Lady Gaga #ArtRave – Barcelona 2014

Barcelona is for many famous singers the No.1 choice when choosing cities for their tours. Last Saturday, it was Lady Gaga who took the stage on the #PalauSantJordi, providing 18,000 fans her “one and only” performance in Spain on her #ArtRave, ArtPop Ball Tour.

lady gaga art pop tour

lady gaga art pop tour barcelona

gaga art pop tour barcelona

Gaga, whom appears to have gained at least 20 pounds, made her presence when she jumped off the stage. Her “Little Monsters” went crazy and her security personnel was forced to intervene to bring the diva back to the stage.

Who’s NEXT? Elton John – Saturday, December 6 2014
Palau Sant Jordi – Barcelona – 21:00

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.

boat show barcelona

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

 

mercè fireworks

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!

 

 

Vuelve el Cine bajo las Estrellas en Montjuïc

Vuelve el Cine bajo las Estrellas en Montjuïc

atardecer en montjuicEl 6 de julio dio inicio la 12° edición de Cinema a la Fresca, Sala Montjuïc, un evento para los amantes del séptimo arte en los jardines del Castillo de Montjuïc.  Sin duda, una experiencia diferente.

 

Tuve la oportunidad de asistir el verano pasado  a la proyección de Blancanieves “a la española”, adaptación del cuento original por parte de Pablo Berger, una película muda, gótica y en blanco negro, que  he de reconocer me sorprendió, pues eso de las pelis mudas nunca ha sido lo mío.

blancanieves_versión_españolaLo mejor de esta proyección fue la banda sonora en vivo, con música de Alfonso de Villalonga. La ejecución de la orquesta fue tan buena que nunca eché en falta los diálogos y por momentos olvidé que la música era en directo. La película tiene mucho de baile flamenco y cultura española. Ni hablar de la magnífica interpretación de Maribel Verdú, la madrastra. En mi opinión, excepcional.

 

En esta edición de Verano 2014, Sala Montjuïc  proyectará clásicos de la historia del cine. Un total de 16 films en versión original subtitulada que te harán revivir grandes momentos y crear nuevos recuerdos. No importa cuántas veces hayas visto Desayuno con Diamantes (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), verla bajo la luz de la luna, con una copa de vino, no tendrá nada que ver con las veces anteriores.

Otros grandes títulos que se proyectarán en este festival? Django Desencadenado, Grease y El Padrino, entre otros. Pero no todo será sobre Hollywood. Desde los inicios de Cine a la Fresca, el cortometraje ha sido un formato imprescindible y cada año, antes de cada película, se proyecta una selección de entre los mejores productores de cine de España. La programación completa del festival la encontrarás aquí.

Recomendaciones para Cine a la Fresca

  • Las puertas se abren a las 20.30 pero es recomendable llegar un poco antes si quieres alquilar tumbonas (3€), pues se agotan muy rápido.  Igualmente si quieres encontrar un buen sitio donde ubicar una manta o mantel para tumbarte cómodamente en la hierba será mejor que llegues pronto.
  • Si no te da tiempo a cenar antes, es buena idea que traigas tus tapas, quesos y vino de casa, pues las colas para comprar comida suelen ser interminables.
  • Hay un pequeño concierto de 20.45 a 22.00, antes de cada película,  lo que dará tiempo que las personas terminen de llegar y se ubiquen. La proyección será de 22.00 a 00.30 aproximadamente.
  • Toma en cuenta que, a diferencia de una sala de cine, todos los espectadores están al mismo nivel, o sea que cada vez que alguien se levanta incomoda a los demás. Intenta hacer todo lo que tengas que hacer antes del inicio de la película.
  • Por razones obvias, no se aceptan mascotas.
  • El precio de las entradas es lo mejor de Cine a la Fresca: 6€ o 10€ si deseas incluir una visita guiada al Castillo de Montjuïc.  Están a la venta en Atrápalo o en la entrada del evento pero es recomendable comprarlos con antelación para evitar colas.

Seas o no un cinéfilo, Cinema a la Fresca 2014 es un evento que no te puedes perder!

International Sushi Day in Barcelona

Does June 18 ring a bell to you? Any historical event or holiday? Not exactly right? Well, today is International Sushi Day, a recently created day and a cultural movement popularized by social networks and Chase’s Calendar of Events, a website on special events, worldwide holidays, civic observations, and more.

yamashita sushi day

The only thing you have to do to celebrate is to EAT SUSHI, delicious Japanese dish made with rice and raw seafood.  Call or text your friends and go try some sushi dishes, including sushi rolls, sashimi or any other sushi-related food items. This celebration lasts the entire day, so I guess by now you are wondering:

Where’s the best sushi in Barcelona? Here some options:

yamashima sushi rest

YASHIMA is one of the best Japaness restaurants in Barcelona, member of Yamashita Group. Great food, excelent service and an elegant decor.

Address: Avinguda de Josep Tarradellas, 145, Barcelona/ Reservations: 934 19 06 97

shibui sushi

SHIBUI is the right place if you are looking good quality at a good price. An extensive menu where you can find a wide variety. Not to miss the uramakis, sashimi and beef tartar.

Address: Comte Urgell, 272, Barcelona / Reservations:  933 219 004

parco rest sushi

PARCO, located in Paseo de Gràcia, this restaurant offers a stylish and cozy ambience with touches of the 60’s. You can’t miss sushi and sashimi.

Address: Passeig de Gràcia 119, Barcelona / Reservations:  93 238 78 22

view spain square

WATATSUMI:  Its prime location in the Dome of Las Arenas Commercial Centre makes this a great choice for dinner. You will enjoy a magnificent view of Montjuïc mountain and Square of Spain…and of course the Japanese food.

They have a 10% discount to celebrate International Sushi Day…so go try it.

Bon profit!

 

Música, Motos y Moda Invaden Barcelona

Este fin de semana ha sido de esos en los que debes escoger muy bien a qué actividades te apuntas.

Fira Montjuic SónarPara muchos, especialmente para los amantes de la electrónica,  el fin de semana empezó el jueves con la apertura del Sónar, el Festival de Música Avanzada y New Media Art de Barcelona. En su 21° edición, nada menos que 109,000 almas ansiosas de buena música y mucha fiesta se reunieron en Fira Montjuic, para Sónar de Día, y en Fira Gran Vía, para Sónar de Noche.

Sin duda, el Festival Sónar se ha convertido en una cita anual y está considerado entre los mejores festivales de música del mundo. No sorprende entonces que la organización haya puesto entradas a precio reducido en pre-venta para Sónar 2015 y que se hayan agotado en menos de 24 horas. O sea que si esperas no perderte la siguiente edición del Sónar Festival, empieza por separar los días  18, 19 y 20 de junio de 2015 en tu agenda y mantente atento a la próxima pre-venta.

Circuito Montmeló Marquez

El fin de semana siguió subiendo de temperatura y atrajo a los amantes de la velocidad y las motos al Circuito de Montmeló, donde se vivió la adrenalina del Gran Premio Monster Energy de Catalunya. Luego de mucho sol y algunas amenazas de lluvia, ayer domingo, Marc Márquez ganó la séptima carrera del Mundial Moto GP. Después de un duelo sin cuartel con el piloto de Yahama, Valentino Rossi, el piloto catalán dejó claro porqué es el actual campeón. Grande Márquez!

barcelona mileycirus

Volviendo a la música, otra que se robó el show fue la cantante ex-Disney (que ya de Hannah Montana no le queda nada) Miley Cyrus. El concierto empezó con la cantante saliendo de una enorme boca con su típica pose de “lengua afuera”, que ya se ha convertido en su marca personal. El espectáculo estuvo inspirado en el tema circense y lleno de toques  irreverentes (no voy a explicar más porque creo que una imagen dice más que mil palabras).

Por cierto, este sábado, 19 de junio, vuelve INTENZ DIAGONAL, la Shopping Night más esperada de Barcelona.  Diagonal, específicamente el tramo entre Calle Joan Güell y Calle Entença, estará llena de moda, gastronomía, y cultura, todo un espectáculo artístico inspirado en el circo. Será que el tema circense es tendencia? 

 

How to Choose an Apartment with Terrace for your Holidays in Barcelona

Time has come! You are planning your holidays and you have already chose Barcelona as your summer destination. Now, you need to find a perfect apartment with terrace to enjoy the great weather.

  • I will give you some tips and facts you should consider before renting an apartment with terrace in Barcelona:First of all, you must know exactly why you prefer an apartment with terrace. Are you planning to lay back naked under the sun of Barcelona? Well, then make sure you don’t rent an apartment located in “planta principal” (main floor) or “entresuelo” (mezzanine), unless you love having spectators from the upper terraces. Not comfortable with this idea? You value your privacy? Then you need a penthouse. The ático apartments usually have the must sunny, spacious and private terraces in Barcelona. Take a look to our Ferran Batik to have a glance of what a perfect sunset might be.

apartment with terrace in barcelona

  • If you are dreaming with a relaxing holiday, you would enjoy an apartment with a terrace overlooking a peaceful street.  Make sure the bedrooms are not facing the street, to avoid traffic and other street noise during night. Try our Neo Apartment, a charming flat with sunny terrace where you can just sit back and have a great chat over a bottle of cava.

Apartment overlooking street Barcelona

  • Coming with kids? You better rent an apartment with a big terrace where they can play while you charge batteries.  Our Garden House is the perfect apartment for families. Your kids will have their own playground in Barcelona.

terrace Apartment barcelona

  • If you are a social traveler who loves being surrounded by people, then you don’t really need an apartment with terrace as you will pay for a space you will not really use – believe me! Generally speaking, apartments with a private terrace costs a lot more.  So, you’ll probably save money by opting to rent an apartment, not at the beach, but near the beach.  Parsifal apartment is  literally steps from La Rambla, next to the Liceu Metro stop and 20 minutes walking to Barceloneta Beach. 

balcony apartment in la rambla

You are done. Now is time to make easier choices…bikinis, hats and sun block!

Good luck!

 

Suggested Summer Destination: SITGES

The weekend has arrived and you are wondering how to take advantage of these first days of good weather and sun? Well, if you are looking for great beaches, sun, relax and drinks…SITGES is your destination this weekend. sitges coast The beach! There are 17 nice beaches following the coast of Sitges. Some of them have even been awarded for their water and sand quality. However, all and each one has its own charm depending on what you are up to.  Sitges is also a popular gay destination with some specifically gay nudist beaches. You will find detailed information and maps of all beaches here. sitges beaches gay Been in Sitges you cannot miss Casa Bacardi, Rum Museum to commemorate Facundo’s Bacardi was born in Sitges.They offer guided tours to discover the passionate history and all the production process of this worldwide known rum. You may also try their famous “Cuba Libre” or Daiquirí. Calle del Pecado (Sin Street):  Finally you have the perfect tan! Now is time to enjoy Sitges nightlife. There is a street in the center which everyone calls the “Calle del Pecado” although its real name is Calle Dos de Mayo. This street offers top restaurants and bars where you can find all types of customer, from the most calm to the more “sinful”, dining or enjoying a drink before going partying. Sitges Sin Street Where to Stay in Sitges: If you want to enjoy a great weekend with your own private pool, consider renting our astonishing Villa Downstairs. sitges villa for rent The Villa is located in a smart residential zone, lovely and quiet. The main entrance is in the garden and holds the luxury of a 16 meters length swimming-pool, with spa and night lights and the unbeatable views. You cannot miss the experience…RESERVE TODAY

Barcelona Bridal Week

Barcelona es una de las ciudades más fashionistas de Europa – y del mundo, me atrevería a decir – por lo que cualquier cita de moda que se lleve acabo aquí es un “must”.

Tanto si eres un diseñador emergente, como si estás a punto de casarte, Barcelona Bridal  Week es el sitio donde debes estar esta semana.

Trajes de Novia Rosa Clará en Barcelona Bridal Week

Rosa Clará, la diseñadora catalana que ha dado tanta proyección internacional a la Marca España, abrió ayer la Pasarela Gaudí con diseños inspirados en Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn y Annie Hall, entre otras grandes musas.

En primera fila se encontraba reconocidas celebrities y algunas parejas de los futbolistas del Barça, Antonella Roccuzzo –pareja de Messi-, Daniella Semaan –pareja de Cesc Fábregas-, Yolanda Cardona –mujer de Víctor Valdés-, Nuria Cunillera –mujer de Xavi Hernández-, y Gabriela Lenzi – “buena amiga” de Neymar.

mujeres del barcelona F.C. en pasarela gaudí

Otros diseñadores que estarán presentes serán Victorio & Lucchino  y Pronovias, este último se encargará de cerrar el evento con broche de oro.

Pero el Barcelona Bridal Week no termina aquí, ya que del 9 al 11 de mayo se desarrolla el Salón Internacional Novia España que aglutina a los mejores profesionales del sector, representando cerca de 200 marcas, el 50% de ellas internacionales.

Barcelona Bridal Week Novia España

Si este año te lo perdiste, toma nota y contacta con bizFlats para el Barcelona Bridal Week 2015.