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Which quarter of Barcelona is just made for you?


Article updated 24 March, 2020. 0 comments

When looking for somewhere to stay in Barcelona, it's a good idea to focus on the areas which correspond most to your tastes. This short guide should help you find your home-from-home!


Coming to Barcelona to live? It shouldn’t be too hard to find somewhere to stay. If you’re just here for your holidays, the city has so many hotels and apartments on offer that you’re certain to find something you like. Narrow down your search area by finding a quarter ideally suited to your tastes!

This little guide should help you choose an area to focus on based on your priorities and tastes. Simply click on the pictures for more information!

Case nº1: Get to the heart of historic Barcelona

Option 1
If you want to live in a bustling quarter packed with bars and restaurants:

gotic quarter

Option 2
If you love lively, small streets but also want to be near green spaces and the beach:

born quarter

Case nº2: Village life in the city

Option 1
If you’re a fan of leisurely Sunday brunches, foreign cinema and organic cupcake bakeries:

gracia quarter

Option 2
If you like picking up fresh produce at the market and relaxing in trendy cafés:

Sant Antoni
sant-antoni quarter market

Case nº3: Stay somewhere lively and cheap

Option 1
If you’re looking for a great shopping area with good transport links, popular with Barça fans:

Sants quarter

Option 2
If you’re looking for a lively local community, cheap tapas and few(er) tourists:

Poble Sec
poble sec quarter

Case nº4: Enjoy life in a lively, modernist quarter

Option 1
If you love window shopping and/or drinks on the terrace:

Eixample Esquerra
eixample-esquerra quarter

Option 2
If you’re looking for somewhere central but calm, with easy access to the Costa Brava at the weekend:

Eixample Dret
eixample-dret quarter

Case nº5: Keep your tan topped up and breathe the fresh sea air all year round

Option 1
If you dream of staying in a location packed with fresh fish stalls and authentic tapas bars:

barceloneta quarter fish

Option 2
If you’re a party animal and/or a big fan of casinos:

Vila Olímpica
vila-olimpica quarter

Case nº6: Hipsters and fans of all things cutting edge

Option 1
If you want to drink absinthe in hundred-year-old bars, shop vintage and eat some excellent chicken curry:

raval quarter

Option 2
If you’re a fan of great design, hip warehouse parties and picnics on the beach:

poblenou quarter

Case nº7: Find somewhere to live in Barcelona with your family

Option 1
If you’re looking for somewhere calm and safe and want to fit right in with the Catalan middle classes:

Sarrià-Sant Gervasi
sarria quarter

Option 2
If you prefer a condo complex with a pool and/or the company of other expats:

pedralbes quarter

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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?