See Some of the Best Places to Stay in Barcelona

See Some of the Best Places to Stay in Barcelona

Barcelona is a bustling international city whose heart beats for business and tourism alike. As a local short-term rental company we cater to both corporate and private clients, offering a variety of luxury flats throughout the city. Whether you’re looking for a place conveniently located in the heart of downtown on your business trip to Barcelona, or a spot on the beach for the much-needed vacation, you’ll find a great variety of the best places to stay in Barcelona through bizFlats. We offer everything from classic beach villas to trendy converted lofts. These short-term rentals come with great amenities including television, internet access and laundry facilities.

Check out some of these different accommodation styles among the best places to stay in Barcelona.

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The Loft Kitchen

Loft at Casanova
This spacious loft is the epitome of luxury. With avant-garde design and decor you’ll get a sense for modern Barcenlona. This great flat is located in the midst of Eixample, the modern neighborhood of Barcelona known for its architecture, shopping and close proximity to the famous Placa Catalunya. The loft is available for monthly rentals and comes equipped with WiFi, a modern kitchen, gorgeous views and natural light all day.

Stiges Villas
Just 25 minutes from the heart of Barcelona lies the village of Stiges, which is a favorite weekend destination for city slickers looking to simplify things for a few days. Located in a smart residential neighborhood you’ll find two neighboring villas with sweeping sea views, infinity pools and amazing modern architecture. These two gems are built into a mountain whose rock is exposed for interesting and unique design elements. Both places have state-or-the-art kitchens and a variety of sleeping arrangements available for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. These dreamy accommodations are less than 10 minutes from the beach.

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The CupCake Kitchen

Beach Apartments
We offer a variety of beach properties right downtown. Our Boutique apartment is on Rampla Poblenou and a quick walk to beach. This three bedroom apartment is beautifully decorated with designer furniture. The main bedroom includes a full en suite bathroom as well a balcony overlooking La Rambla. The Colonial apartment is just a one minute walk from the port area of downtown. This modern luxury apartment is located in an Gothic building in the Gothic quarter known for its enchanting medieval streets. The romantic CupCake apartment is located very close to both La Rambla and the beach, making it a prime location for a getaway.  This comfortable accommodation is known for its natural light and beautiful eat-in kitchen.

If you’re planning a trip to Barcelona be sure to check out the variety of bizFlats accommodations right downtown and in the greater Barcelona area. Whether for business or pleasure your trip will be complete in one of our great Barcelona flats. We can even help you book suitable transportation to your accommodations here in Barcelona if you fill out this simple formWe have a reputation for providing some of the best places to stay in Barcelona, and we are sure you’ll find what you’re looking for and enjoy ever minute of your stay in our beautiful city. 

 

The Palace of Catalan Music is a Feast for Both the Eyes and the Ears

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The Palace of Catalan Music / Photo By kkmarais via Flickr

In the heart of Barcelona, Spain you’ll find the Palace of Catalan Music, which is just as much an historical institution as it is a center for the arts. Featuring world-renown art in both performance arts and in fine arts, this is certainly a stop worth making on your trip to Barcelona. Whether you’re seeing a performance, taking a tour, or just walking by you won’t be disappointed that you visited that Palace.

Built between 1905 and 1908, the Palace of Catalan Music is itself a masterful work of art. Part of the turn-of-the-century Catalan Art Nouveau movement, also known as modernisme, it is the only art venue of this style to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It stands today as a symbol of the history and heritage for the people of Catalonia. The building’s beautiful architecture is centered around a metal structure covered in glass, flooding it with natural light and making it a wonderful place for large installations.

The Palace has three separate venues. Two are large concert auditoriums, and the third is an intimate concert room for small shows. It also has two meeting places, one is used for intermissions, while the other is an event venue. Each space has a unique art piece all its own, and evoke strong senses of place.

This unique center for the arts is the culmination of local, national and international talent performing in an historic setting. The Palace also has a renowned music education program and guided tours of their gorgeous building. The house Chamber Choir is a professional international benchmark. These 22 voices are devoted to rediscovering the Catalan musical heritage while embracing international choral music and developing new works. This traveling group has worked with the most prestigious international orchestras, opera companies, and conductors.

Shows at the Palace of Catalan Music are diverse and entertaining. Here are some listings for the 2014 holiday season.

Soweto Gospel Choir – Gospel Greats
This South African gospel choir will be performing a tribute concert to Nelson Mandela.

Waltzes and Dance Festival – Orquestra Sinfonica del Valles
This is a festival of Waltzes, Dance and gospel.

Christmas Gospel Rhythm – Alabama Gospel Choir
This show is a journey through the history of gospel from the 19th century to modern Christmas tunes that invite the crowd to join in.

Christmas With Swing – Coros de las Escuelas del Conservatario del Liceu
This is an instrumental and vocal jazz show by students of all ages.

Great New Year’s Concert – Strauss Festival Orchestra and Ballet
This is one of Europe’s most famous tours celebrating the musical traditions of 19th century Vienna.

When you visit the Palace of Catalan Music you’ll be treated to several unique, and famous experiences. The Palace itself is a symbol of an artistic movement set in that particular area while simultaneously celebrating its cultural heritage. The in-house acts are just as noteworthy as the guest ensembles they host from around the world. The Palace of Catalan Music is worth a trip when you’re visiting Barcelona. If you’re looking for a great accommodation while in town, check out the great bizFlats apartments scattered about this beautiful city.

5 Must-visit Tapas Restaurants in Barcelona

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Bar Tapas / Photo By Grey World via Flickr

You can’t possibly visit Barcelona without a legendary tapas experience. Traditionally food to snack on at the bar, some restaurants have made a very sophisticated cuisine of tapas. Both the casual snacks of cheese, cured meats and olives, as well as the fancier slow cooked dishes served tapas style are worth your exploring. This fashion of serving small dishes encourages camaraderie, sharing, and delightful conversation. In some settings diners are even encouraged to stand and move around with the convenience of small, delicate nibbles of food. Some of these spots are actually so petite that the intimate environment offers no choice but to have a mobile meal.

Here are 5 favorite Tapas restaurants in Barcelona

    1. Quimet i Quimet
      This classic tiny tapas bar specializing in conservas (preserved shellfish) and montaditos (tapas over bread). Any seafood dish here is delicious. If seafood isn’t your favorite then you will definitely enjoy their various charcuterie tapas. You’ll want to arrive early for cocktails as this small places fills up fast.

  • La Tieta
    This is as traditional as it gets. It’s nothing fancy, but is good, old fashioned tapas served with choice wine, and flowing draft beer. You’ll get great, homey Mediterranean flavors of chickpeas, prawns and olives, with a delicious drink alongside it.
  • El Vaso de Oro
    One of the most famous bars in the whole city, El Vaso de Oro’s tapas are just as exciting as its extensive draft beer selection. The bar will be packed, no matter how many people are eating, so be sure to get there early. This is the spot for beer-lovers in the whole city, and the little bites will be a great pairing to whatever you’re drinking.
  • El Sortidors del Parlament
    This is a great place for wine-lovers with their stunning selection of vintages from around the world. Perched beside an old wine barrel you’ll enjoy wonderful wines and dried and cured meats. You will surely leaving feeling happy and full!
  • Tapas 24
    This is a great place to explore the modern tapas movement. Focusing on quality, local produce, Chef Carles Abellan draws a crowd for his oxtails stews, fried prawns and other signature snacks. If you’re a foodie, this is the place to go to check out what this beloved Spanish chef and restaurateur is doing to the tradition of tapas.

 

Tapas restaurants in Barcelona will mix this variety of history and nouveau cuisine experiences into a delightful night of food and drink. You’ll experience some of the traditional salty bar snacks of cured meats, cheeses olives and bread – which are surely designed to keep you thirsty! – as well as more modern takes on tapas dining. It will be an delicious and inviting night out in this beautiful city, as you mingle and eat communally. While staying in one of the luxurious bizFlats accommodations you’re sure to have a great tapas experience nearby as Barcelona is know for its food culture worldwide. You will definitely find something to your taste around this gorgeous city on the sea.

The Opera is Spectacular at the Gran Teatre del Liceu

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La Rambla, home of Gran Teatre del Liceu / Photo By Justin via Flickr

The Gran Teatre del Liceu is not only Barcelona’s premier opera house, but a historical institution founded on La Rambla in 1847. It is a symbol of the city’s diverse arts culture. Visiting the Teatre on La Rambla would be a great night out in Barcelona, is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. A nice meander down the tree-lined, open air mall, and maybe a meal or cappuccino at one of the outdoor cafes would be a great precursor or finish to a show. This outing in the heart of Barcelona will be all but disappointing whether it’s your first time in Barcelona, or you’re just looking for something new to try in this wonderful city.

Founded as a theatrical center for the city, a program for Italian-style singing was eventually cultivated. In a one-and-a-half centuries of existence it went through many stages of development, mostly in ownership and management. Finally, in 1994 on the the 31st of January the stage and Auditorium burned to the ground. In 1997 the Gran Teatre del Liceu was rectified. Though certainly a modernized version of its predecessor, the new building is every bit as inviting, elegant and encompassing of Barcelona’s history and culture as ever.

Here are some of the upcoming 2015 operas at the Gran Teatre del Liceu:

Maria Stuarda
This is a lyric tragedy by Giuseppe Bardar based on the play Maria Stuart by Friedrich con Schiller. It tells the story of the rivalry between Mary, Queen of the Scots and her powerful cousin Elizabeth I.

Una voce in off / La voix humaine
These back-to-back one-act operas are wonderful juxtapositions to each another. Una voce in off is a romantic opera about a woman falling in love while hearing the voice of her dead husband through a tape recorder. La voix humaine, on the other hand, is a lyric tragedy about a woman who refuses to accept the truth.

Norma
This is Vincenzo Bellini’s most famous opera, and a lyric tragedy of Italian romanticism in which the high priestess, Norma, falls in love, breaks her vow of celibacy and has two children. This story of the classic revengeful and passionate heroine is a must-see for any opera fans.

Siegfried
This is the third part of The Ring of Nibelung, a monument of Western culture. This classic drama of the human urge to self-destruct finds the characters moved beyond sense to violate the laws of nature.

Tristan und Isolde
A classic drama of betrayal, guilt, and revenge is the ultimate battle for honor in this story of nonsensical passion. Wagner’s classic tale paralleling romanticism and modernity is another one for the opera lovers out there.

If you’re a real opera buff than you might consider staying at one of these bizFlats accommodations right in La Rambla neighborhood where Gran Teatre del Liceu is located. Besides the opera you can enjoy the many shops, cafes and restaurants in this historic and beautiful part of Barcelona. Buy your opera tickets in advance to be sure to get the best seats for your favorite show. While you’re staying in the area check out some of the other great La Rambla attractions.

How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Barcelona

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Torre Agbar | Photo By Daniel Daranas

 

New Year’s Eve Barcelona 2014New Year’s Eve in Barcelona is legendary, with the country’s wonderful traditions wrapped up in the setting of this beautiful, historic city. While you’re romping around the town waiting for the clock to strike midnight it’s encouraged that you’ve adorned yourself in red undies. Cava, a delicious Spanish champagne, is the midnight drink, which accompanies the twelve grapes everyone is to eat with the twelve chimes of the clock. The tradition of grape-eating is meant to bring you a great year ahead. Beware though, it’s much harder than it sounds to stuff twelve seeded grapes in your mouth in just twelve dings of the clock! Locals tend to take a late supper at home before congregating with the public in various places, be it a club, street, or beach to celebrate the countdown. Paella is a traditional Spanish dish that many people will serve in celebration of the holiday. This dish is typically served as a rice and seafood dish cooked slowly. Hailing from Valencia it is typically referred to as Spain’s national dish, and is a wonderful communal meal to eat with friends and family. After a late meal there are many options for celebrating New Year’s Even in Barcelona. The Plaça d’Espanya is a popular spot, especially among visitors. From 23:30 until the New Year hits there will be live performances including the famous Castellers – the human castle builders. The fountain waters and fireworks show makes for quite the spectacule.

The Torre Agbar is another famous New Year’s Eve in Barcelona sight to see. This landmark becomes a beautiful light show worth checking on December 31st. For an incredibly traditional New Year’s Eve in Barcelona you’ll want to get tickets to the Tablao de Carmen, one of the top flamenco clubs in the city. Get your tickets soon for a late dinner and a flamenco show. Another classic Barcelona way to celebrate the upcoming 2015 is to head to one of the many beach clubs. The temperate climate in the city makes the beach a favorable choice for welcoming a brand new year. There are clubs lining the beachfront in Barcelona, so you’ll have a wonderful variety of places to go. New Year’s Eve in Barcelona is a fantastic time to experience some very unique and celebrated Spanish traditions. The city’s most famous attractions are in full effect in preparation for one of the biggest holiday celebrations the city sees. Barcelona, while full of breathtaking views and rich stories, is also full of people who know how to dine and party well when the occasion calls for it. There are more celebrations planned than can be counted, and the city’s charming locals and enthusiastic visitors are sure to make it a memorable time. If you’re considering visiting the city to celebrate the New Year check out some of the available bizFlat properties in prime locations for all your holiday festivities. You’ll feel right at home on Barcelona in one of these charming, comfortable apartments or villas. There are options for everyone, whether you’re visiting with your whole family, your sweetheart, or a group of friends.