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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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Primavera Sound 2015!

From the 28th to the 30th of May is the 15th edition of Primavera Sound Festival so you can look forward to what is sure to be another fantastic Festival!

primavera sound-2015 Primavera, is an annual music festival that takes place in Barcelona and is held within the Parc del Fòrum leisure site—located approximately 6 km north east from the center of Barcelona—in the Diagonal Mar area of the Sant Martí district, by the coast of the Balearic Sea. The event is one of the largest music festivals in Spain, with an increasing attendance rate of more than 100,000 each year. To buy tickets for Primavera Sound Festival Click here cartel primavera sound 2015 If you are looking for a place to stay during Primavera then check out Habitat Apartments where you will find apartments to accomodate any amount of people. Featured below is the Blue Ground C Apartment which is about 15 minutes walk from the festival and can sleep up to 10 people. blue-ground-c-apartment-barcelona If you liked this article and want more advice then follow us on our social media sites below!  :-) Image taken from www.thespacelab.tv
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Sant Jordi´s Day in Barcelona – Love and Literature!

St. Jordi´s day is Catalunya's version of Valentine's Day and is a one day festival of romance, roses and books all inspired by the legend of Saint George on 23rd April every year.

sant-jordi-barcelona St. Jordi is the patron saint of Catalonia (along with the Virgin of Montserrat) and so Sant Jordi is celebrated on 23rd April to commerate his death on that date in the year 303 AD. The legend of Saint George, which you probably have heard, is that Saint Jordi slew a dragon to save a princess - and then plucked a red rose for the princess from a rose bush, which had sprouted on the exact spot, where the dragon's red blood had spilled. On Sant Jordi's day it has long been a tradition that the men in Barcelona and Catalunya give their sweetheart a red rose, but now in more recent years, due to the simultaneous deaths of Miguel Cervantes and William Shakespeare on 23 April 1616, a new tradition arose at the beginning of the 20th century which is that now the ladies give the men a book. There are bookstalls and book markets all over Barcelona on Sant Jordis day especially on Las Ramblas and Rambla de Catalunya. By the end of the day, some four million roses and 800,000 books will have been purchased. Most women will carry a rose in hand, and half of the total yearly book sales in Catalonia take place on this occasion. [caption id="attachment_3912" align="alignnone" width="450"]Different Coloured Roses Different Coloured Roses © image: Zelik[/caption] Nowadays roses of many different colours are sold to be given as a present with each colour symbolizing something different: Red rose – usually given to lovers because it symbolizes passion and love. Blue rose - usually given to friends since they symbolize trust. It is said that if you give blue roses to someone who is anxious, it will help that person to feel more calm. Pink roses - usually given to thank someone else for an important favour, or simply for that persons affection. Purple roses - symbolize nobelty, femininity and seduction White roses - symbolize purity and innocence, and are often given to express someone the desire of having a deep long relationship Yellow roses - less common, but are also seen. They symbolize joy and happiness, thus they are usually given to teenagers and also in celebrations   Although it is not a public holiday in Catalonia you can definitely sense that there is a fiesta taking place as the whole center of the city is filled with people. Listed below are the areas with the highest number of book stalls and roses, but bear in mind that these areas will be very busy and crowded so if you want somewhere a bit more relaxed then move a little further out of the center.   Plaça Sant Jaume Metro: Jaume I (Yellow Line, L4) Plaza Catalunya Metro: Catalunya (Red Line, L1) or (Green Line, L3) La Rambla (Las Ramblas) Metro: Drassanes (Green Line, L3) Metro: Liceu (Green Line, L3) Metro: Catalunya (Green Line, L3) If you are going to be in Barcelona around this time and you still haven´t found somewhere to stay then take a look at Habitat Apartments where you will find a wide range of great apartments available to rent. Featured below is the Ferran Suites Apartment which is in the perfect location if you are wanting to celebrate Sant Jordi´s Day! [caption id="attachment_3924" align="alignnone" width="390"]Ferran Suites Apartment Ferran Suites Apartment[/caption] If you liked this article and would like to see more then give us a like on our social media sites!
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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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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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Barcelona welcomes the “Night of Museums” again

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. bcn_museunacionaldartdecatalunya 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!
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La Roca Village: Designer Outlet Shopping for Everybody

Basically, holidays are about relaxing, sunbathing, reading, of course sightseeing and the beach. Something else? YES, we definitely missed out on one majorly important leisure activity: shopping! The thrill of spending money on beautiful things may even be more delightful when discovering foreign cities – and stores. If you are planning on traveling to the exciting town of Barcelona, we are happy to share a great shopping destination tip with you: La Roca Village. bcn_larocavillage La Roca Village is an amazing Shopping Center just around half an hour outside the Catalan capital which offers real attractive discounts on all the well-known designers. Shopaholics profit from the lovely selection more than 100 designers provide, most of them in fashion but there is also a good range of cosmetics, beauty and homeware. Basically, there is nothing you could not get at this exquisite shopping heaven. Spanish Brands, street fashion and luxury designers all gather together, for example:
  • Loewe
  • Versace
  • Hugo Boss
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Burberry
  • Desigual
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Nike
  • L’Occitane
  • Villeroy & Boch etc.
To make everything super perfect: reaching La Roca is very easy. It is either possible to take the comfortable “Shopping Express”, a bus starting from Passeig de Gracia 6 or the World Trade Center to daily drive fashion lovers right to the Shopping Centers entrance. Or you can of course also get their independently by car and use the free, 2028 parking spots offering car park area. No question that there is a tone of various food stands and cafés, so it is really not a problem at all to comfort hunger and thirst and spend the whole day at La Roca Village. Especially great for shopping-loving parents is that you can find two playgrounds in the area where your little ones can entertain themselves while you enjoy the new Versace collection. So, ladies and gents: let the shopping begin :-)
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10 Things to Do in Barcelona

Of course there is a lot more that can be done in the amazing city of Barcelona - but let's start with these 10 tips :-)
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Casa Batlló: Visual and augmented tour coming soon

These are really great news. The Casa Batlló is not only one of the most impressive and famous buildings of Barcelona, now it is even about to be one of the cities most progressive sights when it comes to technologies. bcn_casa_batllo The Casa Battlò is just about to launch a brand new way of visit based on augmented and visual reality. By cutting edge mobile devices spectators soon will be able to see Gaudí’s impressive building from the very beginning of the 20th century. By simply holding up a tablet people can spy on how the Batlló family used to live in its now world-famous residence, including details like furniture, decoration etc. With the aim of giving visitors the best possible experience and adding a feature that used to be impossible, the Augmented Reality Tour is really a great bonus to anybody’s visit to the already very worth-seeing Casa Batlló. bcn_casa_batllo2 You want to be one of the first to explore this new technology? Until May 1st you can book tickets online – a special bonus: the first 80 registrations can enjoy the pleasure of entering FOR FREE. More information plus the registration form can be found here.
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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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