Swimming pools in Barcelona

The Best Swimming Pools in Barcelona

Swimming pools in Barcelona

Brace yourselves… Summer is coming! That means a lot of sun, parties and beach sessions! Hold on… let’s rewind.

Beaches are a must during summertime and Barcelona has some really nice ones. But summer in Barcelona means lots and lots of tourists and sometimes we just don’t want to deal with loud and crammed spaces when all we want is to just lay back and relax while making tan.

So today I am giving you, my SuiteLife gang, an alternative. Public swimming pools in Barcelona!

 

Parc de la Creueta del Coll

Not your everyday boring community pool.

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Parc de la Creueta del Coll is not just one of the regular swimming pools in Barcelona. The whole area was initially decided to be used to build flats, however later on it was decided that it would be better to turn it into a recreational space for the neighbors in Gracia. The park consists of ping-pong tables, picnic and children’s play areas and most importantly a big bathing pool. What makes this swimming pool different than others is it’s decor and the nature surrounding it, which makes you feel as if you are on an exotic holiday somewhere in the Caribbean. The water in the pools is relatively shallow which makes it perfect young and old alike to enjoy a refreshing day at Parc de la Creueta del Coll. Admission fees are from 3€ to 6€. Children under 3 years old are let in for free. I know, right?!

 

Piscines Bernat Picornell

This one is for the sport-oriented swimmers.

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Piscines Bernat Picornell located on Montjuic hill are three swimming pools created almost solely for competitions and sport’s events. The sport center opened doors in 1970 but it was almost entirely renovated in 1992 for the Olympic games in Barcelona. The Bernat Picornell pools are at the top in the list of swimming pools in Barcelona. The swimming center has three swimming pools in total – one heated indoor pool, one competition pool and one diving pool which is temporarily closed. During summertime, the outdoor competition pool is open for the public, however, occasionally there are movies played as part of the Grec festival by the pool. So you’ll need to call the center beforehand and establish which days the pool will be open. After all, you don’t want to go all the way up to Montjuic and be disappointed at the end, unless you enjoy walking uphill just for the sake of it. Yeah.. me neither.

 

Llac de Can Dragó

‘The lake’

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Llac de Can Dragó is of the best swimming pools in Barcelona. People refer to it as ‘the lake’ because of its enormous surface area - 2.960 m². It is the biggest swimming pool in Barcelona and is part of a sports complex that stretches over 15, 000 m². The water is shallow and the pool’s maximum depth is 1.30m which is perfect you have children or if you just don’t know how  swim :( . The pool has a grassy area surrounding it so pack those sandwiches in the picnic basket and have a great day at Llac de Can Dragó. Oh.. you forgot to pack lunch? No worries, there is a cafe with tables and chair waiting to cater to you.

 

That concludes my blog for this week. I hope you found it helpful if you were wondering where to have a relaxing day to sunbathe away from the noisy beach. If you liked this post feel free to share it with your friends or leave as a sweet comment below. Or both!

 

Weekly joke:

Q: Why do squirrels swim on there back?

A: To keep their nuts dry!

Sincerely,

Chris

 

 

 

Barcelona for students on a budget

Barcelona for students on a budget : all the cheap places you need to know about !

Hello SuiteLifers ! Today we’re gonna talk about what to do in Barcelona for students on a budget. I’m a student. And most of the time, I’m broke like every other student. But by doing some research I found the best tips on where to go, what to do, where to eat in Barcelona for students on a budget. Like for really cheap. Trust me you’ll find that amazing !!!

 

Barcelona for students on a budget

Where to go out?

Well, there are a few bars in Barcelona that are reaaaaally cheap ! You just need to escape from the touristic places in which a mojito will cost you 8€ !

The absolute two best bars in my opinion are : The Lime House and The Rubi. A normal mojito costs 3.5€, a strawberry or raspberry one costs 5€. But trust me the amount of alcohol is consequent !!! Then you can have the famous Gin Tonic (I hope you’ve noticed that it’s the absolute favorite drink of the locals) ! They have around 70 different kinds of Gin Tonic… and it costs 7€. Enough said.

Barcelona for students on a budget

Rubi bar : Carrer dels Banys Vells, 6

The Lime House : Carrer dels Carders, 31

When it comes to clubs, most of them are free until 2 am, you just have to put yourself on a guest list online. Just register on Shaz Guest List and you’re good to go. All of the beach clubs are free until 2 and some others until 1 or 1.30 like Jamboree or Otto Zutts. When you do it right you’ll never have to pay to enter a club (except if there is a special guest DJ).

Where to eat ?

There actually are a lot of places to eat in Barcelona for students on a budget, first of all, you might be interested in checking our blog Free Tapas in Barcelona.

If you’re looking for random food to eat for lunch you might fall in love with “Nostrum”. There are a lot of them all around the city and they make really good food for 1 or 2€ a meal.

Then if you’re looking for real restaurants you might want to go to Tacos Tacos : they have different kind of promotions depending on the day of the week (1€ beer, 1€ tacos etc). It is located on Calle Tamarit, 85.

Barcelona for students on a budget

And if you want to eat pinchos you should definitely go to Lizarran ! Once again, there are plenty of them in Barcelona, and it’s really cheap !!

If you want to brunch in Barcelona for cheap, you should either go to Sor Rita (Carrer de la Mercè, 27), The Benedict (Carrer Gignàs, 23) or To Be (Carrer del Consell de Cent, 90). Those 3 restaurants offer a FREE buffet if you buy drinks for 5€. Isn’t that amazing!?

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The life in Barcelona for students on a budget isn’t all parties and eating out though. You’ll have to think about the everyday life. In terms of groceries you can find cheap supermarkets to do your grocery shopping, or to go to low cost gym clubs.

Actually the cheapest supermarkets of Barcelona are Mercadona and Consum. You’ll find everything you want at the lowest prices possible !

If you’d like to do sport, you can go jogging on the beach or subscribe to one of the lowcost gym clubs in Barcelona (check out our blog to learn more about it).

Barcelona for students on a budget

Don’t forget that if you’re under 25, the metro card for 3 months is only 105€ ! Don’t buy 10 trips cards you’ll spend more money that you need to.

That’s it for today guys, I hope my blog was helpful to all of the broke people in Barcelona like me !! If you have any other tips that you would like us to mention, just let us know in the comment section below!

Mathilde

Top 10 most expensive properties in Spain – look and drool!

Most expesive properties in Spain

TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE PROPERTIES IN SPAIN – FEELING POOR YET? :P

What is good SuiteLifers? Looking for  a really badass property and having couple tens of million € in your bank account to spare? :P Well in that case, you’ve come exactly to the right place! This is a brand new blog from SuiteLife about the top 10 most expensive properties in Spain, to make you feel poor! Nah, just joking, it’s not your fault you’re not part of the world’s privileged (1%). But nonetheless, you can still imagine how your life would be in one of those properties, so go ahead – take a look below at the delicious food for eyes below. These are the top 10 most expensive properties in Spain!

 

#10 PALATIAL PROPERTY – €18m

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#9 VILLA ON THE WATER FRONT IN CAP FALCO -

€18m

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#8 LUXURIOUS MANSION IN THE MOUNTAINS -

€18m

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#7 UNIQUE CONTEMPORARY VILLA -

€18m

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#6 LUXURIOUS FRONT-LINE BEACH RESIDENCE -

€18m

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#5 HOUSE ON THE COAST OF DEIA OVERLOOKING SA

FORADADA - €20m

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#4 UNIQUE CONTEMPORARY ESTATE -

€20m

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#3 AMAZING COUNTRY HOUSE NEAR BANYALBUFAR -

€22m

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#2 TWO VILLAS WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS -

€25m

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AND ULTIMATELY…

 

#1 MOST LUXURIOUS PROPERTY IN PORT ALCUDIA (AND

SPAIN, OBVIOUSLY) - €50m

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Alright now, stop fantasising and come back to reality! :D These are the top 10 most expensive properties in Spain, guys? Marvelous, aren’t they? Let us know what you think and how you’d describe your life in one of the top 10 most expensive properties in Spain! Till next time, peace out!

 

Muchisimas gracias,

Dragosh (El Dragon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona Bakery : Sweet Tooth’s Paradise

Our selection of Barcelona Bakery which includes all your favourite cakes, chocolate and everything else sweet.

You don’t need go to places like Paris to indulge in fine bakery, Barcelona also a sweet heaven with plenty of bakery and cake shops in every street corner. From traditional Spanish to American, Japanese style, we bring you a world full of glorious gateaux, charming chocolates, beautiful baguettes and other tempting treats to die for.

1.Escribà

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Located on La Ramblas, Escriba is a must-have patisserie in our list of Barcelona Bakery because of its reputation from 1906 and the owner, Christian Escribà’s innovation and creation on each cakes and pastries. This bakery is ideal for gifts as everything is packaged well but if you are tourist, it is still worth checking out and tasting their range of tasty pastries, exploding cakesj and jewellery thats made entirely of sweets. If you walk on La Ramblas, it isn’t hard to recognise the re-decorated house by architect Antoni Ros i Güell. This place is such a beautifully-preserved art nouveau and modernist store. Visit their website and its bound to have you interested due to its unique interface !

Info : Les Rambles, 83 Barcelona

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2. La Colmena

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Developed by three generations of the Roig family since 1895, this Barcelona Bakery is known as the the oldest sweet-makers in the city, even in Spain with the first caramel fruit candy products. There are many typical Catalan baked goods you can find in this shop such as Coca de lardons (pork rind, sugar, and pine nut bread), and Yema Tostada turrón (egg yolk and caramelized sugar nougat), especially Xuxos de crema. I have been once before, I picked Xuxos de crema and now I am addicted to it. This place has such a fantastic selection of homemade cakes and chocolate.

Info: Plaça de l’Àngel, 12 Barcelona

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3. Baluard

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Anna Bellsolà, owner of Baluard shared her passion about bread and baking: “I like bread. The bread my grandfather used to make, which reminds me of humanity, wisdom and work.” And she really inspires her love and enthusiasm for each hand-made bread everyday. Come to Baluard if you’re looking for a wide range of hand made and oven stoned breads using traditional Catalan techniques : they offer about 40 varieties studded with dried fruits, nuts and seeds, whole grains. That is why the breads look rustic but they taste amazing. I can say it is the best bread in the city. You will know it immediately when you walk through the Barceloneta neighbourhood and pass her shop because the smell of this bakery is something really special. You might have to wait because there is always a queue there but meanwhile you can watch how they make the bread so delicately. And then, we all know why it is worth waiting for at this Barcelona Bakery.

Info: Carrer del Baluart, 38, 08003 Barcelona

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4. Crusto

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Just its name makes us imagine a Barcelona Bakery but it also serves other wonderful desserts, sandwiches and coffee. (“crustó” means the hard crust at the end of a baguette). It is famous with chocolate bread and my friend said that it is the best chocolate bread she had ever had. You can spend a free afternoon sitting in there cozy atmosphere, taking in the aroma of fresh bread smell and observing as they bake, tasting some of their delicacies. It is my way to relax and enjoy the Barcelona life. How about yours ?

Info : Carrer de València, 246, 08007 Barcelona

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5. Turris

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Located in Aribau, near our company, it is some kind of bakery sanctuary. However after visiting this Barcelona Bakery for the first time, you gonna come back for sure. Owned by the experienced baker, Xavier Barriga who emphasises in healthy eating, Turris offers you real bread made from 100% natural ingredients as well as nature processes. He wants to make sure that eating bread is a healthy option. That’s why the prices there are a little bit more than others but all of us know that health has no value, right ?

Carrer d’Aribau, 158, 08036 Barcelona

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6. Reykjavik

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Currently, there is a new baking revolution by new comers in Barcelona. Bakers don’t use traditional Spanish recipes and old-school techniques but focus on organic recipes and Reykjavik is the original pioneers in 2006 and the best in town until now. Their are 4 bakeries locates in the most vibrant and popular districts in town: Raval, Gràcia and Born who all offer the highest quality breads specialising in organic bread which help you digest it much easier whilst maintaining that great taste. From its name to its atmosphere and the type of wheat used, all this brings you an ancient distinctive feeling, if you want to make healthy bread for yourself, you can have all the advice you need as well being recommended the finest ingredient from their shops. A must go Barcelona Bakery!

Info: Calle Doctor dou, 12, 08001 Barcelona

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7. Forn Mistral

 

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This Barcelona Bakery is always my favourite bakery and the first and best Ensaimada I tried in Barcelona is at Mistral Forn. There are many good pastries so that all locals recommend me different ones when I ask them what is the best there. Mistral Forn definitely is a popular local Barcelona Bakery when all baking products are fabulous with very affordable prices. For each weekend I was there, I discovered all of their products: mini- croissants, berlina, variety of filled puff pastry…and honestly, I love them all.

Info: Ronda de Sant Antoni, 96, 08001 Barcelona

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8. Pastissera Hofman

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Let’s guess the next Barcelona Bakery?  You can get croissants almost everywhere, supermarket, restaurant, cafe… because it is by far the most popular breakfast item in the city. However, where can you find the best one ? Let’s head to the Born area and find a small, side-street bakery run by the prestigious Hoffman culinary school. There are lots of temptations here, but the butter croissants stuffed with raspberry or marzipan are absolutely unmissable. The croissants at Hoffman are authentic, deliciously flaky, and filled with variety of  sweet or savoury ingredients: chocolate, dulce de leche, raspberry, ham and cheese, sweet cream butter, and more. And it is very nice when have a coffee to accompany your purchase. If you don’t like croissants, wide selection of acclaimed chef Hofmann’s tarts, monas de pascua at Easter, cakes, buns, mini cakes, ice creams, jams, bonbons, macaroons will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Info: Carrer dels Flassaders, 44, 08003 Barcelona

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9. Takasi Ochiai

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Not only do they have sushi, but Japanese cuisine is also famous with their delightful sweets and desserts. Catalans in Barcelona know this because since 1983, Takashi Ochiai, a Japanese experienced pastry cook brought all the most Japanese delicacies to Barcelona and opened Ochiai, a pastry shop specializes in typical Japanese products. It offers a variety of pastries but of course, the ones made with matcha tea is most outstanding. Takasi Ochiai created fanciful pastries from this Japanese ingredient : green tea croissants, green tea cake, green tea bons bons,ice cream, chocolate, truffle… and the one I die for : matcha milkshake. The price is expensive but worth the quality so what are you waiting for !! Check out this Barcelona Bakery
Info : Carrer dels Flassaders, 44, 08003 Barcelona

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10. Cup & cake

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On my way walking to Suitelife’s office every day, it is hard not to pop into the Cup& Cake shop and satisfy my sweet carving with the best cupcakes in town.” It’s so cute”. That’s first thing that enters into your mind when you look at the Cup& cake interior and even from the outside because of its romantic and lovely decor..” There are a few things in life better than sharing a good meal in a beautiful space.” It’s totally right and sometimes just a chocolate cupcake and a cup of coffee in this shop can make my day. Certainly my most visited Barcelona Bakery!

Info: Tallers, 79, 08001 Barcelona

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These sweet temptation cause me to gain weight but I can’t stop visiting them again and again because their bread and cakes are so good and as for the smells just make me drool each time I pass through it.  Lets be honest, as bad as it may be for us, WE LOVE THIS FOOD!! so why would we not eat what we love :)

Hope you enjoyed my blog on Barcelona Bakery, if there are any I have missed or if you just have any comments please share below :)

Linh x

What to do in Barcelona

… during your holidays !

Hello SuiteLifers ! Today I’m gonna tell you what to do in Barcelona, what absolutely not to miss to enjoy your holidays in our beautiful city !! These are insider tips, I’m not gonna talk to you about Sagrada Familia (speaking about this, check out our blog : how to beat the queue at Sagrada Familia), Park Guell, La Pedrera and so on.. You’ll find everything you need to know about that on touristic guide and on our many blogs ! No no I’m gonna give you some tips that will make your experience here even better !

What to do in Barcelona

Chill at Carpe Diem Lounge Club

If you don’t know what to do in Barcelona after a day at the beach La Barceloneta don’t hesitate ! This amazing lounge on the beach (metro Ciutadella Vila Olimpica) is the best ones to have a drink and chill on a huge sofa while enjoying the sun ! After a great day of beach and sun I promise that this is the best place to relax ! It’s also a (good) restaurant and a club at night.  The decoration is inspired by India and it’s really cool. You can ask for a massage while enjoying your drink (take a gin tonic, they are gorgeous !). It’s actually one of my favorite places here in Barcelona ! Check their website if you need more info !

What to do in Barcelona

The Magic Fountains of Montjuic !

Of course you’re going to Montjuic ! You HAVE to go to Montjuic, it’s beautiful. But listen to me : you should go at the end of the afternoon : around 6 p.m, visit a bit and then, check out the magic fountain show ! Every friday, saturday and sunday (from the 31st of march until the 30th of october) from 9 p.m to 11:30 p.m there is a big show and this is really beautiful (and free…) ! You’re not forced to stay 2 hours of course but you should stay at least half an hour to enjoy the lights and everything ! You won’t regret it, it’s… magic as said in the name. Where is it ? Metro plaza Espana ! Check more infos on the official website of the city.

What to do in Barcelona

Eating the best tapas of Barcelona : Xampaniet

Where to go and what to do in Barcelona for lunch ? Haha what a question ! El Xampanyet !!! This restaurant makes the absolute best tapas I’ve ever eaten in my entire (and short) life. It’s located next to the Picasso museum (so you can go right after your visit to this beautiful museum). It’s really typical, most of the people eat at the bar but you can ask for a table, they will find you one in les than five minutes ! It looks crowded all the time but don’t be intimidated you can eat without any problem. Don’t forget to order aspargus and tortilla they taste like heaven, seriously. Adress ? Carrer montcada, 22. Please, go ! Need more places where to eat tapas ? Check out our blog about The top Tapas restaurants of Barcelona.

What to do in Barcelona

Play a beach volleyball game with locals on the beach !

You’ll see once arrived in Barcelona that the beach is surrounded by beach volleyball fields. It’s a really popular game here in Barcelona, (like in Copacabana). You can ask the players to play with them they would be really pleased to welcome you into their game! It’s a fun and sporty way to meet local people. They are really welcoming and can give you a lot of tips about the city ! It’s really nice and will make burn the tapas you’ve eaten at lunch !! And if you need more info about Barcelona beaches, just check out our free e-book about beaches in Barcelona.

What to do in Barcelona

Have an after-dinner drink at The Eclipse

What to do in Barcelona after dinner ? Searching for a unique place to have a drink ? The eclise is the club of the luxury W hotel. Located on the 26th floor of the hotel you’ll enjoy an amazing view of Barcelona ! The bar is a cocktail one and I can tell you they are delicious !! (By the way, if you’re a cocktail lover check out our free e-book : top 10 cocktail bars of Barcelona). Be careful, minors under 21 cannot enter the club, and as it’s a fancy hotel the dress code is… well, fancy! But the view worth the stilettos ! Check out more info on the Eclipse website.

What to do in Barcelona

Enjoy the breath taking view from Barcelo Raval

The most amazing view of Barcelona I’ve ever seen is from the Barcelo Raval hotel, in Raval neighborood. You have to go to the 11th floor, on the terrace and there… you’ll enjoy a 360 degrees view of Barcelona. It’s really amazing and you absolutely can’t miss it. I bring all my friends there so they can have an idea of the structure of Barcelona and how big it is ! You can see pretty much everything from this rooftop. Place not to miss ! More info on Barcelo Raval Barcelona website.

What to do in Barcelona

To roller skate down Barceloneta

Having fun and taking the sun by the same time on the beach ! You’ll see that Barceloneta is just what you need to roller skate a bit. It’s really cool and don’t forget that roller skates is the sport that burns fat the most easily and quickly ! There are a lot of shops who rent rollers all along the beach ! Don’t hesitate. Plus : kids love that !!

What to do in Barcelona

Brunch at Federal Café

Lazy sunday morning and you don’t know what to do in Barcelona ? Federal is a little and hidden café next to the metro station “Paralel”. It’s one of the best brunch in Barcelona. This is not a buffet, you”ll have to orden on a menu but everything is amazing ! The service is really good and you won’t have to wait ten hours to be served. There is everything you need to have energy for a whole day of visit, and it’s not expensive. Where to find it ? Carrer del Parlament, 39. If you’re fond of brunches check out our blog about the best brunches in Barcelona.

What to do in Barcelona

Enjoy the pool at the Ohla Hotel

Well, beaches in Barcelona are crowded. If you’re looking for something else, a fancy pool for a fancy afternoon, you might fall in love with the Ohla Hotel. Located on Via Laetana, this 5 stars hotel opens his pool to the public during the summer. You’ll have to take drinks or something to eat of course, it’s not free but the place is amazing, a peaceful and quiet location in the very heart of Barcelona. Gorgeous ! Location ? Via Laetana, 49.

What to do in Barcelona

If you love rooftops bars and pools just as me read our two blogs about it : Top 10 rooftop bars in Barcelona and Top 7 rooftop pools in Barcelona.

Alright guys, that’s it for today ! I hope my blog was helpful and if you have any other idea of what to do in Barcelona, please leave us a comment we’ll be glad to hear from you !!

Mathilde

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