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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!



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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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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

 Pl. Sant Gregori Taumaturg, 2

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 


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. 

Montalegre, 5. Metro Unviersitat or Catalunya

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.


Adults: 30€

Children 7 to 12 years: 15€

Children 0 to 6 years: Free


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.

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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.


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

"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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Sep 16 2014

Golden October in Barcelona – a month full of sport and musical highlights

It's getting cooler and the Summer is drawing to an end. Fall is already knocking on our door. But don't be sad! Regarding to all the events on the agenda, it will be a Golden October. We are presenting you a mix of sportive and musical events which are coming to Barcelona in October.

pharrell williamsFirst of all, there will be some spectacular musical highlights. Pharrell Williams as well as Kylie Minogue are coming to Barcelona. The Pharrell Williams’ concert is on 1st October at Palau Sant Jordi arena on Montjuic hill. There are still tickets from 55 Euro up. Kylie Minogue is coming to Barcelona on 14th October also at Palau Sant Jordi arena on Montjuic hill. There are also still tickets from 35 to 60 Euro. So do not hesitate, go and get you a ticket!

kylie minogue in barcelonaThere is also the 46th International Jazz Music Festival in Barcelona, holding from 10th October to the 30th of November. You are a fan of Jazz music? Have a look at the programme of the 46th International Jazz Music Festival.

You are intersted in sport events? The Golden October in Barcelona would also perfectly fit to you. We collected the three most important events for you.

1.  Garmin Barcelona Triathlon 2014: The BCN Triathlon is the biggest in Spain. Last year around 6000 triathletes were competing in the three different categories: Supersprint, Sprint, and Olympic. This year it takes place on Sunday 5th October, from 8:00.

2. 53rd Barcelona International BoatShow: It will bring together the widest offer and the latest nautical and leisure products.There will be the largest display of yachts, oats and accessories for sailing, fishing, surfing and scuba diving. The show takes place in the five halls in the Gran Via Exhibition Centre and the On-water Show will be in Port Vell (15th to 19th October).

3. The Futbol Champions League is going on: FC Barcelona vs. Ajax Amsterdam (21st October 2014, 20:45).
You shouldn't miss that at all. If you are not able to get a ticket anymore, it is also a great experience to watch the match in a local bar.

Did we get your attention? Go for it and book your journey with Habitat Apartments!
If you are looking for a place to stay, we recommend you the Paseo de Gracia A apartment with an amazing terrace overlooking the Casa Batlló.


© Pharrell Williams image: Dora Hon (flickr)

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Aug 26 2014

La Mercè Festival in Barcelona 2014

Barcelona´s most important festival is coming!


The most important festival of Barcelona, “Festes de la Mercè”, will be held from 19th to 24th of September. This year, Stockholm, Sweden, will be the guest city. The Festival is going to transform the city into an unique stage, overflowing with fantasy. Stockholms´s  city programme will provide an exceptional show in which the city presents its own street arts, circus, dance, and music.

Furthermore, the county town will be full of celebrations combining Catalan traditions with dances, music, street art, fireworks and sporting events. The most important performances this year might be again "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.

"Festes de la Mercé" is a great opportunity to get to know the Catalan culture. If you're in town do not hesitate to be part of the 500 activities that the city has prepared for all the audience. 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 official site: Festas de la Mercè 2014

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

La Mercè 2013 from Barcelona Cultura on Vimeo.

Credits Pics: Fireworks

If you are planning on traveling to Barcelona in September, enjoy the comfort of our luxurious Habitat Apartments Barcelona Plaza Suites

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