Going back to Barcelona or “The miracle case of the Barcelona Nest” – 2020

Going back to Barcelona is the wish for many Barcelona lovers…

The miracle case of the Barcelona nest

This story could be named “The miracle case of the Barcelona nest”.

It was a warm, mid-July Mediterranean night. One of those in which the heat makes it difficult for us to fall asleep, a typical July night in Barcelona. That night a group of friends decided to seek the cooling sea breeze on the Mar Bella beach in Barcelona. The heat was stifling and the beach that night was the perfect place to meet, chat with friends and listen to the waves crash on the shore.

But no one could have imagined was what was about to happen. A few meters from them, in the sand, a few repetitive blows accompanied by strange sounds, put them on alert.

The discovery

Mar, Gabriela And David, who found the turtle on the beach and recorded the video

As they approached, a dark figure surprised them in the night. Stunned they discovered an adult specimen of loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) trapped under a construction fence, repatedly hitting it, fighting to get out. The first thing they did, without really understanding what was really happening, was to record the scene to upload it to their social networks … if we don’t record and publish it, no one is going to believe us! … they must have thought. This was definitely a spectacle more typical of paradisiacal beaches of the tropics, than of an urban beach in Barcelona. Then with the video ready, they reintroduced the turtle into the sea.

The nest

The turtle had just laid 77 eggs, this being the first time in history that there is evidence of nesting on the beaches of Barcelona.

The CRAM foundation, which is dedicated to the protection of marine biodiversity against global threats, has described it as an “unusual event”. They were the ones who discovered the nest, after watching the video on social networks and contacting the group of young people.

Of the 77 eggs, 60 remain in the nest on the beach in a fenced area supervised 24 hours a day and the other 17 were transferred to the CRAM incubators for breeding in captivity.

10 baby turtles were born this Sunday night August 31, 2020 on the beach of la Mar Bella in Barcelona and were released into the sea on what’s the first day of the rest of their lives. Experts say the areas where these turtles used to nest are warming up and they are starting to look for other areas to breed. The truth is that we are living strange times and nature seems to find its ways.

experts working in the nest of the Mar Bella beach in Barcelona, once this turtles will be going back to Barcelona
CRAM experts working in the Barcelona nest
CRAM experts working in the Barcelona nest found on Barcelona beaches, once this turtles will be going back to Barcelona
Eggs collection by CRAM experts
detail of recently laid eggs on the beaches of Barcelona, one day this turtles will be going back to Barcelona
Detail of recently laid eggs
eggs being transferred to the incubators of the CRAM for their breeding in captivity
Eggs being transferred to the incubators of the CRAM for their breeding in captivity

Going back to Barcelona?

As we said before, going back to Barcelona is the wish for many Barcelona lovers…and they are many and diverse. At one point in their life, these adult turtles will feel the call of the nest in which they were born. A nest that her mother chose to locate on a beach in Barcelona, a most unusual place, and this will be the time to return.

Nature definitely finds its ways. This unique and precious event means a breath of hope, it means that when circumstances are adverse, our instincts strive to show us the way to overcome obstacles and survive.

Going back to Barcelona, will be the message that will arise from deep inside to close the circle. And when they return to their beach, El Parc Güell, La Casa Batlló, Gaudí and La Sagrada Familia, Santa Maria del Mar and Picasso and his Museum, will still be here waiting in beautiful Barcelona.

In the near future, we will have to do things in a different way since it has been shown that we are all connected to each other and to the planet and life does not stop and it will run us like a great roller that crushes and molds us.

“Preparation and education are therefore the highest priority. An international effort would be required, and it is essential that governments can anticipate the next pandemic and prepare to stop it at its point of origin rather than simply react and cause the long-term destruction of our society and economy, as it is currently happening” concludes this article published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine.

For those of you who have never been to Barcelona and as our friend Caretta Caretta, feel that something inside attracts you to this point on the planet and for those who Barcelona is already part of your lives, there is a beach here wishing you to leave a piece of yourself.

Digital nomads alert: where to network in Barcelona?

Where to network in Barcelona? Easy: digital nomads in Barcelona will be thrilled to hear that their current location is a thriving hub for digital nomads all over the world. A mixing pot for expats, start-ups, solo entrepreneurs and nomads from all corners of the globe, digital nomads in Barcelona can expect to find one here of the most diverse networks in business.

Yet, we also understand that this huge network can be overwhelming, especially in a city where there is always something going on. This article covers the best online and offline networking groups, events and places, giving digital nomads in Barcelona a great place to start.

If you’re a digital nomad planning to stay in Barcelona, or you’ve just arrived, check out our latest guide to being a digital nomad and the places where to network in Barcelona here.

Digital nomads from around the globe can feel reassured that Barcelona is English-speaking friendly, making networking that little bit easier. All the events, groups and spaces below work with English as their main language.

Where to network in Barcelona

Where to network in Barcelona? Online networking and Offline networking

Digital nomads in Barcelona: online networking

If you’re a digital nomad, the chances are you’re already very familiar with online networking.  In the last few years, networking groups on social media have boomed, bringing people from all fields of business together to collaborate, innovate and negotiate.

We’ve put together a few of our favourite and most fruitful online groups for digital nomads in Barcelona so you to get a head start on networking from wherever you’re currently based. Let’s discover where to network in Barcelona:

  • Barccino is a unique English-language collaborative platform for the start-up, tech and innovation communities in Barcelona. Discover information on events, latest news and like-minded entrepreneurial nomads.
  • Barcelona Entrepreneurs & Digital Nomads boasts an online community of over 2,000 digital nomads in Barcelona all looking to collaborate and network.
  • The Barcelona Digital Nomads group organises co-working days, shares information specific to Barcelona, and focuses on digital networking events and job opportunities.
  • The Community of Digital Nomads in Barcelona, or CODINO, is a group of fantastic location-independent workers based in Barcelona. Whether you’re looking to network, for a new business partner, or for help with living in Barcelona in general, this is the place to be.
  • Girl Gone International Barcelona is a group specifically for the community of women living and working in Barcelona, offering networking and support.

Digital nomads in Barcelona: offline networking

Whilst the online community is thriving more than ever, we also know there’s nothing like meeting other like-minded innovators in person, networking over coffee or drinks, and all whilst getting to know some of Barcelona’s coolest locations.

Meetup is a great platform for finding in-person events and groups that bring together inspiring people to exchange ideas and open up new opportunities. Below are two of our favourite groups in Barcelona.

Barcelona Freelancers Meetup is a supportive community where digital nomads in Barcelona can meet both during and outside of working hours to work together, to network, and simply to chat.

Digital People in Barcelona is a community of over 2,000 location-independent workers. It offers an exciting array of monthly workshops both online and offline, ranging from talks on boosting productivity, reaching goals and entrepreneurship, and co-working events aimed at bridging the gap between digital nomads in Barcelona.

What’s more, if you’re a digital nomad who has just arrived in Barcelona, don’t miss this year’s edition of BizBarcelona. This yearly conference supports local businesses, promotes entrepreneurship, and helps the self-employed find new opportunities.

This year it will be held on-site at the Recinte de Montjüic and online from 21–23 September 2020, with a focus on providing solutions and helping businesses and freelancers adapt to the ongoing pandemic. Find all the information here.

Digital nomads in Barcelona: the best co-working spaces for networking

Another great place for digital nomads in Barcelona to meet other entrepreneurs are Barcelona’s many co-working spaces. Bringing together local and location-independent creators, innovators and designers in unique and inspiring spaces, below are a few of our favourites. ***Due to Covid-19, we recommend you that you check each Co-working space to see if they are open and all the usual activities are running.

Betahaus is a living and evolving ecosystem with its headquarters in the quaint neighbourhood of Gràcia. Digital nomads in Barcelona choose it thanks to its talks, workshops and exhibitions aimed at the location-independent community and presentations where businesses and freelancers get the time and space to shine.

With three co-working spaces across the city, MOB (Makers of Barcelona) offers a unique professional community of creatives where digital nomads can build long-lasting business relationships. From exhibitions, workshops and many social events, meeting other innovators has never been so easy (or fun!).

We hope that this list of online and offline networking events will help you discovering how and where to network in Barcelona and get that one bit closer to your next big opportunity. Happy networking!

The Best Guide for Digital Nomads in Barcelona

Looking for a guide for digital nomads in Barcelona? Digital nomads from around the world flock to Barcelona, with the Catalan capital being at the top of the list for many remote workers. With its all-year-round mild Mediterranean climate, sandy shores and welcoming European and international vibe, you’ll be stuck for reasons not to come.

But apart from this, why else do digital nomads choose Barcelona as a pit stop on their adventures?

For digital nomads, Barcelona is very well-connected with other top remote working locations. Getting from Europe to Asia has never been easier thanks to El Prat airport, with hundreds of flights every day. Barcelona’s location in central Europe also facilitates remote work thanks to being in same time zone as colleagues in Europe.

What’s more, Barcelona is a huge economic hub and holds a range of conferences and networking events every year. From hosting the huge Mobile World Congress to smaller events for start-ups, getting to know people in your field and expanding your horizons to other areas has never been easier.

If that’s not enough for digital nomads, Barcelona’s cultural scene boasts something for everyone. From theatres, live gigs by international artists, some of the world’s most stunning modernist architecture and museums galore, what better city to be in when the working day ends.

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Digital nomads in Barcelona: the best short-term and monthly rentals

Digital nomads can count on Bizflats when it comes to finding a short- or long-term rentals in Barcelona. Given Barcelona’s popularity, demand for accommodation in the city has rocketed in the past five years. This means that digital nomads often arrive feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to turn.

For digital nomads, we know that a flexible rentals is top on your list of priority.  Browse our long-term and short-term apartments here before you arrive. We boast a wide range of executive, comfortable and contemporary apartments equipped with everything digital nomads need. From Wi-Fi and desks where you can work in the utmost comfort to sunny terraces and sun-filled living rooms, working from home away from home has never been so easy.

Digital nomads know that finding a monthly rental apartment in a new city can be a daunting prospect. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of five must-haves for you to bear in mind when finding your perfect pad for the next few months.

What’s more, as a digital nomad, we know how important your time is – so, all our apartments ensure no fuss and we take care of all the time-consuming paperwork.

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Still deciding? Check out our recommendations on the best locations to stay here. As your stay in Barcelona is temporary, location is key to ensuring you get to see the most of the city. Because working from home can often be quite solitary, these central locations and upcoming business areas offer co-working spaces, spacious coffee shops and quiet libraries.

Last but not least, your safety and that of our staff is our number one priority. The Covid-19 measures we have adopted in all our apartments mean our apartments are the safest option for digital nomads.

What is the cost of living for digital nomads in Barcelona?

The cost of living for digital nomads in Barcelona can vary greatly depending on your own tastes and interests.

Because we know what’s important to you, our article on the cost of living in Barcelona covers the most important areas so you can prepare for your stay in Barcelona.

As a digital nomad, you’ll need to know the costs of getting around the city to conferences, networking events and meetings, and eating out for both work and leisure. What’s more, we’ve covered the costs of entertainment, nightlife and culture for your much deserved time off.

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Digital nomads: getting taxis in Barcelona

As a digital nomad, getting from A to B quickly and in comfort is your aim. Luckily for you, Barcelona’s ample taxi network means that this is possible.

Getting a taxi in a new city can often be daunting. Check out our step-by-step guide on getting a taxi in Barcelona here for information on prices, tipping, Covid-19 measures and airport transfers.

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Digital nomads: things to see & do in Barcelona

If your stay in Barcelona is temporary, exploring this bustling, beautiful city before you move on to your next remote work destination is a must.

Digital nomads can make sure they don’t miss out on any of Barcelona’s wonders with our recommendations on the best the city has to offer.

Explore the trendy neighbourhood of El Born whilst travelling back in time and stumbling across hidden gems. Uncover the stunning architecture of the Eixample district, including la Sagrada Familia and other Gaudí’s masterpieces. Check out our list of the top 10 places to visit in Barcelona, including the stunning Las Ramblas, the colourful Boqueria market and the views offered by Montjuic.

Digital nomads can also make the most of Barcelona’s fantastic location for day trips to surrounding areas. Discover villages bursting with character such as Sitges, picturesque scenery and sprawling beaches in Cadaqués or a dose of history and art in Dalí’s Figueres.

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Learning basic Catalan for digital nomads

For digital nomads who are interested in staying in the city for longer, or for those who simply want to make a great impression with locals and fit in when ordering coffee, getting a taxi or making business contacts, learning Catalan is a must.

Here we’ve compiled a list of the most essential Catalan phrases to make your stay as productive as possible.

We hope this brief guide to being a digital nomad in Barcelona will make your stay with us unforgettable. Don’t forget that our team is on hand to help you every step along the way. Remote working has never been easier!

If you need more help finding your place to stay in Barcelona, write us to  info@bizflats.com or call us +34 936 394 343 We will be happy to help you 😉

La Pedrera: long- and short-term rental a stone’s throw away from this Gaudí masterpiece

La Pedrera, also known as Casa Milà, a Gaudí masterpieces that simply cannot be missed. Barcelona has become synonymous with this innovative and creative
architect and your stay in Barcelona would not be complete without discovering one of our favourites of his works.

La Pedrera is located on Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona’s most emblematic avenues. Hidden away behind its stony façades is a magical sanctuary with an allure that invites you to be surprised by the playful nature of this modernist building.

Now your dream of staying in the heart of Barcelona, a stone’s throw away from La Pedrera, is now possible. Located on the splendid carrer València, learn what it’s like to wake up as a neighbour to the masterpiece that is La Pedrera.

We also know that your health and that of your loved ones is your utmost priority. Staying in an apartment is the safest option for your stay in Barcelona to limit your contact with other guests in communal areas. Enjoy privacy and be assured that your health is safeguarded during your stay in the neighbourhood of La Pedrera.

La Pedrera

La Pedrera: reasons to visit Gaudí’s last civil masterpiece

Built between 1906 and 1912, La Pedrera was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in the year 1984. Its stony, curved façade with hints of both light and shadow gives the building its unusual name – “La Pedrera” means stone quarry in English, capturing to a tee this building’s organic and rugged exterior.

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La Pedrera was initially built by Gaudí as a residence for Pere Milà i Camps and his wife, Roser Segimon i Artells whose dream was to live in a house with the best location in Barcelona. Located in l’Eixample district, La Pedrera building also includes a block of flats with sixteen apartments, given that this district was rapidly expanding. Read more about its history in our complete guide to one of Barcelona’s most elegant and fascinating districts here.

La Pedrera was Gaudí’s last civil project. It boasts six floors that are connected via two large interior patios ensuring the flats are filled with light and have a good supply of fresh air. Bring your camera and be sure to look up to capture Gaudí’s meticulously well thought out design.

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Milà’s Family: Pere Milà i Campsand his wife Roser Segimon i Artells.

A visit to La Pedrera would not be complete without heading to the attic. Discover ‘Espai Gaudí’ – the city’s only museum to house fascinating information about all of Gaudí’s buildings in Barcelona.

Today La Pedrera Foundation has ensured that this masterpiece of Gaudí’s in the centre of Barcelona has become a hub of innovation, culture and architecture. In addition to summer jazz concerts on its awe-inspiring rooftop terrace (don’t miss the majestic sculptures and the best view of Barcelona), La Pedrera also boasts a range of cultural activities, plus a cafeteria and shop on its lower levels.

Dandi apartment: a stone’s throw away from La Pedrera

“Dandi sports the charm, class and distinction, of the sort of gentleman that’s rare in today’s day and age”.

Elegant, like La Pedrera, our Dandi apartment is a luxurious haven in the heart of the Eixample district and a block away from this Gaudí masterpiece.

What if, in in addition to visiting La Pedrera and taking photos of its many faces, you could stay in the sophisticated district where it is located? When choosing Dandi, you can!

Have breakfast in a quaint café with La Pedrera as your backdrop, browse Barcelona’s most luxurious boutique stores that line Passeig de Gracia, or simply take a stroll around the neighbourhood that La Pedrera’s first residents declared the best location in Barcelona.

This 110 m2 apartment with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms is ideal for between 2–4 guests (with a maximum capacity of 6) and is designed to combine chic luxury with the utmost comfort. Don’t want to leave? Don’t worry! Our Dandi apartment is fully equipped for both short-term and long-term stays, meaning you can truly experience what it’s like to be a Barcelona local.

With two balconies and a terrace, wake up to light streaming through this apartment reminiscent of the neighbouring apartments in La Pedrera. With original Catalan mosaic flooring throughout, Dandi has its own piece of history for you to discover right under your feet.

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COVID-19 health and safety measures

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, from the entire bizFlats team, we want our guests to know that health and safety is our number one priority.

All our apartments undergo rigorous cleaning in line with our health and safety protocol to prevent the spreading of COVID-19. In addition to the complete disinfection of all facilities, we ensure the highest standards of cleanliness are met when preparing our flats for incoming guests.

What’s more, all our apartments have posters with up-to-date safety information that we recommend you take the time to read upon arrival.

If you’d like to learn more about our COVID-19 health and safety measures, check out our article here. More than ever we cannot wait to see you in Barcelona. La Pedrera is simply waiting for you to uncover its architectural secrets and its privileged location in the Eixample district, all possible when you choose our D

Living in Barcelona: how much does it cost?

Have you ever dreamed about living in Barcelona? We’re not lying when we say that this unique city simply has it all. From its Roman past to its stunning architecture, the presence of great artists such as Picasso and Gaudí, its great culture and arts scene, and not to mention its all-year-round great climate.

But, we hear you ask, does all this come at a price? Whether you’re coming to study, work, retire, or simple to enjoy the beautiful surroundings – this article aims to shed some light on the cost of living in Barcelona. We cover various areas of life in Barcelona so you can come prepared, however the true cost of living can depend on many factors.

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Living in Barcelona: renting a flat in Barcelona

If you’ve finally made the decision to take the leap and move to Barcelona, on the top of your list is finding somewhere to live.

Before you arrive, browse our range of apartments here where you are sure to find an apartment that not only suits your needs, but also feels like a home away from home.

With both short-term and long-term rental options, our city apartments are perfect for those who can’t wait to experience Barcelona’s urban lifestyle.

Our city apartments boast privileged locations throughout the city – meaning you have everything you need within walking distance: museums and galleries, restaurants and bars, and great transport connections.

For long-term business stays, we also recommend our executive apartments – they’re perfect for ensuring efficiency and comfort when work is your number one priority.

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From apartments with private terraces and hot tubs or one-bedroomed chic and sophisticated spaces, we have something to suit everyone’s needs. Still can’t decide? Check out our article here with our handpicked recommendations.

Before you make your choice, discover the best spots to live in Barcelona here. With a top-of-the-range apartment located one of the city’s exclusive areas, living in Barcelona has never been easier.

What’s more, our staff will guarantee you’ll feel at home from day one and are on hand to offer advice and tips to welcome you to this fantastic city. We are also working non-stop to ensure your safety and that of our staff with our Covid-19 measures.

Living in Barcelona: is food expensive in Barcelona?

So once you’ve somewhere to live, the next question on your mind will most likely concern food.

Of course, each person’s shopping list varies greatly, but we have calculated that on average monthly food bills can cost around €150–€250. Also, the supermarket you choose will also affect the price of your grocery shopping. In Barcelona you will find everything from family- and pocket-friendly stores to organic fruit shops with high-quality, local produce.

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Below are the average prices of some of the most common items to give you an idea:

  • 1 kg of tomatoes: €1.64
  • 1 litre of milk: €0.93
  • 12 large eggs: €2,76
  • 1 kg of potatoes: €1.17
  • Chicken: €2.49/kg
  • Fresh bread (2 people): €1
  • A can of local beer: €0.93
  • A bottle of good-quality wine: €8

When it comes to eating out, Barcelona offers an array of options that are perfect for various budgets. Look out for restaurants serving lunch-time set menus – menú del día – that include a starter, main course, dessert and drinks for between €10–€14.

An average meal in a local restaurant for two people will cost you approximately €40 – however, a meal for two in the centre of the city or at a specialty restaurants can set you back around €70 – €150.

Living in Barcelona: transport

When calculating the cost of living in Barcelona, you should also consider the cost of getting around the city. In order to help you plan, we’ve covered some basic costs, from gasoline prices to metro tickets.

  • 10 journey metro ticket (zone 1): €11.35 (single ticket: €2)
  • Monthly metro ticket (zone 1): €43
  • Yearly public bike membership: €50
  • 1 litre of gasoline/petrol: €1.34

There are many public transport ticket options, so we recommend looking into them depending on your location and how often you travel.

Taxis in Barcelona are another affordable option to get around. The minimum fare is €2.25 on weekdays (€3.20 after 8 pm on Saturdays and public holidays). Read more about getting a taxi in Barcelona here.

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Living in Barcelona: entertainment and leisure

Now it’s time to let your hair down and relax. However you decide to unwind, you’ll find that Barcelona has a range of options to suit all tastes and budgets.

Here’s our pick of our favourite things to do in Barcelona and an approximate price:

  • Monthly gym membership: €40–€120
  • Cinema ticket: €8
  • Nightclub entry (some without drink): €12–€20
  • Theatre ticket: €12–€100
  • Concert ticket: €15–€100
  • Football match (top league): €60–€100
Camp nou and futbol club Barcelona, the home club for Messi in Barcelona

We hope this article has helped you understand better the cost of living in Barcelona. Now, it’s over to you to take the first step towards your next adventure. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Complete guide to Eixample Barcelona

One of Barcelona’s largest and most emblematic neighbourhoods, the Eixample is found in the very heart of the city. 

Pronounced “ay-sham-pluh” , its name can roughly be translated as “expansion or extension”. Read on to learn more about this iconic and unique area of Barcelona.

The History of Eixample Barcelona

The newest part of the city stretches north of Plaça de Catalunya and to either side of Passeig de Gràcia in six exclusively diverse areas. The most well known of these areas are referred to as Eixample Esquerra and Dreta de l’Eixample located to the left and right of Passeig de Gràcia as their names respectively indicate.

In the mid 19thcentury, the Catalan architect Ildefons Cerdà was chosen to extend the city beyond its medieval walls. His plan extended the city to the surrounding small towns and villages (including Gràcia and Les Corts). This was due to the impact of the Industrial Revolution and Barcelona’s increasing need for more space and sanitation, given its rising population. 

Cerdà’s architectural vision took great inspiration from straight lines and geometric shapes. If you have visited Eixample Barcelona before, you are sure to have noticed its uniform grid layout and distribution in blocks. 

What’s more, at the intersection of each of its roads, you’ll find the iconic “chaflán”. The architect in charge of the expansion project opted to remove the typical right-angled corners from his plan in order to allow for a place for horse and carriages to park, to ease movement, and allow for better visibility at crossings.

For this reason, it’s very hard to get lost in the Eixample Barcelona and it’s very easy to find places. Keep reading to discover what to see and do in this fantastic district that has something for everyone.

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What to visit in Eixample Barcelona

Now home to the city’s mot renowned sights, luxury boutiques and exclusive stores, plus an array of stylish restaurants and bars, Eixample Barcelona is an unmissable district on your visit to Barcelona.

Architecture

Traditionally where the residences of many Catalan bourgeois were located, Eixample Barcelona is synonymous with modernist and neoclassic architecture. 

The best way to explore this district is on foot – look up and you’ll be amazed by its towering façades, glorious buildings in an array of colours and intricately designed balconies and terraces. Look down and you’ll spot Barcelona’s famous flower etched into the pavement below your feet.

Eixample Barcelona is also home to Gaudí’s most famous works. La Pedrera and Casa Batlló can be found on Passeig de Gràcia in walking distance of one another. What’s more, Avinguda Gaudí (one of the few streets in Eixample Barcelona that doesn’t follow the grid layout) joins the Hospital de Sant Pau and Gaudí’s masterpiece: the Sagrada Família. Read more about this epic monument in our article here

Shopping

Take a stroll down Passeig de Gràcia and La Rambla for a luxury shopping experience. Here you’ll find international and local designer boutiques including Adolfo Dominguez, Chanel, Loro Piano, MaxMara and Louis Vuitton. Also located in this area are some of Europe’s largest stores of well-known high street brands such as Zara, Mango and H&M.

What’s more, Eixample Barcelona is teeming with bookshops, artisan boutiques, florists and markets. 

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Passeig de Gràcia

Culture and art

For lovers of art galleries and museums, located in Eixample are the Fundació Antoni Tàpies dedicated to the local artist, the Egyptian museum of Barcelona, and the Fundació Mapfre with various temporary collections of modern art and photography.

You’ll be thrilled to know that the Eixample district doesn’t end here! We thoroughly recommend exploring the other districts within Eixample Barcelona. 

Sant Antoni, located to the left of Raval, is famous for its newly renovated market, its numerous bars and cafés and traditional bodega-style restaurants. Head here during the weekend to take in its buzzing, lively atmosphere where locals and tourists alike come to let off some steam.

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Whether you’re discovering Eixample Barcelona for the first time or exploring its streets on your second of third visit, you’re sure to be inspired by its legacy.  Eixample Barcelona has it all, from stunning examples of Catalan architecture, a cosmopolitan vibe and the best of international fashion. We hope to see you there soon!

Sant Joan 2020 – Will beaches open?

Sant Joan 2020 will be held on the night of Tuesday 23rd – but this year may be different to past years. Now the the city entered into “the new normal” of its deconfinement plan, many of us are wondering how Sant Joan will be celebrated this year.

How is Sant Joan normally celebrated?

Dating back to Pagan traditions, Sant Joan is celebrated on the eve of the Summer Solstice, which falls on 24 June 24. This festival both marks the beginning of summer and the birth of Sant (Saint) Joan. You can discover more about one of the biggest celebrations on the Catalan calendar in our article here

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In normal years, you would find huge groups of people along the beaches of Barcelona gathered around grand bonfires and the city’s skyline decorated with exploding fireworks.However, given certain restrictions imposed this year in Barcelona due to COVID-19, the city’s mayor, Ada Calau, has announced that this year’s Sant Joan will be different from others.

So if you’re spending this Sant Joan in Barcelona, we’ve put together this article so you can celebrate San Joan safely and in line with government-issued regulations.

Will the beaches in Barcelona be open this Sant Joan?

Following advice from health experts, this year the city’s 10 beaches will be closed from 8 pm on 23 June. This will be the first time Sant Joan celebrations will not be permitted on the city’s sandy shores. 

In Barcelona, Sant Joan has become synonymous with mass gatherings of thousands of people on the city’s beaches, therefore this measure has been implemented to prevent large crowds from forming and to ensure safety distances.

This Sant Joan, you should also bear in mind that beach bars and restaurants will also close at 8 pm on 23 June. The beach and beach facilities will be open to the public as of 10 am on 24 June with the usual social distancing measures and controlled capacity.

How many people can I celebrate with?

Sant Joan 2020 will be celebrated when Barcelona has entered phase 3 of its de-confinement plan. In line with government guidelines, you may celebrate with 15 and 20 friends or members of family. It is also recommended that, unlike previous years, the use of fireworks should be kept to a minimum.

Organised local festivities and events are allowed – but with social distancing regulations and capacity restrictions. Open-air events, as are typical on the eve of Sant Joan, can be attended by up to 800 people. Closed events that will take place inside this San Joan can be attended by 80 people.

We advise you to check with your local neighbourhood civic centre regarding any celebrations that might be held.

Are bonfires allowed this Sant Joan?

As we have mentioned, this Sant Joan will not see the traditional celebrations along the city’s 10 beaches. The city council has also decided to not allow large bonfires.  

Small fires are allowed provided that they are no bigger than one metre squared and are duly protected, e.g. on a brick surface or brazier. Permission must be requested to have a bonfire.

Can I still buy fireworks?

This Sant Joan, fireworks will be sold as in past years. There are 117 sale points around the city where you can buy fireworks, always in line with social distancing regulations. 

The Barcelona municipal police force, known as the Guàrdia Urbana (Urban Guard) will deploy additional forces to prevent large crowds, to reinforce social distancing, and to control alcohol consumption.

What are some alternative Sant Joan plans?

This year, why not celebrate a safe Sant Joan among friends and family. If you’re looking for an alternative plan, our Barcelona apartments boast locations with privileged views of the city and are perfect for gazing in awe at the colourful fireworks over the city.

Why not try your hand at baking a Coca de Sant Joan? This sweet bread topped with candied fruit and pine nuts is traditionally enjoyed as a Sant Joan treat and can be bought from many a bakery leading up to the celebrations. Read more about it in our article here.

There will also be virtual DJ sessions broadcast by the Casa Groga, Teixonera and Carmel civic centres on their YouTube channel for those of us who will party to dawn but from home.

We hope you enjoy this slightly different Sant Joan and, above all, stay safe! 

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Covid-19 Health and Safety Measures in bizFlats Apartments

After almost three months of lockdown, little by little the city of Barcelona is returning to a high level of activity. With this comes the reopening of travel and accommodations and the simultaneous easing of restrictions for those who wish to stay in and visit our beautiful city. By July 1, we expect that travellers from Schengen countries, the broader EU and the UK will have open borders to visit Barcelona, Catalonia and all of Spain as well. We also anticipate that our borders will open up to the rest of the world progressively, and we will update you as we get official confirmation.

If you’re anything like us, you probably cannot wait to regain a sense of normalcy, albeit it might be a new normal. Yet, at the same time, you may also be feeling slightly apprehensive about travelling once again. Read on to learn more about how we at bizFlats are working toward your peace of mind by implementing some safety measures in bizFlats apartments.

Getting ready for travel

Is your health and wellbeing and the health and wellbeing of those who are travelling with you your number one priority? If you organize travel for a company or organization, is the health and wellbeing of those for whom you organize travel your number one priority? With this in mind, bizFlats has put into a place a health and safety policy for all its employees and guests to ensure your safety and the safety of everyone who works with us.

Given the current situation, staying in an apartment is the safest option to choose when visiting Barcelona since you will not have staff entering and leaving your room, you will not have to share communal areas like in a hotel, and you will be able to cook your own food.

We want you to know that we are putting your health at the forefront during these uncertain times and reducing health and safety risks in all our facilities.

This article outlines the COVID-19 health and safety measures in bizFlats apartments, that we have put into place in line with the government regulations from the Spanish Health Ministry and  Catalonia’s Public Health Department, and the guidelines published by the World Health Organization (WHO)..

Information posters

● We recommend that you take the time to carefully read the rules of use for the apartment where you are staying and whether some services you may like to use have limitations.

These posters also include hygiene measures all guests should follow to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

safety measures in bizflats’ apartments

Cleaning and disinfection procedures

With regard to the cleaning and disinfection of all bizFlats apartments and facilities, we are following a rigorous cleaning protocol in line with the guidelines recommended by local and international health authorities. In order to prevent the spreading of COVID-19, the following tasks will be performed and logged for all of our apartments and facilities: restocking of goods and removal of waste from accommodation, cleaning of accommodation after check-out, and preparation for incoming guests.

What’s more, we will also log the exact location of cleaning tasks within the apartment, the order in which the tasks are carried out, the cleaning product and personal protective equipment used, and how the cleaning products and materials are handled after their use.

Check-in

● To ensure both your safety and the safety of bizFlats personnel when checking in, the two-metre safety distance will be observed between bizFlats staff and guests. Our staff will wear protective masks at all times. Alternatively, we can set up a minimal contact check-in, where you can pick up the keys from our office, or if the apartment has a fully electronic smart lock. Let us know your preference in advance.

● Guests will receive a pack of four face masks  and a hand sanitiser gel for use during check-in and during their stay.

Communal Areas

● We ask that all our guests limit their use of lifts in our apartment buildings and facilities to a necessary minimum, and to use the stairs if possible.

If it is necessary for you to use the lifts, only one person should use it at a time, in case they are not from the same party. Exceptions to this rule are when the lift is big enough for you to observe the two-metre safety distance when inside, or in the cases of individuals who require the assistance of another person.

● Areas that may not be accessed or used will be completely cordoned off or marked with clear restrictive access signs.

The health and safety of our guests and our employees is our utmost priority as we begin this transitional phase of transition as mentioned.

As you can imagine, this is a process that calls on us to keep a close eye on updates and adapt continually as we receive further inputs. Thus, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and update these guidelines as required to ensure your safety, always in line with government and health authority guidelines.

We’d like to thank you for your help and cooperation during this time and we appreciate the time you take to get familiar with these guidelines. If you should have any questions about your upcoming trip or the health and safety measures we are implementing in our facilities, please do not hesitate to contact us.