Sonar Music Festival 2015

Sonar is a three-day electronic and advanced music festival. It was founded in Barcelona in 1994 by Ricard Robles, Enric Palau, and Sergi Caballero. The festival has been divided into two parts since its inception: Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night.

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During its 20-year history, Sónar has transformed the atmosphere of the city every June, as well as making Barcelona the continent's epicentre of electronic music and being one of its main touristic attractions for people of all ages.

In addition to the above, Sónar also organizes and encourages other events, performances and showcases which take place in Barcelona but outside of the main festival itself. These extra events in turn also attract very large audiences of between 50 and 70 thousand visitors, in addition to the 80,000 visitors attending the actual festival. This means that even if you are not at the festival itself there is plenty of other things going on and the city is absolutely buzzing with people looking to have a good time.

In 2013, Sónar by Day, moved to a larger space in the Fira Montjuïc facilities at Plaza Espanya. In addition, the festival created Sónar+D, the next step in the evolution of what was known as SonarPro.

The venue for Sónar by Night was also moved to the larger venue of the Fira Gran Via area in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, adjacent to Barcelona's Zona Franca area. This new home meant that it was possible to offer large format concerts with an extensive audiovisual display.

If you want a ticket to Sonar Festival click this link

If you are looking for somewhere to stay then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find a huge number of apartments dotted around the city that can accommodate any size group. Featured below is the Plaza España 2 Apartment which is conveniently located near Sonar Day and Sonar Night and comfortably sleeps 5 people.

Be aware that if you are trying to find somewhere to stay then it is important to book well in advance because all our apartments get filled.

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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 sound-2015 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 cartel primavera sound 2015 If you are looking for a place to stay during Primavera then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find apartments to accomodate any amount of people. Featured below is the Blue Ground C Apartment which is about 15 minutes walk from the festival and can sleep up to 10 people. blue-ground-c-apartment-barcelona If you liked this article and want more advice then follow us on our social media sites below!  :-) Image taken from www.thespacelab.tv
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Sant Jordi´s Day in Barcelona – Love and Literature!

St. Jordi´s day is Catalunya's version of Valentine's Day and is a one day festival of romance, roses and books all inspired by the legend of Saint George on 23rd April every year.

sant-jordi-barcelona St. Jordi is the patron saint of Catalonia (along with the Virgin of Montserrat) and so Sant Jordi is celebrated on 23rd April to commerate his death on that date in the year 303 AD. The legend of Saint George, which you probably have heard, is that Saint Jordi slew a dragon to save a princess - and then plucked a red rose for the princess from a rose bush, which had sprouted on the exact spot, where the dragon's red blood had spilled. On Sant Jordi's day it has long been a tradition that the men in Barcelona and Catalunya give their sweetheart a red rose, but now in more recent years, due to the simultaneous deaths of Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare on 23 April 1616, a new tradition arose at the beginning of the 20th century which is that now the ladies give the men a book. There are bookstalls and book markets all over Barcelona on Sant Jordis day especially on Las Ramblas and Rambla de Catalunya. By the end of the day, some four million roses and 800,000 books will have been purchased. Most women will carry a rose in hand, and half of the total yearly book sales in Catalonia take place on this occasion.
Different Coloured Roses

Different Coloured Roses © image: Zelik

Nowadays roses of many different colours are sold to be given as a present with each colour symbolizing something different: Red rose – usually given to lovers because it symbolizes passion and love. Blue rose - usually given to friends since they symbolize trust. It is said that if you give blue roses to someone who is anxious, it will help that person to feel more calm. Pink roses - usually given to thank someone else for an important favour, or simply for that persons affection. Purple roses - symbolize nobelty, femininity and seduction White roses - symbolize purity and innocence, and are often given to express someone the desire of having a deep long relationship Yellow roses - less common, but are also seen. They symbolize joy and happiness, thus they are usually given to teenagers and also in celebrations   Although it is not a public holiday in Catalonia you can definitely sense that there is a fiesta taking place as the whole center of the city is filled with people. Listed below are the areas with the highest number of book stalls and roses, but bear in mind that these areas will be very busy and crowded so if you want somewhere a bit more relaxed then move a little further out of the center.   Plaça Sant Jaume Metro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4) Plaza Catalunya Metro: Catalunya (Red Line, L1) or (Green Line, L3) La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Metro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3) Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3) Metro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3) If you are going to be in Barcelona around this time and you still haven´t found somewhere to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find a wide range of great apartments available to rent. Featured below is the Ferran Suites Apartment which is in the perfect location if you are wanting to celebrate Sant Jordi´s Day!
Ferran Suites Apartment

Ferran Suites Apartment

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Barcelona World Mobile Congress GSM 2015

Over the course of four days, 2-5 March 2015, Mobile World Capital Barcelona will host the world’s greatest mobile event: Mobile World Congress. Below we have explained a bit about what this is and we have chosen some brilliant apartments that are nearby to the event!

World Mobile Congress
World Mobile Congress

World Mobile Congress

The event aims to highlight all of the most recent innovation, and show that when it comes to technology anything is possible. The 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress will convene industry leaders, visionaries and innovators to explore the trends that will shape mobile in the years ahead. Depending on the type of pass selected, attendees can take advantage of the many components that make up this industry-leading event:
  • A world-class thought-leadership Conference featuring visionary keynotes and panel discussions
  • A cutting-edge product and technology Exhibition featuring more than 1,900 exhibitors
  • The world’s best venue for seeking industry opportunities, making deals, and networking
  • App Planet, the Centre of the Mobile Apps Universe, where the mobile app community gathers to learn, network and engage with innovators
  • Global Mobile Awards programme, where we recognise industry innovation and achievements
  • And, all MWC pass holders can attend 4YFN, an event focused on startups, corporations, and investors
 
ADN 41
ADN 41 Terrace

ADN 41 Terrace

Lovely apartment in Barcelona ideal for a relaxing holiday away from the noise of the city center with all the necessary amenities and easy access to public transport. It’s lovely terrace will become the ideal place to relax after a day of sightseeing. Elegant details in its decoration and modern amenities including will welcome you to a great stay in the city. In one open space there are: living room with double sofa bed, dining room, fully equipped open kitchen. Terrace with table and chairs. This apartment overlooks Plaza Espanya and so it is only a stones throw from the World Mobile Congress conference. There are 8 other apartments in this building so if you are coming in a big group this building is ideal to accomodate up to 45 people.   Plaza Espanya 1
Plaza Espanya 1 Living Area

Plaza Espanya 1 Living Area

This spacious and luminous apartment is located in the Sants district, near Plaça España and Montjuic. Quiet district full of history, Sants is just at 5 stops to Plaça Catalunya. Ideal for families or groups of friends wanting to have both calm and easy access to all the city. Plaza España 1 provides sleep up for 4 people in its 2 double bedrooms. There is also a sofa-bed available for 1 person in the cosy living-room. A large dining table stands in this main room, next to the modern and fully equipped open-kitchen. Two ample windows leading to 2 balconies bring sunlight into the room. There are 2 other apartments in this bulding so if you are a large group we can accomodate you.    Blanca 1
Blanca 1 living area

Blanca 1 living area

Blanca 1 apartment is ideal for a relaxing holiday away from the noise of the city center with all the necessary amenities and with easy access to public transport and closet to the World Mobile Congress. The predominant white color all over the place, small details in its decoration and modern amenities including will welcome you to an unforgettable stay. It has two bedrooms, each with double bed and large closet. The first room overlooking the street Riera Blanca and the second with internal view. One complete bathroom with shower. Large living room with double sofa bed, dining for 6 and a fully equipped open kitchen. Patio with laundry area. There is 4 other apartments in the same building that can be rented, so if you are a large group then these apartments are perfect. There is also Parking within 100m of the apartment  
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Christmas Shopping in Barcelona

It is Christmas time again and Barcelona has shown this already by turning on its Christmas lights! The beautiful city is lit up and the festive spirit is everywhere! Barcelona offers some great opportunities for Christmas shopping. Featured below in this article is a list of different options for you! the-shopping-night-barcelona The Shopping Night Barcelona Fira This year is the 5th anniversary of TSNB – The Shopping Night Barcelona which is the 4th December and on this day Passeig de Gracia opens its shops, restaurants and bars between the hours of 8pm to 1am so there is plenty of time to do some Christmas shopping! Barcelona also offers some quirky places which combine old buildings and concepts and modern designer clothing. Here are some examples: El Raval   The district of El Raval is a truly authentic and lively area of Barcelona. It is filled with designer boutiques and nice restaurants. The Carrer de Talle is an especially great street with lots of vintage shops. La Rambla La Rambla is undoubtedly the most famous street in Barcelona when it comes to shopping. Here you will find a mixture of locals and tourists and the shops offer anything that you could possibly want. It is important to remember that this street is always very busy so if you are looking for a relaxed and quiet shopping trip then you should probably go elswehere. Barri Gòtic The gothic area of Barcelona is one of the oldest areas and is filled with souvenir shops for tourists as well as boutiques and designer shops. As well as this there is also plenty of restaurants and local cafés and if you want to you can go into one of the many churches and rest for a while. El Born This is an up and coming area that has become increasingly popular at night due to the vast amount of cafés and restaurants and the unique shops that it offers. There are also a lot of small shops that sell handmade clothing and other accessories. For Christmas shopping there is one place that must not be missed which is the biggest Christmas market in Barcelona and takes place each year in front of the cathedral in Barri Gòtic. The market is called Fira de Santa Llúcia and commences on the 28th November. Why not go for a romantic shopping trip! December is notorious for being cold and wet but Barcelona offers several places where you can hide from the weather and do some shopping indoors. Right in the centre of Barcelona is Plaza Catalunya where you can find El Triangle which is a massive shopping centre filled with shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafés. By the sea at the harbour you can walk across a pier and get to Maremagnum which is another big shopping centre with a sea view. If you are searching for something a bit different then check out El Corte Ingles, it is similar to the English chain John Lewis and is spread out over many floors. It is absolutely massive and sells everything! If Reading this article has enticed you to visit Barcelona then why not go ahead and book a trip! If you are still looking for somewhere to stay then check out Habitat Apartments which offers lovely apartments at very reasonable prices. Here is an example of one of the beautiful apartments called Paseo De Gracia A. It is perfectly located on the famous shopping avenue Passeig de Gracia and offers a great view of the Casa de Batlló designed by Gaudi paseo-de-gracia-a-apartment-barcelona
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El Raval – an opposing district

There is no other district in Barcelona that is as strong in its contrasts itself as El Raval. On one hand, there are still some locations with drug dealers, prostitutes and a lot of migrants, on the other hand there are more and more places with artists, youths, small boutiques as well as bars and restaurants. El Raval used to be the city’s red light district marked by poverty and low life quality. Its second name is still Barri Xino – said to be under Chinese conditions – and as already mentioned, there are still some unattractive places. But on the other side, there is no other district that is that authentic and multi-cultural as this part of Barcelona. In 1988, the Catalan government started a huge urban campaign investing a lot of money in cleaning this area. First, they built the MACBA (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona). It was supposed to seem like a stone thrown into water – and it worked. Around the building, there were built other cultural centers as the CCCB. The MACBA gave the district a developing push. Today, it hosts primarily art of Catalán artists, but also from international artists as Anselm Kiefer. Right next to the building, there is the CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona) located in the former building of mercy. The building, where once poor people were feeded, is today a place for presentations, projects, and exhibitions. From 6th November until 8th December, it hosts the World Press Photo 14. palau güell Palau Güell, rooftop terrace As a matter of fact, El Raval has its own Gaudí building as well. In the Carrer Nou de la Rambla, you find the Palau Güell built by Antoni Gaudí in the end of the 19th centry. This house is the former residence of the industrialist Güell and his family who lived there until 1936. For 12 Euro you are able to visit the whole building, starting in the cellar, the former stable, and going continously upstairs, ending on the rooftop terrace with its colourful chimneys. At the latest, when you leave the Palau, there will be one Gaudí fan more in the world. If you are looking for a nice place to spend some peaceful moments, the Eglésia Sant Pau might be perfect for you. The former monastery, built in the 10th century in the open country, opens his doors every day from 10am to 12 noon. It is not a very touristic place, and if you want to escape the noises of the city for a bit, don't hesitate to visit it. Another nice place for a break is the Antic Hospital Santa Creu, where Gaudí passed away after his tram crash. The beautiful courtyard is similiar to a park where everyone comes together. You will see students, tourists, parents with their children as well as old people. There is also a nice café in the courtyard called El Jardí. monastery sant pauIf you want to go for a little shopping trip, the Carrer del Carme invites to stroll along small boutiquets and designing shops. It is a nice way to enjoy another part of the lively neighbourhood El Raval. A nice place for dinner or lunch, is la Fabrica Moritz where you can get good food for a low price. When you go for it, you should definitely taste the house-made beer. However, you should still have in mind that there is also a dangerous part in this district. So, if you feel insecure especially at night, please spend a few Euro and take a taxi through the district to get safe to your destination. El Raval  is multi-cultural and historic; it is lively, vibrant and authentic; it is fashionable as well as a cultural center. It is a district full of personlaity, and always alive. But it is still the most dangerous part of Barcelona. Did this opposing district of Barcelona convince you?Do you want to get to know more about it? Go for it, and enjoy the vibrant and authentic atmopsphere.   One Day in El Raval You could start your day at the monastery Sant Pau enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. Your next stop might be the Palau Güell, only 5 minutes walking distance away. After diving in Gaudí's past, you could start your way to the CCCB, strolling first through the streets, entering the Antic Hospital Santa Creu and having a break at El Jardí. After ambling along Carrer del Carme you could visit CCCB spending a few hours there. To finish off with the day, you might go for dinner at Fabrica Moritz. If you are still keen in doing somethings afterwards, you might make a sortie into the London Bar which once hosted Picasso and Hemmingway. © image Palau Güell: synes (flickr)  
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La Mercè 2014: Barcelona’s biggest festival

Barcelona - La Mercè is on the agenda

  It's September and it's time for the biggest festival in Barcelona.  La Mercè 2014, with about 500 different events, will be held from Friday 19th to Wednesday 24th. By celebrating in the streets, the local people are honouring one of their patron-saints of the city: the Lady of the Mercy. The streets are full of artists, music, and dancing people. The guest city of La Mercè 2014  is Stockholm, Sweden. So, there are about 50 Swedish artists, who are the most fascinating and on-trend at the moment, performing in the streets as well. You'll be in town? We prepared a list with the most important events for you.   Castellers – Human Towersla mercè in barcelona One highlight of La Mercè 2014 is the Castellers that takes place at Plaça de Sant Jaume. The Castellers’ aim is to build a human tower as high as possible. It requires patience, good teamwork, and an amount of planning. However, it is a fantastic event that you will definetly enjoy!

Image  © by Connie Ma flickr gallery

Gigantes – Giants Parade la mercè-gigantes   The Giants Parade is a fantastic sight of giants dancing on the streets and marching around in circles. Accompanied by the play of flutes and drums, giant figures of queens, kings, saints, and nobles march the streets of Barcelona.

Image © by Stasiu Tomczak flickrgallery   Correfoc – Fire Run In the evening, a procession of fire-breathing dragons, accompanied by dangerous dragons and other monsters, usually takes place on the Via Laietana near Jaume I. They march the streets and try to scare the people.  Regarding to the firework and bangers, you should put on some clothes that won’t be ruined by a few sparks. Before the actual Correfoc,  there is also a more harmless event for children. Correfoc is definitely the most dangerous event of la Mercè 2014, but it is also the one you should not miss at all!

la mercè - correfoc

Image © by Jacob Garcia flickrgallery

For more information look at the programme with all the events of La Mercè 2014.    

 
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Cable Car Ride: Discover Barcelona from above

Barcelona is famous for its Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, beautiful beaches, Sangria and Co. But whoever visits the city will definitely recognize another landmark of the town pretty fast: Barcelona’s famous cable car. Where it is? Just look up towards the harbor and you will spot it right away. The cable car connects the beach with Montjuic, two of the city’s most essential locations. bcn_cablecar This around seven-minute journey is really a nice idea for everybody who wants to enjoy the beautiful city of Barcelona from the bird’s eye view – something that really can’t be provided by a “simple” bus-sightseeing-tour. BUT be warned: this trip is nothing for the faint of the heart! Just the elevator run up to the tower’s top is a bit of an excitement already and within the cabins it can be slightly crowded, since up to 20 (!) people should fit in – allegedly… But if you are not scared of height, a bit of an adventurer and looking to breath in Barcelona from every possible perspective – go for it! Fast Facts Start: Torre Sant Sébastian / Port Vell Price: 11€ for a single ticket; 16€ for a round trip Opening Hours: 11.00am to 8.00pm (times change seasonally) bcn_cablecar2 For more information feel free to visit the official website.
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Sitges: International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia 2014

Watch out, fantasy fans, here comes something great! For the already - and quiet impressive - 47th time the “International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia” is about to return to the great city of Sitges. bcn_sitges_Toni Villaró If you’re a lover of fantasy of all kinds you shouldn’t think twice about attending  this event. The Sitges edition is known for being the number one fantasy film festival in the world and has developed into an appreciated establishment. Since the first international week of sci-fi and horror in 1968 the festival has spread its wings and has become a more than reliable barometer when it comes to new and futuristic technologies and trends. From this year’s October 3rd to 12th visitors can benefit from encounters, exhibitions, screenings, presentations and Co. and get completely lost in the event’s surreal atmosphere. But Catalonia’s foremost film festival isn’t just a big excitement for interested spectators: since an international jury honors the best films, actors and filmmakers with the “Maria” award - plus the festival hosts several other award shows,too - the event is also of great importance for a professional audience. As a natural consequence of its high international reputation, each year the festival provides a popular meeting point for international VIPs. Sitges' guest list impresses with big names like Anthony Hopkins, Cameron Diaz, Jodie Foster, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tony Curtis and many more. Did you know that even the master of direction himself, Mr. Quentin Tarantino, launched his first movie in the adorable little city on the Spanish coast-line back in the days? By now there really shouldn’t be any more arguments necessary to point out how great this event is ;-) One more: don't miss out on the annual "Zombiewalk" on which fans dress up in spooky outfits and scary make-up to create one bizarre get-together! FAST FACTS Location: Sitges (35km outside Barcelona) Dates: 3rd to 12th of October 2014 Website: sitgesfilmfestival.com 
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Biggest Desigual Store to be Opened in Barcelona

A walk through the Barcelona’s shopping areas clearly reveals one particular brand-preference of the Catalan capital’s inhabitants: people just loooove Desigual! Stores of the Spanish casual clothing brand can literally be found everywhere – which doesn’t mean that not almost all of its shops are usually crowded to the maximum. Therefore it is no great surprise that the company now revealed the opening of its new and biggest flagship store right in the city centre of Barcelona. By the end of 2014 fashion lovers can enjoy a comfortable and spacious shopping experience and discover the brands typical colorful it-pieces of all categories on a surface of 3.000qm and on three different levels. Don’t forget to bring your credit card ;) bcn_desigual_Jimmy Baikovicius
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