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April 2021
  • The best beaches in Barcelona

    Everything you need to know enjoy your holidays on the best beaches in Barcelona

    After a long academic year and quite atypical due to the pandemic, who is that person does not want to disconnect from all responsibilities and duties? We do and what better way to disconnect completely on the magnificent beaches of the Catalan coast and listen waves of the wonderful Mediterranean Sea.

    Do you like the idea? Today at The Lofttown we bring you a complete guide with the best beaches in and around Barcelona, where you can enjoy your spring and summer holidays, which will make your experience in the Catalan capital unforgettable. Want to know more? Read on!

    A part to all fantastic tourist attractions, we know Barcelona is one of the cities with the best coves and urban beaches in all of Europe. And for that reason, during every summer season the entire Barcelona coast is filled with tourists from all over the world. All this thanks to beautiful beaches of Barcelona, them are very well connected and, in addition, they are equipped with all the essential services that will make your beach stay the best.

    Also, you don’t have to go far from Barcelona to admire the beauty of all the beaches of the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada. Are you ready for the best beach season of your life? Below, we recommend which are the most important ones you should visit and how to get there.

    Beach of Castelldefels

    This beach is one of the most popular for its good quality and its proximity to Barcelona. It is located just 20 minutes by train from Sants Central Station. In addition, it is a beautiful beach that has a large sand surface, so it is never difficult to find a place available for you to put the umbrella and your towel. Castelldefels is a perfect area because it does not have much depth and is ideal for windsurfers because there is the strong wind here.

    Beaches of Sitges

    Sitges is a mandatory destination if you live in Barcelona. A town located south of Barcelona on the coast of Garraf, 35 minutes from Barcelona by train or car. This city is fantastic and very famous for its carnivals and for its international film festival. And the best of all it also has more than fifteen beaches to choose from the busiest located on the promenade to other more hidden and natural where you will have to walk to find them. If you want a bit of culture and a fantastic beach atmosphere, Sitges is your perfect destination.

    Cala Fonda, Tarragona, Spain

    Cala Fonda is also called Waikiki and is a natural beach located within the Costa Dorada. A nudist cove located an hour and a half from Barcelona, very close to the city of Tarragona. This beach is perfect thanks to its great beauty for being a corner of totally golden sand, where there are no services or restaurants, and you will stay in the middle of nature’s peace.

    It is hidden behind a cliff and surrounded by vegetation, which makes it a perfect place for the practice of nudism. Our recommendation is that you arrive by car, and then you will have to walk about 15 minutes on foot to reach it.

    Aiguablava, Costa Brava

    Aiguablava beach is one of the most beautiful and visited on the Costa Brava. Located in Begur, this small beach has fine sand and its waters are completely crystal clear. Its location is amazing, as it is situated in a beautiful bay surrounded by a lot of vegetation and rocky outcrops. It also has lifeguard service, big parking and all essential services for you to enjoy the experience.

    Cala S’Alguer, Palamós

    If you are looking for a quiet place S’Alguer is the perfect cove for you because it is not a busy beach, even in summer. Here seems time to have stopped, since you will find beautiful houses of old fishermen and picturesque boats like a very traditional touch. We recommend you to come to this beautiful corner of the Costa Brava where you will find the tranquility you need outside Barcelona.

    Cala Montjoi, Roses

    Cala Montjoi is located in a natural area of great importance in Catalonia. We refer to the Cap de Creus National Park. This cove is one of the most visited beaches of this park because it’s very near to the tourist center. However, it is usually a quiet beach where you can find peace and nature. Very curious, close to here was the famous restaurant El Bulli, by the world-renowned chef Ferrán Adrià.

    Lloret de Mar, Girona

    If you are looking for a party atmosphere and full of young people from all over the world, this town in the province of Girona is perfect for you. The beach of Lloret de Mar is a kilometer and a half long and has all the necessary services, including bars, pubs and nightclubs. In addition, there is  an extensive parking at the beach for your comfort. It is also characterized because here you can do activities in the sea such as kayaking, windsurfing or jet skis.

    With this post today we hope you have learned much more about the most important beaches in Barcelona and surroundings so you can enjoy your summer holidays in the best way. And remember that if you deciding to move to the Catalan capital, you can always count on our university residence to enjoy your stay in Barcelona and becomes a splendid experience that you will never forget in life.

    We hope to see you soon in Barcelona and become a new #TheLoftowner!

    We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you are always update with the latest promotions and news in our student residence.

    Have a great day!



  • Five bike routes through Barcelona

    We bring you five interesting routes that you can easily do by bike throughout the whole of Barcelona

    The fashion of moving by bike is growing more and more. And Barcelona has become in the last decade one of the European cities that has more accessibility to cyclists of all levels, whether for leisure, work or as a means of daily transport. For that reason, today in The LoftTown we share an interesting post where we tell you the best five routes that you can do without any problem throughout the city. Are you ready to pedal? Take note!

    For nature-loving sportsmen: The MontjuÏc route

    How to appreciate a disconnection in nature. For this reason, we recommend that you start the walk in Plaza España and then head towards the Montjuic montain mountain. To do this, take the wide avenue that ends at the MNAC building. Once you have crossed Reina Cristina avenue you will be at the foot of this impressive building. Then simply head down the road that you will see on your right, take energy because it is an uphill for demanding cyclists. As you go forward you will notice the beginning of the Montjuic slope in your legs. If you are an athlete you will see that the challenge will be the maximum and we are sure that you will not abandon the path. The first stop you will see is Poble Espanyol, a complex built for the Universal Exposition of 1929, and which has 117 full-scale buildings and more than 25 local artisans who will teach you the meaning of Spanish culture.

    Leaving Poble Espanyol you will continue the route through the Estadi Olímpic, an emblematic venue of the city built exclusively for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Beyond you will arrive at the Botanical Garden that has more than 10 hectares of gardens that will make you connect completely with nature. To end your tour, we suggest you go to Montjuic Castle, where you can see the port and the city’s coastline.

    For architecture lovers: The ancient route

    Sightseeing in Barcelona is a must. And for this you don’t have to be a tourist to discover new places in the historic center of Barcelona and you know it very well. Our recommendation is that you take the route of the old town through the small streets of the Gothic Quarter, El Borne and Barceloneta, since when you go by bike the feeling is different and you will see these neighborhoods with new eyes.

    In the Gothic there are corners that you know, but surely you have never paid much attention to them. So when you do it on the bike you will see that you will feel as if you were inside a movie.

    Surely you already knew that Barcino was the old name of the Catalan capital and you have even passed many times in front of the Roman wall of Barcelona, ​​and perhaps you did not know where you were or the importance of this fantastic place. Construction of the Roman wall began in the 1st century, but the remains that are preserved today date from approximately the 3rd and 4th centuries. The Roman wall thus has almost 2000 years of history and is the largest monument of ancient Barcelona that is preserved to this day.

    We recommend that you start your bike route through the Cathedral, then go to Plaça del Àngel and continue along Sotstinent Navarro street, Plaça del Traginers, Hostal del Sol street, Regomir, Gignàs, Avinyó, Bany nous and end the tour in Palla street. We assure you that after this tour you will see the old part of the city with different eyes.

    For beach lovers: The Mediterranean route

    One of the best bike routes in the city is along the sea coast. We encourage you to look from another angle and rediscover the seven most important beaches in the city, all in less than 30 minutes. We assure you that you will fully enjoy the pleasure of feeling the Mediterranean air on your face. We recommend you take your bike in the fishing district of Barceloneta and travel the entire coastline until you reach the Forum. The total trip will cost you about 30 minutes, but we recommend that you lengthen it and enjoy the ride by taking breaks at each beach.

    For picnic lovers: The Picnic Route

    Both the Ciutadella Park and the nature of Montjuic nature are perfect places to have a picnic in Barcelona. And best of all, you can get there without problems by bike. For this reason, we propose the bike route next to the green spaces of the city to make a different plan that will make you see Barcelona from another perspective. You can start from the Cervantes park, in the upper part of the city, as it has large areas of grass, wide lanes for the bike. On the other hand, we also recommend the Maternitat gardens in the Les Corts neighborhood, perfect for outdoor meals because there are many trees and spaces with pleasant shade, special for a fresh spring meal. If you like routes by the sea, the Mar Bella park is a genuine corner to have a good picnic with friends, since it has large areas of grass and next to it you have a great skate park in case you like skating .

    For those who go from home to work: The sustainable route

    Moving around Barcelona by bike is a pleasure and that is why we recommend that you use it as your means of transport on a daily basis, since in this way you also contribute to caring for the environment and you will feel much more physically and mentally active. To do this, you will find bike lanes throughout the city for your convenience. You no longer have excuses not to take your bike and go pedaling all over Barcelona. With this post today we hope that you have learned much more about how to move around Barcelona successfully by bike with the 5 most interesting routes for you. And remember that if you are determined to move to the Catalan capital, you can always count on our university residence so that your stay in Barcelona becomes a splendid experience that you will never forget in life.

    We hope to see you in Barcelona soon and that you become a new #TheLoftowner!

    We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you are always up to date with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

    Have an excellent day!





  • The best free plans for students in Barcelona

    Everything you need to know to enjoy the most interesting free plans for students in Barcelona

    Barcelona is a fantastic city to enjoy at any time of the year. And, above all, the feeling of living here becomes a completely fascinating experience when you are a student and have all the availability and energy to make Barcelona a splendid place for your enjoyment.

    To do this, in the Catalan capital there are many plans, of all kinds and for all tastes, that will make you enjoy Barcelona as you would never have imagined before. And, also, imagine if everything we tell you below is free. Sounds good right? Take note of our advice and we assure you that you will not regret it. With the onset of spring, the climate in Barcelona changes and you can see the joy and colors in the streets. For that reason, after a long academic year that will soon end, what you deserve the most is to have a good time and what better idea if you do it for free. Today at The Lofttown we will show you that you don’t need to have a special budget to have the most fun during your last weeks in Barcelona. Can you come with us?

    Get to know the Sagrada Familia

    We know that museums in Barcelona cost a lot in some cases when you are a student. However, there is the possibility of visiting them completely free and perhaps you did not know it. This is the case of the Sagrada Familia, an emblem of the city and of European architecture, since every Sunday of the year it is open to the public, completely free, during the celebration of the good morning masses. Of course, you will have to get up early to be able to arrive on time and take a square in the basilica, since there are many people who like you will have the same idea. Also keep in mind that the capacity is limited and that many faithful people, especially older adults, always come to Sunday mass as tradition dictates and it will not cost them anything to get up early before you.

    Discover the Picasso Museum

    One of those places that you have to visit during your stay in Barcelona, ​​yes or yes, is without a doubt the splendid Picasso Museum. Hence, it is one of the most important and most visited museums in all of Catalonia. For this reason, remember that if you go on Thursday afternoons from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., you will be able to access totally free and take a good bath of art with all the magnificent works that the great artist Pablo Picasso left as an inheritance to the city ​​during the time he lived in the Catalan capital.

    Enjoy the free concerts

    Although it is true that we still live within strong restrictions by the authorities due to Covid-19, Barcelona still has an interesting musical proposal for all tastes and, best of all, totally free. To do this, we recommend that you discover the cultural plans of the different neighborhoods of Barcelona, ​​because they always organize some kind of musical show in the open air and with the respective security measures.

    Take advantage of the neighborhood parties

    Barcelona’s neighborhoods are the spirit of the city. And for this, popular festivals are the best way to fully integrate into Barcelona life as if you were part of its history. Our recommendation is that when summer arrives, be alert to all the cultural and leisure events organized by the most important neighborhoods such as Gracia, Santa, Poblenou, Barceloneta or Raval. We assure you that you will have complete fun and experience firsthand the most authentic traditions of the city.

    Walk the beaches

    There is no more fun and economical plan than going to the beaches of Barcelona. Here you can enjoy splendid experiences with friends, either sunbathing, doing sports and bathing along the Mediterranean Sea. And it is that in any of the beaches of Barcelona you will find all the atmosphere you need and with everything you need, between bars and restaurants, so that your spring and summer days are the best.

    Excursions to the forest

    If you are more about parks and forests, you have to know that Barcelona has several interesting options that will make you fully connect with nature. For example, just a few minutes from the city you have all the vegetation that Montjuic offers you, an ideal space to do sports outdoors or celebrate picnics with friends. On the other hand, if you like long walks more without many people around, about 20 minutes from the city by car or train, you can find the Collserola natural park, a fantastic option for nature lovers and where you can do long walks, yoga and meditation sessions, mountain biking or even barbecues with friends.

    Outdoor cinema

    Watching a movie has never been as safe and fun as the open-air cinema. In Barcelona you have the opportunity to enjoy good independent films of all time, either on Barceloneta beach or at Montjuic Castle. Both options are great if you are a lover of the seventh art. And best of all, completely free. You will only have to take care of the pica pica and the drinks. With this post today we hope you have learned much more about how to enjoy Barcelona for free. And remember that if you are determined to move to the Catalan capital, you can always count on our university residence so that your stay in Barcelona becomes a splendid experience that you will never forget in life.

    We hope to see you in Barcelona soon and that you become a new #TheLoftowner!

    We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you are always up to date with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

    Have a great day!