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Vacation apartments in Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the largest tourist destinations not only in Europe, but in the world. For a comfortable alternative to hotels, consider choosing short-term apartment rentals in Barcelona that constitute a successful and secure market in Europe.
Rental apartments in Barcelona cost less than hotel rooms of comparable sizes, and yet offer you a real home where you would love to come back after a day out in Barcelona.
You get all the advantages of independent living and working in a rental apartment: you may choose to cook in a fully-equipped kitchen, you may entertain guests in the living room, you have the privacy of your own bedroom. Would you have all that in a hotel? More and more travellers prefer to rent an apartment in Barcelona for these reasons.
If you frequently travel with family or friends, you know how difficult it may be to book adjacent spacious rooms in a hotel. 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom apartments in Barcelona are easy to find. What is more, you pay per apartment, not per guest, which allows you to cut rental costs considerably, and spend quality time together.
Barcelona is a city you would not want to leave and where you would love to come back, but if you are set on more exploring, we also offer apartment, cottage and villa short-term and long-term rentals all over Europe and North America!
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Buen Retiro Park

El Retiro is the central park in Madrid, one of the largest and most beautiful in the city, that is sometimes called "the green lungs of Madrid". If you are visiting Madrid in the autumn and have a spare day on your hands, spend it in the Retiro park, whose full splendor is especially apparent in the fall.

This immense green space had originally been a private royal park thanks to King Felipe IV, who used El Retiro in the mid-17th century for his private balls, parties, theatre plays and mock naval battles. The Retiro park continued to be a closed playground of Spanish kings up until the reign of Carlos III, who had partially opened the park grounds to the madrileños. When Isabel II came in power, in 1869 she made the decision to turn the Retiro park into a completely public space.

The main entrance to the park is marked by the Puerta de Alcalá, a work by Francesco Sabatini and a symbol of Madrid commissioned by Carlos III. Next to the Puerta of Alcalá stands a famous equestrian statue of General Espartero the Peacemaker, erected in 1886.

The central pond, El Estanque Grande, is the heart of the Retiro park, where one can hire a boat to spend a leisurely hour or just stay off the water, watch street performers that congregate around the pond daily or take pictures of the majestic monument dedicated to Alfonso XII.

There is another, smaller pond in the park, next to which stands the beautiful greenhouse-like Palacio de Cristal, designed by Velázquez Bosco out of steel and glass. This serene palace serves as an exhibition space for artworks from the Reina Sofia museum. There is another work of Velázquez Bosco, Palacio Velázquez (1883), that nowadays serves a similar function in the Retiro park.

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