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!
Barcelona has been the scene of great stories, and although many are real, hundreds of them happen in the minds of writers who have chosen Barcelona to set their novels. Postwar experiences, family dramas, medieval stories or police investigations taking place in the streets of Barcelona. Do you want to find out more about it?
Today we move between the pages of these novels to know a little more about the literary Barcelona
The Shadow of the Wind
One of the stories to best discover the most enigmatic corners of Barcelona. Felip Neri Square, Santa Ana Street, Arc del Teatre or the “Quatre Gats” restaurant are just some of the settings where Daniel Sempere tries to discover the story of Julian Carax, the author of “The Shadow of the Wind”.
If you want to follow the footsteps of Sempere, you can join any of the routes that are organized to visit the most emblematic places where the novel is set.
Cathedral of the Sea
It’s been 10 years since Ildefonso Falcones publish this global bestseller that has celebrated its 10h anniversary with the publication of the second part of the novel and that soon will be released on the small screen with the most ambitious Spanish TV series in recent years.
The story, which is located in Barcelona in the fourteenth century, explains the construction of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar in the Born, and the changes of the city over the years through the eyes of young Arnau Estanyol.
The time of the doves
Natalia, also known as “Colometa”, is the visible face of this novel that portrays a postwar Barcelona where many women are resigned to the life that has been assigned for them. A story full of contradictory feelings that begins in the Plaça del Diamant, a square in Gràcia district that today pays tribute to the novel with a statue dedicated to its main character. Translated into over 30 languages, it is considered to be the most important work of Rodoreda and one of the most representative novels of the Catalan literature.
Inspector Salgado Trilogy
We move nowto the XXI century to enter fully in the trilogy of Toni Hill crime novels made of three works; “The summer of the dead toys”,” The Good Suicides” and “The Hiroshima Lovers”. The main character of all this stories is inspector Salgado, an Argentine who lives in Barcelona trying to solve different criminal cases that happen in the city. Some of the places mentioned in this novel are the Barcelona metro, airport or city squares during 15M social protests in 2011.
The City of Marvels
Eduardo Mendoza’s novel tells the story of Barcelona’s evolution between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, when he city hosted two events which modernized city; the Universal Exhibition of 1888 in the Ciutadella and the International Exhibition of 1929. The Moll de la Fusta, the Eixample district or the three smokestacks of Poble Sec are other settings for the story of Onofre Bouvila, the main character.
These are just some of the stories that happen in the literary Barcelona, but not all of them. Have you read any novel set in Barcelona or any other city? We’d love to hear about it!
If you are visiting Barcelona and you want to learn more about Spanish architecture but don’t have enough time, Poble Espanyol is the solution that you’re looking for. An architectural museum where you can visit the most characteristic atmosphere of Spain without leaving our city. Do you want to discover it? Follow us and you won’t get lost!
The architectural museum of Barcelona is composed by 117 buildings in real size and nearly 50,000 square meters and was created for the International Exhibition of 1929. Although in the beginning the idea was that Poble Espanyol was open only during this international event, the great reception that it had, it became one of the most popular tourist attractions.
Walking through its streets, it is easy to imagine that you are in many places miles awayfrom Barcelona; Castilla squares, white and cozy streets of Andalusia and the Renaissance Town Hall Vallderobres (Aragon). Don’t look for the most famous buildings of the Spanish geography because you won’t find it, however you will find the most tipycal buildings and architectural styles in Spanish cities and towns.
The buildings and streets are completed with three contemporary art spaces; Fran Daurel Museum, where you can enjoy works of the best representatives of Spanish art like Picasso, Miró and Dalí, the Guinovart Space dedicated to abstract art of the painter and sculptor Josep Guinovart and the sculpture garden with an impressive viewpoint from where you can enjoy Barcelona’s skyline.
The craftsmanship is still alive inside the walls
Probably when you travel to a city you find shopping streets which are very similar and offer the same brands and stores. Poble Espanyol offers a more original alternative: across its streets you will discover more than 30 artisans working by hand to offer unique and quality pieces.
Inside the walls of Poble Espanyol you can also find restaurants if you want to recharge your batteries or refresh with a drink.
Poble Espanyol doesn’t close at night
If you woke up late and want to stay up until sunset, you should know that, especially in the Summer, Poble Espanyol doesn’t close its doors at night. Inside the enclosure there are two nightclubs; La Terrrazza, a club located in a typical Majorcan manor house, and Input, a Baroque palace that hosts sessions of electronic music and techno. Moreover in its Major square has hosted concerts by famous artists like Pet Shop Boys, Alicia Keys, Bob Dylan or Jamiroquai.
On Summer evenings you can also enjoy the outdoor Mecal shortfilm Festival, the Blues nights and the outdoor cinema with karaoke Sing along with films like Mamma Mia, Dirty Dancing or Grease.
The Poble Espanyol entry costs 10.40 for adults (5.60 from 20 hours) but it doesn’t include tickets to the clubs, shows or concerts.
Now that you know everything about Poble Espanyol prepare your trip through Spain without leaving Barcelona! Here’s the map in case you want to prepare your own route.
In August the summer heat doesn’t leave Barcelona, so there’s nothing better than to take a dip. The beach is one of the major attractions of our city, but if you don’t feel comfortable with the sand, you have alternatives to spend the day in a relaxed atmosphere to cool yourself off. Today we’re going to revisit the best city pools’ routes for all tastes and all ages.
Torre de les aigües: the beach of the Eixample district
A large tower stands in the center of this beautiful pool in the middle of the modernist Eixample district. Moreover, instead of the usual grass, you’ll find a very comfortable fine sand to sunbathe like if you were on the beach. The pool has an acceptable size having in mind that is placed in the middle of the city and the entrance is very affordable: it costs only 1.55 euros. Besides, for 8.90 euros you have a credit for 10 tickets.
Picornell pool: feel olympic
Picornell swimming pools are located at Montjuïc park, famous for being one of the most memorable scenarios of the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games, and also for being the stage where the video for the suggestive song “Slow” by Kylie Minogue was filmed. The admission ticket costs 11.85 euros for adults, but you’ll also have access to the gym and the spa zones. Moreover, if you practice nudism, there are special schedules to practice it in the indoor pool.
Creueta del Coll Park: the Summer pond
This large pond, located in Gracia district, is transformed into a swimming pool during the summer to let you cool yourself off during the hot summer days. The pond is a part of the park which shares the same name. It wasopened in 1976, and it’s open from the sunrise until sunset.. Although
it’s not a traditional pool, it also offers you all kind of services, such as showers, umbrellas and a sickroom for any emergency. How much costs the entry? Just 2.25 euros!
Atlètic- Barceloneta Swimming Club: with a view to the Mediterranean
If you want to enjoy a swimming pool and a beach day, Atlètic-Barceloneta Swimming Club is your best choice. Birthplace of the Barcelona water polo team, has enviable views ofthe Mediterranean Sea that you can enjoy even if you’re not a member of the club for just 12.90 euros.
Forum Baths: the sea pool
In the surroundings of Twentytú Hostel you can find this saltwater pool that, although it’s close to the sea and has an access by stairs built with cement. It’s a very quiet place, perfect to go with children because it provides facilities like showers, bathrooms and closets, and also a surveillance chair provided by the Red Cross.
Esportiu Llobregat Park: Cool design
It’s one of the most modern swimming pools in Barcelona and was designed by the renowned Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza Vieira. The pool is a part of the sports complex with the same name located in Cornellà, a town that is located just over 20 minutes from Barcelona by train. The admission fee is 5.20 euros and you can spend all day there (from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm).
We’re sure that suddenly you feel the urge to take a bath, so choose the pool that you prefer and jump in to it right in!
The streets of Barcelona’s Gràcia District are completing the details of their preparations to fill of colour and fantasy one of the most emblematic neighbourhoods of the city. The normal life of this district is transformed for over a week to receive the thousands of visitors that are attracted to this show for the sight. Today we give you the keys to make the most of the smallest district of Barcelona and its festival.
The first notice of Gràcia festivities appears in a newspaper dating from 1850 where there is already talk of how neighbors decorated their streets -even when the neighborhood wasn’t part of the city of Barcelona- for the arrival of the festivities. A tradition that endures until today, and it’s not surprising, because each year brings more curious people desirous of living the festivity as a neighbour more. Although this is a difficult task, if you’re not a regular at the Gràcia festivities, don’t worry about that because we’ll give the keys to survive the most colourful festivities in Barcelona:
Don’t stay only at the most famous streets
We know you’ll want to go see the streets that everybody is talking about, as Verdi or Travessia de Sant Antoni, but is better don’t go with the flow and forget to follow the crowds. There are 20 streets waiting, included two new this year and any of them can be a winner!
Don’t forget to look up
Although less known, there is also a balconies and entrances competition, where about thirty communities are involved in decorating their own homes.
Join the popular food and forget the fast food
We also recommend that you take a cold beer and a tapa in one of the many bars there to regain strength.
Makest the most the other shows!
Although the decorated streets are the main attraction of Gràcia festivities, you shouldn’t forget that there are many more activities that you can enjoy. Concerts, dances, plays, the fair… and of course, the famous “Colla de Diables de Gràcia”, a large group of people of all ages are dressed as a devil to provide a show of fire, music and unmatched dance.
You’ll soon realize that you’ll be queuing for everything; to go to the bathroom, to order food, to access the streets, and even, to leave them. Heat will be another one of your companions during the day, so prepare a survival kit with a fan and water because we are sure that you will need it.
Download the Festes de Gràcia app
If you don’t want to lose any of Gràcia festivities, we suggest you to that download the mobile app which is now for Android and iOS and in wich you’ll find all the events and services available. In addition, there are also spots where QR codes are placed and let you know the daily Schedule of each place.
We give you a preview of what you’ll find this year between the streets of Gràcia to whet your appetite; masquerades, the Catalan rumba or the Jules Verne’s universe are just some of the themes that await you between 15th and 20th August.
See you in the streets!
Pokémon Go also lives in Barcelona streets, where Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle await you in many corners of the city. If you want to discover all about the local Pokémon keep reading.
More than a week ago the phenomenon of augmented reality arrived to Spain, although the most anxious had the game even some days before. Barcelona was beginning to flood small pocket monsters that have revolutionized people of all ages. Now Pokefans daily meet at many spots around the city to hunt those Pokémon which they have not caught yet, why not, share tips and tricks to get more and more creatures.
In addition, it seems that Pokémon have adapted very well to the Barcelona environment, and you can find Pokémon adapted to water, such as Tentacool octopus or rock Onix near the Port Olímpic, and to the ground as Pidgeot, something similar to a dove who is having a bad day, and it lives in several city parks.
Gyms and PokeStops
If you’re a Pokefan you must know that you can only find PokeStops when you go out to hunt. However, more advanced users explain that Ingress -the first game of the creators of Pokémon Go- has locations that match most of the time with Pokémon Go stops.
Anyway, we can assure you where there are the most important gyms in Barcelona where you can train your Pokémon. Specifically, you have to get close to places as emblematic as Sagrada Família, Arc de Triomf FC Barcelona Miniestadi and Agbar Tower, very near to Twentytú Hostel.
The favourite places to hunt Pokémon in Barcelona
Although Pokémon can be found anywhere in Barcelona, the favourite places by hunters and Pokémon experts are located in the largest parks, especially at Ciutadella Park, and the beaches around Barcelona’s coastline.
The city center is another preferred place by these little monsters to hide. Gothic, Ramblas and Via Laietana are just a few examples.
The madness Pokémon lands even in the City Council
A few days ago the authorities announced that they had to stop two Japanese tourists from chasing Pokémon inside Rovira tunnel, a place not enabled for pedestrians. In addition, a German tourist climbed on Monday the façade of Ars Hotel, one of the tallest buildings in Barcelona, to record a video while he was searching Pokémon until the police asked him to quit his adventure.
Now fanaticism also comes to politics. Last Friday an Eeve, something like a kind of fox, appeared and revolutionized the city council, as the deputies started tweeting about the intruder. Even a deputy of Partido Popular compared the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, to Team Rocket, a criminal gang from the popular animated series.
Barcelona, a pioneer in augmented reality
Although Pokémon Go has been a revolution, it’s not the first augmented reality game that exists. The Barcelona studio Novarama pioneered with the creation of a game called Invizimals in 2014 for Play Station that, although with less success, was a hit worldwide.
Now that you know everything about Pokémon hunting in Barcelona we can only say good luck in your search and… Gotta catch ’em all!