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La Mercè 2014: Barcelona’s biggest festival

Barcelona - La Mercè is on the agenda

  It's September and it's time for the biggest festival in Barcelona.  La Mercè 2014, with about 500 different events, will be held from Friday 19th to Wednesday 24th. By celebrating in the streets, the local people are honouring one of their patron-saints of the city: the Lady of the Mercy. The streets are full of artists, music, and dancing people. The guest city of La Mercè 2014  is Stockholm, Sweden. So, there are about 50 Swedish artists, who are the most fascinating and on-trend at the moment, performing in the streets as well. You'll be in town? We prepared a list with the most important events for you.   Castellers – Human Towersla mercè in barcelona One highlight of La Mercè 2014 is the Castellers that takes place at Plaça de Sant Jaume. The Castellers’ aim is to build a human tower as high as possible. It requires patience, good teamwork, and an amount of planning. However, it is a fantastic event that you will definetly enjoy!

Image  © by Connie Ma flickr gallery

Gigantes – Giants Parade la mercè-gigantes   The Giants Parade is a fantastic sight of giants dancing on the streets and marching around in circles. Accompanied by the play of flutes and drums, giant figures of queens, kings, saints, and nobles march the streets of Barcelona.

Image © by Stasiu Tomczak flickrgallery   Correfoc – Fire Run In the evening, a procession of fire-breathing dragons, accompanied by dangerous dragons and other monsters, usually takes place on the Via Laietana near Jaume I. They march the streets and try to scare the people.  Regarding to the firework and bangers, you should put on some clothes that won’t be ruined by a few sparks. Before the actual Correfoc,  there is also a more harmless event for children. Correfoc is definitely the most dangerous event of la Mercè 2014, but it is also the one you should not miss at all!

la mercè - correfoc

Image © by Jacob Garcia flickrgallery

For more information look at the programme with all the events of La Mercè 2014.    

 
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Vegan Barcelona: Juicy Jones for President

What do we know about the Spanish cuisine? It’s famous for specialties like dry ham, Paella, Crema Catalana, Tortilla and many more. All of those may sound great and pretty heavenly for most people – but what if you just can’t eat all of the above because you abdicated to animal products? Vegans coming to Barcelona could struggle with the fear of not finding ANYTHING to eat except plain salad and fruits, since Spain isn’t exactly known for a lot of vegetable delicates. DON’T WORRY ANYMORE – we found the perfect place for you to enjoy fancy and delicious vegan food! bcn_juicyjones2 “Juicy Jones” is what we are talking about. This amazing location is a vegan restaurant right in the heart of Barcelona offering delicates to die for. On the menu is a great selection of starters, main dishes and desserts: you can for example start with a great hummus dip, afterwards order a lasagna and finish your dinner (or lunch) with a tasty, creamy cheesecake. All completely vegetable and animal-free, all fresh! Don’t miss to accompany your food with one of Juicy Jones’ amazing juices which can be ordered in all different flavors and ingredient combinations. If you have trouble to decide, just go with the “zumo del dìa” that comes to a special price. The colorful restaurant is located just off Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas and therefore makes a great place to have a quick bite while spending a shopping day in the city. The food is amazing, drinks are refreshing, its design is lively and creative and the staff is friendly – sounds quiet perfect, right? :) bcn_juicyjones1 Address:  Calle Hospital 74 Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 10.00 am – 23.00 pm Price: Cheap Our Recommendation: Mexican Burger
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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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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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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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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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