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  • How to spend time at Xior Lofttown

    It is essential to find a way to enjoy our time while at home, without the need to go outside. For this reason, we will show how versatile Xior Residences in Barcelona are, and give you some ideas on how you can spend a great time inside them.

    Your residence in the Gracia neighbourhood is much more than a place to stay, it is a place where you can enjoy the experience of living abroad the most.

    If you live at Xior Lofttown, these tips are for you:

    1. Outdoor Crossfit gym

    Taking care of our health is very important, that’s why our Xior Lofttown residence has an outdoor gym, located on the residence rooftop, available from 7:00 until 23:00 to be used whenever you please. Shoo the laziness and visit our 100% equipped gym to stay fit.

    2. Multipurpose Room

    In our multipurpose room, you can enjoy the convenience of one wonderful place, while choosing the best movies and series to watch on our big screen tv. Our special room also offers a PlayStation for you to play your favourite games, as well as a ping-pong table. Don’t waste the opportunity to gather around your friends for some movies and popcorn.

    3. Study Room

    You can get ready for your exams and homework in our study room. It is prepared for you to study comfortably in a quiet and relaxed zone. We also offer private pods with a maximum capacity of 6 people for any group study you might want to do.

    4. Rooftop and inner courtyard

    Places where you can go with some friends who live at Xior Lofttown to chit chat, play some games and spend great moments together. You will also have the opportunity to meet new people from different countries and cultures.

  • Get to Know Xior Lofttown

    Choosing where you will live during your university life is not an easy task. You will face a lot of different types of services, options, and even scams. Finding a reliable place is a great step to start your research process and that’s why we’d like to introduce Xior Lofttown.

    Xior Lofttown is part of a student housing network with more than 15 years of experience in Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal. Xior residences are spread in more than 30 cities, with over 130 residences. Xior is home to thousands of happy students around the world. A place where they can call home.

    In the Gracia neighbourhood, 100 metres from Avenida Diagonal and 200 metres from Paseo de Gracia surrounded by everything that you could need and imagine! Xior Lofttown is newly-constructed bio-sustainable building constructed with the latest generation of materials that have less impact on the environment thanks to the use of avant-garde techniques such as nanotechnology, amongst others.  

    We take care of everything so that you are comfortable and don’t have to do anything. You will only have to do your studies and enjoy! 

    At Xior we guarantee an optimal environment for personal development and study. You will find there: Social rooms, rooftop solarium, outdoor gym, eco buffet restaurant, 24h reception, and more.

    Build your exciting story with us in our student accommodation.

  • Learn Spanish easily when you live in Barcelona

    Today at The Lofttown we tell you how to learn Spanish easily while you spend an academic season in Barcelona with some tips that you cannot miss

    If you come to Barcelona and you don’t know how to speak Spanish. It’s okay friend! Because we tell you that you are in the perfect city to start, even from scratch, to learn the language, and best of all, in an easy and fun way.

    We know that living an academic stay in Barcelona is a unique experience. For this reason, the Catalan capital hosts, year after year, thousands and thousands of foreign students who mostly come here without mastering the language. However, this factor is not an inconvenience for them to function correctly in the city.

    For this reason, today at TheLofttown, your university residence in Barcelona, ​​we share 6 tips to improve your level of Spanish or start learning it from scratch, in a fun and 100% effective way.

    Shall we start? Welcome to our blog with the best tips for university students!


    Tip 1: Private classes

    Learning Spanish for free in Barcelona can be a complicated task. However, if you have an extra budget to learn quickly, turn to private classes with native teachers with proven experience. In this way, whatever your level of Spanish, private teachers will always adapt to your needs. You will find them online or on university bulletin boards, usually with prices around €25 and €50 per hour, depending on the experience of the teacher.

    Tip 2: Classes in language schools

    We are convinced that the most classic way to learn Spanish is to enroll in a language school. And we tell you that in Barcelona you will find a wide range of schools, for all tastes and budgets, where you can delve into the language and learn it easily. If you opt for this option, keep in mind that the prices are between €150 and €400 per month, depending on the prestige of the school.

    A very important aspect is that you verify the level of Cervantes Institute certification that the schools where you want to enroll have. In this way, you will be able to certify yourself properly.

    Tip 3: Spanish at the university

    If you are already enrolled in university in Barcelona, ​​then it is time for you to find out about the option of complementing your Spanish learning at your faculty. The reason is simple, and it is that here you will learn Spanish, in a more academic and effective way. In addition, you will be surrounded by other foreign and local students who will help you learn faster and better.

    Tip 4: Learn with your mobile

    Currently there are many apps to learn languages ​​easily and in a fun way. Above all, today that we do not give up our mobile phones, we can take advantage of this reality to take advantage of it. It should be noted that these apps are quite complete and interactive, such as Duolingo, perhaps the most famous in the world, they offer you different levels of learning, even interactive games and voice recognition for greater fluency.

    Tip 5: International meetings

    Barcelona is an international city by nature. Here you will meet many students from all over the world. In this way, it is easy to find international meetings, where Spanish, English and many other languages ​​are spoken, creating a fantastic atmosphere of exchange, not only linguistic but also cultural. In addition, you will have the opportunity to make new friends and continue perfecting your Spanish by leaps and bounds. Our recommendation is that you pay attention to the calls on social networks by youth groups or groups of foreign students in Barcelona.


    Tip 6: Make Spanish-speaking friends

    To learn Spanish the secret is to practice it a lot. So, we recommend having friends from Barcelona to help you practice the language to the fullest. Remember that the local people are very friendly and are always willing to teach new adventures to foreigners who are trying to integrate through the language. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

    Are you ready to speak Spanish perfectly? We hope that with our tips today you have learned more about how to practice Spanish in Barcelona with total success.

    And remember that at The Lofttown we look forward to offering you the best student accommodation in Barcelona, ​​where you will live an experience of a lifetime.


    If you want to know more about us, 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.

    ¡See you soon!

  • Enjoy this spring the most beautiful and historic libraries in Barcelona

    Today at The Lofttown we tell you which are the most beautiful and historic libraries in Barcelona that you cannot miss this spring

    When studying or doing your work and projects… What is your favorite place? Of course, you will have a particular place that is ideal for you to concentrate, thus achieving the best results in your academic work. However, in Barcelona you have a lot of places to do it, with total comfort and at your own pace, such as our study and leisure spaces in The Lofttown.

    However, if you want to study in Barcelona and make it an incredible experience you are in the right place. And today we tell you which are the most beautiful and historic libraries in Barcelona that you cannot miss this spring.

    So you know, if you want to enjoy a day of work and study, differently Barcelona style in architectural jewels that will not leave you indifferent, continue reading. Welcome back to our blog for university residents in Barcelona!

    Libraries of Barcelona, a different experience

    To talk about them is simply to talk about beauty and history. Barcelona is a city full of cultures in every corner, which never ceases to surprise its residents and visitors. For this reason, Barcelona is one of the most important cities in this sense, since it has, no more and no less, with a hundred libraries spread throughout the neighborhoods of the city, with a cultural offer and books, of all kinds and for all tastes, completely free for your visitors.

    Sounds great, doesn’t it?  And the best of all is that depending on your neighborhood or the one you like, the libraries of Barcelona will always have a very particular touch to offer, either for its atmosphere and architecture, specializing in a different theme, thus tragedizing its audience correctly.

    What types of libraries will you find in Barcelona?

    As we said, there are some for everyone. For example, there are libraries where you will go for how beautiful they are, or for the cultural they offer. Therefore, we tell you that there are specialized libraries from women’s literature, stopping for the black and contemporary novels of Barcelona, such as the great history of cinema, or for the most professionals who seek complementary medicine, hospitality and tourism.

    Undoubtedly, you will find publications in many languages, even Catalan publishers, among many others that we are sure will immerse you in a world of learning without limits.

    So resident`s friends, if you are living in Barcelona an academic season,  you cannot miss the opportunity to visit some of the wonderful libraries that you will discover today with The Lofttown, your university residence in Barcelona.

    Are you ready to find your favorite library in the Catalan capital? Here are our recommendations for you to dive into.

    Option 1: La Fraternitat in Barceloneta

    A library facing the sea. Yes, as you read, this wonderful library located in the heart of the seafaring district of Barceloneta is undoubtedly an architectural jewel in this colourful neighborhood, picturesque by nature. Anchored in a modernist style building with more than 100 years of history.

    They say that in the beginning it served as a workers’ cooperative for the people of the neighborhood, but with the passage of time it became a library for the local people. Inside it has four floors and has all the comforts for its visitors to be conquered by literature without any problem.

    It should be noted that within its collections specializes by having publications of restaurants and hospitality focused on the professional field, among others. It is also characterized by being small and perhaps its main attraction is that it is just a step away from the beach.

    Option 2: Joan Miró in L’Eixample
    If you are looking for a library connected to conceptual art in the style of Joan Miró, this is your choice. Can you imagine being inside a library that looks like a boat? It exists! The Joan Miró library was created with the idea that it is a kind of boat that sails infinitely through the seas of knowledge and hence its main attraction.
    Therefore, it is 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 publishing houses for 30 years, as well as hundreds of publications connected to the Catalan artist Joan Miró. If you like art and you love splendid places connected with it, come here!

    Option 3: Public Arús in L’Eixample

    What if we told you that you could feel like entering New York City by sea? Well, in this beautiful library it is possible. And here you will find as soon as you arrive at a sculpture of a woman holding a torch and a book, which welcoming all visitors arrive.

    Here you can appreciate a reduced replica of the Liberty Statue itself that gives it a unique personality. As it is known in Barcelona, the Catalan Liberty, is the work of the Catalan artist Manuel Fuxà, who proclaims in an inscription on the freedom of the soul or ‘Anima libertas’ in Latin.

    It also has a secular icon that illuminates the library as a form of collective progress. While in the background of its facilities you will find specialized publications on 20th century workers’ movements and freemasonry throughout history. Undoubtedly, a different and interesting option that you can not miss

    Option 4: Xavier Benguerel in Poblenou

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

    So don’t be surprised when you visit it because you’ll come across such a large and fantastic collection of classic and contemporary cinema that you’ll want to stay for a long time getting into the seventh art.

    With regard to the facilities, it is a rather bright place because of the natural light with which the space counts and which fills it with harmony to visitors. In addition, it is a favorite for the Barcelona public thanks to the pleasant treatment provided by its workers that makes you want to come again and again.

    Option 5: Francesca Bonnemaison in Ciutat Vella

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

    In its beginnings, this library began as a space designed to offer access to all culture and information strictly linked to women. Over the years, it moved and was named after its founder, Francesca Bonnemasion.

    As a detail, we tell you that in the same building there is also the Office for the Promotion of Policies for Equality of Women, the Women’s School and the Francesca Bonnemaison Women’s Culture Centre, a whole building for women. Therefore, this library is a reference for women’s literature and book lovers that we should all know.

    Option 6: Sofia Barat in L’Eixample

    This library is one of the oldest in the city. Imagine that inside it you can walk through some very long corridors and, suddenly, find yourself in the interior of the park, with an environment connected to nature and in a quite familiar atmosphere.

    Here you will find many types of publications of all genres. However, they highlight especially those that are connected with complementary medicine, topics related to yoga and spiritual life, among others. However, if you want to explore into the history of the life of the Eixample, we tell you that here you can soak up everything linked to the neighborhood and its beginnings to understand why its unique architecture in the world, among other curious facts.

    Option 7: Sant Pau-Santa Creu in Raval
    Located in the heart of Raval is this small library with more than 75 years of existence. It is characterized by being a library with a great personality and with a special history; since during those of the Franco dictatorship, here was located the Hospital de la Santa Creu.

    It should be noted that during that time it was forbidden to read and speak Catalan in Barcelona and all of Catalonia. However, here they hid a large collection of authentic books in the Catalan language that, clandestinely, were provided so that people could read them in order not to lose their culture, although secretly.

    On the other hand, during the last decades being connected with the immigrant side of the neighborhood, you can also find thousands of publications on the Arab world and Indian subcontinent, among other foreign cultures, which shows how many nationalities and religions converge in total harmony in the same city.

    Have you found your favorite library in Barcelona?

    ¡We are pretty  sure yes! And you already know if you are thinking of moving to Barcelona and what you are looking for is to live in the best residence for university students in the city, then count on us, we will be happy to help you live the best experience of your life.

    We look forward to you becoming a new #TheLoftowner!

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

    Enjoy spring in Barcelona!

  • Discover the best sustainable accommodation to live in Barcelona with The Lofttown

    Today we tell you why The Lofttown is your sustainable university residence in Barcelona where you can live with everything you need

    Welcome to a new exclusive post for our #TheLofttowners! Today we want to show you what we offer you at The Lofttown and why it is considered sustainable accommodation in Barcelona, ​​which helps us make a difference today. Will you join us?

    Barcelona is the preferred destination for young students, especially foreigners, due to the quality of its universities and study centres, in addition to the variety of professional careers, its social and cultural activity, its Mediterranean climate and an infinity of advantages that make it in a splendid city to spend an academic season.

    That is why at The Lofttown we are more than a residence for students and we were born to become the best option fully adapted to the demands of today’s students.

    Our residence

    When we talk about The Lofttown, we are referring to a newly built building with more than 3,300m2 and a total capacity for 146 students in an incomparable location in the heart of Barcelona.

    As if that were not enough, The Lofttown also offers you an added value proposal, especially pampering all the details that help us make a difference, to make students feel at home at all levels from the first day.

    Likewise, our facilities are sustainable and respectful with the environment, designed exclusively to satisfy the comfort and safety needs of students without affecting the planet.

    A unique environment
    We want to be more than a student residence in Barcelona. For this reason, our mission is focused on satisfying your accommodation needs with excellence and offering you multiple spaces and additional services that help you both in optimal development in your studies and in moments of leisure and rest, with green and recreation areas. , where you can fully enjoy the splendid climate and landscape of Barcelona.

    In this sense, The Lofttown is specifically designed to offer a complete living experience. How? We have put ourselves in your shoes to understand what is important to you and design both the spaces and the services you need.

    In addition, each and every one of the professionals who make up The Lofttown team are involved every day to make this space a benchmark where you will live a unique and unforgettable experience.

    A lifestyle
    Living with us is also thinking about your future. For this reason, our residents are people who care about their well-being, take care of themselves, care about their health and their image, pursue success, love life, their friends, their loved ones, and strive to achieve what they long for.

    In turn, we built The Lofttown following these values ​​so that students find it all here. We assure you that being a #TheLofttowner means many things.

    Maximum efficiency
    We want to tell you that all our accommodations comply with the A efficiency certificate, the most respectful with the environment and with the entire planet. In addition, we do not consume plastic and we recycle in all our facilities. What do you think?

    To all residents: the time has come to set course for personal and professional fulfillment, living unforgettable experiences with the greatest comfort and safety. You sign up?

    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.

    We hope to see you very soon in Barcelona and that you become a new member of the #TheLoftowner family!

  • DISCOVER BARCELONA DURING APRIL WITH THE PLANS OF THE LOFTTOWN

    We tell you which are the best plans of Barcelona during April that you can’t miss with our community #TheLofttowners

    At The Lofttown we want to welcome the month of April in style. Also, in this month the days become longer, thanks to the fact the day begin to the darken later, a factor that is really appreciated and much since it allows us to enjoy Barcelona even more and all splendid plans that has for everyone.

    For this reason, today at The Lofttown, your residence in Barcelona, we share a list with the best plans for April that you can’t miss it, such as a good market’s selection, exhibitions, the most anticipated theatre plays, the concerts of the month and more plans for everyone.

    Are you ready to have the best of your stay with us?

    Next, we show you a list of super interesting ideas for you. Welcome to a new post of our blog with the best tips for our #TheLoftowners!

    SANT JORDI’S DAY IN BARCELONA

    The love and culture are a classic in the Catalan capital. However, in Catalonia, Sant Jordi’s day is celebrated every year on 23rd of April the Sant Jordi’s day, when the couple and friends give each other a rose and a book. Regardless the order and gender.

    For that, since many years in Barcelona this typical and beautiful exchange of gifts has been carried out, which is not only for the couples but is also between family and friends.

    Actually, the gender of the rose and of books has been changed a lot and is normal that a man receives a rose and a woman a book.

    The atmosphere is usually in the city center, especially in the Plaza Catalunya, Las Ramblas, Paseo de Garcia and the main squares of the quarters of the city.

    Here you can find the people enjoys a festival day, walking through the large number of stalls that sell roses and books throughout Barcelona.

    HOLY WEEK IN BARCELONA

    This 2022 the holy week is during the month of April, for that the city is full of tourists eager to discover the essence of Barcelona.

    However, as these are very special dates, which is when the majority of Barcelonans choose to leave the city, keep in mind that the main quarters of Barcelona always organize cultural and religious events in commemoration of Easter.

    For this, we recommend you to investigate through the webs of the city hall or just get lost in the city and let it surprise at your own rhythm and style. Finally, you can visit the main churches of the city, such as the Sagrada Familia, The cathedral of Barcelona or the the Cathedral of the Sea among many others.

    FERIA DE ABRIL IN CATALUNIA

    Although the Feria of April is an authentic celebration of Seville, in the recent years it has also been celebrated in other corners of the Spanish territory, like in Barcelona.

    Due the great Andalusian immigration in Catalonia, the Feria of April is also celebrated in the Catalan capital with a great commercial success that lasts until May.

    So, if you like to know more culture outside of Barcelona, we invite you to discover the essence of Seville and its costumes on the esplanade of the Parc of Forum where you can enjoy of Live music, dances and typical food with the best atmosphere of the Flamenco tradition that you cannot miss.

    HANDMADE FESTIVAL BARCELONA

    Barcelona is a city full of creative entrepreneurs. For this reason, exits a tendency to consume articles made by hand and by local artists who are in word fashion.

    With this concept was born with great success The Handmade Festival, which is an event that bring together designers, artists and creatives of handmade that their focus on creating handmade products.

    In this festival you can enjoy the biggest creation of the best craftsmen in the city that will surprise you.

    EXPOSITION WORLD PRESS PHOTO

    The most important international exposition of Photojournalism lands in Barcelona every year. So, take note in your diary because during this month of April and May you will be able to see in Barcelona the best workers of Photojournalism of the world that attract many foreign visitors and that meet at the CCCB Contemporary Center of Modern art in the heart of Barcelona.

    MARATHONS OF APRIL

    Barcelona is perfect for running and that is why it is not surprising that several marathons are held in the Catalan Capital. In this reason, April is not an exception and it is when two of the cures with the most reception among the public coincide during this month. We refer the course of firefighters and the course of Corte Ingles.

    Both options you need to pay and each year they are filled with thousands of participants. For this reason, if you are an athlete and want to leave your mark in a marathon in Barcelona, we recommend that you sign up for one of these two important courses. We are sure that you will have a great time touring the city in a unique way.

    BARCELONA OPEN BANC SABADELL

    The lovers of Tennis in Barcelona, have a mandatory appointment during the month of April. We are referring to the Trofeo Conde Godó, as it was formerly known, and where the best tennis players in the world meet in mid-April for two weeks to play the tennis tournament on clay.

    We encourage you to see your world tennis stars

    CONCERTS IN BARCELONA DURING APRIL

    During the month of April there are great concerts in the Catalan capital.

    For example, C. Tangana and her tour Without singing or tuning on April 23, Nothing but Thieves on April 25, Lang Lang on April 22, Novo Amor on April 24, Wizard of Oz on April 30, The Death South on April 21, Eagles of Death Metal, Trentemoller on April 12, Che Sudaka on 30 April among others.

    Looking forward to April in Barcelona?

    We sure do! Especially now that you know how to do it with the plans, we shared with you today!

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    Enjoy April in Barcelona!

  • Experience the carnivals of Barcelona this 2022

    All you need to know about the carnivals in Barcelona this 2022 that you cannot miss with the tips of The Lofttown

    Carnivals return to Barcelona for another year in style. So aim well in the agendas because from February 24 to March 2, 2022, will be seven days of full fun in the Catalan capital with a series of activities that will be held in the vast majority of neighborhoods, also known as the Ruas Carnival, with workshops, dances, mask contest, costume parties and live music all over the city.

    For that reason, at The Lofttown, your university residence in Barcelona, we share an interesting post with a complete list of all the activities for these carnival 2022 that you can not miss.

    Are you ready to live an authentic carnival this 2022? Welcome to a new post from our exclusive blog for #TheLoftowners!

    Origin of carnival in Barcelona

    Historians claim that the first recorded data of the Carnival of Barcelona date back to 1333, through a provision of the Council of One Hundred, which explicitly prohibited the throwing of oranges and regulated the use of masks in the population. At that time, the carnival of Barcelona began in All Saints and was a party that could last many months.

    It was already in the 16th century when the feast of Carnival in Barcelona began to resemble the one we know today. In this way, some emblematic acts such as “the arrival” began to be represented, as well as masked dances and the classic burial of the sardine.

    Finally, from the 19th century on carnivals the use of costumes was popularized and it was at that time when the festivities lived one of the periods of maximum apogee.

    However, during the years following the Civil War and the Franco regime, the celebration of the Carnival in the city was officially cancelled in Barcelona, which recovered again in 1980 with the arrival of democracy in Spain

    Kick-off on 24 February

    The Carnival of Barcelona officially begins the last Dijous Gras or Larder Thursday of February. We refer to a day known also because it is customary to eat the typical Catalan omelette and the butifarra d’ou or egg butifarra.

    After these local delicacies, comes the turn of the main course, that is the “Arrival” of the Carnival King and his ambassadors that fill the city with joy and color.

    In this way, the King Carnastoltes comes to the city, which means carnival in Catalan, and his 7 ambassadors who start the great parade, known among the locals as the “Pasacalle de los Siete Embajadores” and which enjoys a lot of reception in the public.

    Its route takes place through the streets of the Gòtic district until you reach the Plaça Sant Jaume in the heart of the city. It is here that from the municipal balcony of the City Hall, Carnestoltes proclaims the seven days of revelry and excess of carnaval in Barcelona

    Parades of February 26

    It is from Saturday afternoon when the greatest number of parades take place in the city, all thanks to the citizens’ initiative that is distributed strategically by each emblematic neighborhood of the city.

    This is how the well-known “Ruas de Carnaval” begins, full of popular culture, and in which it usually has one of the seven ambassadors of the Carnival King. Here you can enjoy the floats, parades, costumes and the splendid atmosphere of the neighbors who put everything together to make the carnival a success.

    Parades of February 27

    The next day on Sunday afternoon takes place the “Parade of the Carnival King and the typical orange tree” also known in Catalan as the Parade of Rei Carnestoltes i la taronjada, a beautiful activity that you should not miss as it becomes a great party.

    This day is special because it is when the Carnival King is accompanied by all his ambassadors and when the parade officially ends there is an authentic festive battle full of confetti and orange balloons.

     

    End of the carnival on March 2

    Ash Wednesday is the Burial of the Sardine. A satirical funeral procession is organized in an emblematic place in Barcelona. The Carnival King bids farewell until next year and the days of unbridled madness are over.

    Are you already looking forward to living the authentic carnival in Barcelona?

    We hope that with everything we have told you, you are ready to enjoy the carnival to the fullest in Barcelona this 2022.

    In addition, if you still don’t live in Barcelona and want to come to spend an academic stay here, remember that you can always count on our university residence to make your stay in the Catalan capital an amazing adventure

    Therefore, we guarantee that we will do everything possible to make your experience unique.

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

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

    Enjoy the carnivals very much!

  • Enjoy February in Barcelona with the best plans

    February is a month to enjoy and we bring you the best plans in Barcelona that you cannot miss

    2022 is still in full swing.  January almost gone and we started a very special as it is February, the shortest month of the year, of love and of course of the carnivals. So, let’s start February with style, which although it is the shortest month is still one of the most interesting of the year

    For that reason, at The Lofttown, your university residence in Barcelona, we share an interesting list of the best plans in Barcelona throughout February.

    Are you ready to enjoy them to the fullest? Welcome to a new post from our exclusive #TheLoftowners blog!

     The festivities of Santa Eulàlia

    The Fiestas de Santa Eulàlia 2022 is a classic in the city. Although this year they will not have the emblematic correfocs, nor the fun parades and other typical acts that always had a great popular influx.

    However, what is maintained for this year is the open day of Santa Eulàlia, we mean that visitors can attend museums, gardens, art centers, among other essential buildings in the city, that open their doors completely free for visitors from all over the world.


    Carnival of Sitges 2022

    The carnivals in Sitges are the most famous in Catalonia and will begin on February 24 and will last until Wednesday, March 2, with the classic burial of His Majesty the King Carnestoltes.
    This carnival certainly becomes one of the most anticipated, especially after nearly two years of pandemic, so the Carnival Commission and the Sitges City Council are sure to take Carnival 2022 to the streets in full with the sanitary measures for both the participants and the general public. 

    Vespres d’hivern Festival

    The Vespres d’hivern festival starts from 4 to 18 February with the performances of two famous Catalan artists who have very recent new discographic

    We refer to Lu Rois who will open the cycle on February 4 with his third album ‘Microcosmos’ and also Anna Andreu, who will delight the public with her first solo album ‘Els mals costums’. A splendid option for you to enjoy the local music and so practice a little bit your Spanish and Catalan with the best melody of the moment.

    Eufònic Urbà Festival 2021

    When we talk about the Eufònic Urbà, we are referring to an extension of the Terres de l’Ebre festival in Barcelona, which this year is celebrated at the Arts Santa Mónica from 4 to 28 February.

    Here you can enjoy an assortment of national artists such as the dj and electronic singer Ro. e and the sonorous Lina Bautista. In addition, there will also be other types of events between dance and sound, film and live music, all within an audiovisual atmosphere of the Japanese multimedia creator Tomonaga Tokuyama.



    Mecadillo Fleadonia

    Another classic of the city that has an appointment in February is the fleadonia market. We refer to a second-hand market with premium vintage objects that is held in Raval.

    So make a good point in your agenda because from next February 7, the Fleadonia will be installed again in the square of the Filmoteca de Catalunya, Plaza de Salvador Seguí, with many boxes of clothes, accessories, vinyl, books and many more curiosities.

    Mercat de la Terra

    When we talk about the Mercat de la terra it means talking about nature and top-quality products. So throughout February every Saturday, from 9 to 14 hours in the Garden of the Three Xemeneies.

    Come and buy fresh product and proximity of the field with fruits, vegetables, sausages, oils, cheeses, preserves, breads, sweets, wines, vermouths and also natural cosmetics of the first level that will surprise you. So if you want to give a touch of authenticity to your home shopping, we encourage you to come to the Mercat de la Terra where you will find all the healthy products you need.

    Flea market

    If there is a market that takes center stage in the city is the Flea. And what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th in a flea market full of surprises.

    If what you like is to enjoy a clothing market with authentic personality, timeless wonderful accessories and vintage collector’s items. So take note because every second Sunday of the month from February in Plaza Blanquerna from 10 to 18 hours and totally free.

     

    Do you already feel like enjoying our fantastic city as the best in February?

    We hope that with this post today you are ready to fully enjoy Barcelona throughout February. So, if you are already determined to move to the Catalan capital, remember that you can always count on our university residence to make your stay in the Catalan capital the best. Therefore, we guarantee that we will do everything possible to make your experience unforgettable.

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

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

    Enjoy February very much!

  • Enjoy the Three Kings in Barcelona

    Learn more about the Three Kings parade, a historical tradition in Barcelona that fills the city with magic

     

    One of the most anticipated events of the year in Barcelona is undoubtedly the Three Kings parade from the East. A historical custom in the Catalan capital in which the Three Wise Men end their long journey from the distant lands of the East to fill the city with magic and illusion in your traditional parade.

    For that reason, today at The Lofttown, your university residence in Barcelona, ​​we will tell you all about the history of the Three Kings parade in Barcelona, ​​while the preparations for its magical celebration in the city are being finalized.

    Welcome once again to our blog TheLofttowner!

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    The Barcelona parade

    It is estimated that only in Barcelona, ​​in a normal year with no restrictions, the attendees tend to be around half a million people, who take to the streets to receive their majesties from the East, in which it becomes one of the most massive acts that They are held in the Catalan capital throughout the year.

    In the parade you will find magical floats that become a great candy factory that will sweeten the attendees who come to meet the Three Wise Men from the East to give them a well-deserved welcome.

    Itinerary of the parade

    Both by land, sea and by air, the Three Wise Men from the East arrive this afternoon in all corners of Catalonia and Spain.

    The date is always January 5 to show that the traditions of always still prevail, despite the strong Anglo-Saxon competition with Santa Claus as an image or other older traditions such as the tió.

    For this reason, the kings Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar continue to stay in top shape and do not notice the passage of time in Barcelona at all.

    Generally, the parade began in Barcelona at the Moll del Fusta in the port of Barcelona, ​​culminating in its long and traditional 5-kilometer journey to the Montjuïc neighborhood.

    History of the horseback riding in Barcelona

    It is said that the first references to the presence of the three Kings in Barcelona began with the Corpus Christi processions in the 14th century. However, the first cavalcades that were officially registered in the city date back to the end of the 18th century, taking place intermittently until the beginning of the 20th century.

    Later, during the first decades of the last century, the parade had above all a charitable focus in order to help those most in need in the city. Later, during the Civil War, the parade was interrupted until 1942 by order of the Barcelona City Council.

    It should be noted that with the passage of time the tradition acquired new rituals, such as the arrival of the Magi by sea, or the reception by the first authority of the city, which was usually the mayor of Barcelona, responsible for handing over the keys of the city to their Majesties of the East.

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    Parade Barcelona 2022

    With the pandemic still among us and for the parade party to be complete and pass without any incident in all populations, the authorities have preferred to make small parades through neighborhoods, in order to avoid contagion and in popular agglomerations.

    We invite you to visit the website of the city council to check which are the neighborhoods chosen for this year’s parade.

    Luckily, in most Catalan regions, including those in the Barcelona metropolitan region, no rainfall is expected at the time of the parades of the Magi from the East. Therefore, cold but bearable temperatures are expected compared to previous years.

    Are you ready to enjoy the ride?

    Barcelona will be a party full of magic to receive the Three Kings of the East and all their entourage!

    Remember that their Majesties will arrive this January 5 by sea at 3:35 p.m., but they will not be able to welcome them until after 6.15 p.m., when their Majesties and their entourage will tour the streets of the city with their magical floats in a attractive and cultural proposal with music, parties, shows and many gifts.

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

    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 an amazing year 2022t!

  • Important tips for Erasmus students in Barcelona

    All the tips you should know if you are an Erasmus student in Barcelona that you cannot miss

    If you are living the experience as an Erasmus student in Barcelona, then you are a more than lucky person. However, in these few months you have been in the Catalan capital, do you think you know all the essentials of the city?

    Well today you are lucky because at The Lofttown, your university residence in Barcelona, we share a complete post with all the important information you should know as an Erasmus student in Barcelona, so that you can enjoy your stay in the city without missing any details.
    Join us? Welcome once again to our blog with the best tips for university students in Barcelona!

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    First steps like Erasmus

    After the excitement of being accepted into a university in Barcelona, the perfect time comes for you to know what all the documentation you need to have collected and in order, especially in time.
    So future Erasmus in Barcelona, pay attention of all the steps because the great time has come for you to take the first big step in your new academic adventure, maybe the most important of your life, Barcelona, a magnificent city that will impress you forever.
    So take note, because we are talking about your great move to the Catalan capital and all the aspects that this entails, so you must be ready and mentalized that will not be easy at first.

     

    What does Barcelona mean?


    Barcelona is more than a city. Barcelona is a unique experience that marks us in life. We remind you that you will live in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe, considered also among the top 10 cities to study abroad and where you will find a great variety of cultures in the same place.
    Therefore, our recommendation to make your best adaptation to the city and the fastest, it is essential that you know what are some particular details of the Catalan capital, so that you are prepared 100% in front of all the experiences and curiosities that you will find in the city every day.

     

    Catalan, a new language you should know

    In Barcelona the official language is Catalan. However, its inhabitants speak all the languages of the world you can imagine, since Barcelona is a multicultural city where countless nationalities from all six continents coexist.
    However, English is the main language among foreign students, don’t forget people e who already speak Spanish. Otherwise, if you have the opportunity to go further and learn a bit of the Catalan language, we assure you that you will appreciate it very much, especially if you have contact with local people or friends here. Don’t forget that local people are bilingual and won’t have a problem speaking to you in either language without any problems.
    On the other hand, when we refer to Spanish-speaking students, especially those who come from Latin America and have Spanish as their mother tongue, the change to the Catalan language is not a big problem, as for people from France or Italy, because there is a great resemblance to Catalan.

    However, if you are from a country outside these languages, the situation changes a lot because of the difficulty of learning Catalan from the beginning. Therefore, we recommend that you adapt as much as possible to the language so that you do not have problems living together, especially for a matter of respect for local people. Good news is that at the universities of Barcelona there are free Catalan courses for their foreign students who want to learn it.

     

    Adapt to the local culture

    You know that every city in the world has its own local customs and Barcelona is one of them. In the Catalan capital, for example, shops usually close at midday, dinner is very late in the night and when you go to restaurant tips are optiona. Also, don’t forget something fundamental for local people, we mean nap time!
    So, if you want to adapt to the city perfectly then it is necessary that you also do it to their customs conveniently and without any problem. Our recommendation is that you make friendship with people from Barcelona so that you will get to know how people are here and what it means to be a foreigner in Barcelona.

     

    Discover the secrets of the city

    As we said before, Barcelona is one of the best cities in Europe to study and live. But so it is when we refer to the connection it has with public transport. Therefore, it doesn’t matter where you live in the city, whether in the city centre or outside, because you will always find a simple, easy and quick way to get around Barcelona, whether by public bus, metro service, tram and without leaving the bike service.
    If you go more cycling, then we tell you that Barcelona has thousands of exclusive lanes for people who decide to opt for a more sustainable and healthy mobility.

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    Get lost in the neighbourhoods of Barcelona

    In Barcelona you will find neighborhoods of all kinds and for all cultural tastes. If it’s a bohemian life near all the bars, artistic atmosphere and top restaurants in the city that suits you best, then Gothic and Born are a perfect choice for you, because they are located in the heart of the city and offer you all the services you need as an Erasmus student to make your life much more comfortable and especially fun.

    Also, if you like more the connection with the sea and the sailor spirit, then Barceloneta is a neighborhood that you should know. Located in the heart of the city centre and port, this century-old fishing quarter has all the magic of being anchored in a port, with all kinds of shops, bars and restaurants that are characterized by being 100% authentic, and where all cultures converge in perfect harmony.

    Finally, if your desire is to find a place with more tranquility, we recommend exploring the most residential neighborhoods of the city, such as: l’Eixample, Poble Nou and Sant Antoni y Gracia. These neighborhoods are characterized by being less noisy compared to the more central neighborhoods. However, they are also well-connected and have all the essential services for your comfort.

     

    Let yourself be seduced by Catalan cuisine

    Barcelona is characterized by having a wide variety of restaurants for all tastes and budgets especially when you are a student. For this reason, foreign students will be able to find all kinds of restaurants and special corners with meals from around the world at a fairly affordable price for their pockets that they will also love.
    The options range from traditional Catalan and Spanish food, Latin American and Asian restaurants, fast food, tapas, pizzerias and many more options. The secret is to explore the city to find that culinary corner that completely satisfies your tastes without affecting your budget.

    Now that you know our guide to live the maximum of your university stage as Erasmus in Barcelona, we remind you that at The Lofttown, your university residence in Barcelona, we want to count on you to live a unique and unforgettable experience, while you study in Barcelona to become one of our #TheLoftowners. If you need to know more about tips and curiosities of Barcelona, we will always be ready to help you in what you need.

    If you want to know more about us we also invite you to follow us on Instagram so that you are always up to date with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

    Enjoy Barcelona very much!