Medical Tourism in Barcelona

Medical tourism in Barcelona is booming and it’s easy to see why. 

Catalonia is particularly well equipped with internationally renowned clinics and hospitals, along with being a pioneer in several medical and scientific fields. This includes excelling in technology relating to cancer treatments, heart and circulation diagnosis and bone diagnosis and treatment.

It’s not just locals who benefit from these fantastic services though, as more than 20,000 foreigners per year come to Barcelona for medical attention, with a complete range of public and private healthcare options available.

If this is something that interests you, look no further than our guide to find out which hospital or medical centre would be best suited to your needs.

Hospital Clínic de Barcelona

Probably one of Barcelona’s best known hospitals, Hospital Clínic is the main provider for public healthcare within the region. It has a wide range of services, that include almost all medical and surgical procedures, and as such also works as a tertiary level hospital – meaning patients from all over Spain, and even Europe, are referred there for medical procedures. In particular Hospital Clínic specialises in liver and kidney transplants, with over 20% of all of Spain’s transplants happening there. As well as this, it is well-known for being a pioneer in the treatment of tropical diseases, with the department having run for over 30 years and now having been designated as the national referral unit for tropical diseases in Spain.

Hospital Clínic also partners with other hospitals around the city, such as Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, one of the leading paediatric centres in Europe. In fact, Sant Joan de Déu Hospital is particularly helpful for medical tourism as it has a department that specifically arranges care for international patients.

Clínica Barraquer

Clínica Barraquer is one of the world’s most renowned eye hospitals. Open by the Barraquer family in 1941, the centre is well known throughout the ophthalmology world as a point of reference for corneal transplants. As well as this, Clínica Barraquer was the first centre in Spain to implement revolutionary eye chips for artificial sight, as well as holding the first eye bank in Europe. With all of these credentials you can be sure you’ll be in good and experienced hands for any sort of eye problems here.

Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona

One of the leading private healthcare providers in Southern Europe, Hospital Quirónsalud continually aims to improve the lives of its patients. With a vast variety of procedures, Hospital Quirónsalud uses the most cutting-edge technology available, as well as priding themselves on the high quality of their doctors and comfort of their whole experience. Along with this, they cater towards medical tourists with their accessibility for foreign visitors. 

Hospital Universitari Dexeus

Dexeus Hospital is one of the largest clinics specialising in women’s health in Spain. This clinic is particularly great for those suffering with fertility issues or who are at danger of a risky childbirth, with the clinic having a long history of delivering at-risk babies. Not only this, but Spain’s liberal laws can make this a great place to come for single mothers, or lesbian couples, who will get full access to medical care that they might not be able to find in their home countries. 

Centro Médico Teknon

Cancer treatment is just one of the things that Centro Médico Teknon specialises in, particularly for those with blood cancers such as leukemia. This department includes figures like Professor Emili Montserrat who is one of the leading experts in his field backed up by various scientific awards and his work on the World Health Organisation panel.

Along with this, Centro Médico Teknon, covers multiple other specialities and is one of the leading private hospitals within Spain thanks to its use of the latest technology and excellent medical staff. The facility places high importance on comfort, and as a testament to this is often frequented by patients from the world of sports, entertainment and politics – from Spain and abroad. 

Policlínica Barcelona

With over 50 years of experience, Policlínica Barcelona offers a wide variety of procedures to focus on cosmetic and health needs. These can include anything from invasive procedure like plastic surgery and gastric bypasses to non-invasive dermatological and filler-based ones. As well as this, you can be assured that all pre and post-operative tests, or anything else you need, will be performed at the clinic to avoid having to move to other centres. 

Best apartments to stay for your medical trip to Barcelona

If you have decided to try medical tourism in Barcelona, staying in a hospital room can feel a little bit lonely, impersonal and not to mention, costly. You may consider renting an apartment for yourself instead for some much need privacy and normality. It also means that if your family members have accompanied you for the trip, you can stay close to them during the recuperation period and have all the support you need. Keep reading for our apartment recommendations:

Dandelion Apartment

Close to Clinica Dexeus, this luxury apartment is filled with flowers and bright colours to keep you in an optimistic and peaceful mood post-surgery. Its great location allows the sun to pour in through the windows, so that you can fill up on Vitamin D and fresh air, helping to ensure your wellbeing.

Ferran Batik Apartment

Located close to Centro Médico Teknon, and Clínica Barraquer, this luxury apartment in Pedralbes area exudes pure and healing energies, and comes with a fully equipped open kitchen to help you nourish your body back to health – the perfect apartment for your stay in Barcelona. 

La Mimosa Apartment

This luxury apartment on Passeig de Gràcia has beautiful oil paintings and candles, which create a therapeutic atmosphere – perfect for your recuperation process.

Dandi Apartment

Dandi is perfect you. The unique buildings that surround this charismatic apartment include La Pedrera and La Casa Batlló.

Our Dandi apartment in Barcelona has everything you need:

  • a) a large overall size, especially the living/dining area and the master bedroom,
  • b) a terrace in the master bedroom,
  • c) a construction with very well original Modernist elements,
  • d) everything being brand new.

Everyone knows that a tranquil resting environment is key to a smooth and speedy recovery, so to find that perfect place for your medical tourism stay in Barcelona, check out our full list of offering on Bizflats.com.

10 Barcelona safety tips to avoid being pickpocketed

In general Barcelona is a safe city and most tourists are able to visit without any problems at all. However, you may have heard stories of Barcelona’s (in)famous pickpockets. Follow our simple guide to Barcelona safety tips below to avoid getting your valuables stolen on holiday, which is always going to be a small nightmare and leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth. But all of this can easily be avoided – read our our useful checklist – remember, like any major city, in Barcelona it is important to be careful with your belongings.

Barcelona safety tips - Pickpockets will automatically try and target tourists

Our Barcelona safety tips

Keep your belongings in your sight

  1. Always be aware of your belongings! When you’re sitting out on a terrace try and keep an eye on your stuff and never leave your phone or wallet out on the table, as that’s easy territory for pickpockets.
  2. Be extra vigilant on the metro – this is where a lot of pickpockets operate and trust us, they know what they’re doing! People can try to distract you whilst the pickpockets do their work. If you have a backpack make sure you keep it in front of you.
  3. Other places to take extra care of your belongings are in general in places where there are agglomerations (the Rambla, queues for attractions, the beach, the metro, etc)

Be a tourist, but not too much

  1. Not leaving your belongings unattended is a rule of thumb actually. Never leave your bag out of sight, even in a fancy bar or restaurant. A good tip is to trap a handle of your bag on a chair leg so it is not easy to snatch away.
  2. Pickpockets will automatically try and target tourists, so try to dress and act in a way that doesn’t too obviously attract attention to the fact that you are one. We’re not saying you have to speak Catalan or Spanish (in fact you will hear all sorts of languages whilst you’re here) but try to blend in and dress in a similar way to the locals.
  3. This also applies to stopping in the middle of the road to look at a big map for example. Not only does this immediately draw attention to you as a tourist, it also makes you an easy target for pickpockets.Read our Barcelona safety tips - stopping in the middle of the road to look at a big map makes you an obvious target

More Barcelona safety tips

  1. Be wary of people who approach you in the street. Unfortunately, someone can distract you in order to take your belongings. This can include anything from people offering you club entry or even street performers.
  2. There’s nothing wrong with having a few beers or glasses of wine on your holiday, but if you’re planning on drinking make sure you still have your wits about you. Pickpockets will take advantage of drunken people, especially around the Las Ramblas and Barri Gòtic areas.
  3. It’s always a good idea to keep some cash in separate places on the off chance you do get pickpocketed so you’re not left without any money at all. This is an important one to know anywhere you go, but try and remember the emergency numbers. In Barcelona the number for the local police, Guàrdia Urbana, is 092, or you can also call the Mossos d’Esquadra (112), as both deal with cases of theft. However, if you don’t speak Catalan or Spanish it’s better to call the Europe wide 112 number as they speak a variety of languages and can be dialled from most international mobile phones.
  4. If you want to report the theft, you can check the list of police stations you can go to on this handy link.

With all that being said, these are just the most important Barcelona safety tips to keep in mind in many other places.

Barcelona is a beautiful and wonderful city, and in fact, most of the people you meet here will be friendly and more than happy to help you in any scenario. Stay vigilant but also don’t forget to enjoy your trip to Barcelona!

Com rentabilitzar la meva propietat?

Aquest és un tema que ens pregunten molt sovint els nostres col·laboradors i per això expliquem en detall a l’article d’avui. Quan un propietari disposa d’un apartament, té diverses opcions a escollir. Però quines son aquestes fórmules i quins escenaris comporten cadascuna d’aquestes realitats?

A continuació t’expliquem amb detall els “pros” i “contres” del ventall de possibilitats dels que disposes amb l’objectiu que trobis la fórmula que millor t’encaixi per a rentabilitzar la teva propietat.

  • VENDA DE LA PROPIETAT

El Tercer trimestre de l’exercici 2016 ha comportat pujades de preu de la vivenda de segona mà a Barcelona deixant entreveure signes positius en la recuperació de la crisis econòmica. Addicionalment, l’augment de la demanda de pisos, ve estretament lligada a la poca oferta de vivenda existent a Barcelona.

En el cas de que decideixis vendre la teva propietat, trobaràs amb aquests pros i contres:

VENDA DE LA PROPIETAT
PROS          CONTRES
  • En cas de vendre la propietat, disposaràs de liquiditat. En cas de que existeixi hipoteca, la podràs pagar i potser inclòs disposaràs d’un remanent.
  • Potser hauràs de pagar més a la declaració de la renda a causa de l’augment dels ingressos.
  • Ja no hauràs de preocupar-te més dels impostos, ibis, quotes de veïns, recollides d’escombraries, etc.
  • Si, rebràs liquiditat, però recorda que els diners al banc generen uns interessos molt baixos.
  • TANCAR LA PROPIETAT

Un altre possible escenari podà ser considerar no vendre la teva propietat, fet que pot ser confortable en una primera instància però que a llarg termini comporta alguns inconvenients.manteniment però al cap dels anys la propietat es degradarà per manca d’ús i manteniment.

TANCAR LA PROPIETAT

PROS

CONTRES

  • No has de preocupar-te de manteniment però torna al cap dels anys i tampoc si han pagat els inquilins. Per manca dus es degraden.
  • El primer “pro” esmentat, també té el seu contra. No hauràs de preocupar-te pel manteniment però al cap dels anys la propietat es degradarà per manca d’ús i manteniment.
  • Hauràs de pagar impostos, ibis, comunitat de veïns, recollida d’escombraries, taxes municipals, etc.
  • No tindràs un rendiment econòmic de la teva propietat.
  • LLOGAR LA PROPIETAT DE FORMA TRADICIONAL

Durant els darrers anys a causa de l’economia i la dificultat d’accés al crèdit, el lloguer s’ha consolidat com l’alternativa a la compra d’habitatge, per tant el lloguer també es una bona opció donada la poca oferta de lloguer i alta demanda a la capital Catalana. La següent fórmula, t’ajudarà a solucionar molts contres de l’apartat anterior.

LLOGAR LA PROPIETAT DE FORMA TRADICIONAL
                PROS              CONTRES
  • Obtindràs rendiment econòmic de la teva propietat
  • Risc de que un llogater no pagui. A aquest fet, se li haurà de sumar tot el llarg procediment   i sovint costós dels tràmits legals per dur a terme desnonaments.(Actualment a Espanya no hi ha un bon sistema de valoració del risc de solvència o crèdit per saber si l’inquilí farà els seus pagaments correctament).
  • Hi haurà un manteniment mínim que evitarà la degradació de les instal.lacions. O bé els llogaters s’encarregaran de fer el manteniment o bé el propietari, però en ambdós casos, el pis es mantindrà millor que si és tancat.
  • Risc de que el llogater no cuidi el pis i l’entregui en mal estat. Aquest és un risc de probabilitat baixa però d’un cost elevat.
  • Impossibilitat de gaudir de la propietat durant un llarg període ja que el contracte pot durar de 3 a 5 anys i com a propietari tens unes opcions limitades per escurçar el període.
  • LLOGUER DE CURT TERMINI

Aquest tipus de lloguer és el que més ingressos generarà. Existeixen dues tipologies de lloguer de curt termini: El lloguer mensual en el qual el contracta ha de ser superior a 30 dies, i el lloguer d’habitatge d’us turístic (HUT) per contractes de menys de 30 dies. Més endavant tractarem aquest tema en un article especial per informar-te dels permisos, obligacions, on analitzarem granularment les diferencies entre el lloguer turístic i mensual.

LLOGUER DE CURT TERMINI
                        PROS                   CONTRES
  • Tindràs la possibilitat d’assolir ingressos superiors al lloguer tradicional.
  • Els ingressos de un mes a un altre varien en funció de l’ocupació o de la temporada.
  • La constant cerca de nous clients.
  • Possibilitat de disposar de l’habitatge per a us propi o familiar. Al tractar-se d’un ús discontinu per curt termini, si en algun moment en vols gaudir, ho pots fer.
  • El propietari ha d’estar molt pendent del manteniment del pis.
  • Inversió de temps per estar disponible pels clients i les seves sol·licituds i demandes durant el servei.
  • Donat que es fa un ús intensiu dels pisos, això comporta unes exigències de cura i manteniment molt elevades, per tant els pisos es mantenen en perfectes condicions.
  • Cal proveir al pis amb mobles, electrodomèstics, equipament, coberts, llençols, etc, en resum , tot el que necessita el client per poder entrar a viure-hi només portant el raspall de dents.
  • Càrrega burocràtica important tant pels HUTS com pels lloguers mensuals. Tot i que la càrrega serà major en els HUTS que en lloguers mensual.

Amb aquest article, esperem haver-te proveït d’un aclaridor apropament a l’escenari del que disposes.

En cas de tenir dubtes sobre quines possibilitats tens per la teva propietat, posa’t en contacte amb nosaltres al +34 936 394 343  o escriu-nos a info@bizflats.com

En breu seguirem informant sobre les possibilitats que tens per treure rendiment la teva propietat. Segueix-nos!

 

5 must haves for a monthly rental apartment in Barcelona

Looking for a monthly rental apartment in Barcelona can be a daunting prospect. It is not an easy task and can take up to three to four weeks of looking before you find your dream pad, so patience is a must!
The demand for apartments outweighs the properties available to rent and landlords usually give preference to tenants in search of long-term contracts. Thus competition for short-term rentals is fierce and securing a flat in Barcelona can be both time-consuming and overwhelming.
When flat hunting in Barcelona, it is worth bearing several factors in mind. We have compiled a list of 5 must-haves for a monthly rental apartment in Barcelona:

  1. Modern apartment
    When looking for properties, you will soon notice that Barcelona has plenty of flats in need of refurbishment. If possible, avoid these apartments as maintaining them is likely to cost you both time and money.Modern Monthly rental Apartment in Barcelona
  2. Fully equipped and furnished apartment
    If you secure a flat which is fully-furnished, you will be up and running from day one without the need to buy furniture and electrical appliances and subsequently having to sell them on once you leave the city. If you come to Barcelona for Masters/Post-graduate studies, you can also look out for apartments with business amenities such as workspaces and free Wi-Fi.Fully Equipped monthly rental apartment in barcelona
  3. Centrally-located
    Aim to find an apartment which is centrally located and well-connected to public transport and your workplace or university to ensure that your daily commute is stress-free. Particularly good areas for this include Gràcia, Eixample Dreta, Eixample Esquerre, Les Corts, Ciutat Vella, and El Born. It is also worth bearing in mind the need to have a Supermarket, bakery, and greengrocers in close proximity.barcelona-neighbourhoods-map
  4. Without Bureaucracy
    There are several documents you will need to have if you are looking to rent for more than a year. This includes your NIE number, Social Security number and a bank account. You will also need to have registered in the city hall (empadronamiento). Fortunately, with a monthly rental you can avoid this bureaucracy.
  5. Contracts with a reliable company
    Be careful with apartments you find on the internet as there has been a recent increase in fraud with online rental companies. In such cases, individuals posing as landlords ask you for money in advance, and often offer a substantial discount if you pay everything upfront. So, be sure to go with a reputable company.
    If you are in search of a flat for your stay in Barcelona, even if it is just for the initial settling in period, we would be happy to help. Our apartments can be found at www.bizflats.com
    Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about housing and remember, the place you stay contributes to 70% of your Barcelona experience, so whatever happens make sure it is the right apartment for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona in a Nutshell

Getting Oriented in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress

Yes, craziness has begun! Last Friday, Mobile World Congress has opened doors for badge collection and “la Fira” is beginning to become live. The city is full of visitors who conveniently planned their trip to enjoy Barcelona before the congress.
Barcelona Atractions

If you are part of this selected travelers group and this is your first time in the city, don’t worry. We will help you getting oriented.

It’s really easy:

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

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

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

Enjoy your congress and welcome to Barcelona!

YOU’D LOVE TO BE IN BARCELONA ON DECEMBER THE 2ND!!

shop, shop, shop… shop til you drop!

At last Barcelona takes the train of the FASHION NIGHT OUT.

New York was the pioneer of the idea three years ago, in a bid to support the fashion industry.

Its original pretense was so simple – extending store hours along with additional incentives, all as remedies to shore up the weakening retail sector in New York City.  However a season later, the idea first facilitated by Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, the legendary Anna Wintour, is now a global event, with 16 countries participating.

This is now a young classic,

and therefore Barcelona City Council is launching an initiative similar to that done by Vogue in major cities worldwide where it achieved major success, becoming a classic in a very short time period. One of its latest editions was in Madrid.

It is not only shopping, it is fun, shows, famous dj’s, parties and cocktails in all shops, bars, restaurants and hotels participating in the event. Gifts and all sorts of surprises and promotions in bars and participating stores. Barcelona, unable to ally with Vogue Spain because the magazine can only choose one city per country, has teamed up with Harper’s Bazaar which will host a big tent at one of the side roads of Passeig de Gràcia.

The key is buying flowers,

Passeig de Gràcia is the stage where the show is performed and the city will look gorgeous because that precise night the Christmas lighting will be switched on for the first night this year. Get your Shopping Passport and enjoy the shopping night. The passport is the accreditation that allows you the access for shopping at any of the stores that participates in the project -from 8 pm to 12 am-… and even to participate in 5 draws, with 5 fabulous prizes!

You can register during The Shopping Night at one of the two accreditation booths that you will find along the Passeig de Gràcia to get your Shopping Passport. (Rosselló street with Passeig de Gràcia and Gran Via with Passeig de Gràcia. From 10 am)…  Then all stores will open up to the big party.  Each time you buy for a value of 20 EUROS, a flower will be stamped on your Passport. The more flowers you have stamped on it, the more opportunities you have to win at the numerous draws that will take place during the night.

Happy Shopping!

Olivas Sféricas

¿Lo Quieres Saber?

Lolita Taperia (EX-Inopia)

¿EXPECTATIVAS CUMPLIDAS?

Bajamos a pie por la calle Rocafort, después de un duro día de trabajo y muchas ganas de darnos un homenaje.  Así que vamos al Inopia, en la esquina con Tamarit.  Cuál es nuestra sorpresa que al llegar vemos que ahora se llama “Lolita Taperia”.  Gente en la puerta, como antes y cantidad de extranjeros con sus mapas en mano preguntándole al “amable señor de la puerta” si eso era el Inopia, a lo que él respondía “yes, yes, same place, same kitchen”.

Con mi Blackberry trato de encontrar respuesta a este lío y me entero de que los hermanísimos Ferran y Albert (Adrià) están preparando un nuevo y flipante proyecto para este otoño en el Paralelo por lo que Albert ha dejado Inopia.  Pues vaya, se te caen un poco las espectativas pero también te suben las ganas de ser juez y no parte del nuevo proyecto del socio de Albert, Joan Martínez… ¿será el nombre lo que vendía o realmente la calidad de los platos?.  Después de esperar más de la cuenta, entramos.

Tomamos la ensaladilla con picos, las mini hamburguesas, unas berenjenas dulces, un pincho de cerdo de “dos colores”… bueno, bien, las raciones siguen siendo exíguas.  Estábamos sentados en la barra pequeña del fondo y me llamó mucho la atención que la chica que estaba detrás de la barra preparando platos, lo hacía sobre una báscula.  Cortaba una fina loncha de salmón, lo colocaba sobre la báscula, lo pesaba y apuntaba en una libreta.  Le ponía un chorrito de salsa blanca, lo pesaba y apuntaba.  Un ramito de una hierba y a pesar y apuntar… too much ¿no?, como diría alguien que yo me se “¡entre poco y demasiado!”.

Luego, sobre las 00.00 horas, se convierte en bar con coctelería.  De pronto las agresivas luces blancas de bar “noveau” de ambiente blanco, cambian a rojo, sube la música y el efecto es impactante, parece que estés en otro sitio, hay que felicitar al artífice por este efecto tan bien conseguido.

Lo peor, pero mal, mal, el “amable señor de la puerta”, que tengas que esperar en la pura calle y el agresivo efecto del cordón ese que ponen en las puertas de las cutre-discotecas y que desabrocha el gorila de turno para que pases.  No es buena imagen. Quizá por la marca Albert Adrià, se pasaban por alto estas faltas de respeto a los clientes pero ahora, muy bien lo van a tener que hacer para que la burbuja no se les pinche a ellos también, como una Oliva Sférica sobresaturada.

  • Dónde: Tamarit 104 (Eixample – Sant Antoni)
  • Cuándo: de martes a viernes de 19.00 a 23.00 – sábado de 13.00 a 15.30 y de 19.00 a 23.00 (luego sólo bar)
  • Llámales: 934 245 231

Biquini, Gallumbos, Barcelona

hoy voy a ir al grano...te voy a meter mano...Hace unos días que se comenta que si el presidente de los hoteleros de Barcelona, quiere proponer (o ha propuesto) que se prohíba que la gente vaya en bañador por las calles de la ciudad y ¡hala! todo el mundo a opinar.  Y lo mejor es que la mayoría de la gente opina que sí, que está genial que la gente vaya enseñando cacha por las esquinas.  Claro, que si el biquini va sobre un  cuerpo 90-60-90, o dejando entrever la tableta de Lindt pure noire… pues vale, pero a ver que pasa Read more