Posts Tagged ‘FlatsbyDays’

The must-see parks of Barcelona

August 23, 2010

Barcelona is extremely well-known for its incredible parks. Montjuic, Ciutadella and who can forget about one of Gaudí’s greatest designs, Park Güell. Each of these parks are universally recognized as a great place to relax and take in the sun. They all have very special and unique characteristics that are essential in order to experience a full-on Barcelona experience.

Montjuic is the name of a famous mountain in the city of Barcelona. Due to its very vivid greenery and outstanding views of the city and of the Plaza España, this mountain is one of the most visited sites in this city. This mountain provides you with a full view of the entire scenery of Barcelona and is full of amazing resting spots. While checking out this place you’ll definitely run into one of the numerous symbols of the 1992 Olympic Games held in Barcelona, it really is a must-see.

El parque de la Ciutadela is surely another crucial tourist attraction in Barcelona. It draws in its visitors with its majestic waterfall monument, located directly in the center the park. Due to the World’s fair of 1888 held in Barcelona Antoni Gaudí also had his hand in the creation of this piece. If you enjoy live music, then visiting the center of this park is going to be a thrill. There are often several musical groups that perform freely through the late afternoon, making everyone’s experience an unforgettable one.

Last but not least we recommend Park Güell, Gaudí’s masterpiece. This park is located on the upper part of Barcelona and represents the artistic movement of Catalan Modernism. Its abundant iconographic elements and endless greenery are what make this magnificent park one of the world’s most famous Heritage Site of UNESCO. Built during the first decade of the twentieth century, it represents Gaudi’s Naturalist phase, which directly involves many small monuments and works of art influenced by fantastic and mythological creatures.

So if you’re looking to spend a nice, quite and serene afternoon in a park in Barcelona, then look no further and don’t hesitate in visiting the wonders of this great city.

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Festival de la Mercè, Barcelona’s main Event!

August 13, 2010

Around the 24th of September Festival de La Merce takes place in Barcelona.  This 5 days festival is the biggest festival in Barcelona and takes place at the end of the summer, just for the start of the autumn. The festival is held in honour of Mare de Deu de la Merce, the Patron Saint Of Barcelona. In 1902 the first edition was held.

In these few days hundreds of activities are being held on the Barcelona streets: there are musicians and street artists who are performing amongst the public. Moreover the festival consists out of a lot of traditions: human castles, giants, beasts and various guests of the Mediterranean.  It´s not only the street which is used as a theater since the sky is the limit, there are multiple performances done in the sky, acrobatic things, balloons and ultra lights.

One major element which is coming back in a lot of festivals is fire. Since the Spaniards/Catalans believe that fire is scaring the ghosts away. During the festival there are big musical fireworks and a fire run.

Al the events are held on the streets therefore we advice people to try avoiding the city centre by car, since it will be impossible to drive.

People see the fire run as one of the festival highlights, during this run there will be a lot of fire and fireworks. The run consist out of groups whom are dressed up as dragon´s and walk around with a lot of sparkling and bright fireworks. Due to this fact it´s advisable to take protective clothing, hats and glasses since a lot of the sparkler fireworks sprays into the crowd. There are 2 versions of the festival, one is especially for children. The main difference is the use of fireworks, during the children edition the crowd won´t be sprayed with fireworks.

The second highlight are the Human Towers. These towers attract a lot of people to plaza Jaume: the main aim of the tower builders (Castellers) is to build a human tower and have a young child climbing to the top and stand up.

The festival is seen as Barcelona´s main street event; therefore this would be the perfect occasion to visit Barcelona and enjoying its culture. During these 5 days you can see 500 different events, with highlights as the Fire run and Human towers. FlatsByDays can offer multiple apartments two streets off plaza Jaume, the location of these Human Towers.

Montjuic, the hill with a history!

June 30, 2010

Who is coming to Barcelona will see immediately the mighty Montjuïc. Montjuïc is ´Hill of the Jews´ in medieval Catalan. From this hill you can overlook the harbor, to the southwest of the city centre. Since the location was so ideal the top of the hill was the location of several fortifications: the largest fortress has a ´black´ history while it was the site of several executions up to the ´Franco time´.

The Montjuïc hosted some events over the years. One of the major were the 1992 Olympic games, when several stadiums were located at the Montjuïc: until 2008 the Olympic stadium was the home of football club Espanyol.

The roads in the slopes facing the city were four times the home of Spanish grand prix: due to a terrible accident which killed 4 people the grand prix never returned to this historical location.

Next to the Olympic stadium you will find Palau Sant Jordi: this venue is used as ´concert arena´ since many artists, like Madonna, Mika and Kiss, already performed at the Palau.

During the summer the mountain is the home of an outdoor cinema, The Sala Montjuïc. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, film enthusiasts can see a selection of national and international movies. These films are offered in English; therefore this is an ideal location for tourists. Besides you can take you picnic basket since the screen is located on a big field of grass.

FlatsByDays is offering multiple apartments (Ramblas Santa Monica, Bellafila Prl, Bellafila 1b) which are just a metro ride away from the Montjuic. The Montjuic is the ideal location for making beautiful pictures of the city visit the castle garden or visit the Miro Museum.

Rent your apartment for the Fortuny Exhibition

May 27, 2010

Fortuny

Until the 27th of June La Pedrera de Caixa Catalunya will be the home of an interesting art exhibition. The main artist where this exhibition is based on is Mariano Fortuny Madrazo (Granada 1871 – Venice 1949). Mariano was the son of Catalan painter Marià Fortuny i Marsal. Mariano was seen as a multitalented man who was called ´the little Leonardo´. Besides this ´title´ he was referred as ´the magician of Venice´. He got this title because art was not the only area he was working in, next to this he worked in engraving, stage design, lightning technology, photography, textile design and fashion.

After the death of his father Mariano and his family moved to Paris. Mariano studied painting by copying the great masters. One of his teachers was Rogelio de Egusquiza, which learned Mariano the Wagnerian ideas: due to this ideas Mariano got more and more interest in theater. Mariano Fortuny came up with his own staging system the “Fortuny System”, made up of an indirect lighting device and a quarter-sphere dome, which covered the stage and acted like a large reflector. His idea was picked up by the German company AEG which installed this system in the main theaters in Germany and Italy.

In 1889 the Mariano family moved to Venice. In Venice Marino tried to become one with the city. He captured the city by paintings and by photographs. For Mariano Venice became on the one hand ´a symbol of beauty´ and on the other hand a foundation of suggestion which achieved his never-ending search into creativity.

The exhibition will be in Barcelona until the 27th. The exhibition is not only focused on painting but on every aspect of art he was working with.
We are offering apartments which have a twist of art as well. Our Art Deco and Art Nouveau apartments are decorated with pieces of art which where used during those times.

Looking for a business apartment during one of the Barcelona tradeshows?

April 15, 2010

Who thinks that Barcelona is just a city to relax, party and enjoy the beautiful city is wrong. Almost every week Barcelona is the place to visit all kinds of different trade shows. Especially during the autumn you can find the fairs and shows all around the city.

If you are looking for accomodation during one of these shows, we can offer high-quality business apartments. With the possibility that we can accomadate a group of 32 people. In our bellafila apartmentcomplex.

Agenda:

If you are missing your favourite trade show feel free to add him in the commenst and we will update our calender.

Event Date
Concepto Bano 11-MAY-10 to 15-MAY-10
Instalmat 12-MAY-10 to 15-MAY-10
Pasarela Gaudi Novias 18-MAY-10 to 21-MAY-10
Barcelona bridal Week 18-MAY-10 to 23-MAY-10
Tecniexpo Automation 19-MAY-10 to 21-MAY-10
International Logistics & Material Handling Exhibition 25-MAY-10 to 28-MAY-10
Avante 02-JUN-10 to 04-JUN-10
Expoaviga 08-JUN-10 to 10-JUN-10
Second Hand Vehicle Show 11-JUN-10 to 20-JUN-10
Entrepreneurs Fair 16-JUN-10 to 17-JUN-10
The Brandery Trade show 27-JUN-10 to 29-JUN-10
Expohogar 24-SEP-10 to 27-SEP-10
Liber 29-SEP-10 to 01-OCT-10
Antiquaris Barcelona 02-OCT-10 to 10-OCT-10
Salon International Caravaning 09-OCT-10 to 17-OCT-10
International book fair 12-OCT-10 to 14-OCT-10
SITEM 16-OCT-10 to 17-OCT-10
Barcelona Meeting Point 19-OCT-10 to 24-OCT-10
Hostelco Expo 05-NOV-10 to 09-NOV-10
Salon Nautico International de Bacelona 06-NOV-10 to 14-NOV-10
Salon Del Hobby 19-NOV-10 to 21-NOV-10
Expominer 19-NOV-10 to 21-NOV-10
Creativa Barcelona 26-NOV-10 to 28-NOV-10
EIBTM 30-NOV-10 to 02-DEC-10
International Auto Retro Barcelona 04-DEC-10 to 08-DEC-10
Ocasion Expo 04-DEC-10 to 12-DEC-10
Festival De La Infancia 27-DEC-10 to 04-JAN-11
Cosmobelleza & Wellness 26-FEB-11 to 28-FEB-11
Infarma Expo 01-MAR-11 to 03-MAR-11
Graphispag Expo 22-MAR-11 to 26-MAR-11
Sonimagfoto & Multimedia 23-MAR-11 to 27-MAR-11