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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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Barcelona District Guide: Welcome to Gràcia

There are truly so many places in Barcelona that should be seen. Besides all the famous sights and spots like Las Ramblas or Placa Cataluny this lovely city has so much more to offer – and to discover! Therefore today we are headed to show you something slightly different to the usual tourist path: Gràcia. Gràcia is an area of Barcelona and one of the districts you shouldn’t miss during your stay - and not just because there is the Park Güell nearby . As a matter of fact Gràcia actually was an independent town until the late 19th century, which might be a reason for the very unique atmosphere around there. Being just two train stops away from Placa Catalunya,  Gràcia still is in the midst of activities but does nevertheless surprise people by its own magical charm that does not have too much in common with the busy and crowdy lifestyle right around the corner. gracia_streets Very special are the many beautiful, bohemian buildings in the streets that might not be as tall as those in the city centre, but in fact it’s precisely this that gives the district its special, cosy look. Besides its lovely architecture Gràcia does of course also strike out because of so many other great features. Everybody who loves relaxing inside a sweet, little café, sipping a tasty Café Latte will feel very well-placed in Gràcia. There are a tone of small owner-managed coffee shops and bars in which you can enjoy great food and drinks in a very familiar and down-to-earth atmosphere. In that case “Mama’s Café” can be especially recommended – a cute place with a lovely terrace where you can enjoy quality products in a comfortable ambience. Also those of you who might be tired of packed shopping centers hosting just common brands will be happily pleased by the shopping possibilities in Gràcia. shopping_gracia While doing some “slow shopping” people can walk from one tiny boutique to another discovering all different kinds of treasures. From handmade jewelry, over creative home interior to unique clothes from young designers – quality and uniqueness is definitely emphasized. As a hint: take a look at the urban pieces from “Suite”. Another fun fact is that Gràcia holds its own festival every year in august. During this 5-day festivity called “La Festa Major de Gràcia” people are competing in street decoration and turn the area into one colorful beauty. The results are often pretty creative and spectacular and definitely worth a visit. festa_major_gracia Well, whoever longs for his or her very own Barcelona district experience with a big portion of real “neighborhood-feeling” should consider Gràcia as the place-to-be.
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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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Fiestas de Gracia in Barcelona

Colourful Catalan summer festival in Barcelona

La Fiesta Mayor de Gracia or just Fiestas de Gracia, is an exciting party which takes place once in a year in the area of Gracia. gracia fiestas It derives from a village of artisans, workers and small traders in the nineteenth century. In the past it was a small event in the neighborhood village and was unknown in this region and in Barcelona. Now Fiestas de Gracia is celebrated for the 197th time and it is a very popular and amazing event for locals and tourists in Barcelona. Especially for tourists it is a good opportunity to understand the Catalan culture and their habits. In addition everything is for free. In this week you can enjoy exhibitions, children's activities, workshops, sports, parades, exhibitions of different artists, dance, theater and more. At the Plaza del Sol and Plaza Rius i Taulet you can listen to concerts of jazz, rock, and also classical music. Enjoy also the traditional food which will be provided on these days in these areas. The best time to visit the Gracia area is in the evening from about 8 pm when it starts getting dark because later the lights on the streets will be turned on and you will not have the same effect of the decoration like in the darkness. The decoration of the streets, terraces and balconies is taken very seriously of the locals. Often they plan months before how to present proudly their own decoration. At the end there is a competition for the best balcony decoration and the best street decoration of the year. It is always a secret which theme will be presented every year. Let's be curious how they will surprise us is this year. This year from the 15- 21 August Barelona expects thousands of people for this colorful festival. Even though the concerts end at 2 am, every year the party goes on in other places until the morning. At the end of the article you will see on the map where Gracia and the parties are located. Do want to enjoy this festival in Barcelona on those days? Just go to www.habitatapartments.com and book your apartment. We provide beautiful apartments close to Gracia.
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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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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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