The Best Apartment @La Rambla: Parsifal

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This month’s Best Seller is, according to our guests, one of the best locations to stay in Barcelona.

Parsifal is located at La Rambla, very convenient to The Mercat de la Boqueria, which has the freshest produce and gourmet items with the most flavor of the city. Very close by Gran Teatre del Liceu, the internationally renowned temple of music, Plaça Reial with its arcades, fountains and lampposts designed by Gaudí. All these are must-see stops. On the other side of the Rambla, we travel in time to historical Barcelona, guided through the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and further along, the cosmopolitan neighborhood of El Born, a haven for artists and trend-setting avant-garde fashion boutiques.

The Apartment

We speak of a spacious apartment with a large living room with fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

Three bedrooms, two of them doubles and one individual, willl guard your dreams, which will be placid and relaxing, as all the bedrooms face away from the street Sant Pau. Our Parsifal apartment has two full modern design bathrooms, one en suite in the master bedroom, with large showers and heated towel rails to keep your towels warm. Central air conditioning in all rooms. All windows are double glazed aluminum anti-noise for great soundproofing and insulation.

What our Guests Say:

“This apartment is just steps off La Rambla, good for family with kids. Bedrooms are quiet facing to the yard. Kitchen is nice and well equipped. Plenty of restaurants and cafes around. Definitely better than family room in hotel for the same money.”

“We stayed at this beautiful apartment for one week and everything was perfect. The accommodations are comfortable and spacious. Is literally at a few steps from las Ramblas and there is a metro station just in from of the Liceu which is next to the apartment. We walked everywhere and felt safe. The apartment is walking distance to both El Raval and Barric Gotic which are the most recommended places for shopping, dinning and nightlife. We had a fabulous time!”

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In a Nut-Shell:

If you are coming with your family this is by far your best lodging option in Barcelona. In the same city block as the great “Liceu” opera house building, 20 metres from La Rambla, the most lively boulevard in the city. A charming apartment, accommodation for 5 persons, from €130 per night, with an unbeatable location, equiped kitchen, excellent communications to the centre and for day trips out.

RESERVE NOW! Available dates this month: 20-28th May…hurry up!

Spain has Seven of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants

“The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” ceremony, considered the Oscars of the dining industry, has recognized René Redzepi’s restaurant, Noma, as the world’s No.1.

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The Top 10:

  1. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  3. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
  4. Eleven Madison Park, New York, United States
  5. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, Britain
  6. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
  7. D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
  8. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
  9. Alinea, Chicago, United States
  10. The Ledbury, London, Britain

(complete list here)

Spain’s Gastronomic Tourism

For years, Ferran Adria’s El Bulli, in Girona, northeast Spain,  was considered the best restaurant in the world according to experts and foodies. Since El Bulli closed, a power vacuum opened up in the world in high-end gastronomy. The competition now is very tough but Spain is still in the top rankings.

Seven Spanish restaurants made the list this 2014, three of them ranked in the top 10. Last year No.1, El Cellar de Can Roca, is the No.2 this year.  Mugaritz was announced as No. 6 and Arzak No. 8, both located at San Sebastian, Spain.

Barcelona and its surrounding areas have also become an important destination for foodies in recent years and this has just begun.

 Spain’s best restaurants acording to “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” ranking:

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2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain

6. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain

8. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain

26. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain

34. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain

35. Martín Berasategui, San Sebastian, Spain

41. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain

As their website claims, their 50 Best Restaurant list is “recognized around the world as a credible indicator of the best places to eat on earth”.

So now you know! Seven of the world’s gourmet wonders are located within Spain. One of them, just 1.5 hours from Barcelona’s city center. Another good reason to visit and stay with us.

Bon profit!

 

Ayrton Senna, Twenty Years Tribute

Formula One is synonim of adrenaline and speed but it has a history of injuries and death too. Thirty five drivers have lost their lives doing what they love the most.

During San Marino 1994, two pilots lost their lives:

Roland Ratzenberger crashed at over 190mph. He had damaged the wing on the previous lap but had decided to continue.

The day after, Ayrton Senna died when his car lammed into a concrete wall at around 135mph. Ironically, officials found an Austrian flag which, had he won, Senna would have raised in honour of Ratzenberger.

Twenty years has past since that  fatal weekend at San Marino. This year over the four days of Imola circuit an exhibition to homeage and remember these two pilots will be open to public.

Yes, Formula 1 is a dangerous sport but isn’t life dangerous too? Seven times a champion, Michael Schumacher is still in comma after a skiing accident last December. Thankfully, some weeks ago his manager Sabine Kehm said he is starting to “show signs of consciousness and awakening”. I really hope he would make it.

The lesson to remember is that it doesn’t matter what you are up to or what your plans are…enjoy each second! Life is a race too. But you will never know your remaining laps.

Don’t miss the chance to visit Circuit Catalunya. Last apartments here.

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Sant Jordi: The Catalan Valentine’s Day

Roses, literature and love

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April is a great month to visit Catalunya for many reasons. It embraced the spring; the city turns into a beutiful palette of greens and pastels; the atmosphere is full of culture, literature and love. This is Sant Jordi, the equivalent to Valentine’s Day.

Maybe you already know that the 23rd April is considered the World Book Day as the world lost two of the most important poets and playwrights on April 1616: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and William Shakespeare. But Sant Jordi goes beyond that.  In Barcelona and all over Catalunya this day becomes an especially romantic festivity. The tradition comes from the famous legend of St George killing the dragon to save the beautiful princess from been offered in sacrifice to the beast. It is said that from the pool of red blood coming from the dragon’s heart the most beautiful roses sprouted. There are many versions of this story though.

Today couples exchange gifts on Sant Jordi: a book for the men and a rose for the women. You will find book and flower stalls everywhere.

Whether you are Don Quixote in search of your Dulcinea, or Juliet waiting for your beloved Romeo, you must live this unique Catalan tradition. Here some activities you might enjoy on this day:

Books signature:  Important writers will be signing your books at FNAC Arenas Mall, FabricaMoritz and Fábrica Damm. There will be more signature listings as the day comes for sure.

Places to visit on Sant Jordi

  • Plaza Sant Jaume:  The Chapel of Sant Jordi  and the Government Palace open their doors to visitors.
  • Las Ramblas: It is full of flower stalls all over the year but on Sant Jordi every square meter is filled with flowers, books and artists but if you dislike crowds you might prefer heading somewhere else.
  • Rambla Catalunya: More of the same, couples, roses and books.
  • Rambla del Raval: You will find flower and books stalls too, but since it is an open space, you will walk freely and may be able to choose a restaurant to enjoy a romantic lunch with no hassle.

If you are planning a love retreat, your anniversary or your honey moon during this month, Barcelona is your destination for sure. We will make all the arrangements to fill your atmosphere with love.

 

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Fórmula 1 – a Fascinating Sport

The fifth round of the 2014 season, Circuit Catalunya, is fast-approaching!

In few days Montmeló, Barcelona will become the meeting point of the world’s best drivers and speed lovers.

Last year I had the great opportunity to enjoy this exciting competition. Nothing matches the adrenaline rush on this motorsport event. Believe me, listening to Formula 1 will leave you breathless – and deaf for a day if you don’t use appropriate ear plugs (experience talking!).

Outstanding in every sense each lap is a battle for victory but two of my favorite parts are cornering and the pit lane. Both are the key between making it to the podium or not.

For those – like me – that didn’t know, Formula One drivers are some of the most highly conditioned athletes on earth. If you think about it, it’s obvious.  Driver’s neck must support the weight of both the head and helmet under intense loadings. These cornering forces cannot be easily simulated by conventional gym equipment so, many drivers train using specially designed equipment that enable them to specifically develop the muscles they will need to resist cornering forces. Powerful arm muscles are also required to enable the car to be controlled during longer races.

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Drivers get most of the attention during the race but in the pit lane the success lays on the team. Changing a car’s tyre is a perfect choreography that can be over in less than three seconds. Amazing!

Maybe you are an adrenaline adict. Perhaps you are just planning your next holidays or you are part of the lucky ones that will be doing business in  Barcelona during these days. Either way Circuit Catalunya is a great opportunity to live a unique experience at one of the world’s most important competitions: Formula One.

Hurry up! Reserve one of our last apartments here.

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Getting Oriented in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress

Yes, craziness has begun! Last Friday, Mobile World Congress has opened doors for badge collection and “la Fira” is beginning to become live. The city is full of visitors who conveniently planned their trip to enjoy Barcelona before the congress.
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If you are part of this selected travelers group and this is your first time in the city, don’t worry. We will help you getting oriented.

It’s really easy:

  • Plaza Catalunya is the central point of the city, to the south of which you can find the old town and most of the museums and other places of historical interest. The famous Las Ramblas stretches from Plaza Catalunya to Columbus Monument. Once here, you will have Passeig Marítim on the seafront to the east. Then Port Vell to the colorful Barceloneta beach and Port Olímpic.

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  • To the west, following Avinguda Paral-lel you will get to Plaza Espanya at the foot of Montjuic hill with its impressive Magic Fountaine and Fira Montjuïc Congress Center. You might keep in mind that this year the MWC will have two halls here.
  • The northern limit, Tibidabo hills, is a must. You will enjoy spectacular views over the city and the night skyline will leave you wordless.

And if you get lost, don’t worry, you have a mobile! 😉

Enjoy your congress and welcome to Barcelona!

Barcelona is On FIRE!

January is almost over but business forums, congresses and fashion events have just begun in la Ciutat Comtal.
Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of fashionistas or bloggers while walking at Las Ramblas or Born. These days the city is full of fashion due to Barcelona 080, the most important fashion event of the year. Don’t miss this great opportunity to get to know El Mercat del Born. With renovations to the market completed in 2013, this old corner of Barcelona has been brought back to life.

For those of you reading this and thinking “who cares about fashion? Technology is the new trend!“, there are good news! During February, Barcelona will host two important events:

  • Social Media Week @SMWBarcelona (17-21 Feb): This congress will analyze the impact and reach of social media and technology under the global theme: The Future of Now: Always On, Always Connected.
  • Mobile World Congress @MWC_Barcelona (24-27 Feb): This world-class congress is the blueprint for the innovation. Whatever is coming NEXT will likely be born here.

So, if you are coming to Barcelona these days we have two suggestions for you:

 

1. Have a walk around Barri Gòtic, Born or Passeig de Gràcia. Who knows! You might meet Alessandra Ambrosio or Mark Zuckerberg!

 

2. Don’t miss the opportunity to stay in one of our luxury apartments  located in the most exclusive city area, Passeig de Gràcia. You will be surrounded by fashion and style, while enjoying your own relaxing space. 

 

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La Mimosa apartment, Carrer Valencia, one block away from Passeig de Gràcia

We know -it’s winter – but Barcelona is on fire! So come here and get warmed!