Continuing the rollout of Unsettled’s 2019 Summer Calendar, one of the stops along our journey will be Barcelona, España. Here are 10 of our reasons for going back to BCN this summer!
1. It’s How you Travel; Not Where.
When you travel with Unsettled to BCN, you get years of experience in this location, a local team member as your guide, a network of local partners, and a whole team of Unsettled experience designers who work behind the scenes to weave together history, culture, and community into one creatively-productive experience. Our team will make sure you see the highlights, but we’ll also make sure you find your favorite cafe, stroll through a truly local neighborhood, or hang out with locals. But don’t take it from us….
2. Unsettled Alumni Approved
Join the awesome roster of Unsettled alumni who have called Barcelona their Unsettled home. Leah Lenihan, Unsettled BCN ‘18, says about her experience: “There’s a reason it’s one of the most visited cities in Europe, but visiting it with Unsettled offers the opportunity to step back from the tourist trail and truly understand why it’s no coincidence that the Picasso Museum is found in the city that Gaudi touched so profoundly. A month won’t be enough time to sample all the food, wander all the back streets of El Born, lounge about in all of the parks, or soak up the sun on the beach – but whether it’s the art, architecture, or food that appeals to you – a touch of magic awaits in Barcelona.”
3. Location, Location, Location
Your Unsettled home for the month of July is steps away from the famed La Sagrada Família, designed by Antoni Gaudi (who is buried in its very crypt). The magnificence of this World Heritage Site will be omnipresent as your Unsettled base is just around the corner.
4. Barcelona <3’s La Bicicleta
BCN is a world-class biking city with 180 km of bicycle lanes throughout. Two-million people explore all corners of the city by bike and you can too. Not only is two-wheeling how the locals do it, but you will also beat the local traffic and experience the most breathtaking views in the process. Lucky for you, the Unsettled Experience Team loves to tour the city by bike, foot, train, and anyway you can think up.
5. Walk to Work
When you travel with Unsettled, your ability to stay connected, be productive, or get creative is a key part of the program. In Barcelona, we have partnered with a new coworking space that’s a couple of blocks away from your Unsettled home this month. Have you ever dreamed of living in Europe in the summer and being able to walk to work every day?
6. Art for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Barcelona has been synonymous with art and creativity since its very founding. This month is an opportunity to dive into your own creative process in a city that has hosted and inspired creatives for centuries. Reigning as one of the world’s most global cities, world-class art (hola Picasso!) , architecture (hola Gaudi!), fashion, and theater are abound in every corner of this Mediterranean metropolis. In July, the arts also extend on to the streets with outdoor film festivals and late-night museum crawls.
7. Music All Month Long
Free outdoor music festivals, anyone? All month, music from jazz to salsa fill Barcelona’s glorious parks, rooftops, clubs, and literally pour out onto the streets. For one weekend in July the Festa Major del Raval, takes over La Rambla for 3 days of concerts. If you’re willing to spend a few euros, Barcelona hosts the Cruïlla music festival and Festival Pedralbes in July (tickets now on sale!).
8. La Playa Por Favor
Take a break from everything else this eclectic city has to offer with some beachtime relaxation. Take a friend or meet a new one — this is a young and friendly city! The Mediterranean Sea is at your fingertips (or eh, ‘toetips?’) with magnificent beaches up and down this three-mile strip of sand that brings the swimming, walking, surfing, and picnicking right up against the city.
9. All the Tapas. A Foodie Heaven.
BCN is known for its groundbreaking food scene. Tapas of all kinds, paella forever, and a crema Catalana (similar to a crème brûlée) to top it all off, and that is just meal one. You will not go hungry or be lacking options when it comes to cuisine. And if all that isn’t reason enough, Spain ranked #1 in Bloomberg’s 2019 Healthiest Country Index. That Mediterranean diet is no joke! Bonus? Unsettled’s local team consists of local foodies who love to explore new butchers, bakeries, and cafes.
10. You & Everything You Bring to Barna (as the locals call it!)
Living Unsettled is all about a community built on core principles of co-creating, contributing, and collaboration. An average retreat might have a dozen nationalities or more, 20 different career fields, and life experience as numerous as our group size. Everyone brings something to share, contribute, or offer. What will you bring to Barcelona this July?