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Try the ice skating rink at Plaza Catalunya

Enjoy romantic Christmas

barcelona ice rinkWhat else makes Christmas more romantic than to do some ice skating with your love during the cold season?

For many people ice skating and winter simply belongs together. So what would Christmas in Barcelona be like without the typical ice skating? The second year now people can enjoy this activity at Plaza Catalunya in an outdoor ice skating rink.

The rink has an area of 1200m2 and is therefore the biggest outdoor rink in entire Europe. Hence, around 350 people are able to skate there at the same time. The ice rink opened already in November on the 22nd and is still open until the beginning of January. Last year over 80,000 people used the chance to do some romantic ice skating. Just take your friends and enjoy it!

The price for 1 hour amounts to 9 and for 30 minutes it amounts to 7€. The ice skate rental is included in both cases. There is also the possibility to get a hearty snack at the cafeteria for being prepared for the day. Within the changing area you can put on your ice skates.

Here are the opening times for the ice skating rink: Monday – Thursday: 10am to 9pm Friday, Saturday & public holiday: 10am to 11pm Sunday: 10am to 9pm

Additional information and a making of video can be found on their official webpage.

Here is the exact address of the rink: Plaça de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

You can get to Plaza Catalunya easily by Metro. The metro stop is called Catalunya. The hop-on-hop-off bus stops at Plaza Catalunya as well. Other bus lines, the Aerobus and night busses also have a stop at the place Picture credits: BCN Insiders

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Sagrada Familia Christmas market

Fira de Nadal 2013

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If you are heading out and look for Christmas markets in Barcelona already, we can give you a recommendation: the Christmas market at the Sagrada Familia from the 29th November until the 23rd December.

Christmas in Barcelona is bright, full of lights, charming and has a special atmosphere. The most important cultural monument the Sagrada Familia by famous Gaudi is place of a wonderful Christmas market containing around 120 stalls with different decorations, food and hand-made crafts. The sacred basilica is located in the Eixample district, known for its exclusivity, luxurious boutiques and beautiful, pompous buildings.

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The “mercado de Navidad”, how it is called in Spanish, begins on Friday the 29th November and ends at the end of December at the 23rd, Monday. The stalls are open daily from 10am until 10 pm. Even Santa Claus is visiting the Christmas market on two Saturdays to collect the children’s’ wish lists. Additionally, he will make a present to the children in form of cookies and balloons. The visit will be on two Saturdays in December, each from 6pm until 8pm. Credit pictures: Flickr Galleries SlapBcn, sun sand & sea, Barcelona.cat

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Don’t just sit there! Visit the Mercat Fira de Bellcaire

Famous old flea market in Barcelona

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You are tired of all those new shopping malls and you are looking for something unique from the past?

We have the solution for you ;-) ; the old flea market Mercat Fira de Bellcaire also known as El Encants in Barcelona near to Torre Agbar and Glóries.

This market is the biggest market in Barcelona and is famous, since it already is located there since the 14th Century. El Encants belongs to one of the oldest markets in Europe.

El Encants

Today the market is divided in two parts, as a newer area was build under a distinctive deck. Commercial activity is supposed to take place there, like offices and restaurants. The actual old flea market still takes places outside. However, the new building isn’t closed like a house. Therefore, it is possible to keep a feeling of openness and combining both parts.

Website: www.elsencantsbcn.com Address: Plaça de les Glòries, 08013, Barcelona Next metro/tram station: Glòries (red line). Opening hours: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am to 20:00 pm

Other markets can be found on the webpage from Barcelona.

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Cup & Cake Barcelona

Amazing little café to be found in Barcelona

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Today we have a delicious article about sweet little wonders in Barcelona.

Cupcakes, cakes, pastries … I am pretty sure nearly everybody out there enjoys the taste of one of these. A cupcake is somehow magical with its lovely appearance and its amazing taste. Various forms, colours and tastes inspire many people.

We want to recommend you now a wonderful and beautiful café in the district Eixample on Carrer Enric Granados: Cup & Cake (by the way … quite an intelligent name, isn’t it :-) ? )

The outside as well as the inside looks like a small white heaven, with all the pastries baked with love. The cupcakes are 100% handmade. You can simply feel the love inside it. The interior fits to the atmosphere: calm colours, vintage style, and lovely details.

They have several sorts of cupcakes, cakes and coffees. Additionally, they have other small snacks available: We recommend you to taste them!

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Cup & Cake even offers a 100% organic produced coffee, again you can feel the love in all their products!

If you want to spend a relaxing and comfortable day with your girls, your friends or your family, this might be the perfect choice for you. Go and try the Red Velvet or the typical Chocolate Cupcake. You will love them <3.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 - 20:30, Saturday-Sunay 10h - 20:30 Address: Carrer Enric Granados 145, Eixample, Barcelona Phone: 932 002 872 Internet: www.cupcakesbarcelona.com Metro stop: L3, Diagonal

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Fiesta de la cerveza 2013

“Oktoberfest” in Barcelona

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The Oktoberfest in Barcelona 2013 is near. The traditional celebration from Munich is a huge festival from Germany; with a lot of beer, music, dirndls and “O ‘zapft is!” Every tradition known from the Oktoberfest in Munich is also part of the Fiesta de la cerveza in Barcelona. (more...)
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Cirque du Soleil – December 2013

Dralion show will be presented in Barcelona

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December isn’t that far away anymore. If you’re looking for a wonderful Christmas present, we may have an excellent solution for you: Cirque du Soleil – Dralion show The Circus is famous for its wonderful costumes, artistic performances and fitting music. The Dralion show is full of Chinese acrobatic and derived from the eastern philosophy of harmony between nature and humans. The dragon and the lion are symbolizing animals, as they make up the name of the show: DRA-LION barcelona cirque du soleil2 barcelona cirque du soleil3 The four elements are represented by human beings in different colours, and therefore a balance between both parts is achieved. Nature and human are consistent with each other. This beautiful experience takes its visitors into the fascinating world of China. Cirque du Soleil will perform their show from the 18th of December 2013 until the 29th of December 2013 in the Palau Sant Jordi arena. Tickets are already on sale Below you can find the location on the map. The address is : Avinguda de l'Estadi, 50
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Barcelona’s secret Labyrinth Park

Spend a day in the nature!

Barcelona Laberinth Barcelona labyrinth For sure you read a plenty of touristic guides, before coming to Barcelona. Sagrada Familia, Torre Agbar, Park Güell … These and many more attractions will be mentioned as important tourist destinations. For sure, it is worth to see them… However, don’t you want to explore something untouched, distant to touristic crowds? Then we have a pleasant green place to recommend! – Parc de Labirint d’Horta As the name indicates it’s a labyrinth park in Horta, the oldest park located in Barcelona’s north. It was built in 1792 including two large pavilions. In the past the park as well as the buildings was a meeting point for the elite. The high society arranged events and festivals there. The park has two different gardens: The Labyrinth and the Romantic Garden It is easy to get lost within the labyrinth. If you need an orientation – the statue of Eros (the god of love) is located right in the middle of the labyrinth. barcelona laberinth romantic garden  Barcelona labyrinth 4 pic2 The Romantic garden is a wonderful arrangement of beautiful flowers and a romantic waterfall. Due to the entire romantic atmosphere within both parcs, many couples use the place as a secret haven. Opening hours The labyrinth is open throughout the entire year, but the opening hours vary from month to month:
  • January to February:    10 a.m - 6 p.m
  • March:                          10 a.m - 7 p.m
  • April:                             10 a.m - 8 p.m
  • May-September:           10 a.m - 9 p.m
  • October:                       10 a.m - 7 p.m
  • November-December:  10 a.m - 8 p.m
Price If you go on Wednesday or Sunday it is for free. The other days you have to pay 2,17€.
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Piknic Electronic Barcelona

Lazy Sundays? Forget it!

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For four months (June until September) Barcelona arranges the Piknic Electronic on various Sundays within the time span of 1pm to 10pm. The location of the events is the old amusement Park Montjuïc. The festivals are in collaboration with various companies. Different Djs enrich the day with their music, to make it unforgettable. The event promotes a sustainable environment and cultural values, as bringing together friends and family. The general entrance fee amounts to 11€ per Sunday, but there are other rates available. Tickets are beforehand available online. The upcoming weekend is the next to last PIKNIC on Sunday the 15th. The last chance for you to participate is the 22nd. piknic festival barcelona Following you can see the program for both days: Piknic #14 "20 YEARS OF KOMPAKT" When:  Sep 15 Where: Old amusement park- Montjuïc (Jardins de Joan Brossa) • 13:00 DJ FRAES • 17:00 TERRANOVADE • 19:00 COMA (live)DE • 20:00 MICHAEL MAYERDE Piknic #15 -LA MERCÈ- PIKNIC ELECTRONIK & RICHIE HAWTIN PRESENTS MINUS When:  Sep 22 Where: Old amusement park- Montjuïc (Jardins de Joan Brossa) • RICHIE HAWTINCA • PACO OSUNA ES • MATADOR (live)IE • HOBOCA • BAREMAR • ALFONSOES Only two Sundays left - so hurry up to spend a nice day with family and friends. At the botton you have the exact location of Park Montjuïc.
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Arctic Monkeys concert in November

The English indie rock band live in Barcelona

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In November 2013, Saturday the 16th, the indie rock band Arctic Monkeys will grace Barcelona with their presence. The band was founded in 2002 in Sheffield, England. Every of their four albums became famous and got top ranks in Great Britain’s charts. Their first album was released in 2006. This debut album leveraged their career. Their fifth and current album is called "AM" and it was released just yesterday in Europe. It includes songs like "Do I Wanna Know?" and "R U Mine?". Below you can find the music video to the song "R U Mine": Currently, the band is made up of four members: Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Matt Helders and Nick O’Malley, who joined in 2006. Their music is influenced by garage rock and post-punk. Tickets for the concert can be bought online at : www.ticketmaster.es The Arctic Monkeys will perform in Barcelona at the above mentioned time at the Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona. Location: Avinguda d'Alfons XIII 08921 Badalona, Barcelona España  
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Barcelona Shopping Night 2013 – La noche de compras

4th edition of Barcelona's shopping night

You are shopping addicted? Then you shouldn’t miss the 4th edition of Barcelona’s legendary shopping night this year! Again, over 80 shops in Passeig de Gracia open their doors for fashion lovers in the evening. Not only shops, but also restaurants and hotels extend their open hours until 01:00h for the kick-off Christmas shopping. Last years it was a great success and many people from everywhere joined this huge event. As always, it will take place at the end of November. The exact date is not fixed yet, so keep your eyes open for news. Participating shops are for example: Mango, Intimissimi, Michael Kors, Guess and H&M. To see which shops participated last year click here. Barcelona shopping night But the extended open hours aren’t the only amazing thing about this shopping night: Every year there are special activities within the shops for clients and potential customers. In many shops you get discounts, like last year at Mango : amazing 20% off. For those of you who want a makeover: One year ago Bershka offered an express hairdressing and make-up, but several other shops do so, too. Some shops even include a gift per purchase. There are many more exciting activities, so if you want to learn about last year’s activities go to this page. Barcelona Shopping Night Pic1 Here are again the most important details for you: What: Barcelona’s 4th shopping night When: End of November 2013 20:00h – 01:00h Where: Passeig de Gracia
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