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June 2021
  • Discover the magic of Barcelona with the best walking routes in summer

    We present the best routes for you to explore Barcelona in summer on foot and discover completely the magic of the city

    Barcelona is a splendid city that attracts many foreigners every year. And it is that its cultural and leisure offer is so great with many attractive places to visit at any time of the year, but especially when the good weather arrives.

    In the Catalan capital you will be able to find all kinds of attractions and activities that will allow you to enter the city and know its essence from its roots, especially when you walk through it, which will give you a perspective of Barcelona as if you were a lifelong Barcelonian.

    For that reason, today at The Lofttown we share with you the best walking routes so that you can explore at your own pace and that will teach you the magic of Barcelona in all its splendor.

    Are you ready to get to know Barcelona from the inside? Welcome to our blog with the best tips for university students in Barcelona! Here we go…

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    The beach route

    If what you are looking for is a comforting walk by the sea in the middle of summer, then starting your walk in the La Barceloneta neighborhood is your best choice. And it is that not only is it one of the most popular neighborhoods in all of Barcelona, ​​but it also has a wide range of restaurants, bars and many leisure attractions that will make you experience the most of the marine atmosphere that is breathed in this colorful and authentic neighborhood.

    We recommend that you start the beach route from the Hotel W and continue along the impressive promenade of the neighborhood, which is characterized by being full of life, among athletes and many young people, forming a lively atmosphere throughout the year. Here you will find people from all over the world, which gives a special and cosmopolitan touch to your beach route.

    On the other hand, you can also walk through its small streets that will allow you to learn a little more about the culture of this neighborhood, but always respecting the tranquility of the neighbors. Subsequently, we encourage you to continue walking along the seafront along the promenade to Platja de la Mar Bella, or if you like to walk a lot, then do not stop until the Forum beach. Do not forget that the further you get from Barceloneta, the more tranquility you will find on your walk.

     

    A trip to the historic center of Barcelona

    We are sure that the best way to get to know Barcelona is undoubtedly on foot. And it is that the Catalan capital has so many beautiful streets that you will want to visit all those magical corners that you can only find walking in the heart of Barcelona.

    So our recommendation is that you start your walking tour through one of the oldest and most emblematic neighborhoods of Barcelona, ​​we mean the Gothic, a neighborhood full of charm and that has a lot of history behind it. We assure you that when you start walking through its small streets and discovering its traditional shops, you will enjoy all the medieval and modernist atmosphere of the city with some of its most emblematic churches and famous squares in all of Spain.

    Then continue through the Raval which is a colorful and lively neighborhood that has a lot of personality that you will be able to recognize in all its corners. Here you will find a great movement of commercial activities that is characterized by multiculturalism that makes it a unique neighborhood in Barcelona. As you walk through here you will see many emblematic places that have even appeared in movies and, above all, how many cultures merge in total harmony together with local people and tourists.

    Por último, te animamos a culminar tu paseo en el mítico barrio del Born, que mezcla historia, modernidad y un ambiente fantástico que lo convierte en uno de los barrios que siempre está de moda en Barcelona. Aquí podrás vivir ese espíritu bohemio en su máximo esplendor, con bares conceptuales y restaurantes de autor, todo junto a una gran mezcla de culturas que tanto caracteriza a la ciudad.

     

    The modernist essence of the Eixample

    Without a doubt, the Eixample is the most cosmopolitan district in all of Barcelona. Created more than 100 years ago in an unprecedented architectural and urban challenge, it is characterized by its unique modernist style in the city, which stands out with its modernist buildings, wide streets and a very particular squared architectural style where the legacy is lived. of the great Gaudí.

     

    Although it is mainly a residential neighborhood, here you can also find a lot of history in its streets, with emblematic shops that marked the lifestyle of the city in the past and that continue to this day. And if you prefer to know more about its history, you also have the option of taking a free tour of modernist Barcelona where you will learn a lot about the essence of this famous neighborhood.

     

    The life of the industrial neighborhood of Poble Nou

    If you think about the artistic spirit of Barcelona then you have to visit the Poble Nou neighborhood. There is no doubt that this sensational neighborhood is the best option for people looking for cultural events or connecting with the avant-garde life of the city.

     

    A fantastic option at first sight, since it has an industrial, working-class and revolutionary past that is now mixed with entrepreneurial, creative circles full of companies and centers dedicated to art and communication sciences.

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    The magic of the Gràcia neighbourhood

    If there is a unique neighborhood in Barcelona, ​​that is the Gracia neighborhood. And it seems like a small town anchored within Barcelona, ​​where local people and their authentic customs predominate. As a historical fact, we tell you that before it was a town that over the years was annexed to Barcelona back in the 19th century. This neighborhood is characterized by being bohemian and multicultural, with hundreds of very narrow streets and colorful local shops that serve as a great aperitif to a mandatory visit to Parc Guell.

     

    Disconnection in the nature of Montjuic

    If what you are looking for is a complete disconnection, Montjuic is the paradise that you have to visit, yes or yes. Here you can take a few long walks, starting from Plaza España, going up through the National Museum of Catalonia, Poble Espanyol, and especially calmly throughout the Olympic area, crossing the botanical garden to the Montjuic Castle. We assure you that you will greatly enjoy the impressive views in a perfect combination of nature that your body will appreciate.

    Did you like our tips? With today’s post, we hope you can explore all of Barcelona on foot at your own pace and discover all the magic of this fantastic city. And remember that if you are thinking of moving to Barcelona, ​​we encourage you to discover who we are so that you can live in the best residence for university students in the city.

    We are looking forward to you to 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 wonderful day!

  • Discover the magic of Barcelona with the best walking routes in summer

    We present the best routes for you to explore Barcelona in summer on foot and discover completely the magic of the city

     

    Barcelona is a splendid city that attracts many foreigners every year. And it is that its cultural and leisure offer is so great with many attractive places to visit at any time of the year, but especially when the good weather arrives.

     

    In the Catalan capital you will be able to find all kinds of attractions and activities that will allow you to enter the city and know its essence from its roots, especially when you walk through it, which will give you a perspective of Barcelona as if you were a lifelong Barcelonian.

     

    For that reason, today at The Lofttown we share with you the best walking routes so that you can explore at your own pace and that will teach you the magic of Barcelona in all its splendor.

     

    Are you ready to get to know Barcelona from the inside? Welcome to our blog with the best tips for university students in Barcelona! Here we go…

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    The beach route

    If what you are looking for is a comforting walk by the sea in the middle of summer, then starting your walk in the La Barceloneta neighborhood is your best choice. And it is that not only is it one of the most popular neighborhoods in all of Barcelona, ​​but it also has a wide range of restaurants, bars and many leisure attractions that will make you experience the most of the marine atmosphere that is breathed in this colorful and authentic neighborhood.

     

    We recommend that you start the beach route from the Hotel W and continue along the impressive promenade of the neighborhood, which is characterized by being full of life, among athletes and many young people, forming a lively atmosphere throughout the year. Here you will find people from all over the world which gives a special and cosmopolitan touch to your beach route.

     

    On the other hand, you can also walk through its small streets that will allow you to learn a little more about the culture of this neighborhood, but always respecting the tranquility of the neighbors. Subsequently, we encourage you to continue walking along the seafront along the promenade to Platja de la Mar Bella, or if you like to walk a lot, then do not stop until the Forum beach. Do not forget that the further you get from Barceloneta, the more tranquility you will find on your walk.

     

    A trip to the historic center of Barcelona

    We are sure that the best way to get to know Barcelona is undoubtedly on foot. And it is that the Catalan capital has so many beautiful streets that you will want to visit all those magical corners that you can only find walking in the heart of Barcelona.

     

    So our recommendation is that you start your walking tour through one of the oldest and most emblematic neighborhoods of Barcelona, ​​we mean the Gothic, a neighborhood full of charm and that has a lot of history behind it. We assure you that when you start walking through its small streets and discovering its traditional shops, you will enjoy all the medieval and modernist atmosphere of the city with some of its most emblematic churches and famous squares in all of Spain.

     

    Then continue through the Raval which is a colorful and lively neighborhood that has a lot of personality that you will be able to recognize in all its corners. Here you will find a great movement of commercial activities that is characterized by multiculturalism that makes it a unique neighborhood in Barcelona. As you walk through here you will see many emblematic places that have even appeared in movies and, above all, how many cultures merge in total harmony together with local people and tourists.

     

    Por último, te animamos a culminar tu paseo en el mítico barrio del Born, que mezcla historia, modernidad y un ambiente fantástico que lo convierte en uno de los barrios que siempre está de moda en Barcelona. Aquí podrás vivir ese espíritu bohemio en su máximo esplendor, con bares conceptuales y restaurantes de autor, todo junto a una gran mezcla de culturas que tanto caracteriza a la ciudad. 

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    The modernist essence of the Eixample

    Without a doubt, the Eixample is the most cosmopolitan district in all of Barcelona. Created more than 100 years ago in an unprecedented architectural and urban challenge, it is characterized by its unique modernist style in the city, which stands out with its modernist buildings, wide streets and a very particular squared architectural style where the legacy is lived. of the great Gaudí.

     

    Although it is mainly a residential neighborhood, here you can also find a lot of history in its streets, with emblematic shops that marked the lifestyle of the city in the past and that continue to this day. And if you prefer to know more about its history, you also have the option of taking a free tour of modernist Barcelona where you will learn a lot about the essence of this famous neighborhood.

     

    The ife of the industrial neighborhood of Poble Nou

    If you think about the artistic spirit of Barcelona then you have to visit the Poble Nou neighborhood. There is no doubt that this sensational neighborhood is the best option for people looking for cultural events or connecting with the avant-garde life of the city.

     

    A fantastic option at first sight, since it has an industrial, working-class and revolutionary past that is now mixed with entrepreneurial, creative circles full of companies and centers dedicated to art and communication sciences.

     

    The magic of the Gràcia neighbourhood

    If there is a unique neighborhood in Barcelona, ​​that is the Gracia neighborhood. And it seems like a small town anchored within Barcelona, ​​where local people and their authentic customs predominate. As a historical fact, we tell you that before it was a town that over the years was annexed to Barcelona back in the 19th century. This neighborhood is characterized by being bohemian and multicultural, with hundreds of very narrow streets and colorful local shops that serve as a great aperitif to a mandatory visit to Parc Guell.

     

    Disconnection in the nature of Montjuic

    If what you are looking for is a complete disconnection, Montjuic is the paradise that you have to visit yes or yes. Here you can take a few long walks, starting from Plaza España, going up through the National Museum of Catalonia, Poble Espanyol, and especially calmly throughout the Olympic area, crossing the botanical garden to the Montjuic Castle. We assure you that you will greatly enjoy the impressive views in a perfect combination of nature that your body will appreciate.

     

    Did you like our tips? With today’s post, we hope you can explore all of Barcelona on foot at your own pace and discover all the magic of this fantastic city. And remember that if you are thinking of moving to Barcelona, ​​we encourage you to discover who we are so that you can live in the best residence for university students in the city.


    We are looking forward to you to 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 wonderful day!

     

  • Where you can eat in Barcelona at student price

    All the secrets you should know about the best places to eat in Barcelona when you are a student at a good price

    Studying in Barcelona can become the best adventure of your life. However, we know that everything has a price and the Catalan capital is not exactly one of the cheapest cities in the world to live in, especially when you are a student. And one of those important aspects when you are  young student is the monthly budget, without a doubt, the money they spend to eat out in the restaurants of the city.

    For that reason, today at TheLofttown we bring you an interesting guide with some of the bars and restaurants that offer a quality culinary at the best price. Are you hungry?  Welcome to a new chapter of our blog for students in Barcelona!

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    The Cova Fumada

    This fantastic place situated in the heart of the Barceloneta district offers delicious seafood tapas, maybe the best in the whole city, as it has a traditional menu and is appetizing for any palate.

    A small authentic corner of the city, which collect people from the neighborhood and also many foreign tourists, which makes it a place with a fantastic seafaring atmosphere that tastes like a port. We are sure you that when you try it once you will want to repeat many more times. However, we suggest you that if you want to eat without waiting long time, go earlier or you will have long lines form.

    La Malandrina

    We are sorry to say that it is a forbidden place for vegetarians, because if you are a meat lover, this little Argentine corner located in the heart of Barceloneta will  become one of your favorite places in the city.

    And here you will find a great offer of grilled meats of all types and with the best side dishes at a very good price. Imagine that for only 15 € you can be more than satisfied always with a  good homemade wine, we are ready hungry!

     Macchina

    Tuna and tomato pasta isn’t just for the student diet, and you know it. However, if you really like Italian food and pasta, you will enjoy it, because you have to go to Macchina, an Italian restaurant with the best homemade pasta and the best Italian sauces that will make you feel as if you were eating in the center of Rome with the Roman coliseum view. If you want to try authentic Italian food and at the best price this place is your perfect place.

    Rosa del Raval

    An authentic Mexican restaurant located in the heart of the city. This place has a delicious offer that all types of people can like it even if they are not lovers of Mexican food. And if that’s not enough, you can also find here one of the best micheladas and margaritas in the city at cheap price, which you can combine perfectly with some good nachos with guacamole. A fantastic option who want to feel like they are in Mexico.

    Chen Ji

    Barcelona has a large Chinese immigration for many years and for thid reason felt in the city.  Chen Ji is a real Chinese restaurant for those who want to eat well and big portions at economical price. This restaurant is the authentic Chinese of Barcelona where you will meet Chinese people want enjoy food from own original country.

    We let you know that Chen Ji is not one of the most elegant places in the city, however it has a particular charm that will live a good atmosphere and nice food. Therefore, here for only 12 Euros we assure you that you can eat like a real king.

    Mosquito

    If you are very hungry and want to eat at very cheap  price, this place located in the heart of the Borne is ideal for you. And the quality of their food is excellent despite its price, especially if you like Asian food served in tapas a lot, so we guarantee that you will eat well.

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    La Dolça Herminia

    For only 15 Euros here you can eat in luxury, enjoying a succulent menu that includes first main course, second course, dessert, drink and bread. It is incredible both the quality-price of this restaurant thanks to its typical dishes either of Catalan cuisine and other more international  varieties that will make you eat as at home.

    Alsur Café

    This place is perfect for brunch on a Sunday alone or accompanied. At midday you can find a menu for only 15 Euros that includes any dish from the menu, drink, dessert and coffee with an excellent quality. Do not miss the delicious eggs benedict and the delicious homemade desserts that will fall  you completely in love.

    We hope that with this post today we have awakened your appetite and know better what are the best restaurants in Barcelona with a great culinary offer at a good price.

    And remember that at The Lofttown we want your experience in Barcelona will be enjoy at the fullest way for the rest of your life and that’s why we want to make you the best student accommodation in Barcelona.

    And we look forward to seeing you here to 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 university residence.

    Have a amazing day!

     

     

  • The best libraries of Barcelona to study

    Everything you need to know about the best libraries in Barcelona that you have to visit

     Studying in Barcelona is an incomparable experience that you only live once in your life. For that, we are very sure in Xior The LoftTown and for this reason, we put at your disposal some impressive and comfortable areas for our #thelofttowners to study with total tranquility and in the best atmosphere, but we also want you to know other fantastic places to study.

    In this sense, did you know that the Catalan capital offers more than 40 libraries open to all the public and for all types?

    For this reason, today we want to tell you which are the most charming and historical libraries in Barcelona that you need to visit, if you want enjoy a different study day in the best Barcelona style. Do you want to know more? Welcome to a new chapter of our blog for students in Barcelona.

    As we said before, Barcelona is a city full of history and culture that never ceases to impress, so is not a surprise that also has many libraries spread throughout the city, in order to t the local people can have access to the culture completely free.

    Therefore, depending on which neighborhood is your favorite, the libraries of Barcelona will have a very particular detail and will specialize in a different subject depending on the sectors where they are located.

    For example, there are libraries that specialize in woman’s literature, Barcelona black and contemporary novels, cinema history, complementary medicine, hospitality and tourism, publications in many languages, Catalan publishers, and many others.

    Therefore, if you are living an academic season in Barcelona, you have the obligation to visit some of these fantastic libraries because we are sure that once you are inside you don’t want leave them easily, thanks to the fact that they are full of culture and with the best books that you would never have imagined finding before.

    Would you like to find the best library in the city? Next, we tell you which ones we like more.

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    La Fraternitat library in the Barceloneta quarter

     This magnific library located in the heart of the Barceloneta fishing district is undoubtedly an architectural gem in the city. And it has a building with a particular modernist style, enough surprising because it has more than 100 years of history.

    In its beginnings, it served as workers cooperative for the people of the neighborhood, but over time it was transformed into a library for the local people. Inside it has four floors and has all the comforts for its visitors to be captivated by literature without any problem.

    It should be noted that within its collections is specializes in having catering and hospitality publications focused on the professional field, among others.

    It is also characterized by being small and perhaps its main attraction is that it is one step away from the beach.

    Joan Miró library in the Eixample quarter

    If you are looking for a library connected with conceptual art in the style of Joan Miró, this id your choice. Can you imagine being inside a library that looks like a ship? Well, it exists! And it is that the Joan Miró library was created with the idea that it is a kind of ship that goes infinitely sailing through the seas of knowledge and for that its main attraction.

    Therefore, it is a located within a beautiful park with fabulous views that gives the feeling that we are sailing the seas in search of books. Although it is a small library, we must also say that it is very cozy and familiar.

    In this enclosure you will find a large collection of Catalan publishers for 30 years, as well as hundreds of publications connected to the Catalan artist Joan Miró. If you like art and you are a lover of splendid places connected with it, you have to come here.

    Arús public library in the Eixample quarter

    What about, if we tell you that you can feel like entering New York City by sea? Well, in this beautiful library it is possible. Here you will find as soon as you arrive at a sculpture of a woman holding a torch and a book, so welcoming all visitors to the site.

    Inside the Arús library, you will be able to appreciate a reduced replica of the Statue of liberty that gives it a unique personality. As it is known in Barcelona, the Catalan liberty, is the work of Catalan artist Manuel Fuxà, who proclaims in an inscription about the freedom of the soul or “Anima libertas” in Latin.

    It has also a secular icon that illuminates the library, as a form of collective progress. While in the back of its facilities you will find specialized publications on 20th century labor movements and freemasonry throughout history. Without a doubt, a different and interesting option that you can’t miss.

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    Xavier Benguerel library in the Sant Martí quarter

    In Barcelona there is a perfect corner for all cinema lovers in the form of a library. Here you will find all kinds of magazines, books, special publications and soundtracks exclusively related to this wonderful art.

    So, you not be surprised when you visit it because you will come across such a large and fantastic collection about classic and contemporary cinema that you will want to stay for a long time entering the seventh art.

    Regarding to the facilities, it is a very bright place due to the natural light that the space has and fills it with harmony to the visitors. Furthermore, it is one of the favorites for the Barcelona public thanks to the nice treatment provided by its workers that makes you want to come back again and again.

    Francesca Bonnemaison library in Ciutat Vella

    If you want to find a library that is old, nice and symbolic this is your best choice. Especially if we tell you that it was also the first library created exclusively for a women in Europe. This fact makes it a unique venue of its kind and that does not go unnoticed by any visitor, despite being located in an alley between very narrow streets in the center of the city.

    In its beginnings, the library began as a space destined to offer access to al the culture and information strictly related to women.

    Over the years, it moved and received the name that it bears today in honor of its founder, Francesca Bonnemaison.

    As a detail, we tell you that in the same building there is also a Office for the promotion of Women’s Equality Policies, the Women’s School and the Francesca Bonnemaison Women’s Culture Center, a whole building for women. For all these reasons, this library is a benchmark for women’s literature and book lovers that we should all know.

    Sofia Barat library in the Eixample quarter 

    This library is characterized by being one of the oldest in the city. Imagine that inside it you will be able to walk through some very long corridors and, suddenly, find yourself in the inner part of the park, with an environment connected with nature and in a quite familiar atmosphere.

    Here you can find many kind of publications of all types. However, those that are connected with complementary medice, topics related to yoga and spiritual life, among others, stand out above al. However, if you want to delve into the history of the life of the Eixample, we tell you that here you can find out everything related to the quarter and its beginnings to understand the reason for its particular architecture, unique in the world, among other curious facts.

     San Pau – Santa Creu library in Raval quarter

    Located in the heart of the Raval there is this small library with more than 75 years of existence. It is characterized by being a library with great personality and with a special history; Since during the Franco dictatorship, the Hospital de la Santa Creu was located here.

    Keep in mind that during this time it was forbidden to read and speak Catalan in Barcelona and all Catalonia.

    However, here a large collection of authentic books in Catalan language was hidden that, clandestinely, were provided in order to the people could read them and not lose their culture, although secretly.

    On the other hand, during the las decades being connected with the immigrant side of the neighborhood, you will also be able to find thousands of publications about the Arab world and the Indian subcontinent, among other foreign cultures, showing how many nationalities and religions converge with total harmony in same city.

    With today’s post, we hope you have learned a little more about which are the main public libraries in Barcelona that you should visit. As you already know if you are thinking of moving to Barcelona and living in the best residence for university students in the city, count on us.

    We are looking forward to you to 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 university residence.

    Have a nice day!

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