Barcelona Boat Show 2014

October is here and the temperatures has began to drop but…Don’t just say “goodbye” to summer! The 53th edition of the Barcelona International Boat Show 2014 is right around the corner and it will heat Barcelona’s seaside, giving visitors “the chance to dive into an ocean of new experiences”.

Held from 15 to 19 October in the Port Vell, the show will have four themed areas for experiencing everything nautical and if you are a beginner don’t worry. There will be different areas for everybody to enjoy the boat show.  The program includes a variety of activities which will thrill every possible audience.  In the “Fun Area” visitors will get started in nautical sports: #dinghysailing, #paddle-surfing, #canoeing and #kayaking, amongst others. Your kids will love it and so will you! One of the standout new features this year will be the installation of a wave generator for surfing in the Port Vell harbour.

For the more grown-ups the Sailing Night Experience will let you enjoy an exclusive atmosphere with live music, tastings and other activities.

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After all these tough years the sector begins to show recovery signals and this edition is expected to be one of the best of the last years. With more than 160 exhibitors and 700 brands, it will be possible to admire the most luxurious yachts and super yachts that you will only be able to see in the “floating exposition” and in TV programs about the fancy vacations of the rich and the famous. 

There is a lottery ad here that says: “We don’t have cheap dreams” and I must add: “but dreaming is free!”.  Come and live your dream at the Barcelona Boat Show 2014.  Who knows! Maybe next summer you will be sailing in your own boat!

Luxury apartments available!

apartments for boat show 2014

 

 

La Mercè, Barcelona’s Annual Festival

 

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If you are in Barcelona during this weekend you will enjoy a complete scenario of traditions and culture: “gegants” (giants), “sardanas” (a traditional dance) and castells (human towers), among others. Highlights include the Correfoc or Fire Run, featuring costumed devils and fire-breathing dragons. Not to miss: The fireworks display near the Montjuïc Fountain. Will leave you breathless!

This year the celebration will be more than special as it commemorates 300 years of the events of 11 September 1714. The program includes free concerts, shows and acts in the most emblematic spots simultaneously: Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina, Parc de la Ciutadella, Plaça Catalunya, Plaça de Sant Jaume and others.

The soundtrack of La Mercè 2014 will host all rhythms: pop, rock and traditional roots music. BAM  (Barcelona Acció Musical) will be the specialty of the festival and this year includes Swedish rhythms in their programming, with Stockholm as guest city.To check the complete concerts program click here.

If you are eager to live a different festival full of culture and tradition, book your apartment today and come to enjoy La Mercé with your family or friends. You will not regret it!

Apartment available from 118€ per night, up to 4 sleeps, 5 minutes walk from Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina and Montjuïc.

 

La Diada, The Day of Catalonia

COMING TO BARCELONA ON SEPTEMBER 11? Need to read this…

This holiday commemorates the fall of Barcelona in the hands of the Bourbon troops during the War of Spanish Succession on September 11, 1714, after fourteen months of siege. The Catalan Parliament declared September 11 as the National Day of Catalonia, “La Diada” and there are programmed several events for the day. The city is planning to receive more than 400,000 visitors, taking part in the acts.

If you are arriving on this day, keep in mind that it will be a difficult day regarding transportation, and the city will be full up. We never recommend taking the train from the airport on normal days and even less so, on a day like Sep 11, pickpockets will take advantage of the crowded trains. The best way to get into the city is taking the Aerobús, that will take you to Plaça Catalunya, final stop, were you should hop-off.

… or your best bet, our bizFlats Airport Transferhttp://www.bizflats.com/en/services/barcelona-airport-transfers-car-hire-corporate-and-limo-transportation.html “from the plane to your apartment – your hassle free arrival.

You are arriving on a very special day with lots of people on the streets, so get ready for this festive occasion, and observe all the logical security measures regarding your cameras, wallets, purses, phones, etc., as you will do in any other place of the world which is heavily crowded.

Be prepared and enjoy your trip!