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  • 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!

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    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!

     

     

  • 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.

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  • 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!

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    Have a nice day!

  • Discover the most important museums in Barcelona

    All the secrets you need to know to live an authentic cultural life in Barcelona visiting the best museums in the city

    Barcelona is a city with synonymous  with art and culture. Therefore, if you are living an academic season in the Catalan capital you have to know that Barcelona has many museums, for all tastes and budgets, that will help your stay with a good cultural dose that will surprise you.

    That’s why today at The Lofttown we bring you an interesting guide with the most important museums in Barcelona that you cannot miss while you live here.
    Want to know more? Follow us in our post today where we inform you what are those emblematic museums of the city that you cannot miss.

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    MUSEUM OF MODERNISM

    When you think of Barcelona you automatically think of Modernista art, which is certainly an important feature of the city throughout its history. For this reason, the Catalan capital becomes the most important city  of this artistic current and that’s why it has an impressive museum also dedicated to Modernism.

    A privilege space dedicated for this fantastic artistic movement that was very much welcomed in Catalan territory, especially during the 19th and 20th centuries when it had its greatest boom in Europe. Therefore, if you like art and have a great connection with the city, we recommend that you visit this museum so that you enter completely into this essence of Barcelona.

    MARITIME MUSEUM

    Barcelona and the sea have maintained a historical connection since the time of the Roman Empire. The maritime museum of Barcelona is the ideal place for you to learn about the development of Barcelona’s history with the sea over the centuries. Therefore, this museum located in the center of the city, has a lot of maritime documentation and historical boats that marked history. Here you will learn how Barcelona opened its way to trade across the Mediterranean and, also, the big conflicts that happened during ancient and modern history

    PICASSO MUSEUM

    When we hear about the magnificent artist Picasso many of his most famous paintings come to mind. But did you know that him has his own museum in Barcelona? Then you have to visit its museum located in the heart of the city, where is exhibited the most complete collection of his stage of formation and youth of the famous artist when he lived in Catalan region.

    Here you can find one of the most emblematic paintings of the artist, such as the series “Las Meninas”, within the blue period that brought him to be famous. Without a doubt, this splendid museum of this universal painter will surprise you. In addition, it is located in a medieval palace that is an architectural jewel that is located very close to the church Santa María del Mar, which makes it a tourist destination.

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    MUSEO NACIONAL D’ART DE CATALUNYA

    If there is a place that brings together much of the art that exists in Barcelona, it is the National Museum of Art of Catalonia. In this museum, which is also one of the most important in both Romanesque and Gothic art in Europe, you can also find magnificent painting from the Renaissance and the Baroque, along with other more contemporary artistic expressions of the 20th century.

    And best of all, all this stunning art is housed in the imposing Palau Nacional de Montjuïc, located very close to Plaza España and the Olympic space, a huge venue dedicated for art and universal culture that you have to know while living in Barcelona.

    MACBA

    El Raval is a picturesque neighbourhood, full of colour and where many cultures from all over the world come together. And best of all, this centric area of Barcelona also has a museum according to its colorful personality. We are talking about MACBA, a museum that brings together a large collection of contemporary art from around the world and has become a reference in Europe.

    Here you can find art works on contemporary artistic experimentation, as well as temporary exhibitions of the best modern European artists. Therefore, the MACBA is a fantastic place situated in the heart of the city that perfectly combines both the modernity of the building with the old architecture of the neighborhood.

    FUNDACIÓ JOAN MIRÓ

    Joan Miró is one of Barcelona’s artistic standards. In this sense, this museum dedicated exclusively to the artist, located around the beautiful nature of Montjuïc, becomes the epicenter of modern art with great works that are already part of the history of Catalonia.

    The museum was opened in 1975 and has since become the place of the largest public collection of works by Joan Miró, with its paintings, sculptures, prints, textiles and thousands of drawings that will not leave you indifferent.

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    CCCB

    Located in a modern and impressive building in the heart of the Raval, the CCCB is the epicenter of exhibitions and conferences that give artistic life to the city. Before this area was only a church and  later converted into a convent. Later, it became the CCCB that we know today, a unique space in Barcelona that promotes art with hundreds of projects and thematic exhibitions annually, whether in both face-to-face and digital format.

    We hope that with this post you already know which are the most important museums in all of Barcelona that you should know during your academic stay here. And remember that at The Lofttown we want your experience in Barcelona during for all 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 member!

    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 great day!

     

  • How to learn Spanish and Catalan in Barcelona easily

    Everything you need to know to learn Spanish and Catalan in a simple way while living an academic year in Barcelona

    Spending an academic season in Spain is the best opportunity to learn the local language too.

    Barcelona is a perfect city to learn Spanish and Catalan, thanks to the great offer that exists due to the number of people who come to live from all over the world. And it is because Barcelona hosts thousands and thousands of foreign students every year, many of them only speak English and do not know how to speak Spanish at first, much less Catalan.

    For this reason, today at Xior The LoftTown we share a complete guide for all who are looking for simple and real ways to learn Catalan or improve their level of Spanish in a fun and 100% effective way.

    Do you dare to check it out with us? Then, we show you a list of courses, schools and other ways to learn Spanish and Catalan in Barcelona that will really interest you. Welcome to our blog of tips for university students!

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    Option 1: Private lessons

    Learning a language for free and at a good level is almost a utopia. Therefore, if you have an extra budget, we recommend you take a private lessons from native teachers with experience. Therefore, it is common for these private classes to be preferred by foreigners who already have a basic knowledge of Spanish and Catalan, so they need to improve it with the help of a private teacher.

    In general, the prices of private lessons are around 25€ per hour, depending on the teacher’s experience. In some cases, they can go up to 50€, either for travel or some extras.

    Our recommendation to find the ideal teacher for you is that you consult the official portals of linguists and language teachers or on the board of your university.

    Option 2: Classes in language schools

    If there is a traditional way of learning Spanish or Catalan, it is in language schools. In Barcelona you will find a wide range of schools, for all types and budgets, which will help you a lot to delve into these languages with total satisfaction. Regarding fees, each school has its own in particular. Usually, image that in an intensive week of 20 hours per week, the price can be between 150 € and 400€.

    However, if you need to extend the learning time in a school, you should bear in mind that in some places they offer special prices on an annual basis. Consequently, the price will be higher, but in the long time will it be cheaper due to the discounts they will offer you.

    Finally, we also recommend that you verify the certification level of the Instituto Cervantes with the schools that you are thinking of enrolling.

    Option 3: Complementary courses at the university

     If you already speak Spanish or Catalan, it’s time for you to take the initiative and enroll you in a course at your faculty that is taught in these languages. In addition to learning languages more academically and effectively while studying the subject of your profession, in the course you will be surrounded by other local students who will help you speed up your language learning so you will be in constant communication with them.

    One thing is forbidden, leave English behind and really immerse yourself in the local languages so that you can really learn without the adventure of mixing another language.

    On the other hand, it is common to find notices of Catalan and Spanish courses in universities in Barcelona, given the large number of Erasmus students who come to the city each year.

    Option 4: mobile apps

    If you prefer there is also the option for mobile apps. Even more in these times when there is social distancing and nothing is like before, perhaps it is the perfect time to choose this way of learning.

    That is why with the great relevance that smartphones have in our daily lives, in the market many apps have been created to learn languages quickly and at any time wherever you are.

    Should be noted that these apps are enough complete and interactive, they have different levels of learning, even games and voice recognition for greater fluency.

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    Option 5: International linguistic meetings 

    In Barcelona you will meet many people from all over the world. Much more now due to the great impact of social networks in our daily routines.

    For this reason, in Barcelona there are thousands of groups of volunteers who help people to find themselves among foreigners and to speak Spanish or Catalan as a requirement.

    And the best of all, that the experience is very nice because it is usually around a drink in a trendy bar, practicing sports, sightseeing or even dancing to your favorite rhythm.

    In that sense, any activity is the perfect excuse to meet new people and improve languages.

    Our recommendation is that you be alert to the groups of foreigners that exist in Barcelona in each of the social networks, we assure you will learn languages but also make new friends.

    Option 6: Find friends who speak Spanish and Catalan

    We know that the secret to learning a language is to practice it a lot. Therefore, we recommend that you make local friends to help you practice the language to the fullest.

    The idea is not making a group of friends in their own language, a common case for foreigners when they arrive in Barcelona, something that prevents them from mixing with the rest, staying in their comfort zone.

    Consequently, you will spend the entire academic semester among people from the same country doing touristy things and not getting the most out of your stay by learning the local languages.

    Remember that the people of Barcelona are very friendly and are always willing to help foreigners who are trying to integrate through the language.

    We hope that with this post you will know a little more about how to learn Spanish and Catalan in Barcelona safely and effectively. Remember that at Xior The Lofttown we want your experience in Barcelona to last a lifetime and that is because we want to become the best student accommodation in Barcelona for you.

    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 up to date with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

    Have a great day!

     

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