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Barcelona’s Last Hoorah of Summer!

The city of Barcelona’s biggest party, The Festes de la Mercè, is getting ready to have a good time! Parades, street music, dancing, a swimming race across the harbor, and a correfoc (fire race) are just a few of the activities to anticipate. There is something for everyone on the 19th leading up to 24th (a public holiday) 2008, which celebrates the day of the city’s patron saint … the Virgin de la Merce.

Events include the parade of the giants which is a procession through the streets is made up of enormous wooden figures operated by a group. There are fantastic firework displays and plenty of eating and drinking as is the case most festivals throughout the year in Barcelona.

Who is La Mercé? According to legend, Barcelona went through a tedious plague of locusts. La Mercè removed them and they never returned again. The festival is to honor her for her continuing protection against the locusts.

One highlight that you must look out for is the competition for which group of people can form the highest human pyramid. The best place to find the towers is in Placa de Sant Jaume where participants in traditional costume climb on top of one another until they can hold no more. This human tower often reaches around eight but who knows, the record may be broken!

What better way to enjoy the festival and Barcelona then in an apartment in the center of the city? Barcelona is so cosmopolitan whether there is a festival or not, and there’s no better way than with a vacation home.

Barcelona Holiday Apartments

Walking along Las Ramblas in the morning before the tourists get there or watching the sunrise on the Med. You can, by renting at the base of the Port Vell, such as the apartment at the right for less than a hotel would cost.

As the capitol of Catalunya, Barcelona can be appreciated by all age groups and interests. Primarily a cultural city, it consists of art, music, theater and other forms of entertainment, which are readily available. As a city, it comfortably maintains its centuries old past with the demands of a modern day metropolis with touches of Dali and Miro thrown in throughout.

The most prominent image of Barcelona is the Temple de la Sagrada Familia. Every art history and architectural major finds this incomplete church a vision come true. No where has design defeated what is written in text books. It is a canvas where the artist let his imagination run wild. The church was designed by Gaudi and has been under construction since 1882 and current estimates are that it will be completed by 2020. This gives you a chance to visit Barcelona more often and check out the progress.

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Living “Mi Vida Loca” in Barcelona, Spain

rental homes, vacation homes, barcelona spainWhile wandering through the streets of Barcelona Spain during your visit to your Barcelona vacation rental, if you hear the faint sounds of Spanish music combined with the slow welcoming smile of the people, then you are in the right place!

 

Attractions near vacation rental homes Barcelona, Spain:

  • Sagrada Familia:  An incredible temple close to your vacation home Barcelona, Spain, the Sagrada Familia started building in 1882 without finishing.  As a living example of neo-gothic architecture, Barcelona has watched the development of this symbolic temple.  With columns built on sculptures of turtles (symbolic of order in chaos in Chinese mythology), Sagrada Familia is a crossroads of religious and structural importance.
    Ramblas:  Now as a beautiful cobble lines street with shops and quaint cottages in Barcelona, the rental homes, vacation homes, barcelona spainRamblas was the home of convents and religious orders surrounding the waterway of the Ramblas riverbed.  Minus the water running through the center, the lovely cobblestone streets offer eateries and vacation rentals in Barcelona, Spain for the visitors that meander through the history.
  • Tibidabo:  A fabulous mixture of scenery, entertainment, and history, the Tibidabo is the worlds oldest amusement park.  With many rides from modern day theme parks mixed with the older amusement rides, the view from many of the rides is breathtaking, so have your camera ready!  You might even be able to see your vacation holiday home Barcelona, Spain.
  • Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia:  Not only because the Catedral stands as the alter to the patron saint of Barcelona, Eulàlia, this Cathedral started in the first century is a standing work of art.  New portions started throughout history, as late as the 16th century, the spectacular combination of artwork and architecture will inspire you with the Crucifix of the Christ Lepanto and the crypt of Santa Eulàlia will make leaving vacation holiday homes Barcelona Spain worth the trip.

rental homes, vacation homes, barcelona spainBarcelona Spain holiday homes offer the best of old world escape and new world experiences for the adventurous traveler.  If you leave Barcelona vacation rentals to seek some fun shopping along the cobblestone streets for souvenirs, taking in some of the culture around vacation  holiday homes in Barcelona Spain, or stopping for a moment to enjoy the local food of the region of your vacation rental in Barcelona Spain, Barcelona will steal your heart with the warmth and exploration of an ancient land.

Enjoy your quest for rest or play at your vacation holiday home in Barcelona, Spain by booking your vacation today with iStopOver.


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