L’Eixample is the most populated area of Barcelona built in the 19th century according to the unique plan designed by Idelfons Cerdà, a Catalan urban planner. The streets of L’Eixample are wide and straight and form square quarters with slanted corners, which makes the area well-lit and convenient for vehicles. Located in the very centre, between the Old Town and the “Upper zone”, the area is divided into two parts: the right and left L’Eixample, each with its own character and specific features. Here you will find all the famous contemporary art landmarks, such as Sagrada Familia, Casa Lleó Morera, Casa Amalie, Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, Palau de la Musica Catalana, Hospital de Sant Pau and many others. Two main arteries of L’Eixample - Paseo de Gracia and Rambla de Catalunya - are splendid boulevards lined by lime trees, with plenty of bars, fashionable hotels, boutiques, galleries and banks. Property in this area is always in the highest demand and considered extremely profitable investment. Consistent expensiveness is well compensated by high living standards and exquisitely comfortable life in the centre of Catalan capital.
El Born is one of the most popular and fashionable quarters of Barcelona. Exploring the labyrinth of its little narrow streets, you will find a lot of designer’s shops, artistic cafes and restaurants, charming bars and other interesting places. El Born has a convenient transport infrastructure and is located in the historical city centre, which means you will able to reach everything you need on foot, including the beach - it is only a few minute walk away. If you enjoy being in the heart of all events, if you like feeling history around and appreciate original architecture, but at the same time want to be close to the beach, El Born is definitely your perfect place to be.
The Gracia, once being a separate village, is distinguished by its special character and charm and is considered one of the best and most interesting for living in Barcelona. It is removed from the bustle of the Old City, but has all the necessary infrastructure and excellent transport links to the centre. The most avant-garde theatres and art galleries, designer boutiques and colourful markets, the most atmospheric restaurants and bars are concentrated in this bohemian part of the city. The upper part of Gracia is an ideal place for walks and discoveries, there are many majestic country estates with lush gardens, having being turned into museums, prestigious colleges or colourful restaurants. One of these estates is the famous Park Güell, the work of Antoni Gaudi, a modernist “gingerbread house” with multi-tiered gardens and panoramic views of the city and the sea.
Poble Sec is an area located in a very picturesque part of the city at the bottom of Montjuic mountain. It could always boast a variety of inexpensive bars, and now there are more and more fashionable restaurants and tapas bars as well. Art lovers often come here to enjoy various art galleries - there are plenty of them here too. In spite of being so close to the centre of Barcelona, this area is never overcrowded with tourists.
Pedralbes is one of the "upper" districts of Barcelona, the quintessence of luxury and elegance. Real estate in Pedralbes is of high quality and is in high demand among those who want to live next door to members of the royal family, the sports, politics and business celebrities. This is the only zone in Barcelona where you can find peace and quiet without abandoning the amenities of the infrastructure, the best international schools, prestigious universities, commercial centers, restaurants and tennis clubs are concentrated here. Pedralbes Palace, Pedralbes Monastery, Güell Gardens and the Russian and USA embassy are also within a few kilometers radius. Thanks to the excellent transport links, you can easily reach the center of Barcelona (4 km) and Prat International Airport (13 km).
The Sarrià-Sant Gervasi area belongs to Barcelona’s Upper Zone, the most exclusive area with a high standard of living. Far from tourist crowds, but within walking distance of the center, this respectable area has a special atmosphere, with its own way of life and architecture. There are harmoniously combined the charm of modernism and the brilliance of modern buildings, lush green parks and gardens and tiny boutiques. Historically, the best schools of the “sea capital” are concentrated in the área: Escola de Disseny i Art School of Design, School of Management (IQS), British Council-Institut Britànic School, Institut Français de Barcelone, Ramon Llull University Campus and Universitat Abat Oliba CEU. The most “glamorous” Sarrià market is also located here with products of excellent quality, as well as a series of the most interesting restaurants with excellent cuisine. Sarrià-Sant Gervasi is chosen for their stay by wealthy Catalans seeking peace, comfort and safety, as well as proximity to the center of Barcelona.
Turó Park is a quiet green lung in the middle of Barcelona in Sarria-Sant Gervasi - the exclusive “Upper zone” of the Catalan capital with high standards of living. This is an area of elite boutiques, clinics and business schools. Wealthy Catalans, seeking calmness and seclusion, choose this area. The area is far from crowds of tourists but still just a short walk away from the centre and has a unique atmosphere with its own traditions and architecture. The charm of modernism and the brilliance of ultra modern buildings, exuberant gardens and tiny shops are combined in peaceful harmony. This area has historically been a heart of the best universities of Barcelona, such as Escola de Disseny i Art, School of Management IQS, Council-Institut Britànic, Institut Français de Barcelone, Ramon Llull and Universitat Abat Oliba CEU. You will also enjoy high-quality food from the most “glamorous” market in town and a few top restaurants of “seafood capital”.
Diagonal Mar is the only coastal area in Barcelona that has a reputation as a prestigious area. Once there, just 10 minutes away by convenient high-speed tram from the center, you get to the city of the future, completely different from the rest of the Catalan capital, with its usual narrow streets and modernist houses. Growing up as a continuation of the business zone @Diagonal, this territory next to the sea is a concentration of skyscrapers, business centers, ultramodern residential complexes and five-star hotels. The epicenter of the district is the Diagonal Mar Park, the second largest park in the city, with a collection of curious futuristic sculptures, as well as the shopping center of the same name, which includes 200 stores of the most famous brands and Auchan supermarket. In a 15-minute walking distance there is located the new yacht port Forum, with an impressive selection of restaurants, bars and clubs, as well as the beaches of Marbella and Nova Marbella, famous for their clean sand and water.
Poblenou is an old industrial zone, and now it is the most interesting and fashionable area of Barcelona. Thanks to the modern business area located in the @ Diagonal, where the offices of all international corporations and innovative start-ups are concentrated, the neighborhood has become a fashionable place for the residence of young and creative professionals. This is perhaps the most diverse area of the Catalan capital, a "mini-city of contrasts": futuristic skyscrapers here are next to small fishermen's houses and abandoned factories and luxury hotels - with colorful antique shops. The symbols of the area are the famous Agbar Tower of the architect Jean Nouvel and the Rambla del Poblenou, the center of trendy restaurants, bars and art galleries that is close to the beaches of Bogatell and Marbella. Unlike other places in Barcelona, Poblenou is constantly growing due to the construction of luxury hotels, housing prices are growing and are among the most profitable types of investment.
Esplugues de Llobregat is Barcelona’s satellite town located in the area of Baix Llobregat. The former industrial centre, it has turned into an important business area with exclusive properties and is growing more popular among foreign investors. The exhibition centre, the Monastery of Pedralbes, the home stadium of FC Barcelona Camp Nou, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, elite sport clubs and shopping malls are located in the area and combined with the developed infrastructure of a prestigious residential district. One of the best European children’s medical centres, Sant Joan de Deu hospital, famous for innovative methods in orthopedy, traumatology and gynecology, is also located here. Another attractive side of Esplugues is a huge amount of parks and gardens; the city is literally sinking in a sea of green. Conveniently connected with Barcelona by public transport lines, Esplugues is the best option for those seeking the high quality of life and eco-friendly environment.
Sant Cugat is a great alternative if you want to explore the surroundings of Barcelona. Located just half an hour from the center of Barcelona, this cozy town is filled with charm, historical heritage and unique places. The environment is also one of the advantages due to the proximity of residential areas to nature – this town is surrounded by two mountain ranges (Galliners and Collserola) with more than 8,000 hectares of protected natural space.
Lloret de Mar - a town on the northern coast of Spain, one of the most visited resorts of the Costa Brava, it is famous for its entertainment facilities and beaches. The surrounding nature boasts extraordinary beauty: coniferous forest, picturesque rocks, turquoise water, sandy beaches make this place amazingly beautiful, and local beaches are being awarded four Blue Flags.
Cadaqués is a charming fishing village 7 km away from Roses. Glorified by Salvador Dali, the city is considered an elite resort of Costa Brava and attracts mostly wealthy French people. Andre Breton and Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp and Luis Bunuel, and thousands of modern artists, writers and film directors were and are deeply in love with the atmosphere of Cadaqués, its steep streets and white and blue little houses. That is why the place is loaded with art galleries, studios, museums and unusual restaurants and bars. The village has not become a popular tourist destination due to the hard access - the town can only be reached by boat or via a serpentine road in the mountains. That is why even in summer you can still find a quiet bay perfect for diving or yachting.
Blanes - the oldest resort of the Costa Brava, founded by the ancient Romans, is an important commercial port. It is here that the rock Sa Palomera is located, the starting point of the coast, dividing the city into two parts, tourist and residential. There are many architectural sights in the Old part: the medieval church of Santa Maria, the hexagon Gothic well, the temple of the Virgin of Villars, the saint patroness of sailors, several interesting modernist villas and museums. Despite the growth of tourism, the life of Blanes is still measured and easy, and local shops – the manufacturers of unique clothes, shoes, delicacies - will still give odds to the stores of mass brands. The tourist part of the city, presented by hotels of all categories, attracts by wide sandy beaches and magnificent fish restaurants, where, as it is said, the king of Spain loved to drop at. The environs of Blanes also will not let you to get bored: on the mountain above the city rises the mysterious castle of Sant Joan, offering breath-taking views of the Costa Brava, and in several of them are the botanical garden of Marimurtra with 3,000 species of rare plants and the Park Pinya de Rosa, the only one in Spain, where only cacti grow.
Playa de Aro never sleeps. The resort of Costa Brava located 25 km from Girona and 65 km from the French border was built in the 60s of last century and quickly turned into a summer residence for European aristocracy. Now it is also the most popular shopping destination on the coast. Unlike other coastal towns, it has become a capital of elite boutiques and exclusive restaurants and nightclubs. With a marina fully equipped for 25-meter long yachts, the place is more attractive for the upper class, a perfect spot for a holiday or purchasing property. A long strip of sandy beaches, secret bays with refreshing emerald water and pine forests around the resort create an idyllic scene for either an unforgettable eco-holiday or delving into the elite property market and discovering the home of your dreams.
Empuriabrava is called the "Spanish Venice". It is famous for its picturesque canals, clean beaches, monuments of medieval architecture and beautiful ecology (nearby there is a natural park and there aren’t industrial factories). The city has a very convenient location: only 15 km from Figueres, 35 km from Girona, 150 km from the centre of Barcelona and 40 km from France.
Sant Feliu de Guíxols is a charming seaside town in the Baix Empordà region. It is exactly here that thanks to the stunning hilltop views journalist Ferran Agulló contrived last century a name for the entire seaside area: ‘Costa Brava.’ Due to cork production, the port of Sant Feliu in the old times used to be a number one location for the Catalan economy to adapt later to the yachting needs. Today it is a lively tourist hub with some excellent fish restaurants and a number of attractive architectural sights, including a large Benedictine monastery with an arched front elevation known as the ‘Iron Door.’ The sand beaches, a wide choice of cultural entertainment and the thousand year long history have turned the place into a real magnet for tourists and property investors alike.
Baix Empordà is a district of Costa Brava, Girona province, 60 km from the French border. The main treasures of the place are medieval towns - Begur, Palafrugell, Pals, Albons - with their authentic paved narrow streets and fortress walls; and, of course, sand and pebble beaches with clear turquoise water awarded by the Blue Flag of eco-friendliness. The bays are considered the best on the coast and attract a lot of divers and yachtsmen. The famous Michelin 3-star restaurant El Celler de Can Roca is also located here. Due to the easy access, locals often travel to France for wine tasting, visiting the museum of contemporary art or seeing ancient castles.
Girona is Catalonia’s second largest city both in terms of its significance and scale and an administrative centre of Girona province, which includes the entire Costa Brava seaside. It is a major economic and cultural centre and a city featured by one of the highest living standards in Spain. Due to its strategic location somewhat inland from the shoreline, the city for many years was subjected to sieges and absorbed its conquerors’ cultures to gain an inimitable architectural appearance. The Onyar River decorated by a necklace of multi-coloured houses separates the city in two parts: the Old one, where monuments of Arab, medieval, Jewish and Roman cultures are situated, and the New one with its residential projects, broad avenues, high rise buildings, universities and clinics. The magnificent Girona Cathedral deserves a closer look because of its world's widest Gothic nave and a one-off Roman times’ alter, along with the San Domenic monastery that is one of the first Gothic structures built in the country, the mystical Jewish quarter or the famous Arab baths. The city is renowned for its shopping, as well as for its Michelin star restaurants, such as El Celler de Can Roca, which for many years has been getting the title of the world’s best restaurant. By no means unimportant is the fact that Girona has its own international airport and numerous automobile roads nearby criss-crossing Costa Brava towards the French border.
Tarragona is one of the most interesting historical centres in Spain, known since the Iberian period. At its height the city was the unique Roman colony in Catalonia, which had its own amphitheatre, theatre and circus. The harbor built by the Romans, whose underwater structure had worked well for several centuries, played an important role in the transformation of Tarraco from a military base into a metropolis. Besides the port, one of the most prestigious in the country, Tarragona still has many artefacts: the amphitheatre, the aqueduct, the largest medieval cathedral in Catalonia and the Museum of Romanesque culture. The centenary cultivation of grapes, olives and rice laid the foundations of the magnificent local gastronomy, which annually attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. Another reason to visit it is the proximity of the famous Port Aventura amusement park and the unique reserve of the Ebro Delta. Despite its popularity, Tarragona is still a quiet, almost provincial city. Thanks to active development, real estate here is characterized by great diversity, high quality and affordable prices.
Calafell is a quiet commercial town with everything you need for your day-to-day life: there are shops and restaurants, schools and pharmacies, banks and clinics. By the way, the resort that has been leading its history since the times of the Iberians, today is considered a family destination, there is no stormy nightlife and crowds of foreigners, but there are excellent beaches and ancient monuments. Older people come here for curative mud, thermal springs and water rich in iodine. The golden coast of the Costa Dorada, with a gentle descent into the sea and warm waters, is just 5 minutes by car, and Tarragona and Barcelona can be reached by train from the town’s railway station.
Gavà Mar is one of the calmest suburban areas of Barcelona located on Costa Garraf, with developed infrastructure and convenient transport connection with Barcelona (25 km) and the international airport (6 km).
The town is known for its mild climate, clean air, magnificent sand beaches and warm sea. Property in Gavà Mar is always in high demand. The richest and the most famous Spanish people - pop stars, artists, sportsmen and politicians - find their comfortable isolation here to relax at any time of the year, far from Barcelona’s tourist boom but still very close to all its conveniences.
Due to the mild climate, the cleanest beaches, developed infrastructure and the presence of Spain’s largest sports port, Castelldefels has long been considered one of the most prestigious suburbs of Barcelona. All year round come here to live in their villas and recharge themselves with the energy of the local sea various “stars” of sports, people of art and business, royals looking for comfortable conditions for recreation all year round, away from the tourist boom of Barcelona, but in close proximity to all its amenities. The town also boasts a record number of reputable international educational institutions, elite sports schools and famous fish restaurants. Not surprisingly, the property in Castelldefels is not low-priced. The trip to the international airport takes 10 minutes, to the centre of Barcelona - about 25 minutes.
The coast of Garraf is one of the leaders in living standards in Spain due to its excellent ecology and highly developed infrastructure. This area is famous for its magnificent gently sloping beaches with fine sand and clear blue water. Those who prefer active holidays fly here from all over the world all year round to enjoy windsurfing, yachting, surfing, diving, snorkeling, kite surfing, and other sports, such as horse riding, golf, tennis, football and many others - Costa Garraf has plenty of sport schools! Life in Costa Garraf sparkles all year round with its festivals, regatas and car races. Besides, this place with the mildest and nicest climate, can boast the largest part of the most prestigious wine-producing area in Penedés.
Pineda de Mar is a large tourist centre of Costa Maresme located between Barcelona and Girona. An ancient Iberian settlement at the foot of Montnegre mountain, surrounded by thick pine trees, is now a popular resort, rapidly developing, but keeping all the charm of the past. Traces of ancient history are everywhere: in Mont-Palau castle, the symbol of the city, in the ruins of Roman aqueduct, and in various buildings, pearls of Gothic era, scattered around the city. Pineda has long become a second residential area for Barcelonians attracted by peace and coziness of the pine paradise. Amazing sand beaches, hasteless life, well-groomed streets and houses, quietness and no tourists around combined with all conveniences of developed infrastructure and a huge potential for new construction projects make the place perfect both for holidays and permanent living.
The ancient town of Alella, hidden from the wind in the mountains, is the heart of the wine-producing region, which has its own DO and is known worldwide for its light white wines. The old part of the town still keeps the remains of ancient churches and estates, while the new areas are densely covered with luxurious villas of wealthy Barcelona citizens who have moved here to live permanently in search of silence and fresh air. In addition to the vineyards, luxurious strawberry and flower plantations, the visiting card of the zone, stretched on the hills surrounding the town - that is why the smell of the sea and pines characteristic of Catalonia is complemented by the scent of carnations, roses and hops. The city is small, but it has all the necessary infrastructure for life - there are schools, shops, banks, restaurants, a number of large industrial enterprises. At 3 km there is a strip of equipped beaches and the Masnou railway station, from where you can easily get to Barcelona and the rest of the seaside resorts of Maresme.
With 2500 hours of sunny weather a year, mild climate all year round and easy access to Barcelona, Teia is a perfect place for peaceful and comfortable life. Purchasing property in this town guarantees high living standards.
Tiana, a municupality of Maresme surrounded by the sea and the mountains, is an exclusive “balcony” overlooking the Mediterranean. Only a few kilometers away from Barcelona, Badalona and Mataró, with the rich past of Roman history and the active present, Tiana is a quiet and peaceful playground where one can enjoy the true beauty of the Catalan central coast and the mountains.
Cabrils is the Maresme municipality, just 19 km from Barcelona and 12 km from Mataró. Here you can enjoy tranquility, nature and luxury, as this town is perfectly connected due to the railway, as well as the network of roads, so even public transport is a good option. Life in the Maresme with its calmness, but at the same time, its proximity to Barcelona, makes many people decide to purchase here their homes.
Vilassar de Mar is a municipality in the comarca of the Maresme in Catalonia, the province of Barcelona, only 5 km away from Mataró, 24 km from Barcelona and 20 km from Granollers. It has a convenient transport connection with highways. It used to be a traditional fishing village famous for its navy school. The city was also famous as “Flower market” due to the local production of roses and carnations.
Sant Andreu de Llavaneres is a small town in Maresme located between the sea and the mountains. The golf club Llavaneres founded in 1945 is also here; it is the fourth oldest private golf club in Catalonia. It is a very beautiful elite area of Maresme only 35 km from Barcelona with a pleasant microclimate all year round and amazing landscapes combining the blueness of the Mediterranean sea and mountain views of Cordillera del Litoral.
Sant Pol de Mar is a charming seaside town in the center of the Costa Maresme, famous for its beaches marked by the Blue Flag of purity, strawberry plantations and excellent gastronomy. It is here that the famous International School of Tourism is located, which has produced many well-known chefs and pastry chefs, as well as the legendary restaurant Carmen Ruscalleda, owner of the world's largest collection of Michelin guide stars. The former fishing village, transformed by the Catalan bourgeoisie into an elite resort, still preserves its heritage in the form of sophisticated modernist villas and estates. Thanks to the excellent transport links with Barcelona and other towns, including the train that runs along the sea, Sant Pol has long become a favourite vacation spot of the capital's residents. In addition, having all the necessary infrastructure, the city attracts those who prefer to enjoy the peace of permanent life in the province, working in Barcelona.
El Masnou is a beautiful coastal town just a few kilometers from Barcelona. This modern town by the sea manages to keep its all traditions. It is conveniently connected with other places in the Maresme region where you can enjoy various kinds of events all year round. You will find all types of services and shopping here and enjoy classic architecture. The best thing in Masnou is, of course, its incredible beaches with calm clear sea, golden sand and yacht port.
Costa del Maresme is known for its long sandy beaches, healing springs and mild Mediterranean climate, which gave to the coast the name of the "fruit coast". Here there aren’t almost any rocky bays, the coast is flat and sandy, which, together with a pleasant microclimate and lack of tourist crowds, makes the area a favourite vacation spot and a second home for locals. Vilassar de Dalt is a quiet and picturesque village, located in the hills, 20 km from Barcelona and 10 km from Mataró. Its rich history goes back to the times of the ancient Romans, as evidenced by the surrounding ruins. In the old town there is an impressive medieval castle, there are several interesting monuments of Gothic and Modernism. Next to it we find Vilassar de Mar, famous for its yacht school, there is the Maritime Museum, the art gallery and a large aqua park.
Santa Susana is located by the Mediterranean Sea, 60 km from Barcelona. In this peaceful, safe place, it is a great pleasure to enjoy the sun, golden sand and swimming in the sea. This area is known for its long beaches, Iberian and Roman ruins, curative springs and mild Mediterranean climate, which brought the name “fruit” to the coast. The coast is flat and sandy, the climate is mild and pleasant, most of the coastal settlements have their own ports and excellent fish restaurants, which turned the region into the second favourite residence of Barcelona dwellers. The undoubted advantage is the railway track stretching along the sea and connecting all the coastal cities of Maresme with Barcelona. Buying a house on the Costa Maresme prefer those who are not ready to give up the charms of life in an ecologically clean region, but at the same time, can appreciate the convenience of direct communication with major cities.