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Venice is situated in the Veneta Lagoon, on an archipelago of 120 islands, separated by 160 canals,which in their turn are spanned by 400 bridges.The city, connected to the mainland by both a rail and road bridge, is divided into six districts (sestieri): San Marco,Dorsoduro, Cannaregio, Castello, Santa Croce and San Polo. These zones are divided up by a dense network of canals (rii) and an intricate system of narrow and windy streets (calli and Salizade) which open out onto the canals and campielli (small Venetian squares). The historic centre borders the Grand Canal, which is crossed by the Academy bridge, the Ponte di Rialto and the Ponte degli Scalzi.

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Venice is relatively small and the majority of the city is easily reached on foot. Using a street guide makes it impossible to get lost in the maze of streets. All the buildings are numbered, based upon the district to which they belong and not to the street. Each house is indicated initially with the name of the district followed by the number.There is a wide choice for those who wish to take a boat trip. tickets are available from all the boat stops and in some bars, shops, and tobacconists who show the ACTV sign.

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Romantic Getaways In Barcelona

But if you and your partner are looking for something a bit different, then there is no better city in the world than Barcelona to get your pulse racing again.

Romance is one thing. The place you stay is something else altogether. You cannot hope to have a romantic getaway without the proper accommodation. Wherever you go, you will be spending a good chunk of your time in your hotel, holiday apartment or resort. If the accommodation is not up to your expectations, then your romantic holiday will not get off on the right note.
It is not only staying in the right place that should make a difference. You have to stay in the right location to avoid having to travel too far to the romantic places you wish to visit while you are in Barcelona.

One place you should consider is Hotel Girona. The hotel is situated in proximity to the main city centre. Set in modernist architecture, the hotel has an understatement of romance and elegance. The interior has maintained an element of its originality and is a true reflection of Barcelona’s rich history. The outside terrace area is the most romantic and provides the perfect intimate setting for any couple looking for some quiet time.

If you are the type of person who is looking for something a little different, then Hotel Arts should provide you with just that. It is not your mainstream idea of romance, but rather provides the views that all seaside holidays should be made of. The hotel is slightly pricier than other Barcelona getaways, but its minimalist styling and panoramic views should make it all worthwhile. The hotel bar serves over 500 wines, so even the most discerning palate should find no reason to complain. Couples can spend romantic pampered days in the spa, followed by a sunset walk along the promenade.

If you prefer not to stay right in the city centre, then Hotel Relais d’Orsa should be perfect. The hotel is located a half hour from the city centre and is a true taste of Spanish elegance. The hotel is styled in original 18th century finishings. Situated on a hilltop, the views of Barcelona are breathtaking. The hotel combines old charm with all the modern amenities you could wish for. The surrounding area is as green as you will find anywhere in the world and is the perfect setting for a quiet, romantic getaway.

There are too many places to mention where to stay in romantic Barcelona. There is so much choice in the way of hotels, accommodation and holiday apartments that whatever your tastes, you will find the perfect romantic setting.

Barcelona Day Bed and Breakfast in Florence for a Perfect Holiday

Florence has faced the beginning and the collapse of Medici power. If a person wants to experience the living in Florence then only a Barcelona Day Bed and breakfast room would be a perfect match. Living in Florence provides ample opportunities to take a feel of the Italian culture that is the way they live.

There is no hustle in finding a Barcelona Day Bed and breakfast accommodation in Florence as there are n no of renovated homes and mansions which provide these facilities at very reasonable rates. These are not only the casual houses but they are renovated in such a way that they restores there original charm of the ancient time. Many of the old and unique statues and antique pieces, amazing wooden work can be easily seen in these accommodations. Although they look old but still they have all the luxuries and facilities like internet access, bars and pubs, Jacuzzis etc.

Barcelona Day Bed and Breakfast, the name defines it itself as there you get the breakfast only. The menu is not fixed everywhere as few provides the full fledged breakfast meal consisting meat, egg dishes, porridge, juices, toasts, etc. Whereas some serve the traditional continental breakfast that is doughnuts with some coffee or juice. There are several places which do not provide breakfast along with the Barcelona Day Bed in other words one need to pay extra for the breakfast.

There are many of the places where one can easily get the Barcelona Day Bed and breakfast but the rates may fluctuate from one place to another because of the location as some of them are situated in the place from where a beautiful scenic picture can be seen. Florence is the place where each and every single view gives a different feels and the places which one can never afford to miss.

If you want to enjoy the city life then there are many places in the heart of city where you can easily get your Barcelona Day Bed and breakfast but if you want to feel the nature then there are n no of options available away from the city which provides various incredible views. Martin Dago and Florence View provides the best and reasonable Barcelona Day Bed and breakfast services located in the heart of the city whereas Villa Sestini Bagno a Ripoli away from the noise of the city.

Barcelona – the City of Style and Culture

Barcelona exudes style. Whether you’re experiencing the lively atmosphere of the Seven Portes or Gaudi’s awe – inspiring architecture, Barcelona really does have a fascinating culture. Don’t miss the chance to visit this chic city.

It’s easy to immerse yourself in the city’s unique culture, just browse around the Mercat de la Bodequiria; Barcelonas colourful main market, or the bustling and hip suburb Gracia. The must – see of the city is the most famous work of Antonio Gaudi – La Sagrada Familia. The extremely unusual cathedral, which is still being constructed over 100 years after work started and is expected to be completed in 2020. Gaudi’s work, along with the architectural work of Montenar in the city have been designated as a UNESCO world heritage sites.

Being one of Europe’s most stylish cities, it follows that there are a wealth of designer and boutique shops to browse around in Barcelona. You’ll find everything you need in the main shopping area in central Barcelona in the Passeig de Gracia.

With a Mediterranean climate and seven beaches, Barcelona really is the city that has it all, you’ll never be short of something to do and see.

Hotels are usually in high demand year-round in this bustling city, so it’s a good idea to book your hotel in advance. There’s a hotel to suit all preferences and standards in the city are high. Click here for hotels in Barcelona

Barcelona and Learning the Spanish Language

Barcelona is one of those places you arrive to and immediately feel at home. You step off  the plane and the heat hits you instantly – especially if you arrive in summer time. You drive to your apartment in barcelona or your hotel and begin to realise that you might belong in this wonderful city.

Many people who have come to Barcelona for any length of time end up staying for one reason
or another. Some stay because of the diverse culture here, others because of work and many because they just want to try living here a while to see if it works out.

Some, if not a lot of people stay because they want to study the Spanish language. Not only
do they learn Spanish with the aid of the numerous quality learning language schools and centres in Barcelona but they sometimes end up learning Catalan as well.

I’ll always remember the first time I heard the Catalan language. It reminded me of the
French language and of the times I spent in London trying to get to grips with it at school.

It took me quite a few Spanish lessons and quite a lot of practice to actually decipher
between the two languages – Spanish and Catalan. To the untrained ear, one probably wouldn’t 
know if one were being spoken to in Spanish or Catalan – that knowledge will come with time.
Looking back in retrospect though, I don’t know how I could not tell the difference!

Getting back to Barcelona, there is so much to do here – so much in fact that you could never
ever get bored. For the architects and lovers of architecture amongst us, let it be said that
the city is swamped in peculiar buildings from the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi.

Many people will have heard his name as it is generally associated with The Sagrada Familia
or The Sacred Family Church. Catalans generally call this Church a temple and it is indeed a
shrine to the excellence and fine works of this gifted Catalan architect.

Other things to see and are “must sees” in my opinion are the following:

* The gothic quarter or (barrio gótico)
* The Picasso Museum
* The Nou Camp (Barcelona FC stadium)
* Tibidabo – a lovely mountain with a theme park on top and spectacular vistas.
* Parc Güell
* La Pedrera
* Casa Battló
* Las Ramblas
* La Boquería – a fantastic indoor market with the freshest fruit and fish.

These are my “must haves” and “must sees” and are highly recommended to anyone contemplating visiting this wonderful city for the first time.

More about Mercè

This festival takes places during 19th til 28th September in the centre of this fantastic city at various sites. A festival not only dedicated to the cultural aspect of Barcelona, but the fun aspect, this festival has been running since 1902 and is definitely worth a visit! Don’t miss out on this amazing festival, Barcelona apartments and Barcelona hotels get booked up quickly around this time.

This street party is held in honour of held in honour of Mare de Deu de la Merce, the Patron Saint of Barcelona. Perhaps my favourite part of the festival is the Giants Parade (23rd to 24th). These giants with effigies of kings, queens and nobles march through the streets of Barcelona. These huge figures tower above the crowds and spin around and around so the crowds can see them in all their glory. The Parade is often accompanied by small percussion groups that beat out a rhythm on drums as the Giants go by.

Don’t miss out on the festivities, book your Barcelona accommodation in time and in particular, make sure you visit Montjuïc castle, as lots and lots will be taking place there, see: http://www.bcn.es/cgi-bin/cllista_ag.pl?v=merce&tema=0012004011003010009〈=catala (although the timetable is only in Catalan, you will see the times and places). The circus will be the main attraction at Montjuïc Castle, another new festival site. Magic, gesture theatre, acrobatics and workshops will all feature at the castle, which was recently returned to the city and is now a public amenity. Some of the performances taking place at the castle include titles such as; “Espectacle ‘Les Enfants’, a càrrec de la Cia. Traüt Espectacles” “Electrikmim’, a càrrec de Manolo Carambolas”and “Freaks’, a càrrec de la Cia. Cikaros & TinCanCompany”, so I think it is safe to say there will be a huge variety of performances to see. This year marks the 800th birthday of the Catalan King Jaume I and as a result, another new site for this year will be the Moll de Barcelona wharf as the Jaume I Tower is there.

The poster for this year’s festival is bigger and brighter than ever. Designed by Peret, the 1998 National Design Award winner, the designer has tried to reflect the festive, naughty side of a smile to create the image of La Mercè this year. Singer-songwriter Jaume Sisa will give the opening speech at the festival, which starts on Friday19 September and continues to Wednesday 24 September. He will also be the star of a galactic night in Plaça Catalunya.

Business Apartment Rentals Spain

During the last few years, many small companies have popped up like mushrooms in popular business destinations such as Barcelona & Madrid, all promising to be the best at renting out business apartments. So how do you choose between them? What should you be looking out for? What should you try and avoid? How can you be sure that the business apartment you are renting out isn’t miles outside of town in a place that even the taxi driver hasn’t heard of? How can you be sure that you haven’t just rented out a holiday apartment on the Costa Brava?

What you are looking for which sets the business apartment rental industry apart from holiday rentals is a certain degree of professionalism. You want and need a rental company which does what it says. You need to be able to rely upon check in times & dates, apartment costs, rental availability, extra services and furnishing quality. You don’t want your company staff or guests, staying in a place with rats and cockroaches, any less than you want them staying in a place without the advertised wireless Internet connection, without the promised telephone line and without the washing machine and tumble drier to get those shirts ready for that next-day important meeting.

Look for a company that has a good reputation. Speak to people who have used these companies. Check out their web sites. Do they have a good image? Do they instil confidence? You can’t always judge a book by its cover, they say. But if a company can’t get a simple thing like a web site working properly, can they really provide all that is necessary to rent out professional business apartments?

Take a look at customer testimonials, but most importantly, try actually speaking to someone at the company before you go ahead and book the apartment online. Whilst you may never be able to go to the place in person before the planned business trip, there really is no substitute for speaking to a real human being. So pick up the phone, give them a call and ask them all the questions you have in your mind. Chances are that if they cannot answer all your questions and make you feel happy and confident, then you have chosen the wrong place. Customer service is paramount these days, and a good business apartment rental company will be aware of this. The decision making is then up to you.

Whether you are visiting for business, to work on a project, to attend a congress, to give a course, to take a course, or maybe you start living there and building up the next step in your life, and you require temporary housing, you need to concentrate on a company which focuses on professionals.
With all these issues in mind, there are a few things you should ask for:

Are there basics such as a sofa, bed, TV & bathroom facilities?
How far is the apartment from the centre of town or the place of your business meetings and/or conferences?

Will there be someone who can be contacted at all times during the stay, who speaks your language?
Do they offer a taxi service and/or airport transfer?
Are there extra services such as a cleaning service, catering & baby care facilities?
Is there flexibility regarding your length of stay, in the case that you might need temporary accommodation whilst looking for a permanent place to live?

Is there flexibility in payment methods?
Is there a safe place for your belongings?
Are there any hidden costs such as agency fees?
If you have an emergency, will someone be there to help you out?
Who takes care of the small daily incidents you may encounter, such as a blind that gets stuck, a washing basin that suddenly starts leaking or if you happen to lock yourself out?

At the end of the day, you want to find a business apartment that suits you, one where you will feel at home. Not exactly like your own house, of course, but pretty close – a nicely decorated place, cosy, pleasant, where you can keep your clothes, books, music, sit down in the sofa and watch a good movie or check your emails on your laptop on the terrace, prepare the meeting for the next day while you cook your own meal. You want to be able to invite people over for dinner or to stay for the weekend. You need a place to stay where you can feel relaxed and do as you wish.
Of course, the final decision making is up to you. But you can make this process far easier by simply doing some investigation first.

Spanish Villas the Perfect Holiday Accommodation

If you want to see Spain in comfort and opulence, look no further than a Spanish villa for your accommodations. Spanish villas are elegant and spacious and provide you with every luxury you can imagine while you are away from home.

Villas in Spain are a great option if you’re looking to enjoy the country at a leisurely pace. From your private villa, you can watch the stars, listen to the sounds of the Spanish countryside or swim in your own pool. Villas in Spain provide you with all the modern necessities while giving you the quiet time of days gone by. Spain’s communities and provinces vary widely in landscape and population. From the heavily populated Andalusia region to the sparsely populated plateaus of Castille, you can find villas that give you access to parties or let you live as a hermit.

Maybe you’re looking for a villa that’s only a short walk from great shopping. A villa in one of the more metropolitan areas of Spain can provide you with both privacy and a way to scratch the shopping itch. WalK around one of glorious cities of Spain, such as Barcelona, and you will find a store to fulfill every shopping fantasy.

If something less urban is what you’re looking for, be sure to check out country villas in Spain. They are typically located on large estates with amazing, scenic views. Imagine waking up to a view of nothing but an olive grove and blue skies outside your window.

Some country villas are made from renovated barns. These are usually much less expensive than Spain’s castle-style villas. While they may not sleep 20 people like some of the largest villas in Spain, they are still beautiful, elegant and all yours for a price.

Private chefs are often at your disposal when you rent villas in Spain. They will make the finest cuisine to your liking, whether you have a taste for a hamburger, gazpacho or paella made from local ingredients. In fact, private chefs can tailor a menu exactly to your dietary needs while you enjoy your stay in a Spanish villa.

Spanish villas are usually selected for their unique beauty and features. Whether the estate has a panoramic view of the Costa del Sol or is a beautifully restored Medieval mansion in Madrid, the property is sure to have a style that make it exceptional and memorable.

Why stay at a large hotel or resort when you’ll only get one room to call your own? When you rent a villa in Spain, you get an entire house, usually with a pool and sometimes featuring a guest house and pool house that are all yours. If you feel like sunbathing or splashing around with someone special, there won’t be another soul to disturb you.

Life is short and you can’t take your money with you when you go. Indulge yourself in the experience of renting a villa in Spain. You’ll live like royalty on your holiday and it will be an experience you will remember for a lifetime.

Cultural Barcelona

Nationwide studies show nearly 40% of the people visit a historic site or structure when they travel. Boomer retire and they’re looking for interesting historic experiences. Barcelona has a long beautiful history left behind by not only the roman times. Impressive architects and painters grew up in Barcelona. All these stories are told in the museums Barcelona possesses. A couple of interesting museums in Barcelona are:

Museu Picasso,
Picasso started his artistic career in Barcelona, he grew up in Barcelona and gave his collection to the museum. The museum collects some fabulous art work. From early works, engravings, lithographs, pottery to the Las Meninas sieries and portraits of his wives. There are also regular temporary exhibitions which focus on the different aspects of the activitities of Picasso. This museum is the most famous museum in Barcelona and attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world.

Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
This jazzy building is designed by Richard Meier in 1995. It combines the elements of the contemporary American architecture with the Mediterranean rationalist tradition. It holds a collection which is donated by Catalonia’s great artistic institutions. It exhibits the work of modern international luminaries such as Broodhaers, Klee, Basquiat and others. There are temporary exhibitions of international artists, it has a library, bookshop and cafeteria. It is in front of a university of Barcelona in the area El Raval. The square in front of the museum is always full of students who are skating, chatting or reading.

Museu Maritim,
One of the best museums in the city is Museu Maritim, it is located on Avinguda Drassanes which is, offcourse, close to the harbour. It is in a typically 13th century gothic building. This museum shows you the history of the Catalan fleet by old sailing ships, paintings, figureheads, instruments, maps and charts. The art of the wooden shipbuilding, charting of the oceans and launch into the steam age. The museum holds two permanent exhibitions. It offers various educational activities for children.

Museu De La Xocolata (Chocolate Museum),
The place to be for women who are addicted to chocolate! But also for children and men, this museum is opened in 2000 and shows you the history of chocolate and cacao. And the future of the chocolate. They offer a workshop so that you can learn how to make your own chocolate!

Museu Militar,
A really interesting museum to visit is the Military museum. This museum possesses a big collection of weapons from the 15th century to these days. Also; antique paintings of events, rooms of armor, uniforms, weapons and instruments of war. An interesting museum if you like to know about the wars in the history of Barcelona and Catalunya.

Museu Nacional d’ Art de Catalunya,
This is national museum. It was built in 1990. It holds some greatest collection of Romanesque murals paintings in the world, including some real gems from the Pyrenean region. Museum is also the home for an impressive array of 14th and 15th century Gothic art paintings from the Europe and Spain.

Museu de la Musica,
This museum is the best place for music lovers, in this museum you can find the history of music from the 16th century to today. This museum holds a lot of instruments and you can find an organ from the 18th century. They have a nice collection of phonographns, gramophones, jukeboxes and documents which are related to Catalan composers.

Finding Accommodation
Bcnloft.com Apartments Barcelona offers online bookings for short term holiday rentals at top locations all around the city center. You can book private rooms and small apartments for groups from €18 per person. BCN loft provides an affordable option compared to expensive hotels, hostels and B&B so that you can have a pleasant stay in Barcelona. Contact: Bcnloft.com Apartments Barcelona Email: info@bcnloft.com

Group Hotels, Barcelona Guide

When looking for a hotel in Barcelona for your group you need to take several things into consideration. Hotels for groups need to have at least 50 rooms or more. If they have less, they will not have capacity to accommodate you and their other guests at the same time. Some hotels in Barcelona will not accept certain groups. Groups like stag does and hen parties may be rejected. You also need to consider the type of accommodation you want. Generally you will want basic accommodation for most groups as the accommodation is not the focus of your trip. Below are a number of hotels that are suitable for group bookings in Barcelona.

 

Barcelona city centre

The Ibis Barcelona Meridiana hotel is 10 min by metro from the centre of Barcelona, 6 km from the beach. Its bar serves snacks 24/7. The hotel has 143 air-conditioned rooms and Wifi Internet access for guests on a business trip. Located in the HERON CITY leisure centre, the hotel enables its clients to enjoy all the attractions on offer: bowling, restaurants, cinemas, swimming pool, golf course. Public covered parking is at your disposal.

 

The Best Western Premier Hotel Dante has a privileged location in the heart of the city only 3 blocks from the emblematic Paseo de Gracia, walking distance to the Gaudi architecture, the modernist area and 10 minutes walk from Catalunya Square. Whether travelling on business or pleasure the Best Western Premier Hotel Dante is the best area to stay. For shopping, you are on the right place. You will find the most elegant and fashionable shops at the Paseo de Gracia and all kinds of restaurants with a radius of 100 meters. The Best Western Premier Hotel Dante offers a warm welcome and familiar atmosphere. Hotel has rooms available for four(4)people. To get them you have to book 2 Twin connecting rooms. This is great for groups who want to stay in the city centre and for weekend trips.

 

Barcelona outskirts

The Hotel Ibis Barcelona Montmelo-Granollers is a budget hotel located 15km north of Barcelona city centre with 100 rooms. It has a basic restaurant and rooms are to an average standard. It is located on the Catalunya racing track, on the AP-7 motorway providing good transport links. Although this is not in the city centre it would provide a cheap stop of point for your group.

 

The Best Western Hotel Alfa Aeropuerto is not much to look at from the outside although is a 4 star hotel and more attractive on the inside. It also contains a swimming pool and restaurant. The hotel is located 10km from the city centre and just 2 km from the airport. Conveniently it has a free buss service to and from the airport.

 

These are examples of hotels that would be suitable or groups. If you want to save on travel and everything you want to do is in the centre of Barcelona. It is probably worth paying a little more to stay in the centre. If you don’t need to stay in the centre then you can often save money by staying on the outskirts.

 

If you want to contact hotels directly you can find a list of hotels and their details on the web site http://www.in-holidays-europe.co.uk for Europe, America, Canada, Asia and Africa. To get comparison booking quotes for group hotels try visiting http://www.mygrouptour.com