Apartment in Ciutat Vella
For anyone looking to explore the true roots of Barcelona, then Ciutat Vella is the ideal place to holiday in Spain, as the rustic feel of the area can be felt throughout the district. Start in the centre of this historical zone with the Barri Gotic, which is made up of narrow, winding streets dating back to the medieval period of 14th and 15th centuries. Journey through Barcelona´s rich past as tales of naval glory and Roman rule are evident throughout. Barri Gotic is the perfect spot to sample some of Barcelona´s typical tapas with numerous bars and restaurants nestled along the winding alleys. For lovers of gothic architecture, no trip would be complete without seeing the stunning La Seu cathedral, which stands proud in the heart of the historic area. A central apartment in Barcelona is ideal for exploring the famous Rambla and heading towards the harbour to see the Christopher Columbus monument standing proud at the gates of the seafront.
Central Apartment in Barcelona – El Born
From Barri Gotic cross over into El Born another beautiful area within Ciutat Vella. El Born is home to the magnificent gothic cathedral of Santa María del Mar, a 14th century piece of architectural genius. Rent a Barcelona apartment in El Born and discover an up-and-coming area which is home to both historical gems and modern boutiques, providing the best of both worlds to passers-by. For the art lovers amongst us the area is perfect with both the Picasso Museum and Palau de la Música Catalana taking pride of place in this zone.
A Barcelona apartment in El Born is the ideal location to spend a family vacation with lots of things for the kids to see and do. For something on the relaxing side why not take a stroll through the gorgeous Parc de la Ciutadella and admire the wonderful surroundings within. Right next to this stunning retreat is the Barcelona Zoo, where a vast selection of animals await your visit, a must see for any kid.
Barcelona Accommodation in El Raval
For those of you who are looking for a Barcelona holiday apartment in an area less travelled then El Raval is the perfect location. This multicultural and trendy neighbourhood combines the historical buildings of Ciutat Vella with the second hand and vintage clothes shops. The beautiful boulevards are a complete contrast to the traditional structures that line its streets, demonstrating a natural blend between the old and the new. Also known for its tasty tapas, food lovers will be able to go on a gastronomic adventure when they stay in Barcelona with the fabulous La Boquería right on their doorstep.
For the sun worshippers amongst us, a holiday rental along one of the Barcelona beaches would be ideal with Barceloneta, Vila Olimpica and Poblenou all offering something different. Stay in a Barcelona apartment in the old fishing district of Barceloneta and sample some of the finest seafood in Barcelona. Have a casual walk along the promenade or perhaps take to the skies and see Barcelona from a different angle with the Transbordador Aeri cable car. Or if you prefer a more relaxing break why not stay in the tranquil Poblenou, which is further out from the city centre but still easily accessed by tram, metro or bus.
Modern apartments in L´Eixample
Stay in the elegant and modern area of L´Eixample in a luxury apartment and see the Catalan Art Nouveau style of architecture for yourself. The main street in this area is Passeig de Gracia which is the definitely the spot for shopping fanatics and is also home to an abundance of restaurants to tickle your taste buds. While a very modern area in contrast to Ciutat Vella this area also has some architectural gems to offer up such as Casa Batlló, designed by the genius Antoni Gaudí.
A trip to Barcelona would be incomplete without a visit to the world fashion Sagrada Familia.Still under construction this majestic building is the vision of Gaudí and states its presence over the surrounding area. Complete with stain glass windows and intricate carvings this meticulously planned structure is the most famous building in Barcelona and a must see for any short city break.
Apartments in Gràcia
This idyllic student area of Gràcia is a stark contrast to the modern designs of neighbouring L´Eixample with beautiful buildings complete with flowering plants, bringing a homely and cosy atmosphere to the zone. Also present and presiding over this district is Parc Güell another of Gaudi´s great creations. This fairy-tale creation is also home to the Gaudí museum, which was also the former home of the architect and retreat from where he conjured up his many creations.
We want you to get a feel for the real side to Barcelona and therefore will let you in on some little known facts and tips on things to do to make the most of your time in the fabulous city.
The beaches that now make Barcelona one of the best beach cities in the world were only made available to the public in 1992 prior to the Olympic Games. The beaches that are available today are all stunning but due to their proximity to the city can sometimes get crowded. If you are looking for a more relaxing beach experience head to the nearby Montgat Nord. You can get here on your metro card and it only takes around 20 minutes from Plaça Catalunya.
Typical spots to get views of the city are Montjuic, Tibadabo and of course Gaudi´s ornate and lofty Parc Güell. All these places are well worth a visit but their popularity is evident and in the summer months expect to share your experience with a lot of other tourists. To enjoy a slightly more unique view of Barcelona head to the Carmel Bunkers. Not only will you be able to enjoy an authentic slice of Barcelona´s history dating back to the Spanish civil war but also 360 degree views of the entire city. The bunkers are in a strategic position and they served as a point of defence against aerial bombardments during the war. The bunkers are slightly harder to reach than the other great viewpoints but the serenity and uniqueness of the spot makes the trip well worth it. All of this and it´s free!
How to Get Around
Barcelona´s El Prat airport is fantastically connected to the main city. There are not many airports in the world that allow you to get into the centre for as little as a euro. The airport contains a train station where you can get the train to Sants station, from here you can find metros to the rest of the city. Alternatively you can take the very frequent Aerobus that will take you directly to Plaça Catalunya. Once again you can find metros here that will take you anywhere you need to go.
The metro system in Barcelona is second to none. On most days it runs until midnight. However, on Friday nights it runs until 2am, on Saturdays and national and regional bank holiday it runs 24 hours making it perfect for returning home in the wee hours if a taxi seems like too much of a luxury.
However, much of the city is easily traversable by foot especially if your accommodation is central. Walking much of the city is a cinch because of its grid system similar to an American city. For more information on all the various forms of travel available to you check out our transport guide for some helpful hints and tips!
What to Wear
Deciding what to pack before you leave can often be a bit of a daunting prospect. Have you packed enough warm clothes? Will there be that pullover that you bring “just in case” but stays untouched in the bottom of your suitcase? We want to help you decide what kind of clothes to bring for the different times of the year.
If you are coming to Barcelona during the summer months you can rest assured that you will only need a light pullover for the occasional cooler evening. During the day and well into the evening the temperature rarely drops below 25 degrees making light clothes a must. Those unaccustomed to the heat will struggle to find a good time to don anything long sleeved or heavy during this time. Saying this though in the month of August there can be the occasional thunderstorm and a light rain jacket will come in handy.
From September to November the sunny weather continues but temperatures do start to drop so make sure you bring some warm clothes particularly for the evenings where it can reach a very chilly 4 degrees. During the day at this time of year if the sun is shining you can often get away with short sleeved tops, dresses, shorts and skirts.
From November onward you can still expect beautiful sunshine for the most part but do not expect it to be warm. We recommend bringing plenty of warm clothes because as soon as you’re not in the sun it can get very nippy. But of course always check our weather page for the most up to date information.
Why book with us
Here at Waytostay we will not only offer a wonderful choice of hand-picked apartments throughout the city but also provide support before, during and after your stay. We pride ourselves on our dedicated customer service team who are always happy to help with issues and queries. When a customer indicates a recommendation or a problem with an apartment we will contact the apartment owner and endeavour to find a solution as quickly as possible. Not only this, but we have a multi-lingual team willing to offer any assistance communicating with the owner if they don´t speak your language.
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