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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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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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Gaudí’s Casa Milà in restorations for the whole year

Casa Milà The Casa Milà - designed by Antoni Gaudí – has been built during the years 1906 and 1912 and is located in the district Eixample in Barcelona, close to the city centre. For already thirty years, it belongs to the world cultural heritage of the UNESCO. Now, the third period of restorations has begun, the Casa Milà needs to be restored again. Why does it need to be restored? The Casa Milà – also known as La Pedrera - is made of two different types of stone: the Garraf lime stone and the Vilafranca one. These materials degenerate and this is why La Pedrera needs to be restored every ten to twelve years. The restoration started on the 8th of January and will last throughout the whole year, producing costs around 750,000 Euros. The façades of La Pedrera will be hidden behind scaffolds and awnings, whereupon some of the awnings will be publicity ones suspended on the sight's front, aiming to partly finance the restoration. The restoration itself enfolds the cleaning of the stones as well as the reparation of the fractures and of the carcasses of the balconies. Because of the hidden façades, pictures cannot be taken anymore which might make a lot of tourists very sad. But stunning pictures of the Casa Milà can also be taken inside at the patio or - even better - up on the rooftop, where tourists can get an amazing view all over Barcelona. It is definitely still worth visiting it!
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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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Sagrada Familia Christmas market

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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.

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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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Cup & Cake Barcelona

Amazing little café to be found in Barcelona

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Today we have a delicious article about sweet little wonders in Barcelona.

Cupcakes, cakes, pastries … I am pretty sure nearly everybody out there enjoys the taste of one of these. A cupcake is somehow magical with its lovely appearance and its amazing taste. Various forms, colours and tastes inspire many people.

We want to recommend you now a wonderful and beautiful café in the district Eixample on Carrer Enric Granados: Cup & Cake (by the way … quite an intelligent name, isn’t it :-) ? )

The outside as well as the inside looks like a small white heaven, with all the pastries baked with love. The cupcakes are 100% handmade. You can simply feel the love inside it. The interior fits to the atmosphere: calm colours, vintage style, and lovely details.

They have several sorts of cupcakes, cakes and coffees. Additionally, they have other small snacks available: We recommend you to taste them!

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Cup & Cake even offers a 100% organic produced coffee, again you can feel the love in all their products!

If you want to spend a relaxing and comfortable day with your girls, your friends or your family, this might be the perfect choice for you. Go and try the Red Velvet or the typical Chocolate Cupcake. You will love them <3.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 - 20:30, Saturday-Sunay 10h - 20:30 Address: Carrer Enric Granados 145, Eixample, Barcelona Phone: 932 002 872 Internet: www.cupcakesbarcelona.com Metro stop: L3, Diagonal

Credit pictures: 1, 2, 3

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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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Barcelona: 5th best city in the world for nightlife!


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Hoteles.com asked 27,000 tourists from all over the world for the best city for nightlife and got a great result! Barcelona is the fifth best city in the world for nightlife! Opium_MarThe ranking, which was published today is headed by New York and on the eigth place, three behind the Catalan capital is Madrid. Next to the Big Apple on the podium is Las Vegas, the paradise of the players as second and London on the third place. (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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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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