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!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 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 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 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
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 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
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, 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. If 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)
Barcelona - La Mercè is on the agendaIt'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 Towers 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 galleryGigantes – Giants Parade 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!
Image © by Jacob Garcia flickrgalleryFor more information look at the programme with all the events of La Mercè 2014.
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. 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) For more information feel free to visit the official website.
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. 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
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 ;)
Madrid and Andalusia are usually already pretty hot by the time of June – Barcelona indeed still convinces with a warm but comfortable climate and therefore makes a perfect traveling destination to spend some exciting days. Before you take off to the beautiful Catalan capital, note down that there is more to discover than “just” some sights (even though they are amazing in BCN!). For a perfect experience be open to join some of the city’s great events taking place in June. Here comes our Top 4: Feast of Sant Joan: The Summer Solstice is a very special deal in Barcelona. Since the night from June 23rd to 24th marks the shortest night of the year and the beginning of summer, Catalan people celebrate this with a public holiday on which Barcelona and its surrounding transform into an electric area. In this night of Sant Joan the sun reaches its highest point, for that reason Barcelona organizes a great and impressive firework each year to brighten up the city. Visitors as well as locals benefit from the buzzing and vibrant atmosphere at Sant Joan, have a picnic outdoors or/and watch some nice performances and happenings in the streets. When the sun sets in the evening of June 23rd it may be a good idea to head near the beachside where a lot of people in a good mood enjoy live music and tasty drinks. Pride Barcelona: Another colorful – if not THE MOST colorful – event is just around the corner. For its already sixth time Barcelona will host the annual Pride Barcelona, which is a great festival hosted by the LGBT community. From June 27th to 29th visitors can be entertained by a diverse programm featuring performances, parades, music, parties, workshops, debates etc. We are pretty sure that you won’t be able to find any bored person around since the participation choices are various enough to please everybody. Since Pride Barcelona is known to be one of the most famous and important LGBT festivals, it not just provides amusement and enjoyment, but as well campaigns for tolerance and equality. To find out more about locations, timetables and Co. feel free to discover the official website. Sonar Festival: If music is one of your greatest pleasures, don’t miss this amazing event! It is safe to say that this is more than just another random happening: it’s a legend, it’s an establishment, it’s an institution – it’s the famous Sonar Music Festival about to take over Barcelona again! This amazing international music festival goes back to the early days of 1994 and has ever since been able to successfully spread the world to please it with awesome sounds. In 2014 the beat-machine will be in town from June 12th to 14th and probably again attract fans from all over Europe. The three-day-event features upcoming and leading artists playing live on stage and offers also different artistic, digital installations to create a unique and inspiring festival atmosphere. This year’s line-up is again pretty convincing and includes huge names such as Robyn, Lykke Li, Boys Noize, Massive Attack and many, many more. Tickets can be easily bought online. Moto GP 2014: Sport fan can finally breath now, we have something cool for you right here :) In 2014 the Montmelo racetrack hosts one of the biggest and most important races in the international speed scene: the MotoGP World Championship. From June 13th to 15th the famous Circuit de Catalunya – which as well hosts the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix – will be populated by super-fast and high-tech motorcycles, which will drive rapid laps reaching impressive speeds of around 300kmh! More than 100.000 people are expected to watch this racy pleasure and to enjoy roaring motors and lead in the air. To join in safe yourself some tickets.
Since the arrival of spring and the beautiful sunny and warm weather, locals and tourists these days enjoy daytime in Barcelona to the fullest. But what about the later hours? Right on time for people not to forget about the great evening events the Catalan capital has to offer, the Night of Museums is returning to Barcelona again. Such as a lot of other cities in Europe, Spain`s second largest town opens its doors to a lot of cultural institutions to the public at night. On May 17th interested visitors can enjoy the offer including not just exhibitions, but also concerts, workshops and Co. of around 60 museums at special opening hours from 19.00 pm to 1.00 am. “La Nit Dels Museus” is for free – so don’t miss it!