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5 traditional Catalonian festivals you simply cannot miss

5 traditional Catalonian festivals you simply cannot miss

To ensure an outstanding experience, you have to make sure your visit coincides with some of the typical celebrations or festivities in the region to get a real insight into traditional Catalonia.

Mind you, you don't have to worry too much. In Catalonia, there are celebrations taking place on a regular basis, practically every month of the year. In this post, we introduce you to the five top traditional Catalan festivals, which you should not miss for anything on earth.

Catalan national day (La diada de Cataluña)

La Diada is, perhaps, the most important festival in Barcelona and indeed in Catalonia. On September 11, the main cities in the region honour the fall of the local army before the Bourbon troops in 1714.

The celebration takes on special importance in the Catalan capital, which is filled with floral offerings. However, there is also plenty of room to party and celebrate and, in many parts of the great metropolis, in particular the Citadel Park, people attend concerts, poetry readings and other cultural activities.

Festivals (Festes Majors)

You can’t attempt to get an in-depth knowledge of Catalan culture without taking part in its Festes Majors. These are typical celebrations, especially in summer, where each town dresses up to celebrate its most popular festival, inevitably featuring the Correfocs and the Cercavila de Gegants. These are two major acts which are not to be missed.

In the Correfocs, els diables the devils, take to the streets armed with firecrackers and rockets, accompanied by a thumping batukada for a raucous street party.

No less showy are the Giants, or as they are known in Catalonia, Els Gegants. These are the great sculptures representing the city's patrons brought to life, who hit the streets to dance with the inhabitants. And let’s not forget the capgrossos, smaller sculpture representations that also dance merrily along to celebrate each town’s biggest festival.

The castles (Els castellers)

One of the most successful Catalan celebrations is, without a doubt, Els Castellers (castles), and frankly, this could not be anything less! This is a truly unique spectacle, named one of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage events in 2010, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness the spectacle of vast human towers rising slowly skywards, and see how the smallest scramble to the top.

Diades Castelleres are organized virtually every week in one or another town throughout the region. Of course, there is one in particular that stands out head-and-shoulders above the rest: the Diada de la Mercè, held during the celebration of Barcelona’s main festival (September), where the top Colles, or folk groups, from all of Catalonia congregate.

Flower festival (Temps de flors)

The most colorful festival in Catalonia takes place in Girona during the month of May: Temps de Flors. For two weeks, the city turns into a huge public garden, with all its buildings, streets and monuments decked out in garlands and floral displays. This is quite an unusual show, with a history dating back over 50 years, but one that has become very popular in recent years.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the city of Girona, at a moment when all its main attractions are spruced up with colourful blooms.

Sant Joan’s night (Nit de Sant Joan)

Finally, one of the nights you should circle in red on your calendar is the Nit de Sant Joan. On the eve of June 23-24, coinciding with the summer solstice, the festival of San Juan fills all of Catalonia with bonfires, firecrackers and street parties, something which has also caught on in other locations in the Balearic Islands and the Valencian Community.

This is a night where concerts and festivals go on until the small hours, many ending up on the beach at dawn.

So don’t think twice, take advantage of your stay in the Pere Tarrés Barcelona hostel, where we will be delighted to fill you in about all the main celebrations taking place during your visit to the city and how to get there for an unforgettable experience.

Barcelona’s Weirdest Stores: More Than Just the Geek Triangle

Barcelona’s Weirdest Stores: More Than Just the Geek Triangle

When we think of specialty stores, the famous Geek Triangle of Barcelona comes to mind. It’s the best place in the city for fans of science fiction, such as tv like Star Wars, Star Trek, Dragon Ball Z, and anime, as well as video games, comic books, and role-playing games,

However, there’s an increasing number of other activities and specialty stores popping up in the Catalan capital, which also fall under the geek umbrella, such as scale models, model making, and magic.

So, if you're someone who takes pleasure in a really specialised hobby, you're in luck!

These are some of the most weird and wonderful stores you can find in Barcelona:

Galeries Maldà

As we mentioned, one of the best areas in Barcelona for fantasy fans is the Geek Triangle. It's located in the zone which encompasses Passeig de Sant Joan, Ronda de Sant Pere, and Arc de Triomf.

However, over the last few years, another area full of fantasy stores has also become very fashionable. Colloquially it's known as the Geek Camden, and it's situated inside the Galeries Maldá in the heart of Barcelona.

The space was previously vacant and has now become a fascinating corner where you can find all kinds of stores: shops inspired by different tv series; magical spaces; and even a geek supermarket!

Many Barcelona geek stores are thematic and focus on some of the most significant tv and movie franchises, such as Harry Potter or Game of Thrones, and others offer wares aimed at other audiences or people with really specialised interests.

You can find stores such as the Costurero Real, a space which sells clothing, jewellery, and accessories inspired by the fantasy world; or Magic Cube, a store where you can find the city's largest offering of Rubik's Cubes, ranging in difficulty so that you can really test your skills.

Finally, you can't pass through this area without visiting the Super Friki Market. This is the first geek supermarket in Spain, where you're sure to make the most unique purchase of your life. Among other things, there are bottles of Valyrian Fire for fans of Game of Thrones, or Duff beers for those who can repeat any Simpsons episode by heart.

Specialty Stores in Barcelona: Other Hobbies

Barcelona also has a large variety of stores that you're sure to be amazed by, based around hobbies like magic.

In the city centre, you can find the Selecciones Mágicas store, one of the oldest magic stores in Europe. You'll be astounded by the huge number of magic tricks that exist, and, if you're passionate about magic, you can also visit Magicus nearby which, as well as its wide range of products, also offers courses in magic.

On the other hand, if you're more into model making, don't miss out on the opportunity to visit Hobby Models in calle de Galileu, in the Sants neighbourhood. This is a model store where you can find models of all kinds: antique toys, boats, paintings, etc.

We're all weird in our own way; different strokes for different folks! So, don't miss out on your chance to experience something special.

Make the most of your visit to the Catalan capital with accommodation at the Barcelona Pere Tarrés Youth Hostel, and find some real adventure in this magical city!

3 Places to Ice Skate in Barcelona

3 Places to Ice Skate in Barcelona

Barcelona is finally starting to feel the cold, and ice skating is one of the best activities to do in the city at this time of year.

A fun, pocket-friendly activity, that’s sure to delight everyone with its fun falls and lots of laughs.

Here are our favourite places to ice skate in Barcelona:

L'Illa Diagonal Ice Rink

Located in L'Illa Diagonal Shopping Centre is one of the few ice rinks that intentionally opens at Christmas. Skating on this Barcelona ice rink is a magical experience, just like the city itself.

The rink is installed right in the middle of the shopping centre, in the outdoor area next to the patios, and is a great family activity. Open from 29 November to 20 December, and from 21 December to 12 January. Adults and children alike will love skating here.

Interested? Let us tell you about some other skating rinks!

Barça Skating Club and Ice Rink

Here you can enjoy a spot of ice skating all year round.

The Skating Club is located in the centre of Barcelona (calle Roger de Flor), and is the perfect place to have some fun on skates. It's open every day of the week, so you can go and practise your spins and pirouettes anytime.

There's also the option of visiting one of Barcelona’s most iconic skating rinks, with real Barça soul!

Right at the base of Camp Nou and Palau Blaugrana, you can go and show off your skating skills at a really affordable price.

Please note: Although it's open every day of the week, they often reserve space for training and competitions for the local ice skating and figure skating teams.

Kaliu Park

Finally, you'll need to travel a little to reach this last ice rink, but we promise it'll be worth it! You can reach the neighbouring city, l'Hospitalet de Llobregat, via either subway or RENFE train.

Kaliu Park is a recreational space located in the La Farga shopping centre. It boasts one of the largest ice rinks in Europe.

Your little ones will also have the chance to meet Santa Claus and the Three Wise Men. A unique space where both adults and children are sure to have an unforgettable time.

Don't let the cold stop you! Make the most of your visit to the Catalan capital with accommodation at the Barcelona Pere Tarrés Youth Hostel, and spend a unique, special time at some of the city's best ice rinks.

5 Reasons to Visit Park Güell

5 Reasons to Visit Park Güell

Park Güell is, without a doubt, one of the key landmarks in Barcelona. A huge outdoor space full of modernist architectural elements, created by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí.

The park owes its name to Eusebi Güell, a rich businessman who was passionate about Gaudí's works and commissioned him to design the park.

Although the original idea was to construct a luxury residential complex, this was abandoned over the years, and a fairy-tale park was built in its place.

No visit to Barcelona is complete without a stroll through Park Güell, discovering all there is to see there.

Gaudí, Gaudí, and more Gaudí

Although the Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, and Casa Batlló are regarded as his most eminent works, Park Güell is not far behind. Gaudí's modernist style is displayed in both the park's design and its sculptures, which are the main attraction for visitors to Park Güell.

Don't miss out on this special place; the way that nature and architecture coexist in perfect harmony will blow your mind!

We recommend seeing some of Gaudí's most famous works in the park, such as the pavilions, the stairway and the dragon, the Gaudí House Museum, the square with the serpentine bench, the Algarrobo Viaduct, and the Monumento al Calvario.

Pro tip: You need to spend at least a couple of hours in Park Güell to truly discover all of Gaudí’s architectural elements.

The View from Park Güell

Yes, it's true that Park Güell is a little outside the centre — and more touristy area — of Barcelona. However, that also gives it an important advantage: the view.

The park is situated in the neighbourhood of Carmel, where you can find incredible views of Barcelona's rooftops. A panoramic view, different to what you’ll find at any of the city's more typical viewpoints, which allows you to enjoy the Catalan capital from an aerial perspective.

The Music

Many musicians gather at Park Güell during the day, so you can find a different melody around each corner. Let yourself get swept along by the siren calls, taking you from place to place around the park. 

The Relative Tranquillity

Park Güell has a large influx of tourists, sure, but there's no need to get overwhelmed; most of them stay close to the entrance or hang around near the serpentine benches.

So, we encourage you to delve a little deeper into the park and find places where you can't hear a sound, where you can sit and enjoy some peace and quiet in an extraordinary setting.

World Heritage

Park Güell, one of Barcelona's main attractions, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984.

If the experts at the United Nations have classified the park as a site with great cultural relevance and exceptional character for the common heritage of humanity, how can you possibly resist spending a morning there discovering all its secrets and marvelling at its charm?

However, not everything can be seen at the park; Barcelona has many more unmissable tourist attractions, also created by the famous architect.

Make the most of your visit to the Catalan capital with accommodation at the Barcelona Pere Tarrés Youth Hostel, and don't hesitate to check out this prime example of Gaudí modernism.

Theatre Recommendations in Barcelona

Theatre Recommendations in Barcelona

Barcelona is undoubtedly a theatre city. You can find all kinds of theatrical activity here — ranging from musicals, to opera or comedy — all complete with top-level performances.  

There are many different types of play showing in Barcelona, which all capture the audience's attention with their own special charm.

Here you'll find some recommendations for current and upcoming shows in Barcelona. Don't miss out!

Musicals in Barcelona

One type of show that really triumphs on stage is, of course, the musical. 

The entertaining way in which songs and music are used to tell a story is always a surefire bet.

In 2020, Barcelona is putting on various musical productions, which have enjoyed great success throughout the years. Here are some of our favourites:

  • West Side Story. The Musical: This is one of the most significant and iconic musicals in universal theatre. The soundtrack features music by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It's recognised as one of the best soundtracks in the history of musicals. The play is based on the story of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, set in  New York City. There, two young lovers find themselves caught in a rivalry between two street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Showing until 16 February at Teatre Tívoli.
  • El Médico. The Musical: After enjoying success and receiving great reviews on the Madrid circuit, El Médico arrives to Barcelona. This musical, based on Noah Gordan's worldwide bestseller, is created and produced entirely in Spain. It's an ambitious project which boasts 33 stage actors and 20 live musicians, resulting in the largest orchestra in Spanish musical theatre.

It depicts the adventures of Rob, a young orphan, who travels the world to discover the best, most alternative medicine on the planet. Until he falls in love for the first time. Not to be missed! Showing from 2 to 19 April at Teatre Tívoli.

How about some Comedy?

There's no two ways about it, comedy shows enjoy the most success and the best reviews on the Barcelona circuit. You're in luck! Barcelona has a wide variety of comedies on show, so there's something for everyone. Here’s a couple of our top recommendations:

  • Mucha Tontería: The new monologue from Berto Romero. Based on an accurate description of his real-life experience on stage over the last 20 years. The title itself (in English, A Lot of Nonsense) gives insight into what you can expect in this monologue, which has already won different awards, thanks to its new stories, new songs, and the occasional surprise.
  • David Guapo: #quenonosfrunjanlafiesta: A monologue starring one of the most successful comedians of the moment. David Guapo has quickly gone from being relatively unknown to a huge phenomenon, thanks to performances like this. This is not to be missed!

Other Types of Theatre in Barcelona

We also have to make special mention to magic.  During the last few months, Barcelona has been showing one of the most extraordinary magic shows ever to be seen. 

Nothing is Impossible from the Mago Pop (The Pop Magician), is a journey through the extraordinary, full of surprises, fun, sensitivity, rhythm, and emotion; an adventure full of illusion with a huge performance from the Mago Pop, who shows his audience every night that, Nothing is Impossible! Don't think twice! Grab your tickets now for this spectacular show at Teatre Victoria.

This is just a small starter on the huge menu of plays you can find in Barcelona. We encourage you to do some investigating for yourself, and always keep an eye out for the theatre offers in the city. We have no doubt that a regular trip to the theatre really improves your quality of life!

We'd recommend that you check out a few different pages when buying tickets for theatre shows, as occasionally you can find discounts and offers for theatre tickets at a very reduced price. Waste no more time! And, as they say in the theatre: Break a leg!

Make the most of your visit to the Catalan capital with accommodation at the Barcelona Pere Tarrés Youth Hostel, and don't miss out on the opportunity to enjoy some theatre while you're here!

5 New Year's Eve plans in Barcelona that you cannot miss

5 New Year's Eve plans in Barcelona that you cannot miss

Goodbye 2019, welcome 2020! Without a doubt, New Year's Eve is one of the most special, eagerly awaited moments of the year.

Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the arrival of the new decade with your loved ones with one of these plans for New Year's Eve in Barcelona, and with which you will enjoy a night to remember.

Celebration in María Cristina

One of the best plans to celebrate the New Year in Barcelona is to go to the show that takes place in the area of Avenida María Cristina.

This is one of the most massive events in Barcelona, around 70,000 people get together each year to enjoy this New Year's Eve show.

But also, since 2014, the year is received in Barcelona with this show of music, colour and pyrotechnics in the magical fountain of Montjuïc. Don’t miss this macro plan for New Year!

Restaurants with a special charm 

On the other hand, if your idea is to enjoy this day next to your friends and acquaintances in a more intimate place, and without such an agglomeration of people, there is the option of dining in some restaurants that have a special charm so you can have a magical night in which to say goodbye to the year.

There are many types of restaurants and, depending on your tastes, you can find all kinds of menus, menus and gastronomic offers.

Enjoy the Barcelona night

After 12 grapes and toast, whether at home, in a restaurant or on Avenida María Cristina, it is time to get you groove on. Barcelona is full of bars and clubs to celebrate the entrance of the year in style depending on your musical tastes and your budget. Of course, it is very important that you book tickets in advance so as to avoid disappointment or having to pay up to double at the box office.

One of the great options to start the year in a big way is to dance at one of the city’s legendary nightclubs. Being the New Year's Eve you can enjoy several offers and promotions that will not be within your reach for the rest of the year. Take advantage of them!

 

The great party of Poble Espanyol

One of the most popular plans to enjoy the New Year is the big party organised at Poble Espanyol.

They have been celebrating this event for 30 years, which year after year is reaffirmed as one of the most emblematic New Year's Eve parties in Barcelona. You can live the special moment in a great atmosphere; there will be grapes, cotillion, glasses and good music until 6 in the morning.

At home and among family

Finally, we must not detract from the fact that we can celebrate the arrival of the new year at home and among family. Gathering friends, preparing a good dinner and sharing the special moments of the last 365 days is also a nice way to close 2019.

2020, and therefore a new decade, is here. And a great option to celebrate your arrival is to stay at the Barcelona hostel of Pere Tarrés, from where you can access very easily all the top spots  where the various activities are celebrated on New Year's Eve.

Reasons to visit Barcelona in winter: don't let the cold stop you!

Reasons to visit Barcelona in winter: don't let the cold stop you!

Although popularly known as a very Mediterranean city where the majority of the tourism influx arrives in summer, that shouldn’t mean you can’t visit one of the most tourist places in Spain, Barcelona is full of charm and magic also in winter.

In the coldest months of the year, you will have the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful aspects of the city and one which bring with it a lot of fun and different activities that you will not be able to access at other times of the year.

Let yourself be carried away by the Christmas spirit

During the Christmas months, colours, lights and festive atmosphere make Barcelona one of the most magical cities in the world. So, don’t miss the opportunity to stroll through the main streets of the city illuminated with colours and beautiful decorations; visit the Christmas markets or the huge mangers organised in different parts of the city or simply get drunk on the festive atmosphere in the metropolis.

Oh, don’t forget to try some typical products of these dates, such as nougat, traditional powdery sweets or churros with chocolate.

Enjoy ice skating

Other of the coolest activities and that you can only do in Barcelona in winter is to spend a few hours skating on ice, perhaps the best known are those of Skating or Palau Blaugrana, which are also open every day of the year.

However, if you prefer to look for a much more central place in the city, Barcelona has other perfectly valid options. In the same central part of the l'Illa Diagonal Shopping Centre, an ice rink is placed every winter that could teleport you to the Rockefeller Centre in New York. However, it is advisable to check their availability to ensure you enjoy the experience.

Visit the main tourist attractions without the crowds

As we have commented previously, winter is the time of the year where the city hosts a smaller influx of tourists. Thus, traveling to Barcelona during these days can allow you to delight in the main tourist attractions of the city, in a much quieter and calmer way.

La Sagrada Familia, the most important architectural temple in the city created by Antoni Gaudí; the Mercat de la Boquería or the combination of landscaped natural resources with modernist architecture offered by the Parc Güell, are some of the main options that can be visited without having to share the space with an exaggerated amount of visitors.

Winter all covered up

If you really don't like the cold at all, don't worry. Barcelona also has options so that those who suffer the cold the most can enjoy the city under cover and in warmer places.

Starting with museums: the Catalan city has a huge variety of museums of virtually any theme, to enjoy art and architecture from different eras. Among them, the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) stands out, located in Montjuïc, from where you can also see the show of the Font Màgica from its cafeteria.

On the other hand, Barcelona also has a huge number of theatres. Virtually every day there are scheduled performances in the more than 100 theatres that the city has. In addition, another great option, which will also allow you to anticipate the Christmas holidays, is to visit some of the shopping centres for shopping or looking for some gifts for those closest to you.

New Year's Eve and Carnival

Finally, visiting Barcelona in winter will give you the opportunity to celebrate some of the most special nights of the year, such as New Year's Eve. The official party is composed of a 45-minute music, water and pyrotechnics show at Montjuïc Fountain.

Subsequently, and after eating the twelve grapes, the city has many places to go out until dawn, to end the night (or start the day) eating some churros with chocolate.

In addition, at the end of February Carnival is celebrated. And although different events are organised in Barcelona, a few kilometres away you can enjoy the famous Sitges Carnival, where you can live one of the craziest nights of the year in an inclusive, respectful environment and, above all, with a lot of partying!

Therefore, don’t let the cold stop you and visit Barcelona in winter too. Staying at the Pere Tarrés hostel in Barcelona, you can reach the top spots very easily and we will answer all your questions in order to enjoy the best activities offered by the city in winter.

5 Christmas activities in Barcelona that you cannot miss

5 Christmas activities in Barcelona that you cannot miss

Lights and decorations on the streets; fairs and markets; the smell of traditional sweets and nougat, people everywhere, and many activities to be carried out in various parts of the city.

Yes, Christmas is here! A time of peace and solidarity seasoned with some holidays during which you cannot miss these 5 Christmas activities in Barcelona that are organised during these days.

Take a walk and enjoy the Christmas decorations

There is a common idea that Christmas is the time of the year where the most money is spent. However, there are many activities with which to enjoy the magic of these days without spending a dime. One of them is as simple as walking through the streets of Barcelona during these magical days.

Until 6 January, the main streets and façades of some buildings are illuminated with the aim of flooding the city with the Christmas spirit. And you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Manger installed in Plaça Sant Jaume, in front of the City Hall, the best known square of the city: more on that later.

There are also several Christmas trees placed along the busiest shopping streets, and the ones in Portal del Àngel, the L’Illa or La Maquinista shopping centres are examples of this.

Therefore, we encourage you to get lost in the corners and streets that will be especially decorated, and thus enjoy the decoration, shop windows, lights and any other Christmas decoration.

Visit the Christmas markets

Barcelona becomes, on Christmas days, a true concentration of Christmas markets where you can find both handmade figures of Bethlehem (you can’t miss having a caganer at your Christmas), as all kinds of cuisine typical of these festive dates. Visiting them is one of the fundamental components to be able to know the culture of the territory during these times and soak up the magic of these special days.

The best known is the Fira de Santa Llúcia, one of the great emblems of the city, since it represents the Christmas spirit with its 232 years of history. You can find it in the Placita de la Seu, just in front of Barcelona Cathedral. However, it is not the only one. If you want to enjoy markets that keep their magic intact and without so many crowds, you also have the option of the Christmas Fair in Sagrada Familia, at the foot of the most emblematic building of Antoni Gaudí; or the Fira de Reis on Gran Via.

Let yourself be surprised by the mangers

One of the Christmas activities in Barcelona is to visit the mangers installed in different locations and in representative places of the city. The best known is the one located in Plaça Sant Jaume. This is perhaps the largest, with its quintessential Christmas representation.

On the other hand, if you fancy seeing more hand-crafted mangers, you can visit the annual manger themed tournament organised in the city, where mangers will be installed in places like the Parròquia de Ntra. Senyora de Betlem, the Museu Diocesà de Barcelona Pia Almoina or the Palau Mercader, among others.

Christmas at Poble Espanyol

During the month of December, Poble Espanyol becomes a purely Christmas scenario, where you can find a great Christmas market, both for decoration and traditional food-and-drink or crafts products; living cribs, and many children's activities; Santa's house, workshops, gymnastics, animation, performances, film screening and much more.

A good chocolate with churros

What would Christmas be without trying the typical delicacies of these celebrated dates? So, after a cold Christmas shopping afternoon, stop to replenish strength and calories with a good chocolate with churros in some of the great classics of Barcelona such as Viader, Dulcinea or Petritxol.

Don’t forget to visit them to enjoy the taste of their chocolate churros!

Don’t let the cold force you to stay at home and miss the opportunity to get drunk on the magical Christmas atmosphere of these days in Barcelona. And if what you have in mind is to visit the city, take the opportunity to stay at the Pere Tarrés hostel in Barcelona, and visit the main activities during these holidays.

Ski resorts near Barcelona

Ski resorts near Barcelona

The cold and the snow have arrived at the Catalan ski resorts: with our tips, you can be sure about spending a perfect day in the snow, several kilometres from the city of Barcelona.

So, in this new post we will show you the different options for you to enjoy a new ski season near Barcelona.

There are several options if you want to ski near Barcelona, both for spending the day or several days in the mountains far from the city. Here are some of the alternatives available to you.

Port del Comte resort

Located in the province of Lleida, specifically in the municipality of La Coma and La Pedra, this is one of the best options for ski lovers. It has 37 tracks and 16 lifts so you can have an intense day of snow and snowboarding.

The Port del Comte resort is ideal for families, couples or groups of friends, because it is the closest resort to Barcelona, only about two hours away by car (150 km).

You can also enjoy a getaway for a couple of days, as it has accommodation very close to the slopes. So... what are you waiting for to enjoy this great activity?

La Molina resort

This resort is located in the province of Girona and the journey there usually takes about two hours by car from Barcelona.

With 61 kilometres of ski slopes and 12 ski lifts, it is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Catalan territory.

Compared to Port del Comte resort, La Molina is much smaller and has more visitors during the peak season thanks to its wide range of ski and snowboard services.

It also has several circuits of sleds, ski rackets and snowmobiles that promise a snow getaway that’s 100% fun! In addition, the little ones can have fun in the kids' area, with ice rinks and a snow garden especially for them.

Baqueira Beret resort

This is another resort located in Lleida, in the Aran Valley, and it boasts 120 km of open and wide tracks with lots of snow due to its location in the Catalan Pyrenees. Here you can ski near Barcelona.

It offers a number of services, ski lifts and large slopes, which make it the second best ski slope in Spain (after the Sierra Nevada in Granada). Do you fancy having a good time in one of the descents on the slopes of Baqueira Beret?

Like other resorts, it offers other activities such as ski lessons, equipment rental, snow rackets, snowmobile routes and even visits to the caviar factory. With its privileged location, the amount of snow that falls annually is abundant, making it one of the busiest ski resorts in Spain.

Esquí Parc resort

Next to the natural park of Aigüestortes, in the town of Espot (Lleida), this ski resort is located near Barcelona.

It has slopes for skiers or more advanced snowboarders and is one of the perfect places to enjoy the snow and escape the hustle and bustle.

The landscape is really beautiful as it is located in lush black pine forests with unprecedented views. In addition, it is one of the best places to go as a family because it has activities such as snow christening, snow rackets and more.

Vall de Núria

Finally, this resort is located in the municipality of Queralbs (Girona), at an altitude of approximately 2,000 meters. These are more tracks for beginners and fans of skiing or snowboarding, or those at an intermediate level.

There are 7 km of snow track that offer a pleasant and familiar experience, where you can enjoy typical activities as well as others, such as a visit to the sanctuary where the Virgin of Núria and the Hermitage of San Gil are located.

So if you are spending a few days in the city and you wish to spend a day in the snow, here are some tips so you know where to go for some skiing... Don’t hesitate to take advantage of your visit to Barcelona to stay at the Pere Tarrés Barcelona Hostel and enjoy a snow break during the winter months!