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Monegros Festival: The Biggest Rave in Spain

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The hot spot of Spain, its biggest rave is not some large city but a small patch of desert a few miles off Fraga.  This is the place where the biggest music party of the year takes place. On the longest night of July, the desert doesn’t sleep!

Talented drummers, bass guitarists, bands, world class singers etc from all over the world arrive to give performances in an epic party that one can never forget! Boys Noise, Luciano, Paul Kalkbrenner, Vitalic, Steve Aoki and Dirtyphonics are the names of only few who have arrived and performed here.

Every Monegros edition promises a new twist, a new event! It is an once-in-a-lifetime experience that is not to be missed! As expected the hours stretch long, sometimes over 20 hours and the dancing never stops!

The festival is situated in the Monegros desert, in the province of Huesca, between Madrid and Barcelona. If you catch a flight, these cities are the best options:
- Madrid
- Barcelona
Arriving in Madrid or Barcelona, we suggest you avoid traffic by catching the Monegros Bus. There are shuttle services from Madrid and Barcelona to the Monegros Site. Book in advance your flights for cheaper deals, with low cost companies. Then we suggest you to take the Monegros Bus shuttle if you arrive in Madrid or Barcelona.

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

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The Sagrada Família is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although the church is incomplete, it finds a place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gaudí devoted his last years to the project and at the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. The delay in the construction of the project owes to its dependence on private donations and also to the interruption by the Spanish Civil War. Parts of the unfinished basilica and Gaudí’s models and workshop were destroyed during the war by Catalan anarchists.

Art Critic Rainer Zerbst has described Sagrada Familia as “it is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art” and Paul Goldberger called it ‘the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages’.

The style of la Sagrada Familia is variously likened to Spanish Late Gothic, Catalan Modernism and to Art Nouveau or Catalan Noucentisme. Sagrada Familia is complex in design including double aisles, an ambulatory with a chevet of seven apsidal chapels, a multitude of towers and three portals, each widely different in structure as well as ornament.

The Church will have three grand façades: the Nativity façade to the East, the Passion façade to the West, and the Glory façade to the South (yet to be completed). The Passion façade is especially striking for its spare, gaunt, tormented characters, including emaciated figures of Christ being scourged at the pillar; and Christ on the Cross.

The church plan is that of a Latin cross with five aisles. The central vault reaches sixty metres. The apse is capped by a hyperboloid vault reaching seventy-five metres. The columns of the interior are a unique Gaudí design. the ornamentation in the interior surfaces is comprehensive and rich, consisting in large part of abstract shapes which combine smooth curves and jagged points. Even detail-level work such as the iron railings for balconies and stairways are full of curvaceous elaboration.

Visitors can access the Nave, Crypt, Museum, Shop, and the Passion and Nativity towers. Access to the towers is possible only by lift and a walk up the remainder of the towers, over the bridge between the towers and descent via the opposite tower by spiral staircase.

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

The Las Ramblas Street in Barcelona

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Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city with a population of nearly two million people, has a rich history dating back at least 2,000 years. There are many places which hold tourist attraction and one of these is the La Rambla Street about which the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said that La Rambla was ‘the only street in the world which I wish would never end’.

Standing in the heart of Barcelona, La Rambla is actually a tree-lined pedestrian mall stretching for 1.2 kilometers between Barri Gòtic and El Raval, connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell.

La Rambla consists of an array of small streets each of which holds a different name. From the Plaça de Catalunya toward the harbour, the street is successively called the Rambla de Canaletes, the Rambla dels Estudis, the Rambla de Sant Josep, the Rambla dels Caputxins, and the Rambla de Santa Monica.

The street is crowded day and night with kiosks selling newspapers and souvenirs, flowers and birds, street performers, cafes, restaurants and shops. The street has a variety of kiosks that sell ice-cream, churros, hand-made candles, pastries and chocolates, as well as the typical newspaper kiosks.

Near the port are found smaller local markets and the shop-fronts of painters and draftsmen. A walk along this street allows the visitors to get a view of historic buildings as the Palace of the Virreina and La Boqueria market and the famous Liceo Theatre in which operas and ballets are staged. As it is a highly crowded street, tourists should be wary of the pickpockets here.

The street of Las Ramblas has a lot of street performers which are mostly in the form of human statues apart from various dancers, musicians, magicians and marionettes. There are a total of 14 human statues, which were selected by the Department of Comerce and Tourism of Barcelona.

The L’Aquarium at Barcelona

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The L’Aquarium at Barcelona

L’Aquarium Barcelona is one of the top tourist attractions of Barcelona looking at the number of visitors it draws each year. Located in Port Vell, a harbor in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, this aquarium is a part of the Aspro Group and is a member of the Iberian Association of Zoos and Aquaria (AIZA).

The 35 aquariums at the facility are home to 11,000 animals from Mediterranean undersea life representing 450 species, and an 80-meter (260 ft) underwater tunnel. The aquarium has a series of 35 Mediterranean and tropical tanks, and an immense Oceanarium, the only one in Europe, where you’ll find such diverse species as giltheads, morays, ocean sunfish, rays and sharks. There is an underwater tunnel 80 metres long inside the Oceanarium.

The aquarium holds two permanent exhibitions- Planeta Aqua, which aims to show the importance of water in the development of our planet, and Explora!, where kids can discover nature and the underwater world by touching, looking at and listening to its interactive exhibits.

In addition to a display of varied sea life, the aquarium also has cafeteria/ self-service, L’Aquàrium shop, souvenir photo, the auditorium, etc. it is open all the year round from Monday to Friday. From June to September the timings are 9.30am to 9.30pm while in July and August, the timings are 9.30am to 11pm. Ticket offices and doors open until one hour before closing.

Parks and gardens in Barcelona

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Spain is a country where people love to picnic outdoors with family and friends. So, parks and gardens are very popular in Barcelona where people gather for a game of chess, playing boules, chess, picnicking or simply walking around and chatting. Barcelona has many green spots, some of them being on top of Montjuïc Mountain from where you can see all of Barcelona. Some of the best parks and gardens in Barcelona are:

Parc Guell:
This municipal garden was designed by famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Located in the district of Gracia, this park was originally supposed to be a residential area, but was later converted to a classy park for elite of Barcelona by the wealthy businessman, Eusebio de Guell.

The Coastal Park
Located at the Mediterranean Sea line and next to the estuary of the Besos River, this park displays a wide range of attraction in its distinct zones of the green area, the beach and the football stadium. This Park Litoral also has a tennis court and a site for children to play, a number of green trees and also a pool.

Central Noble Nou Park:
This is one of the youngest Barcelona parks and was designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel. This park is in the shape of a triangle and is still under process because its plan needs a wide range of flora to cover it.

Parc Del Besos:
This green area gives the name to the nearby busy streets that go along the Besos River and the river itself. Both the river and the park that is named after it have a double meaning because the word Besos translated literally means kisses. The visitors can have a glimpse of a wide range of Barcelona as they walk along this long park.

Montijuic Park:
Here stands a huge mountain that divides part of the city of Barcelona from the sea and derives its name from the old Catalan phrase meaning ‘Hill of the Jews’ and from the corruption of the Latin Mons Jovicus (‘Hill of Jupiter’).

Top 5 attractions of Barcelona

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Barcelona – one of the greatest places to visit is filled with a hundred or possibly more attractions. Navigating your way through them and fitting them in your schedule is not an easy task. To make your trip to Barcelona a memorable and funfilled one, make sure that you book your hotels in advance before visiting this great holiday destination. Here is a list of the top 7 attractions of Barcelona which must be visited at any cost.

  • Magic fountain: also known as Font Mágica de Montjuïc, this fountain must not be missed. Its like no other fountain you have ever seen. Built in 1829, this fountain’s stunning water along with its lights and music is really enchanting. It is one of the most visited places in Barcelona. Whoever arrives there doesn’t forget to visit this fountain.
  • La rambla: this is a street starting at Plaza Catalunya and ending at the Monument of Columbus at the Port Vell harbor of Barcelona. It is not something amazing to look at. However, it is a must visit! Unless and until you have walked down that road you will not understand its true charm and there are no words to describe it. It is the human heartbeat of Barcelona. Poet Federico García Lorca said about La Rambla, “It is the only street in the world which I wish would never end.” Though a must visit, one must be wary of pickpockets on this street.
  • The Barrio Gotico: this is the old city area of Barcelona. Built around the old Roman town, this town with its archaic churches, plazas, markets and museums has a very pleasant feel. The city history museum is the main attraction here.
  • Tibadabo Hill: This is an amusement park and it is meant more for the kids than for the adults. It provides a spectacular view. The old Blue tram and mountain railways are the two forms of transport used to reach there.
  • Park Guell: Commissioned by Gaudi’s patron Count Eusebi Güell in 1923, Park Guell was originally going to be a private and exclusive residential garden city with 60 houses. However, the original plan to sell these houses had to be abandoned due to lack of buyers. As a result Guell donated the site to the council. This park is a must visit! Its spectacular view is breathtaking and a stroll through the park is the best experience you’ll ever have.

 

Park Hotel Barcelona

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Park Hotel Barcelona

Park Hotel Barcelona

Overview of the Hotel:It features a reception that is open for 24 hours and stylish, air-conditioned rooms with modern décor in warm chocolate tones, sound-proofing, free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. A wide variety of tapas, seafood and international restaurants are located close to the hotel. Besides a buffets breakfast is served daily in the restaurant. Situated in Barcelona’s trendy Born district, opposite Estació de França Station, this hotel is close to Ciudadela Park, Barcelona Zoo, Barceloneta Beach and Barceloneta Metro Station which connects the guests to the city centre. The hotel’s located in the oldest part of this grand city, the Ciutat Vella which is made up of atmospheric, narrow streets filled with boutiques, cool bars and hidden squares. One can go for a meal in one of the chic restaurants around Passeig Del Born before enjoying a pleasant stroll alongside the Old Port. Las Ramblas – one of the world’s most vibrant and well-known boulevards runs throughout the heart of this area. The city’s cathedral and the Gothic Quarter lies on one side of the street and on the other lies the fashionable, up-and-coming area of the Raval.

Amenities at the Hotel: Facilities provided include bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Non-Smoking Rooms, Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Safety Deposit Box, Heating, Design Hotel, All Public and Private spaces non-smoking and Airconditioning. Services provided include Laundry, Ironing Service, Car Hire, Tour Desk, and Fax/Photocopying. Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs EUR 26.75 per day.

Hotel Rules: The Check in time for the hotel is from 15:00 hours and the Check out time is until 12:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies vary by room type. All children under 4 years stay free of charge when using existing bedding. Maximum capacity of extra beds/babycots in a room is 1. Any type of extra bed or baby cot is upon request and needs to be confirmed by the hotel. Pets are not allowed. Accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, and Diners Club. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.

Hotel Room Types and Rates:

Double Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• Non refundable: € 146.77
• FREE cancellation: € 163.08

Double Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT, Buffet breakfast
• FREE cancellation
• Breakfast included: € 180.36

Triple Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• Non refundable: € 239.76
• FREE cancellation: € 218.16

Twin Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• Non refundable: € 146.77
• FREE cancellation: € 163.08

Superior Double or Twin Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• Non refundable: € 163.29
• FREE cancellation: € 181.44

Single Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT, Buffet breakfast
• FREE cancellation
• Breakfast included: € 189

Twin Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT, Buffet breakfast
• FREE cancellation
• Breakfast included: € 180.36

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Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona

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Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona

Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona

Overview of the Hotel: The hotel features a rooftop sun terrace, a library with sofas, a pleasant garden area and offers free Wi-Fi and gym access. The guests are also provided with Bicycle rental, available at the 24-hour reception and free entry to the nearby Holmes Place Gym-Spa. It offers elegant rooms with soundproofing, a flat-screen satellite TV, and a marble bathroom, complete with a bathrobe and slippers. Guests can relax with a drink in the bar. Mediterranean dishes, made with local market products, are served in a stylish restaurant with a glass roof. An excellent example of 19th-century town planning, Eixample, features broad avenues of modernist architecture stretching the length of the city. It is one of the best locations for a hotel, lined with designer boutiques and highlighted by Gaudí’s famous architecture. Passeig de Gracia divides this district, which provides countless opportunities for fine dining, from the open-air terraces of the tree-lined Rambla de Catalunya to superb French restaurants. Tourists can also join locals and travelers alike in the vibrant cocktail bars spread all over the neighborhood.

Amenities at the Hotel: Facilities provided include Restaurant, bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Non-Smoking Rooms, Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Safety Deposit Box, Design Hotel, Luggage Storage, Airconditioning, Sun Terrace. Activities provided include Library. Services provided include Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Breakfast in the Room, Bicycle Rental, Car Hire, Tour Desk, Fax/Photocopying, and Ticket Service. Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. No parking available.

Hotel Rules: The Check in time for the hotel is from 14:00 hours and the Check out time is until 12:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies vary by room type. One child under 1 years stays free of charge when using existing bedding. One child under 2 years stays free of charge in a baby cot. There is no capacity for extra beds in the room. Maximum capacity of babycots in a room is 1. Any type of extra bed or baby cot is upon request and needs to be confirmed by the hotel. Pets are not allowed. Accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Diners Club, and Maestro. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.

Hotel Room Types and Rates:

Double or Twin Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• Non refundable: € 248.40
• FREE cancellation: € 324
• FREE cancellation
• Breakfast included: € 243

Superior Double or Twin Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• FREE cancellation: € 291.60

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Hotel Principal Barcelona

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Hotel Principal Barcelona

Hotel Principal Barcelona

Overview of the Hotel: It features a rooftop terrace, 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi access throughout and offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms with simple, attractive décor throughout, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel provides computers with internet access, available at the reception and a tour desk that can provide information on Barcelona’s tourist attractions and arrange car rental. The hotel also serves a buffet breakfast daily. Situated in the centre of Barcelona’s Old Town, this hotel is close to Las Ramblas, Barcelona Cathedral, the Old Port and the city’s Gothic Quarter. Liceu Metro and a range of restaurants and bars also lie in the hotel’s vicinity. The hotel’s located in the oldest part of this grand city, the Ciutat Vella which is made up of atmospheric, narrow streets filled with boutiques, cool bars and hidden squares. One can go for a meal in one of the chic restaurants around Passeig Del Born before enjoying a pleasant stroll alongside the Old Port. Las Ramblas – one of the world’s most vibrant and well-known boulevards runs throughout the heart of this area. The city’s cathedral and the Gothic Quarter lies on one side of the street and on the other lies the fashionable, up-and-coming area of the Raval.

Amenities at the Hotel: Facilities provided include 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Terrace, Non-Smoking Rooms, Elevator, Safety Deposit Box, Soundproofed Rooms, Heating, Design Hotel, Luggage Storage, Airconditioning, and Designated Smoking Area. Services provided include Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Centre, Bicycle Rental, Car Hire, Tour Desk, Fax/Photocopying, Vending Machine (drinks), and Vending Machine (snacks). Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. Public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not possible) and extra charges are applicable.

Hotel Rules: The Check in time for the hotel is from 14:00 hours and the Check out time is until 10:30-11:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies vary by room type. One child under 2 years stays free of charge in a baby cot. One child under 2 years stays free of charge when using existing bedding. Maximum capacity of babycots in a room is 1. Pets are not allowed. When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply. Accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Maestro, Other. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.

Hotel Room Types and Rates:

Economy Double Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• Non refundable: € 180

Single Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• FREE cancellation: € 160

Superior Double or Twin Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT, Buffet breakfast
• FREE cancellation
• Breakfast included: € 180

Triple Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• FREE cancellation: € 200

Double or Twin Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• FREE cancellation: € 180

Penthouse Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• FREE cancellation: € 170

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Olivia Plaza Hotel Barcelona

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Oliva Plaza

Oliva Plaza

Overview of the Hotel: This hotel features a terrace bar with views of Santa Ana Church, free Wi-Fi and stylish rooms that include a flat-screen TV, a free safe, and views over the square and are also equipped with a sofa or armchairs and a breakfast table. Mediterranean cuisine is served in the modern Nineteen restaurant. The hotel also serves a buffet breakfast every morning. Located on Plaza Catalunya in the centre of Barcelona, this hotel is close to the famous Ramblas with its many restaurants and street performers, Catalunya Metro Station and the Gothic Quarter.

Amenities at the Hotel: Facilities provided include Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Terrace, Non-Smoking Rooms, Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Safety Deposit Box, Soundproofed Rooms, Heating, Design Hotel, Luggage Storage, All Public and Private spaces non-smoking. Services provided include Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Business Centre, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, VIP Room Facilities, Breakfast in the Room, Ironing Service, Car Hire, Tour Desk, Fax/Photocopying. Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. Public parking is possible on site (reservation is needed) and costs EUR 27 per day.

Hotel Rules: The Check in time for the hotel is from 15:00 hours and the Check out time is until 07:00-12:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies vary by room type. All children under 2 years stay free of charge for cots. All children under 2 years stay free of charge when using existing bedding. Extra beds are not available. Maximum capacity of babycots in a room is 1. Any type of extra bed or baby cot is upon request and needs to be confirmed by the hotel. Pets are not allowed. When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply. Accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Diners Club, Red 6000, Maestro and Other. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.

Hotel Room Types and Rates:


Double or Twin Room

Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• Non refundable: € 459.01
• FREE cancellation: € 540.02

Double or Twin Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT, Buffet breakfast
• FREE cancellation
• Breakfast included: € 520.57

Triple Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• FREE cancellation: € 486.01

Suite
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• FREE cancellation: € 399.61

Superior Double Room
Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• FREE cancellation: € 453.61


Superior Double Room with Terrace

Included in room price: 8 % VAT
• FREE cancellation: € 459.01

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