This year, the Llum Bcn festival will illuminate all the streets of Poblenou and other spots of Barcelona with its big variety of activities and shows, as part of the famous Santa Eulàlia’s festivities. As we want you to enjoy it to the fullest, we’ve prepared a list with all the essential things you need to see and do from the 16th to 18th of February. Get ready to enjoy the flashes!
Endinsa’t en un món de color amb la nova edició de Llum Bcn, que omplirà el Poblenou de mappings, projeccions i instal·lacions de llum del 16 al 18 de febrer! https://t.co/vZrPxNVwO1 #LlumBCN18 pic.twitter.com/4Q2n7xGKxi
— Barcelona Cultura (@bcncultura) 6 de febrero de 2018
Spaces full of light
During the three nights of the festival you can discover many interesting projects like spaces, projections and shows specifically designed to make the most of the potential of light and color.
You will find different options for the entire family, located mainly in Sancho de Ávila, Roc Boronat and Pujades streets. Choose your route and do not miss any corner or patio, all of them will surprise you! Keep your eyes open!
Shows and performances
Large quantity of shows and performances will be represented in several ways: audiovisuals, interactive spaces, programming and performing arts. If you can’t make up your mind, we recommend you to decide among one of these:
Hexx: a light tunnel which reacts to sound. Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes.
Follow the Path: animations projected on water. Pond of the DHUB Barcelona.
Escletxa Proxèmica: light walls on the sides of an escalator. Hall of the DHUB Barcelona.
Float … two: poetic show at heights. Glories mall
Hipnocity: facade illuminated with messages to raise awareness about the information barrage we’re living at the present times. CNMC building.
Bouquet d’abat-jours: gooseneck and other domestic lamps in a giant version. Bolivia Street
Axiom: 3D mapping show that allows, with the help of special glasses, to perceive a three-dimensional effect. Pompeu Fabra University.
L’exèrcit de la llum: light suits synchronized with the dancer’s movements. Tànger street, (between Ciutat de Granada and Roc Boronat).
You can check the whole programme at Llum Bcn Official webpage, where you can also download it in PDF.
Activities for the entire family
If you’re looking for activities for the entire family, Llum Bcn is your plan! During the weekend, different events for all ages, such as immersive projections or 360º experiences, will be organized. Besides, you can play Pix-celona, an app which tests your knowledge about Barcelona. Play with others and discover who knows best!
To celebrate the Llum Bcn in Santa Eulàlia’s festivities, many museums and emblematic buildings of the city will have an open-door journey. In many of them, you’ll find interesting activities related to the festival.
Some of them are: Montjuïc Castle, located in the highest part of Barcelona, CCCB (Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona), Antoni Tàpies Foundation and Joan Miró Foundation (dedicated to both artists), Museum of Catalan History… and many more!
In Twentytú we are waiting for you
Our hostel is one of the establishments that will take part in the the Freedamm programme organized by Estrella Damm. Visit our terrace during the 16th-18th and find out all the surprises we’ve prepared for you!
You don’t need big amounts of money for travelling. If you don’t believe it, take a look at this tiny guide we’ve prepared, full of tips for backpackers in Barcelona. Enjoy your trip while you save money for the next one!
First step: the perfect luggage
The first thing you’ll need to do as a backpacker is, obviously, prepare your backpack! Do you want some advice to choose the perfect clothes for your trip? Take note!
- Barcelona is a warm and sunny city, where it seldom rains (usually, when it does, it is during winter time)
- The average temperature is 16.5ºC, which makes Barcelona a great city to discover by foot.
- The warmest months are from May to September. August is the hottest month, while the coldest ones are from November to February, especially January.
In Barcelona, there’re many monuments and tourist attractions that you can visit for free. Discover the city without spending a penny! Don’t miss any of these great (and free!) plans:
- Visit Barcelona markets: they’re beautiful and full of life. Besides, their architecture will impress you!
- Stroll about its neighbourhoods to soak up the culture and habits of the locals. Walk around the Gothic quartier, enjoy the little village of Gràcia and fall in love with the modernist buildings of l’Eixample. And don’t forget Las Ramblas!
- Feel the nature without leaving the city: take pleasure in a beautiful sunset at la Barceloneta beach or get lost in magic parks, like Ciutadella park.
Also, you can enjoy museums, guided tours or tickets for free. You would find more information about the available options on our post 10 free things to do in Barcelona.
Where to eat?
Being a backpacker doesn’t mean eating fast food during a week. Fortunately, Barcelona has a wide gastronomic offer, and some of its best restaurants have very competitive prices. Like in other Spanish cities, in Barcelona you can find a lot of tapas restaurants. Don’t miss these ones:
- Tasca i vins: traditional Catalonian food. They have daily menu.
- Carrer de Blai. This street, very popular among locals, is full of tapas bars. The idea of “tapeo” is having a tapa or a montadito with a small beer (zurito), every time in a different bar. We’re sure you’ll love it!
- La rosa del Raval: Mexican food like nachos, ceviche or quesadillas. You can have a delicious mojito or margarita for 4euros only!
- Wok to walk: they serve Asian plates, such as rice or noodles with the toppings you choose, to take away.
- Mosquito: Asian tapas of very good quality, like dumplings, soups, etc.
- Nostrum: homemade food from 1€.
If you want cheaper options, big supermarkets like Mercadona or Carrefour sell tasty ready-made meals.
Cheap transport tickets
Walking around in an unknown city is exciting, but also tiring, and maybe at some point of your trip you’ll need to take the metro or bus. Depending on your needs, you can choose one rate or another, but pay attention to tourist transport cards (called “Hola Barcelona), to the T-10 (a 10 trips card) or the daily bonus.
Barcelona is very well-connected, and its network includes train, metro, bus, cable car and public bikes (some of them are electric!). If you don’t know which one you should take, you can always ask at tourist offices or at the info points located in metro stations. Don’t forget: the metropolitan area of Barcelona is divided in A, B, C, D zones, and depending on where you’re travelling you’ll need a specific ticket.
Where to sleep
It doesn’t matter if you’re a backpacker or not: comfort and relax is essential during a trip. If you’re looking for a comfortable and cozy backpackers hostel in Barcelona, Twentytú is your place. Take a look to our hostel facilities and discover why 😉.
Barcelona is a warm, open and cosmopolitan city where you’ll feel like at home. We’ve prepared a “must” list, so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest when you are in town. If you follow these advices, you’ll feel like a local!
1.By foot or by metro, you choose!
Barcelona isn’t a big city (it’s just a bit bigger than the tenth part of London or New York) so you can visit most of the tourist attractions during a nice walk and decide the things to do in Barcelona.
Nevertheless, in case you decide to visit any further place, like the Camp Nou stadium, Park Güell or Montjuïc, you should know Barcelona’s metro system arrives to all the districts of the city and its surroundings. Besides, metro works every day, from 5 am to 12 am (Monday-Thursday and Sunday), from 5 am to 12am (Friday) and during the whole day on Saturdays. You can plan your journey and check all the information at this webpage.
2. Our timetables are different
If you come from abroad, you should know our timetables are different to the rest of Europe; work usually starts at 9am, lunch is at 2pm and dinner starts at 9pm. That’s why we finish work later and why we are kind of “nocturnal”, so if you want to see a crowded nightclub, you’ll have to wait until 2am!!
3. Warm, sunny and wet
Usually, the weather in Barcelona is quite nice, with an average temperature of 16°C, with hot summers (average temperature of 24°C) and cool winters (average temperature of 9°C). Anyway, weather is sometimes a bit changeable (but you will hardly ever find extreme temperatures). During winter, wearing a jacket at nights and a long sleeve t shirt in the mornings is a good idea, as temperatures goes down a few degrees during the day.
4. Be careful with your stuff
Barcelona is a very touristic city and there’s a pickpocket in every corner. Keep your belongings with you at all times (especially at the beach, metro, bar terraces or places like la Rambla) and never have your wallet in your pocket or in a visible place.
Don’t let pickpockets ruin your holidays!
5. Two languages
In Barcelona we speak two languages, Catalan and Spanish. Knowing some words and expressions in these languages will be super useful when you want to communicate with locals. Ready? There we go!
- Hi: Hola (Sp/Cat)
- Bye: Adiós (Sp), Adéu (Cat)
- Thank you: Gracias (Sp), Gràcies (Cat)
- Please: Por favor (Sp), Si us plau (Cat)
- Good morning!: ¡Buenos días! (Sp), Bon dia! (Cat)
- Good night!: ¡Buenas noches! (Sp), Bona nit (Cat)
- How much does it cost…?: ¿Cuánto cuesta..? (Sp), Quant costa..? (Cat)
- Where is…?: ¿Dónde está ? (Sp), On es..? (Cat)
6. Book in advance
La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, la Casa Batlló.. there’re so many things to do in Barcelona! For this reason, we recommend you to book tickets and table in restaurants in advance. You’ll skip the queue (most of the times) and make the most of your time in the city.
7. Sunday, day off
On Sunday, most of the shops, supermarkets or even some restaurants are closed. So, before planning Sunday’s journey, make sure it’s going to be possible or think about a B plan. There’re some exceptions like Maremagnum mall and La Roca Village outlet, which are open every day of the year (except on 25th December). You can also attend cultural events, or visit a museum (most of them are free the first Sunday of each month or every Sunday from 3pm)¡there many things to do in Barcelona! You can check some options on this post about Free museums in Barcelona.
If you want to party, Barcelona is plenty of clubs and bars for everyone. Eixample esquerra, Vila Olímpica, Marina…depending on what kind of party you’re looking for, you can go to one or other area. At some discos, it’s compulsory to pay for tickets (and usually they’re quite expensive!). That’s why we recommend you to check their Facebook pages or some specialized webs which offer discounts or even free entrance if you are on the “free list”.
Barcelona is an endlessly surprising city, you’ll need to come infinite times to discover all its secrets! You will be always welcome. Don’t forget that you’ll have the best of the stays in Twentytú hostel.
Barcelona is an amazing city, where in every corner you can find something unique that captivates and invites you to come back. That is why many filmmakers and producers find in our city the perfect setting for their films and series. Here’s the long list of stories that happen in our city, prepare to be amazed!
Movies filmed in Barcelona to know the city inch by inch
Get a bowl of popcorn and look for some of these titles shot in Barcelona and its surroundings. In some cases, you can even go on guided tours at the film locations. 3, 2, 1 … action!
Although Ryan Reynolds spends the whole film underground, buried in an old coffin, this film was shot entirely in Barcelona for 17 days. Impossible to guess!
Christian Bale lost 28kg for his starring role, and even though the fiction is about a city in California, everything was filmed entirely in Barcelona and some cities nearby such as Badalona, Sant Adrià del Besòs, Prat de Llobregat, Sabadell or Terrassa.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
This famous German novel was taken to the big screen in 2006 and was located in many of the charming streets of the old town of our city. Have a look at one of the final and most controversial scenes, which was shot in Poble Espanyol, did you recognise it?
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Woody Allen chose the magic of Park Güell, La Pedrera, La Sagrada Familia and some other Barcelona monuments to show us a most peculiar love triangle formed by Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson as main characters. Could you imagine a better place for a love story?
Two young people, Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider, act in a plot of espionage that takes them to several cities, including Barcelona, where we can see the state in which La Pedrera was back in 1975, before its last restoration. Awesome!
Everything about my mother
Almodóvar chose Barcelona as the spot where Manuela, the main character of this Oscar-winning drama, overcomes an important loss and since her arrival in the city the film shows us emblematic places such as the Columbus monument, Sagrada Familia, Palau de la Música or Monjuïc’s graveyard, among others.
The last days
Do you wonder what a devastated Barcelona would look like? If this is your case, don’t miss this film that sets out an apocalyptic future where the streets that we walk on every day are impossible to live in and the survivors only remain alive wandering the underground roads.
This film directed by Jaume Balagueró in 2005, which won the Goya Award for the best special effects and was a candidate for the best original music, was filmed almost entirely in Barcelona.
Three Steps Above Heaven and I’m looking forward to you
This romantic story, based on the book by Federico Moccia, originally takes place in Rome but was filmed in Catalonia, in locations including Barcelona, Sant Boi, Sant Adrià del Besós, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, St. Feliu de Guixols, St. Cristina d’Aro, Argentona, Teià and Canet de Mar. It’s not difficult to find out that the movie saga was filmed in our city, even Razzmatazz, one of the best clubs in Barcelona, right next to Twentytú hostel.
And more movies …
But these films filmed in Barcelona are not the only ones, because there are still many who bet on a location in our city: Barcelona, Biutiful, Bad education, REC, While you sleep, Your life in 65 ‘.
Series linked to the city of Barcelona
Now that the world of the series is so trendy, we don’t want to miss the opportunity to remind you of the series that have been shot, inspired or made reference to our beautiful city. Do you want to see the next episode?
The Cathedral of the Sea
This series, which will be released in 2018, will bring to the small screen the novel written by Ildefonso Falcones, which takes place mainly in the Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral of Barcelona. An overproduction that has had 150 actors and up to 4,000 extras!
In the fourth chapter of season 25 of The Simpsons Homer receives the visit of a friend of his childhood who wrote letters to him from the top of the Sagrada família, a monument that he eventually visits.
In Friends, Joey tells Ross an infallible secret to flirt that consists in telling an emotional story about his stay as a backpacker in Europe. And of course this supposed route includes Barcelona!
On the episode 502 of Shin-chan, which is entitled “Hi! Hey, I travel to Spain”, the main character goes on a tour around Barcelona featuring the statue of Columbus, the Ramblas, the Sagrada Família and Parc Güell, and he even learns some words in Catalan!
The A-Team also visited Barcelona in a chapter in which they had to releasea plane kidnapped by terrorists that was a few kilometers from El Prat, although mysteriously our modern airport looked like the Amazon rainforest!
Oliver and Benji
In the last season of this legendary animation series, Oliver Atom signed up for the very same F.C. Barcelona! However, and given that the producers of the series didn’t buy the club rights of our city, the original names of the club and its players are not shown literally. Therefore, the coach is Van Saal, instead of Van Gaal, and the scorer Rivaul, instead of Rivaldo.
In the first season of this series about the Italian mafia, one of its plots is located in Barcelona, a city where a Neapolitan mafia boss runs away to in the middle of a clan war. During hisstay we can see symbols of the city such as the Agbar Tower, the Casino, the Olympic Port or the W Hotel.
And many more series…
You can also have a look at this list of series: Emerald city, Merlí, Velvet or How I met your mother, many of them you can find in Salón del cine y las series de Barcelona.
With this list of series and movies filmed in Barcelona you have no excuse to fully know all the charm of Barcelona. And if you need a little help to see all the points of interest don’t forget to check our guided tours for Barcelona. You won’t miss a thing!
In Twentytú we host many families every year from around the world, and that’s why we work every day to make their stay more comfortable. Our location, services, activities for all ages and family rooms are the keys to our hostel being the ideal place to enjoy Barcelona with your family. Do you want to know all the advantages we offer? Take note!
Cook like at home
Our hostel has a large kitchen where you can prepare meals, dinners and breakfast for the whole family. A spacious and modern space where you can even preserve your food in one of our large refrigerators. A way to save money while travelling and prepare meals at your taste if you need a little breakor you want to recharge batteries after a long day of sightseeing.
Besides being able to cook, now we also give you the chance to enjoy a premium breakfast based on local products, delicious and made with high quality ingredients.
If you want to discover the rest of the hostel, check out the rest of all our areas.
Family rooms to share moments
Our hostel has family rooms for up to 5 members, all with a bathroom and, separately, a private shower. Although the largest room can accommodate up to 4 people, we have extra beds and cots to make your stay more comfortable and to gather the whole family in one space, which is very comfortable especially if you have young children.
Our family rooms have many advantages that can help you during stay in the city: free lockers, natural light, modern furniture and great amplitude so that you all have your space. In addition, we have rooms for people with reduced mobility.
Twentytú is located just few minutes away from many points of interest for families. It’s very close to the Sagrada Familia, the Zoo, supermarkets, the newly renovated shopping centre les Glòries, etc. In addition, only 20 minutes by foot you’ll find the beach that can be enjoyed all year long thanks to the pleasant climate of the city.
And if you need to travel by subway to some farther place, you should know that we have three subway stops very close; from line 1 (Glòries or Marina) and line 4 (Bogatell). In addition, we also have the Arc del Triomf train station a little over 10 minutes on foot.
Our hostel offers you the possibility to know Barcelona in another way … on wheels! Our city is not as big as other European cities, so it will be very useful and practical to rent bicycles and discover more than 172 km of bikeway available in our city.
And don’t miss the free routes we organise with other hotel guests. You’ll see everything!
Aquí os dejamos el resumen del Bici Tour que hemos hecho para la "Fes al turista a la teva ciutat"! Gracias a todos por participar!Here you have the summary of the Bici Tour that we've done due to the "Fes al turista a la teva ciutat"! thanks to all for participating! #experience #twentytuhostel #poblenou #visitbarcelona #villaolimpica #marvella #barcelona
Publicado por Twentytú Hostel Barcelona en Domingo, 18 de diciembre de 2016
Also, if you are looking for more activities to enjoy the outdoors in Glòries, our neighbourhood, you can check this post where we remind you some of the attractions that are organised in this renewed area; street and light shows, sports facilities open to the public or weekly markets. The only thing that you’ll need is enough time to discover everything!
We take care of the planet
If you are also a family that loves and respects the environment, you’ll love the philosophy of our eco hostel . We were the first tourist accommodation building in the city that has obtained the qualification in terms of energy efficiency and also we are members of Barcelona Sustainable Tourism. We are very proud to have several certifications and awards that honour our environmental commitment!
Our many actions to save energy and be more ecological include saving electricity thanks to the presence detector lighting, reusing water from showers and toilets for tanks, recycling waste and various systems for consumption optimisation, among other eco measures.
Immortalize your family with the best views
From the terrace of Twentytú you can enjoy amazing views of the city. From there you can see the city from the sea to the mountain, relax, enjoy different activities such as zumba classes, live musical performances, karaoke, barbecues and much more!
Don’t forget that in very few places you’ll find such an ideal place to take a selfie next to one of the symbols of the city, the Agbar Tower, which looks so awesome both day and night.
Barcelona, a city for everybody
If you come to Barcelona with children, you should know that it’s a city where the youngest of the house can enjoy many activities adapted to them. From educational like the dozens of museums all over the city, to monuments such as the Magic Fountain of MontjuÏc or the lions of the statue of Columbus, and magical places such as the Tibidabo amusement park or the Horta labyrinth. Surely they’ll love it!
However, there are many other ways to know Barcelona as a family; from the sea on oard of the boats called swallows, going on an excursion to any of the nearby mountains such as Montserrat or Tibidabo, or getting close to one of the many peculiar villages that are just over an hour by car like Camprodón, Calella de Palafrugell or Vilanova de Sau.
And if you’re worried about your pocket, remember that in the city there are many free activities that may interest you:
– Most cathedrals are open access and also some modernist buildings.
– Some bars serve free tapas.
– Many museums are free on the first Sunday of the month.
– The agenda of street shows, planned and spontaneous, is very wide. At every corner, you can find a surprise!
– Every month at least one of Barcelona’s neighbourhood celebrates its festivities and the streets are flooded with activities, workshops and concerts.
– Barcelona has more than 600 free Wi-Fi access points.
For the fourth consecutive year, Twentytú attended at the “Business With Social Value” congress, with the aim of collaborating with social companies that have people with disabilities in their workforce.
The event, held on December 20 at the Palacio de Congresos de Cataluña, becomes an important meeting point that allows real business opportunities between companies and special work centers or labor insertion companies. In this way, it contributes to improve the employability of the most vulnerable groups and the economic sustainability of social enterprises.
Business With Social Value cada año más “nutritivo” para todos pic.twitter.com/O8CukbxoLs
— BusinessSocialValue (@bwsocialvalue) 7 de noviembre de 2017
Socially responsible business opportunities
“Business With Social Values” is a solidary initiative promoted by the Icaria Iniciatives Socials entity whose main goal is to facilitate contact between those companies that have strong social values, like Twentytú, and the social providers that participate in this annual date.
In addition, the day is complemented with different speeches led by local and invited social entrepreneurs. Activities, such as workshops and round tables, which aim to raise awareness of the importance of employment for the most vulnerable groups like people with functional diversity.
On this occasion, the agenda began with a workshop about innovation and sales techniques, given by Jordi Urbea, general director of Ogilvy & Mather – Barcelona, in which several especial work centers participated, and with a round table in which presented the initiative and spoke of the labor of special employment centers.
— BusinessSocialValue (@bwsocialvalue) 10 de octubre de 2017
The meeting also had the participation of Lluís Soldevila, trainer and consultant in Actitudes de Alto Rendimiento, who offered and interesting speech about the self-knowledge as the engine of success, and Daniel Levine, founder and director of the trends consultant Avant-Guide Institute, who spoke about the most important trends in alternative environments.
There was also a meet and greet between buyers and social sellers during the coffee break, and the complete lunch offered by the solidarity chefs.
— BusinessSocialValue (@bwsocialvalue) 21 de octubre de 2017
For Twentytú, being able to participate at Business With Social Values has been a great opportunity. It has allowed us to meet and collaborate with different social providers, and contribute our bit to the autonomy and employability of people at risk of exclusion. So next year, do not forget to attend!
From today to 4th January, Plaza Catalunya is the scene of the Fair of Responsible Consumption and Social and Solidarity Economy. A sensible and solidary way of shopping these Christmas Holidays thanks to sustainable products and companies. Do you want to know what you’re going to find there? Keep reading!
The Commissioner of Social Economy, Local Development and Consumption of the Barcelona City Council, with the collaboration of several entities and companies, organises the Fair of Responsible Consumption and Social and Solidarity Economy during all the Christmas holidays.
En la Feria podrás encontrar aproximadamente 60 proyectos, iniciativas y compañías que buscan conseguir una economía justa que transforme la sociedad hacia un modelo socioeconómico más igualitario en el que todos tengan su lugar. Por eso, incentivan el comercio de proximidad, las tiendas de toda la vida y la actividad económica que no deslocalizada, uno de los valores que más defendemos en Twentytú.
In the responsible consumer fair you can find up to 60 projects, initiatives and companies that seek to achieve a fair economy that transforms society towards a more egalitarian socioeconomic model in which everybody has a place. For this reason, they encourage local commerce, the lifelong stores and economic activity that is not delocalised, one of the values we most defend in Twentytú.
There you can find everything; food, clothing, decoration elements, eco products, artisan costume jewellery, finances and ethical insurance, … everything you can imagine and more from a socially responsible perspective that, in addition, can help you solve your last Christmas purchases.
Remember that on 25th and 26th December and 1st January the Fair will remain closed for holiday. You can check the entire program here.
A place for reclection
In addition, the Fair will feature the Conscience Space, a place where more than 40 events for all audiences will be organised, such as tastings, book presentations, shows of different types and workshops on recycling and crafts.
In addition, this initiative will also hold a lot of educational activities focused on responsible consumption such as concerts, fashion shows and children’s shows that will take place on 23rd, 27th and 29th December.
More Christmas in Plaza Catalunya
In addition to the Responsible Consumption Fair, the most emblematic square of the city will be the scene of many other activities to celebrate the Christmas holidays.
Among the many attractions of this hot spot of the city you will find a giant Advent calendar that will show a surprise scene every day, the “street of nightmares” where everyone can draw what they want to keep away from their lives, sports workshops with Freestyle Football or Streetball Basket exhibitions or dance and theatre shows that will happen throughout all the holidays.
In addition, for the youngest ones, on 2nd, 3rd and 4th January some very special guests who have just arrived from the East will be waiting for the children in Plaza Catalunya; the royal pages of their three wise men will be collecting their letters.
And if you need more gift options that respect our environment, don’t miss our route through the most eco-friendly stores in Barcelona.
If you want to enjoy a magical day, full of fun and with amazing views of Barcelona, save a spot for the Tibidabo amusement park on your calendar. An emblematic place full of charm that will delight both kids and adults thanks to its classic attractions and the latest new features with virtual reality. Come with us and take a walk around the magic mountain!
In west Barcelona and a little over 500 metres above sea level stands the Tibidabo mountain. A place where to enjoy the best views of Barcelona and on which stands one of the most charming amusement parks in the world.
If we look back, it was not until the first decade of the 20th century that the area began to be urbanized with the construction of a tramway and a funicular, terraces, buildings and a few small leisure distractions, such as bowling, swings, telescopes and binoculars or some automatons.
That’s how the oldest amusement park in Spain was born, the third oldest in Europe and one of the oldest in the world. Tibidabo is so full of charm that even the selfsame Walt Disney confessed that it was one of the “most magical” places he had ever been to, and such was his fascination that years later he confessed that he was part of the inspiration for his theme parks.
A place for the nostalgic
Although Tibidabo amusement park has been renewed over the years, it hasn’t given up its romantic and classic character. Therefore, it still preserves many of their original attractions; a carrousel of a fairy tale, a mirrors maze where to get lost or the original 1915 air railroad which offers a secret surprise at the end, a century ago. In addition, you have about 30 attractions for all ages such as roller coasters, haunted castles, a Ferris wheel, a virtual reality attraction or bumper cars.
And if you are thinking about visiting Tibidabo Amusement Park during Christmas, there are several special activities prepared for the holidays such as the theatrical show of the Pepsicolen company, the 4D projection of “The Little Prince” or the party of grandparents, where grandparents and grandchildren have free admission.
If you want to enjoy other activities during these special holidays with family or friends in our city, check out our Christmas guide in Barcelona.
Solidarity and commitment to the environment
In addition to being one of the most magical places in Barcelona, Tibidabo shares many values with our Twentytú hostel. On the one hand, solidarity, since they offer discounts and advantages for vulnerable collectives, organise solidarity days and also have signed a collaboration agreement with UNICEF.
The park is also committed to the environment: since 2005 they have joined the Barcelona + sostenible program and have the environmental management system certificate.
Between the 19th and the 25th November, our Twentytú Hostel hosted the second edition of the MID Talent program, an initiative from the Market of Design Ideas that has allowed 20 restless young people to live a get-together week in our hostel to accelerate creative entrepreneurship of their own businesses. We tell you all about this event in which we are very proud to take part again. Talent power!
MID Talent: un encuentro para jóvenes creativos
MID Talent is a program aimed at young entrepreneurs under 30 years old and residents in Catalonia that wants to be a space where to share ideas, get training and help to create new business. The participants, all of them unemployed, are part of a generation that shares interests such as creative entrepreneurship, innovation or sustainable strategies. The key concepts discussed in this meeting have been: inspiration, eco-innovation, design thinking, prototyping, team building or crowdfunding, among others.
The event, promoted and organised by the BCD (Barcelona Design Center), has allowed the creatives to share for a week training and advice of many experienced professionals from the world of design, innovation, sustainability and creative entrepreneurship. The sessions, focused on teamwork and actions that allow promoting new projects, have been theoretical and practical, so the participants were able to apply the knowledge to their business ideas.
MID Talent is co-financed by the European Social Fund and BCD (Barcelona Design Center), the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya and of the IED (European Institute of Design).
Twentytú hostel next to the young
For the second time this year Twentytú will be the scene to create this space full of enthusiasm, entrepreneurship and great ideas. We believe in young people, therefore we’ve already supported other similar initiatives such as the design competition in collaboration with the BAU (University Design Center of Barcelona).
As it happened in the first edition of the MID Talent, which was held from 22nd to 28th October, the participants have stayed in our hostel where they have lived with the rest of the team with whom they share very similar concerns. In addition, they have been able to take part in all free activities and they also have an accident insurance to ensure their safety throughout their stay.
After taking part in MID Talent, young entrepreneurs have acquired knowledge about creative entrepreneurship methodologies and tools, in addition to improving their professional profile and, most importantly, increasing their chances of entering the labour market full of ideas and desire to start their own projects.
Finally, on Saturday, 25th November, each of the young entrepreneurs presented their proposal on the Twentytú hostel terrace and we still have not been able to decide which idea we liked best. Good luck to all the participants in their projects!
Christmas holidays and Black Friday are just around the corner and it’s usual to think about gifts for the family and, why not, some personal cravings. For this reason, and because we know how difficult it’s to make the right decisions when it comes to shopping, we offer you a list of eco friendly shops and options that will delight while taking care of the environment. Take note and make your own wish list!
Unique decoration and furniture
If you want your home to transmit the passion that you feel for recycling and fair trade products, you can’t miss these stores to decorate with style and responsibility!
In Dr. Unic they create unique objects which give a second life to the most unsuspected materials: they turn old faucets into hangers or oars into lamps with a lot of personality. Imagination rules!
Olokuti is an eco, bio and fair trade store where you will find a large assortment of objects and products of all kinds: home, gifts, relax, accessories, cosmetics, food… In addition, its interior hides one of the most beautiful terraces in Barcelona!
Bags, backpacks and glasses with recycled materials
You can wear the latest trends and be respectful with the environment at the same time. Enjoy original accessories while giving another opportunity to those materials that many people would consider waste.
In Babau, in addition to making their bags with recycled materials (such as PVC or safety belts), they propose a unique solution to find your mobile phone or the keys: a LED light inside the bag!
Sunglasses made from reused skateboards or bamboo? Yes, it’s possible with Bamboozz, the most ecological way to wear your accessories with personality and, in addition, environmental awareness.
Cosmetics and natural treatments
By pampering your body and hair with respectful products that reduce waste you’ll help take care of the planet and your body inside and out!
La tienda de Tanit offers natural cosmetics with a wide range of makeup and hair and body care products that respect your skin and also the environment!
Reducing packaging is a complicated task and requires changing consumer habits. In El safareig you’ll find cleaning and hygiene products in bulk that you can carry to home with your favorite reusable container. That’s a good start!
Bio Pelu and Hammam Hennah are two bio hairdressers that offer hair treatments with ecological and sustainable products, including masks, dyes or hairstyle products. Try them, make a gift or experience their benefits at home!
And if you’re tired of shopping and need a break, you just have to come back to Twentytú Hostel and enjoy a very eco-friendly stay in Barcelona. In this way, you will enjoy all the special features that distinguish us as a sustainable hostel and you can see our commitment to take care of the environment by yourself. This effort has provided us, recently, with the Distintivo de garantía de calidad ambiental de la Generalitat de Catalunya, which recognises those products and services that exceed environmental quality requirements beyond what is established by the current regulations. Such a great honour!