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Hello everyone,

I am moving to Spain in mid-May and anticipate having to stay in a hostel before securing a short-term apartment rental. I have narrowed my choice down to three hostels, but am unable to decide because I know nothing about the layout of Barcelona, and therefore do not know which is in the best location.

I am hoping to find a hostel that is located centrally, so it will be easy for me to hop on the bus or metro to go apartment hunting, and hopefully something near a large supermarket. I have many food intolerances so I prefer to be in the vicinity of a market that has alternative food options such as rice milk and soy yogurt.

My three choices are:

Garden House Barcelona: located at Calle d' Hedilla 58 / near Valldaura

Barcelona Dream: located at c/ Av. Alfonso Xiii 28B / in front of Pop Ventura Metro Station

Residencia Erasmus: located at Torrent de l'Olla 212-214 / near Plaza Lesseps Station

I have absolutely NO idea where these are located, so if someone could offer a suggestion I would be grateful!

Thanks so much.

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Hello everyone,

I am moving to Spain in mid-May and anticipate having to stay in a hostel before securing a short-term apartment rental. I have narrowed my choice down to three hostels, but am unable to decide because I know nothing about the layout of Barcelona, and therefore do not know which is in the best location.

I am hoping to find a hostel that is located centrally, so it will be easy for me to hop on the bus or metro to go apartment hunting, and hopefully something near a large supermarket. I have many food intolerances so I prefer to be in the vicinity of a market that has alternative food options such as rice milk and soy yogurt.

My three choices are:

Garden House Barcelona: located at Calle d' Hedilla 58 / near Valldaura

Barcelona Dream: located at c/ Av. Alfonso Xiii 28B / in front of Pop Ventura Metro Station

Residencia Erasmus: located at Torrent de l'Olla 212-214 / near Plaza Lesseps Station

I have absolutely NO idea where these are located, so if someone could offer a suggestion I would be grateful!

Thanks so much.
This answers most of your questions: Mapa del Metro de Barcelona España

VALLDAURA - well-out and quite isolated. I stayed there recently and was glad it was at a weekend and I was not really on any timetable.

Lesseps is central and you'd be close to the action

Pep Ventura is a terminus so again you are quite a way out.

You could try Expat portal, living in Spain, retiring in Spain. | thisisspain.info and I am certain Barry/Anita at Barcelona Flats would try to assist.

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I am hoping to find a hostel that is located centrally, so it will be easy for me to hop on the bus or metro to go apartment hunting, and hopefully something near a large supermarket. I have many food intolerances so I prefer to be in the vicinity of a market that has alternative food options such as rice milk and soy yogurt.


I thought rice milk had been banned by most european countries due to its high arsenic content, is that not the case??? I´m genuinely interested. Anyway, If you try to live near a local street market, then you can buy and use proper unprocessed natural food, ie. fresh meat, nuts, fruit and veg etc... My local town has a big market hall where all the local farmers and growers sell their produce

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Thanks so much, Steve & Jo
The link provided to thisisspaininfo was very helpful. There's a lot of good information on there.

I had no idea rice milk is high in arsenic - I have it in my cereal at least once a day! Perhaps I should think of making the switch to soy milk after all. It seems to be healthier AND more affordable. But if I find rice milk when I'm in Barcelona, I will be sure to let you know, Jo.

Do you mind if I ask you both what you think of Barcelona? I have decided to enroll in a Spanish language immersion class that lasts two weeks and then will most likely try to find an apartment in Barcelona. But Salamanca and Granada seem so amazing, I hope I'm not making the wrong decision!

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The link provided to thisisspaininfo was very helpful. There's a lot of good information on there.

I had no idea rice milk is high in arsenic - I have it in my cereal at least once a day! Perhaps I should think of making the switch to soy milk after all. It seems to be healthier AND more affordable. But if I find rice milk when I'm in Barcelona, I will be sure to let you know, Jo.

Do you mind if I ask you both what you think of Barcelona? I have decided to enroll in a Spanish language immersion class that lasts two weeks and then will most likely try to find an apartment in Barcelona. But Salamanca and Granada seem so amazing, I hope I'm not making the wrong decision!
I dont know Barcelona at all, but it has a reputation for being very expensive, if you´re only renting then you can always have a look around and move on?! If memory serves, youre not an EU citizen which may make a difference unless you´re independantly funded???

As for milk, I have some funny ideas about food and foodstuffs. Soy milk is no better, apparently its production is not helping save the environment as soy has to be highly processed to stop it being toxic.

I suffer with a lot of food intolerances so I stick to a natural, non processed diet as much as possible!


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Magnificent, cosmopolitan city! Like Salamanca and Granada which would also be great choices I am sure you will have a ball

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I dont know Barcelona at all, but it has a reputation for being very expensive, if you´re only renting then you can always have a look around and move on?! If memory serves, youre not an EU citizen which may make a difference unless you´re independantly funded???

As for milk, I have some funny ideas about food and foodstuffs. Soy milk is no better, apparently its production is not helping save the environment as soy has to be highly processed to stop it being toxic.

I suffer with a lot of food intolerances so I stick to a natural, non processed diet as much as possible!


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Ah! I didn't know that, either! I have an addiction to cereal so learning to live without it might be a struggle. But I'm glad you shared that information with me.

Your memory is good - I'm not an EU citizen, so working is going to be difficult at best, impossible at worst. I am independently funded, so money is going to be tight. Perhaps after the immersion class I will do some traveling around Spain to figure out where I like the best. I think I remember seeing that you live in Sevilla? That was actually my first choice, but it seems to be really hot and arid there, plus I am ethically opposed to bullfighting. Do you like Sevilla (or wherever you are living if I am wrong about that)?

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Have you spoken to Simon Harris - our resident expert on all things Catalonia.

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No Jojo does not live in Sevilla - but, yes, Seville is VERY, VERY hot in Summer (as is Granada)

Your comment in bull-fighting is confusing. Yes Seville is "famous" for bull-fighting but it's not something you see in the streets and if I were to take the moral high ground on the treatment of bulls I might be more inclined to boycott Pamplona or Denia rather than Seville.

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Have you spoken to Simon Harris - our resident expert on all things Catalonia.
No, Steve, I have not spoken with Simon. Is he the expat forum resident expert or thisisspaininfo? And how would I go about getting in touch with him?

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