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Black Friday 2017: get ahead of all the Christmas shopping and benefit with these tricks!

If this upcoming Christmas you’d love to save some money and avoid the hassle of late Christmas shopping, you should mark on your calendar the 24th of November. And if you’re asking yourself why…it’s because Black Friday will be here!

This day began to be celebrated in the USA during the 1960’s, exactly the day before of Thanksgiving and a bit earlier than Christmas. Slowly it began to expand worldwide until nowadays it has become one of the most comercial days of the year with the best discount offers.

That is precisely why it is a day designed to catch the best offers and plan ahead your Christmas shopping, not only get what you’re looking for, but also get the best deal!

Therefore, how can we make the best of this day and benefit from those deals before the Christmas celebrations? Here are some of our tips that will definitely help you out:

  • Make a list and write down what you’re looking for: a few days before (or months), make a list with all those gadgets you want to buy and pin down those stores or websites that have them. Also, have a look at their prices and write that down…it wouldn’t be the first time that the previous days to Black Friday some stores take advantage and increase their prices so that when the day comes, they are selling at the original Price with what users believe is a “discount”.
  • Shop online: take your time previously to search online for what you’re looking and add it to your shopping cart so that the purchase can be made quicker. To ensure that you can do this, sign up on each online shop so it’ll be easier for you. And don’t forget about adding any discount codes!
  • Be careful with your credit card: even online shopping one may find that there are thieves online who create fake online stores to get your card information and steal. Also, bear in mind your connection and try to avoid using public Wi-Fi, as there is more chance that phising can occur.
  • Compare between brands: we are pretty sure that by doing a previous comparison you’ll already see different prices between brands.
  • Dress comfortably and wake up early: even though many of Black Friday’s deals are online, there are also many shops in the streets that join on this day. If you prefer to shop in person, make sure you wear some comfortable shoes and head to the stores during the time when less people go (working hours, lunch time…).
  • Pay attention to the return policies: it could happen that with the excitement of shopping you may not look previously at the shopping and return policies of that product. Take a close look! Sometimes with good deals you don’t have the chance to give it back or simply change it for another product… therefore think carefully before buying if it’s worth it or not.

 

With all this information and your intuition we’re pretty sure that this Christmas you’ll manage to make all your loved ones happy with some cool presents at the best price!

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Barcelona welcomes another year the Fiestas de la Mercè, but what is the origin of this local celebration?

The Virgin of la Mercè is the most popular patroness of Barcelona, because for those of you who didn’t know, yes we have more than one! Together with the Virgin Eulalia, co-patroness of the Condal City who for many centuries was the only one who had this figure, they are the metropolis patronesses.

And you might be wondering, how come Barcelona have two patronesses?

The history that links these two figures goes back to beginnings of the 4th century when the roman emperor Diocleciano ordered to persecute the Christian faith that was threatening the cult to the Roman Empire.

The legend tells that Santa Eulalia revealed against the persecution towards Christians in Barcelona and her punishment was devastating. Emperor Diocleciano’s men captured and tortured her until Santa Eulalia finally died, after resisting being put inside a wineskin filled with shard elements and was thrown down a steep street of the city without compassion or regrets.

Santa Eulalia was finally crucified, however she managed to impress all the spectators with her bravery during the punishment, where something incredible happened… As the legend tells, right at the moment of her death her soul rose flying from her mouth in the shape of a white pigeon.

The history and courage that Santa Eulalia showed shocked the entire city of Barcelona in a way that made her a heroine and the Condal City named her patroness of Barcelona.

Centuries later in 1687, something happened that completely changed the course of the city’s history. A terrible locust infestation arrived in Barcelona and the locals desperately prayed to the Virgin of la Mercè for her to save their streets, promising that if she did they would name her patroness of the city. Santa Mercè saved Barcelona from the locust catastrophe and in 1868 Pope Pio IX named the Virgin of la Mercè patroness of the Condal City, completely eclipsing the existing patroness Santa Eulalia.

However fellow devotees of Santa Eulalia weren’t very happy with this decision, as they weren’t forgetting about the sacrifice that their early patroness had done centuries before. So that is how finally both virgins became patronesses of the city at the same time.

From that moment onwards the celebration of Santa Mercè on the 24th of September gained more and more spotlight. With the arrival of democracy on the 20th century this local celebration was proclaimed as the most popular and renowned in the city, as it united all of Barcelona’s neighbourhoods together that until the moment had been independent from one another.

Nowadays the fiestas de la Mercè are still one of Barcelona’s most popular festivities as they also represent the closing of the summer. However, the day of Santa Eulalia has also got its’ celebration day on the 12th of February, also known as Barcelona’s winter celebrations, in honour of the first patroness who has dethroned from her limelight in Barcelona.

There is an anecdote that legend tells that every 24th of September, the day of Santa Mercè, it rains in the Condal City. The popular culture believes these are Santa Eulalia’s tears, who cries in grief for having been delegated from her role and eclipsed by the Virgin of la Mercè.

No one knows the absolute truth about the drops that fall during these days, but if you are planning on celebrating this festivity in September plan beforehand to bring an umbrella with you before going out to the streets. You will never know if Santa Eulalia will let her tears drop over Barcelona or if it will simply end up raining…

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Are you staying in Barcelona during this Summer? Here are some cool plans to do!

Summer is always the perfect time to enjoy doing what you love: travel, visit your family, spend more time outdoors… Big cities seem empty, however it’s only an appearance! During the Summer many people still go to work and keep on with their day to day which is why we have decided to bring together some of the best plans to do in Barcelona during this Summer, for those who want to make the most of their time in the city!

 

Beach, water sports or swimming pool
One of Barcelona’s most valued treasures is the sea. Lucky us, specially during the Summer! The fact that we have the Mediterranean Sea so close allows us to do all sorts of water activities: paddle surf, windsurf, swimming, sailing, etc. However if getting in the sea is not really your cup of tea you can always play volleyball in the sand, beach tennis or simply sun bathe to soak in those sun rays while reading a book. To sum up, just like in many other cities Barcelona also has local and private swimming pools, another great option to feel refreshed!

 

Mountains and parks
Not only does Barcelona have the sea but we also are very close to the mountains. Even though they aren’t the highest of this region they are the perfect escape to go outdoors into nature. The area of Tibidabo, carretera de les Aigües or Montjuïc are perfect places to go to and enjoy being outside the city for a couple hours. If you prefer to stay in the urban area you can always go for a walk to Parc of Ciudadela, Parc of Montjuïc or any other green area in the city.

 

Music festivals
When the warm months roll in it is almost impossible for a day to go by in Barcelona without music. Summer festivals are some of the best summer days for locals and tourists: Barcelona Beach Festival, Cruïlla Festival, Música als Parcs, Circuit Festival, Jardins of Pedralbes Festival, summer concerts at Poble Espanyol or BAM are some of them. If you love music you should definitely take a look at some of them!

 

Activities and shows
The cultural offer in Barcelona is amazing, both during daytime and at night. There are all kinds of activities for everyone: open air cinema, tours around the city, museums, parks, exhibitions, nightlife… and the list could keep on!

 

Local neighbourhood festivities
Three of the most known local festivities in Barcelona that take place during the Summer are Fiestas of Gracia, Fiestas of Sants and Fiestas of Sant Roc. They are all local festivities that honour each of the three neighbourhoods in the city and that will welcome with open arms all visitors where you will enjoy popular local food, concerts, “castellers”, famous Catalan dance “sardanas”, magic and alternative shows… The streets simply fill up with people and fun.

 

To sum up, these are some of the coolest plans to enjoy in Barcelona during the Summer. In addition, Crowne Plaza Barcelona will open very soon the 173 Rooftop Terrace, the terrace in Montjuïc with the best views in Barcelona.

 

There is no longer any excuse to make the most of this city!

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173 Rooftop Terrace and the Montjüic Terrace, two of the best hotel’ rooftops in Barcelona

Would you like to drink a cocktail in one of the best hotel’ rooftops in Barcelona? Are you looking for the best city views or searching for the perfect terrace to host an event in Barcelona? Keep on reading!

At Crowne Plaza Barcelona we couldn’t be happier to share these news with you, the opening of two open air spaces that will take your breath away: 173 Rooftop Terrace and the Montjuïc Terrace. The best service at your disposition and some of the best views of Barcelona one can get.

Want to know more?

 

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The dreamy rooftop terrace where anything is possible.

173 are the meters above sea level at which you will find our terrace, at the top of Montjüic where Crowne Plaza Barcelona is located. A privileged location in one of Barcelona’s most historical areas with a wide cultural and gastronomic tourism experience.

This perfect situation makes it one of the most unique hotel rooftops in town, with a 360º panoramic view that will let you see from Mediterranean’s horizon to any of the emblematic building’s of the city, such as the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s Cathedral, Tibidabo, the tower of Collserola and of course Montjuïc with all of its attractions.

173 Rooftop Terrace opens to the city to offer our best exclusive services not only to hotel guests but to everyone in town. Among the different areas that make 173 Rooftop Terrace you can find an exterior swimming pool, a solarium and a dedicated culinary space to enjoy the best Mediterranean flavours or cheer with our wide cocktail selection.

173 Rooftop Terrace offers unique and irreplaceable experiences in a cosmopolitan environment thought for you to relax and let go of time. An oasis in the middle of Barcelona. Want to come for a visit?

 

Montjuïc Terrace

The Montjüic Terrace is the perfect venue to organize all sorts of events: weddings, communions, business meetings, launchings, presentations… anything you can imagine.

This terrace also offers amazing views to the city. The National Palace with the National Art Museum of Cataluña (MNAC) as one of the main characters, together with the famous architect’s home Puig i Cadafalach, or the lights at night of the Montjuïc Fountain.

The Montjüic Terrace offers the perfect scenario to celebrate some of the most important and exclusive events in Barcelona. With the best expert team always available we want to make sure that every event is a success and that our clients don’t have to worry about anything but to enjoy the venue.

 

173 Rooftop Terrace and the Montjüic Terrace are your magical places in Barcelona.

Come and enjoy!

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Welcome February. How happy we are that you are already here!

The shortest month of the year of long nights and cold days hosts one of the best parties to let the imagination fly and become the character you want to be: Carnival. This pagan feast began 5000 years ago and seems to have no end. Many people love it!

In this post we give you some ideas to disguise yourself individually or in group, creating your own design in a fast, easy and with an original and attractive result. Here it goes!

 

Thief
One of the most fun and suitable for all audiences. The costume is simple, you just have to dress in a horizontal striped shirt and dark pants and shoes. Put on a mask to hide your eyes and carry a bag or a sac where you take your loot!

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Gourmet cook
An original costume to disguise yourself with your family. The clothing is simple, you only need a cooking jacket or a robe (black or white are the most common colors), and a toque blanche, the traditional chef’s cap. For the youngest ones, you can use the same clothes or, if you want to make it more likeable, you can dress them of some ingredient you use for cooking. They will look delicious!

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Indians

The key element is the feather headdress, an accessory that you can easily do following the guidelines of the video below/above. The most common thing is to place the feathers on the head, although you can also wear them as earrings, as a necklace or hanging from the shoes. For her, a top and a skirt with a fringe finish is very much in line with the theme. For him, a waistcoat and long and wide trousers fit perfectly in the style of the constume. Other accessories that complement the outfit are leather boots or an arrow bow and, as a last touch, stripes or painted designs on the face.

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Prince and Princess

One of the most dreamed costumes by all, children, but adults too! To be the main characters of the castle, or the hotel,  you do not need many elements. Less is more. For her we propose a simple outfit, with a long, elegant and not very striking dress to highlight the accessories: a crown, big and shiny earrings, high heels or a bracelet would be the most suitable. For him, a suit with vest, wide pants and long boots, a velvet cloak and a sword also go according to the outfit.

 

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Steve Jobs
We love the simplicity of the disguise and the character it represents. The father of the brand Apple has become one of the most representative celebrities of the 21st century, even if he is no longer with us. The clothing is more than easy: a black sweater with a turtleneck, gray metallic round glasses and pants of a neutral color. If you accompany this with an Apple accessory or print the logo, you have won the party!

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These are just a few ideas to make your Carnival costume original and easy to prepare. But they are not the only ones! Take your creative side and unleash the scissors, we are sure that you have some rags at home to which you can give life to. It’s time to cut!

 

 

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Diez trucos para sobrevivir a la Navidad

Hay dos formas de pasar la Navidad, bien o en familia. Los compromisos personales y de trabajo, el coche congelado por las mañanas, villancicos, el exceso de gente en todas partes… Parece que no vas a tener tiempo para tu propio ocio y todo tiene que ser tan bonito y alegre como en las películas navideñas. Si te estresa esta época del año, estos trucos te van a servir para llevarla mejor: (más…)

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Los mejores planes para una Navidad familiar en Barcelona

Barcelona, una ciudad moderna, cosmopolita y vibrante, añade a todo esto una capa de tradiciones y calidez cuando llega la Navidad. Y si durante todo el año la ciudad está absolutamente rebosante de oferta de ocio, a finales de año no puede ser menos. Al contrario, la tradicional fiesta de Navidad es la excusa perfecta para salir a la calle y disfrutar de una ciudad hermosa, hospitalaria y especialmente engalanada para la ocasión, con 100 km de luces. (más…)

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¡El Black Friday aterriza en Barcelona!

El Black Friday, también conocido en España como” Viernes Negro”, es el día que da comienzo a la temporada de compras de Navidad en Estados Unidos. Suele celebrarse el día después de Acción de Gracias o el cuarto domingo de Noviembre y cree que su nombre proviene porque era considerado el día en que los comercios cambian sus números rojos por los negros. (más…)

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La Castañada: descubre las deliciosas tradiciones de Barcelona

Las festividades y tradiciones de todo tipo salpican cada año la geografía española. Una de las más conocidas en estas fechas es la famosa Castañada, una celebración catalana destinada a cerrar el ciclo de calor para dar la bienvenida a los meses fríos. ¿La conocías? Las calles del centro de Barcelona se transforman en espacios abiertos para homenajear la gastronomía, historia y cultura de la ciudad con numerosos puestos ambulantes y un sinfín de actividades. Como no podía ser de otra forma, la gran protagonista es la castaña. (más…)

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Festividades de Barcelona: las fiestas de Gracia y Sants

La segunda quincena de agosto es la quincena de las festividades en Barcelona. Del 15 al 22 de agosto los barceloneses dejarán de lado las vacaciones y se volcarán en las Fiestas de Gracia, una de las festividades de Barcelona más populares que recibe año tras año más visitas foráneas. Pero las celebraciones no acaban aquí, ya que el mismo día 22 comienzan las fiestas de Sants -que se alargan hasta final de mes-. Si quieres vivir el sabor más popular de la ciudad, las fiestas de Gracia y Sants son una estupenda ocasión. (más…)

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