You’ve booked your ticket and are looking for a nice hotel or apartment. Of course the location is important as you don’t want to spend too much time travelling to see the sights. Plus, it’s always a bonus to have some good bars and restaurants in close proximity to your hotel or apartment. So, where is the best area to stay in Barcelona? Let us help you decide.


1. CITY CENTRE

Staying in the heart of the city can be practical: good transport connections, many attractions, the beach is just around the corner, and there are plenty of restaurants and bars. A favourite is by far El Born, due to the relaxed atmosphere, the lively restaurants, designer boutiques and the close proximity to Park Ciutadella.
 
For a more bohemian feel head to El Raval, although be aware that some streets in this district can be a little undesirable. The gothic neighborhood is beautiful with its rich history and medieval streets, but it’s also the heart of the city, often making it extremely busy with tourists.
 
best area to stay in Barcelona El Born
  El Born (image by Jorge Franganillo)


2. LA BARCELONETA

During the sweltering summer months La Barceloneta becomes hugely popular with city dwellers who want to be close to the beach. In this district you’ll find many apartments to rent in all price ranges. However, recently tensions have grown in La Barceloneta as residents have become frustrated with the partying tourists in their previously quiet neighbourhood. Bear this in mind, especially in July and August.
 
Other advantages besides the beach are the many authentic tapas and seafood restaurants, and the unique street scenes of this former fishing district.
 
TOP TIP: if you fancy the beach but are also looking for a calmer stay then head to the more tranquil area of Poblenou.
 
best area to stay in Barcelona Barceloneta
  Image by oh-barcelona.com


3. EIXAMPLE

The heart of Catalan modernism. This district, recognisable from the air because of the ‘block’ street formation, has around 300,000 inhabitants and is the largest in Barcelona. Here you will find Gaudí’s gems and the works of other architects who made Barcelona one big open air museum, numerous trendy restaurants and the upscale shopping area of Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla de Catalunya.
Eixample is the perfect place to get acquainted with Barcelona’s typical fincas (housing contructions) but be aware it is a big neighbourhood with more traffic than elsewhere in the city.
 
best area to stay in Barcelona Eixample
  Image by oh-barcelona.com


4. GRACIA

The cosy barrio of Gràcia is not known for its famous sights, only Güell Park on the perimetre of this neighborhood, but it is ideal for those who want to get a more local experience from their stay. The metro takes you to the centre in no time and if you don’t mind walking it will take you about half an hour. The beach however, is a little further.
 
Gràcia is characterised by its friendly, village like atmosphere and the many plazas dotted with outdoor cafes. Be aware that the week of the 15th August is the neighbourhood’s annual festival. If you are fond of a good night’s sleep, we recommend you stay elsewhere in the city. But if you love a good party then this is the place to be!
 
best area to stay in Barcelona Gracia
  Image by oh-barcelona.com


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