Find out all the fashion in Barcelona

29th January, 2016 / / No Comments

Barcelona blossoms with plenty of little fashion shops created by young designers. It’s easy to discover a jewel in any quarter of the city, but we want to make your research even easier and we are showing you some of the most chic boutiques in Barcelona. Let’s go shopping!

Born District: Como agua de Mayo

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This is a very special clothing store we are talking about. Here, every garment is really exclusive, mesmerizing and delicate. Just like its name Agua de Mayo which is refered to the rains in May, but also to something you wanted or desired. As soon as you come across their articles you’ll find out that the name fits perfectly this store, because you’ll have the urge of having everything, as if you had desired them all your life. If you want to keep updated with all their bargains and discounts, you can join them in Facebook.

Located in C/Argentería 43-45

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Gràcia District: Modart

Modart is an atelier owned by Carme Trías, a designer that makes a wide range of designs from wedding and party gowns to casual clothes for women. Her style is really something and in between her work you can find everything: from dresses just like the ones seen in films to clothes inspired by local artists. If you want something unique and a bohemian touch in your life, don’t hesitate, go to this shop.

Located in C/Astúries 34

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Gotic District: Guantería Alonso y La Manual Alpargatera

Guantería Alonso is a really special shop founded in 1905 and exclusively focused in selling gloves. The place keeps its original furniture inside and a modernist façade outside. The shop is even included in the mordenism route organized by Barcelona’s City Hall. Quite a must!

Located in C/Santa Anna 27

Metro L1 o L3 Catalunya

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La Manual Alpargatera is the first workshop ever devoted to the creation of fashion alpargatas. The shop is settled in Barcelona since 1940 and is responsible of making the alpargata a modern shoe. In the old times the alpargata was the traditional peasant shoe, but this changed 20 years ago when “La Alpargatera” dared making the alpargata a fashionable shoe and transforming this light footwear into a classical souvenir of Barcelona. Those shoes are perfect for summer and can be worn both by men and women, so if you are planning a visit to sunny Spain in summer, this is the best footwear for it.

Located in C/Avinyó 7

Metro L3 Liceu

Eixample District: Misty Rose

Misty Rose is the shop everyone wants in their town; luxury pieces at a perfect price. They stand out for their classy and at the same time urban style. If you have a craving for retro garments and accessories and want to go shopping in a chill and cozy place, this clothes store suits you really well.

But if jumble sales are your thing, we can still propose you a few choices: Lost&Found Market and Flea Market. Both of them offer a huge range of second hand clothes and accessories. Perfect for vintage addicts! If you want to pay a visit to these wonderful markets, you gotta pay attention to their sites and feed to know when and where they are doing it.

Wanna go shopping while visiting Barcelona? Try out these local designers and their made in here fashion! You won’t get disappointed.

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Discovering Poble Nou and the 22@

19th January, 2016 / / No Comments

Today we’d like go for a walk around Twentytú and its outskirts, to show you Poblenou district and the famous 22@ district. Since a few years ago this area has suffered a wondrous transformation, not only due to its brand new buildings and avenues, but also because of several fresh and young companies who have settled there, always keeping the harmony between its industrial past and an innovative present. Let’s go rambling!

The transformation of Glorias neighbourhood began more than 20 years ago with a shopping mall that has become its central axis. Bit by bit new constructions were added, making the space one of Barcelona’s hallmark.

Agbar Tower

Created in 2005 by the international architect Jean Nouvel, Agbar tower is a good example to show the architectural mutation of the city.

We shall not discuss the tower look-a-like with its 140 meters cylindrical shape that have provoked laughter among tourists and neighbours.  But we cannot argue with the fact that Agbar Tower is now a main part of Barcelona’s skyline with a unique light and colour night show that astonishes everyone.

Nowadays the tower still hosts Barcelona’s Water Company, but soon it will become a luxury hotel. We hope by then we can still climb on to the 38th floor to enjoy the wonderful views of 22@ district from above.

Design Museum and Encantes Viejos

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Although Agbar Tower is an impressive piece of a building, we should not forget about two new remarkable constructions in the area. We are talking about DHUB Design Museum, known as “The Stapler” and also about “Encantes Viejos” space, a huge stainless steel roof that also works as a mirror in the heights.

With these two new additions, and other several works to clear the square, a project is finished which allows to walk around and gives back to the citizens a place formerly occupied by cars.

 

El arte tiene un papel importante en este barrio. El nuevo Museo Can Framis de la Fundación Vila-Casas expone cerca de 300 obras de pintura contemporánea, situado en una antigua fábrica textil del Poblenou datada a finales del s. XVIII. El arte es pasado, presente y sobretodo futuro, sobre esta última etapa el barrio tiene el Centro Universitario de Diseño de Barcelona, BAU que acerca todas las facetas del diseño a los futuros artistas.

También la Universidad Pompeu Fabra estableció su campus de comunicación en el 22@, cerrando así el círculo con el resto de equipamientos  dedicados al sector de las comunicaciones.

Technology, sustainability and creativity

But Poblenou district transformation goes way further than a couple of impressive buldings.  The main idea of this urban regeneration was to create the city most technological location, hosting companies related with ICT, design and innovation with structures as sustainable as possible. A great example of this is Twentytú, as you know, the most sustainable hostel in Barcelona and first in the world with a Biosphere Responsible Tourism certificate.

This project makesit  easier for tech companies, institutions, pubic administrations, investigation centres and universities around to group together and share knowledge and activities, represented by 22Netwrok Association.  Under this concept, Poblenou Urban District association was created, focusing in the promotion of this area as Barcelona’s new Art and Creativity District.
Litte by Little, this dream is becoming a reality, always keeping its inner essence; the industrial core, full of structures and buildings restored for new purposes. If you are walking around the area, don’t hesitate: take a picture an share it on our social media Facebook and Twitter!

 

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Ski in Barcelona

5th January, 2016 / / No Comments

Barcelona is a good destination to enjoy the good weather, but it’s possible to do winter activities too. There are many ski resorts near Barcelona where you can see the snow and enjoy snowboarding and skiing. Just a few hours from the big city you can enjoy a sunny ski day.

La Molina

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This ski resort is the closest to Barcelona. It’s easy to get there with public transport, like the train or the bus. La Molina has four different ski areas and there are about 61 kilometers of ski routes, the highest altitude of them reaches 2,445 meters. In addition to the normal ski slope, there are some specialties such as a dog sled track, two snowshoe tracks, a snow park, a super pipe, an Audi driving circuit and three competition stadiums that are used in the professional events.

The ticket for a single day costs 41€.

La Masella

This ski resort it’s only three kilometers away from la Molina, so the easiest way of transportation is by train in case you don’t have a car, like to La Molina. There is a ski pass for both stations, La Masella and la Molina, so you can enjoy the best ski slopes.

One-day ticket price for an adult: 41 €. And the price of the ticket for a single day to access the two ski resorts, named Alp2500, is 44 €.

Andorra

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Another destination that is just 3 hours away from Barcelona is Andorra. There are many ski resorts in this country, and is the favorite destination for shoppers and ski lovers.

You can choose between Grandvalira or Vallnord ski resort. The first one is for expert snowboarders, whether if you go with the family or you are a beginner, the best option is Vallnord.

Grandvalira offers six sectors, 65 ski-lifts that addresses you to 110 different runs and four freestyle snow parks that will keep every skier entertained for days. Even if you just would like to take a break from the hills, you can build your own igloos, drive snow bikes and do much more fun snow activities in the other areas of the center.

Grandvalira pass costs 46€.

Vallnord have 3 different stations, Arcalís, Arinsal and Pal. There are 45 ski-lifts, 3 snowparks, bumps areas, slalom and carving areas, and a freestyle area, and much more.

The pass to Vallnord for a single day is the 36€.

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Chocolate shops in Barcelona

23rd December, 2015 / / No Comments

There are few pleasures in life like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter afternoon. Today on the blog we want to travel back and remember those perfect snacks when you were little. In this case, we make you a route through the best chocolate shops in Barcelona. Forget about the calories and get ready to enjoy!

La nena

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Located in Gracia neighbourhood, it’s an ideal local to spend a winter afternoon playing a table game and drinking a cup of chocolate with “churros”. For those who count every calorie, there is the chocolate shot version, and the Swiz (chocolate with cream). We also recommend their homemade cakes. The dark chocolate one is irresistible!

Valor Chocolaterie

Next to the Barcelona cathedral there is a perfect place to try any of their cups of chocolate varieties. Also you can try their cakes, chocolates, coulants or chocolate shakes. An amazing place for chocolate lovers. And a wonderful place to regain strength if you are visiting the city.

Escribá

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One of the most famous locals in Barcelona is, without a doubt, the Escribá chocolate shop. It’s in the middle of “Rambla de Barcelona”, an old and charming building that invites you to go in at the moment you pass through. If the weather is good, you can sit in the terrace, have a big cup of chocolate and enjoy everything that happens around you.

Xocoa

If there is a street in Barcelona dedicated to chocolate this is Petritxol Street. Since immemorial times the city citizens have gone to the centre to have a snack at one of the chocolate shops located in this street. Today, one of the most renowned because of its quality and its products design is Xocoa.

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The history of this place is magical. Opened in 1870, it was where the most known Catalan chocolate milkshake was born: the Cacaolat. It is one of the oldest bars in the city and, apart from the chocolate, you can taste wonderful yogurts made from goat and sheep’s milk, delicious cheeses and fresh milk. And to accompany the fantastic chocolate, ask for one of their deserts. It’s scrumptious!

So if you’re tired and you want to rest a little bit while you walk around Barcelona, look for one of these chocolate shops. I’m sure you will have an amazing experience and you would remember better when you were young.

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Christmas traditions made in Spain

17th December, 2015 / / No Comments

If you come to Barcelona on Christmas you should know some of our Christmas traditions. If you trust the saying “when in Rome, do as the Romans”, you should bring to the city a red piece of underwear, eat “neulas”, buy a “caganer” or give blows to trunk “el tió”. Merry Christmas!

Red underwear for New Year’s Eve

It’s not an exclusive Catalan tradition but since years ago is becoming typical and now, the last night of the year, red color takes center stage. The origin comes from medieval times where red clothes were forbidden. This color was associated to the devil, the blood and the witchery but it was also a meaning of life. It’s because of the last reason that people wanted to wear a red piece, they though that could bring good luck. The fact that it was underwear was to hide from the prohibitions of the time.

So in New Year: wear red underwear and eat 12 grapes by the sound of the 12 strikes.

The sweetest of Christmas: nougats, marzipans, the “roscón”, shortbreads

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If you are lucky to eat in Christmas Eve, Christmas, St. Stephen (Sant Esteve) or other festivities in our land, remember to have the chance to try our deserts. The king of the parties is, without a doubt, the nougat. There are many varieties but the most traditional are the Alicante (tough) and the Jijona (soft). If you have stomach for more confectionaries you can try marzipans and shortbreads.

In Catalonia there is the tradition to eat “neulas” or wafers at the end of big Christmas meals. There are people who dip them into the “cava”. It is common for children to eat one after another without stopping.

And on the Three Kings Day, to end all these big meals, we finish with the king cake (roscón de reyes). An old tradition that began with rounded cakes full of figs, dates and honey. And it has become a sponge cake with candied fruit, pumpkin or cream depending on location, and especially with a couple of surprises inside. We expect you to be the king of the party, and not get the bean, or you will pay the cake.

The “caganer” and the “caga tió”

In this case we talk about Catalan Christmas traditions, and both are a little bit weird. On the one hand, it is common in Catalan cribs to find where the “caganer” figure is hided. It is an individual, crouched down with his buttocks in the air, making his physiological needs. If you go through a Christmas market do not forget to take one.

The other tradition is for Christmas day, where little kids pick a stick and give blows to a trunk with a painted face. During the days leading up to Christmas, children have been feeding the “tió”, so that on December 25 “shits” them gifts. It certainly is a different tradition.

With this list you’re ready to spend a Christmas as a Barcelona citizen. Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Shopping in Barcelona

10th December, 2015 / / No Comments

Don’t miss the opportunity to make the Christmas Shopping in Barcelona with all the advantages we offer.

This winter the shopping could be cheaper. After Black Friday and before sales, you can come to Barcelona and get discounts in many shops staying in TwentyTú hostel. An initiative made with the collaboration of Barcelona Tourism Shopping Line.
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If you book one night in the hostel you will receive a welcome gift pack that includes a bag of Barcelona Tourism, a VIP card with discounts to use in the shopping centers of Diagonal Mar and the Maquinista, a map with the main commercial spots of the city, the Time Out magazine and a gift of the Arenas shopping centre.

 

TwentyTú is a perfect place for families and friends. Even if you want to come alone! Whatever is the option you choose you can stay in a private or shared quadruple room for only 15€.

You can book by telephone at 93 238 71 85 or via email reservas@twentytu.com with the promo code: BOTIGA.

Don’t wait until the last moment; the promotion is valid until December 29.

If you want more information about the hostel visit our website.

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Be a tourist in your city

2nd December, 2015 / / No Comments

This is the second year that Twentytú Hi- tech Hostel joins with other hotels, tourist apartments and hostels, with the aim of promoting Pobleu Nou district. The objective is to reissue back the ‘Fes el turista a la teva ciutat’ (Be a tourist in your city) campaign.

This initiative offers the opportunity to stay, the weekend of 11th – 13th December for only 10€, in different touristic places. The idea is to be involved with your city as if you were a tourist, and take part in different activities related to the districts where the establishments are located. The campaign and the bookings are managed through www.districtebcn.cat, a website design only for this event.

This is a perfect opportunity for those who want to live the experience with the family or a group of friends.

Activities

The ‘Fes el turista per la teva ciutat’ program offers a lot of gastronomic and cultural activities. Those who are interested could sign up for the cycling or walking tours to find the most unknown corners of Barcelona.

Twentytú offers two activities fort the weekend:

  1. Walking tour: You could visit old factories converted into printing, architecture and artists’ studios and lofts or galleries that are going to open their doors for this initiative. You may see the contrast of old industrial colonials that remain intact next to new and modern buildings of the neighbourhood. Also, museums like Vila Casas Foundation or the Design Museum of Barcelona.
  2. Cycling tour through the innovation district: A cycling tour through the Sant Martí district where many corners of Poblenou will be discovered. The postindustrial core converted into an avant-garde, technological and responsible with the environment place; singular buildings; a community garden where are developing permaculture; or the most popular night places.

And if you don’t have enough, Friday 11th December the Open Night organized by Poblenou Urban District is taking place. It’s an open doors journey that invites you to know the district with discounts and special activities. Twentytú will offer, on its terrace, a ‘paella’ cooking show from 20h that will be followed by a concert of acoustic music.

Do not miss the opportunity to live a new experience in your own city. We will wait you!

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The best photo exhibits at Barcelona

23rd November, 2015 / / No Comments

Barcelona and photography have been linked for many years, but currently there is a boom of photographic exhibits at the city. If you like photography and you’re coming Barcelona soon don’t miss these exhibits starting with the World Press Photo.

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One of the most important international photo contests arrives to Barcelona until December 13th. The CCCB exhibits the 134 winning pictures and 7 winning multimedia works of this contest. Be prepared to see shocking, live, real and quite striking images.

Home obsession

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This exhibition by the Belgian Magdalena Bors shows us scenes without glamour on two different series. ‘Homeland’ and ‘The seventh day’ are exposed at the exhibitions room of gas Natural Fenosa until Febrary 12th of 2016. You’ll see a collection of daily images from a different point of view and where the colors have a great prominence.

Ona Ola Wave

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This is a photographic exhibition for surf lovers. The exhibition introduces the audience to the world of surfing since its inception in 1777 until today. You can see photographs of landmarks, videos and even a collection of the oldest surf boards manufactured in Spain. If you want, you can go to the Maritime Museum to see this exhibit, you have time until January 17th.

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Barcelona Sculptures

12th November, 2015 / / No Comments

One of the pleasures of being a tourist in a city is walking around through the corners and discover little hidden treasures. Some of these treasures of big cities are the sculptures that decorate the streets. In this case we talk about Barcelona, where you can find the Botero Cat (Gato de Botero), the Head of Barcelona of Lichtenstein (Cabeza de Barcelona) or the Fish of Frank Gehry. ¡Let’s start the tour!

El Gato de Botero (The Cat of Botero)

If you want to take a picture of this enormous animal you should go to the Rambla de Raval. A curiosity of this sculpture is that its site has been seeking for years. The Cat has been in Ciutadella Park, Drassanes, and the Olimpic Stadium. Finally it was decided to place it in Rambla del Raval, where is known for its grandeur and fat. Fell free and take a picture with it!

El Mamut de 1907 (The Mamooth of 1907)

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We don’t leave aside animals to talk you about this impressive Mamooth of more than 3 meters high. Located in Ciutadella Park, it has become a must visit for young and old.

El Pez de Frank Gehry (The Fish of Frank Gehry)

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In this case we have to use the imagination to see a Fish in the sculpture of the famous architect Gehry. If you go to the Vila Olímpica beach, it wouldn’t be difficult to see it because of its copper color and its big height.

La Cabeza de Barcelona de Roy Lichtenstein (The Head of Barcelona)

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If you continue walking through the coast until Port Vell you could see this work of the North American author. Lichtenstein wanted to honour the city for the Olympic Games of 1992, and its famous architect Antoni Gaudí. Is obvious that he don’t wanted to put in aside the artistic current of Pop Art and its influences in the comic world. Lichtenstein made is sculpture that highlights for its colour and big size.

La Dona i Ocell de Joan Miró (The Woman and the Bird)

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And you finish our artistic tour with a Barcelona artist, Joan Miró. With a piece of imagination we can see, through this imposing work with brilliant colors, the female figure topped by the bird. A reference of the artistic icons of the Barcelona city located in Parc de Joan Miró, near Plaza Espanya.

These are some of the artworks sprouted out in Barcelona. Obviously there are more, but we will continue the tour in another article. If you prefer the independent art reed the Street Art post.

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What to do in a rainy day in Barcelona

6th November, 2015 / / No Comments

Barcelona has a good weather almost all year, which is the reason why tourists come to visit the city. But in autumn and spring usual rain some days. On rainy days you can see people with bags on the head, a lot of cars stuck or people running everywhere. Today at the blog we explain you what to do in a rainy day.

Let’s cook

The tourists increasingly want to learn how to cook traditional dishes of their destiny. The Mediterranean diet is famous for its variety flavours and healthy food. On the Boquería market is there are cooking shows. Try to go and see one.  And you can learn to make a ‘paella’ on Twentytú’s terrace.

Go shopping

When it’s raining a good plan in Barcelona is to burn out your credit card. There are different malls on the city and outlet malls too. If you want to increase your wardrobe, or you just want to try the new arrivals, just visit the Glories mall close to Twentytú, Diagonal Mar mall or Las Arenas mall. If you prefer to go to an outlet you should visit Heron City mall.

Cinema and popcorn

No matter where you are. Going to the cinema in a rainy day is always a good plan to spin out hours. You can find different cinemas around the city. But if you prefer to see a film on original version read this post.

There are also more traditional options like visiting museums, or going to touristic spots as Sagrada Família.

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