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Choosing the right the neighbourhoods is an important step before moving to any new city. If you're planning to live in Barcelona, here are some tips for finding the best place according to your preferences and the lifestyle you're looking for. 

Vibe and culture in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe and is full of foreign visitors from all around the world. Its fantastic climate, its economic dynamism and above all, its cultural richness and excellent geographical location make it a pleasant city to live. So if you are going to move to Barcelona either for work or for love, you will be able to enjoy fully all that the Catalan capital has to offer. However, before you start looking for a home in Barcelona, you might want to know which neighbourhood is best suited to your lifestyle. When you are looking for a house to move in, you are also looking for space where you can feel that you belong in some way. Finding accommodation in Barcelona is not that easy, but you have the choice between some cool and attractive neighbourhoods with quality housing options. Here are some small tips to choose the best option:

  • Les Corts - where you can mainly find Camp Nou visitors and football fans
  • Sarria-St. Gervasi - Upper Barcelona is losing its prestige, but it can be interesting to come to Mount Tibidabo
  • Grácia - typically not a tourist area, but where you can get a glimpse of the local lifestyle
  • La Sagrada Familia - one of the city's main attractions
  • Eixample - lots of Gaudi houses and vast avenues
  • Sants Montjüic - the mountain of the city, an old Olympic venue with a chair lift and parks
  • Gótic - Old Gothic city centre, nice for tourism
  • El Raval - downtown, the little brother of the Gothic Quarter
  • El Born - quieter with lots of cafes
  • Barceloneta - a real beach in the city centre
  • Vila Olímpica - Olympic Place 1992
  • Sant Martí - a more modern part of the city just north

L'Eixample

It is one of the neighbourhoods of excellence of Barcelona, ​​hosting many of the streets left and right of Paseo de Gracia, and always above the Gran Vía. It is an area that combines a residential style with a significant commercial offer, and that also allows you to be next to many of the places of interest in Barcelona. It's the ideal place to live in Barcelona ​​since it is well connected by metro and bus. You can find here La Pedrera or Casa Batlló. This neighbourhood offers a newer and more linear environment but is equally marked by the general cosmopolitan characteristic of Barcelona.

The Gothic neighbourhood

It is one of the most emblematic places in Barcelona, ​​with all its historical buildings right in the centre. If you enjoy history and walking around to contemplate architecture, it is definitely the place to be. It is also considered one of Barcelona's coolest areas.

El Born

It practically converges with the Gothic area and mixes perfectly the classic and the modern. For a long time, the most current businesses have settled there, helping to give that touch of modernity to this old part of Barcelona. Besides, it is very close to the beach, so the views you can get can be incredible. Some of the most charming bars and restaurants in Barcelona can be found here.

Sarrià

It is a great neighbourhood for people looking for a point of exclusivity and tranquillity, away from the bustling centre of Barcelona. Next to the Gràcia neighbourhood, it is one of the most residential places in Barcelona, ​​and where, paradoxically, you can find your new home at a reasonable price. In fact, the whole area that brings together Sant Gervasi, Bonanova, Pedralbes, Les Tres Torres offers exclusive spaces for living in an environment with tradition but adapted to the most current needs, with a key location to make the most of everything that this international and cosmopolitan city offers you.

Grácia

A young neighbourhood and always lively. The festivities of Gracia are the most important of the local celebrations in Barcelona, ​​with the permission of La Mercè. The nights in the squares of Gracia are always lively, with a multitude of bars and terraces where you can spend a pleasant time with friends. It has many exciting places to eat but has the disadvantage of not being a cheap neighbourhood.

Each neighbourhood has its charm. Other fantastic areas to live in Barcelona are Sant Antoni, Poblenou, Sagrada Familia, Clot, Camp de l'Arpa, Barceloneta, Sants, etc. It all depends on your conditions and your lifestyle.

Parking in Barcelona

As in most major European cities, to park a car in Barcelona can be a trivial task and can spoil your nerves a bit. This is especially true of some central areas during the daytime. If you are visiting Barcelona by car with foreign registration and you do not have an apartment with a garage, then you need to find a safe parking lot. Although the city has a large number of parking spaces, parking lots in Barcelona have limited space. Besides, they are very quickly filled.

Types of parking (zones) in Barcelona

There are three types of parking spaces in Barcelona: the green zone, the blue zone and the free zone. Also, there is a special marking for places of unloading and lanes for buses, which, at a specific time, can even be used for free.

Green zone (Àrea Verda)

Parking spaces in Àrea Verda are marked with green markings on the asphalt. First of all, these parking lots are intended for locals who pay only € 1 per week. For those who do not have a resident card, the price is higher, and parking is limited to one or two hours. These parking lots are usually free from 20:00 to 08:00 every day, and in some areas also on Saturdays and Sundays. From 1 to 31 August, all green areas are free due to summer holidays, except for those that are exclusively meant for residents. Always pay attention to information signs near the parking lot to avoid surprises and make sure that you do not break anything. Keep in mind that on some streets, space next to the sidewalk, where you can park, changes periodically. Always check the information indicated on the specific sign for your parking lot. For non-residents, parking prices range from € 2.75 to 3.00, depending on the area from 08:00 to 20:00 on weekdays. The rest of the time, parking is free.

Blue Zone (Àrea blava)

Parking spaces in Àrea blava are marked with blue markings on asphalt. These car parks are located near shopping centres, hospitals, schools, etc. The main purpose of these parking lots is to provide parking for the maximum number of people visiting this area. The time when parking in the blue zone is payable according to the peak time in the city - which is from 09:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00 on weekdays. However, in the city centre, parking may be paid on Saturdays, and in the beach area on Sundays and public holidays. Parking in the blue zone at this time is paid for all and is limited in time from 1 to 4 hours depending on the area. Parking must be paid immediately after stopping at the nearest parking machine. The issued ticket must be placed under the windshield so that the controller can see it. Otherwise, he may write out a fine. Usually, the fine is € 100 for parking and € 150 for towing. Outside this time, you can park your car in the blue zone for free, so it is not necessary to leave a ticket on the dashboard. In the blue zone, rates are based on the current demand for parking. In Eixample and Ciutat Vella, where there is increased demand, tariff A applies, while tariff B applies in other residential areas like Àrea Verda. Tariffs C and D apply in areas where there is less demand for parking.

Free zone

Finding free zones in the city centre will be problematic. Such zones are mainly located on the outskirts of the city: in the area of ​​Zona Universitaria, Poble Sec (near Montjuic), and Bogatell. In these places, you can leave the car for a long time.

Here are some more streets with free parking:

  • Av.Carmen Amaya, 44,-L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
  • Carrer d’Enric Bargés, 3, -Barcelona
  • Carrer de Josep Serrano, 77, -Barcelona
  • Carrer de la República Dominicana, 264 (La Maquinista)
  • Sagrera, 44,-Barcelona
  • Carrer de Berenguer de Palou, 78,-Barcelona
  • Passeig de Valldaura, 223 -Barcelona
  • Carrer Bòbiles, 2, - L’Hospitalet de Llobregat,

Underground parking (garages) in Barcelona

Unfortunately, underground parking lots have one major drawback - the price. You can pay from € 17 to 30 per night. On the other hand, if you want to stay for a couple of hours to watch the singing fountains, then underground parking can be considered an acceptable option.

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