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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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Lost and Found in Barcelona


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Welcome to Barcelona, welcome to one of the most creative cities in Europe. Museums of some of the most famous artists can be found here, such as Picasso and Miró. But in our new section "Lost and Found in Barcelona" we don't want to present you these sights of Barcelona ... we want to take you on a little journey through the streets, parks, galleries and to places which are not primary to be found in the tourist guides of Barcelona. (more...)
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Lost in Barcelona?


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In the times of smartphones, apps and sometimes even free WiFi in cities - like in many places in Barcelona ;) - why not using some very helpful apps to make your stay easier?! Our very popular local resident and visitor guide "Barcelona Connect" is presenting this month 10 of the most useful apps for your stay in Barcelona. We checked them and want to introduce you to our favourites. (more...)
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Songs made in Barcelona


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Els_catarresAfter our first "Made in Barcelona" song, which was Evanescence with "My Immortal" on Plaza de Sant Felip Neri, we have another one for you: The catalan band Els Catarres with the song "Jenifer". The song itself is in catalan, but we searched for the version with spanish subtitles for you ;) So exercise your spanish a bit ;) (more...)
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TMB – Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona


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Using the public transportation system in another country or sometimes even just in another city can be quite confusing. Therefore I will give you today a little overview of the very modern and efficient Metro system in Barcelona and I give you a hand on the decision "Which is actually the best ticket to get". metro_barcelonaBut first some general info about the TMB: - The very first Metro line opened on the 30th of December in 1924, called the "Gran Metropolitano de Barcelona" and it ran between Plaza Lesseps and Plaza Catalunya. (more...)
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Made in Barcelona

Plaza_de_sant_felip_neri Windy and narrow streets, hidden squares, beautiful roman walls, breath taking architecture and this special magic in the air - this is the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Not a surprise that a lot of movies and music videos were made here. (more...)
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Museu de Xocolata – Chocolate museum Barcelona

There are many museums in Barcelona.. you can admire works from Picasso, Miro, Dali and other famous artists.. but there is one museum without doubt the sweetest in town: Museu de Xocolata, Barcelona's chocolate museum museu_xocolataThe museum is located in the former Sant Agustí monastery in the very authentic neigbourhood El Borne and takes you on a journey through the origins of chocolate, its arrival in Europe and its spread as an element between myth and reality, its medicinal properties and nutritional value, relating tradition with the future and forming part of our collective imagination. (more...)
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Unmissable terraces – some hot spots of Barcelona


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In Barcelona you have  great weather almost all year. Even in winter we still can offer you 12-15 degrees, in case you decide to come over here between November and February. For sure we have a bunch of really nice restaurants with indoor dining.. but why not enjoying the wonderful warm summer nights (and afternoon.. and evenings) and the kind of lukewarm winter afternoons on the terraces of this amazing city? So here we have our recommendations for the best terraces to have a drink, have dinner, sit with friends and listen to music and so on. (more...)
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Tapas Bars and Restaurants in Barcelonas El Born


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The El Born Area with its breath-taking Cathedral Santa Maria del Mar is one of the most popular areas in Barcelona and quite cosmopolitan and fashionable. Here are our recommendations for Tapas bars and restaurants in this area.

El Born BarcelonaPASSADIS DEL PEP 
Difficult to find due to its unpretentious entrance but one of the best fish and seafood restaurants in the city, although it is not very cheap - but it's worth the price. 
Price: Very expensive
Address: Pla de Palau, 2 (Metro L4, Barceloneta)
Telephone: +34 93 310 10 21
Website: Passadis del Pep
Email: restaurant@passadis.com

 
COMERÇ 24
Creative and original dishes prepared from a healthy base of fresh market produce with the emphasis placed on “Glocal”: cooking which fuses local and global elements. Comerç 24 has a reputation for being one of the best place for contemporary food in Barcelona and you can feel it correspondingly in the price.
Price: Expensive
Address: Carrer Comerç 24 (Metro L4, Barceloneta / Jaume I)
Telephone: +34 93 319 21 02
Website: Comerç 24
 
SALERO
Trendy restaurant/bar with minimalist decoration offering a cosmopolitan menu with good seasonal specialities.
Price: Low / Medium
Address: Calle Rec 60 (Metro L4, Barceloneta/Jaume I)
Telephone: + 34 93 319 80 22
 

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7 PORTES
With more than 150 years of history 7 Portes (“seven doors”) is a mainstay of the restaurant scene in Barcelona. Particularly famous for its Paella dishes. Even so you may find you have to queue for a table on a Friday or Saturday night - but you will see, it's worth it waiting for this Paella.
Price: Medium
Address: Pg. Isabel II 14 (Metro L4, Barceloneta)
Telephone: +34 93 319 30 33; +34 93 319 29 50
Website: 7 Portes
Email: reservas@7portas.com
 

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SAGARDI
Traditional Basque restaurant housed in an historic building next to the Santa Maria del Mar church. The Sagardi Group currently comprises tree restaurants in the city (Gothic Quarter, Eixample, Diagonal Mar). Great meat, fish dishes and a good offering of flavourful “Pintxos” (a type of tapa traditional in the Basque country). Good wine list. Reservation is recommended as the restaurant is quite popular.
Price: The restaurant could be expensive but the tapas are reasonably priced
Address: Calle Argenteria 62 (Metro L4, Jaume I)
Telephone: +34 93 319 99 93
Website: Sagardi
Email: bcngotic@sagardi.com
 

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CAFÉ DE LA PRINCESA
Café de la Princesa is a multi-purpose space where gastronomy, fashion and culture converge. Located at the ground floor of the Princesa apartments building, offers a Mediterranean cousine. For the clients of Habitat Apartments is applied a discount of 10%.
Price: Medium
Address: Calle Sabateret 1-3 / Calle Flassaderes 21 (Metro L4, Jaume I)
Telephone: + 34 93 268 15 18
 

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SENYOR PARELLADA
Housed in beautifully renovated eighteenth-century building and offering traditional, and not-so traditional Catalonian gastronomy.
Price: Medium
Address: Calle Argenteria 37 (Metro L4, Jaume I)
Telephone: +34 93 310 50 94
Website: Senyor Parellada
 
EUSKAL ETXEA
One of the best places to enjoy quality Basque gastronomy. The speciality is the traditional Basque “Pintxo”, a delicious tapa served on a slice of bread.
Price: Low
Address: Placeta Montcada 1-3 (Metro L4, Jaume I)
Telephone: +34 93 310 22 00
Email: barcelona@euskaletxeak.org
 

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