Once again, the district of Poblenou celebrated on December 16 the expected Open Night party formed by more than 80 spaces associated with Poblenou Urban District whose objective is to open the doors to all the public to offer activities of all type, as for example, aerial dance shows, exhibitions, gastronomic days or concerts.
The Open Night turned into a magical night vert enthusiastic to all the visitors. In particular, Hostel Twentytú, took advantage of this opening of doors, with its consequent influx of capacity, to organize an evening of solidarity whose share of the benefits would go to the Catalan Down Syndrome Foundation. To this solidarity event, the young people of the Joan Llongueres School of Music wanted to join it offering a spectacular and entertaining rock concert and, afterwards, put the finishing touch the chorus of boys and girls with Down Syndrome belonging to the Foundation and the School which became the stars of the event.
After the musical part, being held in the Twentytú room, the evening continued in the terrace with a Show Cooking of Fideuá accompanied by a DJ session with the breathtaking views that this space offers.
On the other hand, other establishments celebrated their Open Night with success. Specifically, Sala Razzmatazz celebrated its already legendary “Open Night After Party” or the organization Poblenou Urban District that carried out the activity called “Urban Club” that was held in the multifunctional hall of the BAU (Center of Design University of Barcelona) filling the Concert space, cocktails, swing dances and gastronomic spots.
Finally, we have to say that, it has already reached to the third edition and it seems that many more are expected due to its gradually positioning as one of the most important festivities in Barcelona since every year it fulfills its objectives: To show the different spaces of Poblenou, the neighborhood itself, its history and, above all, to enjoy an unforgettable evening.
The Christmas spirit is spreading all over Barcelona streets and plans multiply for those who are visiting our city. Markets, fairs, concerts and much more to experience the Christmas holiday like locals do!
In Barcelona there are many Christmas markets but three of them stand out; the Santa Llúcia market (in front of the cathedral), the Sagrada Familia market (at the foot of the famous Gaudi building) and Fira dels Reis in Gran Vía Avenue. The first two are open until December 23rd and the last one until January 6th. Although you probably have already decorated your home, you can always pick some typical souvenirs of our Christmas tradition as the Tió or Caganer.
And as in Twentytú we can’t stop thinking about Sustainable Tourism, we recommend you the Responsible Consumption Fair that takes place in Catalunya Square, where more than 40 stands are showing their sustainable products and services as leisureor educational activities, poetry reading and musical performances.
The poetic Nativity Scene by the Barcelona City Council
The traditional Nativity Scene, set by the Barcelona City Council at Sant Jaume Square, has arrived with controversy this year. That’s because baby Jesus, Saint Joseph and the Virgin Mary rest in bubbles along with other elements that aren’t related to traditional Christmas; a calf with skis, a couple dancing or a tree with hanging houses.
Snow in Barcelona
In our city this year it is expected to snow, but not in the way are you imagining. Until 9th January the façade of Casa Batlló, one of the symbols of modernism in Barcelona, is covered with more than 3,000 snowflakes throughout the day. The colour white also has a leading role inside the building as snow falls on a large Christmas tree that you will see only if you buy the entrance ticket. In addition, you should know that all money collected from the sale of tickets between 19th and 9th January is going to be donated to the Fundación Aldeas Infantiles SOS Catalunya, a charity for orphaned children.
Ice skating and a giant slide
Who says that you can’t ice skate in Christmas in Barcelona? In Hospitalet, just over 15 minutes from the center of the city, you will find is Kaliu Park, a playful space that has a 1,600 square meter ice rink and a 50 meter long ice slide. In addition, in the same enclosure there is a Christmas fair for children where you will surely live Christmas again like when you were a child!
Kaliu Park is open from 11am to 2pm on weekdays and until 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Holiday Eve.
And if you want to start the Christmas day with energy and contribute to the history of Barcelona, you can join the Copa Nadal, a swimming race that has been organized for more than 100 years to welcome the holiday season. You still have time to register!
Let’s go to the theatre with “Els pastorets”
The Gran Teatre del Liceu organizes each year for Christmas the most typical concert of these dates; Els Pastorets de Folch i Torres, the Catalan piece that has been played most times until the date. This play is the most typical representation for these dates throughout Catalonia and it explains the origin of Christmas from the point of view of the shepherds.
The Three Wise Men Parade
And to finish and say goodbye to Christmas in Barcelona, there is nothing better than to get close to seeing one of the most magical shows of these days: the Three Wise Men Parade of Barcelona, which is going to begin on January 5 at 16.30 in the Moll de la Fusta.
We just have to wish you a Merry Christmas from the Twentytú team. We hope that we can enjoy the holidays all together!
When offices close and it’s the time to go home, in Barcelona there is always a better alternative to relax and recharge batteries: the afterworks. Locals where to connect with coworkers, new friends or people from different countries when you seek to escape the routine, schedules and boredom. Do you want to sign up for this afterwork fashion? We give you the best selection!
As if it were a Social Club of the 50’s, Collage is a place full of elegance and good manners. Their barman prepare cocktails – in the menu you have the history of each one of them – that are adapted to the seasonal products and to the new trends from all over the world. The best? Watch as their waiters prepare the cocktails as if they had a secret powder; Flowers, vegetables, fruits and even fire!
From 7pmthe Metrik Market goes from being a daytime food market to a gastrobar and musical night club for all those who want to enjoy the Barcelona brand; cobblestones like those of the Eixample’s tiles or an old boat of the theme park of Montjuic. They Often organize snacks, live performances or art exhibitions, so don’t forget to check their schedule.
If you want to travel to New York without leaving Barcelona, you can’t miss the afterwork at the Hyde Club. Every Thursday from 8.30pm they host a party that welcomes the weekend and is enlivened with concerts or sessions of international DJs. To eat you have free appetizers based on sushi, pasta, pizza or risotto. Don’t forget to book in its website!
And if you’re looking for a more relaxed afterwork and very close to Twentytú, Kaizen afterwork is the place. Good atmosphere, elaborate cocktails and soft music to enjoy a good conversation between friends. Our recommended cocktail: the sexy kaizen!
The kitsch place par excellence in Barcelona also offers a very complete afterwork, in this case it takes place the second day of the week under the name “Everything taste my Tuesday” from 8.30pm and until all you can eat! For 6 euros you have a glass of wine or beer and a pecking of montaditos, salads, hummus or sausages, to the rhythm of the best 70s and 80s music.
And although it’s not within reach of all pockets, we recommend one of the most special afterworks: Mutis, a clandestine bar that has had distinguished clients such as Woody Allen, Robert De Niro or Rusell Crowe. A floor of unknown location that awaits you with a faint light, elaborate dishes and a very select customers.
We will deny to have said a word about this, but to get a reservation you can call or drop by Bar Mut and ask how to get a table in this private club. Don’t give us away!
And don’t forget that the Twentytú terrace can also be your sanctuary after a hard day. Precisely tomorrow we celebrate the Open Night there with concerts, DJ, fideuà showcooking and even special cocktails! If you want to know all the events that we organize just check our social media 🙂
In Twentytú, in addition to working on sustainability of the planet – we are the first hostel to receive Biosphere certification – we try to support all those projects that aim to improve the world we live in. That’s why, in November, we do our bit to collaborate with the City to City Barcelona FAD Award, awards that reward the best solutions to complex urban situations. In this case, Twentytú is hosting one of this year’s award winners Lampedusa Hamburg FC, a football team formed by young refugees who will receive the honourable mention in the ninth edition of the awards ceremony.
Lampedusa Hamburg FC is an example of overcoming and perseverance. This project is intended to raise awareness of the situation of refugees around the world, but especially in Europe, with the aim of demanding a more efficient political management. For this reason, we wanted to facilitate their visit and try that the team, as in Hamburg, feel at home in Twentytú. Their stay in the hostel will last for 4 days (from 26th to 30th November) for the 11 members of the team and their 3 trainers, and they will be provided with bed and breakfast in the hostel.
Image by courtesy of Barcelona FC
Young people from 16 years old and from different nationalities arrived to Hamburg (Germany) -where they live at the moment- in the winter of 2012/2013 from the Italian island of Lampedusa, which serves as an entrance to Europe for many people that run away from wars of countries in conflict such as Syria or Libya.
The FC Lampedusa Hamburg’s diary in Barcelona
The club doesn’t only come to collect its prize but also, taking advantage of his stay in Barcelona, have they organized a series of events? to spread thwie project. They started yesterday (27th November) at the Joan Gamper Sportcity in Sant Joan Despí, where they played a friendly match with the Barcelona Youth Team , Penya Blaugrana Vallirana, which ended with the victory of the local team by 10 to 0. Yesterday they were sitting on a roundtable called “Football as an instrument of welcome and integration”, where social educators, pedagogues and the general public participated, in addition to the 3 coaches that accompany the team.
Image by courtesy of Barcelona FC
Finally, today the awards ceremony of the City to City Barcelona FAD Awards is taking place in the Saló de Cent of the Barcelona City Council, where the whole team will be there to pick up the mention in an act that will be presided over by the mayor of the city, Ada Colau.
We just have to wish all the luck in the world to this initiative so that they can export their idea to other football clubs and to the sport in general, where there is no difference between refugees, immigrants or locals, but only between players of one team or the other.
Where can we go for a drink? For sure you’ve asked that question sometimes. Today we propose the most original bars in Barcelona. Eccentric and retro places in our city where you can spend a nice time with your friends.
The Bike Club, bikes and coffee
Carrer de Sepúlveda, 6
Although the trend began in London, Barcelona hosts ‘The Bike Club’, a space where you can drink a beer, a coffee, a juice or eating a piece of homemade cake or a tasteful Mexican taco while you are waiting for your bike to be fixed.
Furthermore, this ‘coffee cycle’ (the popular term used for these places) also offers Wi-Fi and free iPads to plan your bike route. It is for sure that the waiting time will be worth!
El Bosc de les Fades, a magic place in the city
Passatge de la Banca, 7
A few steps from the Rambla, in a hidden alley, you can find one of the bars with a most eccentric decor Barcelona. Straight after entering the bar, you will dive into a real fantasy world, surrounded by wild trees, stars on the ceiling and crickets singing next you.
Although the prices are not that cheap, it is totally worth having a coffee, a drink or a snack surrounded by this environment. And if you prefer to enjoy the nightlife, do not miss some of the cocktails offered after the sunset.
Bharma, “Lost” in a bar
Carrer de Pere IV, 93
If you are a fan of Lost, this is your place. And it is located just 10 minutes’ walk from Twentytú! The Bharma bar is the only one in the city dedicated to this phenomenon, with multiple decorations inside, such as the Oceanic plane embedded in the mountains, the hatch or Sawyer’s letter, among other treasures.
You cannot miss trying the different Bharma beers. According to their owners they are made in the Black Rock, which ran aground on the island due to the ability to attract boats and airplanes with a magnetic field.
And be aware if you visit the toilet! Inside them you can hear the sound of “black smoke” from the monster, one of the major mysteries of the island.
Las Cuevas de Sorte, the Gothic grotto
Carrer d’en Gignàs, 2,
This bar is a hole carved in stone in Gignàs street, in the Gothic Quarter, and one of the hidden gems of Barcelona. Once we enter through the wooden door, the cave is decorated like an ancient grotto. A very picturesque site that it is worth to visit with a delicious mojito or a fruit juice in your hand.
Sor Rita, the virgin of the libertines
Carrer de la Mercè, 27
If Almodóvar had a bar in Barcelona, that would be Sor Rita. A place full of kistch decoration, heels on the ceiling, glitter, leopard walls, photos of divas of the 21st century,…and at the end of the room, an image of Sister Rita -his muse- that prays unconventional prayers.
Music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s for those feeling melancholic and cocktails for all tastes. Don’t forget to visit their theme nights with karaoke, tarot and even cabaret shows!
Les Gens que J’aime, a place for bohemians
Carrer de València, 286
Chairs, red velvet chairs and carpet are the main characters of this traditional pub from the 60s. It is located within a walking distance from busy Paseo de Gracia, but when we enter it we anchor in time in a Parisian atmosphere. If after reading the menu you don’t know what to order, we recommend you to delight yourself with a strawberry daiquiri. The bar is very small, so we recommend not going too late because maybe it will be packed.
Which one do you prefer? In Barcelona there are bars for every taste that are worth visiting during your visit to the city. Cheers!
The most famous tapa of Barcelona is ‘bombas’ (bombs), a delicious combination of potatoes, meat and sauce prepared in many bars in the neighborhood of Barceloneta following the original recipe for over 60 years. Whet your appetite? Today we go for tapas in the bars where they do the best ‘bombas’ in town!
La Cova Fumada
If you want to discover the real ‘bomba’ of Barcelona, the Cova Fumada is your place. More than 60 years ago Maria Pla, the grandmother of the family, created this ‘tapa’, which a costumer named ‘bomba’ for its spiciness.
It is a place where it seems that time has stopped, not only for its decoration which has barely changed since it opened, but also for the 100% homemade tapas and for the friendly service. They don’t accept reservations and it is always very busy, but a visit is worth.
It is the second bar that started to make ‘bombas’ after Cova Fumada, but here they call them ‘bombetas’, like the name of the restaurant. Although prices are somewhat higher than in other bars in the area, the long queues every weekend are not a coincidence.
Although it has been recently refurbished, Can Ramonet continues to maintain its quality and menu, which includes its crispy ‘bomba’ with a touch of black pepper. The portions are individual and a bit more expensive than usual, but they keep the genuine flavor of seafood dishes.
Can Ramonet became too small and nowadays they also have Nou Ramonet (New Ramonet), a place with a more relax atmosphere and with less tourists. We recommend you not to miss the famous lobster rice.
This small winery of Barceloneta has modernized the ‘bomba’ making small changes to the recipe. That’s why we can talk about gourmet ‘bomba’ that also have some extra ingredients like chorizo, black sausage or ham.
A retro environment from the 50s full of personality that you can visit if you want to try a different ‘bomba’ from the traditional ones. Do not forget to ask for the suggestions of the day!
This restaurant located in Born stands out as a new space with a cool decoration but it doesn’t mean that they don’t do the traditional ‘bomba’. The terrace in Baceloneta Square is a small oasis of peace amidst the bustling neighborhood where you will also find an extensive menu with eggs parmentier and, of course, the ‘bombas’!
Do you dare to try Barcelona’s ‘bomba’? An explosion of taste in your mouth that you can find at only two subway stops from Twentytú Hostel Barcelona!
If you want to live a horrifying Halloween in Barcelona this year, here it is our guide to discover the most scary urban legends that happened in different city locations and that had as main characters vampires, a ghost train and the bed of a hostel.
Enriqueta, the vampire of Raval
According to publications of the century Enriqueta Martí was one of the cruelest serial killer of the black history of Barcelona. She was nanny who became a prostitute and began to offer her healer services. For her remedies, it is said that she used human remains of dozens of children that she killed before.
She was arrested in her apartment at the number 29 of Poniente Street (currently named Joaquin Costa), thanks to a tip-off from a neighbor and finally, before the trial, it is said that she was lynched in prison by other prisoners.
The ghost train of Sagrada Familia
Next to Sagrada Familia line 5 metro stop there is an abandoned station called Gaudí, a project that never ended due to shortage of money. Since then it is said that if by passing Sagrada Familia stop you look through the window you will see faceless passengers waiting for the train, shadows and if you are lucky, the shining white train, as the one that should have been there.
The killer bed of Flor de Lliri Street
In the 17th century there was in Barcelona a guesthouse located in Flor de Lliri Street, where it is said that guests who according to the owner they could have money were murdered. These travelers were given a room with a bed through a bent that doubled up and killed them. The legend says that their bodies were served later for the other guests at the restaurant.
Felip Neri, the square of walking dead
Felip Neri is an oasis of peace amid the ‘barrio gótico’ of Barcelona that was built on the old medieval cemetery of the Montjuic Bishop. It is said that one night a wealthy young man went out from a whorehouse with a friend, took a skull and said that something would have done to be like that. The same night he heard three knocks on his door and when he looked out the window he saw a skeleton with a skull under his arm and he died straight after. Furthermore, if you look to the walls of the church of the square you will see the marks of the bomb dropped on January 30 1938 during the Spanish civil war which killed 42 people, most of them children.
The girl of the curved road
Also known as the “ghost hitchhiker” is a classic urban legend. A girl dressed in white is making hitchhiking in the curved road of Arrabassada in Barcelona – seems that the story also happened in other curve roads along the country – and warns the driver about the danger of that area. Then, the girl disappears from the back seat of the vehicle and when the driver returns to the point where he picked her before he is told that the woman died some years ago in a car accident at the same point. This is a legend circulating for a long time: for decades it was said that the girl in the corner kept the riders to go up to the horses’ carriage and now the version has been modernized.
Are you ready to walk through the corners that hide the scariest black story of Barcelona? Happy Halloween to everyone!
Twentytú renews its commitment to sustainable tourism and was invited to the international conference of the Biosphere Responsible Tourism certificate, held on October 14 in the Portuguese town of Évora.
Under the title “Biosphere. A small but sustainable accommodation”, Ignasi Uñó, on behald of Twentytú, explained the priorities of our hostel from the sustainable and responsible side, as well as the respect for the environment tourism, the economic promotion of 22@ district and the social initiatives carried out.
Other speakers stressed the importance of having a tourist destination seal and the increasing of sustainable accommodations. They also approached the new challenges of responsible tourism in the Portuguese region of Alentejo and Ribatejo, that signed the compromise to become Biosphere Destination.
More than 250 people attended the event, including professionals from the tourism sector, hotel directors, representatives of Tourism of Portugal and the Secretary of State of the Government of Portugal, Ana Mendes.
Barcelona and Cataluña, sustainable tourism destinations
In the same way that Twentytú was the first hostel in the world with the Biosphere certification, Cataluña became the first Biosphere Destination as a whole.
Barcelona, Vall d’Aran and Sitges already have this certificate granted by the Responsible Tourism Institute, an organisation linked with UNESCO. During the sustainable tourism event in Évora, Sitges was the main focus in one of the conferences, where the city was presented as a case of success after obtaining the sustainable seal last June.
2017, Year of Sustainable Tourism
Furthermore, 2017 will be the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, with the aim to promote and create worldwide awareness about the importance of playing a responsible tourism.
From Twentytú we are fully committed in all actions to explain the benefits of implementing sustainable and responsible tourism policies.
Otaku are already putting on their finery for the event of the year: the 22nd edition of the Barcelona Manga Fair. Comic legends, Youtubers, Cosplay, Japanese culture and many more surprises in a year that aims to beat all records achieved so far.
Barcelona Manga Fair became a must event for Manga lovers. Two days full of stands, presentations, gastronomy of the Land of the Rising Sun and lot of activities related with the Japanese culture. This year one of the main attractions will be the literature of Japan, a country where people read an average of 46 books a year! Furthermore, lot of mangas have been inspired in some of the books that you will be able to find in the space dedicated to the Japanese literary tradition “Spirit of Japan”, which will have as special guests the two famous Japanese narratives Banana Yoshimoto y Mitsuyo Kakuta.
Another major theme of this year is the exhibition “The Origins of Manga”, where you can explore more than 1,000 years of Japanese art history. This background before the modern Manga comics is represented with comic strips, satire and representations of everyday stories from different eras.
Luxury guests and franchise
As every year, the fair has the best mangakas among its highlights. This year, after the Pokémon phenomenon, Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamammota, authors of the animation of the moment, could not be missed.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, the Japanese authors are the guests of honour of this edition; they will join a master class, answer fans’ questions and sign books to those who win it in a raffle. Just remember that they will only accept books published by Norma Editorial.
Another of the Manga stars that will visit the fair is the provocative Toshio Maeda, an icon of hentai (pornographic Manga) that has always been fighting to bypass Japanese censorship with the well known creature tentacles that appear in his stories.
And also through the main door will enter Yo-Kai Watch, one of the Japanese franchises of the moment that is succeeding among children and adults. The Yo-Kai Watch universe invades Montjuic fair through different planned activities; flash mobs, gymkhana, projections and also an area specially designed for children.
Although the fair focuses on the Japanese Manga, there is also room for recognition for the Manga of our country. This year, the show will host the 7th edition of Manga Fair Awards that recognize the best works of Manga and anime published in Spain between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016. The voting is open, so if you haven’t participated yet you can do it through their website. Among the different categories we can find the best Manga Fanzine, the best anime series or movie or the best Shojo Manga, gender especially focused on girls.
This year the Fair wants to get bigger. Therefore, the organization wants to beat all records from previous years. This year, the otaku fair occupies 70,000 square meters (10,000 more than last year), expands its hours from nine to nine (except Tuesday, that it will close one hour before) and expects to surpass the record of visitors (137,000 last year).
Where? Fira Barcelona Montjuic (Stop Plaça Espanya, line 1 and line 3).
When? From 29th October to 1st November.
Tickets available at Ficomic
Today we present you the businesses with more history of the city, unique establishments that have stood the test of time and are part of the tourist appeal of our city. 211 Barcelona emblematic shops are protected by the City Council with actions focused to ensuring their survival. Today we go shopping around some of them and we want you to join us!
Can Culleretes, the oldest restaurant in Barcelona (1786)
230 years ago Manubens Agut family founded a Cremerie that sold custard, chocolate, ice cream and other sweets. Now it has become the oldest restaurant in Barcelona and, also to continue serving homemade desserts, offers a full menu of traditional Catalan food. Despite being an emblematic place where they have hosted artists, politicians and celebrities of all kinds, the dishes of Can Culleretes are available to suit all budgets.
Herbolari del Rei (1818)
If you like natural remedies can go to this herbalist who can brag about having been the official supplier of the Spanish royal house when Josep Vila, its first owner, was named herbalist Chamber of Elizabeth II in 1857. In addition, in 2006 this unique space became a Parisian perfumery for the filming of the movie “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer”.
The King of Magic (1881)
In Princesa Street you’ll find this little shop dedicated to magic and illusionism where you can find wands, decks of cards and, especially, hundreds of manuals to do magic tricks. Last summer, the current owners of The King of Magic bought another of the most legendary stores of Barcelona called El Ingenio (1838) when its owner was about to close down. There you can find costumes, party and jokes items, and its key product, big heads called “capgrossos” that are used in many popular festivals of Catalonia.
Els Quatre Gats (1897)
This restaurant was the meeting point for great intellectuals of Modernist Barcelona and today it still retains much of the bohemian atmosphere which was imported from Paris in the late nineteenth century. Pablo Picasso was one of the most loyal customers of Quatre Gats and he also exhibited there his first paintings and designed the poster that still welcomes at the entrance of the premises.
Escribà Pastry (1906)
In 1906 a coal supplier called Mateu Serra opened a bakery in Barcelona. 20 years later his daughter married a young baker named Antoni Escribà, and they had 4 children who also followed the Escribà Pastry. Today Antony’s grandchildren are the ones who keep the family business which is famous for its fancy cakes and spectacular artworks in the shape of sweet. If you have a sweet tooth, come to visit them!
But not only the shops that still remain keep their plate. Those stores that couldn’t bear the rent increases, the pressure of urban planning or lack of successors, have also left their mark on nameplates that you will find in dozens of corners around the city. We challenge you to find them for yourself!