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July 2021
  • Tips for finding your summer courses in Barcelona

    All the tips you should know to find the best summer courses in Barcelona while you live in The Lofttown, the best college residence in Barcelona

    How excited we were already on vacation. And it is that with the arrival of summer is also time to take a few well-deserved weeks of disconnection after the academic year. However, many of our #TheLofttowners also want to take advantage of their days of summer and turn it into useful vacations.

    So, if what you want is to combine your days at the beach by summer courses to hone your skills and knowledge, such as: learning languages, doing specializations, workshops, etc, so today you will know how and where to do it.

    For that reason, today at The Lofttown we share a post with everything what you need to know to find the best summer courses in the town. Ready to learn during the summer? Welcome back to our blog with the best tips for resident’s university students in Barcelona!

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    Summer courses in Barcelona

    Barcelona is a perfect city to constantly learn and acquire knowledge in all professional fields. Not in vain, is considered one of the best cities to study in Europe.

    For example, here you can study all kinds of languages, especially Spanish and Catalan, a subject that is very popular among young foreigners. Consequently, here you can find during the summer the best intensive courses to perfect your language skills.

    Keep in mind that the Catalan capital is full of academies and renowned schools, many of them supported by the best Barcelona universities, which offer intensive courses taught by the best native teachers in the city.

     

    The city of exchanges

    If summer courses are not enough for you. We remind you that the streets of the city are also the best classrooms when it comes to practicing Languages.

    In other words, thanks to the large number of students foreigners who live an academic experience in Barcelona each year, your language exchange options are innumerable, both with local people as with other foreign students like you.

    For that reason, it will not be so difficult for you to find a group to language exchange, events for international meetings or maybe you can find a partner, friend or something else, to practice in a special and fun way every day while you enjoy together the summer.

     

    Reserved for Erasmus students

    If you are one of our lucky residents waiting for an Erasmus in during the next academic year, then you We recommend that you take advantage of the previous summer months, not only because it is the best option to learn Spanish, but also to that you have a better adaptation to the frenetic pace of the city before that you start your classes at the end of September.

    Likewise, we remind you that in our university residence we want our future residents to experience a unique comfort since before arriving in Barcelona. Therefore, we will also provide you with an updated list of summer courses for all student’s foreigners who want to start the course early together with U.S.

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    Barcelona, ​​capital of learning

    If you think of Barcelona, ​​you also think of knowledge and wisdom. And don’t be surprised that the Catalan capital is world famous for being one of the European capitals especially in matters of design and creativity.

    Consequently, in Barcelona you will have the great opportunity to sign up for many interesting summer courses, focused on the that you like the most. Among them, the most popular are courses in graphic design, fashion, interior design, cinema, photography, among many others more.

    Likewise, you can also opt for other academic events where a wide range of intensive courses and practical workshops stand out so you can expand your professional portfolio.

    Have you wanted to learn in the summer? We hope this post has helped you find the best courses during the summer in Barcelona.

    And also remember that at The Lofttown we want to count on you in our university residence for you to live a unique and unforgettable, while you study in Barcelona so that you become one of our #TheLoftowners.

    See you soon in Barcelona!

  • Where to have the best summer picnic in Barcelona

    All the tips you should know to make the best summer picnic in Barcelona in the most beautiful areas of the whole city

    In the middle of July, what we look the most is to make plans on the free air, in order to enjoy the long sunny days but also with a touch of freshness. So why not have a picnic with friends? If you really want to live an unforgettable experience in Barcelona, ​​today The Lofttown brings you an interesting post where we tell you which ones are the perfect areas for a picnic in the Catalan capital. In the mood for a picnic? Take note of our tips because they will do a lot!

    The Carmel Bunkers

    First of all, we have to talk about where are located the best views of the whole city. And is that if what you are looking for is to celebrate a picnic with a cinematic atmosphere, then the Carmel bunkers are the ideal place to do it.

    Located at the top of Turó de la Peira, in the heart of the neighborhood of El Carmel, we mean an area used in the past for military, especially being an antiaircraft base during the Spanish Civil War, an environment that without a doubt gives a special touch to your visit.

    For all this, the bunkers have become one of the viewpoints more impressive with some movie sunsets of all Catalunya and are very popular internationally.

     

    The Ciutadella park

    Located in the center of the city, it is an icon of Barcelona. And is that we mean the most popular park in the city and a natural meeting point for local people as well as for the foreign.

    This Park adjoins the Arc de Triomf, the Barcelona Zoo and the Catalan parliament, details that make it even more interesting beyond its beauty and natural atmosphere. Also, in this park you can find many cultural and sports activities that give life to the place. And of course, the Parc de la Ciutadella is one of the People’s favorite places to have a picnic.

    Picnic with sea flavor

    There is no better decision than to spend your time near the sea during the summer in Barcelona. So, if you live in the Catalan capital you can’t miss the opportunity to have a picnic by the Mediterranean Sea, enjoying a sunny day with friends and with all essential services you need.

    Therefore, for tastes and colors, the beaches of Barcelona offer you many options. From the central and picturesque beach of the Barceloneta to the tranquility of Forum beach, in Barcelona you can find the beach that best suits your needs for make your dream picnic in front of the sea.

     

    The Montjuïc forest

    A synonym for picnic is nature. For that reason, one of the best places to have a picnic in Barcelona is the splendid Montjuïc forest. A place surrounded by all the nature that you can imagine and that also has a lot of history behind it. Since the 1992 Olympics, Montjuic Castle, Poble Espanyol, the Botanical Garden and Plaza España, this forest offers you everything you need to make your picnic a dream, especially during the summer days that is when we need a good shade the most and fresh air.

     

    The gardens of Poble Sec

    Around the mythical Teatre del Grec located in the heart of the neighborhood Poble Sec, there are the Grec gardens. An area that counts with one of the most beautiful, sophisticated and well-cared parks in the entire city ​​that serves as a prelude to the Teatre Grec, where world-class cultural events and concerts are celebrated.

    So, if what you are looking for is peace and a true disconnection, the Grec gardens are your best option.

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    Joan Miró Park

    This Park is one of the most beautiful and one of the best places to have a picnic in the Catalan capital. Located next to Plaza España, it is characterized by being very large and because it offers you magnificent shaded areas ideal for having a picnic with your friends far away from the bustle of the city.

    Are you ready for your next picnic? We are sure that after having read this post you will already know where to celebrate the best picnics in Barcelona during the summer. 

    And also remember that at The Lofttown we are waiting for you in our university residence for you to live a unique and unforgettable experience while you study in Barcelona so that you become one of our #TheLoftowners.

    We 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 picni!

  • Tips to enjoy life in Barcelona during the summer

    All the tips you should know to make the most of summer in Barcelona if you stay here for vacation

     

    With the arrival of summer, what we want most is to completely disconnect from our daily routine. Of that, at The Lofttown we are more than sure after having finished a complicated academic year due to Covid-19. However, have you ever wondered… What happens if you decide not to leave the city this summer?

     

    And, on the contrary, you prefer to stay in Barcelona and its surroundings to enjoy a different summer, living the intense experiences that the city offers you in the first person. Well today, we tell you that you are in the right place because we bring you a very interesting post to tell you what you can do in our fantastic city while you rest on your summer holidays.

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    Visit the icons of Barcelona

    From The Lofttown we encourage you to stay in Barcelona and at our residence! And it is that in the Catalan capital you will never get bored thanks to all the attractions that you can always see here. Any ideas? For example, we encourage you to explore all its splendid cultural heritage, take advantage of it to go shopping in its wonderful downtown stores, to try all the culinary art of local cuisine or to relax as you deserve on its beautiful beaches.

     

    Our recommendation is that you rediscover all the places where you have ever been as a tourist. Now that you have been in Barcelona for a long time, we recommend that you revisit those fascinating places that caught your attention, such as the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, the magic of Casa Battló, the modernist character of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, the splendid Palau de la Música Catalana, the bustle of the Boquería Market or the harmonious Parc Güell. Remember that the city, its people and especially its neighborhoods are unique, which always await you with so many surprises that you would never have imagined before.

    A swim on the shores of the Mediterranean

    Barcelona is the classic destination for the best European getaways. You don’t need this because you already live here and you have everything tourists want. So, a synonym for summer is undoubtedly a good swim on the beaches of the Catalan coast. And to enjoy a good day at the beach, it is not necessary to go to the Costa Brava, because Barcelona has a wide coastline with splendid beaches, many picturesque and others more reserved, which will make you live a unique summer while still in the heart of the town.

     

    Do you want to know more about all the beautiful beaches in Barcelona? Click on this link and discover them in our previous post where we give you all the details you need to know.

     

    Barcelona breathes culture

    During the summer, Barcelona is full of popular parties, music festivals, cinemas on the beach and many cultural events that will really fascinate you.

    If you want to know all the cultural activity of the city during this summer, we invite you to know it by visiting the official agenda of the Barcelona city council, clicking on this link.

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    Escape to Girona

    Girona is a small city located north of Barcelona and has a rich historical and cultural heritage that you cannot miss. Just one hour from Barcelona, ​​here you can walk through the beautiful Jewish quarter, full of alleys, stairs and beautiful patios, where you will experience life during Jewish time in the city that will not leave you indifferent.

     

    Also, do not miss the unique opportunity to climb the stairs of the impressive Girona Cathedral, we refer to the Church of Santa María, which is a wonderful example of Catalan Gothic architecture. However, the most iconic postcard of the city is, without a doubt, the houses located along the Onyar river, which have the most colorful facades in all of Spain and create beautiful reflections with a fascinating mirror effect in the river.

     

    A walk through Tarragona

    If what you are looking for is to travel to the past of Catalonia then you have to visit another Catalan pearl and we refer to Tarragona. And it is that during the Roman empire, Tarragona, called Tarraco at that time was an important mercantile city and that is why here you will find Roman remains that remind of this time. It should be noted that the iconic place in Tarragona is the Roman amphitheater that has a capacity for 14,000 people in front of the immensity of the Mediterranean Sea.

     

    With this post today we hope you have learned much more about how to enjoy Barcelona on your summer holidays. 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 wonderful summer!

  • The best music festivals of the summer in Barcelona

    Everything you need to know about the best summer music festivals in Barcelona that you can’t miss

    After a long academic year, what we most want is to go on vacation. However, if you don’t want to leave Barcelona and prefer to extend your stay as a resident to enjoy a unique summer in one of the best cities in the world, then the post that we bring you today is going to interest you a lot.

    And the thing is that today we tell you all about the best music festivals in Barcelona that take place during the summer. An assorted selection where you can find all musical styles ranging from pop, rock, jazz, electronic, classical and contemporary music that will surprise you. Do you want to know more? Keep reading because below we leave you a complete list with the best selection of music festivals!

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    Cruïlla 2021

    One of the most emblematic festivals of the city that has an appointment at the Parc del Fòrum, Sant Martí until July 10, 2021 This year as the motto of the new edition of the festival mandates, “the same old Cruïlla returns” and also with the possibility to dance and sing without safety distances but with masks, thanks to the antigen tests that will be carried out on all attendees. Among the headliners, international bands such as: Kase.O Jazz Magnetism and Natos y Waor, Two Door Cinema Club, Amaral, Zoo and 2manydjs Set and Izal, Leiva and Morcheeba stand out.

     

    19 Festival de Blues de Barcelona

    Fortunately, the pandemic has not been able to with the legendary Barcelona Blues Festival, which has remained faithful and strong to its appointment for 19 consecutive editions. For that reason, all lovers of good blues, this year have an important date with such famous names of the genre as Koko-Jean & the Tonics, Dani Nel lo with ‘Los saxophonistas wild 2’, A Contra Blues and the Barcelona Big Blues Band conducted by Ivan Kovacevic, with Canadian saxophonist and singer Spencer Evoy. A whole musical delicatessen that you cannot miss.

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    Grec 2021

    Top-notch international stars always stand out in the musical section of the exclusive Grec program. In this edition, he could not stop being the exception and presents us with an artist of the stature of Fatoumata Diawara and the Cuban diva Omara Portuondo. This year the prestigious festival also invites artists who had never performed in it to the Teatre Grec, such as Sopa de Cabra and Love of Lesbian along with other great names such as Trio Da Kali, Cimafunk, Concha Buika and Rodrigo Cuevas. Without a doubt, the Teatre Grec is a must-see destination for true music lovers.

     

    Festival Jardins Pedralbes

    If there is a unique festival in Barcelona, this is Pedralbes, which also celebrates its ninth edition, now a classic in the city, and its summer nights in the open air. In this edition, it will be inaugurated by Sara Baras where around thirty artists will parade, among which artists such as Love of Lesbian, Loquillo, Rosario, Manel, Raphael, Woodkid, Miguel Poveda, Aitana, Amaia and Nathy Peluso stand out. As is tradition during each edition, the Village will continue to host performances by talented emerging artists before the main concerts.

     

    Monumental Club

    As we know, Barcelona is a quintessential anti-bullfighting city and above all it likes to party. For that reason, this imposing architectural work that was a space in the old bullring is now used for concerts for all tastes. It should be remembered that legendary concerts such as the Beatles’ were held here more than 50 years ago. For all this, this edition looks good because bands such as Javiera Mena, Da Souza, La La Love You, El Petit de Cal Eril, Los Aurora, Ferran Palau will perform … All as always with a great offer to eat and drink along with a schedule of DJs to keep the party going.

     

    Festival Mozart Nits d’Estiu

    For lovers of classical music we have good news. And it is that the OBC recovers for this year the Mozart Nits d’Estiu festival, which has a series of concerts that a few years ago opened each of its seasons. However, now those concerts close the current season. The program looks very good because it has three proposals with music by Mozart and other contemporary authors. A unique opportunity to experience classical music to the fullest.

    In the mood for a festival? We hope that with this post you already have your list of festivals that you will go to with your friends during the summer. And remember that at The Lofttown we are waiting for you in our university residence so that you can live a unique and unforgettable experience while you study in Barcelona so that you can become one of our #TheLoftowners.

    If you want to know more about us, we encourage 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!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The advantages of healthy eating for young students

    Everything you need to know about the great importance of having a healthy diet while you are a student

    In recent years, research in the food sciences has shown that young students can learn much more and better when they maintain good nutrition during their university studies.

    Therefore, the mere fact of eating healthy foods is directly linked to a much higher academic performance, also improving memory, alertness and favoring faster information processing compared to students who do not eat well.

    Although it is not an automatic rule, since health is independent in each person, it is clear that people who maintain a healthy diet will always have better performance both physically and mentally, which is reflected in their day to day.

    For that reason, today at TheLofttown we tell you much more about why it is important that you eat correctly so that you perform at your best during your academic stay in Barcelona. Ready to find out more? Welcome back to an exclusive post for university residents in Barcelona!

    Importance of eating well

    As we said, food is basic for a student’s performance to be adequate. One reason for this is because foods rich in fiber, protein, and healthy fats, such as eggs, yogurt, apples, or oatmeal keep the body full for much longer, thus providing the energy needed to focus and stay alert. for the whole day.

    Time to cook

    And the big question that all students have is: As a student … when do you have time to prepare healthy and delicious meals that do not require hours to prepare? A great enigma for many young people who, faced with this reality, choose to eat poorly in fast food establishments or simply skip meals.

    Therefore, a simple way to ensure good performance is to obtain a good balance of nutritional foods like the ones we present below, through a list of foods that we have baptized as the rainbow table.

    Discover the rainbow diet

    It’s a phrase many modern nutritionists use to remind young people to get more fruits and vegetables into their daily diet. Therefore, foods that are naturally colorful, such as blueberries and red peppers, contain antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and many other nutrients that support healthy growth and also help prevent problems such as tooth decay, obesity, deficiency iron and osteoporosis.

    Likewise, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are characterized by being abundant in vitamins C and A, and because they prevent cell damage, contributing to healthy joints, eyesight and significantly reduce cholesterol.

    Consequently, green fruits and vegetables, such as spinach, asparagus, and avocado, are high in vitamins K, B, and E, which greatly improve digestion and support optimal bone health.

    On the other hand, purple foods are high in vitamins C and K, which help to obtain a good memory and contribute to a healthy heart.

    Young students tend to be in good health precisely because of their youth. However, it is always necessary to strengthen health by prioritizing the nutritional value they need. Next, we provide you with a list of the 5 food colors of the rainbow so that you can put them into practice in your daily diet.

    1. Red foods

    Sliced strawberries, cherries, apple slices with natural peanut butter or almond butter, raspberries, watermelon slices, cinnamon-cooked sweet potato slices, cranberry juice, tomato slices with salt and pepper, pepper slices.

     

    1. Yellow and orange foods

    Pineapple slices, melon balls, baby carrots with ranch sauce, peaches, dried mango slices, oranges, yellow bell peppers, lightly salted pumpkin seeds, roasted pumpkin, fresh papaya.

     

    1. Green foods

    Sweet peas, kiwi, peanut butter celery sticks, molasses slices, salted avocado slices, green grapes, cucumber salad with tomato and Italian dressing, green peas, zucchini slices, broccoli, kale or spinach salad, sauteed cabbage.

     

    1. Purple and blue foods

    Blueberries, blackberries with skimmed yogurt, dried plums, grapes, aubergine parmesan, raisins, pomegranate juice, toasted beats.

     

    1. White foods

    Peanut Butter Banana Slices, Roasted Cauliflower, Pear Slices, White Peaches, Hummus Dip, Sautéed Mushrooms, White Bean Dip with Wheat Crackers, Hard-boiled Egg, Kohlrabi Coleslaw.

    We hope that with this post you have learned much more about how to eat correctly through the healthy rainbow diet so that you have the best performance in your academic experience in Barcelona.

    And remember that at The Lofttown we want your experience in Barcelona to be unforgettable and with all the comforts and, for that reason, we want to become for you the best university residence in Barcelona.

    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!

     

     

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