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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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Barcelona’s architecture

A video slideshow with pictures

Barcelona is full of unique, modern and old architecture making this city as exciting and cultural as it is. The city was shaped with a vision to make it sociable, open, colourful and distinctive. Therefore, the town planning of the city itself is unique. Besides the Sagrada Familia and all the famous buildings by Gaudi, who shaped the city’s architectures to a major part, there are many more wondrously buildings in various forms. Amongst others you can see the Torre Telefonia, the Barcelona Pavilion and the Santa Caterina Market in this video slideshow, all with a completely different architectural style.

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Credit-card expenditures by economic sector in 2012

The graph below shows the international credit card spending in Barcelona, divided into economic sectors. Shopping is definitely on the first rank with approximately 35% of the total spendings by credit card. Accommodation and Transport are with 22% and 18% on the second and third rank. It is clear that the economic sector shopping is on the first place, since Barcelona is a shopping paradise for everybody. Every year an amazing Shopping Night takes place. An ultimate shopping guide for the city can be found here. One still has to keep in mind that these numbers are only credit card expenditures. Hence, if you add the cash expenditures as well, the numbers are even bigger.

  International credit-card spending by economic sector | Infographics
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Where to shop in Barcelona

Find out about the best shopping areas

We found a short informative video about shopping in Barcelona! It sums up some of the main shopping areas in Barcelona. To complete a perfect shopping guide, we have another article for you, which pretty much presents the ULTIMATE SHOPPING GUIDE. Passeig de Gracia, Corte Inglès, Las Ramblas, Margemagnum ... these and many more places welcome you to fill your closet around the year. Believe me : Barcelona is a shopping paradise so better bring enough money to be prepared ;)

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Top 10 cultural attractions visited in 2012

These are the principal 10 cultural attractions visited in Barcelona in 2012. Since Gaudi shaped the city a lot, his work appears three times in this list; La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and Park Güell. La Pedrera is even on place one with 47,8 %.

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Barcelona in time-lapse

Time lapse video from the most beautiful city

Earlier this year, we already shared with you a wonderful time lapse video from Barcelona by night. Now we would like to show you the same type of video, but this time as well by day! :-)

Casa Milà (architecture by Antoni Gaudí), the harbor, the Sagrada Familia and the nightlife ... all these monuments and attractions & much more is included!

Lean back, enjoy and share ;-)

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Mobile Apps Barcelona – the top 3!

Necessary touristic apps for your Smartphone

You get lost in Barcelona’s amazingly huge city? You don’t know how to go where & what to do in the evening? You simply need a direction and help? And you want it all easily accessible on your Smartphone?

Don’t worry – help is coming! :)

There are plenty of mobile apps related to Barcelona, whether you need it for your iPhone or Android Smartphone. Everybody will find his or fitting App. To relieve you of your choice, we selected the most helpful Apps available for you.

Top1: The “Official Barcelona Guide”

Barcelona Official Guide AppThis is a broad Barcelona guide containing all information you need on culture, shopping, hotels, beaches and gastronomy. It contains 350 pictures and over 1,000 references. You can search for important areas, like El Born, Eixample and Gràcia, but you can also search for restaurants and museum in general under the section “themes”. There is a general welcome section, where basic useful information is revealed. A map summarizes even the metro map as well as the Bus Turístic network. The user can create a favorite list, so that after some time everything is presented at a glance. A highlight is the possibility to book guided tours, tickets, flights or accommodations. The already is installed between 10,000-50,000 times and has an average rating of 4.2 of 5 stars. It’s available at Google play as well as in the iPhone app store.

Top 2: TMB Virtual

TMB Virtual BarcelonaFor sure if you come into a major city for the first time, the public transport might confuse you a lot. I have to admit, this holds true for me as well :-P . After some time I got used to it and I am pretty sure you will do so, too. Nonetheless, to simplify the start, this app is a must have. You can see where the next metro, bus, train and tram station is, you can plan your route and you can look up when the next desired bus is coming. It is available for English, Catalan and Spanish people, so it is basically very easy to use. The app has an average rating of 3.4 from 5 stars, due to the fact that some people have technical problems with this app. However, the inventors are doing regular updates on these problems.

Top 3: Barcelona Restaurants

barcelona restaurants mobile appTrue – You already can view restaurants in your official Barcelona guide app. Still, this app is recommendable if you are looking for the right restaurant just for you. You can select from categories like: French, Chinese, American, British… and many more. You can just select the type of food you would like to eat today . The restaurants are shown on the map and you can see the distance depending on whether you are in a car, by feet or on a bicycle. The complete address is available and the map shows you the way to your destination.

Packed with these apps, you cannot get lost in this wonderful city! Enjoy it ;-)

next stop barcelona app Here is another helpful secret tip: Get your free Barcelona Guide Application for Android: Offline maps and recommendations. Pictures: 1, 2, 3

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Timelapse Video Barcelona by night

We found this masterpiece on Youtube, which we would love to share with you:

An amazing Timelapse video of Barcelona by night showing you the Montjuic, Las Ramblas, Forum, taking you on a ride on Avenida Parallel, the Port, Plaza Catalunya, Arc de Triumf, the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Port Olimpico, the Magic Fountain, Casa Mila (by Antoni Gaudi), the Rambla del Mar, Tibidabo, the MNAC (Museum of National Art), Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the Port Vell (watch how fast the big cruise ships are moving in timelapse), Torre Agbar, Ronda Litoral and much more. ENJOY! For more nice information about Barcelona you should visit our Next Stop Barcelona Facebook
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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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