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now that the sun is back on track it is time to enjoy a well-deserved break by the sea. and where better to hit the beach than in the charming town of sitges, located 35 km southwest of barcelona. this worldwide renowned city is most famous for its many beaches (there are 17!) and its vibrant nightlife. especially the waterfront with the numerous ´playas´ (beaches) is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious paella, play some volleyball with your friends or have a picnic while watching the magnificent sunset.

however, if working on your tan is not captivating enough, there is always the possibility to go and check out the fashionable crowd that strolls over Sitges´ endless boulevard. no doubt that you will encounter some interesting characters as many of Sitges´ visitors and inhabitants are gay. this aspect gives the city a special touch and contributes to the great variety of people and activities that create the open and friendly atmosphere. all caracteristic for this small town.

Sitges Boulevard

sitges´ boulevard

Sitges beach

sitges´ beach 

many people say that sitges has something for everyone and that is hard to deny! with its many festivals and local fiestas during the whole year, the cultural heritage of the city is celebrated and everybody is welcome to join the festivities. this past weekend was dedicated to the celebration of festa major and next in line is the international movie festival in october. 

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sitges´s old town

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festa major 

sitges is the perfect destination for a weekend break or a short getaway from busy barcelona. trains take you from barcelona to sitges in approximately 35 minutes and run every 20 min from barcelona’s main stations. below some more pictures of the stunning beaches, the beautiful old town and the endless boulevard of sitges. 

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catedral de sitges

sitges beach 2

sitges´ harbour and boulevard

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have you ever thought of bringing your laptop or study materials somewhere outside of home and sitting on comfortable sofas with a relaxing atmosphere, drinking a cup of tea or café con leche and working on projects or studying?

i am sure that the answer is…
“yes!…but where?”

let us suggest a few places in madrid which are perfect for working so that you won’t waste your time searching. whether you are coming on a business trip or as a tourist, these places are sure to offer you a relaxing break or even inspiration for work.

 
1.  la bicicleta café

la bicicleta logo map

plaza san ildefonso, 9, 28004 madrid

located in the fashionable, young area of madrid called “malasaña” where you can find a lot of bars and cafes, on the upper side of gran via, the largest street in downtown madrid. whether you are passionate about bicycles or not really a fan, you will enjoy the vintage old school, casual style of this cafe. books, art pieces, bicycles here and there, all make up a warm and cozy environment that makes you feel at home.

a good selection on the menu for snacks, cakes and drinks. also you can get water for free from the jars you will find on the tables! enjoy it while working or come back during one of the special evening events, such as language exchanges, if you wish to improve on your spanish!

location: ★★★★★
atmosphere: ★★★★☆
comfort: ★★★☆☆
menu: ★★★☆☆
quietness: ★★★☆☆
customers: about 20 – 35 years old

atmosphere
 

 2. la ciudad invisible

 ciudad logo map

costanilla de los ángeles, 7, 28013 madrid

a little bit hidden but located in the very centre of madrid, close to opera and santo domingo metro stations. compared to “la bicicleta”, the atmosphere here is more spacious and clean-looking, resembling a mini-library, spread on two floors. there are comfortable sofas where you can unwind and enjoy your working time with a delightful pot of tea.

don’t forget to try the very tasty, homemade cakes here! it would be a good work incentive or a reward for a productive day!

location: ★★★★★
atmosphere: ★★★★☆
comfortable seats: ★★★★☆
menu: ★★★★☆
quietness: ★★★☆☆
clients: about 20 – 50 years old

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la ciudad atmosphere

cake

 

3. la infinito

infinitos mapcalle tres peces, 22, 28012 madrid

situated in the city centre, between the metro stations Lavapies and Anton martin. this area of the city is very cultural (close to the reina sofia museum) and also famous for gourmet experiences. enjoy your working time in a very artistic place surrounded by books, art pieces and cakes. the ambient in the café is a combination of new and old, a source of inspiration and great motivation for work and study.

they are specialized in herb teas, but of course you can find a great cup of coffee or alcohols as well. food for breakfast, lunch, tapas, sweets…you can spend an entire day here without noticing the time!

location: ★★★★☆
atmosphere: ★★★★☆
comfortable seats: ★★★★☆
menu: ★★★★☆
quietness: ★★★★☆
clients: about 20 – 50 years old

la infinito atmosphere

visiting madrid you cannot fail to notice the liveliness of this city, with plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants open till late at night. especially designed for those who like to mix work and pleasure, there are little gems all over the capital, library-cafes like cozy living-rooms where one can relax or work.

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