As you opened this article, you may have been thinking: “What does she mean by staying in Barcelona and enjoying it? Why wouldn’t I?”. Well the truth is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when you book accommodation in Barcelona is choosing the wrong area to stay in from the get go. Those looking for peace and quiet won’t always feel at ease by La Rambla, whilst travelers looking to party would be making a big mistake by staying in Les Corts.
Choose the Best Area to book your Barcelona accommodation:
Here’s a summary of the main districts in Barcelona and who they’re most suited to:
The most central of all districts, Eixample Dret is the prime area to stay in Barcelona. Of course, with premium location comes premium prices. You’ll be staying nearby prime attractions like La Sagrada Familia and Casa Milà, and it’s usually quiet during the night time too. This area is ideal for couples on a romantic trip, people looking for luxury accommodation, and those who want to be close to the prime attractions of Barcelona.
This area is generally quiet, unless you’re unlucky enough to be in town when there’s a football match on. It’s not exactly a central area, but it’s incredibly well connected thanks to the fact that the main train station of the city is located here and you’ll find many great attractions nearby like Las Arenas, CaixaForum, MACBA, and the list goes on… Due to its location away the city centre, it’s generally forgotten by tourists so you can get find some great bargains in this area. This district is ideal for those looking to travel outside of the city (regional and international train station), football fans, and people looking for a cheap deal.
This is a multi-cultural part of the city that’s very popular with tourists because staying around this area is very cheap. Depending on what side you stay on, you’ll be very close to La Rambla, but wherever you stay, you’ll find numerous bars and clubs in which to get your party on. Ideal for younger travelers, groups, bargain hunters, and night-owls.
This area has become a very trendy zone as of late. Think street artists and entertainers, and little galleries and shops with hand-crafted goods. You’ll also find some great attractions here like the Picasso Museum and Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral. Prices are about average and there is a decent mix between nightlife and quietness here. Some streets can be noisy, and others can be very quiet indeed so try to check before you travel. Ideal for families and young people looking for a quirky area to stay in.
This is the uber-tourist destination, but for good reason. If you stay here you’ll have the beach just a short walk from where you’re staying. After a long day of touring the city, you can relax on the beach for a bit just as the sun sets. There are a lot of highly exclusive clubs in the area but they’re normally away from where people live. Due to the fact that it’s such a suitable area for tourists, the prices are above normal around Barceloneta, but you might be able to find a good deal as there is such a large number of Barcelona apartment rentals around here. An all round area suitable for most travelers, but especially for young couples, families, and large groups.
And there you have it! Some of the best areas to stay in Barcelona. If none of these apply to you, or you have a question about another area in Barcelona, just click here and discover all you Need to Know to travel to Barcelona!