Celebrate a Unique Barcelona Holiday with Carnival

Celebrate a Unique Barcelona Holiday with Carnival

The Carnival is a traditional Barcelona holiday in February created to acknowledge the week before Lent begins.  This celebration, known for its vibrant masks and colorful costumes, is considered a way for locals to enjoy a few guilty pleasures before their time of fasting and praying begins on Ash Wednesday and continues throughout Lent, which ends Easter Day.  Generally known as a week of debauchery and gluttony, the Carnival in Barcelona is a series of extravagant events consisting of costumed performers, exciting games, and lots of eating meat (particularly hot dogs), since it is encouraged to sacrifice eating meat during Lent.  Learn more about how Carnival began and how it has developed to include the activities that this Barcelona holiday presents today.

All About Carnival, a Barcelona Holiday

History

Carnival can be traced back all the way to the Middle Ages.  This holiday is reported to have originated in Rome, influenced by their Saturnalia celebration, and then spread throughout the regions of Europe.  The early motivation of this week-long holiday was to embrace the concept of throwing social norms out the window and becoming whatever you wanted to be before you were forced to abide by the 40 days of fasting and submissiveness during Lent.  Locals would dress up in animal costumes and attend parades to celebrate this wild time of freedom before Lent began.  Today, these festivities have expanded to include even more entertaining events and activities!

Present-Day Carnival: Events

Today’s Carnival celebration in Barcelona involves a variety of live shows and performances, including parades jugglers, singers, dancers, bands, plays, and much more.  Locals and visitors of all ages, usually dressed in masks and costumes, attend this event spread throughout the city.  This Barcelona holiday begins on Dijous Gras, meaning “Dirty Thursday” or “Fat Thursday,” during which people gorge themselves on decadent, greasy, and fattening foods.  The week continues with countless events, including La Taronjada, a “battle” of orange balloons and confetti.  The Carnival celebration ends on Ash Wednesday with the Burial of the Sardine; this tradition, which is comprised of feasting and music, represents the death of the party and the rebirth of society.  This year’s Carnival will take place from February 4- February 6, 2016.

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Barcelona is bursting with countless attractions and festivals, making it the perfect vacation destination!  bizFlats wants to make your dream getaway a reality; our numerous apartment rentals are the perfect place for you and your family to stay while attending Carnival, this magical Barcelona holiday!  We offer a variety of beautiful apartments, villas, penthouses, lofts, and suites, all thoroughly accommodated for your comfort.  These rentals can sleep up to a large number of guests and possess features like luxurious beds, full equipped kitchens, pools, terraces, gardens, and much more.  Our short-term rentals are fantastic for holiday vacations; they provide the comfortable and welcoming environment that a standard hotel just cannot match.  Our rentals are located within and around the city of Barcelona, offering gorgeous views of the surrounding picturesque scenery.  Check our availability and book your dream vacation getaway today!  

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Christmas in Barcelona is Like a Fantastic Dream

Christmas in Barcelona is Like a Fantastic Dream

If you’re looking for a Christmas celebration unlike any other you’ve ever experienced, Barcelona is the perfect place for you this holiday season! December is an ideal month in this exotic region; the Barcelona Christmas weather isn’t too chilly, holiday activities are in full swing, and the streets and buildings are lavishly decorated. Exciting festivities, traditional culture, and welcoming locals make Christmas in Barcelona a truly magical time of year.

An Overview of Christmas in Barcelona

The Christmas season in Barcelona officially begins on December 8th, which is known as the Feast of Immaculate Conception, a day centered on the belief that the Virgin Mary was conceived without sin.  The majority of families in Barcelona begin decorating for Christmas on this day.  Usually the most prominent Christmas decorations in the typical Barcelona home are the Nativity scenes (complete with the traditional caganer) displaying the stable of Bethlehem.  Christmas Eve (La Nochebuena) is observed with an extravagant dinner to celebrate the birth of Christ, and Christmas Day is celebrated December 25th with gifts and meals; most businesses are closed to honor this day.  The end of the Christmas season is marked by Three Kings’ Day on January 6th; this holiday, even more widely observed than Christmas Day, represents the day the Three Wise Men arrived to visit Jesus and is celebrated by a large parade the evening before.

Things to Do in Barcelona for Christmas

Barcelona Christmas Market:  Christmas fairs and markets are a must-see during Christmas in Barcelona! Some of the most popular markets are Fira de Santa Llúcia, which is filled with beautiful displays and performances, and the Fira de Reis, where you can find a wide selection of goods, candies, and toys (mostly handcrafted).  Many other fairs and Christmas markets are scattered amongst the villages during this season. There’s also the Festival de la Infancia, a fair with activities specifically for children, such as storytelling, games, and crafts.  

Skating:  Another popular activity during Christmas in Barcelona is ice skating; Catalunya Square, an iconic plaza surrounded by monumental buildings, is transformed into a temporary ice rink during the winter seasons and attracts visitors of all ages.   

Lights: Barcelona is well-known for their light exhibits during the holiday season!  Almost 300 streets are adorned with dazzling light displays and every district of the city presents its own towering Christmas tree.

Special Events: The Harbour Swim (Copa Nadal) is a swim across Barcelona’s freezing harbour on Christmas morning.  This tradition dates back to 1907 and has been a sight for spectators to enjoy every year since!  The Three Kings’ Parade is another famous Barcelona Christmas tradition that always occurs on January 5th.  This three-hour procession begins at 6:00pm and follows a 5 kilometer route.  Various artists, such as musicians, dancers, and circus performers, all participate to create this beautiful and traditional festivity.

Celebrate The Tradition of the Barcelona Christmas Log: One of the most unique aspects of Christmas in Barcelona is the tradition of the Caga Tió (the Spanish Christmas poo). A log with a cartoon face is placed by the hearth, and the children of the household present food to the log in exchange for gifts that it poops-out.

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If any of these sights or events have peaked your interest, Christmas in Barcelona is the perfect winter getaway for you!  bizFlats offers a wide assortment of different lofts, studios and penthouses, apartments and villas to rent in spectacular areas of Barcelona.  Come experience luxurious living in one of the most exhilarating places on earth.  New Years in Barcelona is an amazing experience, as well!

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Don’t Miss La Mercè Barcelona

Don’t Miss La Mercè Barcelona

The end of summer in Catalonia is a time for celebration, which has been the tradition since La Mercè Barcelona began back in 1902. Known worldwide as the city’s largest street party, people travel from far and wide to partake in the five days of festivities designed to celebrate Catalan culture and the cooler days ahead. If you have yet to experience the events and energy at La Mercè Barcelona, perhaps this will be your year! Though the official dates have yet to be announced, you can be sure that it will take place around September 24th as it does every year.

La Mercè Barcelona History

Named for the patron saint of Barcelona, Mercè who, as legend has it, blessed the city on many occasions to protect it from wars and plagues, is the cause for celebration when the end of September rolls around each year. At the turn of the century, when pope Pius IX declared the Virgin of Mercy the patron saint of Barcelona, he had many festivities planned in her honor, which were held throughout the city. In 1902 those festivities were organized into an official festival, which has been celebrated each year since, much to the excitement of both Catalonians and the many visitors to our beautiful city.

Top La Mercè Events

  • Castellers – While waltzing down the street during La Mercè Barcelona you may stumble upon a human tower reaching stories above ground! Don’t be alarmed, the Castellers, as they’re called, are well trained performers who aim to show the Catalonia spirit of unity through this performance art. It is a tradition that has been around as long as the festival itself. Head to the Gothic Quarter during the festivities to Plaça de Sant Jaume and you’ll surely catch one of their memorable towers.
  • Correfoc – Known as the procession of the fire-breathing dragons, this event takes place along the Via Laietana as dusk sets in. The dragons, who do indeed breath fire in the form of fireworks and sparklers, are accompanied by scary looking devils and mythical monsters marching through the streets and give everyone a little frightful excitement. If you do plan on attending this wonderful spectacle be sure to wear clothing that you won’t mind being damaged by sparks, as well as glasses or a hat to protect your eyes.
  • Gigantes – Don’t miss this chance to see the Catalan monarchy of old march through the streets. No, not real royalty, but giant costumed performers who dance to the accompaniment of drummers and flutists.

 

 

If you have yet to experience the wonders of La Mercè Barcelona it is nothing short of a once in a lifetime experience. Not only will you get a taste for authentic Catalan culture with some of its rich history mixed in, but September is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful times of year to visit Barcelona. The summer heat is subsiding, while that temperate Mediterranean fall sweeps in for a few months of paradise. This trip could really be a dream come true!

 

August in Barcelona

August in Barcelona

August in Barcelona is one of the busiest months of the year ensuring many exciting activities, beautifully warm Mediterranean weather, and visitors from around the world with whom to mingle. Between the beaches, festivals, and arts to enjoy, the end of the summer ends up being an ideal time to visit this Spanish city and take in the sites and culture, be it on a European family adventure, or the backpacking trip of a lifetime.

Though Catalonians have long been known to take month long vacations during the month of August, visitors can be sure to find most of the businesses open. About 10 percent of the shops and restaurants will be closed as various families head out of town during the warmest and busiest month of the year – a tradition that undoubtedly adds to the charming and hospitable nature of the city’s many family-owned businesses.

Here are some of the things to look forward to during August in Barcelona this year.

  1. Festa Major de Sants
    This little-known festival takes place throughout the Sants neighborhood, featuring unique cultural attractions that celebrate the history of the families who settled this neighborhood centuries ago.
  2. San Miguel Mas i Mas Festival
    This summer concert series takes place throughout the city at different venues, featuring many Latin musicians along with a mix of many other genres. Starting in July and continuing through early September, San Miguel Mas i Mas concerts make for a great evening out on the town.
  3. Gandules
    Throughout the month of August on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, a series of films are screened on the rooftop patio. This great space has both a restaurant and bar and the movie nights tend to fill up quickly so be sure to get there early for a seat.
  4. Circuit Festival
    The Circuit Festival is one of the largest LGBT gatherings in all of Europe. It offers 12 days of incredible parties and events throughout the city including a day at the water park, beach parties, documentary film festivals and tons of sporty fun like longboard outings and yoga sessions. Thousands of people from around the world come out for this wonderful celebration of LGBT culture!
  5. Festa Major de Gracia
    This neighborhood festival is one of the oldest in the city, with residents working year round to plan a fun festival in which locals and visitors alike come to appreciate age old Catalan culture. The main attraction are the streets and shops that get transformed by residents in a decorating competition that will shock you as you enter imaginary worlds like outer space and Jurassic Park. Be sure to check out Festa Major de Gracia in the evening to see these transformed worlds all lit up.

August in Barcelona is bound to be a great time, whether you’re looking for a relaxing time or a great party. While the end of the summer is typically a busy time for tourists, it  also ensures that there is plenty to do for all interests. If you’re considering a European vacation this summer, make it August in Barcelona!

 

Circuit Festival Barcelona Will be Here Soon!

Circuit Festival Barcelona Will be Here Soon!

One of the city’s biggest international festivals is right around the corner, much to the anticipation of the LGBT community worldwide. From August 5th through the 16th, people from around the world to congregate in our beautiful city and celebrate a facet of culture that has long been in need of more diverse gathering options. Circuit Festival Barcelona answers that need offering a 12-day holiday of enjoying the sunshine on the beach, around the city, and the clubbing scene at night. Barcelona is the ideal international meeting point for this gathering of the LGBT community, and Circuit promises to be a safe and fun upbuilding experience!

 Circuit Festival Barcelona Schedule

  • BIG OPENING @ BLOC CLUB – 5 AUGUST
  • WE SEX SHOP @ THE ONE CLUB – 6 AUGUST
  • RAPIDO @ UNDER CLUB – 7 AUGUST
  • MATINÉE POOL PARTY @ COMPLEX ESPORTIU L’HOSPITALET NORD – AUGUST
  • MATINÉE KLUBBERDOME FEAT OFFER NISSIM @ COMPLEX ESPORTIU L’HOSPITALET NORD – 8 AUGUSTP
  • PACK POOL PARTY & KLUBBERDOME @ COMPLEX ESPORTIU L’HOSPITALET NORD – 8 AUGUST
  • THE BEACH PARTY @ COMPLEX ESPORTIU L’HOSPITALET NORD – AUGUST
  • FOREVER TEL AVIV @ RAZZMATAZZ – 9 AUGUST
  • BEYOND @ UNDER CLUB – 10 AUGUST     
  • THE WATER PARK DAY @ L’ILLA FANTASIA – 11 AUGUST
  • THE WATER PARK NIGHT @ L’ILLA FANTASIA – 11 AUGUST
  • PACK WATER PARK DAY & NIGHT @ L’ILLA FANTASIA – 11 AUGUST
  • MEGAWOOF @ UNDER CLUB – 12 AUGUST
  • WE CLEOPATRA POOL DAY @ LA BASSA – 13 AUGUST
  • MATINÉE PERVERT @ GLOOBAL CLUB – 13 AUGUST
  • PACK WE POOL DAY & MATINÉE PERVERT @ LA BASSA & GLOOBAL CLUB – 13 AUGUST
  • MATINÉE EASY RIDERS @ UP&DOWN – 14 AUGUST
  • PAPA MAIN POOL PARTY @ COMPLEX ESPORTIU L’HOSPITALET NORD – 15 AUGUST
  • MAIN PARTY @ COMPLEX ESPORTIU L’HOSPITALET NORD – 15 AUGUST
  • PACK PAPA POOL & MAIN PARTY @ COMPLEX ESPORTIU HOSPITALET NORD – 15 AUGUST
  • LA LECHE! @ EIBISÍ CLUB (TERRACE) – 16 AUGUST
  • THE WEEK SAFADO @ EIBISÍ CLUB – 16 AUGUST
  • PACK LA LECHE! & THE WEEK SAFADO @ EIBISÍ CLUB – 16 AUGUST

Tickets

Circuit Festival Barcelona tickets can be purchased ahead of time either for individual events or for the entire event. Single event tickets range from 25€ to 75€. The All Access Pass will give you free priority access to all of the events at a 50 percent discounted rate. If you are looking forward to attending most of the events, this is a great option for you. The Pass also comes with a 10 percent discount at all the local shops that collaborate with the festival, four free entries at one of the DIR GYMS Barcelona, as well as festival swag!

Circuit’s Waterpark

One of the festival’s most famous and fun events is the Water Park Day, which is known to be the biggest open-air gay part in all of Europe. This fun day in the sun will take place on August 11th starting at 10 am and going all night! Enjoy water games and rides, live music and performances, and thousands of people gathering to celebrate the LGBT community!

 

Circuit Festival Barcelona is one of the events of the year in the city, and a great reason to finally take that trip to this ideal Spanish destination. Come enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere, and the city’s rich modern culture!

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.

F1 Spanish Grand Prix
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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.