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Best places in Barcelona for a nice trip

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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Barcelona World Mobile Congress GSM 2015

Over the course of four days, 2-5 March 2015, Mobile World Capital Barcelona will host the world’s greatest mobile event: Mobile World Congress. Below we have explained a bit about what this is and we have chosen some brilliant apartments that are nearby to the event!

World Mobile Congress
[caption id="attachment_3890" align="aligncenter" width="576"]World Mobile Congress World Mobile Congress[/caption] The event aims to highlight all of the most recent innovation, and show that when it comes to technology anything is possible. The 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress will convene industry leaders, visionaries and innovators to explore the trends that will shape mobile in the years ahead. Depending on the type of pass selected, attendees can take advantage of the many components that make up this industry-leading event:
  • A world-class thought-leadership Conference featuring visionary keynotes and panel discussions
  • A cutting-edge product and technology Exhibition featuring more than 1,900 exhibitors
  • The world’s best venue for seeking industry opportunities, making deals, and networking
  • App Planet, the Centre of the Mobile Apps Universe, where the mobile app community gathers to learn, network and engage with innovators
  • Global Mobile Awards programme, where we recognise industry innovation and achievements
  • And, all MWC pass holders can attend 4YFN, an event focused on startups, corporations, and investors
 
ADN 41 [caption id="attachment_3875" align="alignnone" width="300"]ADN 41 Terrace ADN 41 Terrace[/caption] Lovely apartment in Barcelona ideal for a relaxing holiday away from the noise of the city center with all the necessary amenities and easy access to public transport. It’s lovely terrace will become the ideal place to relax after a day of sightseeing. Elegant details in its decoration and modern amenities including will welcome you to a great stay in the city. In one open space there are: living room with double sofa bed, dining room, fully equipped open kitchen. Terrace with table and chairs. This apartment overlooks Plaza Espanya and so it is only a stones throw from the World Mobile Congress conference. There are 8 other apartments in this building so if you are coming in a big group this building is ideal to accomodate up to 45 people.   Plaza Espanya 1 [caption id="attachment_3874" align="alignnone" width="300"]Plaza Espanya 1 Living Area Plaza Espanya 1 Living Area[/caption] This spacious and luminous apartment is located in the Sants district, near Plaça España and Montjuic. Quiet district full of history, Sants is just at 5 stops to Plaça Catalunya. Ideal for families or groups of friends wanting to have both calm and easy access to all the city. Plaza España 1 provides sleep up for 4 people in its 2 double bedrooms. There is also a sofa-bed available for 1 person in the cosy living-room. A large dining table stands in this main room, next to the modern and fully equipped open-kitchen. Two ample windows leading to 2 balconies bring sunlight into the room. There are 2 other apartments in this bulding so if you are a large group we can accomodate you.    Blanca 1 [caption id="attachment_3873" align="alignnone" width="300"]Blanca 1 living area Blanca 1 living area[/caption] Blanca 1 apartment is ideal for a relaxing holiday away from the noise of the city center with all the necessary amenities and with easy access to public transport and closet to the World Mobile Congress. The predominant white color all over the place, small details in its decoration and modern amenities including will welcome you to an unforgettable stay. It has two bedrooms, each with double bed and large closet. The first room overlooking the street Riera Blanca and the second with internal view. One complete bathroom with shower. Large living room with double sofa bed, dining for 6 and a fully equipped open kitchen. Patio with laundry area. There is 4 other apartments in the same building that can be rented, so if you are a large group then these apartments are perfect. There is also Parking within 100m of the apartment  
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El Raval – an opposing district

There is no other district in Barcelona that is as strong in its contrasts itself as El Raval. On one hand, there are still some locations with drug dealers, prostitutes and a lot of migrants, on the other hand there are more and more places with artists, youths, small boutiques as well as bars and restaurants. El Raval used to be the city’s red light district marked by poverty and low life quality. Its second name is still Barri Xino – said to be under Chinese conditions – and as already mentioned, there are still some unattractive places. But on the other side, there is no other district that is that authentic and multi-cultural as this part of Barcelona. In 1988, the Catalan government started a huge urban campaign investing a lot of money in cleaning this area. First, they built the MACBA (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona). It was supposed to seem like a stone thrown into water – and it worked. Around the building, there were built other cultural centers as the CCCB. The MACBA gave the district a developing push. Today, it hosts primarily art of Catalán artists, but also from international artists as Anselm Kiefer. Right next to the building, there is the CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona) located in the former building of mercy. The building, where once poor people were feeded, is today a place for presentations, projects, and exhibitions. From 6th November until 8th December, it hosts the World Press Photo 14. palau güell Palau Güell, rooftop terrace As a matter of fact, El Raval has its own Gaudí building as well. In the Carrer Nou de la Rambla, you find the Palau Güell built by Antoni Gaudí in the end of the 19th centry. This house is the former residence of the industrialist Güell and his family who lived there until 1936. For 12 Euro you are able to visit the whole building, starting in the cellar, the former stable, and going continously upstairs, ending on the rooftop terrace with its colourful chimneys. At the latest, when you leave the Palau, there will be one Gaudí fan more in the world. If you are looking for a nice place to spend some peaceful moments, the Eglésia Sant Pau might be perfect for you. The former monastery, built in the 10th century in the open country, opens his doors every day from 10am to 12 noon. It is not a very touristic place, and if you want to escape the noises of the city for a bit, don't hesitate to visit it. Another nice place for a break is the Antic Hospital Santa Creu, where Gaudí passed away after his tram crash. The beautiful courtyard is similiar to a park where everyone comes together. You will see students, tourists, parents with their children as well as old people. There is also a nice café in the courtyard called El Jardí. monastery sant pauIf you want to go for a little shopping trip, the Carrer del Carme invites to stroll along small boutiquets and designing shops. It is a nice way to enjoy another part of the lively neighbourhood El Raval. A nice place for dinner or lunch, is la Fabrica Moritz where you can get good food for a low price. When you go for it, you should definitely taste the house-made beer. However, you should still have in mind that there is also a dangerous part in this district. So, if you feel insecure especially at night, please spend a few Euro and take a taxi through the district to get safe to your destination. El Raval  is multi-cultural and historic; it is lively, vibrant and authentic; it is fashionable as well as a cultural center. It is a district full of personlaity, and always alive. But it is still the most dangerous part of Barcelona. Did this opposing district of Barcelona convince you?Do you want to get to know more about it? Go for it, and enjoy the vibrant and authentic atmopsphere.   One Day in El Raval You could start your day at the monastery Sant Pau enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. Your next stop might be the Palau Güell, only 5 minutes walking distance away. After diving in Gaudí's past, you could start your way to the CCCB, strolling first through the streets, entering the Antic Hospital Santa Creu and having a break at El Jardí. After ambling along Carrer del Carme you could visit CCCB spending a few hours there. To finish off with the day, you might go for dinner at Fabrica Moritz. If you are still keen in doing somethings afterwards, you might make a sortie into the London Bar which once hosted Picasso and Hemmingway. © image Palau Güell: synes (flickr)  
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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

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

 
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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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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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Barcelona y Flamenco: Where art meets passion

Everybody who loves music and dancing should really not skip the following passages and keep on reading because we would like to introduce you to one of Barcelona’s best and most famous shows: Barcelona y Flamenco. As you've probably already recognized by its name, this project is all about the great art of flamenco. Being established since 2004 Barcelona y Flamenco does now even offer two different productions. First, there is Opera y Flamenco which actually is Barcelona’s most seen flamenco show. Combining the sensual dance and opera there really is a lot an interested audience can enjoy. To sum it up, people can see an intense mixture of high-arts broaching the issue of different love stories presented by fantastic dancers and singers. bcn_barcelonayflamenco As a newer adaption Barcelona y Flamenco came up with another show called Gran Gala Flamenco which is a little more traditional at heart than its successful forerunner. Not having its focused set on telling stories, the Gala is more intended to give an overview of what flamenco actually is, where it came from and what different sides there are to it. Since the passionate dance was already born in the 18th century and does now offer so many different and lovely interpretations this journey worshipping the original dance of gypsy people is nothing else but worth seeing. In addition to great art comes the pleasant fact that both of these shows take place in remarkable locations like the Palau de la Música and the Teatre Poliorama – so even architecturally interested people get their money worth. Everybody who is interested to see one – or both – of these amazing spectaculars by now can buy their tickets easily online. In this sense: “Ay”! :-) bcn_palaudelamusica
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