secondly, the Art Blau, an open air bar and restaurant, is perfect for Valentine’s Day. You can overlook Barcelona and enjoy a beautiful sunset in a casual, intimate atmosphere.
Last but not least, the Horta garden is made for this occasion. It’s one of the oldest historical gardens in Barcelona and also one of the most beautiful ones. There are pretty pavilions, waterfalls and canals which make a walk in the park very romantic.

romantic horta

The Mobile World Congress: The Mobile World Congress is the biggest mobile communications exhibition in Europe and will be hold at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain from the 24th until the 27th of February.  The Congress is set to kick off at 6 pm with a speech held by this year’s very special keynote speaker Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Facebook. Each year, more than 70,000 visitors are coming to Barcelona to attend the big mobile communications exhibition which provides about 1,700 exhibitors from over 200 countries. These exhibitors present their new products and services to the visitors, also aiming at widening their networks. The goal of the exhibition is to address key developments of the technological mobile industry as well as defining the new and future mobile communications horizon.

Carnival: Carnival in Barcelona starts on the 27th of February. This day is called the Dirty Thursday and marks the beginning of the carnival period which lasts until Ash Wednesday, the 5th of March. These days, people disguise themselves as wizards, clowns or pirates and celebrate. Huge events and parades are taking place and bars are full. It’s a very colorful event, full of joy and fun. After carnival, the Lent begins and lasts until Easter during 46 days. Carnival in Barcelona is a unique experience which you shouldn’t miss when you are there this month! Especially for children it’s a lot of fun!

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bcn karneval

For the case that you are still looking for a nice accommodation in Barcelona, you can find one here.

Enjoy this wonderful month in Barcelona, a very variegated city :)

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