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Discover Barcelona with our recommendations on activities, art, popular festivals and much more to enjoy the city of Barcelona in the best way.


The day that Barcelona shines the most

If somebody from abroad would ever ask me what is the best time to visit Barcelona, I would not hesitate to recommend them to go to Barcelona for Sant Jordi (Saint George´s), the day that Barcelona shines the most. Sant Jordi is not only a day for books and roses, for culture and love, it is also probably the festival that unites Barcelona residents the most. Therefore, do not hesitate and rent an apartment in the Catalan capital on the 23rd on April.

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It’s Mobile World Congress time again

Since 2006 Barcelona hosts annually the GSMA Mobile World Congress, which brings together the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference featuring prominent executives representing mobile companies. If you are renting an apartment in Barcelona between the 22nd and 25th of February and if you are interested in innovation and technology, the Mobile World Congress is definitely an event to keep an eye on.

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Carnival in Rio? No, join Carnival in Barcelona!

Rio de Janeiro is a city worldwide well-known for its Carnival celebrations as well as other European cities, such as Cologne or Maastricht. In Catalonia, some municipalities like Sitges or Vilanova i la Geltrú are also popular for their acclaimed Carnival festivals, but the capital, Barcelona, also offers a wide range of cultural and social activities around these dates. If you are renting an apartment in Barcelona this week, find out more about what to expect and see in Barcelona from the 4th to the 10th of February.

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Grapes and races: an alternative New Year’s Eve in Barcelona

Many tourists look for apartments in Barcelona to spend New Year’s Eve in a Mediterranean vibrant city. Barcelona is a safe choice for a great New Year’s Eve party but visitors can also enjoy of other cultural traditions in their stay, such as eating twelve grapes for the year’s countdown or running in the last race of the year.

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Caga Tió visits Catalan homes instead of Santa Claus

Many European regions and countries have their own peculiar Christmas traditions. Catalonia is not an exception. The Caga Tió, literally translated as “Poo log”, as odd as it might sound, brings presents to Catalan children every Christmas Eve. If you are renting a flat in Barcelona around Christmas dates, take the chance to celebrate this original tradition.

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It’s Christmas time also in Barcelona

While most tourists who want to rent an apartment in Barcelona would not consider doing so during Christmas time, the city offers a wide range of activities to keep yourself entertained around those dates. In line with other European cities, Christmas lights, ‘black Friday’ and Christmas markets are some of the main highlights that Barcelona offers to tourists in December.

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You say Halloween, we say La Castanyada

La Castanyada is celebrated on the 31st of October in Catalonia where families and friends gather to eat together chestnuts, marzipan sweets called ‘panellets’, sweet potatoes and preserved fruits and drink moscatell. If you are renting an apartment in Barcelona around these dates, you will definitely get to see some street vendors offering you hot toasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes in a ‘paperina’.

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You are not the only one visiting Catalonia

If you are renting an apartment in Barcelona and you think you are rather original, you should know you are not the only one visiting the city. Catalonia is the region that has received the largest amount of tourists this year, accounting for 25.7% of the tourists visiting Spain.

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Jazz, jazz and more jazz

If you rent an apartment in Barcelona this autumn, you should take a look at the programme offered by the Barcelona Jazz Festival 2015. From the 26th of September to the 11th of December, Barcelona hosts over 30 jazz music concerts in different unique concerts halls all over the city. Dianna Krall, Chucho Valdés or Txarango are some of the highlights of the programme of this 47th edition.

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Come to Barcelona and celebrate La Mercè

Every year as the end of September approaches, all Barcelona locals are looking forward to the same celebration: La Mercè. From the 18th to the 24th of September, Barcelona will host a wide range of traditional events across the city, from human castles to concerts and fireworks.

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Cinephiles will approve

If you are on holidays in an apartment in Barcelona and you want to go to the cinema, you might think it is not possible if you do not know Spanish. The reality is though that in the last years more and more movie theatres in the city offer films in Original Version (OV) with subtitles. This article offers you an insight on where to go to watch a movie in OV in Barcelona.

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‘La Diada’ or how Catalonia commemorates its defeat

On the 11th of September Catalonia celebrates its national day and it is an interesting opportunity to find accommodation in Barcelona and experience the city like a local. Cultural and political events all over the city commemorate the defeat of Catalonia in the War of Spanish Succession.

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