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Barcelona Half Marathon, Santa Eulalia, and Valentine’s Day

barcelona half marathon, santa eulalia and valentines day

The middle of the February is the time to be in Barcelona! The events and holidays such as Half Marathon, Santa Eulalia, and Valentine’s Day are all packed in four days. With milder and sunnier climate than in other cities of Europe, the peaceful Barcelona in February can offer so much without waiting in queues with other tourists. (However, don’t forget to bring an umbrella and a jacket) Not to mention that everything, from accommodation to tickets is cheaper in February than in the summer months.

Barcelona Half Marathon

On Sunday 12th of February, you have the unique opportunity to combine fulfilling your fitness goals and city sightseeing by participating in the Barcelona Half Marathon (eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona). Sweat out those churros and hot chocolate! See the best of Barcelona‘s tourist attractions such as the statue of Christopher Columbus, Triumphal Arch, and the Ciutadella park! However, if you are not keen on running 21km, don’t forget to offer moral support and cheer for the runners.

Santa Eulalia

At the same time, Santa Eulalia, the first patron saint of the city, is celebrated on the streets of Barcelona. From the free entrance to the museums to human towers, fire runs and folk dances, you will have the opportunity to experience unique Catalan spirit and culture. The celebrations take part from February 10th to 12th.

Valentine’s Day

A very important date for all those in love – Saint Valentine’s Day is just two days later. Like the rest of the world, Barcelona celebrates this romantic holiday on February 14th. Due to another similar holiday in April (St Jordi’s Day) it is not as much celebrated as in other countries. However, it is definitely worth booking a romantic getaway to Barcelona with your loved one on this date.

Top Barcelona Sights Around The Hipstel

barcelona sights

When you come to a new city you want to see as many new and exciting sights as possible. You don’t want to spend your precious time getting lost while changing metro lines and explaining the bus driver where you want to get off. Having that in mind, we chose a location for the hostel which is in the very center of Barcelona, and surrounded by must-see sights for any first-time Barcelona visitor.  

These are the Barcelona sights and good spots within 15 minutes of walking distance if you’re staying at the Hipstel hostel. 

5 Perfect Christmas Gifts for Travelers

Gifts for travelers

It’s time for some last minute Christmas gift shopping! It’s really rare to hear that someone doesn’t like traveling and discovering new places, however, some people are bigger nomads and adventurers than the others. Those who spend big amounts of money on making memories around the world will certainly like anything that is travel-related. But how to pick a perfect present for your favorite globe-trotter?

Good news! We can help you. Here are five gifts for travelers.

December in Barcelona – Events Calendar

december in barcelona

Is visiting Barcelona in December a good idea? If you don’t care about tanning, swimming, and spending time on the beach, then it definitely is. For those who live in colder parts of the world, December in Barcelona is pretty mild. The temperature usually doesn’t go below 5 degrees and it’s sunny. On the other hand, you can avoid  crowds, tourists, queues and the summer prices. This is your chance to experience Barca from a more local perspective, while sipping hot chocolate and enjoying the Christmas decorations, spirit and cozy atmosphere. Grab a turron (a delicious dessert sold at the street markets) or el pa de Nadal (the traditional Christmas bread sold at bakeries) and start sightseeing and browsing for gifts.

If you’re wondering what interesting events to attend in December, here are our picks.

November in Barcelona – Events Calendar

november in barcelona

Although Barcelona might be colder than in high-season months, and not so beach-friendly in November, there are plenty of reasons why spending November in Barcelona is a great idea. Hot chocolate and churros. Delicious panellets and sweet potatoes. Fewer tourists, shorter queues, cheaper prices of accommodation. The temperature which is still milder and more pleasant than in Central and Northern Europe. And of course, the fact that Barcelona never lacks exciting and interesting things to do and see even in colder months.

September in Barcelona – Events Calendar

September in Barcelona

September in Barcelona is perfect for those who are not big fans of hot summer. We might even dare say that September and October might be the most pleasant months to visit Barcelona weather-wise. Fortunately, the Hipstel’s strategic location in the very center makes it easy to explore the city and attend the hottest events in Barna. Like in August, the month of September is full of exciting neighborhood parties called Festa Major. In August, the neighborhoods Sants and Gracia were celebrating. However, in September the party is heading to Ribera, Poblenou and Barceloneta. 

5 Reasons Why You Should Stay at The Hipstel

Why the Hipstel

Why the Hipstel?

Wondering what makes the Hipstel hostel in Barcelona so special? We’ll give you five reasons why you should stay at our hostel. There are many more, but you’ll find that out when you come and see it yourself.

Five Parks in Barcelona You Should Visit

parks in barcelona

We all love Barcelona for being such a lively and exciting city, but sometimes it’s too lively and exciting. Luckily, there is a quiet and peaceful side. The parks in Barcelona are full of green spaces, fountains, shady spots, and sculptures. Whether you wish to play sports, get a bit of tan, have a picnic, or just recharge your batteries after an exhausting party night, head to one of the magnificent public parks and gardens with Mediterranean charm. Here are our five picks to choose from.

August in Barcelona – Events Calendar

August in Barcelona

Are you thinking about spending August in Barcelona? We say, yes, come to Barca! You won’t lack the opportunities to cool off by the beaches and swimming pools, nor will you lack the hot summer parties and live concerts. August is the month when the locals leave the city for their summer holidays, but there are still many things to do and see. Apart from events that take place whole summer and that we already wrote about, such as The Dinner With the Stars (Sopar amb estrelles) at the Fabra Observatory on Tibidabo hill, the music festival Piknic Electronik, and Musica als Parcs, free open air jazz and classical concerts in the parks of Barcelona, here is what we recommend in August.