Top 5 Neighborhoods to live in Barcelona

Finding an apartment and a good neighborhood to stay can change the whole experience and perspective of living in a new city. Many things depend on what kind of lifestyle you are searching for your long-term accommodation in the city. Although there are some areas that are considered better because of facilities, green areas and other environment components.

1. L’Eixample

The area of L’Eixample is considered one of the best neighborhoods in Barcelona. It is located in the heart of the city, has the best transport connections, a wide range of services and a unique atmosphere that you will not find elsewhere. If you are new to the city, you will have the opportunity to enjoy and experience the most of Barcelona lifestyle here.

L’Eixample is very diverse and international because it is inhabited by locals and foreigners alike. L’Eixample is located in the modern part of Barcelona. It has wide roads, green areas, almost any shop you want and beautiful buildings like Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.

A big plus about this area is that you can find great, new apartments and with a price range from economic options to luxury ones.

2. Gràcia

It is located only 20 minutes from the center of the city and it is one of the favorite areas for the locals to go out for drinks or eat due to the amazing gastronomic options it offers.

The district is well located and the fact that we love it more is because it is much less touristy. You will have the opportunity to live as a local here but also be part of a well-developed area with shopping areas and a wide range of beautiful bars and restaurants.

It is said that Gràcia is self-sufficient, which means once you stay here, you don’t need to leave because the area has everything you want.

Last but not least, this area offers great economic apartments.

3. Zona Alta (Uptown)

This area consists of three main neighborhoods: Pedralbes, Sarria and Sant Gervasi.

Zona Alta is located in the North part of Barcelona and it is mostly inhabited and loved by the locals.It is located around 20 minutes from the center of the city and it has a well-connected transport system. This area is perfect if you are searching for a less touristy and quiet neighborhood surrounded by many green spaces.

If you are a family, this area might be a perfect option because it has many schools and universities around (some of them have international programs).

4. El Poblenou

If you love the beach and this was one of the reasons you chose to live in Barcelona, maybe you may want to consider living in the El Poblenou area.

This district is located near the city but is not that central. El Poblenou is inhabited by locals and foreigners and it is very well-connected with the rest of the city with multiple metro and bus lines.

This area has many modern buildings and a wide range of gastronomic restaurants. El Poblenou has many new apartments and great accommodation spaces. Many modern office buildings have opened in the area in the recent years.

The best part which made this neighborhood part of our top five locations is that you will be only a few steps away from some of the best beaches of Barcelona.

5. El Born

It is one of the most international neighborhoods and one of the most beautiful areas of the city. If you are not bothered by the noise, you want to be close to the main events of the city and you love the nightlife, we think this area might be the right for you.

El Born is always crowded, touristy and with many bar and restaurant options.It is an aesthetic attraction with its little squares, walking down the old center of the Barcelona city.

Apartments in this neighborhood are a little more pricey and buildings are old compared with the rest of the city.


If you need help to search for an apartment take a look at our article on Finding an apartment to rent in Barcelona or if you are already searching you might be interested to know the Documents required to rent an apartment in Barcelona.