Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is known for its art and architecture. Last year, an estimated 32 million tourists visited Barcelona, far outnumbering its 1.6 million residents.
The city is small compared to other cities in Europe but you would want to avoid buying your property in one of the main tourist areas.
If you would like to use the property as a holiday home and to be within walking distance of the best Barcelona can offer we would advise that you stick to the Eixample area close to the Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla de catalunya boulevard.
Below we have prepared a guide of some of the areas we recommend.
The Eixample is one of old Barcelona’s major expansions; and as such is an ideal place to live when looking for a central and buzzing location. As a planned part of the city, it is characterised by neat gridded streets and modern architecture. Streets are adorned with trees and host impressive modern constructions, such as Casa Batllo and La Pedrera, breathing present day designs into this great city. The area is well incorporated into Barcelona’s transport network, affording easy access to all corners of the city. Living here will allow you close proximity to the centre, the ability to explore other atmospheric neighbourhoods, all whilst affording you the best of modern Barcelona.
El Poblenou is a large district of contrasts, though keeping with Barcelona’s modernity. Accompanying the Rambla de Poblenou are a fantastic array of tapas bars and trendy cafes, elsewhere rest modern converted factories that now house tech offices and design showrooms. There is plenty to see and do, the Els Encants flea market is an experience you will not tire of, nor is the wonderfully built Barcelona design museum which you will likely visit several times. Closeby is the Torre Agbar skyscraper, lovely to look at but also handy as a point of navigation! Bogatell Beach is a laid-back place to spend the day, popular with volleyball players, ice cream sellers and beach bathers.
Despite its proximity to the city centre, Poblenou remains one of the calmer districts to live in, popular for its various wonderful beaches and affordable property. The district has real atmosphere and a lingering sense of community often lost in other metropolitan areas.
In the North is a tranquil and trendy district characterised by narrow streets, art studios and niche shops. Various co-working spaces reside here with the atmosphere youthful and progressive. Independent and quirky businesses buzz on either side of the Carrer d’Asturies and Carrer de Verdi, whilst the Placa del Sol comes alive at night- with cosy cafes a main feature. The area proudly hosts two Gaudi landmarks, the world-famous Casa Vicens and the wonderful Park Gϋell.
El Poble-Sec is an intriguing district which has reformed itself in the recent past. Once known as an unglamorous place to drink, the neighbourhood is now quite the opposite- overtaken by trendy, chic bars and tapas restaurants. The area has become popular with artists and other members of cultural professions, exemplified by the growing number of galleries and fashionable independent businesses. El Poble-Sec is exempt from the tourist swarms which plague much of the city, the majority of whom are unbeknownst to this up and coming neighbourhood. Tranquil, central and exciting, this area is becoming an increasingly less well-kept secret.