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Barcelona Events – April 2017

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If you’re coming to Barcelona in April, make good use of the wonderful spring weather in Spain, warm days and pleasant sun rays. Here is the list of major Barcelona events you can attend this April. From grandiose religious celebrations to exciting sports events, from fitness challenges to love expressions, you’ll find something to suit your interests and appetites. Roses and lovers, shouts and cheers, traditional costumes and dances, sweat and tears, vintage clothes and trinkets, and much more! 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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By Alain Rouiller (Barcelona Parc Ciutadella 2) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Parc de la Ciutadella

Opened in 1887, this is one of the oldest, biggest and most popular parks in Barcelona. The park is not only really pretty – but it also has an interesting history. Instead of a military citadel (ciutadella) which was planned and built, this vast area was turned into a park. It’s famous for its Waterfall Fountain, resembling the Trevi fountain in Rome, Italy. In addion to that, there is an artificial lake, a zoo with 400 different species, museums, playgrounds for kids, beautiful sculptures, and a greenhouse. Looking for a more active kind of rest? You can rent a bike, rowboat, play tennis or go jogging.

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Gogo69 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Gardens of Joan Brossa

Once an amusement park – Montjuïc Fun Fair, the space turned into the Joan Brossa park is perfect for those looking for a magnificent view of Barcelona and a place to stroll through Mediterranean vegetation, play, and have a picnic. There are still three playgrounds for kids (and adults, why not?)

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By ferran pestaña (Flickr: Parc del laberint d’Horta17) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Laberint d’Horta

The magical park, dating all the way back to the 18th century, is situated on a slope of the Collserola. Known for its maze, the oldest planned garden, the Palais of the family Desvalls, and a magnificent view, this secluded and fairytale like spot will make you forget about the hustle and bustle of the city once you get to enjoy its peacefulness and neoclassical gardens. Or maybe you would like to go to the labyrinth and test your memory and orientation? Either way, don’t forget that the labyrinth entrance is free of charge every Sunday and Wednesday.

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By Jordiferrer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Laribal Gardens

If you’re visiting the Olympic Stadium and the Joan Miro museum, don’t forget to spend some time in the The Laribal Gardens (Jardines de Laribal) which are close by, situated on the lower slopes of Montjuic. The ornamental flowers and tiles, typical of Arabian gardens might remind you of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Apart from the wonderful vista, this tranquil and shaded place is known for the fountain Font del Gat, ponds, terraces, pergolas and small squares. Just sit on one of the numerous benches and enjoy the view.

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By Bernard Gagnon (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Park Güell

Park Güel is not exactly the best place to relax and rest during the high season, as it is one of the symbols of Barcelona and very popular with tourists. However, there is a reason why no one who comes to Barca leaves without visiting the park. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, Park Güel was designed by Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi is the face of Catalan modernism and the author of works on basically every postcard and photo from Barcelona. This magical place is inspired by nature and organic shapes. It’s full of really interesting and unique features – such as the main terrace with a bench that resembles a serpent, colorful tiles, the mosaic lizard at the main entrance, and of course, the Gaudi House Museum.