Caught between the Mediterranean and the mountains, Barcelona is beloved by locals and visitors alike; an exciting city of art by the sea with an alluring blend of history and culture in architecture and design.
Smooth connections both nationally and internationally are facilitated by Barcelona airport and the AVE high-speed train which connects to Madrid and Paris in three and six hours respectively. There are international schools and an established community of chic Spanish families who stroll in the city’s many parks or spend lazy sunny Sundays at a chiringuito – a beach club.
The 1992 Olympics began the transformation of the seafront, which has continued with Port Vell, a super yacht marina opposite the narrow tumble of terraced homes in the former fishing village of Barceloneta. Poble Nou, further east on the coast, is gaining a reputation as a high tech district with younger, on-trend buyers.
Elsewhere elegant Eixample, full of high ceilinged Modernist buildings, is a prime residential area. It was laid out on a rigid grid system in the 1890s and links the Roman and Gothic Old Town with the family-friendly residential villages under the mountains such as Turo Park and Sarria.
Quieter areas include the financial district Les Corts, 15 minutes by metro into the centre, and Poble Sec, a residential area towards Monjuïc, 15 minutes' walk from Las Ramblas.