How to Make the Most of Your Weekend in Barcelona

How to Make the Most of Your Weekend in Barcelona

Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-packed vacation with your best friends or a romantic getaway with your special someone, Barcelona has everything you need!  A last-minute break to Barcelona is the perfect solution to the everlasting debate of where to spend your weekend; this exotic location has everything from shopping in the city to hiking in the mountains.  After visiting this amazing area, you’ll want to spend all your weekends away in Barcelona! Three days is such a brief amount of time to pack in all of the countless Barcelona attractions, so check out this guide to five of the best tours that will help you see as much of this city as possible!

The 5 Best Tours for Your Weekend in Barcelona

  1. Feel Free Walking Tours

The best way to discover the true culture of the city during your weekend in Barcelona is to attend a walking tour.  The Feel Free Walking Tours offers daily tours to see the best attractions; these tours are completely free of charge, making a great addition to a bargain break in Barcelona!  Learn all about Gaudi modernism, ancient monuments, and art history through these multiple tours. These are a great way to educate and engage visitors of all ages; they even provide a Kick Scooter Tour, a fun activity for kids.  

  1. Barcelona Photo Walk

You have to take lots of pictures so you will always remember your weekend in Barcelona!  Get the best shots on a Barcelona Photo Walk, held the second Saturday of every month.  This tours will guide you throughout the most picturesque scenes of the city so you can take fantastic photographs to commemorate your visit.  This is a wonderful way to meet other individuals interested in photography while exploring during your Barcelona weekend break.  

  1. Discover Walks Barcelona

Learn all about the area from a Barcelona native during the Discover Walks of Barcelona.  Navigate through the famous Ramblas, enjoy skip-the-lines visits to local attractions, and view the best must-see landmarks.  Your weekend in Barcelona is not complete without one of this fantastic tours; group tours, private tours, and family specials are all offered.

  1. Barcelona Bike Tours

See all the best sights during your weekends away in Barcelona- all on a bike! Cycle through beaches, mountains, city streets and more on one of these awesome guided bike tours.  Rentals are available and Barcelona Bike Tours are offered daily to give everyone the opportunity to see the most of the area as possible.

  1. Barcelona Food Tours

Taste the best of Barcelona!  Participate in a Barcelona Food Tour to sample all kinds of traditional dishes from the greatest restaurants in the city.  These tours can be customized to accommodate all kinds of dietary restrictions and preferences so you can have the most delicious food experience possible.  Make sure your dream vacation includes legendary meals every day!

Stay in the Best Barcelona Rentals with BizFlats!

bizFlats wants to provide you with the most luxurious accommodations to accompany your Barcelona weekend break!  Book one of our amazing rentals to receive a relaxing weekend in the perfect vacation home, fully equipped with the best amenities.  Savor breathtaking views of the sea and city- right from your balcony!  Check our availability and plan a last minute break to Barcelona today!

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Stay in the Best Flat for the Holidays Near Barcelona

Stay in the Best Flat for the Holidays Near Barcelona

Thanks to its countless attractions, amazing entertainment, and breathtaking scenery, Barcelona proves to be an unparalleled vacation destination.  During the holidays, this exotic city is even more beautiful with its elaborate decorations and festive activities.  With all that Barcelona has to offer during the Christmas season, you’ll want to start planning your amazing holiday getaway this second!  bizFlats Vacation Rentals wants to make your dream vacation a reality this holiday season by providing you with the best possible places to stay.  Our numerous apartments, villas, penthouses, studios, and lofts offer generous space, luxurious furnishings, and convenient locations.  Browse through our list of some of our best properties for a Christmas vacation and discover which one is the right fit for you to rent for the holidays near Barcelona!

Vacation Rentals for the Holidays Near Barcelona

1. Villa Upstairs

Lose yourself in bliss while you stay in this villa during the holidays near Barcelona.  Located in a quiet and secluded residential zone of the Sitges Village, the gorgeous rental is just a 25-minute drive from the city.  The Villa Upstairs includes 5 comfortable rooms, 4 complete bathrooms, and a spacious living room, complete with a working fireplace.  Revel in the views of the sea as you relax on the terrace, which is furnished with table and deck chairs and surrounded by a colorful garden.  You will always remember your stay in this peaceful haven, tucked away into one of the many mountains encircling Barcelona.

2. Villa Downstairs

Also located in the Sitges Village, the Villa Downstairs has 4 bedrooms and 2 complete bathrooms, with a nearby bungalow serving as a private area for two.  The garden connects the two areas and contains a 16-meter swimming pool and additional hot tub, perfect for warming up in chilly weather!  You’ll love residing in the heart of the mountains in this charming rental for the holidays near Barcelona.

3. kissMe

This cozy 2-bedroom apartment is nestled right in the heart of Barcelona!  Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning as you sit on the balcony overlooking the bustling city streets.  kissMe also provides a fully equipped kitchen as well as a washing machine, smart TV, and WiFI.  Its modern furniture, lighting, and decor create a welcoming environment for your home-away-from-home.  Don’t miss the opportunity to lodge in the center of this exciting city!

4. Parsifal

This dreamy apartment is directly adjacent to the most dynamic part of Barcelona!  Parsifal is positioned just 20 meters from La Rambla, a lively part of the city filled with must-see attractions as well as excellent dining and shopping.  The apartment contains 3 bedrooms, 2 complete bathrooms, and a large common area divided into 3 different spaces with an abundance of comfortable seating for everyone.  Spend your holidays near Barcelona in this very close by and luxurious oasis!

Come Stay with Us at bizFlats!

Now that you’ve seen a few examples of our amazing vacation rentals, check our availability and book a stay with us today!  Our rentals encompass a wide range of sizes, from an intimate nook designed for a romantic getaway to a sprawling flat with enough rooms to sleep your entire family.  You will love spending your holidays near Barcelona in one of our sensational rental homes, specifically fashioned to accommodate all of your needs during your dream vacation.

What is Cava?

What is Cava?

Cava is a champagne style sparkling wine made in Spain, and is known for being a more affordable choice for your celebratory occasions like New Year’s Eve and weddings. If you’re a fan of bubbly but have always wondered what the difference is between all these varieties like Champagne, Prosecco and Cava, we’re here to give you a little more information.

Naturally, we will be highlighting our Spanish preference and trying to answer the pressing question, what is cava? Because, well, we’re biased. We can only do so, however, in light of the other varieties, so get ready for your annual wine lesson – something it’s good to study up on at least a little before visiting Catalonia.

What is Cava?

Cava is a simple aperitif made primarily from three Spanish grape varieties. It is neither as sweet as Italian Prosecco nor as nutty as Vintage Champagne, making it the perfect middle ground and crowd pleasing bubbly beverage to serve your guests. While it typically uses Spanish varieties of grapes rather than French varieties, Cava is produced in the traditional French Champagne method. What makes Cava different, essentially, is that it is made in Spain with Spanish Grapes.

How Is Cava Made?

What sets sparkling wines apart from their counterparts is all in the bottling process, which is when the bubbles are formed. After being bottled, cava wine continues to ferment for months or even years. The bottles are capped with crown caps (like those used for beer bottles), and slanted down to allow all the yeast to settle in the neck of the bottle where the pressure will build up the most. After fermentation the tip of the bottle is then submerged in a freezing solution and a few inches of it are turned to ice, at which point the cap is removed, and the pressure in the bottle will actually expel the ice plug that has formed. The vintner will then top the bottle off and cork it.

Types of Cava

Finally, you probably want to know what all the different types of Cava are in your quest, asking questions such as “what is cava brut?” There are three types of Cava, all of which are made with a blend of the three main grapes used in cava production, which are Macabeu, Parellada, and Xarel-lo, all of which are white varieties. Brut and Brut Nature Cava is a fruity style that has become popular because it is lower in calories than the other styles. It is fruitier also, making it the perfect aperitif. Cava Rosé is, of course, pink, meaning that vintners add other grapes into the mix to get this color, which is most likely the Spanish Garnacha and Monastrell varieties. Pinot Noir is also becoming a common addition. Finally Vintage and Aged Cava is more in line with the original French Champagnes and is known for having a more nutty and toasty flavor with zesty aromatics like apple and almond.   

Now you are ready for your cava drinking experience here in Barcelona, which you’re sure to find at any cocktail hour or included in many a sangria recipe. You can either be spared having to ask your bartender, “What is cava champagne?” or you can boldly ask away and learn even more!

 

Avinguda Diagonal – Barcelona Diagonal Avenue… Take a Walk on the Wild Side

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On this last weekend of August in Barcelona… today, a unique sun is my ally, my best spotlight… a great part of Avinguda Diagonal is closed to traffic, so I get my phone and a pair of sneakers and invite you to join me in the adventure of finding unique buildings, hidden places and relaxing corners.  So sew your shadow to my feet Peter, and up we go “second to the right and straight on till morning”.

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Let’s start our journey at Plaça Francesc Macià.  I follow the characteristic pavement pattern, onto this urban catwalk.  I have to be careful not to miss a thing… sleek modern buildings next to old classics and Gaudi’s trademarks, make for beautiful patchwork.  The awesome Casa Sayrach (Avinguda Diagonal corner with Enric Granados), stands so elegant, as one of the last buildings of Barcelona modernism. Curved shapes characterize its façade.

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Back to the avenue, amongst luxury shops and nice cafés and restaurants, I get to the terrace, of José Luis, a classic in Barcelona, the restaurant with posssibly the best “tortilla de patata” in town.  Next to it, “Ajo Blanco” (Carrer de Tusset), the other side of the coin, a cool new designer restaurant.  Diagonal-Tusset-Granados… the most interesting edge, an explosion of architecture … La Casa Mas de Miquel, La Casa Sayrach, and the stunning Metro 3 building, where the Habitat store (designer furniture) is located.

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Now I run into the “Barcelona Equestrian circle” (Diagonal corner with Balmes) – SPOTTED:  I’ve heard that you can belong to this select club for a small fee of 12,000 euros, plus the endorsement of four partners and, of course, you must pass a test prior to admission.  Then the doors of the Barcelona Equestrian Circle will never be closed to you.  You can get together with the economic and social elite of Barcelona, enjoy an exquisite coffee or a drink until the wee hours of the morning… but yes, YOU HAVE to wear a tie [at least of you’re a gentleman]. The Circle completely renovated the interior in 1992, including a full gym, a rooftop pool & café and 16 rooms for members and guests.

The club is hosted in the palace “Casa Perez Samanillo” built in 1910, and what catches the eye is one of the most striking elements of the building, a huge oval window overlooking Diagonal… locals call it the “fishbowl of Barcelona”.

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This is amazing!!! No traffic and I’m walking in the middle of the street!!!  I’m arriving at Pilma, one of my favourites deco shops. Not far in distance, now I can see the obelisk marking the cross between Diagonal and Passeig the Gràcia.  To my right, the building of the Barcelona Provincial Council, advising the beginning of another great promenade, the boulevard of Rambla de Catalunya.

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A little further along are the Jardins del Palau Robert and in front of it, on the other side of the avenue, between two glass monsters, the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce and Deutsche Bank respectively, the Pompeya Church, a jewel of Neo Gothic contemplates the passage of time, unperturbed by it’s big neighbours.

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Those deck chairs are so inviting… I’m done, hope you found it so appealing that you are eager to get your ass away from La Rambla, and discover an atractive brand new world!

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Business Apartments in Barcelona

Business Apartments in Barcelona

Barcelona is a lovely place for a business trip, even if you are completely inundated with work for your entire stay. Part of what makes it such an enjoyable trip are the amazing business apartments in Barcelona that allow for your work trip to feel more like a luxurious vacation. Flats around the city are designed for the utmost comfort and productivity, mixing a charming homey feel with a professional atmosphere suitable for meetings or entertaining business partners. With all the business services you can imagine, bizFlats are the perfect place to stay on your trip, or even to relocate a team or department for an extended stay in the city.

Full-Service Business Apartments in Barcelona

All equipped with free WiFi, computer jacks, and other tech equipment set-ups, our business apartments in Barcelona are perfect for your next trip to the area. We offer a full range of housekeeping services, and can even help you with equipment rentals, restaurant recommendations, limo services, or set you up with massages and other spa specials. We love helping professionals settle into their business apartments in Barcelona, and to help them save 50 percent of what they would spend in a hotel! Here are some of the business apartments in Barcelona to check out.

  1. kissMe – With beautiful modern furniture and dramatic and funky decor, this 2 bedroom flat can sleep four people. A fully equipped kitchen is the perfect place to host a catered lunch or dinner, or unwind after a long day of hard work with a team building cooking activity. The kissMe balcony overlooks a charming street in l’Eixample.
  2. LaMimosa – You will feel truly pampered in this business apartment in Barcelona ready to sleep you and 5 of your colleagues in the convenient l’Eixample neighborhood. The modern kitchen and living room offer plenty of space for meetings and fun team gatherings, and the bedrooms are both charming and luxurious at LaMimosa.
  3. Ferran Batik – This penthouse apartment in Pedralbes is sure to make you and your coworkers feel like royalty. With a private terrace all to yourself on which to enjoy lunch breaks and evening cocktails, you’ll have no problem being cooped up in here for a day of hard work. Ferran Batik sleeps five people with plenty of space for entertaining associates, and all the amenities you will need in a business apartment in Barcelona.  
  4. Parsifal – This charming apartment not only has the perfect simplicity in its decor for both inspiration and a few distractions, but is also ideally located right on La Rambla, Barcelona’s most popular pedestrian street. Not only will you be enjoying the utmost comfort in this perfect business apartment in Barcelona, but you can pop out to La Rambla any time you like for a quick snack or a business meeting at one of the many terrace cafes. Parsifal is a great place to mix business and pleasure!

Visiting Barcelona on business is a huge treat, especially at one of these gorgeous corporate flats – and there are so many more to choose from! If you are looking for a number of business apartments in Barcelona, we can even accommodate larger groups in the same buildings and neighborhoods. Be sure to contact us when planning your next business trip to Barcelona!  

 

Corporate Relocation in Barcelona

Corporate Relocation in Barcelona

Sometimes business requires a change of scenery, be it for a conference, collaboration with a partner, or just a few long days of meetings. Whatever it may be, and no matter how many people or departments are involved in your company’s next corporate relocation to Barcelona, bizFlats makes staying in the city both laid back and luxurious. Corporate relocation, be it for a week or a month, can be a constant hassle of finding accommodations and workspaces, and end in a pile of unforeseen expenses between food, lodging and airfare. Our corporate flats provide the perfect spaces for both living, and working, and are much more affordable than luxury hotels in the city.

Our Corporate Flats are Multi Purpose Spaces

With free WiFi, plenty of plugin spaces and incredibly professional, spacious and wonderfully furnished meeting space, our corporate flats work well for both living and working. This means that your corporate relocation expenses can be cut more than in half without having to spend on conference rooms as well as hotel rooms. Staying in these posh flats in the heart of the city is sure to motivate your employees and whoever else you may be working alongside in Barcelona, as they are truly a treat to both hang out and work in. Without having to worry about traveling through a city they may not know, employees are likely to get more done as well!

Full-Service Flats

Our team is very experienced in corporate relocation services in regards to helping you get organized for working in these beautiful apartments. Whether you need technical equipment, housekeeping, or restaurant and masseur recommendations to impress your clients, we are happy to help you in any way that we can. All of our flats have state of the art kitchens as well, meaning you can both get catered meals, or have a fun team building cooking session to unwind from a busy day. This is yet another way that will help your company save money on your next corporate relocation.

Enjoy Convenience

All of our corporate flats are centrally located throughout the city, with multiple flats in the same buildings as well. This ensures the utmost convenience, not just for work hours, but also for play hours. When visiting Barcelona on business, you’ll have ample opportunities to explore this gorgeous city, and what better way to do it than on foot from your own private downtown apartment? Get outside for lunch in the park, or take a stroll through the Gothic Quarter to stretch your legs when that two o’clock drag starts to hit. When cocktail hour rolls around, you won’t be far from a great place for tapas and drinks either. It’s the best of both worlds!

Not only will your company save loads of money on your next corporate relocation with bizFlats, but your employees are bound to enjoy the experience more as well. Hotels can feel so impersonal, which makes being away from home more of a distraction than a reason to celebrate. Treat them right and save some money at the same time with these gorgeous apartments in Barcelona.

 

Where to Rent a Flat in Barcelona

Where to Rent a Flat in Barcelona

If you haven’t already been to the breathtakingly beautiful city of Barcelona, then consider this a call to action! As the largest city on the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona has both centuries of history that date back even to the Medieval Ages, as well as the qualities of an exotic beach destination you find all around this ocean. It is one of the largest European metropolises and is caught between the Serra de Collserola mountain range and the turquoise waters of the sea. Between cultural attractions like Montserrat, the Picasso Museum, and exploring the waters and mountains that surround this urban haven, Barcelona is one of the most ideal locations for a vacation, whether for a romantic getaway or a family retreat.

One of the things that makes this city so great to visit is the numerous opportunities to rent a flat in Barcelona at an affordable price for as long or as short a time as you’re looking for. Our bizFlats can be found in various sizes and neighborhoods, offering visitors diverse options when choosing their home away from home in this big city.

Here are some places you can Rent a flat in Barcelona.

The Gothic Quarter

rent a flat in barcelonaBohemia 2 is a luxurious modern penthouse located on Plaça Reial and can sleep up to 4 people. Between the fully equipped kitchen and the large living space wanting of relaxing in front of the fireplace, you won’t want to leave this beautiful flat.

rent a flat in barcelonaLe Palais I is a flat available for monthly bookings. The modernist decor is sporting its original antique ceilings with period furniture to match and leaves guests feeling as if they are going back in time to the unique days of the modern era European aristocracy. Just a three-minute walk from La Rambla, its three double rooms with private doors to the balcony can accommodate up to seven guests in an ideal location.

Eixample

rent a flat in barcelonaLivingstone is an African-themed apartment located right next to the famous Sant Antoni marketplace designed by Antoni Rovira i Trias, which was finished in 1882. It has two double bedrooms, which can accommodate up to 4 guests, each with a private bath. This apartment is known for having loads of natural light and a generally relaxing feeling, making it the perfect place to kick back after a day of exploring the city.

rent a flat in barcelonaDandi is the ultimate aristocratic flat, sporting charm and flare simultaneously for an exquisite and comfortable urban retreat. With three large private bedrooms, this flat sleeps up to six people and has two full baths. With a spacious kitchen for cooking Spanish delicacies, a master suite that is the epitome of serenity, and a just a block away from Passeig de Gràcia, this apartment is one of the city’s most desireable.

 

This is just a glimpse into all the great options you’ll find to rent a flat in Barcelona. There are everything from large places on the beach, to economy flats in the center of town. The bizFlats company offers some of the best short term rental options throughout the city and are known for both their excellent customer service, as well as their affordable prices.

 

Don’t let ash clouds keep you away from Barcelona

Icelandic volcanoes and the Authorities contrive to keep thousands upon thousands of travelers away from family, work commitments or holidaymaking

Many of our great clients have been adversely affected by the ongoing shutdown of European airspace as they have been forced to cancel trips to Barcelona. I’d like to offer our empathy to all of you, for it is a situation which could make every one of us feel frustrated and powerless, when all plans go to nought.
Our response to these circumstances is clear and straightforward – we want to make sure that you won’t be kept away from Barcelona for long.

  • We will temporarily modify our policy stated in our terms and conditions articles 2.1.1 and 2.2.2 and shall NOT be claiming any cancellation fees from our affected clients who cannot travel to Barcelona.
  • Whims of the Icelandic gods permitting, our affected clients can make another booking for the SAME apartment (or an equivalent apartment in the same complex) for check in until 31 December 2010 and apply prepayment made as credit for the new booking.

See you all soon

Moreover, we have NOT raised our prices, unlike many other businesses in many industries which have taken advantage of the unfortunate circumstances travellers have found themselves in.
When you decide to travel our way again, we’ll glad to welcome you back!
Of course, as usual, I’m at your disposal should you want to make any inquiries about your bookings and I look forward to your feedback.

Política de bizFlats respecto a nuestros clientes afectados por el volcán islandés

El hombre propone y un volcán islandés dispone

Debido al caos aéreo producido por la nube de cenizas volcánicas, muchos de nuestros clientes se han visto seriamente afectados, teniendo que cancelar sus viajes a Barcelona.  En bizFlats hemos decidido informar públicamente a todos, de cual va a ser el procedimiento que en este caso tan especial se va a seguir con nuestros clientes afectados.

  • Nuestros clientes podrán volver a reservar el MISMO apartamento y hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2010 se guardará como crédito la paga y señal que ya se ha hecho efectiva, para el MISMO apartamento (sujeto a disponibilidad).   Esta cantidad de la paga y señal, se descontará de la cantidad total de la nueva reserva.
  • bizFlats no ha efectuado ningún incremento en sus precios, a diferencia de otros muchos negocios, como modo de aprovechamiento en su propio interés de estas desagradables circunstancias.

Estamos a vuestra disposición para resolver cualquier pregunta que podáis tener, de la forma que más os convenga:

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y como siempre aquí estaremos cuando decidáis vivir vuestra experiencia en Barcelona con bizFlats.

El Equipo de bizFlats

mwc a world of anecdotes

Como sabéis, Barcelona es sede todos los febreros del más importante congreso mundial de telefonía móvil el MWC y nos llegan gentes de todo el mundo, de los lugares más insospechados…

MWC en la Fira de Barcelona

Llegan a una ciudad de la vieja Europa, mediterránea y llena de historia.  Recuerdo la perplejidad de un cliente que alquiló su apartamento en el Barrio Gótico.  El apartamento era una monada, totalmente reformado y decorado con muy buen gusto.  Nuestro amigo venía de oriente próximo, con sus desiertos, sus rascacielos último modelo, sus islas con forma de palmera… y claro, métete en lo que es el Barrio Gótico de Barcelona.  Pues un laberinto de calles estrechas, adoquinadas, mucha fachada de piedra y sol sólo en los pisos más altos.

Su reacción fue “explosiva” y había que convencerle en 30 segundos de que no se puede despreciar lo que no se conoce, pero ¿cómo explicarle a un saudí el concepto de gótico?.   No se me ocurrió otra cosa que repetirle muchas veces, con los ojos muy abiertos y moviendo mucho las manos a modo de ¡¡¡¿estoy poseída?!!!, las palabras “historia” “cultura” “herencia” y una vez más “gótico, gótico, gótico”.  Y funcionó.

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