Barcelona is located between the sea and the mountains, and although beaches are one of the most appealing attractions to visitors, there are many activities that you can do to enjoy the mountain. Trekking is the best way to discover the natural surroundings of Barcelona on foot; spectacular places a few kilometers from the city where you can discover the flora and fauna of our city and stay in touch with nature. Get comfortable shoes, pick some fresh water and prepare to discover the green Barcelona. Let’s start the route!
Paseo de las Aguas
If you want to see the city from a different perspective this is your route. A flat terrain but with unforgettable views, El Paseo de las Aguas starts at the foot of Tibidabo Mountain, particularly in the Pla de les Maduixeres, and continues to the Mirador del Xiprers in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat. Along the way you will see all of Barcelona from a height and enjoy different viewpoints. Therefore it is ideal if you want to shoot perfect pictures of Barcelona’s skyline. The road is 18 kilometers fully enabled since 2008 when it opened a bridge to cross the Vallvidrera road.
How to get there: By Tramvia Blau or by bus 111. Get off at Tibidabo stop.
If you don’t want to move away of Barcelona, Collserola is the route you must choose because it’s the natural border of the city from the West and, also, you have easy access to go there. This green lung of the city gives you many options to choose Barcelona trekking routes, so you can investigate among its many trails. 8 km full of contrasts because, besides nature, you will encounter charming uninhabited houses and small residential areas of new construction.
How to get there: By metro Line 11 Torre Baró / Vallbona or by trainBarcelona / Torre Baró
El Turó de l’Home
50 kilometers away from Barcelona you’ll find the highest point of the Montseny, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and with a road full of contrasts, where predominate beeches. To access you must park in the parking Passavents and follow the signalized route. It has a distance of 9 kilometers and a vertical drop of 551 meters.
How to get there: by car.
Route of Sant Jeroni
It’s the most common way to reach the summit of the imposing rock massif of Montserrat. Just 50 kilometers North West from Barcelona you can start this gentle hike which boasts stunning views of many points of Catalonia. Choose from the 800 steps to climb from the monastery or the Ermites: a way that, even though it’s more complicated, it has some spectacular landscapes. Before travelling the 12 kilometers of the trail don’t forget to visit the Moreneta, the patron saint of Catalonia, in the monastery, and ask her a wish.
How to get there: R5 train, get off at the stop Monistrol de Montserrat
If you feel like having more you can ask for more information to associations like the Hikers Centre of Catalonia where every week there are excursions to discover the natural surroundings of Barcelona.
A few steps from Twentytú Hostel you can find the Encants market, a space full of life and with over 700 years of history, where you can buy anything you look for; new and old items, second-hand clothes or unique relics just besides the new remodeled Plaça de las Glòries.
The Encants market, also called Fira de Bellcaire, is a market that has its origins in the thirteenth century, when two medieval markets located in different sites of the city where unified. Since 1200, the date of the first mentions about the Encants, the commercial spot has changed its location until in 2013 moved permanently to its current location, an area of over 15,000 square metres between Caspe and Castillejos streets.
The name of the Encants has its origins in the Middle Ages when it hosted public auctions which in Latin is called “En Quantum”, expression that derives in the name “Encants”. At that time, these auctions were used mainly to sell the assets of the deceased in order to pay their possible debts and leave the remaining money to his family.
Buy, sale and auction
The Encants market is one of the oldest in Europe and also one of the busiest. Every week it is visited by 100,000 people around the world who seek, bargain and, often, find the best prices on books, furniture, clothing, antiques and any object you may be looking for. 500 traders open their stalls to offer from handicrafts to CDs, but also secondhand clothes or the latest technology. The movement of the Encants rests some days of the week, so remember it is open only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 8 pm.
In addition, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 am to 9 am it is time for action; Encants auction. A place where only the highest bidder will be the winner if you play your cards right; stocks of different shops, empty rooms and even flats. Even if auctioning is not your forte, you can visit this unique spectacle because it’s the only market in Europe where to practice this kind of sale.
The new Encants
With the last renovation in 2013, the new Encants offers a wide range of restaurants, parking for 300 vehicles, and even fitting rooms. In this way the Encants maintains its spirit of a traditional market with all the comforts of a modern shopping center. A spectacular deck of 24 meters in height, formed by mirrors, reflects the unstoppable market activity and also protects visitors in rainy days.
We recommend you get up early if you want to get the best bargains and to not give up if you don’t find what you were looking for at the first attempt. Ask merchants of the stalls because we assure you that somewhere in the Encants you’ll find what you’re looking for.
When good weather arrives, the desire to enjoy Barcelona comes too. However, sometimes our leisure plans are not in accordance with our economy. For this reason, today we bring you the best plans to enjo Barcelona for free without spending any money.
1. Free entry buildings
In Barcelona we can enjoy an envied architecture around the world and most of them have free entrance. In Top 3 are Santa Eulalia’s Cathedral, Santa Maria del Mar’s Cathedral in Born neighbourhood or the astonishing Basilica of Sagrat Cor on the top of Tibidabo mountain. Although the modernist buildings often have paid entry, there are small free spaces like Pedrera’s café, Hospital de Sant Pau or many of the buildings that you can find walking around Eixample streets.
Barcelona has a wide variety of cultural offerings, among which you can find museums of history, art, science or music and, also, archaeological sites with great historical value. Many museums have free admission during the first Sunday of each month, or even every Sunday after 3 pm. Come to discover Picasso museum in Raval district, the National Museum of Catalan Art in Montjuic or the recent deposit of Born Market that has medieval and modern ruins of the city and where you can access for free.
3. Outdoor shows
Barcelona is an open city and there is no better way to know that blending with its people and their traditions, for this reason, you should know its leisure offer at street level. Enjoy the spectacular building human towers of Castellers, Sardanes, the Catalan traditional dance, or with Montjuic’s Magic Fountain , a show of colour and music at the feet of Montjuic mountain.
Close to Twentytú Hostel you can find Encants Market in Poblenou district, an spectacular space that is one of the oldest markets in the continent with auctions and open to the public every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. In addition, food markets like Boqueria or Santa Caterina are an amazing spectacle for your senses that you definitely shouldn’t miss.
5. Barcelona’s rhythm
It’s not a secret that Barcelona is the place to be for music lovers. Therefore, it offers visitors free spaces where you can enjoy good music and dance to it. If you like Swing music, visit our friends BCNswing (http://bcnswing.org/swing/) who offer genuine 20s free dance meetings. If you want to see impossible tap dances we recommend that you go on Sunday Afternoon to Ciutadella Park. Or, if you prefer salsa, remember that Seven dance school offers free initiation classes that you have to book on its website.
The best music Festivals like Primavera Sound or Sónar organize opening concerts which are for free. This June you can see Fabtoy Slim if you take part in the draw to win of one of the 7,000 free tickets, or enjoy the legendary British band Suede at Parc del Forum for free too. Also, don’t forget that great Barcelona festivities like Mercè, Festes de Gràcia or Festes de Sants offers concerts in the streets of Barcelona for free.
Green areas in Barcelona are not really big but all of them have a unique charm. The enigmatic labyrinth of Horta, the Ciutadella Park with its modernist design, the elegant gardens of Palau Robert … all strategically placed to enjoy a small oasis in the middle of the city.
To get an overview of Barcelona you don’t have to go far, even from within the city there are free open spaces with amazing panoramic views. From Tibidabo Mountain or the Bunkers of Carmel, from the sea on the cable car or the Eclipse bar of the Hotel W, from parks like Turó del Putxet gardens or from the epicenter of the city on the terraces of Barceló Rabal Hotel or CCCB (Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona).
All year long, but especially when Summer is close, hundreds of free events are organized in Barcelona. During the next months you can enjoy a picnic at Somorrostro beach to meet and exchange languages, the full moon party on Mar Bella beach or meetings to practice yoga in the parks of the city. Many of these events are organized by CouchSurfing or Meetup, so don’t miss their calendar!
10. Enjoy the Barcelona Wifi
Barcelona has 590 free Wifi points in public equipment and connection points at the street. This is the list so that you can always be online.
Sant Jordi is one of the most celebrated festivities in Barcelona; culture, tradition and romanticism. It all started with a legend where a courageous prince kills a dragon and its blood becomes a rose that the prince gives to his beloved princess. Because of this beautiful legend, every April 23rd Catalans give roses and books to their relatives, friends and couples. Unfortunately, not everyone has resources to enjoy the book’s day, for this reason doesn’t lack solidarity initiatives to help the least favoured. If you be part of this don’t miss our post.
Fundación Ires gives the dragon an opportunity to explain its version of the legend in a rose-tale because they think that everybody deserves a second chance . Earnings will go to the initiative “Fils Project: invisible childhood” that helps children and families who face violence situations.
If you want to help them save the dragon, you can go to Passeig de Gràcia, 6, and offer yourself as a volunteer to help selling roses. Remember that Twentytú collaborates with the organization and on Sant Jordi’s day we will give a rose to all girls and ladies staying at Twentytú guests Don’t forget yours!
Fundació Comtal, a nonprofit organization, transforms Sant Jordi roses in opportunities for the underprivileged: all profits earned with flowers sales will be going to its users: children, people at risk of social exclusion, immigrants… The roses will be submitted with an explanation of this campaign and a bookmark made by the Fundation’s children with great enthusiasm.
If you want contribute to this initiative you can make your order in advance at email@example.com or at their stand that will be opposite Mercat de Santa Caterina, near La Catedral. Also, you can work as volunteer the Sant Jordi’s day and experience this special day first-hand.
The campaign goal is that all the boys and girls can smile at Sant Jordi’s Day. To that end, the private Catalan television (8TV) and Danone (a nutritioncompany) collect new books for kids and you can help them.. If you bring a new book or one in good condition to Danone restaurant in Diagonal Avenue, they offer you a free yogurt or a frozen yogurt with the topping that you choose.
Since 1998 partners and volunteers bring a rose to the elderly that live alone. More than 150.000 senior citizens suffer loneliness in Catalonia in a society that too often has no time for them. For this reason, Amics de la gent gran organize the delivery of roses on Sant Jordi’s Day for these people that spend most of their time on their own.
You can make your own contribution to this campaign in many ways: as a volunteer, buying a solidarity rose that is used to finance the organization or doing your economic contribution for activities of the elderly. Anyway, you offer company for those who need it most.
Codespa is a NGO that fights against the poverty in the world and 5 years ago they collect books to finance its cooperative projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa. You can donate all kind of new or second-hand books that will be sold at their stand on Rambla Catalunya.
The benefits will be going to vulnerable groups in different countries: single mothers, children and young people from underdeveloped areas, farmers of rural areas…You can donate a book that will be transformed into resources for those who have less.
You can contribute to solidarity at Sant Jordi’s Day and help many with a small gesture. Become an ambassador of these iniatives and tell your friends and family.
¡Happy Sant Jordi to everybody!
Barcelona City Council has recently passed a law that allows live music in bars and restaurants all over the city, as long as they play it on a determined schedule and in soundproofed rooms to avoid disturbing neighbours. So, now it’s time to enjoy the best jazz in town! Here’s a list of the best jazz clubs in Barcelona.
Harlem Jazz Club: The magic of jazz
It is probably the most emblematic jazz club in Barcelona. Since the beginnings its owners have been committed to live music, usually jazz, but sometimes they feature swing, funk, soul or bossanova, among others Those who have been fortunate enough to visit Harlem explain that this club offers a truly magical feel that only a real jazz club could ever have.. It gets crowded so don’t expect to have a seat unless you are there early. Good music, delicious cocktails and enviable atmosphere in the heart of the city.
Jamboree: for both tourists and locals
It’s a must for jazz fans. In the middle of Plaza Real, it is a place with character since 1960. Every Monday you have a date with the innovation at Jam sessions and concerts on Tuesdays and Sundays. If you want, after concerts you can stay on the disco, a really popular spot for tourists and locals to dance in its two rooms – pop-rock and hip-hop. Jamboree has put Barcelona on the route map of several tours of international jazz artists.
Little Italy: Italian food with Jazz.
If what you want is to have a meal while you’re listening to good jazz, Little Italy is the place to be. Instead of New York, this Little Italy is in Barcelona’s old town, where you can enjoy a wide variety of Mediterranean gastronomy with an Italian touch in a vintage atmosphere. Live jazz music creates a perfect atmosphere while the audience has dinner every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 9.30 pm.
Milano cocktail: come back to the 40’s
We stay in Italy to discover a cocktail bar with the authentic 40’s style: red couches, elegant uniformed waiters and, as could not be otherwise, live jazz every night with double session at 8.30 pm. You delight with some food or drink their own cocktails in a relaxing ambience. If you still have the strength, the DJ plays soul, funk, Latin music or jazz until 3 a.m.
JazzSí Club: the future of Jazz in Barcelona
This is the club run by Tallers de músics, a music school located in the city outskirts. Music students are the ones that organize their live jazz sessions every Wednesday with generous serving of imagination and innovation. There, musicians can test their abilities and play for an audience for the first time. A different experience far from listening to experienced professionals but with a rare and unique extra: the real improvisation. The prices are for students too: only 4 euros with drink included.
Jazzman: not in the city guides
It’s an intimate space where to experience jazz closely, especially due to the reduced size of the place. This is the charm of Jazzman, where you can hang out with veteran artists and new jazz talents every Monday night. The rest of the week you can listen to jazz music too, but not live. This is the kind of place that you don’t find in the city guides, so take our advice and enjoy this cozy jazz club.
If you want to test your logic and wit , the escape rooms are your game. Discover your private investigator abilities while you get out of a room in less than an hour. A new and funny leisure way that you can enjoy with your friends or family in Barcelona, as there are more than 15 places dedicated to that in the city.
¿Are you ready to escape?
Juego Enigma Room Escape: feel like an special agent
We start the review with one of the most difficult escape rooms in our city, where leaving the room is not going to be easy. In that game you put yourself in the shoes of a secret agent and have to resolve the mystery working with your team. If you want a special “late minute offer” in that room escape you can leave your email in its booking website and they notify you when they are available with discount.
How to get there: Maragall (Line 4 and Line 5)
Chicken Banana: Mafia or a human experiment?
In this escape room you can capture the lord’s mafia Félix Manchunga or try to run away from a mental hospital where evil Doctor Steinberg wants to experiment with you. Immerse in the history and solve the mystery in only an hour. It’s advisable to be a group of 3 to 6 persons.
How to get there: Poble Sec (Line 3)
Rommin Escape: Exercise your brain
Highly recommended to curious people who like to be the film’s main character. As they explain, the one muscle that you exercise is your brain, so we recommend to have some coffee before in order to be fully awake. The action happens in a mysterious house of Gràcia neighbourhood, where you should be able to resolve different enigmas to get out of it.
How to get there: Fontana (Line 3)
Cronologic: go back to the eighties
Near Twentytú hostel is Cronologic, one of the first escape rooms in our city, concretely the second open in Barcelona. In that adventure you go back to the eighties to resolve an enigmatic riddle. The best advice of its owners is to stay calm and listen to any comment from the team because that can be the key to unlock the door to the present.
How to get there: Clot (Line 1 and Line 2) or 20 minutes walk from Twentytú
Picadero Room Motel: wink all night
Picadero Room Motel attempts to be so real that on its website they offer their hotel rooms to visitors as a real hotel that is- as they explain- “one of the best options for not sleeping a wink all night”. Each game lasts 90 minutes and it can have 2 to 6 players. Also, if you’re fast enough you will go into the top 20 ranking of that escape room.
How to get there: Joanic (Line 4)
“Barcelona hides the greatest secret of the humanity”. Based in this promising premise, Proyecto target presents its escape room. A 60 minutes countdown where you have to forget that it’s just a game and who you are in real live. A 160 meters space to find clues, solve puzzles and test your intelligence with only a goal: to leave the room as soon as possible.
How to get there: Plaça Espanya (Line 1)
This escape room started in Amsterdam and shortly after two rooms more were opened in Antwerp and Barcelona. In this case, you can live two different adventures; you can try to be chosen the harbour master of Barcelona or you can find the final will of Fabiolo, a successful art trader. You only have an hour to get the code to escape.
How to get there: Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica (Line 4)
In Spain it is generally common to get a free tapa when you order a drink or beer, but in Barcelona you should look for the most generous bars if you don’t want to pay for it. And when we say tapa we mean a delicious typical Spanish side dish, not poor crisps or a few olives. If you want to enjoy the best food from our city and, also, for free, joinus at the best free tapa bars in Barcelona.
Gata Mala: free tapas in Gràcia
This bar is not for claustrophobic because it is always full but that’s for a good reason. Their delicious tapas are free when you order a beer; potato omelette, Russian salad, sausage pieces with bread…all of them handmade and with the best Spanish products. Maybe you have to struggle for a space in the bar, but it will be well worth it. This offer is only available at afternoon/night.
How to get there: Metro L4 Joanic
Casa Mayo: Galician specialities
Near to Sants Estació you can find this typical Galician bar with a simple decor and amazing tapas such as quiche or chistorra pinchos. In a familiar atmosphere and friendly and personalized service, be sure to try the Galician octopus and lacón, the Galicia culinary specialties.
How to get there: L5/L3 Sants Estació
El Moll de Rebaix: away from tourists in Barceloneta
This little tapas bar in the depths of Barceloneta is the perfect site if you don’t like the typical tourist places. The wooden bar waits for the local people to offer its best tapas surrounded by walls full of classic cinema. Fried fish and other delights as pimientos del padrón (chily peppers) or migas (bread crumbs with meat or vegetables) are free while you’re drinking a cold beer. The tapas are served by Parra family, and the owner grew up on the neighborhood.
How to get there: L4 Barceloneta
Nou ambiente del Sur: the taste of Southern Spain
You probably know that the most typical tapas zone is the south of Spain, especially cities such as Málaga or Granada, where free tapas are another tourist attraction. In Ambiente del Sur you can eat little snacks with serrano ham, croquettes or calamari rings, for example, and obviously a piece of its famous and enormous potato omelet. Don’t expect a modern local or nouvelle cuisine, just homemade food and low prices.
How to get there: L1 Rocafort
Bar Casa Lolo: the best Spanish food
Another place where to find the best Spanish food… ¡and for free! In this case, you should know that the other way round: first order the tapa and for the same price you get a free drink. Gazpacho, eggplant with honey and other little dishes with the best Spanish taste.
How to get there: L5/L3 Sants Estació
El Capritxo: for seafood lovers
The place has been specially designed for seafood lovers where with only 2 euros you can be delighted with one of the fish varieties that the owner cooks following the best Andalusian style. Prepare your stomach for sepia, prawns and small fried fish inside the bar or at the terrace.
How to get there: L3 Plaça del Centre
Bar Mingus: craft beers in the city centre
In the middle of the Gothic, just behind the city council, you can find this little bar with 6 craft beers tap and a cool decor. The walls are covered with skateboards and cheerful music sounds in the background. If you’re looking for free tapas in Barcelona’s center, that’s the place.
How to get there: L4 Jaume I
Café de los Angelitos: music and chill by the beach
This bar is a tribute to famous Buenos Aires bar with the same name. Every day until 10 pm you can taste a free tapa with your drink; asparagus with sauce chef, omelette, patatas bravas (fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce)… You can also stay at night to drink one of its fresh cocktails in a relaxed environment.
How to get there: L4 Barceloneta
From last Monday Barcelona becomes the mobile capital thanks to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016, one of the most important tech events around the world. As every year, the Congress gathers the best mobile brands and the greatest technological breakthroughs that soon will be on the market. This year the stars at MWC are the graphene, the material of the mobiles of the future, Samsung S7, Acer Liquid Z630 and LG G5, the first device with interchangeable modules.
The L9 just in time
This year the MWC is more accessible than ever, as the new line 9 of Barcelona Metro arrives to the fairground, specifically at Europa Fira station just next to the congress. The south of the line, called L9 South, arrives to the airport and to the Congress and was inaugurated only two weeks ago, the 12th February.
The recently opened line 9 connects both airport terminals, the exhibition sites and, also, industrial zones with Barcelona’s centre. The trains are driverless and work with an automatic smart system that’s checked by the control center in real time. All 15 stops have lifts and mechanical stairs and the journey from the airport to MWC only takes 22 minutes.
The longest line in Europe
The line has another section called L9 North –launched in December 2009- that will be connected with the South section in the future. Then it will become the longest automatic metro line in Europe and one of the most modern railways in the world.
Nearly 30 million passengers per year are expected to use this new line, and among them are the 100.000 visitors of the tech Congress.
The startups of the future
The 4YFN (4 Years From Now) is the youngest space at the MWC where you can find innovative solutions that in the future may become international business. In this edition there are many interesting ideas to improve our lives. For example you can find a smart bulb that learns from your behaviour and turns on and off by itself, an app for interacting with your laptop through your vision or Badi, the app that is known as the flatmates’ Tinder, an application where you can find to find the perfect person to share a flat with, with whom you have similar hobbies, preferences, etc.
From the top of Barcelona, La Vila de Gràcia is one of the most charming and genuine places of the city. Birthplace of personalities as the philologist and engineer Pompeu Fabra or the flamenco singer el Pescaílla, this neighborhood with soul of city is one of the unforgettable places that you don’t want to miss if you’re visiting Barcelona.
The neighborhood has been a part of Barcelona since 1897 and has been an important addition to its local culture. Its bohemian charm has turned it into a cool neighborhood and an artists’ refuge, where you can find from little ateliers with the best contemporary art to popular taverns with the best Catalan food. If you want to know what makes the smallest district of the city so special, come with us and discover it.
The squares where you live Gràcia
The squares are the heart of Gràcia, an open space between its alleys and perfect for visitors who want to merge with its population. There are many to choose, it depends on your interests. If you want to enjoy the sun and the beer in a square full of live, your place is Sol square where you can always find bustle and happiness. If you prefer music you can walk to Raspall squar, where the gipsy community of the zone have always met, and if you want to walk across the history, in Diamant square you can visit the bomb shelters of the civil war.
The summer party is in Gràcia
During all summer the most anticipated event is la fiesta Mayor de Gràcia, which takes placebetween the 15th and the 21st August and turns the neighborhood into a festival of light and colour, with streets and squares decorated by the neighbors. Over the week you can enjoy concerts, exhibitions, children’s activities, parades, dance and theatre, among many other things.
But the party doesn’t end at the end of summer, and Gràcia neighborhood has many parties all year long. For example the Sant Medir’s party, known as the sweet party, a pilgrimage from Gràcia to the chapel with the same name as the celebration, where they throw candy for kids and that is celebrated the 3rd of March.
Sonorous territory on LEM
The LEM festival is a little festival of alternative music that has been celebrated ¡for 20 years! From 1996, the nonprofit association Gràcia Territori Sonor organizes this event where more than 1079 artistic projects by more than 200 artists have participated. From the 17th February, they are organized “Meeting in time-space” and the last has been this Thursday ¡be attentive for don’t miss the next!
Despite these great plans that we suggest you, the true heart of Gràcia must be discovered on foot. Walk around the streets, contemplate the corners and feel its lifestyle of this particular place with its own rules.
We are celebrating the HOSCAR Best Green Hostel prize we just won that says we are the best ecological hostel in the world. HOSCARS are given by Hostelworld to the best hostels all around the globe. And now it’s the second time we’ve got this award!
Since we opened Twentytú, back in 2012 we’ve received the HOSCAR’ Green Hostel’ prize two times, meaning we are the best eco-friendly hostel ever.
This prize is one of world’s most prestigious award and this years celebrates its 13th edition. But what really make us feel proud is that this award is based on the valuation that Hostelworld.com guests make every year.
Sustainability is one of our foundations, this is the way we created Twentytú and this is the way we keep working to improve day by day. But we are not alone in this battle, as our CEO Ignasi Uñó tell us “it’s proven that todays costumer is more and more sensitive and enjoys responsable tourism policies. That’s the reason this award is so precious to us”
With this new HOSCAR ‘Best Green Hostel’ we keep growing in recognition and making us walk in the same way, the right one. Last year we became the first hostel in the world with a Biosphere certificate, in 2014 we were awarded with the Best Hostel prize in the global Stay Wise’s Prize for Young Tourism. In our land we’ve been granted by Descobrir magazine and Responsible Tourism organization as we are the best start-up in responsable tourism.
Thank all of you for your support in our way to a better Green tourism.