In May I attended the Innovate ELT conference in Barcelona. This month’s “TEFL Nomad on the Road” features Barcelona.
We’re in Barcelona, Spain the famous Catalonian city of Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudi. TEFL Express blog editor Nathan explains why Barcelona is a must visit European travel destination.
Is it close?
Travelling to Barcelona from London via Eurostar train can be done in a day and, if organized in advance, for under one hundred euros. This is a great long weekend destination for anyone in Europe.
Is it expensive?
Compared to other European travel destinations, Barcelona is fairly cheap. One can arrange an Air BnB for around twenty euros a night. A few glasses of wine and about eight to ten tapas at a fine dining establishment is only about twenty euros as well. Museums are roughly fifteen euros a pop, but well worth it. A traveler on a budget could easily arrange a fun weekend in Barcelona for two to three hundred euros including accommodation and travel.
What should I do?
Depending on the weather, Barcelona is the type of city where you could easily hang out on the beach, wander the gothic area doing some sightseeing and go clubbing all in the same day. This is how many locals live during the summer months. From Iberian ham to artisanal tapas, food and drink in this town will leave your mouth consistently pleased without ever leaving you tired or full.
Okay, you’ve convinced me. What else should I do?
- Go on an architectural tour of Antoni Gaudi. Don’t miss the Sagrada Familia.
- Check out the Picasso museum which has an excellent permanent collection.
- Do a craft brew tour and take part in this budding scene.
- Wander the gothic part of town while eating gelato.
- Check out some amazing tapas restaurants (Sagardi and Euskal Etxea Taberna were my favorites)
Any language pointers?
It’s Spanish! It’s one of the easiest languages for an English speaker to navigate. I heartily recommend using Duolingo for a few weeks before your visit. Also, BBC Learning Spanish is a great practical short course that will give you the survival language you’ll need to confidently navigate the city.
Nathan says :
Barcelona was one of the coolest cities I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. The people were very patient with my low level of Spanish and there was always a new adventure around the corner. Whether you are into culture or clubbing (or both) Barcelona is a great place to call home for a bit.