New Year’s in Barcelona

27th December, 2013 / / No Comments

Are you celebrating New Year’s in Barcelona? Here’s a perfect plan for Saint Sylvester’s Day, New Year’s Eve and the 1st of January. If you do everything we propose here, you won’t even have time to sleep!

Saint Sylvester: the man of the noses

Saint Sylvester’s Day (31st) is known in Catalunya as Dia de l’Home dels Nassos (The Man of the Noses’ Day): a man with as many noses as days left in the current year. He walks around the streets of Barcelona, hoping to be found by the kids in town… so that they realise he has as many noses as everyone: one!

That same day you can participate in La Cursa dels Nassos (The Noses Race), a 10 kilometres popular race through the city. So do not forget your trainers at home!

New Year’s Eve: the twelve grapes

In Catalunya, as in Spain, we see the year off with the traditional twelve bells, that are broadcasted by every TV channel in the country. For each bell that rings, one has to eat a grape until counting twelve, in order to have good luck during the year that begins. And you cannot miss the traditional toast with Catalan cava right after the bells.

Party in Plaza Espanya

This year, for the first time, Barcelona will become one of the cities that welcomes the New Year with a big party. In Maria Cristina Avenue and Montjuïc’s Magic Fountain, there will be a huge celebration with a visual musical show and fireworks that will be seen worldwide. And, of course, the twelve bells!

Two giant screens, a 15 metres tall figure that represents “the Millenium being” and a big explosion of fireworks will be the starts of the evening, though there will also be grapes and toasts.

After the party: the first swim of the year!

After the night party, the bravest welcome the New Year by swimming in the Mediterranean Sea in the morning. New Year’s swim has become a tradition at Barceloneta, and it gathers hundreds of people unafraid of low temperatures. And after the cold water there is a prize: a hot cup of soup!

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Shopping in Barcelona

18th December, 2013 / / No Comments

Want to go shopping in Barcelona? If that’s the case, you will find anything you are looking for, whatever your style is and how much money you want to spend! Today’s post is a guide of some of the most important commercial areas in the city.

City centre: affordable fashion

Walking around Plaza Catalunya, you will find huge fashion shops of some famous chains, such as Zara, Mango, H&M, Benetton, Springfield, TopShop… And if you are looking specifically for shoes, Pelai Street is you place: in just some square meters you will find most of the shoe shops in the city centre.

Moreover, in the same area you can also buy souvenirs and presents of all sorts: from the classic magnets and T-shirts to more elaborate handmade works of art.

Where? Metro L1 Catalunya

El Born and Gràcia: design and alternative

In El Born neighbourhood there are some of the most sophisticate shops in Barcelona. You won’t see famous brands there. But there are many shops of less famous designers who offer as much quality as well-known fashion stores. And also great restaurants and tapas bars!

Where? Metro L4 Jaume I

Gràcia is your place if you are looking for a more alternative style. Here’s what you should do: go for a stroll in the neighbourhood, full of shops and workshops of handmade products. And you can always end the day having a beer at one of its terraces. Gràcia is also popular for its fun nightlife.

Where? Metro L3 Fontana /Metro L4 Joanic

Passeig de Gràcia: luxury brands

Almost every important luxury brand owns a shop in Passeig de Gràcia. Even if you can’t afford buying expensive clothes and jewels, it is worth it to go window shopping and walk down one of the most beautiful avenues in the city. And you will see wonderful modernist buildings such as La Pedrera.

Where? Metro L2, L3, L4 Passeig de Gràcia

Els Encants: antiques and bargains

Els Encants is one of the oldest flea markets in Europe, existing since the 14th century. Every week it shelters about 100.000 buyers and hundreds of antique stores, street traders, obsolete products… And, as we told you a while ago, a new Encants market has been opened recently, with an avant-garde design but keeping the old spirit.

Where? Metro L1 Glòries. ¡Very close to Twentytú!

La Roca Village: brands outlet

At La Roca Village there are hundreds of outlet boutiques of well-known brands, but with lower prices as usual. Although it is not in Barcelona, it is easy to get there, as there is a direct bus line right from the city centre.

How to get there? Check the bus timetable.

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Christmas in Barcelona

11th December, 2013 / / No Comments

Christmas in Barcelona is magic, among Christmas markets, lights, nativities and even a huge ice rink. So, what can you do in the city during this holiday? Keep on reading!

Santa Llúcia Christmas Fair

Right in front of the Cathedral, in the heart of the city, there has been a Christmas market every year since 1786. There you can buy all sorts of nativity scenes and figurines, and also holiday decoration.

Christmas Fair in Sagrada Família

This fair is not as old as Santa Llúcia’s, but it is also big and you will find all kind of festive products. And it is located just next to Sagrada Família, the well-known modernist temple by Antoni Gaudí. Even if you do not want to buy anything, it is worth it to take a walk and live the festive atmosphere under one of the most famous buildings in the world.

Go ice-skating in Plaza Catalunya

As it has become a tradition these last years, during the Christmas period you can go ice-skating right in the ctiy centre. Moreover, this year the ice rink’s design has been renovated to make it even more Christmassy.

Giant Nativity in Plaza Sant Jaume

In front of Barcelona’s Town Hall you can visit a giant nativity with a very original style. This year it is inspired by the city’s rooftops during the 20th century. You can see everyday scenes of what used to happen in Barcelona’s rooftops during the last century, but with a Christmas touch.

Christmas Lights

If you go for a walk these days, you will certainly run into the traditional Christmas lights. 85 kilometers of lights have been installed this year all over the city, and there are new designs in main streets such as Passeig de Gràcia, Aragó street or Gran Via.

If you are still a little bit lost, have a look at the post we wrote last year about Catalan Christmas traditions. Happy Christmas in Barcelona!

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The Nerd Triangle

5th December, 2013 / / No Comments

What is the Nerd Triangle? If you are crazy about comics, videogames, manga, science fiction and fantasy, whether in novels or films, you will like this: there is in Barcelona a triangle like the one in Bermuda but for geeks and “nerds”. That is a couple of streets where you will find the best shops in Barcelona… and there is no easy way out from there!

What will you find there?

The “Nerd” Triangle is unique in Europe: at no other European citiy will you find such a cluster of specialised shops as in Barcelona. There are two main stores that you can’t miss:

Gigamesh: it has two specialised shops in the Nerd Triangle, one for books and another one for games. It is well-known for being the editor of Game of Thrones in Spanish.

Norma Comics: it is Norma Books’ shop, which is the one that publishes all comics based on Nintendo characters, among others. It has been open for more than 3 decades in the same area, though it has grown throughout these years.

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But there are other shops, less famous and some of them smaller, where you can buy all kinds of desired articles. Kaburi, Freaks, Ninja, InGenio… If you walk around the zone, you will find books, T-shirts, cards and videogames and even costume play products.

And some of them have a bar and areas where you can relax, read or try the games. Welcome to the “nerd” Mecca in Barcelona!

Where is it?

Most of the shops spread between Sant Joan Street and Ali Bei Street, two steps away from Arc de Triomf (Metro L1 and train). And within walking distance from Twentytú!

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Twentytú receives the ISO 50001 certification of energy efficiency

27th November, 2013 / / No Comments

We are pleased to announce we have been given the ISO 50001 certification. This recognition allows us to go a step further in our scale of sustainable values, offering to our customers, administrations and staff greater confidence in terms of the energy saving that Twentytú Hostel promoted and implemented in its facilities and in its way of working.

We have received the certification from Marian Muro, general director Generalitat de Catalunya’s Tourism Department, and Avelino Brito, AENOR’s general director. AENOR is the Spanish agency that grants ISO certifications, meeting the international rules on consumption, services and industry.

What is ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 is an international standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which establishes the requirements to implement maintain and continually improve the energy management system.

Following our sustainable policy, Twentytú Hostel applied a system that meets ISO 50001 requirements and allows us , through a reduction in consumption and in the emission of greenhouse gases , be safer and more energy efficient.

This is how we guarantee our commitment to environmental sustainability and technological innovation, as two of our core pillars in giving a reasonably priced quality service.

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Free museums in Barcelona

21st November, 2013 / / No Comments

Free museums in Barcelona? Yes, but you need to know when to go! Want to soak in Barcelona’s art and history but you are travelling low-cost? Here’s the answer: visit the best museums amb cultural centres in town for free! We have prepared a brief guide so that you know when to visit them without spending a cent. There is no excuse anymore!

Catalunya’s National Art Museum: here you will find examples of every artistic movement since the 14th century.

Saturdays from 15pm
First Sunday every month
11th and 24th September and 18th May

Barcelona’s Contemporary Culture Centre: it hosts temporary and permanent exhibitions of contemporary art. And it is right in the city centre, very close to Plaza Catalunya.

Sundays from 15pm
12th February, 18th May and 24th September

Picasso Museum: do not miss it if you want to learn further about Pablo Picasso’s work, one of the most relevant during the 20th century.

Sundays from 15pm
First Sunday every month
12th February, 18th May and 24th September

Barcelona’s History Museum: a new concept of museum, spread all over many archaeological sites, it will allow you to discover Barcelona’s heritage on-site.

Sundays from 15pm
First Sunday every month
12th February, 23rd April, 11th and 24th September and 18th May

Barcelona’s Maritime Museum: a must-see if you are a sea lover. And it is located in a beautiful historical building that used to be Barcelona’s shipyard.

Sundays from 15pm
First Sunday every month
12th February, 18th May and 24th September

Free entrance every day

Arts Santa Mònica: very close to Columbus monument you will get to discover the most innovative artistic trends in town.

Palau Robert: what used to be an aristocrat’s palace is now a multipurpose cultural equipment.

Palau de la Virreina: this historical baroque building hosts cultural exhibitions for all artistic sensibilities.

No excuse anymore: visit the free museums in Barcelona!

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La Pedrera

14th November, 2013 / / No Comments

La Pedrera is a must if you visit Barcelona. This beautiful building not only offers great and surprising architecture, but it also hosts art exhibits. Come to La Pedrera!

Interested in the most avant-garde art of the 20th century? This week we have a plan for you: a futurist exhibition in one of the best modernist buildings in the world.

An exhibition of the modernist artist Fortunato Depero opens today at La Pedrera, Gaudí’s emblematic work. Do not miss it!

About La Pedrera

Casa Milà, commonly known as La Pedrera, was built by the architect Antoni Gaudí between 1906 and 1910 and it is one of the most famous modernist buildings in Barcelona. In 1984 Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site.

La Pedrera was constructed right in Passeig de Gràcia commissioned by Pere Milà, and with many setbacks during the job (delays, legal issues, disagreements between Gaudí and Mr. Milà…). Even so, it is one of the most relevant works of Catalan modernism due to the innovations it proposed, both in architectural and artistic levels.

It is without a doubt one of the best works by the famous Catalan architect and a must-see if your are sightseeing Barcelona. And, above all, keep your eyes wide open and do not miss any detail of its beautiful decoration and winding structure.

How to get there

Metro L3 y L5: Diagonal
FGC: Provença
RENFE: Passeig de Gràcia

Timetable

From 4th November until 28th February: Monday-Sunday, 9.00am – 18.30pm
From 1st March until 3rd November: Monday-Sunday, 9.00am – 20.00pm
Closed: 25th December and from 13th to 19th January

Address

Provença 261-265
08008 Barcelona
Tel. 902 202 138

Now you know everything you need to take into account to visit Barcelona’s most surprising building: La Pedrera!

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CaixaForum Barcelona

8th November, 2013 / / No Comments

Today we open a new category on this blog talking about CaixaForum Barcelona, an interesting arts centre located in a beautiful modernist building.

Is it your first time in Barcelona and you don’t know where to start visiting the city? This week we open a new category in our blog about tourism and sightseeing in Barcelona, where we are going to post ideas of museums, monuments and places you can’t miss.

We begin with CaixaForum, an arts centre located in a wonderful modernist building. A good place to discover Barcelona’s modernist architecture, which is famous worldwide, and at the same time some of the best art collections in our country.

About CaixaForum

CaixaForum is a social and cultural centre located at the foot of Montjuïc in one of the most important modernist buildings in Barcelona. It used to be a textile factory property of the businessman Casaramona, and Fundación “la Caixa” has turned it into a modern cultural equipment without ruining its original shape.

Open to all kinds of public, CaixaForum has become one of the most dynamic cultural spaces in the city. There you can visit temporary exhibitions of ancient, modern and contemporary art. Besides, Fundación “la Caixa”’s collection of contemporary art is one of the most relevant in Spain.

Its stable programme of concerts, cinema, conferences, scenic arts, literature, multimedia art and family events makes CaixaForum a reference site in Barcelona.

How to get there

Metro L1: Espanya

Timetable

Monday to Friday: 10.00 am to 8.00 pm // Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: to 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
Summer: Wednesdays 10.00 am to 23.00 pm
Christmas: 24th and 31st December: 10.00 am to 18.00 pm
Closed 25th December and 1st / 6th January

Address

Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8
08038 Barcelona
Tel. 93 476 86 00
Fax: 93 476 86 35

Now you know all these facts, don’t miss a visit at CaixaForum Barcelona!

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La Castanyada

31st October, 2013 / / No Comments

La Castanyada and Halloween are here! The day expected has come, or rather the awaited night. Do you know what the origins of Halloween are? According to the ancient Celtic and Anglo-Saxon calendars October 31st corresponded to the last day of the year and it also coincided with Samnhain feast, the God of the dead. Samhain is the Celtic New Year and a day to remember those who are no longer with us. Samnhain is in Celtic mythology the religious festival celebrating the birth of the dark period of the year and also means a ritual of transition and opening to the other world.

In Barcelona Halloween is… La Castanyada!

Here in Catalonia la Castanyada is the equivalent of Halloween and Samhain , celebrated November the 1st . La Castanyada comes from an ancient funeral ritual feast and is a celebration which is common to eat chestnuts, sweet potatoes and panellets . The streets are filled with stalls where to buy chestnuts and pastry shop sells all kinds of panellets. Yet there are many Halloween parties where everyone goes in disguise. We also have acclimated Twentytú hostel for the occasion .

Happy night of the living death and don’t forget to celebrate La Castanyada!

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Elastic Festival Razzmatazz

18th October, 2013 / / No Comments

Do you want to enjoy two days of nonstop concerts? November 1st and 2nd Elastic Festival comes to Razzmatazz and Twentytú will be the official accommodation for the event.

The independent music festival will host in Barcelona groups like The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, L.A, Fuel Fandango and Niños Mutantes, playing their best music.

And for enjoying a carefree we offer different packs including the festival pass plus the accommodation at our hostel, all very reasonably priced. You can choose the option that best suits your plan!

In Twentytú we work to make it easier for you to enjoy Elastic Festival Razzmatazz!

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