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Winter Carnival in Spain 2014

Be ready, Carnival is coming to Spain!Carnaval Barcelone

From the 27th of February to the 5th of March, all Spanish cities will be in the “fiesta” mode, the annual carnival is arriving. Initially, this festival was celebrated in honor of winter. Carnival in Spain comes before Catholic Easter, people enjoy the food before starting fasting. Now, it is more a celebration with a lot of colors and costumes, where each person can embody a character, as diverse as they want – in short, a time of joy!

 Barcelone Carnaval

In Spain, it has become a tradition. In Barcelona, the event doesn´t carry as much of importance, as in other Spanish cities. However, there are a lot of activities being organized in the city like parades, dancers, floats, music in a procession through the street and special stands, where you can taste some traditional food of all regions of Spain.

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The carnival begins with “Fatty Thusday” (Jueves Ladero), because it is the day, dedicated to the “Greasy” and “Vice”. During the weekend parades “Gran Rua de Carnaval” take place, with colourful decorated carriages. Festivity finishes on Ash Wednesday, with the funeral of the sardine. The colourful costumes are changed to black ones. This funeral is a fun parody that symbolizes the burial of bad past and new society transformation, as well as the beginning of the fast. And don’t worry, sardines are eaten too!

 barcelona carnaval

Here on the official page of Barcelona you have the agenda of the Carnival. 

During these days they are all numerous little events organized all around Barcelona, so if you happen to be visiting, watch out for some fun! Some of such events include food competitions and games, traditional markets, music etc…

The Carnival of Sitges is also really famous and more dynamic. Often called the gay capital of Europe, Sitges is a township of Barcelona, located nearby BCN. It will take you only around 40 minutes by train. Carnival in Sitges is a big deal, and for the Carnival weekend, we advise you to go there!

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For more information you can go to the official website.
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5 unusual restaurants in Barcelona

5 unusual restaurants in Barcelona  you wouldn’t want to miss

If you happen to be a food lover  and looking for some new, unusual tasty experiences in Barcelona, then this article is written for YOU! Here is our top five list of places, some will tickle your gourmet senses, some will please your wallets, but all of them will pleasantly surprise you in one way or the other.

1. Torre d’Alta Mar

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Barcelona, 360º Gastronomics

The restaurant crowns the old port cable´s tower, designed and built by Carles Buigas in 1929, because of the Barcelona´s Universal Exhibition.

restaurant with the view Barcelona

This place offers an incredible view on all Barcelona and the port. It is elevated at 75m of altitude and you can savor traditional Mediterranean food in a prestigious place. You can find several types of meals, elaborated with special attention to guests.

If you want to eat in a luxury place and discover Barcelona’s view, you have found the right place!

Torre d'alta mar

Here is the location: Passeig Joan de Borbó 88, 08039, Torre Telefèric Port Vell
2. Cerveceria de 100 montaditos

Are you looking for a place where you can eat good food at a better than affordable price? This place is for you!

 100 montaditos

You can find this bar all over Spain, since it has a huge success.  As the name suggests, they serve 100 combinations of different bread types with a lot of various ingredients.

Each little sandwich will not cost you more than 2€ and on Sunday and Wednesday you can have everything for only 1€. Don’t worry if you have missed these days, on Monday all items on the menu are for 50 cents! It will also be place of preference for beer lovers, since not only montaditos (sandwiches) have such a great value, but beer is also greatly priced.

Why don’t you see for yourself? Here you can find an official video of the bar that shows you its ambiance.

montaditos

And here are principal locations: Plaza Urquinaona 1, bajo /  Rambla Catalunya, 11 / Aribau, 242 / Avinguda del Paralel 69 / Avinguda Río de Janeiro 42 (Heron City) / Carrer de Potosí, 2 (La Maquinista) / Rambla de Poblenou, 76

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3. Mercado de La Boqueria

“At the Boqueria people eat, shop and gossip together doing what the Spanish excel at, living life well and enjoying a sense of community.” (Thomasina Miers, Chef at the Wahaka Restaurant in London)

la boqueria

Located near Las Ramblas, this famous market offers you a lot of things: fruits, vegetables, fresh meat and seafood and other typical Spanish food or tapas. It is not a restaurant by definition, however, you would be able to find yourself a place to sit, while tasting amazing foods and enjoying the moment with friends.

You wouldn’t want to miss this amazing Spanish place!

The location: Rambla, 91, 08002

 4. Barcelona Cooking Classes

Just near the Boqueria market, you can have the possibility to learn all the secrets of cooking delicious Catalan food. A professional chef will teach you his or her own amazing recipes.

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You don’t need to be an expert in food preparation, you can simply come with your family, friends and have a fun time. Before the class, you have an opportunity to have a guided tour in the Boqueria market.

Fans of food would be able to bring home their delicious masterpieces and impress friends and families with their tasty creations.

Barcelona cooking

Besides, Barcelona Cooking Classes offers you their new tapas tours. As the name suggests, the tour will take you to enjoy the true tapas with Spanish guides.

This little video will present you their offers.

Do not forget to register yourself on their website, before going! Here you can have all the additional information you need  http://www.barcelonacooking.net/

 Location: La Rambla, 58, ppal 2 (2nd floor), 08002

 5. Dans le noir

 dining in the dark

(More than a restaurant, a human and sensorial experience)

Already present in Paris, London and Saint Petersburg, this restaurant offers its clients original and unique concept. Diner is taking place in a completely dark room, without a hint of light. In order to avoid the mess that is very likely to happen when you lose one of the most important senses – vision, during the meal you would be linked to a blind person.  This person will take care of you, guide you, serve you food and even lead your way to the bathroom, if needed. To make your sensations even more intense, you will not know what you are eating.  At the end you will be proposed to guess what you have eaten and to meet people with whom you ate.

dining in the dark

More than a restaurant, it is an experience of a person without a sight, a tremendous escalation of other senses and it can be also a really fun time!

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If you need more information, here is the website: http://barcelona.danslenoir.com/index.en.html

The location: Passeig de Picasso, 10, 08003

 

Barcelona airport transportation

Getting around Barcelona. Barcelona Airport transportation.

Barcelona’s airport is called El Prat and it’s located outside of the city. There are various means of transportation available that connect airport with the city.

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1. Taxi. An easy option, especially, if you have luggage. The trip will take around 20 to 30 minutes and will cost about 25 to 30 euros. Price depends whether you are coming from T1 or T2 (T1 is a bit farther, thus, more expensive), on your destination and the number of suitcases (there is a surcharge for each). Official Barcelona cabs are of black and yellow colors, and it’s a safe and reliable service.

Barcelona-Aerobus2. Aerobus. Airport express bus service that goes from Plaza Catalunya. The bus stop is located in front of the El Corte Ingles department store building. Buses go every 10 minutes and it takes around 35 minutes to get to the airport. The price of one way trip is 5.90 €, two way – 10.20 € (valid for 9 days). A1 will take you to Terminal 1, A2 to Terminal 2, make sure to take the right one, because they look the same! Bus stops, schedules and additional information you can find HERE

plaza espanya bus 46 stop 3. Bus №46. City bus, which operates between 5 a.m. and 12.15 a.m. It has more stops than express bus service, however, it allows you to use T10 Barcelona city transport ticket (normal fare is 2.15 €). Bus 46 runs from Plaza Espanya to both airport terminals, every 25 minutes. It may get tricky to find a bus stop on Plaza Espanya, since there are many. On the picture you will see the bus stop where you will catch bus 46 on your way to the airport. Notice that it’s close to Arenas shopping mall, right next to the tower. More information you can find HERE.

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4. RENFE – train. Renfe train will take you from the airport Sants station. It also has further stops at Clot and Passeig de Gracia. T10 ticket is also valid here. Airport shuttle bus can take you from T1 to the entrance of renfe station. Trip to the city will take about 20-25 minutes. On the official website you will be able to find more info.

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5. Night buses (NitBus) N16 and N17. Night buses that link El Prat to Barcelona city center operate from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m, and run every 20 minutes. As other bus services, described above, they stop at Plaza Espanya. T10 tickets are accepted. N17 goes to T1, N16 to T2, correspondingly.

6. Private transfer. For those, who prefer traveling with comfort. Transfer needs to be ordered in advance, and you will have a person to meet you upon your arrival.

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Most of above mentioned means of transportation will take you to the center of Barcelona. From there you can easily get to your destination point by metro. Metro map you can find here: Barcelona Metro Map

Wishing you a safe trip!

GSMA Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona

This February Barcelona will host another Mobile World Congress. The event will take place at Fira Gran Via, 24-27 February. GSMA is a truly global event, which provides countless opportunities for those, related to mobile industry. As stated on the official website: “ Whatever is coming NEXT [in the industry] will likely be born at Mobile World Congress 2014 – either announced on stage during our Conference programme, showcased in our award-winning Exhibition, or conceived during one of the thousands of meetings taking place during the week.”

GSMA 2014The main focus of the event would be the 2014 Conference, aimed at educating attendees. Recent industry developments, future trends and growth strategies are among the central topics that will be covered. Keynote speakers at the event are visionary leaders and chiefs of the most renowed companies in the industry.

Besides thought-leadership conference, GSMA will feature:

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  • Exhibition with more than 1700 participants introducing the newest technological and product developments.
  • Amazing networking opportunities at networking gardens.
  • AppPlanet, where app community members meet up for networking and expertise exchange.
  • mPowered Industries, for those in the Health, Advertising, Broadcast and Travel industries.
  • Global Mobile Awards where mobile achievements are being recognised.

Just for you to see how global this event really is, these are some numbers from the last year.

  • Mobile-World-Congress-2014More than 72,000 attendees
  • More than 41,000 C-Level leaders
  • More than 4,300 CEOs in attendance
  • Nearly 1,700 exhibitors utilising 94,000 net square metres of exhibition and business meeting space
  • 3,400+ press members representing 1,500 media outlets from 79 countries

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Besides, congress participants would have an opportunity to take part in Mobile World Congress Golf Tournament, an exciting tournament on the 27th of February.

To find out about the agenda, keynote speakers, exhibitors and much more, visit the official GSMA page.

 

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

LLUM BCN 2014 – Light festival in Barcelona

For three days in February, Barcelona´s iconic buildings will serve as canvas for light artists. You will have an opportunity to witness this amazing show on  the 7th, 8th and 9th of February, 2014 in Gothic Quarter. First Llum BCN light show took place in 2012, as a part of Festes de Santa Eulalia festival. Fantastic light works are gaining their popularity with every year, attracting more and more people. light show BCN light show barcelona (1) Llum BCN

Here´s where you would need to come and enjoy the show:

Playground of the Centre Cívic Pati Llimona
(APDI)
Autors: Gonzalo Goyanes, Ismael Marín i M. Florencia Salvatierra

Playground of l’Ateneu Barcelonès
Elisava. Escola Upper of Disseny i Enginyeria of Barcelona
Tutors: Ana Mir (Tutor; Emiliana Design). Consultor Of production: Jordi Crossbow (Director of the Postgrado in Il·luminació Arquitectònica)
Students. Team of disseño: Alexandra of Requesens, Pau Garcia, Dani Llugany and Eva Vera

Pati Verger Of the Museu Marès
Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)
Authors:
Areti Markopoulou, Silvia Brandi, Luis Fraguada, Guillem Camprodon, Anastasia Pisto_dou, Alexander Dubor, Rodrigo Aguirre and Pablo Martínez.

House of Salvador Espriu
Authors: Daniel Bravo, Playmodes , Rosa Delor Muns, The Invisible

Building of the Parlament: mapping “Passat amb futur”.
Park of the Citadel: Roig, a proposal of the Estudi Arola and the APDI.

 

You wouldn´t want to miss Llum BCN 2014!

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).

20th Alternative Festival of Independent Cinema in Barcelona - rent4days barcelona blog

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.

 L’Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona - rent4days blog18th to 24th of November at Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona - rent4days

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.