Spanish Citizenship (Ciudadania Espanola) – 5 simple steps on how to get it!

Spanish citizenship

The Spanish Citizenship Joke

What is the main difference between a person that has a Spanish citizenship and a person without a Spanish citizenship? It’s the degree of coolness and awesomeness!

Now that you’ve tasted a little bit of our SuiteLife inside humour, it’s time to get to the serious business. Becoming a Spanish citizen is definitely a big deal, as you will basically be one of the King’s ‘subjects’ from now on!

Here you will find the steps that you need to undertake in order for you to actually get the Spanish citizenship.

 

SPANISH CITIZENSHIP STEP 1: Reside in Spain for 10 years.

However, there are also some exceptions:

  • if you are a political refugee, you will only have to reside in Spain for 5 years.
  • if you are from Latin America, Andorra, Philippines, Equatorial Guinea, Portugal or for Sephardic people – 2 years
  • people who are born in a Spanish territory / do not properly exercised its right to acquire Spanish nationality by option / have been subject to legal guardianship (under the supervision of a guardian), guardian or foster care (foster care that allows the reduction of legal residence one year is one in which there is resolution of the public entity in each territory have entrusted child protection and foster care who are legally recognized) a Spanish citizen or institution for two consecutive years, even if I will continue in this situation at the time of application / who, at the time of application, have been married a year Spanish or Spanish and is not legally separated or fact / the widow or widower of a Spanish person, if they were not separated, legally or in fact at the time of the death of the spouse / born outside of Spain parent, (also born outside Spain), grandparent, provided that all of them had been originally Spanish – 1 year

 

SPANISH CITIZENSHIP STEP 2: In order to fill in the documentation, you will have to go to your Residence Civil Registry

Note – not to the Ministry of Justice!

In Barcelona, you can find the exact location with this link.

The address is Plaça Duc de Medinaceli, 2, 08071, Phone: (+34) 934120474.

 

SPANISH CITIZENSHIP STEP 3: You will have to fill in the application form.

You can find it right here.

 

SPANISH CITIZENSHIP STEP 4: Prepare the other documents.

These include:

  • Foreign Identity Card, Family Card of the citizen of the European Union or the Central Registration Certificate for Foreigners
  • Passport
  • Certificate of Registration in the Community (Certificado de Empadronamiento). If you require info about Certificado de Empadronamiento, you can find everything it by clicking here!
  • Birth certificate of the person concerned, duly translated and authenticated
  • Criminal record in their country of origin, translated and authenticated in accordance with existing or consular conduct international conventions
  • Livelihoods to reside in Spain (employment contract, payroll employment report from the Treasury of Social Security, or any other evidence)

 

SPANISH CITIZENSHIP STEP 5: Wait for the documents.

Once you have filled out all the paperwork required of you in the registry, this will be in charge of sending the case to the General Department of Nationality and Civil Status Directorate General of Registries and Notaries. When your file is received you will be notified in writing.

Once informed, where appropriate, the granting of Spanish nationality must perform the subsequent steps in the Civil Registry where you applied.

For more info go to the official Ministry of Justice website!

Info will be presented in Spanish, so it’s better to read our blog first!

Keep Calm and Wait for the Spanish Citizenship

Halloween In Barcelona 2014

WHAT TO DO ON HALLOWEEN IN BARCELONA

Celebrating Halloween in Barcelona is quite different from many other countries. It is not easy to see a lot of people parading around the streets demanding candies or carving pumpkins, but Halloween in Barcelona brings you the full range of exciting Catalan traditions with many unique activities. Halloween here is a three day celebration known as Day of the Dead or “El Dia de los Muertos”. It starts from 31th October to 2nd November.  The day after Halloween is 1st November and it is a public holiday in Spain known as “Todos los Santos” (All Saints). Halloween in Spain is about commemorating loved ones who have passed and also to celebrate the continuity of life.

But, there is much more than that,  Suitelife will let you discover what Barcelona has to offer on Halloween.

Halloween in Barcelona

La Castanyada

The highlight of the Halloween celebration in Barcelona is La Castanyada or chestnut time. This is an intriguing celebration of eating “castanyes” (roasted chestnuts), “moniatos” (sweet potatoes), “panellets” (cakes) and drinking “muscatel” sweet wine. Many bars, especially near Las Ramblas, are decorated with spider webs. On the streets, you can see many people in spooky costumes and for foodies, this day should not be missed because there will be street vendors with stalls selling delicious delicacies. One of the most famous ones are castanyes which are chestnuts roasted on charcoal grills. This is a great idea to try something warm like hot wrapped roasted chestnuts before the weather turns cold. If you want to have a closer insight into Catalan culture, there are panellets. They are mini almond-flavored balls covered in pine nuts or in coconut, lemon, or chocolate. They are sold mostly in local bakeries. Finally, don’t forget to try boniatos (sweet potatoes) which are also sold by street vendors. Remember to combine the above foods with Muscatel wine served in porrons - a traditional Catalan wine pitcher with a stem to pour the wine into your mouth.

Halloween in Bcn

Not like many other holidays in Barcelona when there are massive parties on the streets, during Halloween, you get a more homey feeling. People go to churches or visit cemeteries to place flowers, wreaths, candles and then gather with families. There are nine cemeteries in Barcelona and they are full of people in Halloween.

PARTIES AND ACTIVITIES IN HALLOWEEN

Halloween in Barcelona is a chance to join in one of amazing costume theme parties. Most of them are held in clubs like Opium Bar, Shoko, Apolo and in some hotels as well. Below we pick some featured parties and fun activities from traditional  to fancy dressed ones (in no particular order).

1. Ruta de Altares

Ruta de Altares (or Alter Route) is a Halloween party in Mexican style. This kind of party is more and more well-known recently. Starting from 10th October to 24th October, this is an international project that connects various Mexican communities in the world to celebrate the Day of the Dead tradition. The public is invited to view themed alters dedicated to memory of the departed. The alters have different themes and are in around 30 bars, restaurants, and galleries in Barcelona.

Halloween party in Barcelona

2. Rock is dead Halloween in Barcelona 2014

Costumes, cocktails and an amazing panoramic view from the 26th floor of the W hotel, what can be more amazing than that? Every year, the W hotel organizes a special Eclipse Halloween edition  where you can dance in the ambience of a Gothic Glam party with the best music from DJs Agus and enjoy the live electric guitar set by Kamelmat. With the Gothic Glam dress code, make up artists will design the Gothic Glam look for the guests.

Address: Plaza de la Rosa dels Vents, 1 pl. 26, Barcelona

Food: Oriental food

Drink price: From 12€ | Soft drinks from 4€; VIP Price: Bottle of cava from 40€ | Normal from 150€

Door policy: 23 years old | Elegant & Stylish

 

 

3. Halloween Boat Party

If you like adventure, you definitely want to try to have a party on board. The Halloween Boat Party is an awesome experience as you can celebrate Halloween on a catamaran and sail around the Mediterranean. With the fee of 30 EUR,  you will get free beer/cava and 3 hours on boat with DJ + Appetizer. On 31 October, the catamaran will leave at 19h from Port Vell and arrive at Port Olimpic. Get more info about this unique party here

Best Halloween parties in Barcelona

4. La Posada Maldita

Do you want to try some fun terrifying experience ? Located in Cerdanyola del Vallès just outside Barcelona, Posada Maldita is a well known restaurant because it is more an attraction than a place to eat. Having a Halloween-themed for 365 days a year, this place will make you both laugh out loud and scream your lungs out at the same time. During the meal, you will be kept awake because you will receive many famous scary visitors such as the Beast, the bloody chef, some zombies,…This is a perfect place for meeting friends, Bachelor parties, etc. The menu price is 38 EUR, including a starter, a main dish, dessert and drinks.

Address: Avinguda de la Flor de Maig, 57, 08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona

Halloween in Bcn

5. Irish pubsHalloween in Barcelona 2014

You might or might not know but Halloween is originally Celtic. If you want to find some true Halloween spirit with Jack-o-lantern, dressing up as ghosts and ghouls, snapping apples,…, listen to good ghost story and have some craic. You never feel alone when you are in an Irish pub ! There are a lot of Irish pubs in Barcelona, check out our Top Irish pubs in Barcelona and choose your favorite one !

 

Useful Spanish Halloween words

Last but not least, let’s learn some Spanish Halloween words !

Halloween - Noche de Brujas
Pumpkin - La calabaza
Carved pumpkins - calabazas talladas
Farol – lamp
Vampires – vampiros
Ghosts – fantasmas
Witches – brujas
Zombies – zombies
Skeletons – esqueletos
Mummy – momie
Dress up - disfrazarse
Trick or Treat – truco o trato
Sweets and treats - dulces y golosinas

Suitelife wishes you a bloody happy Halloween !

~ Trang

The Labyrinth Park in Barcelona: A Place of Magic!

The Labyrinth Park in Barcelona – Place of magic!

Do you want to experience some magic in Barcelona? We are in love with this Labyrinth Park in Barcelona – one of the most stunning and amazing places which is teleports you immediate to some other-worldly Alice in Wonderland type place. This is a place full of beauty! You will be stunned by the forest, streams, ponds, waterfalls, statues, paths and of course the famous labyrinth. The Magic and romance of this place is amazing. This photo blog will give you an idea about the quiet park where you can escape from your routine of life and noise of the Barcelona centre. Enjoy!

 

I need no magic


I was granted one days magic

 

By the power who rules the all

 

One day to wish for anything

 

Yet life is beautiful!!

 

I live in a world filled with magic

 

Every moment is so sweet

 

What more could I ever want

 

When all is so complete?

 

The sun it shines up in a sky

 

Though clouds might mar its view

 

The birds they sing a magic song

 

Each moment is brand new

 

The trees they dance upon the breeze

 

The flower look so bright


Oh everything is wonderful

 

My life is pure delight

 

So I don’t need no magic

 

All I’ll ever need is joy

 

This I have a thousand fold, and naught can this destroy!

 

Check our other blog about Labyrinth Park in Barcelona to find out more information about this place and how to get there, and our “Barcelona Bible” –  free ebook in which we included this spot.

To find more photos and news from Barcelona follow us on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter and enjoy Barcelona with Suitelife – Barcelona Real Estate & Lifestyle Services.

 

~Natalia~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check our previous blog to find out more information about this magical place. Consider the park as a place for a date as well (Top) as it is one of the most romantic spots in the city.

 

 

Modeling in Barcelona!

Modeling in Barcelona

What the Modeling world is hiding in the city!

Everyone knows that Barcelona is one of that most fashionable cities in the world! Modeling in Barcelona gives you the opportunity to be the next “Top Model” or just to start a new and exciting hobby or to earn some extra cash – there is a lot of reasons to start and nothing to lose! This blog will show you what world of modeling in Barcelona is hiding and how YOU can start the journey of your life!

Modeling in Barcelona… How does the industry look in the city!?

This is the question! The industry is vibrant! Crazy! With a lot of to offer! Events, castings, modelling schools, the best photographers and a lot more is waiting for you in Barcelona!

Let’s start BIG!

Barcelona’s fashions shows are not only BIG but they are AMAZING! Modeling in Barcelona is never ending story – all year around a lot is going on in the industry! Barcelona Fashion Weeks and Fashion Shows are gathering spanish celebrities, reach people from different countries, the most popular bloggers, and people in love with fashion! The experience is unforgettable for models and for the audience! Dressing up, getting hair styled, putting lots of make-up to finally spend a few minutes on runway wearing clothes from the best designers and the most known brands! This is what a lot of models would like to experience, and this is what is possible in Barcelona!

 


Modeling in Barcelona! What else…. EVENTS! A lot of them, what means a lot of possibilities!

 

Did you hear about Fresh Faces before? It is annual modelling contest is where people from over 150 countries compete to be named Fresh Face of the year! The Fresh Faces contest final last year took place exactly in BARCELONA. Modeling in Barcelona is just like that – exciting, with a lot of things happening!

 

 

Some of the annual fashion shows in Barcelona:

  • Denim by Premiere Vision  19-20.11.2014 place Montjuïc – Fira Barcelona (THIS YEAR)
  • Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week – a three day event of wedding bliss. Official days of the event 05-10,2015, GranVia – Fira Barcelona
  • Barcelona Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015
  • Barcelona Fashion Week Fall Winter 2014-2015
  • Mango’s ‘Rock it Up’ Collection Show
  • Barcelona Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014
  • Celia Vela at 080 Barcelona Fashion – more information available on the website, but sorry still no dates (http://www.080barcelonafashion.cat/en)

 

(If modeling in Barcelona is something what you are interested in, you should check our free ebook about fashion in the city! )

Ok… but what next…? Is there anything else! Yes, a lot of castings!

You can find some every week! Because of castings models lives are crazy busy. Some of the castings are huge, with hundreds of people coming just to try to get a proposition of a job. It is an exciting place to be, to find out what the modelling world is about,  to make new friends in the industry, to find out about the latest news from the modelling world… and this is the best occasion to learn confidence!  Wanna know how to start your carreer in modeling in Barcelona? You can read in the next part of our blog.

 

Now time for some CRAZINESS!!!

Barcelona is offering you something special! “Become a Model for a whole week Beneath the sun of Barcelona” You can have a special holiday and try modeling in Barcelona, the life of fashion and pleasure. You can experience something unique and have the best week of your life in our city! Model week holiday programme offers everything: “five star hotel, exterior and studio photo shoots with devoted photographers and makeup artists, cruises on a luxury catamaran with a fashion photographer, meetings with international models and renowned agency professionals, intense helicopter flight, shopping session with international model Nieves Mallor, massage & spa session, hairstyle, makeup…”

That’s a lot! Isn’t it! SO check the offer… Barcelona is just amazing! Isn’t it!?

 

Do you know any famous models from Barcelona????

That’s a good question, so… do you? Yes, you’ve seen their faces a lot of times, just you didn’t realised that one day they decided to start their carriers in modeling in Barcelona!

 

 

Judit Masco – model, television host and writer from Barcelona

Hired for a lot of high-profile campaigns. Only Spanish model who has appeared on the cover of US Vogue. She was a face of a variety of advertising campaigns. Featured in most major fashion magazines around the globe, like: Elle, Cleo, Glamour, Marie Claire. As a catwalk model she appeared in shows of designers such as Armani, Dolce& Gabbana, Valentino and more. The best Spanish model of the 1990s.

 

 

 

 

Vanessa Lorenzo – model and actor from Barcelona

She has been featured in a lot of magazines like: Vogue, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and covered some of the best ex: Neo, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Vogue. Worked for the most famous companies and known designers: Pepe Jeans, Escada, Giorgio Armani, L’Oreal, Saint Laurent, Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Christian Dior. At this moment she is in a relationship with FC Barcelona captain, Carles Puyol with whom she has one child.

 

 

 

 

Oriol Elcacho – Spanish male model from Barcelona

He ranks No. 12 on MODELS.COM’s Top 25 list, “The Money Guys”. He is the best known for being the face of BVLGARI’s AQVA. He worked with a lot of famous brands like: Valentino, Polo Ralph Lauren, Custo Barcelona, Gap and appeared in a lot of magazines covers. He was on runway of Ralph Laurent, Paul Smith, Chanel.

 

 

 

 

OK! Let’s get to some details.

You interested in modelling world! You are good looking! You have something unique and different! You have personality and skills! You wanna try something new! You wanna be the model! The world of modelling in Barcelona is waiting for you!

The modelling industry is not only about the pretty faces. Basically, a lot of people have a chance to find something for themselves. The modelling industry includes print modelling, runway modelling, promotion modelling, trade show modeling, underwear modeling, petite or plus-size modeling – you just have to be patient to find something that will suit your predispositions.

HOW TO START!

Well you would say it is not easy to start in the modeling in Barcelona, but you are really wrong. First you have to find the agency, but not just any agency! You must check what they do exactly, what their offer is, and who are they looking for, and with who they cooperate. Based on that facts you can decide if the agency would be good for you to establish your personal goals. They must be excited to work with you as you are to work with them. AND remember the biggest and the best agencies are not always the best choice as they have a lot of people already working for them, and cooperating with models looking almost like you, be aware that you can end up not having as many job opportunities. There are a lot of agencies in Barcelona you just have to google them, and check their websites. We can suggest you as well to check the Modelmanaements.com website where you will find not only agencies, but a lot of usuful infromation about the modeling world as well.

Remember that finding just the agency is not enough, as the modeling in Barcelona is really competitive – there are a lot of good looking faces like yours!

You need:

  • Personality
  • Some experience ex. in some photographers projects, volunteering to do charity fashion show, or any other, I’m sure that you can think about something by yourself.
  • It is really useful to take some classes in acting.
  • Or simple some classes in modelling to be confident in what you are going to do in the future. Check our choice of the course.

 

SO what next?

You have found some agencies with witch you would make a good match and you started working on getting some first experience and you know what you want exactly. Now it is time for starting big things!

Check how can you approach the agencies – look for some forms to fill out on their websites and guidelines. You will need photos, you can get some professional snapshots or just ask your friend to take some (remember you are just starting, agencies want to see you, how you really look as you are not a professional, so keep the photos the same way – just some good ‘snapshots’ without too much makeup and in a natural lighting).

The good way to find a job is to join casting calls as you can show the real you, not just your photos (Find out how to prepare for casting). When you want to start building your own portfolio then you must get some professional shots, as only this way you will be able to stand out by showing your best looks. Modeling in Barcelona is a big industry so you will find a lot of professional photographers with experience, so you really don’t have to worry about this. Your portfolio will be helpful when visiting agencies or attending castings as well, but not the necessary in the beginning.

In the fashion industry you have to be really patient, as nothing happens in one day. Remember there are a lot of people who are contacting agencies like you are going to do. Choosing the best people takes time and you never know what agencies are looking for exactly.

 

If you never chase your dreams you will never catch them!

After a while you will get your first job and everything will start – testing your skills, look and talent in the modelling world, and maybe one day you are going to be one of the most famous models in Barcelona.

It is important to remember that a large part of modeling is finding your own individual style, look, and pose.  No two high-profile models look the same, and they tend to be very creative.  Learn how to work with the camera and your photographer to try out different types of poses and work on channeling different emotions during your shoots.  Have fun and be interactive with the camera!

Remember you need to have your own style and look that no one else can offer. Always be yourself and treat this as a hobby and just enjoy world of Modeling in Barcelona!

 

~Natalia~

 

Top 10 Things To Do In El Born

Surrounded with pedestrian streets, cool boutiques, great restaurants and cocktail lounges, El Born is surely the trendiest neighborhood in Barcelona. Unlike La Rambla and Gothic  Quarter always being full of tourists, I find El Born more funky, charming and intimate while wandering and being lost here. That’s why I want to introduce you top 10 things to do in El Born, which is an exciting discovery about local art, culture and vibrant nightlife.

 

1. Palau de la Música – Music Palace:Top 10 things to do in El Born

“It’s like a crown which surrounds and embraces you” is how the famous Opera singer Montserrat Caballé has described the Palau de la Música. Indeed, Palau de la Música is a masterpiece of Domenech i Montaner, a contemporary of Gaudi. From outside, the Palau is made of red bricks and decorated with colorful mosaics and busts. Inside, its sculpture represents on one side the “Ride of Walkiries” and on the other side, the figure of Beethoven. The hall’s splendid glass cupola roof can probably take your breath away. Palau de la Música has over 350 concerts per year, making it a symbol of Catalan music and culture as well as the first destination to visit in El Born.

 

 

2. Santa Maria del Mar:Best things to do in El Born

I randomly caught Santa Maria del Mar while I was walking to the very end of the authentic Carrer de l’Argenteria. Located in the heart of El Born, Santa Maria del Mar is a beautiful example of Catalan Gothic churches  as well as links close to Catalan history and traditions. The church is called  ”Saint Mary of the Sea” because the sea once lapped at the foot of this church, which is hard to believe. Santa Maria del Mar does not give a very big impression from outside as it is hemmed in by many nearby small streets. But the spacious and light interior can win any one’s heart. The lauded light streams in through tall clerestory windows, while the central nave and two flanking aisles separated by slender octagonal pillars give an enormous sense of lateral space.

 

 

3. Carrer Montcada – Picasso Museum Top things to do in El Born

As a connection between the busiest streets of El Born, Carrer Princesa and Passeig del Born, Carrer Montcada is the home of 4 museums and various art galleries. That’s why it is considered as the art street of Barcelona. If you are an art lover and want to know more about one of the most influential artists – Pablo Picasso, then Picasso Museum is definitely worth visiting ! You can find more about the best things to do in Carrer Montcada here

Address: Carrer Montcada, 15-23

 

4. The Passeig del Born

Being packed with modern tapas bars, boutique stores and cafes, Passeig del Born is one of the most fashionable streets and nightlife hot spots in Barcelona. This charming avenue stretches from the old Born market to the beautiful Gothic church Santa Maria del Mar. With its medieval flavor, it is very relaxing and nice to have a stroll here or just simply sit on one of the benches under the shade of trees and feel the world go by.

El Borne

 

5. Parc de la Ciutadella: Top 10 things to do in El Born, El Borne

Parc de la Ciutadella is located in the east of El Born. Being the biggest park in Barcelona, it is the urban “green lung” of the city and very famous among local people. For me, this is the perfect place to chill out with your friends or families. I really love spending a few hours here at the weekend to relax on the grass, enjoy the sunshine or to have a stroll around the English-style garden. You can find many things to see here such as beautiful Castell dels Tres Dragons, Parliament of Catalonia, the Cascada fountain, lovely Umbracle, glass house, the waterfall and lake. Also, on the other side of the park, there is the Barcelona Zoo which makes a perfect family day out.

 

6. Tapas tour:

El Born is a cultural hub of Barcelona, where you can find plenty of cozy tapas bars of outstanding quality. During the night, El Born turns into a very funky area with a lot of options for a buzzy dinner. Why not get together with your friends and take a tapas tour with our Tapas Tour Guide in El Born here

Tapas in El Born

 

7. Cocktail barsTop 10 things to do in El Born, El Borne

El Born is amazing for late night hang out. The area still maintains a high degree of local life and has a laid back street party vibe. Whether you like classy or quirky, El Born’s alleys offer you a wide selection of fantastic cocktail bars. The Passeig del Born itself has around 20 bars. Some highlights cocktail bars and lounges are: Coppelia (a luxury bar with magnificent interior design and very good life-long cocktails), La Vinya del Senyor (nice view to Santa Maria del Mar), Mamaine Bar (this one has great Mojito and true Catalan style) and La Luna  (it has a beautiful restored 17th century arches and soft lightining with delicious mojito)


8. BcnKitchen cooking class

Fun, enjoyable and being close to Catalan history and traditions than ever,  BcnKitchen cooking class will bring you an unforgettable experience by learning about Catalan ingredients, techniques and recipes with local chefs. From going to markets, cooking around the kitchen, then to siting down at the table with new friends,  you will get directly into Barcelona, Catalunya and then Spain bite by bite, sip by sip. It is definitely one of the funnest activities in Barcelona ! Check out BcnKitchen’s website here

Address: Carrer de la Fusina, 15

Best things to do in El Born


9. Seafood at La Paradeta

La Paradeta is very famous among seafood lovers. This restaurant has the most appetizing and freshest sea food you can get. As soon as you walk in, you will see a huge display of all kinds of seafood. After selecting the seafood you want, they will immediately cooked. When the dished are ready, the chef will call you and you need to get them by yourself. With great prices and a friendly casual atmosphere, La Paradeta is worth having dinner here ! Small tip: La Paradeta gets very busy. You should be there at least 15 minutes before it opens if you don’t want to queue!

Address: Passatge Simo 18

Top 10 things to do in El Born, Eating in El Born, El Borne

10. Santa Caterina marketTop things to do in El Born, El Borne

Being hidden in a brightly colorful roof, Santa Caterina is one of the liveliest markets in Barcelona. If you go inside, you will be amazed by sights and odors from astonishing array of fruit, cured meats, cheeses and fresh fish from the Mediterranean. There are also many stalls and restaurants that serve tapas and other Catalan specialties in outstanding quality.

Address: Av Francesc Camo, 16

 

 

 

 

If you think there are many other things to do in El Born, then we would love to hear from you, leave us a comment below.

~Trang

 

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