For covenience alone, I love to stay in the city centre.
But in bigger and more touristed cities such as Barcelona, sometimes it can be nice to stay further out and feel more like a local for a few days. Here are some of Barcelona’s most trendy and popular neighbourhoods with locals, offering you a completely different experience on where to stay when you visit.
Gracia is the hippest and trendiest of Barcelona’s “barrios” and has long been the hibernation area of choice for budding artists and daytime coffee drinkers. Littered with cafes, bars and tapas joints, Gracia is also one of the most expensive areas of the city and isn’t as easily connected to the public transport links.
Although Sitges isn’t technically one of the surrounding neighbourhoods of the centre, it is only half an hour away from Barcelona, making it a great base from which to explore the city and the perfect place to find affordable beach apartments in Barcelona. Visitors can jump on a train and quickly be in the city, or can simply enjoy the resort’s coast and sunshine.
This is one of the most well-known areas of the city housing much of Barcelona’s famous Gothic architecture and including La Rambla and the original Jewish Quarter. The Barri Gotic offers the perfect mix of being in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city, while also featuring a myriad of alleyways in which to get lost and explore.