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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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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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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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April in Barcelona

Barcelona is a great holiday destination throughout the whole year – so it can’t be considered something else than a good idea to plan a trip to the Catalan capital in the springtime. To make your preparations a bit easier we summed up the Top 4 events hold in Barcelona during the lovely month of April. Easter Processions: Since Spain is basically a Christian country, of course Easter is celebrated. Being known to take their religion quiet serious, the Spanish people worship the feast with a whole week called the “semana santa” (holy week) starting on Palm Sunday and ending on Easter Monday. In 2014 this means Easter festivities take place from April 13th to 21st. It may almost be unnecessary to explicitly say so, but since Barcelona is a pretty popular destination for a lot of Europeans during the Easter time, the city will probably be quiet packed again. But that should really not hold you back because in addition to the common attractions Barcelona has to offer, there will be a lot of worth-seeing Easter processions, for example:
  • Iglesia de Sant Augustin: Friday 18th, Placa de Sant Augustin 2, 17.00 pm
  • Santa Maria Del Mar: Friday 18th, Placa de Santa Maria 1, 9.30 am
  • Barcelona Cathedral: Friday 18th, Pla de la Seu, 15.30 pm
bcn_easter3 Barcelona Beer Festival: Everybody who really appreciates a good glass of beer should definitely not miss the Barcelona Beer Festival! This annual event – taking place from April 11th to 13th - always attracts beer fans from all over Catalonia and should therefore be marked red in your calendar if you are a true lover of the famous hop drink. Featuring more than 200 international brewers populating the halls of the Museu Marìtim, visitors can of course taste all different kinds of beers but also get to know more about their favorite refresher from beer experts all around the world. An extra bonus: the entrance is free! bcn_beer_festival Salon del Còmic: The Salon del Còmic is an international comic fair taking annually place in Barcelona and is already entering its 32nd round in 2014. Offering a great range of different comic books, there will probably be the right one to find for everybody. This four-day event takes place from April 15th to 18th at the Fira Montjuic Exhibition Centre (halls 1 and 2) and attracts all kinds of comic fans and friends. Since this fair runs under a different motto every year, the responsible bodies chose “War” for 2014 – so you might want to take out your soldier costume to wear it somewhere else than at the annual carnival party :-) bcn_salon_del_comic Sant Jordi’s Day: Watch out lovebirds, this may be the most romantic day of Barcelona. The Sant Jordi’s Day on April 23rd worships Catalonia’s saint patron Sant Jordi and is therefore not just celebrated in Barcelona but in the whole region. To make a point it can definitely be said that this festivity is the same to Catalan people as Valentine’s Day is to Americans: one romantic, hearty matter. Since the Sant Jordi’s Day is also known as the “day of lovers” or the “day of roses”, you can easily recognize that it’s all about love. Following the legend of Sant Jordi - who is said to have conquered a dragon for a princess and afterwards gave a red rose to her - it is very common to give either roses or books to your beloved ones on this special day. So, buy a pretty bouquet and surprise your sweetheart :-) bcn_sant_jordi
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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. fc barca 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. marathon barcelona 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. beyonce Find more information and tickets here. We wish you a pleasant stay in Barcelona; we hope you liked are insider tips :)
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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. metro bcn 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. trip advisor 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. city walk bcn 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. bus turistic 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
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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! bcn karneval carnaval bcn Enjoy this wonderful month in Barcelona, a very variegated city :)
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Great mobile exhibition in February this year!

This year, the biggest mobile communications exhibition in Europe will be on again: the Mobile World Congress, a global event. Since 1987, it takes place every year, intending to inform visitors about the latest developments in the field of mobile communications. In 2014, again, the exhibition 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. Zuckerberg will talk about the importance of connecting the unconnected world to the internet, meaning to extend the ubiquitous internet access to it. MWC More than 70,000 visitors are coming to Barcelona each year to visit the big mobile communications exhibition. In order to widen their network and to present their new products and services to the visitors, about 1,700 exhibitors from over 200 countries are being attendant. Furthermore, a lot of CEOs are attending the fair, intending to show and explain the new technologies to the visitors. In general, 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. But to make this big event possible, supporting companies are being necessary: The Mobile World Congress provides partners such as Nokia, Sony, Samsung, hp and MasterCard who sponsor this exhibition. Enjoy your stay at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona!
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The best places to go shopping in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the fashion metropolises in Europe, it is a paradise for people who love to go shopping. There are stores for everyone, no matter how much money one wants to spend: cheap retails, chains like Zara, Stradivarius and H&M and designer stores such as Prada and Burberry. This article will highlight the three most important locations in Barcelona where fashionable clothes can be found. The most famous spot to go shopping in Barcelona is probably the Passeig de Gràcia, which is a long and gorgeous street, laced with stores like Desigual, Gucci and Michael Kors. Moreover, the well known sight Casa Milà (or: La Pedrera), designed by Antoni Gaudí, can be found in Passeig de Gràcia. The picture below shows this place. Passeig de Gracia But as these stores are very expensive, this is not the right spot to go shopping for everyone. The Portal de L’Angel is arranged in the city centre of Barcelona, la ciutat vella, and here, one can find all the less expensive shops that are being known around the world, like for example Zara, H&M, Mango and many more. Moreover, there are other Spanish shops like Blanca, Pull & Bear, Stradivarius, Bershka and Shana, which aren’t expensive either but still in vogue. Everyone gets what one’s heart desires! But besides these shops, the Portal de L’Angel offers a lot of in-cafés, restaurants and bars where one can easily relax after a long shopping day. Portal de L'Angel For the case that it might be raining, Barcelona offers a big shopping centre called L’Illa, which provides more than 170 shops. Besides H&M and Zara, there are little boutiques and designer stores selling beautiful, handmade clothes for old and young. L'Illa Last but not least, it’s important to know that twice a year – from January until February and from the mid of June until August - a big sales period starts where clothes can be bought with a discount up to 75%. Enjoy your days in Barcelona!
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Tourist city guide for 72 hours in Barcelona

What to do on a 3 days trip

City trips become more and more popular. A lot of people fly to big cities of the world for only 3 days. In such a short time span, every hour at every day has to be used fully to get the most out of this vacation. Barcelona has a lot to explore. Here is a city guide for 72 hours in Barcelona, so that you get the most out of your trip. Day one Morning:   barcelona beaches

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The flight and your arrival certainly were exhausting. To don’t overcharge your energy, you should relax and enjoy your first day. Not in your room – no! The beach is the perfect surrounding to spend some recreational hours, to gain new energy. For sightseeing and shopping is more than enough time. Moreover, if you arrive within the week, the beach won't be that crowed as on the weekend. So you should use the chance. Barcelona offers varying, beautiful beaches. The most central one is Platja de la Barcelona, directly next to the Port Olimpic. The other 4 beaches are located easterly to Barceloneta. Platja de la Nova is the beach to right of the Port Olimpica. (Point of view to the sea) The next one is Bogatell beach, and the ones more to the east are Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella. Mar Bella has a nudist area on the beach. Another beach more to the outside of Barcelona is the Sitges beach. The location is a plus point for this beach, as it isn’t that overcrowded and very lovely. A train brings you there from Sants station in about 30 minutes. (more...)
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