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Visit the Depeche Mode concert 2014!

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The famous band from England Depeche Mode, whose music is strongly influenced by Synth-Rock and Synth Pop will give a concert in Barcelona next year in January.

The band made up from Dave Gahan, Andy Fletcher and Martin Gore recorded the latest Album ‘Delta Machine’ this year, which is promoted during the new tour.

The concert takes place in January at the 15th in the next year, 2014. The location is El Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona on the Montjuïc hill.

Tickets start from 40€ upwards and might be as high as 176€ always depending on which category you choose. They can be bought at Livenation or at Ticketmaster, depending on availability. If you don't hurry up, they might be already sold out!

The official webpage of Depeche Mode reveals all dates for concerts, pictures & other interesting information about them.

All important information:

What: Depeche Mode concert When: 15th January 2014, 9:30pm Where: Palau Sant Jordi arnea, Avinguda de l'Estadi 50, 08038 Barcelona

Below you can find the popular ancient song “Enjoy the Silence” of Depeche Mode. Lean back & enjoy :-) !

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Take part in El Gordo

Huge Spanish Christmas Lottery

You are dreaming of a huge amount of money for Christmas? ;)

You might fulfill your dream with the biggest lottery in Spain: El Gordo or Lotería de Navidad.

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Every year on the 22nd December, the world’s biggest lottery picking takes place. It can be watched in entire Spain through TV. This year, 2013, is the 201st time of the lottery. In 2011 the highest amount paid was 4 million € to one person. Annualy, a maximum amout of 2.2 billion € are paid out. Huge amounts are possible, but also small amounts can be won.

Tickets for the lottery can be bought in various places. There are online tickets available, but you also find them on the streets in tobacco shops and hypermarkets. If you are in Spain you can watch the drawing online on www.rtve.es

Picture credits: Flickr Gallery alvy
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Try the ice skating rink at Plaza Catalunya

Enjoy romantic Christmas

barcelona ice rinkWhat else makes Christmas more romantic than to do some ice skating with your love during the cold season?

For many people ice skating and winter simply belongs together. So what would Christmas in Barcelona be like without the typical ice skating? The second year now people can enjoy this activity at Plaza Catalunya in an outdoor ice skating rink.

The rink has an area of 1200m2 and is therefore the biggest outdoor rink in entire Europe. Hence, around 350 people are able to skate there at the same time. The ice rink opened already in November on the 22nd and is still open until the beginning of January. Last year over 80,000 people used the chance to do some romantic ice skating. Just take your friends and enjoy it!

The price for 1 hour amounts to 9 and for 30 minutes it amounts to 7€. The ice skate rental is included in both cases. There is also the possibility to get a hearty snack at the cafeteria for being prepared for the day. Within the changing area you can put on your ice skates.

Here are the opening times for the ice skating rink: Monday – Thursday: 10am to 9pm Friday, Saturday & public holiday: 10am to 11pm Sunday: 10am to 9pm

Additional information and a making of video can be found on their official webpage.

Here is the exact address of the rink: Plaça de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

You can get to Plaza Catalunya easily by Metro. The metro stop is called Catalunya. The hop-on-hop-off bus stops at Plaza Catalunya as well. Other bus lines, the Aerobus and night busses also have a stop at the place Picture credits: BCN Insiders

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Last minute reminder: Register for the Buff Epic Run 2013

Obstacle run in December at Montjuïc

barcelona buff epic run2In October we already informed you about the Buff Epic Run 2013. Now there are only two weeks left until thousands of people start a run through car tires, over hay bales and through mud holes on the 22nd December.

The path is 8 kilometers long with many different obstacles containing amongst others the ones mentioned above. To make it even more funny, many people use fancy group costumes. You can win a price, if you have the best costumes according to the organizer team.

As only 2500 places are available in total, you should hurry up with your registration to participate. Registration can be made on the organizer’s webpage.

The location is as always the Montjuïc. It takes place on the 22nd December at 11 a.m.
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Barcelona’s architecture

A video slideshow with pictures

Barcelona is full of unique, modern and old architecture making this city as exciting and cultural as it is. The city was shaped with a vision to make it sociable, open, colourful and distinctive. Therefore, the town planning of the city itself is unique. Besides the Sagrada Familia and all the famous buildings by Gaudi, who shaped the city’s architectures to a major part, there are many more wondrously buildings in various forms. Amongst others you can see the Torre Telefonia, the Barcelona Pavilion and the Santa Caterina Market in this video slideshow, all with a completely different architectural style.

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Half Marathon 2014 in Barcelona

Explore your limits

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Do you already have some New Year’s resolutions? We have one for you: Take part in the Half Marathon in Barcelona 2014 and explore your limits! Running about 21 kilometers- wouldn’t this be the perfect resolution?

This year over 14,000 people participated in the famous half marathon. The run is already a must to attend in Europe and presents an important international event. On 16th February 2014 at 08:45 a.m. the run starts near Arc de Trimof. Supporters can watch the run from 12 different points to animate the runners. Below you can find the route of the path.

barcelona marathon route

Registration is of course already open, since there are only about 2 months left. The last day with a registration possibility is the 5th February in the morning. Prices depend on the number of participants. Until 12,000 participants it amounts to 28€ without your own chip. After 12,000 participants the fee amounts to 32,5€.

barcelona marathon Further information, the registration possibility as well as results from past years can be found on their webpage: www.mitjabarcelona.com

Challenge yourself, train hard & prove yourself that you are strong enough ;-)

Picture credits: FlickrGallery king nikochan

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Día de la Constitución 2013

Public holiday in Spain

constitución madrid The working population can be happy – next week the 6th December, Friday, is a public holiday in entire Spain! :-) :-) :-)

Why? Every year it is “celebrated” as a public holiday to remind of the Constitution of Spain in 1978. In this year Spain left the years of dictatorship behind and finally became a democracy, granting its citizens more rights. It is not officially celebrated in Spain, except of open shopping malls and some political events. All shopping malls, stores and Corte Ingles are open, available for Christmas shopping. Since shopping in Barcelona is popular and a wonderful experience with plenty of shops, it will get crowded.

The 8th December is a public holiday as well. This year it’s not free, since it falls on a Sunday, which is free anyway. Normally, many people in Spain use both public holidays to take a long weekend and take a day off. This means for Barcelona, that traffic is even more extreme, so watch out for long traffic jams.

Above you can see the monument of the Constitutión located in Madrid. It shall remember everyone of that important year, when Spain became a democracy. Credit Pictures: Flickr Gallery Dario Alvarez

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Sagrada Familia Christmas market

Fira de Nadal 2013

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If you are heading out and look for Christmas markets in Barcelona already, we can give you a recommendation: the Christmas market at the Sagrada Familia from the 29th November until the 23rd December.

Christmas in Barcelona is bright, full of lights, charming and has a special atmosphere. The most important cultural monument the Sagrada Familia by famous Gaudi is place of a wonderful Christmas market containing around 120 stalls with different decorations, food and hand-made crafts. The sacred basilica is located in the Eixample district, known for its exclusivity, luxurious boutiques and beautiful, pompous buildings.

christmas market barcelona

The “mercado de Navidad”, how it is called in Spanish, begins on Friday the 29th November and ends at the end of December at the 23rd, Monday. The stalls are open daily from 10am until 10 pm. Even Santa Claus is visiting the Christmas market on two Saturdays to collect the children’s’ wish lists. Additionally, he will make a present to the children in form of cookies and balloons. The visit will be on two Saturdays in December, each from 6pm until 8pm. Credit pictures: Flickr Galleries SlapBcn, sun sand & sea, Barcelona.cat

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Credit-card expenditures by economic sector in 2012

The graph below shows the international credit card spending in Barcelona, divided into economic sectors. Shopping is definitely on the first rank with approximately 35% of the total spendings by credit card. Accommodation and Transport are with 22% and 18% on the second and third rank. It is clear that the economic sector shopping is on the first place, since Barcelona is a shopping paradise for everybody. Every year an amazing Shopping Night takes place. An ultimate shopping guide for the city can be found here. One still has to keep in mind that these numbers are only credit card expenditures. Hence, if you add the cash expenditures as well, the numbers are even bigger.

  International credit-card spending by economic sector | Infographics
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What to do on New Year’s Eve in Barcelona

Tips and recommendations for 2013/2014

2014 New Year Ornaments If you are the lucky one and visit Barcelona over New Year’s Eve, you might want to know what you can do these days in the wonderful city! And as NYE is already coming nearer you should be prepared. Therefore, we collected traditions, recommendations and helpful tips to experience New Year’s Eve in the best way! :-)

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