If you are thinking about visiting Barcelona in the late spring, pay especially close attention: there is a tradition throughout the province of Catalonia taking place at the end of spring that is a truly unique and unforgettable sight. We present to you, ou com balla, translating literally as the “dancing egg”. Witness this cultural peculiarity with your own eyes around this time of year – it’s another great excuse to travel with kids to Barcelona!
What exactly is the ou com balla?
You can try it yourself: place an empty egg …
The popular market among locals and tourists alike nicknamed Los Encantes (meaning literally “the charmers”) has recently changed location moving from one side of Plaza de les Glòries to the other. This unique and charismatic flea market is one of the oldest marketplaces in the region, dating back to the 1400s. The Fira de Bellcaire (the “Fair of Bellecaire”), as it is officially called, is one of the best places to find second-hand items in the city as well as products from factories and stores that are changing seasons, updating products, or closing. …
It was a difficult choice and our marketing team had the privilege of selecting 10 bloggers out of a pool of many qualified candidates for just one Blog Night Out at our Rambla Catalunya Suites. Here we have them – who are our talented winners?
The 10 bloggers selected to spend one awesome night with us are:
Meritxel García of Tourismwithme
Miriam Gómez of WePlann
Mariana Calleja of Mytravelthirst
Álex Llamas of BlogdeBarcelona
Gil Padrol de Altair.es
Marta Alonso, part of the IGERS Barcelona community
Patricia Cuní of Madaboutravel
Yasmina Cánovas of Sayqueen.com
Clemen Chereguini of My-little-barcelona
Aitor of Viajarcomeryamar
All of our top 10 were sent invitations to confirm their prize and …
Barcelona is generally held in high esteem by tourists and this has been confirmed by a score of 8.5 out of 10. Even though competing with urban capitals throughout Europe, Barcelona holds its own according to this score, which considered tourists staying in the city for a variety of lengths. Barcelona always provides a good time and the city is gearing up to welcome even more tourists in upcoming years.
Why do tourists like Barcelona so much?
In this study by the Barcelona Tourism Board and the Barcelona Delegation, tourists cited the …
And the winner is, or rather, the winners are… well, before we get to that, we want to thank all of you for having participated, we got nearly over 1000 new followers. Thank you for Liking us and we look forward to reaching out to you on our social networks (as friends AND clients!). And now we have our winners:
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It brings us at Aspasios great pleasure to announce a new way for you to get to know our apartments and services. We are organizing the first bloggers´ night, Blog Night Out! You might be eligible for the event. But first what is it exactly? Simply put, it is a way for us to show you our best apartments in Barcelona and to bring bloggers together for a swanky soiree and networking, as guests of Aspasios. This is an opportunity for us to share ourselves and our services and to …
The 23rd day of the month of April is highlighted in red on every calendar in Barcelona and throughout Catalonia. On that day is the festival of Sant Jordi (known to many as Saint George) and is celebrated as the day of books and roses. The vibrant, bright red is one of the hallmarks of the Catalan province and its significance is actually said to come from the story of Sant Jordi. It represents the blood shed while Sant Jordi was valiantly defending the Catalan territory from a dragon, but …
Who hasn’t dreamed of becoming an explorer at some point in their life? Or, even better, the genuine discoverer of something or somewhere previously unknown to others? To point your finger in the direction of the indefinite, the mysterious and boldly say, “Just follow me!”
Ok, so maybe that kind of cavalier attitude wasn’t exactly how Christopher Columbus approached his voyage, but to see his exaggerated, elevated statue at the Columbus Monument of Barcelona (Monumento a Colón de Barcelona), you might be emotionally moved into thinking that it was. On display …
The X Games are happening in Barcelona from the 16th to the 19th of May 2013 converting this city, at least for a few days, into the capital of extreme sports. The event brings together the best athletes in the realms of Skateboarding, BMX (motorbike), Motocross, and Rally races for a few days of acrobatics, risk, and squirm-inducing spectacles. The city eagerly awaits the arrival of 350 participants from 42 different countries including important figures such as Shaun White, Travis Pastrana, Ken Block and Ryan Sheckler to name a few. …
It has been a few days since one of the city´s biggest commercial events happened. We are talking about the MWC, also known as the Mobile World Congress 2013, which brings together the biggest companies and people in the telecommunications and mobile phone industries. Barcelona buzzes with activity along these dates and the city becomes associated with the technology itself. The conference’s success also means that nearly every hotel and apartment (and aparthotel) in the city is booked, not to mention tours, restaurants, and bars with those taking a break …
One of the holidays most universally known is the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day. Taking advantage of the day’s falling near Mardi Gras (known locally as el Carnaval) this year, we suggest a couple’s escape to some of Catalonia’s most iconic spots. One of them is the Carnaval celebrations in the beachside town Sitges, just a stone’s thrown from Barcelona, where one of the most high profile and raucous Mardi Gras celebrations in Spain takes place.
Aspasios is delighted to offer you the opportunity to come and experience this for yourself, …
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city, ever popular with tourists and world travellers and there are many cultural, sports, and business events that take place here every year.
Here is a little guide to the dates of 20 of the most important events happening in Barcelona in 2013, don’t miss out!
• 22-26 May – Primavera Sound http://www.primaverasound.com/
• 13-15 June - Sonar http://www.sonar.es/es/2013/
• 5-6 July – Cruïlla http://www.cruillabarcelona.com/2012/
• 11-27 January – 23rd Handball World Championship´s http://handballspain2013.com/es/Venues/Barcelona
• 17 March – Barcelona Marathon http://www.zurichmaratobarcelona.es/
• 7 April – Corte Inglés Run http://www.cursaelcorteingles.cat/
• 21 April – Cursa Bombers http://www.cursabombers.com/cms/
• 10-12 May – FORMULA 1 http://www.circuitcat.com/es/
• 16-19 May – X-games http://www.xgamesbarcelona.com/es/home.html
• 14-16 June – MOTO GP http://www.circuitcat.com/es/
The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week will be taking place from 18th to 22nd February in Madrid. Designers, models and fashionistas will all be hitting the Spanish capital in force to be a part of the very exciting fashion occasion.
Twice a year, all eyes in the highfashion community turn to Madrid, where world-renowned designers showcase their latest designs and cutting-edge styles. There are to be two catwalks where a multitude of shows will be taking place, located this year in the Sala Cibeles and Sala Lancia.
Traditionally, catwalk shows for the newer, more …
From the 25th to 28th of February, Barcelona celebrates one of the largest events in the world of mobile telephone technology, the 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC). At this time, as usual, every hotel is filled to capacity and the city´s many apartments are a great option for attendees.
In this 7th annual event, Samsung will probably show their new tablets with flexible displays, part of the latest generation. It will be the first time that this technology is being shown in Europe, following their premier in Las Vegas in early …
Anyone feeling like they are up for a challenge or wanting to counter a bit of holiday-time weight-gain may be interested in the upcoming Barcelona half marathon. It will be taking place on 26th February 2012 at 8.45 in the morning. It will be all finished by 11.30. The route is just over 20km and takes the runners all over the stunning city of Barcelona bringing them back to the same place they started.
Barcelona Half Marathon 2012
The race is hugely popular with both amateur and professional runners joining in. It’s …
From January 19th to February 3rd 2013, Madrid will be the host of a huge gastronomy festival!
There are 6 sections included in the programme:
There will be tastings galore, themed lunches, courses and even installations to view, ensuring complete sensory inundation.
The Gastroculture section of the event will include a range of special activities related to food taking place in galleries, museums and other cultural centres of the city.
If you’re most excited about the food itself, enjoy the tastings and workshops going on throughout the festival!
There will be treats and …
If you thinking about what to do on your next holiday, why not have a sailing holiday in Barcelona? There are several schools and courses to choose from for everyone from an amateur to a seasoned pro. From taster lessons to full RYA day skipper courses and beyond, Barcelona is a great destination in which to learn to sail.
Sailing is a wonderful hobby and where better to learn how to do than in the warm waters of the Mediterranean? Even if you have never sailed before, beginner courses can take …
In Spain (and in many other Spanish speaking countries), there is a classic New Year´s Eve tradition of eating 12 grapes at the 12 strokes of the clock at midnight, all at once. In Barcelona, this is practiced, but there is also the wonderful New Year´s tradition of living up to its reputation as a party destination!
Parties are everywhere – in someone´s home, in a club, on the beach, or up in the mountains, setting the scene for each and every partygoer´s preference. Find a spot that fits your style!
A really great way to get an insight into the local culture of Madrid and, of course, to have a wonderful time is to take a tapas tour through this beautiful city. There are several tours available that take you through the city’s old streets while giving you plenty of opportunity to sample local delicacies.
With a native “Madrileño” as your tour guide you will get to experience authentic tapas from this part of the world. You will discover hidden tapas bars taste Madrid’s off-the-beaten-path cuisine. Through tasting these wonderful culinary …
Winter is a fantastic time to visit this beautiful Mediterranean city. While you may have heard of sunny summer days in Barcelona spent on the beach, let us enlighten you a bit on how to best enjoy this city this time of year!
For starters, there are shorter queues for Barcelona’s immensely popular attractions, no cramped metro trains and the city as a whole is a bit calmer – that’s not to say there isn’t plenty of activity or fun to be had! If you are going to visit Barcelona in …
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