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Property for sale in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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The Barcelona area guide

Things to do

The capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community in Spain, faces the Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by the Serra de Collserola mountain range. Barcelona is a waterfront city, one that offers sandy beaches, challenging mountain trails with panoramic views (the Montjuïc hill is one such place) and a cosmopolitan, avant-garde way of life.

Posterchild for Modernista architecture, Barcelona is home to unique structural works that do not bear missing. Antoni Gaudi’s work is, perhaps, the city’s most famed architect and the unfinished Sagrada Família is his most celebrated masterpiece. Its towers can be seen poking through the skyline wherever you may be in the city. His work and the work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner can be witnessed all over Barcelona. A few highlights include Park Güell, Palau de la Música Catalana and Casa Batlló.

Architecture aside, strolling through the city is a feast for the eyes. The colourful street vendors and medieval buildings, especially in the Gothic Quarter, make it a popular pastime with locals and tourists alike. The most popular place to meander through is La Rambla, but be warned, it can get overcrowded.

One of Europe’s biggest markets can be found in La Rambla. La Boqueria has numerous stalls selling fresh food, produce and an atmosphere like no other. Again, this is a major hot spot with tourists and so it can become jam-packed during peak hours. We suggest going in the early hours as not only is it quieter but you’ll get first pick on the various items for sale.

Places to eat

Catalonia’s capital boasts high calibre cuisine and venues. The city’s streets are overflowing with budget eateries, beach bars and elegant restaurants serving everything from traditional Catalan dishes to Basque, Italian and Japanese inspired meals.

Tapas, the classic Spanish finger food, is an undeniably popular option with locals and tourists alike. Bar Celta and El Portalón are two excellent establishments serving a wide array of traditional tapas delicacies. Try the paprika sprinkled octopus or Patatas bravas (fried potatoes smothered in a spicy sauce) topped off by a glass of Spanish wine. And with tapas starting from €4 you can’t go wrong!

For those wanting to celebrate an occasion or are in the mood for some fine dining, Barcelona is home to numerous Michelin-Starred restaurants. The modern décor, sophisticated ambience, beautiful setting and, of course, the delightfully experimental menus will please all five senses.

Shopping

As the second largest city in Spain and one of Europe’s premier tourist destinations, the shopping scene is unsurprisingly excellent. If you’re on the hunt for the latest designer gear, Passeig de Gràcia is the perfect place to start. The street is home to world-renowned brands such as Armani and Diesel as well as beautiful landmarks such as Casa Milà and Casa Pons i Pascual.

If you prefer department stores, one of Barcelona’s largest can be found in Plaça de Catalunya. This beautiful square is set in the centre of the city and boasts two shopping centres: El Corte Inglés (the largest) and El Triangle. If, however, you venture to the Gothic Quarter or Old Town, you’ll be greeted by smaller shops and boutiques selling second-hand goods and products from local designers.

And, of course, the various markets (flea, food or flowers) that dominate the streets are the perfect place to sample local delicacies, pick up exotic goods and try your hand at haggling. Those worth visiting include: La Boqueria, Concepció Market and Sant Antoni Market.

Getting there & around

To travel to this beautiful waterfront city, the majority of individuals prefer to go by plane. The Barcelona–El Prat Airport is situated 30 minutes away and regular trains, buses and the motorway connect visitors to the city.

Once in Barcelona, the bus and metro are the two most favoured methods of transportation as they are not only reliable but convenient. In fact, the city is renowned for being a transport hub with millions of visitors arriving by train, flight, sea and car each year. The port of Barcelona is, perhaps, one of the busiest in Europe and offers you the chance to explore other regions in the Mediterranean.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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