7 Cool Hostels to Try in Barcelona

If you’ve ever stayed in a hostel you know that they can offer a pretty incredible experience. Hostels are often found in interesting buildings, offer unique perks, and have tons of social opportunities. When looking for a hostel in Barcelona you’ll have plenty of choices, but some are much more exciting than others. If you want a truly cool hostel experience while traveling to this Spanish city, here are seven great options.

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Casa Gracia

This hostel looks more like a boutique hotel than a backpackers accommodation. The modern building can be found on Passeig de Gracia and offers a library, common area, lounge, and terraces. Guests here are close to the main attractions like Las Ramblas as well as the bohemian district for the nightlife. It’s an artistic paradise that will inspire you with its interior design.

YEAH Barcelona 

This youth hostel is perfect for solo travelers who want to socialize. There are a lively bar and restaurant on site as well as a rooftop swimming pool. It’s party-oriented so it tends to attract backpackers and younger couples. When you aren’t partying at the hostel you can quickly walk to Barcelona’s top attractions.

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Rodamón Hostel

Located just ten minutes from major attractions like Las Ramblas and the bohemian nightlife district, this hostel is perfect for all types of travelers. They offer free walking tours, alternative walking tours, and tapas tours in the city. It’s clean, airy, and has modern decorations making it a favorite for families and couples. Guests can get free coffee and tea all day long and have the option to purchase breakfast.

Hostel One Paralelo

This hostel is located in Poble Sec, an up-and-coming neighborhood in Barcelona. There’s a communal living area which is great for socializing and a free home-cooked meal for each guest every day. The sunny terrace gives you plenty of room to enjoy the weather while meeting new people. Make some friends and enjoy the on-site activities in this trendy spot.

Kabul Party Hostel

You can gather from the name that this hostel is heavy on the partying. This is a great spot for solo and youth travelers to mix and mingle with other world travelers. It’s at the heart of the Gothic Quarter so there’s access to top bars, restaurants, and nightlife. The hostel offers free beer on the rooftop terrace, walking tours, and game nights.

Pars Teatro Hostel

Located in Poble Sec, this hostel is close to theaters and cabarets. It’s located in a renovated, historic building which contributes to its charming atmosphere. The hostel is themed after vintage film culture and features costumes and historic theater props around the building. Millennials love this spot, especially for the activities that the staff arrange.

Generator Hostel

This hostel goes heavy on the interior design. It’s located by Sagrada Familia and offers an urban, modern oasis for the young and hip. Enjoy the trendy communal areas including the rooftop terrace, themed restaurant, and a lively bar.

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Barcelona is full of great hostels but these options top the list. Whether you’re looking for trendy hangouts, family-oriented fun, or a lively party, you’ll be able to find it in a Barcelona hostel.

Taxi2airport onderzoekt Nederlandse bucket lists

De chauffeurs van Taxi2airport krijgen in de taxi vaak verhalen te horen over reiservaringen van taxipassagiers. Reizigers zijn vaak erg te spreken over de tripjes die ze maken. Maar het komt ook vaak voor dat een reis, bestemming of bezienswaardigheid tegenviel. Om na te gaan welke bezienswaardigheden Nederlanders echt nog een keer willen zien en welke bezochte bezienswaardigheden juist erg tegenvielen, ondervroeg Taxi2airport 1.125 Nederlanders.

Noorderlicht bovenaan bucketlist

Het Noorderlicht staat als droombestemming bovenaan de bucketlist van Nederlanders. Van alle respondenten noemde 13,8 procent de lichtshow in de buurt van de Noordpool, ook wel bekend als Aurora Borealis, als dé absolute nummer 1 van hun bucket list. Het eiland Bora Bora (Frans Polynesië) komt als tweede populairste droombestemming uit het onderzoek, met 8 procent. Hawaii (Verenigde Staten) komt als nummer 3 uit het onderzoek naar voren (7,5 procent).

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Machu Picchu maakt meeste indruk op Nederlanders
Machu Picchu, tevens één van de 7 Nieuwe Wereldwonderen, is volgens 6,2 procent van de Nederlanders die de stad van de Inca’s hebben bezocht, de meest indrukwekkende bezienswaardigheid ter wereld. Na Machu Picchu noemen Nederlanders de Taj Mahal (India) als meest indrukwekkende bezienswaardigheid (4,9 procent). De Chinese Muur (China) staat op de derde plek met 4,4 procent.

Machu Picchu

Ook de Grand Canyon in de Verenigde Staten (4 procent) en de Eiffeltoren in Parijs (3,6 procent) zijn volgens Nederlanders imposante bezienswaardigheden die een blijvende indruk hebben achtergelaten. Die twee trekpleisters maken de top 5 compleet.

7 Nieuwe Wereldwonderen populaire bestemmingen

In de top 10 van bestemmingen die de meeste indruk achterlieten staan liefst 5 van de ‘7 Nieuwe Wereldwonderen’ die in 2007 bekend werden gemaakt (Chinese Muur, Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Petra en Colosseum). Christus de Verlosser (Brazilië), een van de andere wereldwonderen, komt in het onderzoek uit op een 13e plek, na de Venetiaanse grachten en Burj Khalifa (Dubai, Verenigde Arabische Emiraten). Het wereldwonder dat dan nog overblijft; Chichén Itzá in Mexico, is klaarblijkelijk minder populair onder Nederlandse reizigers. Deze stad van de Maya´s, waar onder andere de Piramide van Kukulcán staat die is opgenomen in de werelderfgoedlijst van UNESCO, wordt bijna niet genoemd als bezienswaardigheid die de meeste indruk heeft gemaakt.

Meest overschatte bezienswaardigheid

Er zijn ook bestemmingen en bezienswaardigheden die in het echt toch tegenvallen. In het onderzoek werd daarom gevraagd wat volgens Nederlanders de meest overschatte bezienswaardigheid ter wereld is.

Manneken Pis, de bekende Brusselse toeristische trekpleister, komt overduidelijk als most overrated uit het onderzoek. Maar liefst 17,8 procent van de respondenten was teleurgesteld na een bezoek aan Manneken Pis. Ook Madame Tussauds (meerdere plekken) en Checkpoint Charlie zijn overschatte bezienswaardigheden te noemen. Van de ondervraagden vond 8 procent een bezoek teleurstellend.

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5 Beautiful Beaches in Heraklion

Heraklion is the capital of the Greek island of Crete. It’s known for its beaches, port, and charming culture. While many visitors spend time exploring the historical and archeological sites, the beaches are another huge draw. If you’re visiting Heraklion and want to spend some time beach lounging, here are the top five places to do it.

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Kokkini Ammos Beach 

Also known as the ‘Red’ beach, this used to be a popular hotspot for hippies back in the ’70s. It’s a popular spot for nude sunbathing and was even rated one of the most nude-friendly beaches in the world. It can be reached by boat or by footpath, but either way, it has a secluded feel that makes it a perfect getaway. The reddish rocks give it its unique name and its lack of shade makes it perfect for sun worshippers.

Kommos Beach

 This beach is popular with nature lovers and free campers for its stunning views and the occasional tree. Visitors enjoy the shade, the nearby ancient ruins, and the sunbeds. The golden sands are surrounded by dunes and the nearby cliffs are dotted with tamarisk trees. Some areas of the beach have amenities like showers, a toilet, and a lifeguard, while the rest of the coastline remains an official naturist site. Also, if you love snorkeling this is the spot.

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Psaromoura Beach

This beach has been considered one of the most beautiful in Crete. It’s popular with the locals and is known for its pebbly beach and the rugged cliffs that keep the coastline secluded. Part of the cliff juts out into the water, protecting the beach from waves and making swimming much more pleasant. There are sunbeds, umbrellas, and a small stand selling snacks. Otherwise, this beach serves as an oasis for visitors.

Ammoudara Beach 

This long, sandy beach is known for its crystal clear waters and soft, golden sand. In the past, this spot has been awarded for its clean water, which is loved by locals and tourists for swimming. Part of the beach is free from amenities while the other offers a lifeguard, sunbeds, umbrellas, cafes, and restaurants. There is even a windsurfing school if you’d like to try your hand at this challenging sport.

Agiofarago Beach

This beach can be reached by taking a 45-minute hike through the gorge or by boat. The beach is surrounded by rock faces and cliffs which offer protection from the sun and the harsh waves. Water conditions here are mild which helps create a calming atmosphere where visitors can relax (plus they’re crystal clear.) The beach is nudist-friendly so don’t be shy if you want to sunbathe topless. Keep in mind that there are no amenities here so you’ll need to go to the nearest town for food, drinks, and the bathroom.

Heraklion is full of culture, history, and beautiful nature. If you want to spend some time relaxing on a beautiful beach, you’ll have your pick here. Whether you want the full-service treatment with drinks and a sunbed or a secluded hideaway to swim, Heraklion beaches have something for you.

Croatia’s best beaches

Croatia’s best beaches are among the most beautiful beaches in Europe, is increasingly sought after for a holiday destination. Bathed by the Adriatic Sea, they have warm, calm waters and intense blue color. It is simply stunning, making any place on the coast of Croatia a paradise.

What are the best beaches in Croatia?

Hard to say which are the best beaches in Croatia, since there, everything is amazing! The coast of Croatia has more than five thousand kilometers in length, including its almost 700 islands. From the most popular beaches to beaches of naturism, can you imagine how beautiful a place there is?

The following is a selection of five beach towns in Croatia.

Split

It is the largest beach town in Croatia and one of the most important in the country. Being a peninsula, Split has several beautiful beaches, of course! In addition, the port of Split is the arrival and departure point for various islands of Croatia.

The main tourist point of Split is the Diocletian’s Palace, whose historical center of the city grew in its around. Built for a Roman emperor, the complex is a UNESCO heritage and remains very well maintained. Today, the huge seafront building houses several hotels, restaurants, ice cream parlors, as well as the Cathedral and Museum.

Hvar

Hvar is a city located on the island of the same name, which also houses other cities like Stari Grad. Famous and trendy, Hvar is the new Ibiza. It is there that is located the Hula Hula Bar and the ballad Carpe Diem, famous attractions to enjoy the European summer.

But not only that, the island also contains paradisiacal beaches, ideal for relaxing and hiking. Besides the beaches and ballads, Hvar contains other attractions. Fortica Fort and St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the most famous sights.

To go to Hvar, you need to take a ferry from a city in Croatia such as Dubrovnik or Split. There are also ferries connecting Hvar directly to other islands in Croatia. And yet, it is possible to reach Hvar directly from Italy, from the towns of Ancona or Pescara. A good way to get to Croatia, by the way.

Dubrovnik

UNESCO’s heritage, the walled city of medieval architecture looks like a setting. Not only looks like, several spots in the city were used for the filming of TV series Game of Thrones.

The main attraction is walking (and climbing a lot of stairs!) Through the walls of Dubrovnik. Then take a dip on the edge of the castle to refresh. The town also has a bustling nightlife, good restaurants and water rides like kayaking.

Zadar

Zadar is not so sought after, but it is a must-see destination. Among its many tourist attractions, there is the Sea Organ. It is a musical instrument played by the waves of the sea. They are marble steps, built at the edge of the sea, which when the waves beat, reproduce a relaxing and very pleasant listening sound. If you want, you can listen to the Sound Organ sound from SoundCloud.

Continuing along the boardwalk, you will find the monument to the Sun Salutation, a luminous panel. The lofty place at the end of the day, where people gather to see the famous sunset of Zadar.

Kingsday 2019

It was in 1885 when the heir to the Dutch throne Princess Wilhelmina’s birthday was widely celebrated becoming a Dutch national holiday( Kingsday). Since then it has been moved the current Queen or King’s birthday for the whole country to celebrate together. On this special day, the Kings’ birthday is admired in various ways and here is some inspiration on some of the many activities to do.


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Greet King Willem Alexander

On the 27thof April, our King Alexander will always make an appearance for us on his birthday. This will allow you to view the royal family as they make their entrance. The location of the King’s visit will vary from year to year and this time he will be blessing us with his visit to Groningen. Be there to welcome him and celebrate his birthday.

 

Trinkets at the Flea Market

Flea markets across the country are a famous function on this lively day. Throughout The Netherlands, you can find a range of flea markets where you can uncover many items for a great price, but even better get to know the past and story behind it and socialize. In cities like Utrecht, Amsterdam and Rotterdam there is a big traditional Vrijmarktwhich translates into Free Market where anyone can sell and exchange items. 

Orange is everything!

When you look across the streets on the 27thof April, you will see plenty of orange. It is a tradition to wear orange as it is a way to celebrate and honor the Dutch monarchy- Oranje van Nassau. Be sure to have your piece of orange, whether it is a T-shirt or dying your hair, it will be highly appreciated!

Nightlife and Music

Kings Day is a day full of festivity and anywhere you walk in Amsterdam will be a party. However, there are specific events such as outdoor concerts and performances in the Rembrandtplein and Museumplein. Pubs and bars will be opening again after the KingsDay Eve which is also a spectacular night as people celebrate the King’s Birthday. On this eve, there is a display of fireworks and vibrant music.

All in all, there is a range of festivities on this day, be sure to check out what the scene offers but most importantly: enjoy yourself! If you happen to be in need of a taxi transfer during your visit book here for your airport taxi transfer in The Netherlands.