Electronic Music Lovers Unite at Sónar Festival Barcelona

Electronic Music Lovers Unite at Sónar Festival Barcelona

One of the best things about visiting Barcelona is their thriving creative community whose members are undoubtedly drawn there by things like the myriad works of Gaudi throughout the city. With both a prevalent creative class and large universities who are contributing to the global new media movement, Barcelona was the perfect choice as one of the world’s Sónar destinations. The Sónar Festival Barcelona, taking place June 18th through the 20th is a celebration of creativity, technology and business, aiming to inspire artists and entrepreneurs alike to start thinking without limits. This Barcelona stop is one that features both the world’s frontier-minded electronic musicians, its most inventive new media artists, and most forward thinking entrepreneurs.

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One part music festival, Sónar-goers can expect earth-shattering sounds from an eclectic mix of electronically inspired musicians. You’ll recognize names like Duran Duran, Hot Chip, DJ Fresh, The Chemical Brothers, Skrillex, and Southern Hospitality, who are on a long list of over 100 emerging artists of the mixed genre. If you love to move to unique beats, and that strange place where technology meets music, Sónar is definitely a world you will want to explore. You will very easily get lost in the music, and enter the artists’ worlds of creation.

Sónar +D

Sónar +D is a sensory experience. Not only will you witness the most cutting edge electronic music scene, but you’ll also get to experience completely new art forms from a the place where digital fabrication and rendering meet the tangible world and interact with audiences of the Sónar Festival Barcelona. Whether you’re coming as an entrepreneur, a creative job seeker or someone who’s interested in a little bit of everything, +D will inspire you to go to lengths you would never have imagined.

This interdisciplinary gathering of creative-minded businesspeople happens in an intriguing mental space where creativity and technology meet the transformation of cultural industries. Taking place at Fira Montjuic, alongside the ongoing musical performances, +D will be a conference and showcase for innovative people to display their ideas and creations. The diversity of things present will certainly be astounding as you’ll witness innovations in everything from turntables and computer innovation to robotics and virtual reality.

Part of what makes the +D such an excellent addition to the music festival is the impressive list of speakers and presenters who travel from around the world to share their innovate ideas that apply to both work and lifestyle. This year’s showing will include multiple Mego executives, Amy Robinson from EyeWire; Christina Hug from The Maker’s Nation; David Cuartielles, the creator of Arduino; Indy Saha from the Google Creative Lab; and Jeremy Boxer, the Creative Director of Vimeo. These giants in the creative class have some things to share for people interested in using crowdsourcing and technology for trailblazing their industry.

 

The Sónar Festival Barcelona is one of the best events of the year, and well worth booking a short term rental for. From the comfort of your very own city flat, you’ll have the true Barcelona experience, getting a feel for the creative class here in Catalonia!

 

Un Paseo Romántico por Barcelona

Sin duda alguna, Barcelona es una de las ciudades europeas que más atraen a los turistas para estancias cortas, fines de semana y recorridos románticos.  Un fin de semana como el de Sant Jordi  se convierte en un momento ideal para realizar un recorrido con la pareja, puesto que Barcelona ofrece muchísimos sitios para ver y divertirse.

Desde las bulliciosas calles, las sofisticadas plazas y los paisajes urbanos diferentes y atractivos, Barcelona simplemente tiene todo para un fin de semana romántico, ya sea para celebrar Sant Jordi, como escapada romántica antes de la boda o como festejo por las bodas de plata.

Son muchas las actividades que habrá para este 23 de abril en Barcelona pero, si eres de los que busca escapar de las masas y relajarte junto a tu pareja, en Bizflats te sugerimos estos tres planes increíbles e inolvidables que se escapan de las guías turísticas.

Un Paseo en Golondrina por el Puerto

Barcelona tiene la fortuna de ser una ciudad portuaria. Su puerto, contenido entre la desembocadura del río Llobregat y la Barceloneta, se abre al mar Mediterráneo y es una metáfora perfecta de la historia y la actualidad de esta cosmopolita ciudad. Quizá esta íntima relación con el agua es lo que hace que uno de los paseos estrella en Barcelona es aquel que se hace en el agua, en las famosas Golondrinas de Barcelona. ¿Qué son las Golondrinas? Son barcos turísticos que funcionan a motor y que en general, realizan travesías no muy extensas que muestran el litoral barcelonés, lo que permite admirar la ciudad desde el mar. Este representativo paseo cuenta ya con una larga historia, pues las primeras golondrinas empezaron a realizarlo en el año de 1888, claro que su motor era a vapor y eran más pequeñas: sólo tenían capacidad para veinte personas.

Para aquellos que quieren tener varios puntos de vista diferentes y complementarios de su visita a esta ciudad, estos paseos marítimos representan una excelente alternativa. Para una escapada romántica, es simplemente soberbio, debido a que te da un tiempo para estar en completa paz y tranquilidad con tu pareja, disfrutando a la vez del paisaje urbano y de la paz que ofrece el agua.Golondrinas_barcelona

Las Golondrinas parten de un punto ubicado muy cerca del Mirador de Colón. Los centros de información y taquillas están localizados específicamente en el Portal de la Pau, dentro de la zona del muelle.

Se puede elegir realizar dos tipos de recorridos diferentes. El primero es el tradicional y más corto, que nos llevará por el puerto de Barcelona, permitiéndonos admirar todas las instalaciones portuarias, paisajes urbanos que incluyen el Word Trade Center, la Estación Marítima Internacional, los muelles Llevant y Ponent, el Puente de la Porta d’Europa, el puerto pesquero, la Torre del Reloj y la Nueva Bocana.

El segundo recorrido es más largo (dura en torno a los noventa minutos), y agrega una nueva embarcación, un catamarán, que permite llegar más lejos, hasta el Fórum Universal de las Culturas 2004, dándonos un paseo aún más profundo, en el que se puede disfrutar al cien por cien de la dicotomía mar-ciudad que nos ofrece Barcelona.

Es importante remarcar que a pesar de que en condiciones normales hay salidas diariamente y en diversos horarios, el estado del mar puede afectar esta situación, así que no viene de más consultar antes de ir y también intentar comprar los billetes con al menos una hora de anticipación para evitar quedarnos fuera o tener cualquier contratiempo.

Un último dato curioso sobre las Golondrinas: el porqué de su nombre. La idea fue de Feliciana Goñi, su creadora, que les otorgó este nombre en honor al ave que lo porta: la golondrina cubana. Toda la idea desde este recorrido es eminentemente romántica y evoca una visión calmada y pacífica de la ciudad, por lo que resultan ideales para una escapada en pareja.

Picnic al Atardecer en El Mirador del Búnker del Carmel

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¿Qué puede ser más romántico que apreciar unas hermosas vistas de 360° de la ciudad de Barcelona? Ya sea al amanecer, al atardecer o en la noche, cuando la ciudad se ilumina gracias a las luces artificiales, el apreciar toda la ciudad desde un solo sitio es la idea perfecta para pasar con alguien a quien apreciamos mucho y obsequiarse mutuamente con un momento de paz y belleza.

Un sitio para pasar un momento semejante es sin duda el Mirador del Búnker del Carmel en Barcelona. A pesar de que en las últimas fechas (y sobre todo con su reciente rehabilitación y reapertura) los turistas se acercan un poco más a recorrerlo y visitarlo, sigue siendo una especie de oasis con respecto a otros sitios de la ciudad que siempre están llenos de turistas, de tal forma que permite hacer un rico picnic vespertino en compañía del ser querido.

El sitio que recomendamos, el búnker del Carmel, es un recinto histórico puesto que fue construido durante la Guerra Civil como refugio antiaéreo, en la cima del turó de la Rovira, en el centro del barrio del Carmel. La melancolía rodea este emplazamiento puesto que fue construido como protección para los habitantes de Barcelona en el año de 1937. Su intención era netamente la protección, puesto que los bombardeos a la Ciudad Condal perseguían sobre todo el objetivo de asustar e intimidar a la población. Es por ello que se seleccionó este punto alto, en el que los abandonados cañones continuaron vigilando sombría y mudamente la ciudad hasta que fueron retirados en la década de los cincuenta. El búnker continuó ahí, testigo silencioso de los cambios de la ciudad. En cierta etapa albergó barracas cuyos habitantes fueron reubicados y sus precarias viviendas destruidas antes de los Juegos Olímpicos de 1992.

A partir de entonces, el sitio fue reclamado por el Patrimonio Histórico Español, convirtiéndose en uno de los miradores por excelencia de esta ciudad. Se pueden apreciar desde ahí el litoral de la ciudad, la diferencia en el trazo de los barrios de la ciudad (el contraste entre el Eixample y el Carmel, la geometría y la historia…), la Torre Agbar, la Sagrada Familia, el puerto. El hecho de poder hacer un giro completo y apreciar toda la ciudad en su totalidad, hace de este sitio un emplazamiento irresistible para cualquier apasionado de la fotografía o simplemente para quien quiera que desee realmente fascinarse con el paisaje urbano de Barcelona.

La guinda del pastel sería sin duda, como ya comentábamos, hacer un pequeño picnic al atardecer. Llevar algo sencillo para comer y beber, un mantelito o manta y observar la caída del sol dándonos la mano con nuestra pareja: un momento imbatible de un fin de semana en Barcelona.

Cómo llegar al Búnker del Carmel: Para llegar en transporte público lo preferible es tomar el autobús porque desde las paradas más cercanas del metro se tiene que hacer una pequeña caminata de alrededor de dos kilómetros. Como líneas de autobús pueden cogerse la 24, la 92, la 119 y la V7. De noche, puede seleccionarse entre la N4 y la N5. En cuanto a la llegada en vehículo privado, si se busca bien la ruta de antemano, veremos que hay mucho sitio para aparcar en las cercanías, así que no representa ningún problema.

Perderse en El Laberinto de Horta

Nuestra propuesta es pasear por un hermoso jardín: el parque del Laberinto de Horta. Este hermoso parque tiene un diseño clásico, quizás debido a que es el más antiguo de Barcelona, y por fortuna para los enamorados, uno de los menos frecuentados por los turistas. Normalmente la entrada cuesta dos euros, pero los miércoles y los domingos la entrada es gratuita.

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Este parque se ubica en una antigua finca, la de la familia Desvalls, próxima a la localización de la sierra de Collserola, y su punto fuerte son sin duda el jardín del siglo XVIII, en estilo neoclásico, y el jardín del siglo XIX, en un estilo romántico. La disposición del parque es muy especial: en tres terrazas a la forma de grandes escalones, con un gran contenedor de agua en la parte superior que sirve como reserva de agua para el riego. En el medio, hay una preciosa zona dispuesta con cúpulas y columnas de tipo toscano. En la parte más baja, está el laberinto que da el nombre al parque y que se ha convertido en el principal atractivo del jardín. Desde la entrada se puede observar y disfrutar la arquitectura de la casa del dueño y su familia, el marqués de Llupià i Alfarràs. Este hermoso espacio incluso ha sido elegido para el rodaje de distintas cintas y videos, por su mágica disposición laberíntica.

Pero el jardín es más que el laberinto. También cuenta con más de veinte distintos detalles acuáticos, desde estanques y fuentes hasta albercas y cascadas, pasando por canales y riachuelos, que no sólo embellecen el espacio y le otorgan una sonoridad especial, sino que permiten el desarrollo de numerosas especies vegetales. Además, todas estas fuentes y estanques, cuya agua se mantiene sin clorar, permiten la protección de especies anfibias (sapos, ranas verdes, reinetas), que se conservan en espacios separados a los peces, para que todas las especies disfruten de suficiente espacio y se encuentren a gusto.

El número de visitantes a la vez se limita a setecientas cincuenta personas, lo que permite disfrutar de este espacio verde en completa paz y tranquilidad. Detalle romántico: al recorrer todo el laberinto y llegar hasta el centro, podemos apreciar una estatua de Eros, el dios griego del amor… ¿podemos encontrar una forma más simbólica de concluir un fin de semana romántico en esta hermosa ciudad?

Además, independientemente del laberinto, el parque cuenta con otras áreas muy interesantes, como el parque temático que servía en sus tiempos para entretener a los invitados de la realeza y nobles que se daban cita en lo que en la época era un sitio alejado del centro de Barcelona. Como toque final, hay un canal para enamorados con pequeñas barquitas y cisnes, desde la cual se puede llegar a la sala de té que sólo funciona en verano.

El parque se encuentra en excelentes condiciones y representa un oasis de tranquilidad respecto al tumulto turístico que suele recorrer los sitios “bandera” del paisaje urbano de Barcelona.

Estos tres rincones de la geografía de nuestra ciudad ofrecen un espacio de paz, relajación e intimidad a las parejas para celebrar un día tan especial como Sant Jordi.

Al seleccionar un apartamento de alquiler turístico en Barcelona, podrás disfrutar de estos tres hermosos lugares y muchos más, además de llenarte de la vitalidad, paz y romanticismo que emana de las calles de Barcelona para estas fechas.

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The F1 Spanish Grand Prix Will be Here Soon

The F1 Spanish Grand Prix Will be Here Soon

The F1 Spanish Grand Prix is just one circuit of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the highest class of single-seat auto racing that exists under the sanction of the Fédération Internationale do l’Automobile. The Barcelona circuit takes place in Montmelo, Barcelona, Spain, just 30 minutes northeast of the city’s center.

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is one of the best places to catch what can be a life-changing event for any auto racing enthusiasts. Located amidst the Catalonian mountains, the changes in elevation not only make for an exciting race, but also for great spectating, with many great vantage points. Race weekend is coming up on May 8th through the 10th, which is also one of the best times of the year to visit Barcelona, as the weather will be perfect for exploring the city and its surrounding countryside.

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Photo Credit: Salvador Mendez via Flickr

With two national competitors in the 2015 F1 Spanish Grand Prix, there are sure to be many people from around Spain coming out to support their contingent among the 18 racers. Fernando Alonso, born in Oviedo, Spain got his Grand Prix debut in Australia in 2001. Now a member of the McLaren-Honda Team, he has been in the World Championships in both 2005 and 2006. He is known for his all around talent, but also for lacking patience in the race. Carlos Sainz Jr is from Madrid, Spain and is one of the F1’s youngest drivers this year at just 20-years-old. This is his debut year on the Grand Prix circuit and has only 2 races under his belt. Sainz will be one of the most exciting new talents to watch this season, and has been overlooked in years past.

The British racer, Lewis Hamilton is the defending champion and this year’s favorite. Probably the fastest guy you’ll see at the F1 Spanish Grand Prix, you can expect his biggest challenge to be the German force, Nico Rosberg, who lost to Hamilton in 2014 in Abu Dhabi. If Hamilton does take the win yet again this year, he will be the first Briton to retain the world title, making Grand Prix history.

Whether you’re into watching the whole weekend long or just for the final race on Sunday, you can buy your tickets online and start planning your trip to the beautiful Barcelona, Spain, one of the world’s favorite beach cities. On Friday, May 8th the practice runs will happen, followed by the qualifying round on Saturday, and finally the race on Sunday. With two nationals in the race you can expect a carnival atmosphere in the grandstands with many Spanish enthusiasts out to cheer the competitors on their home turf. You can also look forward to perfect weather and plenty of sunshine for this great event.

Being that spring is such a perfect time of year here, plan to explore the city. Staying in Barcelona will give you a great opportunity to experience both the race and the Catalonian city culture. Hit the beaches, the restaurants for tapas and wine, and maybe even take a walking or biking tour of this coveted destination.

Madonna Traerá Su “Rebel Heart” a Barcelona

madonna-rebel-heart-barcelonaMito viviente para unos. Una provocadora para otros. Ha sido censurada en muchos países por “contenidos explícitamente sexuales” y ha generado grandes polémicas en temas religiosos.

Sin importar lo que pensemos, se caiga o no, esté vieja o no, Louise Verónica Ciccone – “Madonna” – sigue re-inventándose y conquistando generaciones.

En su último paso por Barcelona en el 2012, durante su gira “Madonna World Tour”, logró un lleno total en el Palau Sant Jordi y encendió a una multitud de fans.

La Reina del Pop visitará la Ciudad Condal este 24 de noviembre, en lo que hasta el momento será el único concierto en España de su gira “Rebel Heart”. La diva iniciará su despliegue de conciertos en Miami en el mes de agosto y visitará las ciudades más importantes de Europa como Praga, Berlín, Amsterdam, Londres, Paris y por supuesto, Barcelona.

Las entradas estarán a la venta el próximo lunes, 16 de marzo en ticketmaster y van desde 45€ hasta 175€.

Si no vives en Barcelona no te preocupes! Ven con tus amigos y hospédate en uno de nuestros apartamentos desde 85€ la noche. No te pierdas la oportunidad de ver a una de las cantantes más influyentes de las últimas décadas en una de las ciudades más vibrantes de Europa.

Experience the Lights and Sounds of the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Experience the Lights and Sounds of the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Barcelona’s  Magic Fountain of Montjuïc has earned its name after a century of virtually uninterrupted, crowd-pleasing performances in the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The fountain’s waters are known to jump and dance in a rainbow of colors and to a diversity of melodies and pictures. The performances have earned a genre all their own and are now called water acrobatics.

Attending a magic fountain show is integral to the Barcelona experience. If you’re staying at one these great Barcelona short term rentals you definitely want to make the fountain a priority on your sightseeing list. It’s a great and free way to spend a night out in this temperate Mediterranean city.

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc History

This city landmark was built in 1929 with its first performance taking place on May 19th during the Great Universal Exhibition, which was the reason for the fountain’s construction. Carles Buigas was the ambitious architect who designed it as early at 1922. Buigas oversaw the building of the fountain, which took over 3,000 workers less than a year to complete.

During the Spanish Civil War, the fountain was completely decimated, resulting in the only period since its construction that it wasn’t in operation. It was up and running again in 1955 after Buigas oversaw its reconstruction. In the 1980’s music was incorporated into the fountain performances, bringing the show to a whole new level. A decade later, prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, the Montjuïc was completely restored, and the performances have since come to include film as well.

Visit the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

The fountain performances are considered magical largely due to the astounding synchronicity of the numerous technical elements that complete the show. The over three million liters of water dance using five different pump systems, 134 electric motors, and 109 hydraulic valves. The lights create over 50 different shades and hues, turning the water nearly every color you could imagine. This isn’t just a beautiful show, but it’s an engineering masterpiece, demanding the consultation and planning of the city’s greatest talents.

Since the advent of music and film, the fountain has included some of the world’s most famous acts. Historic film showings have included The GodfatherThe Lord of the Rings, and Gladiator. Some reputable musical acts that have been part of the shows are the Spanish zarzuela movement, and “Barcelona” by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé.

The Magical Fountain of Montjuïc is chosen each year as the site for the “Pyromusical”, which is part of La Mercè festival. This is typical fountain performance accompanied by an epic fireworks and laser show.

Showtimes:

Autumm & Winter:
Friday & Saturday, from 7pm to 9pm.

Spring & Summer:
Thursday to Sunday, from 9pm to 11.30pm.

When you’re visiting Barcelona, be it for business or pleasure, be sure not to miss a chance to see a show at the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. This is a great activity for the kids, and also makes for a lovely night out with your sweetheart. Grab some dinner around Plaça de Carles Buigas and make an evening of it.

“Calçotada” de Valls (Spring Onion Festival)

If anybody ever ask me to mention a traditional Catalan dish, I would say “Calçots” without hesitation. Calçots are milder and less bulbous than onions.This weekend we will celebrate the 34th edition of Fiesta de la Calçotada de Valls (Spring Onion Festival).

 I know sometimes it’s better to discover new experiences by your own. However, some local events require some know-how/contacts, and it’s better to reserve a tour, so you enjoy all the insights of the festival. A great option is LivingIt, an agency focus on traditional events and local festivals in Catalunya.

If you decide to visit the festival by your own, make sure you get there early (before 10 a.m.) to  make the most of your visit. There are trains coming to Valls from Barcelona Sants Station.

There will be plenty of contests and activities, so  as soon as you arrive, go to get your tickets at the City Hall and get prepare to live a unique traditional experience.

If you are looking for accommodation in Barcelona, don’t miss our special offers for this weekend. Apartments in the city center from 36€ per person/per night.

Bon profit!

 

There’s Plenty to Do All Summer in Barcelona

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Barceloneta Beach / Photo By Luis Hernandez via Flickr

The summer in Barcelona, while humid, is significantly cooler than other Spanish cities, making it a perfect Mediterranean retreat for anyone looking for a getaway during the warmer months. Whether you’re looking for a good place to spend summer vacation with the kids, or just need a change of scenery for a few months, Barcelona will prove to be the perfect destination to meet your desires.

Many locals head out of town from late July through early September, leaving visitors with a city open to their every whim with less traffic and fewer bodies. Barcelona is the epitome of Mediterranean charm with its expansive beaches, and yet also displays the culture and design of any northern ancient European city. It’s draw is in its inviting streets begging you to meander about, so leave the itineraries at home, book a short term rental, and spend a healthy chunk of your summer in Barcelona.

Here are some of the great things to look forward to during summer in Barcelona.

Festivals
The Primavera Sound Festival in late May brings together music from different genres. From rock legends like The Strokes to pop artists and indie bands like The National, this is one the world’s best music festivals. Come June two other exciting annual festivals role around. The Dancing Egg takes place around the Corpus Christi at various churches to celebrate fertility and rebirth. Another summer favorite is the Sónar Festival, which is Barcelona’s International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art.

Parks
Barcelona’s famous Parc de la Ciutadella is home to a boating lake, a waterfall, playgrounds and the city zoo. This is a favorite hang out during the summer in Barcelona, and is both a great place for a walk, to to just let the kids run around. Parc Güell is a surrealist park designed as a city garden in which the gardeners could live, giving it the air of fairy tales.

Beaches
Before the last couple of decades the beach was not at the forefront of the city’s landscape or experience. Barceloneta Beach was made a reality during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and is now a central aspect to summer in Barcelona.

Stiges

This beautiful coastal destination is known as Catalunya’s party town. Just a 40 minute train ride down the coast from the big city, it makes for a great day trip where you can explore its various beaches.

Museums
Many of the Museums in Barcelona hold Nits d’Estiu (Summer Nights) events throughout the months of July and August. They keep their doors open late and host concerts, special exhibits and other fun events. CaixaForum is known to be one of the best nighttime programs during the summer in Barcelona.

If you’re planning a summer getaway to Barcelona you won’t run out of great things to do in this beautiful and culturally rich Mediterranean city. Bizflats has many great properties throughout the city suitable for you regardless of how many people you’re traveling with. Our short term rentals are conveniently located, elegantly furnished and perfect for a summer in Barcelona. Our properties can be found on La Rambla, at Barceloneta Beach, and we even have a country Villa just outside the city. The prices range depending on what you’re looking for but the quality is always excellent. We look forward to helping you find the perfect accommodation for your summer in Barcelona.

5 of the Most Romantic Restaurants in Barcelona

5 of the Most Romantic Restaurants in Barcelona

Barcelona is an innately romantic city with tons of romantic spots. Historic monuments contrast modern design, and the whole city is cornered against the beach by lush green mountains. A city devoted to food and wine, there are date nights to be had in every hole-in-the-wall tapas restaurant you find. Tapas themselves are meant for sharing, served in small two-bite portions, and always paired with some national treasure of a wine or beer. Romantic restaurants in Barcelona aren’t hard to come by, and this city built for romance also offers other fashions of dining – excursions, really – that will give you and your sweetheart an experience to remember whenever you visit.

Romantic Restaurants in Barcelona

No matter what your taste, you’re sure to find plenty of romantic spots to eat in Barcelona. Below are a few of our choices for the most trendy restaurants in Barcelona.

  1. For a classic Mediterranean tasting menu, book your reservations at Con Gracia. This small, tasteful restaurant is elegant, intimate, and the perfect for romance.
  2. Joséphine is a charming café and comptoire. Their vintage style features a simple, yet delicious Mediterranean menu accompanied by tasty cocktails and often live jazz music. If you’re looking to keep it simple and a little eclectic this is a great option.
  3. For one of the cities best gastronomic experiences head to Mayura for interesting mix of Mediterranean and Indian cuisines in a relaxing environment. You won’t be disappointed by their fantastic cocktail list either.
  4. One of the new additions to the scene of romantic restaurants in Barcelona, Toto is known for great taste in both spectacular designs and an outstanding Italian-inspired menu.
  5. If you’re looking for an exquisite dining terrace then book your romantic dinner at Roig Robí. This is not only one of the most romantic restaurants in Barcelona, but also one of the most traditional with a menu boasting an unique and delicious interpretation of high Catalan cuisine.

Even More Romantic Things to Do in Barcelona

Private Hot Air Balloon Ride

If you’re looking for more than just a meal and some spectacular views of our gorgeous city, then this hot air balloon ride, which includes a traditional Catalan brunch, is a great way to celebrate a romantic holiday in Barcelona. Surprise your better half with this Barcelona birds eye trip and you’ll give the most exceptional gift – experience to share.

Cooking Class

In the spirit of experiential dating, plan a night of cooking fun. This is a great twist on the traditional Valentine’s Day event, grouping activity with fine dining. Sign up for this Small Group Barcelona Cooking Class and learn the secrets of Spanish cuisine and master tapas dishes or paella. At the end of the challenge, led by a personal professional chef, enjoy the fruits of your labor among loved-ones.

Gourmetbus

This traveling Michelin-rated dining experience is among the most unique ways to experience the city’s views, culture and cuisine. Hop aboard the glass-roofed Gourmetbus and get a tour of Barcelona, accompanied by a famous Carls Gaig meal.

The numerous romantic restaurants in Barcelona to choose from will not disappoint you during your romantic occasion, nor will the amazing date-night activities about town. If you’re planning a special trip to celebrate the holiday with your sweetheart check out some of our romantic flats scattered about the city and surrounding countryside. This is a day for making memories, so make it special!

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.

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.