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Vacation apartments in Barcelona
Barcelona is one of the largest tourist destinations not only in Europe, but in the world. For a comfortable alternative to hotels, consider choosing short-term apartment rentals in Barcelona that constitute a successful and secure market in Europe.
Rental apartments in Barcelona cost less than hotel rooms of comparable sizes, and yet offer you a real home where you would love to come back after a day out in Barcelona.
You get all the advantages of independent living and working in a rental apartment: you may choose to cook in a fully-equipped kitchen, you may entertain guests in the living room, you have the privacy of your own bedroom. Would you have all that in a hotel? More and more travellers prefer to rent an apartment in Barcelona for these reasons.
If you frequently travel with family or friends, you know how difficult it may be to book adjacent spacious rooms in a hotel. 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom apartments in Barcelona are easy to find. What is more, you pay per apartment, not per guest, which allows you to cut rental costs considerably, and spend quality time together.
Barcelona is a city you would not want to leave and where you would love to come back, but if you are set on more exploring, we also offer apartment, cottage and villa short-term and long-term rentals all over Europe and North America!
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Ciutat Vella

The Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, known as El Gótico or Barri Gòtic, is the oldest neighbourhood in the already ancient Ciutat Vella (Old Town). The borders of Barri Gòtic are defined by La Rambla to the west, Via Laietana to the east, Plaça Catalunya and Ronda Sant Pere to the north and the Mediterranean sea to the south. The Gothic Quarter retains its medieval character, evident not only in the maze of narrow streets, but also in the wide array of historic buildings, many dating back to the Middle Ages, but some built as long ago as the Roman times, when Barcelona was founded.

The Gothic Quarter naturally attracts a lot of tourism, as it is the most central area of the city with several important landmarks, such as La Catedral, Plaça Reial, Santa Maria del Mar, and Las Ramblas. The labyrinth of streets is also quite picture-worthy, there are many varied shops and boutiques, and good restaurants and bars to be found, especially if you leave La Rambla to find something less touristy.

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La Catedral, Barcelona Barcelona City Hall
Basilica La Merce, the Gothic Quarter A street in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona
Raval

The dark horse of Barcelona's quirkiest neighbourhoods, Raval is the ultimate example of "love it or hate it" type of community in the city. Its borders are defined by Las Ramblas on the east, Avinguda de Parallel, Ronda de Sant Pau and Ronda Sant Antoni on the west and north-west, Carrer de Pelai on the north-east, and the Mediterranean on the south. Long considered the seediest, poorest and most dangerous part of the whole central Barcelona, mostly due to its barrio chino, "chinatown", in the heart of the neighbourhood, Raval has been undergoing a truly remarkable transformation in the last decade.

What once used to be a concentration of poverty and immigrant desperation is now a vibrant multicultural district that has welcomed a superb museum of modern arts (MACBA), a nice street promenade (Rambla del Raval), a host of ethnic eateries and trendiest bars. The Raval demographics are still heavily influenced of immigrants from India and Pakistan, the median income is significantly lower than that of Barri Gòtic and El Born, and some petty crime does occur along with prostitution, but modern-day Raval is very different from Raval fifteen years ago.

Accommodation in Raval is the most affordable one in central Barcelona, so Raval is a favourite haunt of students, young tourists and backpackers. Thanks to its largely immigrant population, stores do not close on Sundays and are open long hours on the weekdays, making living there not only edgy and fun, but also practical and convenient.

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Raval, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona Rambla del Raval Cat in Raval, Barcelona
Raval, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona Raval, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona
La Ribera and El Born

El Born is the trendiest and the most expensive part of Ciutat Vella, occupying the southern portion of La Ribera neighbourhood, whose official name is actually "Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera". El Born is frequently confused with La Ribera itself, which is somewhat understandable given the popularity of the former; however, to clear up all the confusion: El Born is a small area within La Ribera, and the two names cannot be used interchangeably.

The borders of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera (we will call it simply La Ribera for short) are defined by Via Laietana on the west, by Carrer de Roger de Flor, Carrer de Wellington and Carrer de Pujades on the east and north-east, by Carrer de Trafalgar on the north, and by Ronda del Litoral on the south. Clearly, the area is quite large, thanks to the inclusion of the the locals' favourite park, Parc de la Ciutadella, into it.

El Born, on the other hand, fits within La Ribera, between Carrer de la Princesa on the north, Via Laietana on the west, Passeig de Picasso on the east, and Passeig d'Isabel II on the south. This is where you will find the beautiful church Santa Maria del Mar the impressive Picasso Museum, the best burger bars in Barcelona, the hottest (and most expensive) cocktail bars and art galleries. El Born is full of visitors year-round, and it is definitely the busiest central neighbourhood east of Via Laietana.

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Passeig del Born, Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera Passeig del Born, Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera
Church Santa Maria del Mar, El Born Ciutadella Park, Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera
Barceloneta

Barceloneta is the most famous beach neighbourhood in Barcelona, enjoying close proximity to the Gothic quarter, El Born and the Old Port of Barcelona. The neighbourhood is a part of Ciutat Vella, whose borders are defined by the aforementioned areas and the Mediterranean sea. Built in the 18th century, Barceloneta is praised for its sandy beach that starts the string of beaches on Barcelona's coastline.

Barceloneta has several important landmarks apart from the beach. Those include the tower Torre Sant Sebastià, the terminus for Port Vell Aerial Tramway connecting Barceloneta to Montjuïc; W Barcelona, a five-star luxurious hotel shaped like a sail with a popular rooftop bar; the giant bronze fish sculpture by Frank Gehry, titled "Peix d'Or".

Frequented by beach tourists in summer, Barceloneta has plenty of admirers any time of year, and the rental accommodation market has been undergoing significant growth here. Barceloneta has several excellent fish and seafood restaurants, as well as popular bars. Living here is slightly cheaper than in other neighbourhoods of Ciutat Vella, but the proximity of the beach drives the prices up in summer.

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Barceloneta, Barcelona Barceloneta, Barcelona
Barceloneta, Barcelona Houses in Barceloneta
W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta Beach promenade in Barceloneta
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