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Barcelona is one of the world's most popular destinations, the capital of Catalonia and is located in the north-east of Spain. In Barcelona, apartments for rent are always in demand high, however Nestpick offers a huge selection for you. If you're moving to Barcelona, you'll quickly find out that this city will blow your mind.
Barcelona - the city's name alone conjures up a variety of images - from its famous art and architecture, including Gaudi's celebrated Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell, to the sun-kissed beaches of Barceloneta. There's no better city in which to enjoy a drink from a roof-top terrace and soak up the evening sun. The wonderful climate, vibrant street life and rich culture make the capital of Catalonia a unique and special location.
Barcelona is divided into 10 districts and 73 neighborhoods. The city extends from the Mediterranean coast to the east to Tibidabo mountains to the west. The excellent public transport systems, subway, bus and tram, are the best options for getting about the city. Spanish is the main language in Barcelona, but many locals prefer speaking in the Catalan dialect.
Barcelona is undoubtedly an economic engine of the country, with excellent business schools such as ESADE, classified by the Financial Times as one of the top 5 business schools in Europe. Museums, monuments, art from all periods and an impressive variety of events such as concerts, film festivals, technological and food fairs make Barcelona a city full of surprises and unique in style.
Moving to Barcelona is exciting, and can be done on a budget or more luxuriously depending on your preference. It's no surprise that Barcelona apartments are some of the most expensive in Spain after Madrid and finding Barcelona apartments for rent can be tricky. Whether you are looking for student accommodation in Barcelona or furnished apartments for rent, you will find your perfect home with Nestpick.
Meaning 'extension' or 'enlargement' in Spanish, the Eixample district has a grid-like layout designed by the architect, Ildefons Cerda in the late 19th century. The area is home to Antoni Gaudi's splendid Sagrada Familia and to ‘Passeig de Gracia’, which is known to be one of the noted shopping areas in Europe. Properties are normally modern and spacious. Eixample is ideal for expats or professionals who are prepared to pay a little more for Barcelona apartments for rent long term. Apartments can be found atmonthly prices in the range of €1000 - €1500.
There are two dominant forces in Les Corts: football and business. FC Barcelona calls Gracia home and the area is an important business district. For students, it’s only a 15 minute metro ride to the city centre.
For the fashion conscious, there are numerous upmarket retailers. As a safe and residential part of town, it’s not as bustling in the evenings as other areas in the city; so if you’re looking for peace and quiet, Les Corts may be a perfect fit for you.
Gracia is only 1 kilometer north of central Barcelona and is a tranquil, Catalan area. If you're looking for apartments to rent in Gracia Barcelona, there you'll find an area with a nice feel: old winding streets open up into plazas dotted with bars and restaurants.
Local highlights include the annual festival taking place over 5 days every August, with a street decoration competition. Those with an artistic inclination should take a look at Gaudi’s Parc Guell, the master’s first major work and a UNESCO world heritage site.
Barceloneta used to be a fishing village, but has now been succumbed to the growth of Barcelona proper, and is considered a fantastic area for expats who enjoy being close to Port Vell and the beach. This part of Barcelona also attracts museum lovers, as the Museu d’Historia de Catalunya is situated in the west. Opium, the famous nightclub, is located in the north.
Traditional fishermen's housing tends to be smaller but cheaper than the larger apartments for rent in Barcelona near the main streets ‘Paseo Colon’ or ‘Calle Juan de Borbon’. Although as this location is very close to the beach and Ciutat Vella, larger Barcelona flats for rent in this area tend to be more expensive than in other quarters.
Built for the 1992 Olympic Games, the Vila Olimpica de Poblenou is part of the Sant-Marti district, which used to be the pride of Barcelona. Whilst other areas are now more popular, the neighbourhood still has a distinct charm and vibrant nightlife. Within the Vila Olimpica, the ‘Puerto Olympico de Barcelona’ is considered the most beautiful and desirable area.
Barcelona public transport includes trams, rail, buses and a subway system as options when getting yourself around the city. Despite Barcelona's 101.9 km area you can move around with ease. The metro, buses and trains are all incorporated into an integrated transport system. One synonymous ticket is valid for all means of transport.
If you're looking to rent a flat in Barcelona long term it's best to get an idea of the cost of living in Barcelona. It can be a little pricey but with some clever budgeting you'll be just fine. Here are some approximate prices of essentials (and non-essentials!):
• One month travel card zones 1 and 2: €51.70
• One month mobile phone contract: €20
• One month gym membership: €50
• Lunch in a business district: €12
• A cappuccino in a city centre cafe: €2.30
• Dinner in a restaurant including wine and dessert: €45
• A pack of cigarettes: €5
• Single cinema ticket: €8
• Cold medication for 6 days: €7
As you can see the cost of living in Barcelona is relatively similar to other European capitals but is significantly cheaper than London and Paris.