Brief guide of Barcelona’s neighbourhoods (Part I)

Buy in the right place of the city: Ciutat Vella

Barcelona Skyline

If you are a foreigner or national who has surrendered to the charms of Barcelona for any of the thousands reasons that this city offers to choose it, be Welcome!

To a large extent, that reason that has made you decide to acquire a property in Barcelona will also help you to choose the neighborhood that best meets your expectations and suits your needs. Truely is that Barcelona, ​​as a cosmopolitan city, has developed so many different areas with its own character that each person and family will find in at least one of them the place that makes them feel always at home.

The team of Barcelona Sotheby’s International Realty has specialized in some of the most emblematic neighborhoods of the city, which added to the experience that gives us dealing with customers and the knowledge that each of our advisors has of the city, has made us write this brief guide to helping you decide on the most suitable neighborhood according to your lifestyle.

It is very important to consider the reasons that bring you to Barcelona. Do you need a pied-a-terre? Are you coming for work reasons? Do you want to make an investment? Are you looking for a change of life, or need a bigger or smaller home? The needs and options are diverse, and surely they fit in any of the neighborhoods included in this brief summary that we start in:

Ciutat Vella

It is the oldest district, the embryo of the city, from where Barcelona starts and everything begins. So, if you like the millenary history of the city, its culture, heritage, the most varied gastronomy and entertainment, you can find in this district your ideal neighborhood.

Ref. BCNP2106 | con vista sobre el histórico mercado de El Born

Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera It houses a unique market, museums, libraries and the great Parc de la Ciutadella one of the green lungs of the city. The most characteristic and demanded area is El Born, an in vogue neighborhood that stands out as the boundary between L’Eixample Dreta and the rest of the Gothic Quarter. With its excellent cuisine and nightlife made many people to find in their buildings apartments with heritage and flats that mix charm and modernity.

The Gótic Quarter on the other hand, concentrates the Roman origins of the city. One of the most known and valued tourist areas, where in its narrow streets full of history we’ll find the Cathedral, old churches, the headquarters of La Generalitat and the City Hall. It is also home to many artists and bohemians with their small workshops, and amazing curious shops. In this neighborhood  you can buy beautiful mansions or unique apartments that make you breathe and live the history of Barcelona from within.

Ref. BCNP2130 | Attic with views over Port Vell

La Barceloneta: If in addition to history, you look for a pied-a-terre property close to the sea, or want to invest in a neighborhood with tradition and gastronomy specializing in seafood, this is your place. Any of the traditional streets of Barceloneta leads you directly and in few minutes to La Barceloneta promenade. You can find interesting properties with style and character, which could be your ideal investment option.

Paseo Marítimo de La Barceloneta

El Raval: La Rambla, La Boquería market and the Museum of Contemporary Art are the first things that comes to mind about a neighborhood that has undergone a great transformation in recent years. A neighborhood with character, multicultural and a lot of nightlife.  

However, if what you look is to live the Modernist Barcelona, ​​near the best schools in the city or in a small seaside village that has recently joined the city, in the next posts we will explain about L’Eixample, the “high zone” of the city, Poblenou and Diagonal Mar.

Of course, the last choice will be yours!

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