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!
Since 28th October, the largest exhibition of Game of Thrones made to date is on: 1000 m2 of immersive experience that will satisfy the most loyal fans of the HBO TV show. There you can find audiovisual material, faithfully recreated spaces, objects used by the actors and even an interactive photograph that simulates an ascent of the wall!
In this post you’ll find all about the new Game of Thrones exhibition, a tour around the seven kingdoms that will allow you to immerse yourself into this fantasy world full of power struggles. Hurry up and drop by before the white walkers arrive!
Original elements in an unprecedented collection
Along the tour we can find many elements that all spectators have dreamed of seeing close up. The list is very long but, as we’re sure you’ll have a favourite house or character, we tell you only some of the ones you can see:
Costumes specially created for the exhibition
There is a wide variety of costumes, dresses and armors used by Cersei Lannister, Danaerys, Arya or Jon Snow in different situations.Unfortunately, you won’t be able to try them on, but at leat you’ll get to see the amount of details and ornaments that the dresses of the candidates for the iron throne have.
Distinctive objects of each house
You can see maps, representative figures of each kingdom, dragon eggs or the snake that the Martells send to the capital. Take your smartphone with the battery to the top because you won’t stop taking pictures!
Kings’ weapons, savages and guardians of the night’s watch
With the amount of battles and wars fought in Game of thrones history, it was to be expected that a great variety of weapons would be exhibited: swords, axes, daggers … could you handle them as well as Arya Stark?
Decorations of the 7 kingdoms where you’ll feel like a King or Queen
“Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition” is home to ten iconic sets where you can experience first-hand the key scenes from the original story of George R. R. Martin. The exhibition is part of a world tour that begins in the city of our Twentytú hostel and will travel to other European cities.
Some of the most remarkable decorations are: Winterfell, the home of the Starks; Landing of the King, central seat of the power of the Lannister; Meereen, where Danaerys Targaryen leads numerous troops of immaculate warriors or Castle Black, strategic spot for the wall defense.
And finally, we find the most relevant item of the collection: the Iron Throne Room where the Mad King, Joffrey or Cersei Lannister have dictated their orders throughout the show’s 7 seasons. Take the opportunity and sit on the majestic armchair that you have seen so many times on TV. You’ll get to rule the 7 kingdoms for a while!
Don’t miss it!
Don’t miss one of the best exhibitions of the year! Find out about schedules and prices on its official website.
And save a space in your calendar to visit the Warhol exhibition and the mechanical art at the CaixaForum, a must to get a deeper insight on this pop art icon!
Insolent, extravagant, controversial, irreverent and American, very American. That was Andy Warhol, and so is his exhibition that has come to Barcelona under great anticipation. “The mechanical art”, the largest exhibition in Spain dedicated to Warhol to date, gives us the chance to admire his original works after having seen thousands of reproductions. Are you ready? You have time until 31st December!
Campbell’s soup, screenprints of Marilyn Monroe in full colour, Jackie Kennedy portrayed in blue … The universal myth of pop art, Andy Warhol, died 30 years ago but his work is still alive, very alive. Where’s the secret? He created an art that everyone understood, easy to remember and that anyone can recognize as their own. Mechanical art goes over the Warhol’s early years as a designer in New York until his death, when he had already become a guru of modernity and pop art.
The exhibition reaches the CaixaForum in Barcelona, where 352 of his best-known works are filled with pop icons recognizable by everybody in different formats: paintings, photographic material, magazines, records, objects … It’s not a surprise because Warhol was very demanding with himself and came to have a rhythm of frenetic production of painting, photography, sculpture … even dared with the cinema and music!
Arte al alcance de todos
The exhibition, which arrived in our city on 14th September, reminds us how Warhol’s work aims to “democratise” art through objects, characters and ideas that everybody knows. Surely you don’t have to go far to find thousands of references to his work in your environment; mugs, t-shirts, vinyl, … and reproductions of his works that probably decorate bars and living rooms of your friends, relatives or even your own!
In the 1950s, when the prevailing trend was Abstract Expressionism, Warhol broke into a different way of expressing art through the cult of consumer products and celebrities as a brand. In this way, little by little, he formed an extensive work that has been exhibited in the most important museums of the world as the MoMA in New York, the Tate Gallery in London or the Pompidou in Paris, and that now are together in the CaixaForum of Barcelona, only 8 metro stops away from Twentytú.
And remember that if you like art, you can also find art on the streets of Barcelona in murals, graffiti and even a visual poem!
The same essence 34 years later
In 1983 Warhol came to inaugurate an exhibition in Madrid, although many people in Spain hardly knew its work, they let go away by the fame that preceded him and paid 100 pesetas (0.60 euros more or less), which was the cost of the entry ticket. Today, 34 years later, his work is still prevailing and the CaixaForum exhibition becomes a must see for any lover of modern art.
And if you also want to be part of Warhol’s work and be the protagonist of your own work of art, in the exhibition you can take a photo with the same effect as Marilyn and upload it on the CaixaForum Facebook profile. Who knows, maybe in a few years you’ll be on the walls of museums all over the world😉
Don’t miss the experience of geocaching in Barcelona! A treasure hunting game where you use geolocation to find hidden objects in the most unexpected places all over the world and also in Barcelona. In this post you’ll find everything you need to know to enjoy the route and solve all your doubts to become an expert. Seek the cache!
What is geocaching?
Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use an app and a GPS to locate caches (hidden treasures). This practice offers many advantages: you can do it individually or in group, in urban or natural environments, it’s perfect for all ages, it doesn’t require rare equipment and in most cases it is free!
How do I find a treasure?
The difficulty of finding the cache depends on where it is hidden, its size and whether you need clues to reach it or not. The GPS does not indicate the exact point where it’s located, but rather indicates its position within a radius, so the clue lies in searching from different perspectives and in extraordinary places. To give you an idea of what you are looking for, you usually will find the caches inside cans or sealed plastic containers that protect the contents of the weather. If you find it, congratulations! You can sign the paper that you will find inside, mark your achievement in the application and even, if you find an object inside, you can exchange it for another that you brought with you.
What happens if I don’t find it?
If you don’t find it, no big deal! You can always find another nearby or try it again some other time. It’s important that you don’t forget to indicate it in the app, so that you leave a record in your personal account and, in the event that other users don’t find it, you will alert them of a problem with the cache.
What do I need to start the adventure?
There are some essential elements that you must have during the hunt, and although they don’t guarantee a win, they help a lot!
• A mobile phone, tablet or portable GPS with internet connection that allows you to geolocalise the hiding spots. Also if it has an integrated camera you can even immortalize all the process.
• A Geocaching app, you can find it in the markets of Android or iOS and download it for free.
• A pencil or a pen with which you’ll sign the cache guest book.
• Water and snacks to boost your energy during the walk.
• A small object. This is optional and will depend on the cache you have found, some containers hold badges, plates, small figures, etc. If you want to keep them as souvenir, you must exchange them for another object of equal or greater value.
Will I find caches in Barcelona?
Geocaching is a fun and didactic activity that allows you to discover every corner of the cities in a totally different way. If you stay in our Twentytú Hostel and you wonder if you will find caches near us, here’s the answer: yes, there are more than 200 treasures hidden throughout Barcelona!
And if this activity has not convinced you and you prefer to exercise your logic and your ingenuity with different activities, do not miss the opportunity to know The best escape games in Barcelona.
The adventure begins!
Is there anything better than a spa after a long day of sightseeing Barcelona? Here’s a list of the best spas and wellness treatments to relax and fall deeper in love with our wonderful city. Grab a pen!
Aire Ancient Baths, inspired by Roman baths
A classic in Barcelona since 2008, it’s located in an old meat warehouse at Born’s market which used to host the city’s supply wells. The building was carefully restored, so just visiting it is a great experience itself. Besides, it offers a broad range of treatment and services that will make you feel like a new person: different temperature pools, Hamman inspired steam baths, varied intensity streams and many types of massage including one with salt. Dare to try!
Rufoo Fish Spa, a very special peeling
Did you know there’s a fish species named Garra rufa that can provide a natural exfoliation? This treatment is called ictiotherapy and it consists on plunging your feet in a fish tank where these little “therapists” get rid of dead skin, with the result of perfectly soft feet ready for moisturising. With this special treatment offered by an establishment at the Gothic district and a massage or a pedicure you’ll have a perfect plan.
43 The Spa, a great view in the heights
At the 43rd floor of Hotel Arts, right on the seaside, you can relax while enjoying privileged views over the sea. There are open terraces, hydrotherapy pools, saunas, steam baths and plenty of luxury cosmetics treatments. We’re sure these reasons are more than enough to walk 20 minutes from Twentytú Hostel to this wonderful place. Completely worth it!
Flotarium Barcelona, experiment weightlessness
Floating without effort in a soundproof capsule filled with highly salted water with the ideal temperature and without distractions: this is the closest you’ll ever be of being back in the womb. Flotarium offers a unique environment where you can just let go and enjoy the silence. The experience can be personalised: light on or off and the capsule’s door open or closed, so you don’t have to worry if you feel awkward in closed spaces.
Bali spirit, Balinese magic
Balinese massages are well-known for their mix of influences, coming from Hindi or traditional Chinese medicine amongst others. Also, they offer a special feature: stretching, acupressure or kneading are not only performed with the hands but with elbows, knees or feet too. At Bali Spirit you’ll find quiet spots with exotic decoration where a team of experts will make you feel like heaven… right in Barcelona!
So if you want to treat yourself into relax and calm, stop by one of these wonderful spas and let yourself being taken care of. Don’t forget to keep enjoying the wonders of the city, for instance with a delicious Brunch in Barcelona. Good food and total chill: can you ask for more?
If you’re a thrill seeker you’ll surely love these activities in Barcelona to release adrenaline. Risk and extreme sports, original experiences, amazing ideas … everything to enjoy the city as a true adventurer!
Noric walking, the cross-county skier walk
Do you have an eco soul like us? Then there’s nothing better than enjoying nature while meeting people like you: Nordic Walking is a technique related to cross-country skiing that consists of hiking with the help of walking sticks that absorb the impact and protect your knees joints. There are many associations and companies that offer routes to different corners of the city and its surroundings; Collserola, Montjuïc or the bog of Vallvidrera are just some of the amazing places that are waiting for you.
Dinner with stars, gourmet cuisine with the best views
Did you know you can have dinner under the stars while learning about astronomy and enjoying the best views of the city? A careful menu in a magical environment where you can attend interesting lectures and contemplate the sky in the fourth oldest observatory in the world, the Fabra Observatory located at the top of Tibidabo mountain. These types of activities in Barcelona are only held in Summer season, so hurry up. This year you have time until 8th October.
Parasailing, the perfect mix between sea and air
Enjoy the sea breeze from the air with this discipline that combines skydiving and water sports. Parasailing will allow you to fly sitting while a boat guides your way through the waves, an which you can live experience very close to Twentytú!
Balloon flight on the Montseny, floating on the mountains
Floating above the Montseny Natural Park is the best way to experience its spectacular landscapes. Enjoy a unique balloon flight while viewing its beautiful mountains from a bird’s eye view. Let the wind guide you!
The Forum Urban Forest, Skill and Adventure
The first adventure park within the city allows you to choose between three types of circuits according to your age and your level of courage: orange for the little ones, blue for the whole family and red for thrill seekers. Show your skill in the heights!
Sports driving, luxury and speed
If you dream of driving a luxurious sports car but you can’t afford to buy one, here’s our solution: a circuit that will allow you to drive a Ferrari or a Lamborghini (among others) on a race track. Just like a professional driver!
And if after so many strong emotions you toned to recharge batteries nearby our hostel, remember these 10 things you can do near Twentytú and say goodbye to boredom!
At this time of the year, our neighbourhood, Poblenou, celebrates its popular fest. From 8th to 17th September there are plenty of activities, workshops and events for all ages and interests. We know it might be difficult to plan your schedule with such an extensive programme, so we have picked the essential so that you make the most of Poblenou’s popular Fest.
Whereas you are staying at Twentytú Hostel or if you just want to stop by our beloved neighbourhood, do not miss the festive atmosphere at Poblenou streets and, of course, the beaches!
Poblenou against sexism and supporting cultural diversity
Festa major de Poblenou (Poblenou popular Fest) has put special effort this year in fighting sexist aggressions, by setting an action protocol during the festive days and also an informative stand to promote a safe festivity. They also want to encourage cultural diversity with food and handicraft stands from all over the world, as well as multicultural games for kids.
Popular meals with solidarity purposes
Amongst the great offer of popular meals, we recommend the Bingo jamón (“Ham bingo”), a typical meal at the neighbourhood, which combines the bingo game with iberico tasting. And if you want to give back while having a good time, don’t miss the solidary vermouth, an aperitif which takes place on Saturday 9th at noon. All the benefits will be put aside for social causes.
Art, music and technology: the neighbourhood’s essence
Check the complete programme of Poblenou popular Fest to pick your favourite activities among talks, exhibits, workshops and varied concerts. And don’t miss the chance of taking part in sports and leisure activities for the whole family, such as the spinning top workshop, yoga lessons, table football championship… and many more!
Gegants parade with the well-known 36 parrot
To close the Fest, there will be a Gegants parade (traditionally Catalan giant figures led by one person), with gegants from all over Catalunya. One of them is the famous “36 parrot”, a figure created by Poblenou neighbours to pay tribute to a very popular bird in the district. Back in the 60s this bird used to live at a bar just in front of the final stop of the 36 tramway.
The bird’s whistle mimicked so well the way the railway manager whistled that it caused confusion and traffic chaos. In fact, at some point it all went so crazy that the top manager of Barcelona tramways himself asked the bird’s owner to keep the animal inside the bar. Check out the hat and whistle that this gegant features, both of which are memories of its history.
Now that you know everything that this popular fest can offer, have a look at our post 10 things to do near Twentytú and don’t miss a single spot of our neighbourhood, sometimes called Barcelona’s “Brooklyn”.
Let’s have some fun!
When the night falls in Barcelona, the beach spirit doesn’t go to sleep, it moves from the sand to the dozens of Beach Club spread all over the coast of Barcelona. Feeling curious? Follow us around the best Beach Clubs until the sun rises!
Before going to any of the Beach Clubs next to Barcelona beaches here are some tips that you may not know and that will be very useful:
- If you want to have lunch or dinner at one of the Beach Clubs in Barcelona, booking is essential, especially if it’s Summer, as they can be quite crowded.
- Nightclubs have VIP lists or flyers with a discount or free entry that usually Public Relations hand out around the club. You can also sign up for VIP lists that you will find online.
- Although the clubs are a few metres from the beach, they usually have a strict dress code, so look into it before picking your outfit if you don’t want to be left out.
We start the route in one of the most chic Beach Clubs in the city and where it’s not uncommon to see on stage pop or electronic musiccelebrities like David Guetta, Bruno Mars or Jason Derulo. Also, among the audience and attendees it’s quite usual to find football players or actors. A safe bet if you like commercial music and VIP circles.
Don’t forget that they are usually quite demanding at the door with the dress code so we recommend leaving shorts, sneakers and flip-flops in the suitcase.
Carpe Diem Lounge Club
We recommend CDLC if you’re looking for an intimate and eclectic culture from all over the world; Asian, Arabic and Indian fusion with Mediterranean touches both in food and decor. One of the club’s strengths is its theme nights; The ladies night, evenings for the nostalgic of vintage houses or for black music lovers. You choose!
The iconic club born in Ibiza 50 years ago also has a presence in Barcelona with a smaller club but with the same philosophy. Three areas for all tastes; electronic music, hip-hop music and a terrace by the beach.
The atmosphere is usually quite young so don’t forget your ID card because they usually ask for it 😉
Salt (Hotel W)
This Beach Club is not on the beach, but rather within it! In the heart of Barceloneta you will find this club run by the Hotel W where from Friday to Sunday they throw the ‘Summer Sound’ evenings.
If you are lucky, you can sit on the seafront and enjoy a privileged sunset. Choosing between a smoothie or a signature cocktail will be your biggest concern in this urban paradise.
Under the huge sculpture of the fish by Frank O. Gehry is one of the most popular clubs of the Olympic Village: Bestial Beach Club. A Mediterranean restaurant by the day with a simple but good menu, and a musical nightclub with good atmosphere until 5 in the morning.
Casanova Beach Club
We move away from Barcelona a little to go to the Casanova Beach Club, a chillout in the purest Ibizan style; Balinese beds, pool, quality food, nice music…
To get there from Twentytú you only have to take the R2 line at the Clot train station and get off at the Castelldefels Platja stop.