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9 Things Students Should Do in Barcelona in the Spring

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Spring: a piece of summer with a touch of colour. If you’re one of those people who go outside as soon as the temperature rises, you will fall in love with this list of things students should do in Barcelona in the spring:

1. Walk through Montjuïc

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Nothing better to enjoy the start of spring than to head to Montjuïc. Prepare for a pleasant walk while enjoying views from up top. For those who need a reward at the end, walk over to La Caseta del Migdia. The locals say it has one of the best sunsets in town and you can dine a good barbecue for only 10 euros!

2. Dance at Brunch -In The City

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A good alternative to lazy Sundays. A day of music, gastronomy and culture to share with family and friends, and a programme adapted to everyone’s tastes: children activities, workshops, secondhand markets, a vinyl fair, projections and performances by international DJs — this brunch has it all between March and June.

3. Fall in love on Sant Jordi’s Day

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As the Spaniards say, la primavera la sangre altera (translated, “spring changes the blood”). If you’ve got your eye on someone, Saint Jordi’s Day on April 23 (World Book Day) is the perfect excuse to do something about it.

The tradition is simple: guys offer a red rose to the girl they like, and they offer back a book. All over the city, thousands of stands of roses and bookstalls are set up for the day, and by the end of it, millions of roses and thousands of books are purchased. Fantastic, right?

4. Do a little vintage shopping at Los Encants

Pass through the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes and look out for the new Mercat de los Encants. Its wavy roof reflects from above — perfect to get your hashtags on on social media. It’s the city’s largest and most well-known flea market. In the bustling streets you can find anything from antiques, to bicycles or DIY stalls, and auctions and sale of unique pieces also take place. If the visit lengthens, don’t worry about finding a place to fill your stomach — the gastronomic leg of the market shines just like its roof.

5. Take a bike ride along the maritime front tour

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In 1992 Barcelona opened to the sea, and this is one of the reasons why so many architectural and urbanistic landmarks can be found in the fine line between the Mediterranean and the city. Take a bike and a pencil to sketch these works that are part of the city’s skyline, from the Hotel W to the glittery Gehry fish building.

6. Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine in a terrace

Eat al fresco in the city itself or a nearby town sounds great. Grilled vegetables, tomato salad and excellent shrimp from the seaside village of Palamós. Top it off with a few glasses of refreshing wine. Postcard perfect. Check out 5 tapas bars you won’t regret visiting!

7. Take the train for a beach day

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The Catalan coast has a very particular name: Costa Brava (roughly translated, “wild coast”). They gave it this name because of its fierce waves that don’t rest until they reach the shore. Rent a car, take a bus or a train, but don’t miss the opportunity to visit any of the beaches along the Catalonian coast.

8. Shout at the best view in Barcelona

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Not many places have their own theme park at the very top of the city overlooking its entire landscape. Take the direct bus T2A from Plaça Catalunya directly to Tibidabo and scream your heart out at Barcelona from up top.

9. Get lost in the city

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They say a traveller is never lost, but Barcelona is one of perfect cities to do just so. Discover the black Barcelona of Ruiz Zafón’s novels or live the picture-perfect Barcelona with Ed Sheeran’s latest song. Barcelona is one of those few cities that makes you feel at home, whether you’re in the Gothic neighbourhood or even when you have no idea where you are.


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