Recently we asked this question to the 2000+ members of the Expats in Castelldefels, Sitges and Gavá Mar Facebook Group.
We’ve handpicked the answers to give you more of an insight into living in one of the outskirt towns of Barcelona.
Here’s what they said…’straight from the horses’ mouths’…
“We chose here Castelldefels because of its proximity to Barcelona by train, Esplugues by car and its beautiful, beautiful beach.”
“To live by a beautiful and clean beach!”
“The good weather all year, the beach close to town, the chiringuitos (beach bars) in summer and the tranquility for me and my family.”
“In addition to the weather, location, nature etc , the most important ones for me (I’m in Sitges) are the people, the culture , the local traditions (amazed to see so many traditions at Santa Tecla that I’d never seen before), the food, the outdoors lifestyle, and the fact you can bring your children out in the evenings.”
“Castelldefels is a town where local people in their majority are very friendly and I enjoy sharing moments with them.”
“The illusion of Castelldefels being a small town but in reality being quite large by the amount it offers…. The friendliness, helpfulness and positivity of everyone. The beach of course, the quantity of eateries and all outdoor activities. The perfect place for a family!”
“The beach and being so close to Barcelona. A beach alone (ie living in Marbella) would not be enough.”
“The access to co-working offices near the beach, where you can do yoga or meditation sessions outside at lunch time. What a great way of life!”
“I’ll put the mountains way up there. Amazing hikes and trails at the doorstep, and almost nobody knows of it.”
“The secret little beach at Port Ginesta!”
“The beach, the culture and community in the town. The access to international schooling brought us here.”
“Ideal location; beach, mountains, international airport, city. Perfect climate; we still have seasons but with mild winters and bearable summers. Wonderful mix of people; great expat community of varied and interesting people plus warm and friendly locals. Great and plentiful eateries and bars, endless amounts of activities to do. Child and dog friendly. It has all the ingredients for a fabulous life.”
“Taking my children rowing and cable ski-ing after school at Canal Olimpico!”
“What I love is the fact we are in a little town next to a big city. Everything is so much easier and accessible : getting paperwork done or visiting the Dr.. A small town with so much cultural activity, there is always an event or fiesta. Also a Castelldefels highlight is the unique paseo on the beach-7km of boardwalk to skate, ride, scooter or rollerblade, its really special and makes it hard not to be active!”
“The location. There are few places in the world where you can enjoy a nice climate, hot summer and still get to the snow in winter in under 3 hours! Also the amount of options for places to visit, family trips and activities for children! The healthcare system is pretty good compared to the UK as well!”
“Sunrise and sunsets are among the best I’ve ever seen.”
“The fact you can wake up by the beach then drive two hours to spend a day skiing in the winter months.”
“Playgrounds, beach, biking, tai-chi classes on the seaside, smiling people, quiet mornings, nice temperature, Catalan classes, the good restaurants nearby, new friends, nice families.”
“In Sitges I love the light, the energy, the old town has a soul. Products and people at the market place, the church square, the library, the pretty authentic streets, early morning walk when the village is waking up.
The spring, autumn and winter!”
If you’re concerned about meeting other expats, rest assured that we can help introduce you to a fantastic active community in Castelldefels, Sitges and Gavá Mar which meets once or twice a month and is at your disposal to answer ‘expat life’ questions on facebook. It’s a great source for networking and friendship.
Click here to join the group. It’s perfect if you would like to ask for some non-biased information from seasoned expats in these locations.
Are you a local expat? We’d love to hear about your favourite things in the comments section below.