In Barcelona, the perfect location for tourism

Surroundings

The DingDong Express is located in the centre of the Gràcia neighbourhood, one of the most Bohemian areas in Barcelona. The mix of artists and the diversity of different cultures create a charming atmosphere and make this a special place, where you’ll enjoy yourself just by watching the people go by. Enjoy this picturesque part of Barcelona by taking a stroll through its streets: Plaça del Diamant, Plaça del Sol, Gràn de Gracia…. If you come in August, don’t miss the famous Gràcia Festival, when the neighbourhood’s residents decorate the streets, inspired by a different theme each year. Prizes are awarded to the most imaginative and beautiful streets, and open-air concerts are held at night. The mix of tradition and modernity in this neighbourhood make Gràcia the perfect place to enjoy a different kind of tourism, in a relaxed atmosphere and within easy reach of the centre.

Shopping

If you want to do some shopping during your visit, don’t forget to check out Passeig de Gràcia.

This is the main avenue of Barcelona, where you will find large shopping arcades and big fashion brands, while snapping a few of the most important buildings in the city, such as La Pedrera and Casa Batlló designed by Antonio Gaudí. It’s just 10 minutes walk from the hostel. Shops are generally open from 10am to 9pm.

Another good option is to shop in Gracia, where you’ll find artistic boutiques rubbing shoulders with more traditional shops. Small businesses close at lunchtime, usually from 1.30pm to 5pm.

Passeig de Gràcia

Nightlife

The Gracia area is full of bars, restaurants, terraces, cafes, theatre, etc., so you can enjoy the different nightlife just a few steps from the hostel. Whether you fancy a cocktail on a terrace or a cup of oriental tea, a romantic dinner or a mojito with friends – you can find it all in Gracia! The variety of styles and its multiculturalism make it a charming area, perfect for exploring a different environment. Highlights of the area: Carrer Verdi, Gran de Gracia, Plaza del Diamant, etc.

Carrer Verdi

Considered one of Barcelona’s “in” places, Otto Zutz is a club spread over three floors with different ambients in terms of decor, lighting, and music. Every night you can enjoy the best sounds in black music, Funky, Hip-Hop, R&B, and tasteful House.

Calle Lincoln 15

This is without doubt one of the trendiest clubs in Barcelona, a must for any time of the year. Enjoy the finest House music in an exclusive atmosphere, where dressing smart is important.

Carrer Tuset 3.

Places of interest

This is definitely ranked among the top tourist attractions in Barcelona, designed by Gaudí. The Sagrada Familia is considered one of the most original and ambitious modern constructions. Building work on it began in 1882 and, given its immense size, still continues today. It is expected to be completed within the next 20-25 years. From the hostel you can walk (approx. 20 mins.) or take the metro: green line (L3 – in the direction of Zona Universitaria) to “Diagonal” and then change to the blue line (L5 – in the direction of Vall d’Hebrón), getting off at “Sagrada Familia”.

Opening hours: 9am – 6pm, depending on the time of year. Entrance from €13/person

Carrer Mallorca, 401

With the idea of creating a “city garden”, Eusebi Güell commissioned this work to Gaudí. In 1984 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It has incredible stone structures, pathways supported by columns, Gaudí’s symbolic dragon fountain, and at the highest point of the park, you can enjoy fantastic views of Barcelona. If you have enough time during your visit, you should definitely try to fit in Park Güell. From the hostal, take the green line on the metro (L3 – in the direction of Trinitat Nova) and get off at “Lesseps”. From there you can walk to the park, although it is quite a steep climb. If you prefer, you can take bus number 24 or 25 from a stop near the hostel.

Opening hours: 10am – 9pm, depending on the time of year. General ticket price: 8 EUR

Carrer d’Olot 13

Although visits are not permitted, it is worth taking a look at this unique building from the outside, to admire its turrets and neo-Mudéjar mosaic tiling.

It is a private house belonging to Manuel Vicenç, owner of a ceramics factory. That explains why the façade is decorated with tiles. It is about 300m from the hostel, so you can easily walk there.

Carrer de les Carolines, 24