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Holy week in Madrid

Thinking about coming to Madrid during the Holy week?

Holy weekFrom Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, thousands of people flock to the city to attend the numerous processions that take place on the streets of Madrid, and to enjoy the atmosphere created by the trumpets, rolling drums and the hundreds of religious worshippers’ bright and colorful attire.

During Holy Week, the delicate effigies that are kept in the various basilicas and churches throughout the rest of the year are adorned with numerous candles, flowers and elaborate embroidered cloaks. They are then brought out and carried in processions through landmark areas of the city such as Paseo del Prado, Calle de Alcalá and Plaza Mayor.

There are many processions held on Palm Sunday and Holy Wednesday, the most important being the Cristo de la Fe y el Perdón and Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Salud processions.

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The former starts out from the Basílica Pontificia de San Miguel where an 18th century statue by Luis Salvador Carmona, and the religious statue of “Santa María Inmaculada Madre de la Iglesia“, is carried through the surrounding streets. The latter, organised by the Nuestro Padre de la Salud y María Santísima de las Angustias brotherhood, also known as the Gitanos or Gypsies, parades through the streets surrounding Paseo del Prado and Plaza de Neptuno.

On the Holy Wednesday, around 7.30pm, Madrid’s Archbishop takes part in the Vía Crucis, or Stations of the Resurrection. On the same day, In the old historic part of Madrid, the Madrid of the Austrias, the San Jerónimo el Real church in Calle Ruiz de Alarcón, 19 is the starting point for a procession involving the Brotherhood of “Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Salud y María Santísima de las Angustias“.

Holy week 003On the Holy Thursday the processions with the highest following take place. This takes place at Calle Toledo, 37, at around 7.30 to 8pm at the Colegiata de San Isidro. The religious images of the Virgin Maria Santísima de la Esperanza and Jesús del Gran Poder are brought out of the church by the “costaleros” and through the main door.

In addition, Good Friday sees yet another two parades: Jesús Nazareno de Medinaceli, which leaves the Basílica del Cristo de Medinaceli in the Plaza de Jesús at around 7pm and parades central streets including the Puerta de Sol and Plaza Cibeles;  and The “Procesión del Silencio” or Procession of Silence starts from the Church of Santísimo Cristo de la Fé in Calle Atocha 87.

Finally, on the Holy Saturday is held the Virgen Dolorosa and la Procesión de la Soledad that leaves the Corpus Christi Monastery at around 4:30pm.

Bringing Holy Week to a close and in celebration of Easter Sunday, a drum band from Aragón arrives at Madrid’s Plaza Mayor. This is the “Tamborada del Domingo de Resurección” that from this emblematic square, a large number of religious worshippers make music, to the sound of drums of various kinds, to mark the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, three days after his death.

 

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During this week, not only is Christ’s devotion exalted, but the city also stages other cultural events. Last but not least, the city’s best restaurants and patisseries serve and sell typical Easter foods and goodies. Like other religious celebrations, Holy Week in Madrid is in part about gastronomy and the preparation of typical dishes.

Amongst the period’s most popular dishes are torrijas – a sweet made from bread that is washed in milk and cinnamon, and then fried and sprinkled with sugar. Crunchy, battered little pieces of cod named Soldaditos de Pavía, Madrid-style chickpea stew known as potaje de garbanzos a la madrileña, and cod croquettes or croquetas de bacalao are also highly popular during this time of year.

Come and visit Madrid during such an interesting week, full of activities and places to visit. Let us be part of your experience!

Valentine’s Day

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Wherever you go around this world, if you ask someone what he or she can associate with February 14, most likely the answer that you can get is that: it is the day made for lovers, for friends and family to show how much they appreciated each other.
Wondering what to give that special someone for Valentine’s Day? You may just find your answer here: a romantic trip to Spain to make it an unforgettable celebration. In Madrid you will find it all: evocative landscapes, lovers’ legends, and wonderful sunsets.

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Saint Valentine’s Day or el Día de San Valentin for Spanish speakers is a day that you will surely love if you’re in Madrid. Beside the traditional way of expressing their affections, Madrid offers other activities that lovers, friends and family can enjoy. From the first week of February until the end of this month, shops in this city transform into a festive look with Valentine’s Day as their theme.

Here we offer you some Valentine’s plans you can make to have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day in Madrid!

  • Go for a paseo:

Take a leisurely walk (un paseo) from Palacio de Oriente through its gardens. Then continue to the Retiro Park, rent one of the rowing boats and navigate in it through its fabulous artificial lake, surrounded of beautiful trees and monuments.… there really is nothing more romantic.

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  • Have a romantic dinner:

Have a Spanish meal in one of the many restaurants serving delicious food in the centre of Madrid (La Latina, Fuencarral, Plaza Mayor, Gran Vía) or from the top floor of El Corte Ingles in Callao, where you can enjoy the beautiful skyline of Madrid.

  • Flamenco is a dance of passion, love and strength: an ideal show for a Valentine’s night out. There are several bars that showcase flamenco and after the show you can always extend the evening by hopping around the center or by going for a cocktail. See a flamenco show:
  • Go watch a movie or take the city tour bus.

Come enjoy this Valentine’s Day with us in one of our beautiful apartments. This year we have a special surprise for all the couples who decide to enjoy a romantic weekend with us. We have a selection of special and romantic apartments this year:

  • VDay 004Splendid Plaza Mayor
  • R4D Gran Via 1
  • Huertas Design
  • Plaza Mayor Deluxe
  • Joyful Chueca
  • Touching Prado
  • Brilliant Sol
  • Splendid Puerta de Atocha
  • Atico Santa Ana
  • Fancy Princesa

By visiting our website you can see the special selection that we made for you. You cannot miss the oportunity to enjoy everything Madrid has to offer. Let us be part of your experience and enjoy your stay in this incredible city.

Barcelona apartment of the month – Loft Poblenou Beach

Our Barcelona apartment of the month is … /drum rolls/ … LOFT POBLENOU BEACH! Loft Poblenou Beach is a stylish loft, located in a former factory, currently enabled for housing.

It has a big exterior living room that opens up to a quiet area with no traffic sound. American kitchen and complete bathroom with spacious shower. This apartment is ideal for 4 people. Loft is located right next to the beach, in a well-connected area. of Poble Nou Quarter. Only 5 minutes away from the beach!

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A perfect getaway apartment for rent for one perfect vacation.  This apartment will make your stay comfortable, hurry up to reserve it for upcoming summer vacation!

We want to be a part of your experience in Barcelona and will provide excellent service for your carefree vacation.

In order to find out more about this wonderful loft, please follow the link: Loft Poblenou Beach Rent4Days

R4D Gran Via apartments, our novelty this month

We are proud to present the R4D Gran Via apartments. These 5 brand new apartments are the novelty of our Madrid office.

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Located right in one of the most valued areas of Madrid: the Gran Via street, just a few steps away the famous Plaza España and its interesting Templo de Debod, the Palacio de Oriente and the Callao Plaza, where all the movie premieres take place.

 

You will be able to get to the most well-known and important places of Madrid by walk; Mayor street with its spectacular San Miguel’s market, the famous Puerta del Sol with its well-known km0, the Madrid of the Austrians (or the Habsburgs), different museums and the beautiful Retiro Park.R4D Gran Via 4 001

These apartments have a mixture of vintage and modern decoration, with a really comfortable setup, where you can relax and rest after a long day of work or sightseeing in this amazing city.

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The apartments are located in an area well connected to all of the important points of Madrid; you can either take the metro (subway) at one of the few stations nearby or one of the different buses that concur in this area.

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Rent4Days has a lot of apartments, each with different characteristics and in different areas of the city that will adjust to your every need.

Come and enjoy your vacation, work or study trip with us, we want to be part of your experience.

20th Alternative Festival of Independent Cinema in Barcelona

For all the art lovers and curious minds out there, Barcelona is hosting the annual alternative film-making festival, with a fitting name –  L’Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona. This year the event returned, celebrating its 20th anniversary, bringing to the viewers more interesting masterpieces from yet to become famous artists. Those interested, will be able to dive into the world of alternative cinema from 18th to 24th of November at Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB).

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In search for a great potential, L’Alternativa hosts screenings of contemporary film artworks of little known directors from all over the world. By taking part in L`Alternativa Official, they would compete for a prize of €7000, shared between feature films and short films. There are 28 movies this year that would participate in the competition.  In addition, festival contains some other great sections as well.

 

L’Alternativa Parallel, which comprises three sections:

 

1. 20 Years of L’Alternativa, featuring 22 films, previously shown at some point of its 20 years of existence.

2. Panorama with 14 movies showing the quality of Spanish film-making.

3. Small Experiments, creatively presenting audiovisual art to children, making the festival a family friendly event.

 

L’Alternativa Activities, which includes

 

1. Film School workshops, which gathers those, willing to enhance their audiovisual education and exchange experience on film-making techniques and languages.

2. L’Alternativa Professionals as suggested by the name gathers professionals from across the globe. This year they would take a part in the seminar, named “Coproduction: the key to independent film-making”.

 

Last but not least, L’Alternativa Hall, in search of great talents  presents screenings free of charge.

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Don’t miss your chance to experience the best pieces of alternative film-making industry, take a glimpse into the world of creative minds, and to be one of the first to discover great talents. Rent4Days offers you a great variety of comfortable apartments for rent close to the festival.

 

Barcelona Apartment of the Month Septembre – Buddha Accommodation

Our article “Apartment of the Month” informs you every 4 weeks about one of our most demanded holiday apartments. Find out which apartment you should rent for your next stay in Barcelona!

September’s winner is the Rent4Days Buddha Apartment. This beautiful and spacious flat combines style and comfort for a great stay in Barcelona. As the name suggests the flat has a spiritual and peaceful touch which has a soothing effect on the visitors.

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The 3 bedroom offer a comfortable double bed, perfect for couples and 2 single beds. The large living room has a separate area with comfy chair which is perfect for working or studying. A cosy sofa is also part of the room. Additionally here is also patio with nice views and a complete bathroom with shower and bathtub. The fully equipped kitchen allows you to prepare any meal you want at any time you want and is held in soothing wooden colours. The living room offers a comfortable sofa bed for additional guests and an area which is perfect to work or just relax.

The dining section is equipped with a table for 4 people. The Buddha accommodation is suitable for up to 4 people. It is fully equipped and towels, bed sheets and cleaning are included in the price, so you trip will be free of worries.

This neat flat has also air conditioning and heating for maximum comfort. Television and a washing machine are also there to enrich your stay.

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This is our recommended rental for families groups of friends, or business travelers because the 3 bedrooms with double bed and the two separate single beds offer spacious comfort but also privacy.

The apartment is located centrally in the Eixample districts, few minutes away from Ronda Sant Antoni, Plaza Universidad and the famous Plaza Catalunya. There are several restaurants as well as cinemas, terraces and shops in the area.

Furthermore it is well connected to public transport. Bus and Metro lines are in easy walking distance and train stations can be reached within minutes.

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Details:

- Sleeps up to 4

- 3 bedrooms, 1 double bed, 3 single beds

- 1 Bathroom

- Size: 71 m2

http://www.rent4days.com/barcelona-apartments/buddha-apartment/

Madrid Apartment of the month: September

This month’s apartment is the “Plaza de la Villa”, a wonderful apartment located in the heart of Madrid.Plaza de la Villa 001

This amazing apartment is just minutes away the Plaza Mayor of Madrid, where you can find all the different varieties and richness of the Spanish food. The apartment is right next to San Miguel Market, one of the most fashionable places in Madrid.

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You can walk around and easily get to the famous “Puerta del Sol”, one of the most visited places in the city, here you can find different stores, restaurants, bars and cafes, if you walk a little further you can find the Gran Via Street. The apartment has a fully equipped kitchen.

This spacious apartment has 3 rooms, one of which is designed as an office for those who come to the city for business matters, one with a matrimonial bedroom with views to the Calle Mayor, a double bedroom and a third bedroom design as an office with a single folding bed.Plaza de la Villa 012

In the entrance you will find two bathrooms. This is an ideal place for groups of friends or families too share with and have a relaxing stay.

With air conditioner, wooden floor and heater.

Barcelona Apartment of the Month August – Poble Nou Beach

Our article “Apartment of the Month” informs you every 4 weeks about one of our most demanded holiday apartment. Find out which apartment you should rent for your next stay in Barcelona!

August’s winner is the Rent4Days Apartment Poble Nou Beach. This beautiful small flat combines compact and effective design with comfort and homeliness. It is located in easy walking distance to the beach, making it the perfect option for lovers of sea and sun or families with children.

The bedroom has a comfortable double bed, perfect for couples. There is also a practical dressing room and a complete bathroom with shower. The fully equipped kitchen allows you to prepare any meal you want at any time you want. The living room offers a comfortable sofa bed for additional guests and an area which is perfect to work or just relax.

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The dining section is equipped with a table for 4 people. Poble Nou Beach is an accommodation that is suitable for up to 3 people. It is fully equipped and towels, bed sheets and cleaning are included in the price, so you trip will be free of worries. The street nearby offers plenty parking possibilities.

This neat flat has also air conditioning and heating for maximum comfort. Television, Internet and a washing machine are also there to enrich your stay.

This is our recommended rental for couples, with or without children, or a small group of friends who love to stay nearby the beach.

The apartment is located in Poble Nou, very close to Bogatell, one of the most famous beaches of Barcelona and the Rambla de Poble Nou, which is a lovely street full of small shops and charming restaurants.

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Details:

- Sleeps up to 3

- 1 bedroom, 1 double bed, 1 double sofa-bed

- 1 Bathroom

- Size: 50 sqm

http://www.rent4days.com/barcelona-apartments/poble-nou-beach/