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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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Holidays in Spain

1st of January - The New Year

Like in most European countries, the New Year's Eve in Spain (Año Nuevo in Spanish or Any Nou in Catalan) is far from being a family holiday. After having a possibly quiet dinner at home people go out to celebrate on the streets.

People congregate on main city squares to watch the clock count down the seconds, listen the midnight strike at the festive moment of the new year replacing the old one, drink champagne and watch the fireworks.

After that it is customary to move to a bar or a club to dance the night away. Staying on the street with other happy folk is also an option! The best things about spending the night of the New Year outdoors are Christmas decorations on the streets, noisy firecrackers, impressive fireworks and generally great mood of people starting a brand new year.

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1st of May - May Day

Like many other countries, Spain celebrates May Day – the international day of workers (El Día Internacional de los Trabajadores) on May 1st. This is a public holiday: banks, offices and the majority of stores are closed. At times of recessions it was common to hold a demonstration or a rally, but when the economy is stable it is hard to take this day as a holiday.

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24th of June - Feast of St John The Baptist

Saint John the Baptist Day (Fiesta de San Juan or La Noche de San Juan Bautista) is an ancient holiday with its roots going deep into Pagan times. The main hero of the holiday is a giant bonfire whose flames symbolically add power to the sun that starts losing its own - the summer solstice (21st of June) is past and nights start getting longer...

Under different names and with slight variations in dates, San Juan is celebrated in practically all European countries: in Portugal, for example, it is called Fogueiras de São João, in Norway - Jonsok, in Denmark - Sankthans, in Sweden - Midsommar, in Finland - Juhannus, in Great Britain - Midsummer.

Different regions of Spain also differ in their treatment of the holiday. In Catalonia it is known as Verbena de San Juan or Noche del Fuego (Berbena de Sant Joan or La Nit del Foc in Catalan).

Just like with many other holidays, the main festivities take place on its eve, in case of San Juan the 23rd of June. It takes a few days to prepare the bonfire; its customary "fillings" consist of old furniture and discarded household items. A mannequin of an easily recognizable and well despised public figure is placed atop the bonfire. In the evening of the 23rd of June right after sunset torches are thrown into the bonfire, and festivities begin.

Fires are burning, bands are playing, people drink, dance and enjoy fireworks. A massive fireworks show on Montjuïc is an everpresent part of San Juan celebrations in Barcelona.

It is traditional to have an open-air family dinner on this day. Festive dishes are round-shape tapas and desserts symbolizing the sun. Some appetizers resemble pizza, except with no cheese or tomatoes. A customary dessert is pastry covered with cream and candied fruit. Sparkling wine (cava) is the traditional drink of the evening.

24th of July in Catalonia is a public holiday.

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12th of October - The Spanish National Day

The 12th of October is the official holiday in Spain since 1918. This date was chosen due to the fact that on this day in 1492 Christopher Columbus discovered the New World. This holiday has had different names over the years; the present one is the Spanish Day (Día de la Hispanidad in Spanish or Festa de la Hispanitat in Catalan) that was approved in 1935.

In Catalonia and Barcelona the Spanish Day is not celebrated as much, although it is still a public holiday here. In other regions of the country festive processions or military reviews are not common either. The reason for that is simple: even before the Columbus's discovery people of Spain commemorated Our Lady of the Pillar (Nuestra Señora del Pilar) on this day.

According to the legend, the apostle James (Santiago), the patron saint of Spain, had had a lot of difficulty disseminating Christianity in Europe until that one time when he was praying at the bank of the river Ebro. While praying, he was blessed with a vision of Virgin Mary standing on the pillar carried by angels. Mary gave James a small wooden statue of herself and a jasper pillar and bade him to build a church in her name. It was the only known appearance of Mary in her lifetime on Earth.

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6th of December - Constitution Day

On the 6th of December Spain celebrates the adoption of the new Spanish Constitution in 1978. This day marked the transition to the democratic values of the society that had been under dictatorship for almost 40 years.

According to the Constitution, Spain is a parliamentary democratic monarchy that declares the predominance of human rights and freedoms, practices principles of separation of the State and the Church and offers wide freedom of self-government to its regions and provinces.

The Constitution Day has no special festivities associated with it neither in Barcelona nor in Catalonia or other autonomous regions of Spain. It is simply an additional public holiday.

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