Yoga Teachers College | Barcelona Immersions
DATES (when to arrive/depart?) The published immersion dates always include an arrival and departure day. This means if the course is the 1st to the 6th of any month, you arrive on the 1st and depart on the 6th. Arrive and depart any time that fits your schedule.
If you’d like to arrive early or depart late, that’s completely up to you. During your course duration (6 months), you’ll have unlimited access to YOGABODY’s classes in Barcelona, so if you’d like to schedule in some extra practice and travel time, please go right ahead!
BOOKING TICKETS (sites and recommendations) Barcelona is easily accessible from just about anywhere in the world via dozens of major airlines. These days, most of the big online travel sites are extremely competitive (meaning the prices are very similar), so we usually recommend you just pick a favorite booking site and find a flight that meets your needs.
Commonly Used Airfare Sites:
PHOTO: Barcelona Airport
BARCELONA AIRPORT (BCN) There is just one airport in Barcelona, El Prat, so all flights with a destination to Barcelona will land here. The airport is about 25 minutes drive from the city center, and there are three options to get into town, all of which are very easy and do not require prebooking.
How to Get Into the City:
Aerobus Barcelona: from 5 am to 1 am, cost is 6 EUR. This is surprisingly fast, extremely comfortable, and cost-effective. This is the most-common choice for everyone to get into the city. From the moment you exit the airport, you can be on the bus on your way to the city in less than 10 minutes. Highly recommended.
Metro: runs during daytime hours and will take you just about anywhere in the city for around 1.50 EUR. The problem is the route is very long and round-about, so expect at least 1 hour, and as much as 2 hours to get to your destination. It’s safe, clean and reliable—but slow.
Taxi: available with no reservation 24/7 at the terminal. Taxis are all safe, clean, reliable and metered. Cost varies depending on time of day and traffic, but expect to pay 30-35 EUR on average to get to most destinations. Credit cards are accepted.
MONEY (payment and cash) Credit cards and debit cards are accepted pretty much everywhere in the city, including most fresh markets. For cash, you’ll usually get the best rate if you do withdraws from cash points / ATM machines rather than bringing in foreign currency and exchanging at the airport or bank. All cash point / ATM machines will accept cards from around the world and support multiple languages.
For current exchange rates, please visit www.xe.com (note: these are best market rates, the actual rate you’ll get is never this good).
Typical Expenses / Costs (for planning)
Metro: very convenient, clean and easy. With a 10-ride card, you pay just about 1 EUR per ride. You can purchase a card in any station. Alternatively if you prefer to travel unlimited within Barcelona you can book online your 5-day travel card.
Bus: they go everywhere, but can be a little slow and crowded. The buses work on the same system as the metro, so if you have a metro card, you can use it on the bus. Note: you cannot buy metro cards on the bus, only one-off rides (which are expensive), so it’s best if you pick up a metro card to have handy.
Taxi: taxis are safe, clean and relatively inexpensive. Most rides within the city center are 6-12 EUR. There are numerous apps out there, but most people just put their hand out.
Food: a typical lunch menu will cost 9-14 EUR and a dinner menu might cost 14-22 EUR. Cheap eats are easy to find, an inexpensive meal might cost 5-8 EUR. Grocery stores and fresh markets are everywhere, and ready-made (fresh daily) food shops are common as well.
PHOTO: Barcelona Beach From Promenade
CULTURE (Catalunya and Barcelona) Barcelona is the 2nd largest city in Spain (after Madrid) and is situated on the Mediterranean Sea with very close proximity to the Pyrenees Mountains, Andorra, and France. There are people in the city who consider themselves Catalan, Spanish, or both Catalan and Spanish. There is a strong Catalan independence movement that is very polarizing and political, and it’s common to see Catalan and Spanish flags hanging from windows, a sign of political affiliations. People often assume Spanish culture is warm and welcoming, that is not as true in Barcelona (compared to the South of Spain). People in Barcelona are friendly, but tend to be more reserved and often keep to themselves. Catalunya has a rich tradition of food, wine, and architecture. Beach and seaside activities are also very important.
LANGUAGE (Catalan, Spanish and English) The city is one of the few truly bilingual cities in the world with both Catalan and Spanish used fluidly everywhere. In schools, both languages are taught, on street signs, Catalan is obligatory. Catalan is not a dialect, it is a language unique to this region and spoken by some 10 million people. At times, it sounds very close to Spanish, at times, not at all. It’s often described as Spanish meets French/Portuguese. Everyone who speaks Catalan speaks and understands Spanish, but not all Spanish-speakers here speak or understand Catalan. Immigrants from all over the world, and even other parts of Spain, usually learn and use Spanish, not Catalan, so you’ll hear both languages used. In shops and restaurants, people flip between languages constantly. It’s not something people talk about or think about, it’s just part of the culture.
The average English level of understanding here is surprisingly high, but many people are reluctant to speak English, probably because they don’t have much experience or practice. Speaking only English, most travels have no problems at all doing everything. The closer you are to the city center, the higher the average level of English. Younger generations also speak and understand English at a higher level. Barcelona is a major worldwide destination for tourism, so there is never a problem using English or being a foreigners—there are foreigners everywhere.
FOOD (what to eat?) Barcelona is well-loved as a food destination, with lots of outdoor cafes, tapas bars, and seaside dining options. Food is simple, options are limited, priced moderately, and abundant. A typical breakfast here is a croissant and coffee. Lunch (midweek) is often a sandwich, and dinners are usually at-home and might include sausage, rice, pasta, bread, seafood and all the things you’d think of in a typical “Mediterranean Diet.” On weekends (and traditionally), the midday meal is the biggest with a multi-course, leisurely schedule, usually starting around 1 pm and ending around 3 pm. On weekends, this is still very common and many people dine with their entire extended families.
Easy to Find:
- Fresh produce
- Outdoor Markets
- Great selection of fruits
- Chicken, ham & sausage
- Rice dishes
- Fried foods
- Middle Eastern Food & Indian Food
More Difficult to Find (just takes some research):
- A decent salad
- Health-food restaurants
- Variety (the typical tapas bar is everywhere)
- Fresh juices / smoothies
- Veg, Vegan, or Paleo restaurants
- Asian restaurants
Barcelona Meal / Eating Times:
- 7 or 8 am: coffee & something light
- 10 am: something else
- 1 pm: lunch (as late as 3 pm is not uncommon)
- 8 or 9 pm: dinner (as late as 11 pm on weekends)
PHOTO: Barcelona Gótico Neighborhood
NEIGHBORHOODS & ACCOMMODATION (where to stay) Barcelona has accommodation options to fit just about any budget. Everything from a rented room in a shared apartment to a 5-star hotel is all very easily accessible. The only thing to keep in mind is that Barcelona is an extremely popular travel destination, so things do fill up. Book early or you’ll have less options.
Options for Accommodation:
Rent a Room. Airbnb.com has numerous rooms for rent inside other people’s apartments. This can be a very comfortable and affordable options. Tip: women travelers, it’s probably best to choose women-only apartments. Also, always read reviews and email with the owner beforehand to make sure you know what you’re getting into.
Rent an Apartment. Airbnb.com plus over a dozen other sites rent apartments short and long term. We like Airbnb.com best because of the reviews and security, but there are other sites as well. Tip: always read the bad reviews first, and if something seems off, don’t book. Don’t ever book a place with no reviews, and always email the property owner first.
Hotels & Hostels. There are thousands of options in the city, everything from 1-start hostels to 5-star luxury hotels. Whatever you’re looking for, it’s all easy to find. We recommend using www.Booking.com or www.Agoda.com to search around.
Gracia. This densely-packed neighborhood is close to everything, but still feels very old-school Barcelona. The streets are narrow, there are lots of boutiques and health food shops, and it’s a great place to wander around. We have 1 studio and our main office in Gracia, and many of our staff live here. There are not many hotels, and the apartments tend to be older, smaller, and more run down than other parts of the city.
L’Eixample. This huge, well-planned section of the city offers the most options of all types, and is convenient and nice throughout. Apartments tend to be larger and in many cases, more-recently renovated. It’s a great option.
Gotico or Borne. These are beautiful, old neighborhoods and also the peak tourist areas of the city. Despite the crowds, both have really lovely options for accommodation and you’re very close to the sea which is a big advantage. The biggest things to think about in these neighborhoods is evening noise and crowds at bars that can be disruptive. Both neighborhoods are safe, but in the evenings they can be party-zones.
GETTING AROUND (the city) Barcelona is a very compact city, so it’s extremely easy to move around. The weather is great, so walking, biking, buses, metro and taxi are all great options. If you like to cycle, renting a bike s a great option. If you’re a walker, most every destination is less than 30 minutes away. At our studios, most of our teachers ride bikes, many take the metro, and everyone walks.
PHOTO: Barcelona Town Hall Square
Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life. It has medieval roots, seen in the mazelike Gothic Quarter, but a modernist personality represented by architect Antoni Gaudí’s fantastical Sagrada Família church. Its restaurant scene, anchored by the central Boqueria market, ranges from fine dining to tiny tapas bars.
PHOTO: Rambla main tourist street of Barcelona
YOGABODY Fitness 1
C/ Roger de Flor 118
(between Gran Via y Carrer Casp)
Bus: 12, 54, 55 to Plaza Tetuan | Bicing: Plaza Tetuan
Metro: L2 (purple line) Tetuan, L1 (red line) Arc del Triomf, L4 (yellow line) Girona
Parking: Street Parking is Available.
Closest paid private parking : Carrer de Casp 83
YOGABODY Fitness 2
C/ Torrent de l’Olla 203-217
(next to Plaza Lesseps)
Bus: 124, 27, 32, 87 y 116 | Bicing: C/ de Nil Fabra 230
Metro: L3 (green) Plaza Lesseps
Parking: Closest paid private parking: C/ Santa Perpètua
YOGABODY Fitness 3
C/ Cartagena 273
(between Córsega y Roselló)
Bus: 117,19, 33, 34, 50, 51, B24 y H10 | Bicing: C/ Industria 157
Metro: L5 (blue line) Sant Pau | Dos de Maig y L5 / L2 (blue line / purple line) Sagrada Familia
Parking: Closest paid private parking: C/ Mallorca 444
We’ve compiled a list of resources to help make the process easier! From simple search engines to hotel partner discounts, you’ll find the perfect space to stay for your training period.
GENERATOR HOSTEL – You’ll find Generator Barcelona, hotel and hostel, in the buzzing district of Gracia. The hostel’s just a short walk from Gaudi’s iconic Casa Batllo apartments. The interiors showcase a mix of styles and include an oversized wooden birdcage, a winding staircase and a mezzanine chill-out lounge.
Check it out here:
10% discount and 24h cancellation policy for YOGABODY students.
Here you have the steps to make the booking through our website to get the YOGABODY discount
1. Access www.generatorhostels.com/Barcelona and scroll down to ROOMS, and then click on CHECK AVAILABILITY.
2. Select your stay dates and number of guest. Click on HAVE A PROMO CODE and type YOGABODY as promo code. Click on BOOK.
3. Select the type of room and click on PAY LATER. YOU MUST CLICK ON PAY LATER IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE BENEFITS OF 10% DISCOUNT & 24H CANCELLATION POLICY.
4. Select any extras, fill in personal data and click on BOOK NOW.
Done! Your reservation is made, the payment will be done upon your arrival.
CASA GRACIA – You’ll find Casa Gracia house in Gràcia, the sweet sunny heart of Barcelona and also a meeting point for grumpy grandpas and wealthy hipsters. It is the most magical and authentic neighborhood of Barcelona, and a great way to get to know the local culture. Get local and mingle with the natives!
15% Discount with the Code: YOGABODY15
Check it out here: www.casagraciabcn.com
HOTEL BARCELONA CENTER – Hotel Barcelona Center is an elegant building dating from year 1944, which has been externally restored. Its design combines perefectly history, modernity and comfort. Theres a range of prices between 115 and 190€ depending on the season. Breakfast is included.
Please contact [email protected] for reservations, specifying you are a YOGABODY student.
Check it out here:
AIRBNB – A very good resource with a variety of price ranges is Airbnb.
With Airbnb, you live in a home with a local family (or roommates). It’s a great way to meet people and also learn about the city.
There are reviews of the accommodation as well. It’s pretty credible. Check it out here: www.airbnb.com
TRIP ADVISOR – Has all the latest reviews on just about every hotel you could imagine in Barcelona. You can look at their map and search for hotels near our location.
Find a hotel right for you Click Here to Learn More
BOOKING.COM – Offers a pretty navigational accommodation search online. You can specify what you’re looking for and in what district.
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During the course, we’ll be moving between YOGABODY studio locations, walking in the nearby nature areas. The weather in Barcelona is almost always sunny and pleasant.
Clothing / Gear to Consider:
- Check average temperatures here.
- Yoga clothes, at least 2-3 outfits (more if you can)
- Comfortable walking/hiking shoes (we’ll move around throughout the day and probably take a hike)
- Layered clothing
- Backpack / shoulder bag
- Notebook / Journal
- We recommend purchasing travel health insurance, just in case, since it’s so inexpensive and easy to get. Travel health insurance can often be obtained from your local bank, health insurance provider, or credit card company. While you’ll probably never need it, it’s a very inexpensive way to have peace of mind.
- For European students please check your eligibility to obtain the European Health Insurance Card.
- In the case of illness or injury during your travels, there are many hospitals on Barcelona. They provide great care and the staff speak English. In case of an emergency, we would immediately get in touch with your emergency contact to make sure your loved ones are updated, and we’ll of course be at your side for any and all needs that might arise.
- Spain is part of the European Union and Euros are used as currency
- For exchange rates, visit: www.xe.com
- Credit cards are accepted everywhere
- For cash, use your local bank card / ATM card for best rates in local cash machines (rather than exchanging cash at the airport)
- Spain grants a 90-day visa upon arrival at no cost to most nationalities in the airport
- If you’re unsure if you nationality is granted a visa, please search on Google or contact us
NOTE: when arriving in Spain/Europe, it’s much simple to say you are coming on holiday. If you want to get a student visa, we can help, but it’s a big hassle with lots of paperwork and no benefits.
First/Last Day Travel Planning:
- All course dates include a first and last “travel day,” meaning the publish start and end dates of every course are for arrival and departure
- On the first day, we always have an evening orientation in the evening, but if you miss it due to a late flight, no problem
- On the last day, there are not scheduled activities, just travel home