Two weeks ago, the 15th April started in Seville one of the most expected events of the Andalusian capital (and of the rest of the country!): the Seville Fair.
But if you’re in Barcelona this year, don’t worry! From the 25th April until the 6th May, the 47th edition of the April Fair of Catalunya will take place in Barcelona. An indispensable date, where the “rebujitos”, the “pescaíto” and sevillanas will be the protagonists of the journey. You can’t miss it!
The origins of the Seville Fair
Is believed that in the middle of the XIX, two business men who were living in Seville (one from Catalunya and the other from the Basque Country) proposed the city government to celebrate a stockbreeding and agricultural fair.
The project was approved, and the success of the fair grew more and more every year. With the time, the fair lost its commercial character and became an open celebration, accessible for everyone. If fact, due to its popularity among the Sevillian people, the concept fair arrived to rest of the Spanish cities, starting in Barcelona where at the end of the 70’s some associations of Andalusian migrants started to celebrate their own version of the fair in Castelldefels, Barberà del Vallès or Santa Coloma de Gramanet.
The flamenco dress: the perfect outfit for the fair
If you liked what you’ve read and you want to live the April Fair experience, wait because there’s something more: you can rent a flamenco dress or suit, the typical outfits for this event. It won’t be difficult for you to find a place in Barcelona where you can choose the perfect flamenco outfit.
You should know Seville is known for its elegance in fashion. Style and trends in fashion are visible in every corner of the fair.
The cut of a flamenco dress (for women) can be long or short, and usually are made of fabrics in bright colors, decorated with prints or polka dots and frills. This traditional dress was “born” during the beginning of the event, when women went to the fair dressed up in working robes, decorated with frills. Time passed, and this kind of dress became the favorite option for the high-class ladies. Since that moment, the flamenco dress has changed adapting itself to the fashion trends of each age. This is a fact that never has happened to other traditional costumes!
The flamenco suit (for men) is known as “traje de corto” and consists of a shirt, a jacket, trousers, a vest and some accessories. If you wear this suit during the day, you can choose between bright or dark colors, but usually at night men are dressed up in dark colors and with “cordobés” hats, printed shocks, tie and a kerchief or a flower in the lapel.
What will you find at the Barcelona April Fair: booths, attractions and food
The Barcelona April Fair of Barcelona starts with a lighting show, as they do in Seville. This spectacle is the start point for 10 days of party full of tasty food, lively booths and funny attractions.
The fair is settle in an area of 87.000 m2, divided in two areas:
- The attractions area, known as the “Hell street”. Among its 29.000 m2 you’ll find more than a hundred attractions for all ages.
- The booths area, with more than a hundred booths and bars located among its 58.000 m2. These boots are a sort of tents where you can dance sevillanas (the traditional Andalusian dance), try the “pescaíto” and, of course, drink some “rebujitos”, a must if you are in the fair. This drink is made with wine “fino” or “de manzanilla” (both white wines) and soda.
Besides you will feel like if you were in Andalucía if you assist the flamenco gala (a contest organized by the Andalusian radio channel Radiolé, where the booths compete to be the best decorated of the fair) or any of the fashion shows celebrated during the fair.
How to get to the Seville Fair in public transport
Undoubtedly, public transport is the best way to get to the April Fair of Barcelona, specially during the weekend as they double the service. Which transport can you take?
- Metro: the closest stop is Maresme/ Fòrum. You can take the yellow line, which passes very near to Twentytú (in Bogatell stop). Besides, the 28th April and 5th May these lines will we working 24h.
- Tram line 4 will take you directly to the April Fair of Barcelona. The stop is Fòrum.
- Bus: If you prefer bus, line H16 (Pg. Zona Franca/Fòrum) AND LINE 7 7 (Fòrum/Zona Universitària), are the best options
Other interesting data
Environment: Like in past years, only re-usable glasses and plates will be used. You can rent them or kept as a souvenir.
Where: Fòrum Park
How much: Free entrance
Friday 27 th: from 18.00 h to 03:30 h.
Saturday 28 th: from 10.00 h to 03:30 h
Sunday 29 th: from de 10:00 to 00:00 h.
Monday 30th: from 10 to 03:30 h.
Tuesday 1st: from 10:00 to 00:00 h.
Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd: from 10:00 to 00:00 h.
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th: from 10:00 to 03:30 h.
Sunday 6th: 10:00 to 23:00 h.
More info at: FECAC (Federation of Andalusian Cultural Entities in Catalunya).
And if you wanna know more about Spanish traditions, visiting Poble Espanyol is a great opportunity, an outdoor architectonic museum where you can discover the most iconic squares, streets and constructions of Spain. Besides, every week (specially in summertime) the museum hosts different events like conciert, expositions and other activities.
If you know a bit about Barcelona, you’ve probably heard about Poblenou. This neighborhood, which used to be an industrial district, has become one of the most avant-garde areas in the city thanks to big doses of design, innovation and sustainability. Time ago, in a previous post, we told you about how to discover all the corners of the 22@, and today we take up this topic again to propose you 5 options to make the most of your stay in our hostel. There we go!
1. Poblenou: a neighborhood with personality
The location of our hostel, the neighborhood of Poblenou, is the perfect starting point to start discovering Barcelona. Located just a few meters from the beach, and very close to the city’s main attractions, our hostel has a wonderful terrace with spectacular views. Besides, its excellent connection with public transport services, makes it accessible even from the airport. And this journey takes 35 min only!
2. Entertainment for all
Both, our hostel and its neighborhood, offer funny leisure options for all ages. If you want to discover the charm of Poblenou, here are some tips:
- Enjoy a theater play at the National Theater
- Join a concert at the Auditori
- Dance in the club Razzmattazz
- For a shopping day, go to Glòries or Diagonal Mar
- Visit some of the markets and fairs which are occasionally organised
But if you are more home-loving, you can choose some of these options:
- Rest in our huge common room
- Surf the Internet in one from our computers or from your own device by using our wi-fi
- Play with our WII or, if you prefer analogical entertainment, with our pool or some of the board games that we have.
- Watch the TV or use the projector to enjoy a TV serie or film with other guests. You could even practice other languages!
If you prefer an intermediate plan, between staying at the hostel or going out, you can’t miss a meal at the Carrot café, which is located just next to Twentytú Hostel. Its gourmet sandwiches are out of this world!
3. With all the home comforts
Is a fact: there’s no place like home. But is also true that cosy places can make us feel (a bit) like at home. In Twentytú we make our best to make you feel like if our hostel was your own home, no matter how far you come from. How do we get this? By offering you the best facilities:
- Fully equipped kitchen: fridge, microwave, kettle…
- Fully equipped bathroom in all rooms
- Laundry room (prepray service)
- Wardrobes, lockers and security boxes for keeping your belongings safe
- Bike rental
And, as we know little details are important, we present those guests who book a double room with breakfast a delicious croissant. Yummy!
4. Need more reasons to stay at Twentytú? Ok, here’s one more!
Now that you know our neighborhood and the reasons that our hostel in Poblenou offers, we want to tell you about some extra benefits:
The atmosphere at the hostel is warm and friendly, so we are sure you’ll have a great time, no matter if you come with your couple, friends, family or alone. And what is more, at the same time you enjoy you stay, you’ll be taking care of the planet, as we are a certificated eco-hostel.
Enjoy Barcelona, discover Poblenou and rest in Twentytú!
Ever since we opened our hostel 5 years ago, in Twentytú we’ve always had two main objectives: offering nice and cozy rooms and contributing to the environment care with sustainable actions. How do we achieve this second purpose? Discover with us what makes Twentytú be one of the greenest hostels in the world!
Illumination? Yes, but only when it’s needed
In our eco hostel in Barcelona we try to make the most of the natural light but, when this is not possible, we use illumination in the most sustainable way. Each of our floors has presence detectors and even timers in those spaces where lights stop working during night. Besides, we only use LED bulbs, as these are the ones which consume less energy.
We recommend you do this also at home. You will be helping our planet and saving money at the same time!
Warm and reused water without energy
The climatization of water in our hostel is possible thanks to the urban red Districlima, a system which provides energy to more than 100 buildings in Barcelona like hotels, schools or offices. What we get with this system is heating up big amounts of water in one time by using an incinerating plant which distributes it. With this, we save the energy used in each building for water heating, replacing it for this centralized process.
This is the water we use, for example, for heating and showers. Besides, water is reused for toilet tanks, and we have taps with timers. Remember water is a lacking resource, so save water when possible and don’t waste it. In our hostel we save water every 17 seconds. And you?
Everything ready for the check in and for the check out
In Twentytú our facilities are totally automatic. This means that after your check in, the lights of your rooms will turn on. Same will happen after your check out: everything will be turned off until the next guest arrives.
This measure allows us to improve our energetic efficiency and is perfect for those forgetful guests!
Energy adapted to every need
Besides the energy save, we think the energy optimization is essential. For this reason, in our eco hostel in Barcelona we use the system Smartwatts, which allows us to control, in real time and online, the consumption of all the electric fonts of our hostel. This helps us to manage each system depending on it use, the moment of the day it is, and the amount of people who are in the hostel.
Separate collection and recycling of containers
As a green hostel, in Twentytú we follow the ABC of every good recycler: separate collection and recycling of containers! In every floor, in the kitchen and in our café, we’ve different containers for paper, plastic, glass and organic waste. Obviously, all our guests are welcome to collaborate in this initiative, and during your stay, you’ll be asked to recycle.
In addition, we’re pro recycling objects, like the tables, chairs and shelves of our terrace, which were made of recycled pallets by L’ Estoc.
Help for those who need it the most
Sporadically, we organize or participate in solidary events and support initiatives with innovating ideas, like the MID Talent celebrated last year in our hostel. During these events we usually bring catering and the remaining food is donated to the nearby church Sant Martí del Clot. They make these aliments arrive to the neighbors who need it.
And it’s not only because we say it…
Besides all the green actions we carry out, we can proudly say that we’ve several prizes and certifications which verify our sustainable spirit like, for example:
- We were the first hostel in the world which obtained the Biospehere certification. This certification guarantees the implementation of a responsible tourism system.
- We are the first accommodation building in Barcelona which obtained the maximum grade in energy efficiency.
- Also, we obtained the ISO 5001 certification, given by AENOR, which guarantees the efficiency in energy management.
If you want to know all our certifications, check the Eco-Albergue section of our web.
And if you want your trip to be more sustainable, don’t miss our ecofriendly route in Barcelona.
You can find a huge variety of landscapes in the villages and cities nearby to Barcelona: medieval villages, seaside towns, beautiful places in the countryside … Places full of contrasts, perfect for short breaks close to Barcelona during Easter holidays. If you haven’t decided your ideal destination yet, in this post we recommend you some options 😊
Short breaks to Sitges: seafaring tradition close to Barcelona
Don’t be surprised when you discover that Sitges is one of the favorite short break places for the citizens of Barcelona. Maybe it’s because of its picturesque old town, its dreamy beaches or its delicious gastronomy…But undoubtedly, Sitges is one of those places who make you feel in love since the very first second.
Besides, if you like to party, you can’t miss its nightlife. Even though Sitges is famous for being a meeting point for the LGBTI collective, everybody is welcome to these circles. All this and much more is less than 40km from Twentytú!
Short breaks to Colonia Güell: the biggest modernist colony in Catalonia
If you are a fan of architecture, you probably know Antoni Gaudí and some of his most known artworks like La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia or Parc Güell. Nevertheless, not many people know about other works of the artist. Few of them are in the surroundings of Barcelona, like the Colonia Güell, “Gaudí’s best kept secret“. There you could find the crypt where Gaudí though up some of the innovations than later, he used for the design of La Sagrada Familia.
Beside this, you can visit the museum of the colony and every Saturday the local farmers organize a market where they sell their own products, which are 0-km and totally organic.
Short breaks to Besalú: a trip to the Medieval times
What if you could go back to the Medieval times in a bit less than an hour from Barcelona? Besalú is a place flood by tradition and history, where every corner has a story to tell. Rests of Roman civilizations, the Jewish quartier or an impressing Romanesque bridge are just some of the attraction of this little village.
Besides, according to the legend, there is a monster who lives in Banyoles (a lake close to Besalú). They say that not even Carlgo Mago could capture such a ferocious creature. Do you dare to visit this lake?
Short breaks to Delta de l’Ebre: a paradise for bird lovers
Delta de l’Ebre is one of the biggest wetlands of the Mediterranean Sea. A place full of life where you could visit large and peaceful beaches, rice fields and a big variety of animal species, such as pink flamingos or exotic birds.
Luckily, the place hasn’t been overcrowded by tourists, so if you want to disconnect from the city and enjoy nature, Delta de l’Ebre is your place!
Short breaks to Montserrat: a spiritual refuge and a symbol of Catalonia
This mountain has become an iconic place of Barcelona not only because of its singular shape, but also for its history. Nowadays, Montserrat is a natural park and has a monastery (which still works) with a museum and a sanctuary. Here is where the famous virgin Mare de Déu de Montserrat, as known as the Moreneta, is.
Don’t miss the chance of enjoying the fantastic views from the monastery or discovering the fauna of the place, like goats or eagles. Montserrat is one of the short breaks close to Barcelona more accessible: you can get there by train, bus or car.
Short breaks to Camino de Ronda: excursions, sea and mountain
Located between Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Begur, this place is the paradise for all those who enjoy long walks with sea views. You can check all its routes on its website and choose yours (they go from basic level to “professional”). There’re even 2-days routes, and some accommodation establishments where you could spend the night.
Beautiful landscapes, beaches, cliffs… Camino de Ronda is a magic place!
Short breaks to Aigüestortes National Park: in the heart of the Pyrenees
Many tourists don’t believe it but yes, in Barcelona we do have snow (sometimes!). There’re different options for those who are looking for a snowed short break, but we recommend you the Aigüestortes National Park, and idyllic place which goes white from November to April, located in the heart of the Pyrenees. Waterfalls, cliffs, trekking routes and more than 200 ponds of all sizes and colors.
The biggest pond of the park is l’Estany de Sant Maurici, a must if you visit Aigüestortes. You can get there by walk or in one of the 4×4 that go there every day and leave from nearby villages.
Spring has finally arrived, and with it, the nice weather! It’s a fact this makes people feel like running and being more active.
We know that, for those who practice it, running is not just a hobbie, but a lifestyle. If you are an authentic runner, who refuses to stop working out during your holidays, this list of the best running routes in Barcelona is for you!
Choose your favorite route!
Barcelona is an ideal place to practice running. And we don’t affirm this just because we’re in love with our city (well, we must confess, we really are!), but its weather and its variety of running routes make it the paradise for every runner. Doesn’t matter if you prefer urban paths or you like to run in natural environments, in this list you’ll find your perfect running route. For sure!
Discover the city to the rhythm of running
What do you think about running and discovering Barcelona at the same time? These are some of the best places to run in the condal city. Take note!
- Parc de la Ciutadella: They call it the lung of Barcelona, and there’s a reason: its 18 hectareas comprise hundreds of spices of flora and fauna make it a little oasis inside the city. There you could find monumental fonts, different kinds of gardens, a hothouse and even a castle!
- Parc Güell: Running and modernism, both together, why not? Many runners of Barcelona choose this famous park, artwork of Antoni Guadí, for working out. Located in one of the highest parts of the city, it’s a fantastic viewpoint of Barcelona, so you can enjoy its fantastic views while you practice your favorite sport. Although you have to pay for getting inside the monumental area, the access to the surroundings of the park is free.
- Can Dragó: This public park located in the Nous Barris district, has an extension of 11 hectareas, where you could run and enjoy its familiar atmosphere. Inside the park, there’s a sports center with running tracks, for those who look for a professional training. Although it’s private, on its web you can ask for an invitation.
- Avinguda Diagonal: Undoubtedly, the route along this avenue is the most urban option you could find in Barcelona, as it goes across the whole city. During its 11 km you could discover the daily life of the citizens, majestic buildings and some of the most known monuments of the city.
Training with sea views
There’s not a thing like the sea breeze to refresh a work out journey. With these routes you could enjoy running next to the Mediterranean Sea.
- Passeig Marítim: Running along the sea side is a pleasure that you can’t enjoy in every city. Fortunately, Barcelona has a seafront promenade with an extension of 10km, which is the perfect place for the runners who love the beach. If training close to the sea is your thing, Twentytu is your hostel. We’re just 20 minutes walking from Bogatell beach.
- Sitges and Castelldefels. If you prefer less crowded beaches, we recommend you visit nearby cities like Sitges or Castelldelfs. Besides enjoying their landscapes, you could find small bays during your training. What a luxurious plan!
Running in nature
Do you like to feel the fresh air? Then these routes are made for you!
- Montjüic: Is it possible to enjoy the freedom of the mountain in the city? In Montjüic it is. This mountain is located a few meters from one of the most emblematic places of Barcelona: Plaza de España. Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of runners, this is one of the favorite places to run for the people of Barcelona.
- Carretera de les Aigües: This rural route goes down the Sierra de Collserola and doesn’t only offers spectacular views of Barcelona, but also of the Tibidabo park which is 2km away. If you want to disconnect from the city, this is the perfect place!
- Parc fluvial Riu Llobregat: This route arrives to El Prat beach and goes through the Riu Llobregat park. If you are passionate about photography, don’t forget your phone at home! You could take great pictures of its different landscapes: from green spaces full of vegetation, to small villages with buildings designed to the typical architecture of the area. Besides, close to the airport, there’s an area where planes fly very close to the ground… the feeling is impressive!
If you prefer to train with other runners, you can always join any running club of Barcelona. Here we suggest some of them, so you can find your running mates. And if you want to take action beyond the training, don’t forget to check our post about the best races in Barcelona. Ready, steady…go!
Learning languages is an unresolved matter for many people due to lack of time, resources or places to practice. That’s why the language exchange with native speakers is an entertaining, informal and effective option to learn and, above all, to enjoy it!
We tell you all the tips that you must consider to make the most of the language exchange in Barcelona, there’s no excuse!
1. Prepare the topics to cover in advance
For a linguistic exchange to work, the participants must have a similar level of the language they wish to learn, so in this way the vocabulary will be equivalent and the conversations will be enriched.
If you don’t know where to start, we advise you to prepare some topics to practice and review what you need. Try these examples:
- Introduce yourself: who you are, what your origins are, where you live. It explains all the basics that the other person should know to know you.
- Explain what your job is and what you like to do in your free time…your profession and your hobbies say a lot about you.
- Talk about the language you want to learn: why you do it, which your weak points are, which tricks you use to improve it, etc.
- Tell them things about your family and your pets. Surely you have interesting anecdotes and funny stories for your listener.
- List your favourite tastes and hobbies: movies, series, books, records … surely you’ll have one in common with your language exchange partner.
- Discuss the trips you have made or would like to make. Talking about countries and cities will also give you the opportunity to talk about different habits and cultures.
- Gastronomy: explain your culinary habits, your favourite dishes, recommend restaurants or products. Everybody eats many times a day so we’re sure that exchanging tips will be very useful.
2. Listen to podcasts before the session
To improve your understanding and accustom your ears to the different accents, try listening to a podcast before a language exchange session, this way you’ll improve listening and prepare yourself mentally to adapt your language. Search for radio programs, narrated books or do a marathon of your favourite English-speaking series in original version. Practice pronunciation and check the most frequent expressions and informal jargon. And remember, the more you like the topic, themore fun you’ll have!
3. Take note of the corrections
Take note and review all the corrections that your interlocutor points out about your speaking, because the faster you memorise them, the fewer times you’ll repeat your mistakes. Also keep in mind which your weak points are and try to face them and review them as many times as necessary. And above all don’t worry about making mistakes, because as the poet Goethe says: “The only man who is not wrong is the one who never does anything”.
4. Try to make the exchange reciprocal
Make an effort so that the learning process is mutual and equitable. It’s important that half of the session is in one language and the other half in the other, for example in sessions of 15 / 15 minutes or 30 / 30 minutes. As the time passes and you feel more comfortable, you’ll increase the difficulty of the topics and the registers. In this way you’ll progress safely!
5. Reinforce it with technology
Technology is your friend when it’s time to learn a language: it will allow you to check contents, connect with other people, record and listen to your conversations or use apps or websites that allow you to learn while playing.
Internet is a great source of didactic material and you can went to websites like Busuu, apps like Duolingo, or join social network groups where there are people with your same interests, you’ll see how you find a lot of information!
Practice, practice and practice
Read books or magazines in the language you want to learn, watch original untranslated content, attend Meetup events, find out what your city’s exchange options are, or enjoy relaxed chats at one of the language exchange bars in Barcelona that we offer. The key is practice!
This year, the Llum Bcn festival will illuminate all the streets of Poblenou and other spots of Barcelona with its big variety of activities and shows, as part of the famous Santa Eulàlia’s festivities. As we want you to enjoy it to the fullest, we’ve prepared a list with all the essential things you need to see and do from the 16th to 18th of February. Get ready to enjoy the flashes!
Endinsa’t en un món de color amb la nova edició de Llum Bcn, que omplirà el Poblenou de mappings, projeccions i instal·lacions de llum del 16 al 18 de febrer! https://t.co/vZrPxNVwO1 #LlumBCN18 pic.twitter.com/4Q2n7xGKxi
— Barcelona Cultura (@bcncultura) 6 de febrero de 2018
Spaces full of light
During the three nights of the festival you can discover many interesting projects like spaces, projections and shows specifically designed to make the most of the potential of light and color.
You will find different options for the entire family, located mainly in Sancho de Ávila, Roc Boronat and Pujades streets. Choose your route and do not miss any corner or patio, all of them will surprise you! Keep your eyes open!
Shows and performances
Large quantity of shows and performances will be represented in several ways: audiovisuals, interactive spaces, programming and performing arts. If you can’t make up your mind, we recommend you to decide among one of these:
Hexx: a light tunnel which reacts to sound. Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes.
Follow the Path: animations projected on water. Pond of the DHUB Barcelona.
Escletxa Proxèmica: light walls on the sides of an escalator. Hall of the DHUB Barcelona.
Float … two: poetic show at heights. Glories mall
Hipnocity: facade illuminated with messages to raise awareness about the information barrage we’re living at the present times. CNMC building.
Bouquet d’abat-jours: gooseneck and other domestic lamps in a giant version. Bolivia Street
Axiom: 3D mapping show that allows, with the help of special glasses, to perceive a three-dimensional effect. Pompeu Fabra University.
L’exèrcit de la llum: light suits synchronized with the dancer’s movements. Tànger street, (between Ciutat de Granada and Roc Boronat).
You can check the whole programme at Llum Bcn Official webpage, where you can also download it in PDF.
Activities for the entire family
If you’re looking for activities for the entire family, Llum Bcn is your plan! During the weekend, different events for all ages, such as immersive projections or 360º experiences, will be organized. Besides, you can play Pix-celona, an app which tests your knowledge about Barcelona. Play with others and discover who knows best!
To celebrate the Llum Bcn in Santa Eulàlia’s festivities, many museums and emblematic buildings of the city will have an open-door journey. In many of them, you’ll find interesting activities related to the festival.
Some of them are: Montjuïc Castle, located in the highest part of Barcelona, CCCB (Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona), Antoni Tàpies Foundation and Joan Miró Foundation (dedicated to both artists), Museum of Catalan History… and many more!
In Twentytú we are waiting for you
Our hostel is one of the establishments that will take part in the the Freedamm programme organized by Estrella Damm. Visit our terrace during the 16th-18th and find out all the surprises we’ve prepared for you!
You don’t need big amounts of money for travelling. If you don’t believe it, take a look at this tiny guide we’ve prepared, full of tips for backpackers in Barcelona. Enjoy your trip while you save money for the next one!
First step: the perfect luggage
The first thing you’ll need to do as a backpacker is, obviously, prepare your backpack! Do you want some advice to choose the perfect clothes for your trip? Take note!
- Barcelona is a warm and sunny city, where it seldom rains (usually, when it does, it is during winter time)
- The average temperature is 16.5ºC, which makes Barcelona a great city to discover by foot.
- The warmest months are from May to September. August is the hottest month, while the coldest ones are from November to February, especially January.
In Barcelona, there’re many monuments and tourist attractions that you can visit for free. Discover the city without spending a penny! Don’t miss any of these great (and free!) plans:
- Visit Barcelona markets: they’re beautiful and full of life. Besides, their architecture will impress you!
- Stroll about its neighbourhoods to soak up the culture and habits of the locals. Walk around the Gothic quartier, enjoy the little village of Gràcia and fall in love with the modernist buildings of l’Eixample. And don’t forget Las Ramblas!
- Feel the nature without leaving the city: take pleasure in a beautiful sunset at la Barceloneta beach or get lost in magic parks, like Ciutadella park.
Also, you can enjoy museums, guided tours or tickets for free. You would find more information about the available options on our post 10 free things to do in Barcelona.
Where to eat?
Being a backpacker doesn’t mean eating fast food during a week. Fortunately, Barcelona has a wide gastronomic offer, and some of its best restaurants have very competitive prices. Like in other Spanish cities, in Barcelona you can find a lot of tapas restaurants. Don’t miss these ones:
- Tasca i vins: traditional Catalonian food. They have daily menu.
- Carrer de Blai. This street, very popular among locals, is full of tapas bars. The idea of “tapeo” is having a tapa or a montadito with a small beer (zurito), every time in a different bar. We’re sure you’ll love it!
- La rosa del Raval: Mexican food like nachos, ceviche or quesadillas. You can have a delicious mojito or margarita for 4euros only!
- Wok to walk: they serve Asian plates, such as rice or noodles with the toppings you choose, to take away.
- Mosquito: Asian tapas of very good quality, like dumplings, soups, etc.
- Nostrum: homemade food from 1€.
If you want cheaper options, big supermarkets like Mercadona or Carrefour sell tasty ready-made meals.
Cheap transport tickets
Walking around in an unknown city is exciting, but also tiring, and maybe at some point of your trip you’ll need to take the metro or bus. Depending on your needs, you can choose one rate or another, but pay attention to tourist transport cards (called “Hola Barcelona), to the T-10 (a 10 trips card) or the daily bonus.
Barcelona is very well-connected, and its network includes train, metro, bus, cable car and public bikes (some of them are electric!). If you don’t know which one you should take, you can always ask at tourist offices or at the info points located in metro stations. Don’t forget: the metropolitan area of Barcelona is divided in A, B, C, D zones, and depending on where you’re travelling you’ll need a specific ticket.
Where to sleep
It doesn’t matter if you’re a backpacker or not: comfort and relax is essential during a trip. If you’re looking for a comfortable and cozy backpackers hostel in Barcelona, Twentytú is your place. Take a look to our hostel facilities and discover why 😉.
Barcelona is a warm, open and cosmopolitan city where you’ll feel like at home. We’ve prepared a “must” list, so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest when you are in town. If you follow these advices, you’ll feel like a local!
1.By foot or by metro, you choose!
Barcelona isn’t a big city (it’s just a bit bigger than the tenth part of London or New York) so you can visit most of the tourist attractions during a nice walk and decide the things to do in Barcelona.
Nevertheless, in case you decide to visit any further place, like the Camp Nou stadium, Park Güell or Montjuïc, you should know Barcelona’s metro system arrives to all the districts of the city and its surroundings. Besides, metro works every day, from 5 am to 12 am (Monday-Thursday and Sunday), from 5 am to 12am (Friday) and during the whole day on Saturdays. You can plan your journey and check all the information at this webpage.
2. Our timetables are different
If you come from abroad, you should know our timetables are different to the rest of Europe; work usually starts at 9am, lunch is at 2pm and dinner starts at 9pm. That’s why we finish work later and why we are kind of “nocturnal”, so if you want to see a crowded nightclub, you’ll have to wait until 2am!!
3. Warm, sunny and wet
Usually, the weather in Barcelona is quite nice, with an average temperature of 16°C, with hot summers (average temperature of 24°C) and cool winters (average temperature of 9°C). Anyway, weather is sometimes a bit changeable (but you will hardly ever find extreme temperatures). During winter, wearing a jacket at nights and a long sleeve t shirt in the mornings is a good idea, as temperatures goes down a few degrees during the day.
4. Be careful with your stuff
Barcelona is a very touristic city and there’s a pickpocket in every corner. Keep your belongings with you at all times (especially at the beach, metro, bar terraces or places like la Rambla) and never have your wallet in your pocket or in a visible place.
Don’t let pickpockets ruin your holidays!
5. Two languages
In Barcelona we speak two languages, Catalan and Spanish. Knowing some words and expressions in these languages will be super useful when you want to communicate with locals. Ready? There we go!
- Hi: Hola (Sp/Cat)
- Bye: Adiós (Sp), Adéu (Cat)
- Thank you: Gracias (Sp), Gràcies (Cat)
- Please: Por favor (Sp), Si us plau (Cat)
- Good morning!: ¡Buenos días! (Sp), Bon dia! (Cat)
- Good night!: ¡Buenas noches! (Sp), Bona nit (Cat)
- How much does it cost…?: ¿Cuánto cuesta..? (Sp), Quant costa..? (Cat)
- Where is…?: ¿Dónde está ? (Sp), On es..? (Cat)
6. Book in advance
La Pedrera, Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, la Casa Batlló.. there’re so many things to do in Barcelona! For this reason, we recommend you to book tickets and table in restaurants in advance. You’ll skip the queue (most of the times) and make the most of your time in the city.
7. Sunday, day off
On Sunday, most of the shops, supermarkets or even some restaurants are closed. So, before planning Sunday’s journey, make sure it’s going to be possible or think about a B plan. There’re some exceptions like Maremagnum mall and La Roca Village outlet, which are open every day of the year (except on 25th December). You can also attend cultural events, or visit a museum (most of them are free the first Sunday of each month or every Sunday from 3pm)¡there many things to do in Barcelona! You can check some options on this post about Free museums in Barcelona.
If you want to party, Barcelona is plenty of clubs and bars for everyone. Eixample esquerra, Vila Olímpica, Marina…depending on what kind of party you’re looking for, you can go to one or other area. At some discos, it’s compulsory to pay for tickets (and usually they’re quite expensive!). That’s why we recommend you to check their Facebook pages or some specialized webs which offer discounts or even free entrance if you are on the “free list”.
Barcelona is an endlessly surprising city, you’ll need to come infinite times to discover all its secrets! You will be always welcome. Don’t forget that you’ll have the best of the stays in Twentytú hostel.
Barcelona is an amazing city, where in every corner you can find something unique that captivates and invites you to come back. That is why many filmmakers and producers find in our city the perfect setting for their films and series. Here’s the long list of stories that happen in our city, prepare to be amazed!
Movies filmed in Barcelona to know the city inch by inch
Get a bowl of popcorn and look for some of these titles shot in Barcelona and its surroundings. In some cases, you can even go on guided tours at the film locations. 3, 2, 1 … action!
Although Ryan Reynolds spends the whole film underground, buried in an old coffin, this film was shot entirely in Barcelona for 17 days. Impossible to guess!
Christian Bale lost 28kg for his starring role, and even though the fiction is about a city in California, everything was filmed entirely in Barcelona and some cities nearby such as Badalona, Sant Adrià del Besòs, Prat de Llobregat, Sabadell or Terrassa.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
This famous German novel was taken to the big screen in 2006 and was located in many of the charming streets of the old town of our city. Have a look at one of the final and most controversial scenes, which was shot in Poble Espanyol, did you recognise it?
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Woody Allen chose the magic of Park Güell, La Pedrera, La Sagrada Familia and some other Barcelona monuments to show us a most peculiar love triangle formed by Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson as main characters. Could you imagine a better place for a love story?
Two young people, Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider, act in a plot of espionage that takes them to several cities, including Barcelona, where we can see the state in which La Pedrera was back in 1975, before its last restoration. Awesome!
Everything about my mother
Almodóvar chose Barcelona as the spot where Manuela, the main character of this Oscar-winning drama, overcomes an important loss and since her arrival in the city the film shows us emblematic places such as the Columbus monument, Sagrada Familia, Palau de la Música or Monjuïc’s graveyard, among others.
The last days
Do you wonder what a devastated Barcelona would look like? If this is your case, don’t miss this film that sets out an apocalyptic future where the streets that we walk on every day are impossible to live in and the survivors only remain alive wandering the underground roads.
This film directed by Jaume Balagueró in 2005, which won the Goya Award for the best special effects and was a candidate for the best original music, was filmed almost entirely in Barcelona.
Three Steps Above Heaven and I’m looking forward to you
This romantic story, based on the book by Federico Moccia, originally takes place in Rome but was filmed in Catalonia, in locations including Barcelona, Sant Boi, Sant Adrià del Besós, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, St. Feliu de Guixols, St. Cristina d’Aro, Argentona, Teià and Canet de Mar. It’s not difficult to find out that the movie saga was filmed in our city, even Razzmatazz, one of the best clubs in Barcelona, right next to Twentytú hostel.
And more movies …
But these films filmed in Barcelona are not the only ones, because there are still many who bet on a location in our city: Barcelona, Biutiful, Bad education, REC, While you sleep, Your life in 65 ‘.
Series linked to the city of Barcelona
Now that the world of the series is so trendy, we don’t want to miss the opportunity to remind you of the series that have been shot, inspired or made reference to our beautiful city. Do you want to see the next episode?
The Cathedral of the Sea
This series, which will be released in 2018, will bring to the small screen the novel written by Ildefonso Falcones, which takes place mainly in the Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral of Barcelona. An overproduction that has had 150 actors and up to 4,000 extras!
In the fourth chapter of season 25 of The Simpsons Homer receives the visit of a friend of his childhood who wrote letters to him from the top of the Sagrada família, a monument that he eventually visits.
In Friends, Joey tells Ross an infallible secret to flirt that consists in telling an emotional story about his stay as a backpacker in Europe. And of course this supposed route includes Barcelona!
On the episode 502 of Shin-chan, which is entitled “Hi! Hey, I travel to Spain”, the main character goes on a tour around Barcelona featuring the statue of Columbus, the Ramblas, the Sagrada Família and Parc Güell, and he even learns some words in Catalan!
The A-Team also visited Barcelona in a chapter in which they had to releasea plane kidnapped by terrorists that was a few kilometers from El Prat, although mysteriously our modern airport looked like the Amazon rainforest!
Oliver and Benji
In the last season of this legendary animation series, Oliver Atom signed up for the very same F.C. Barcelona! However, and given that the producers of the series didn’t buy the club rights of our city, the original names of the club and its players are not shown literally. Therefore, the coach is Van Saal, instead of Van Gaal, and the scorer Rivaul, instead of Rivaldo.
In the first season of this series about the Italian mafia, one of its plots is located in Barcelona, a city where a Neapolitan mafia boss runs away to in the middle of a clan war. During hisstay we can see symbols of the city such as the Agbar Tower, the Casino, the Olympic Port or the W Hotel.
And many more series…
You can also have a look at this list of series: Emerald city, Merlí, Velvet or How I met your mother, many of them you can find in Salón del cine y las series de Barcelona.
With this list of series and movies filmed in Barcelona you have no excuse to fully know all the charm of Barcelona. And if you need a little help to see all the points of interest don’t forget to check our guided tours for Barcelona. You won’t miss a thing!