At Mimoun Relocation & Real Estate Barcelona we know that when it comes to relocating to another city, one of the biggest decisions is to choose the area where you want to live in. Barcelona has a lot of unique neighbourhoods and choosing the best area to live in, is not always easy. From the lively and narrow streets of the Born to the wide avenues of the Eixample and the residential tranquillity of Sarria–Sant Gervasi, there is an ideal option for everyone to enjoy a perfect new life in wonderful Barcelona.
Here are some of the neighbourhoods we recommend:
The Eixample neighbourhood is one of the best and most central areas to live in in Barcelona. Its wide avenues and its proximity to the centre, make it a fantastic option for those looking for a neighbourhood with all services close at hand. The Eixample is divided between left and right and is characterized by its organized grid of streets. Being strategically located and very well connected (the transport network in this area is unbeatable), it’s one of the preferred districts for expats. The variety of shops, restaurants, and services makes it highly coveted for both locals and foreigners. In addition, the predominant modernist architecture in most of the buildings of the Eixample makes this neighbourhood one of the most aesthetically beautiful in the city. The architect Antoni Gaudí left his mark on buildings such as Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and La Sagrada Familia, world-famous landmarks that attract people from all over the world.
Poblenou is a very popular neighbourhood due to its proximity to some of the best beaches in Barcelona. In spite of its quiet character, it is a neighbourhood that over the years has known how to reinvent itself and is full of wonderful contrasts between the old and the new. You will find many local families living in the area, as well as a large group of expats. Its “Rambla del Poblenou” (a big promenade that ends at the beach) is a meeting point for residents of the district due to its overwhelming gastronomic offer. It has a part called “Villa Olimpica” that is composed of the condos built to house the athletes that competed in the Olympic Games of 1992. Today, these buildings are among the most desired of the city, given their proximity to the beach and its luxurious appearance. In the oldest part of the neighbourhood, you will find more affordable apartments making this area an excellent option for living next to the beach, with the centre of the city easily reachable by public transportation. Barcelona’s business and tech district called 22@ is also located nearby.
Gràcia is a charming little neighbourhood that has a real local vibe. In the past, this lively part of the town used to be a separate village just outside Barcelona. For many years, this area was where the Catalan bourgeoisie used to have its second residence. With inimitable local charm, it really has the feel of a small city with its own characteristic architecture and style of life. On its many lovely squares, you will find that life here moves in a different rhythm. Nowadays, it is a very appreciated neighbourhood for young and bohemian, both local and international, but you will also find many older Catalan residents that have lived there over many generations, making this part of town very authentic and eclectic at the same time. It is also hugely popular between young families. The leisure offer is incomparable, with tons of local shops, restaurants and delightful little cafés.
The Born is a neighbourhood that has become very fashionable in recent years. Perhaps the reason is that nowhere else in the city you can find such a balanced mix of old and new. The beautiful and middle-aged historic buildings contrast with the renovated and modern appearance of its interiors. Situated next to the beautiful “Parc de la Ciutadella”, the Born is a trendy area where you will find many local designers shops, magnificent restaurants and cute art galleries. Its main artery, the “Paseo del Born” is a beautiful promenade with plenty of terraces and little bars. At the end of the promenade, you will find the “Mercat del Born” an old food market reconverted into a multi-use cultural space that gives a lot more value to the area. Although its one of the most desired districts for expats, you will find an interesting mix of international and local residents. That being said, the housing offer has become quite expensive making this beautiful area not suitable for all wallets.
Sarrià-Sant Gervasi is a family oriented upscale neighbourhood. It is one of the greenest areas of Barcelona, due to its many parks and its proximity to the mountains and the magnificent “Parc of Collserola”. With many advantages for the people looking for a quiet area to settle down and enjoy a slower paced lifestyle, you will be surprised at how many things this neighbourhood still has to offer. You will find that when it comes to leisure and gastronomic offer, Sàrria-Sant Gervasi has nothing to envy of other more animated parts of the city. The centre of Barcelona is easily reachable by public transport in 15 minutes. Many expats families decide to settle down here, attracted by the good access to international schools and the great housing offer. Sarrià has a small-town local vibe, but over the years, international residents have started to live there. Sant-Gervasi has a great balance between foreign and local, this part also offers a more affordable housing and plenty of services at hand.
These are our favourites neighbourhoods to live in in Barcelona city. We at Mimoun want to help you to start your new dream life in this beautiful city. Whether you want to buy, rent or sell a property, our tailor-made services will help your relocation to Barcelona to be smooth and stress-free.
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