Home page
Apartment and Villa Rentals Worldwide
En | De | Ru
Apartment ID
Contacts
+34 622 889 613
skype: call
contact us
our page on Facebook
read us on Twitter
watch our YouTube channel
Apartments for rent in Europe
Paris, Rome, Venice, and Barcelona are among the top-visited destinations in Europe. Beyond the Old World, New York City, Toronto and Whistler await shopping, dining and skiing enthusiasts, as well as businessmen and students. Quality accommodation is always in demand, and nowadays travellers have the freedom to choose not only hotels, but also apartment rentals.
Conveniently located and fully furnished, apartments of Sweet Home Abroad are excellently suited for short-term rentals and could be your next great vacation! All apartments are meant for travellers looking for comfort and independence regardless of their activities of interest. Beach lovers could opt for an apartment rental in Israel or rent a villa in Spain. Lovers of outdoor winter activities like skiing and snowboarding will find Whistler, located in Canada, a great destination: the co-host of Winter Olympic Games in 2010, Whistler is perfectly equipped to provide you with great skiing and riding trails, impeccable customer service and top-notch long-term accommodation. History and culture buffs will enjoy a great selection of accommodation we offer in Paris, Prague, Madrid, and, of course, Barcelona.
Search
District (area):
Check-in:
Lodging type:
Check-out:
Max. price per night:

Blog

Photos of Moscow in November

Katya R
Posted November 12, 2014

The last week of October the team of Sweethomeabroad.com packed our bags, put on the warmest coats we could find and left the sunny Barcelona to visit Moscow, Russia. As many of you know, our website is fully bilingual (English and Russian, with some German pages thrown in), and a large part of our Internet audience comes from Russian territories and neighbouring countries. We visit Moscow regularly to meet clients interested in purchasing property in Spain, and this time was no exception. Although business was the main purpose of the trip, it was also a leisure pursuit, as Moscow is a beautiful and vibrant city, albeit rather cold already in November! Here are some photos we took while walking the streets of Moscow on our trip.

The view of the Kremlin towers


Muzeon, the park by the river Moskva that houses a sculpture garden and quite a few statues of the Soviet era.






The old chocolate factory Red October


The controversial statue of Peter the Great overlooking the river. Controversies were mainly of the aesthetic nature of this work, and there was much talk of its removal. As you can see, it is still there.


The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour


Krymskaya embankment at night


A beautifully lit facade at night


One of the city's loveliest boulevards, Chistye Prudy (literally, Clean Ponds), already decorated for the festive season.


And last but not least, some delicious Russian food! ;)


A Town on the Rocks

Katya R
Posted August 27, 2014

It took mother nature a long time to sculpt. 217000 years go a volcanic eruption brought in a mass of basalt lava from the south, and another was added 25000 years later, that time from the north. Both lava masses had set between two rivers, Fluvia and Turonell, and while neither of the rivers were (or are) particularly affluent, their body of water has been eating away at the lava from both sides. The result: a rock that is 1 km long and 50 m high, with vertical cliffs on both sides.



When people moved in to the lands nearby, the strategic advantages of the cliffs became immediately obvious. The temptation to throw stones and pour boiling water over besieging enemies was impossible to bypass, and Castellfollit de la Roca appeared on the map.



Today, it is not even the smallest town in Catalonia: the latest census claims that 1025 people live here, including 156 children under 14 and 53 seniors over 85. Life goes by unhurried: in 2012 8 people were born, 10 people died and 2 weddings took place in Castellfollit de la Roca. Since industrial jobs are not part of the town's life, most working residents hold jobs elsewhere. The rest gaze reflectively into the distance from the top of the rock or tend to their gardens at its foot.







Castellfollit de la Roca is situated in the centre of the natural park Garrocha (Parc Natural de la Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa), which gets many visitors excited to explore the land of the extinct volcanoes. Castellfollit de la Roca does not lack visitors' attention.



Everyone starts off the sightseeing in Castellfollit de la Roca on its eastern boarder, the Josep Pla square (Plaça de Josep Pla), in essence a huge scenic lookout with wonderful views of the mountains and the forests.







The church Sant Salvador standing nearby was founded in the 13th century. Sadly, almost no original stonework survived to this day – the structure looks very modern and it serves not only as a monument of religious significance, but also as a local lore museum and an art gallery.



Also inside the church, the cardboard giants Roc (380 cm tall, weighs 35 kg) and Barbara (362 cm tall, weighs 33 kg) patiently wait for the next town fiesta to start, when they will be taken for a walk around Castellfollit. Both giants have been here since 1996.





Going up to the bell tower of the church will add another marvelous view to your collection – two snaking rows of houses huddled together, as if afraid they would take one wrong step and go flying down from the cliff.



There are two bars and two restaurants in Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the latter – Can Llorenç – found right on the cliff edge, so having lunch on its terrace is a pleasure. Better to order meat here, especially the assortment of different cuts grilled on charcoal. The nearest fishing village is too far away from Castellfollit de la Roca for fish to be considered a prime entree choice in town. Also you may want to avoid ordering something that could tempt the restaurant owners to pop that plate into the microwave – this happens fairly often in Catalan restaurants with the popular Italian-origin appetizer, cannelloni.





Spanish lunches tend to last into the early evening, so if you are planning to get some hiking done while in Castellfollit, it would be wise to do it before eating. You won't need more than an hour and a half to walk the length of the cliff with your camera. Getting lost is impossible in the vicinity of such a landmark, but the path has marked signs nonetheless.







The town on the cliff cannot offer much to museum lovers. When you search for a museo in Castellfollit de la Roca, the guileless Google offers you a sausage museum as a result (Museu de l'Embotit), but this is, of course, a deli store, not a museum. Even so, it would be a worthwhile visit, as Garrocha sausage has an excellent reputation in Catalonia.

The official site of the municipality goes even further than this by providing a link to another town museum dedicated to... the Vietnam War of 1965-1975. Clearly, a more appropriate place for the exposition could not be found not only in Spain, but in the whole of Europe. Sadly, no one expects visitors at the address provided on the museum's website. Even a sign is lacking. The website sternly warns that "in 2012, access to the museum will be by appointment only". The leave of absence is probably lasting longer than expected.







Even without museums you won't get bored in Castellfollit de la Roca. When you explored all of Barcelona, visited Montserrat, Reus and Girona, paid a visit to Colonia Guell and the Triangle of Salvador Dalí, why not dedicate a day to a location so exotic yet only two-hours drive away from the Catalan capital?


Crazy Little Thing Called Cider

Posted on July 18, 2014
Written by Katya R




Remember that romantic comedy by Woody Allen, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"? At the beginning of the movie one of its main characters, portrayed by Javier Bardem, invites Vicky and Cristina to spend a weekend in Oviedo, the provincial capital of Asturias, to drink wine and make love. No matter how appealing, his argument for going to Oviedo should have been to taste its cider* instead. You will be hard-pressed to find romance readily waiting for you in this rainy small town over 30 km away from the sea, but its cider is truly nothing short of exceptional.

* Cider, known in French as "cidre", in Spanish as "sidra", and in German as "apfelwein", is a low alcohol (4-6%) drink fermented from certain types of apples.

Five years prior to making "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", in 2002, Woody Allen received The Prince of Asturias Award For the Arts. One year later the bronze copy of the famous director was lovingly made and installed in the centre of Oviedo. This may be why Woody, feeling thankful, chose Oviedo as one of his romantic comedy settings... but he was either unaware of the local cider culture, or decided not to share that knowledge with anyone, preferring the tried and tested love triangle plot device as Oviedo's advert.


Oviedo, of course, is not just a place to indulge in low alcohol drinks. Founded in the 8th century, the town is rich in historic monuments and museums, has welcoming and hospitable residents, proudly clean streets and green parks. The weather may not be as divine all the time, but occasional rains keep the tourist numbers in check. Oviedo has done pretty well for itself, all in all.




And it's been doing especially great with the cider! You can't go far in Oviedo without stumbling upon one of its many sidrería, "cider gardens" where cider is served and drunk in a traditional way.


Visitors of Oviedo are met with a big sign on Gasconia street announcing that it is the town's boulevard of cider. You wouldn't find a bookstore, a jewelry store or a McDonalds here, god forbid, - all ground floors along the street are occupied by cider lovers.








The cider-pouring trajectory is not as simple as you might imagine. Cider servers lift the bottle above their heads while holding the glass at the hip level, making cider travel at least half a meter before making it into the glass, or sometimes about two meters before moistening the floor of the sidrería's terrace. The cider pouring technique can be studied on this photo:


And the same process, but in 3D:


Important to note that the amount of cider poured is rather small to allow for drinking all of it in one go. Cider servers are ready to make lots of rounds before their clients get tipsy! You can, of course, pour cider yourself and as much as you want, no one will say a thing. You shouldn't drink the unavoidable residue left in the glass – it is traditionally spilled onto the floor or onto the ground.


Obviously drinking cider is not a dry affair, so in the past sidrerías covered their floors with wooden chips to minimize the slipping and the stickiness. Today you can go wild and spill cider only outside, on summer terraces, whereas inside the spillages are prevented by filtrating the cider into the glass from cider kegs firmly fixed next to each table.


The photo above is dark, but you can still make out how much it costs to enjoy the famous drink. The word culín is Asturian in origin and means, quite simply, "a cider glass". Believe your eyes; it does say 40c per glass!

Cider has many health benefits: it is rich in Vitamin C, is an excellent thirst-quencher, normalizes metabolism and used to be applied widely for treatments of diabetes and as an antidepressant. If Woody Allen ever looks back to Asturias in his movies, one can only hope he won't forget to mention cider this time!


All That Art Modern

Posted on June 13, 2014
Written by Katya R

So you are in Barcelona and have already ticked off all the necessary sightseeing boxes in and out of the city? You've been to the meccas of Montserrat, the Theatre-Museum Dali, the Colonia Güell? What's an active and hungry for more traveller to do?

Of course, you probably won't be satisfied with a suggestion to find a cozy place on the beach or start sampling excellent Spanish wines not only for dinner, but also for lunch. Therefore, a day trip to Reus, where Antoni Gaudí was born, is probably in order: it is a charming town excellently suited for a day of walking tours.



A train heading from Sants will get you to Reus in 1 h 40 mins for the approximate price of 9€ one way. While walking from the Reus train station towards Plaça Mercadal, where the Centre Gaudí and the tourism office are found, your desire to get the camera out and start shooting may become overwhelming... but hold on a bit longer. Take a free map of Reus in the tourism office and you will have a solid base for exploring the town systematically. The map has two marked routes that you can easily follow: one is dedicated to Gaudí himself, and the other is called Ruta del modernisme de Reus, The Art Modern Route of Reus.



Keep in mind that you won't find a single work made by Gaudí in Reus – he didn't build neither a fountain nor a summer house here, not to mention anything more monumental, so you might want to start with the second route that has over 30 buildings listed, the majority very beautiful and some simply stunning.

Casa Navàs
Pl. del Mercadal, 5
architect: Lluís Domènech i Montaner
1901-1908



Casa Sardà
Av. Prat de la Riba, 41
architect: Pere Caselles
1896 г.



Escuelas Prat de la Riba
Av. Prat de la Riba, 36
architect: Pere Caselles
1911



Estación Enológica
Passeig Sunyer, 4-6
architect: Pere Caselles
1906-1910



Escorxador
C/ Escorxador, s/n
architect: Pere Caselles
1889



Casa Gasull
C/ Sant Joan, 29
architect: Lluís Domènech i Montaner
1911



Dispensari Antituberculós
C/ Sant Joan, 38
architect: Joan Rubió i Bellver
1926



Casa Laguna
C/ de Monterols, 15
architect: Pere Caselles
1904



Casa Carpa
C/ de Monterols, 34
architect: Pere Caselles
1903



Casa Serra (Quadrada)
Raval de Santa Anna, 32-34
architect: Joan Rubió i Bellver
1924-1925




Casa Marco
C/ Santa Anna, 23-25
architect: Pere Domènech i Roura
1926



Casa Bartolí
C/ Llovera, 12
architect: José Lubietas
1903



Casa Querol
C/ Llovera, 17
architect: Pere Caselles
1901



Casa Tomàs Jordi
C/ Llovera, 19-21
architect: Pere Caselles
1909



Casa Punyed
C/ Llovera, 47-49
architect: Pere Caselles
1900



Casa Ramon Vendrell
architect: Pere Caselles
1912



Casa Rull
C/ Sant Joan, 27
architect: Lluís Domènech i Montaner
1900



Casa Grau-Pla (Casa del Baró de Llorach)
C/ Sant Joan, 32
architect: Pere Caselles
1910



Casa Tarrats
C/ Sant Joan, 11
architect: Pere Caselles
1892



Casa Sagarra (C/ Sant Joan, 12-14)
C/ Sant Joan, 12-14
architect: Pere Caselles
1908



Casa Munné
Raval de Martí Folguera, 2
architect: Pere Caselles
1904



Casa Homdedéu
Raval de Sant Pere, 17-21
architect: Pere Caselles
1893



Casa Anguera
architect: Pere Caselles
1905



Casa Piñol
Pl. del Mercadal, 17
architect: Pere Caselles
1910



Useful links for lovers of Catalan Art Nouveau
The map of Gaudí masterpieces in Barcelona and its suburbs (14 sights)
Some more information on lesser-known works by Gaudí: the Hercules fountain and Portal Miralles
Famous houses in Barcelona (with addresses and photos, 22 sights)
Masterpieces of Josep Puig i Cadafalch, the great Catalan architect of Art Modern
Houses, palaces and castles of Lluís Domènech i Montaner in Barcelona


< next 5 up ^ previous 5 >
All rights reserved. ©2009-2017
Sweet Home Abroad
contact privacy policy
Sweet Home Abroad - All apartments and villas for rent Sweet Home Abroad - All attractions near apartments and villas for rent Sweet Home Abroad - Weather report in the cities with apartments and villas for rent Sweet Home Abroad - Holidays, festivals and events in the cities with apartments and villas for rent Sweet Home Abroad - Blog Sweet Home Abroad - Maps, plans, schemes, routes
Designed by
Neon Beetle