8 Books Set in Barcelona that you will love

Many writers have chosen Barcelona as the backdrop to their novel over the years and many have written guides to its streets, its secrets and its past. And it is true that Spain’s cultural capital lends well to the page: from historical dramas, post-war sagas and tales of the Barcelona bourgeoisie to anecdotes, ghost stories and legends.

We’ve compiled this list of 8 books for you to discover another side of Barcelona:  these novels will take you back in time to the Barcelona of the past, uncover its secrets and help you get to know its people and its culture.

Perfect for enjoying a beer or coffee on a sun-drenched terrace, when topping up your tan at the beach or on your journey to Barcelona. Just sit back and enjoy this literary tour of Spain’s cultural capital with these 8 books set in Barcelona.

The City of Marvels by Eduardo Mendoza

Set during the years between Barcelona’s Universal Expositions (1886–1926), we follow the footsteps of the protagonist Onofre Bouvil – an immigrant, deliverer of anarchist propaganda and hair-tonic seller. In a Barcelona on the cusp of cultural evolution, discover how this ordinary man’s ambition takes him to powerful heights.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

This bestselling novel and first of the Cemetery of Forgotten books trilogy is set in a 1945 Barcelona. It is in this cemetery that the novel’s protagonist finds an unusual book that is to change life as he knows it.

What’s more, fans of the saga can visit the parts of Barcelona that inspired Zafón’s stories on one of the many “Shadow of the Wind” literary tours that take place around the city. 

The Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones

This historical drama set in 14th-century Barcelona takes readers on a journey through the construction of the city’s magnificent Santa María del Mar cathedral. A gripping tale of love, family and revenge, we’re sure you won’t be able to put it down.

The Time of the Doves by Mercè Rodoreda 

Written during her time of exile from Catalonia, Mercé Rodoreda’s bestseller is written in an unusual stream of consciousness style. This powerful and incredibly moving book tells the tale of normal girl named Natalia – known as La Colometa– during the civil war and post-war in Barcelona. In Catalan the book is named after Gràcia’s “Plaça del Diamant” which can be visited today.

We Had Won the War by Esther Tusquets

This bestselling novel set in post-Civil War Barcelona uncovers a perspective that is often excluded from Spanish war narrative: that of the winners. Through the author’s own memoir, she relates her experience of growing up among the Francoist bourgeoisie and her struggle to find her own place.

I’ll Give You the Earth by Chufo Llorens

This story of a young peasant boy set within the city walls paints a picture of medieval Barcelona. Discover this story of impossible love, passion, ambition and betrayal in the 11thcentury.

Un senyor de Barcelona (A Gentleman of Barcelona) by Josep Pla 

Available only in Catalan and Spanish, this biography by Josep Pla relates the life of Rafael Puget, a member of the Barcelona bourgeoisie through family portraits, anecdotes and memories.

Mysteries of Barcelona by Ernesto Milá 

This non-fiction guide uncovers long-lost facts and secrets of Barcelona. Divided into three sections that cover places, people and unusual traditions, this book is perfect for those who are looking to discover the other side of Barcelona.

We love reading about this wonderful city and we hope you also enjoy discovering its long-lost stories and uncovering its many secrets. Tell us, what’s your favourite book about Barcelona?

Medical Tourism in Barcelona

Medical tourism in Barcelona is booming and it’s easy to see why. 

Catalonia is particularly well equipped with internationally renowned clinics and hospitals, along with being a pioneer in several medical and scientific fields. This includes excelling in technology relating to cancer treatments, heart and circulation diagnosis and bone diagnosis and treatment.

It’s not just locals who benefit from these fantastic services though, as more than 20,000 foreigners per year come to Barcelona for medical attention, with a complete range of public and private healthcare options available.

If this is something that interests you, look no further than our guide to find out which hospital or medical centre would be best suited to your needs.

Hospital Clínic de Barcelona

Probably one of Barcelona’s best known hospitals, Hospital Clínic is the main provider for public healthcare within the region. It has a wide range of services, that include almost all medical and surgical procedures, and as such also works as a tertiary level hospital – meaning patients from all over Spain, and even Europe, are referred there for medical procedures. In particular Hospital Clínic specialises in liver and kidney transplants, with over 20% of all of Spain’s transplants happening there. As well as this, it is well-known for being a pioneer in the treatment of tropical diseases, with the department having run for over 30 years and now having been designated as the national referral unit for tropical diseases in Spain.

Hospital Clínic also partners with other hospitals around the city, such as Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, one of the leading paediatric centres in Europe. In fact, Sant Joan de Déu Hospital is particularly helpful for medical tourism as it has a department that specifically arranges care for international patients.

Clínica Barraquer

Clínica Barraquer is one of the world’s most renowned eye hospitals. Open by the Barraquer family in 1941, the centre is well known throughout the ophthalmology world as a point of reference for corneal transplants. As well as this, Clínica Barraquer was the first centre in Spain to implement revolutionary eye chips for artificial sight, as well as holding the first eye bank in Europe. With all of these credentials you can be sure you’ll be in good and experienced hands for any sort of eye problems here.

Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona

One of the leading private healthcare providers in Southern Europe, Hospital Quirónsalud continually aims to improve the lives of its patients. With a vast variety of procedures, Hospital Quirónsalud uses the most cutting-edge technology available, as well as priding themselves on the high quality of their doctors and comfort of their whole experience. Along with this, they cater towards medical tourists with their accessibility for foreign visitors. 

Hospital Universitari Dexeus

Dexeus Hospital is one of the largest clinics specialising in women’s health in Spain. This clinic is particularly great for those suffering with fertility issues or who are at danger of a risky childbirth, with the clinic having a long history of delivering at-risk babies. Not only this, but Spain’s liberal laws can make this a great place to come for single mothers, or lesbian couples, who will get full access to medical care that they might not be able to find in their home countries. 

Centro Médico Teknon

Cancer treatment is just one of the things that Centro Médico Teknon specialises in, particularly for those with blood cancers such as leukemia. This department includes figures like Professor Emili Montserrat who is one of the leading experts in his field backed up by various scientific awards and his work on the World Health Organisation panel.

Along with this, Centro Médico Teknon, covers multiple other specialities and is one of the leading private hospitals within Spain thanks to its use of the latest technology and excellent medical staff. The facility places high importance on comfort, and as a testament to this is often frequented by patients from the world of sports, entertainment and politics – from Spain and abroad. 

Policlínica Barcelona

With over 50 years of experience, Policlínica Barcelona offers a wide variety of procedures to focus on cosmetic and health needs. These can include anything from invasive procedure like plastic surgery and gastric bypasses to non-invasive dermatological and filler-based ones. As well as this, you can be assured that all pre and post-operative tests, or anything else you need, will be performed at the clinic to avoid having to move to other centres. 

Best apartments to stay for your medical trip to Barcelona

If you have decided to try medical tourism in Barcelona, staying in a hospital room can feel a little bit lonely, impersonal and not to mention, costly. You may consider renting an apartment for yourself instead for some much need privacy and normality. It also means that if your family members have accompanied you for the trip, you can stay close to them during the recuperation period and have all the support you need. Keep reading for our apartment recommendations:

Dandelion Apartment

Close to Clinica Dexeus, this luxury apartment is filled with flowers and bright colours to keep you in an optimistic and peaceful mood post-surgery. Its great location allows the sun to pour in through the windows, so that you can fill up on Vitamin D and fresh air, helping to ensure your wellbeing.

Ferran Batik Apartment

Located close to Centro Médico Teknon, and Clínica Barraquer, this luxury apartment in Pedralbes area exudes pure and healing energies, and comes with a fully equipped open kitchen to help you nourish your body back to health – the perfect apartment for your stay in Barcelona. 

La Mimosa Apartment

This luxury apartment on Passeig de Gràcia has beautiful oil paintings and candles, which create a therapeutic atmosphere – perfect for your recuperation process.

Dandi Apartment

Dandi is perfect you. The unique buildings that surround this charismatic apartment include La Pedrera and La Casa Batlló.

Our Dandi apartment in Barcelona has everything you need:

  • a) a large overall size, especially the living/dining area and the master bedroom,
  • b) a terrace in the master bedroom,
  • c) a construction with very well original Modernist elements,
  • d) everything being brand new.

Everyone knows that a tranquil resting environment is key to a smooth and speedy recovery, so to find that perfect place for your medical tourism stay in Barcelona, check out our full list of offering on Bizflats.com.

10 safety tips to avoid being pickpocketed in Barcelona

Like any major city, when visiting Barcelona, it is important to be careful with your belongings. In general Barcelona is a safe city and most tourists are able to visit without any problems at all. However, you may have heard stories of Barcelona’s famous pickpockets. Getting your valuables stolen on holiday can always be a bit of a nightmare and leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth. But all of this can easily be avoided if you follow our simple guide of safety tips below.

10 safety tips to avoid being pickpocketed in Barcelona

  1. Always be aware of your belongings! When you’re sitting out on a terrace try and keep an eye on your stuff and never leave your phone or wallet out on the table, as that’s easy territory for pickpockets.
  2. Be extra vigilant on the metro – this is where a lot of pickpockets operate and trust us they know what they’re doing! People can try to distract you whilst the pickpockets do their work. If you have a backpack make sure you keep it in front of you.
  3. Other places to take extra care of your belongings are in general in places where there are agglomerations (the Rambla, queues for attractions, the beach, the metro, etc)
  4. Not leaving your belongings unattended is a rule of thumb actually. Never leave your bag out of sight, even in a fancy bar or restaurant. A good tip is to trap a handle of your bag on a chair leg so it is not easy to snatch away.
  5. Pickpockets will automatically try and target tourists, so try to dress and act in a way that doesn’t too obviously attract attention to the fact that you are one. We’re not saying you have to speak Catalan or Spanish (in fact you will hear all sorts of languages whilst you’re here) but try to blend in and dress in a similar way to the locals.
  6. This also applies to stopping in the middle of the road to look at a big map for example. Not only does this immediately draw attention to you as a tourist, it also makes you an easy target for pickpockets.
  7. Be wary of people who approach you in the street. Unfortunately, someone can distract you in order to take your belongings. This can include anything from people offering you club entry or even street performers.
  8. There’s nothing wrong with having a few beers or glasses of wine on your holiday, but if you’re planning on drinking make sure you still have your wits about you. Pickpockets will take advantage of drunken people, especially around the Las Ramblas and Gòtic areas.
  9. It’s always a good idea to keep some cash in separate places on the off chance you do get pickpocketed so you’re not left without any money at all.This is an important one to know anywhere you go, but try and remember the emergency numbers. In Barcelona the number for the local police, Guardia Urbana, is 092, or you can also call the Mossos d’Esquadra (112), as both deal with cases of theft. However, if you don’t speak Spanish it’s better to call the Europe wide 112 number as they speak a variety of languages and can be dialled from most international mobile phones.
  10. If you want to report the theft, you can check the list of police stations you can go to on this handy link.

With all that being said, these are just tips to keep in mind when visiting Barcelona.

Barcelona is a beautiful and wonderful city, and in fact, most of the people you meet here will be friendly and more than happy to help you in any scenario. Stay vigilant but also don’t forget to enjoy your trip to Barcelona!

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Novedades editoriales en la Diada de Sant Jordi 2017

 Desde el año 2015, la propia UNESCO ha nombrado a Barcelona “Ciudad de la Literatura”.

Ello sólo es la corroboración de que esta ciudad ha sido desde hace mucho tiempo una de las ciudades que da a los libros una importancia significativa. Barcelona es la capital editorial del mundo de habla hispana y es una de las pocas ciudades en que hay una festividad completamente dedicada a los libros y la literatura.

La Diada de Sant Jordi es y será siempre la festividad más emblemática de la primavera barcelonesa, y un momento en el que más allá del eslogan de “libros y rosas”, la literatura es la protagonista de un evento reconocido internacionalmente y que es parte  innegable de la imagen que Barcelona ofrece.  Si la literatura es la imagen frontal de este evento, hablaremos de las novedades editoriales que podremos disfrutar en este abril en Barcelona.

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Estrellas ascendentes

Este año la diada de Sant Jordi se acompañará de eventos culturales adicionales, incluyendo un festival nocturno en la plaza comercial del Born, denominado “Nit del Drac”. Gracias a esta organización, varios autores estarán presentes en la ciudad y presentarán sus obras esperando cautivar a los apasionados de la literatura. Entre estos nombres, hay dos estrellas literarias ascendentes que vale la pena seguir y por supuesto, leer sus obras:

Los cuentos de Sara Mesa

A pesar de que la joven autora sevillana, Sara Mesa, fue galardonada en los inicios de su carrera por su obra en verso, son sus cuentos lo que le ha dado un reconocimiento nacional e internacional. En el año 2015 recibió el Premio Ojo Crítica de la Narrativa y ello ha potenciado la presencia editorial de su obra.

Este año 2017 presenta una edición revisada de su premiada obra “Un incendio invisible”, además de seguir promocionando su libro “Mala Letra”, publicado en el año 2016.

Rodrigo Fresán y la metaliteratura

Para los apasionados de una literatura que habla a la vez de tópicos universales y de sí misma, introspectiva y compleja, “La Parte Soñada” del autor argentino les viene como anillo al dedo. En este texto recién publicado en marzo de este año, el autor rehace y deshace a la literatura contemporánea. Este escritor detalla sus certezas dándole a su texto literario una forma pulida, dándole voz a una época en la que lo único válido es el silencio. También es una oportunidad para redescubrir sus otras obras como “Jardines de Kensington” y “La parte inventada”.

Recordando a Gloria Fuertes

En conmemoración de los cien años del nacimiento de Gloria Fuertes, hay dos libros a los cuales merece poner la pena: “Me crece la barba”, que es una antología poética y una bellísima antología, editada por Jorge de Cascante: “El libro de Gloria Fuertes. Antología de poemas y vida”.

Max Basora y la presencia catalana

No podía faltar una presencia local en una fiesta que es tan significativa en la cultura de la ciudad de Barcelona. Este año los reflectores estarán sobre el escritor Max Basora, autóctono de la propia ciudad de Barcelona y multifacético autor que estará presentando su libro en catalán “Aventures i desventures de l’insòlit i admirable Joan Orpí, conquistador i fundador de la Nova Catalunya”. ¿Suena interesante? También será una oportunidad de descubrir (o redescubrir) su primera novela corta “Volcano” que fue un absoluto éxito de la crítica.

Novedades Editoriales En Ciencia Ficción

Hay muchas novedades internacionales que seguramente estarán presentes en la Sant Jordi. Recordando que este año la festividad es domingo, ello dará la oportunidad a muchas personas de recorrer librerías a placer, y los fanáticos de este género no serán la excepción. Autores como los siguientes, tendrán nuevas publicaciones en el abril barcelonés:

  • Ken Liu
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Cixin Liu
  • Peter Tieryas
  • Steven Erikson

Autores consolidados: Rosa Montero

La diada también puede ser la oportunidad de revisitar la obra de autores consolidados en el gusto del público y protagonistas del mundo editorial barcelonés como Rosa Montero. Su último libro “La carne” publicado en 2016 seguramente figurará protagónico en la oferta literaria de la fiesta del libro, y si hay quienes aún no hayan caído en las redes de esta maravillosa autora española, seguro lo harán al probar la exquisitez de su pluma y su manejo de la palabra.

Jaume Cabré y su esperado retorno literario

El autor Jaume Cabré ha tomado su tiempo para escribir esta fuerte serie de cuentos que buscan explorar las emociones más oscuras del ser humano. Su título en catalán “Quan arriba la penombra” y “Cuando llega la penumbra” en castellano, nos deja entrever que son trece cuentos que se asoman al lado oscuro de la vida, personajes que enfrentan periodos complicados, ladrones, suicidas, rebeldías… historias que no buscan moralizar sino mostrar crudamente la violencia y su origen y efecto en el individuo y la sociedad. A no perderse, además de que su publicación el 5 de abril cae justo para la Sant Jordi.

Algo diferente

Y en una nota especial, Marc Pastor presenta su libro “Farishta”, una compleja novela que nos lleva a seguir la vida de una huérfana de un héroe afgano y a la vez nos embebe con la historia de cosas que suceden en la polinesia francesa.

Estas novedades y ofrecimientos culturales y literarios acompañarán un programa que incluye presentaciones de la reconocida dramaturga francesa Yasmina Reza (encargada del tradicional pregón) y una serie de festividades de otras artes que soportan cual pilares el papel protagónico de la literatura como medio de unión social y de enriquecimiento personal que define a la Diada de Sant Jordi.

¿Visitas Barcelona en Abril? Entonces aprovecha tu estancia en un cómodo loft en esta ciudad para descubrir toda la variada y novedosa oferta literaria que hemos descrito y que es la punta del iceberg de una multitud de lanzamientos y novedades editoriales que pintarán el rostro de la tradicional festividad de Sant Jordi: libros y rosas para este 2017.

Com rentabilitzar la meva propietat?

Aquest és un tema que ens pregunten molt sovint els nostres col·laboradors i per això expliquem en detall a l’article d’avui. Quan un propietari disposa d’un apartament, té diverses opcions a escollir. Però quines son aquestes fórmules i quins escenaris comporten cadascuna d’aquestes realitats?

A continuació t’expliquem amb detall els “pros” i “contres” del ventall de possibilitats dels que disposes amb l’objectiu que trobis la fórmula que millor t’encaixi per a rentabilitzar la teva propietat.

  • VENDA DE LA PROPIETAT

El Tercer trimestre de l’exercici 2016 ha comportat pujades de preu de la vivenda de segona mà a Barcelona deixant entreveure signes positius en la recuperació de la crisis econòmica. Addicionalment, l’augment de la demanda de pisos, ve estretament lligada a la poca oferta de vivenda existent a Barcelona.

En el cas de que decideixis vendre la teva propietat, trobaràs amb aquests pros i contres:

VENDA DE LA PROPIETAT
PROS          CONTRES
  • En cas de vendre la propietat, disposaràs de liquiditat. En cas de que existeixi hipoteca, la podràs pagar i potser inclòs disposaràs d’un remanent.
  • Potser hauràs de pagar més a la declaració de la renda a causa de l’augment dels ingressos.
  • Ja no hauràs de preocupar-te més dels impostos, ibis, quotes de veïns, recollides d’escombraries, etc.
  • Si, rebràs liquiditat, però recorda que els diners al banc generen uns interessos molt baixos.
  • TANCAR LA PROPIETAT

Un altre possible escenari podà ser considerar no vendre la teva propietat, fet que pot ser confortable en una primera instància però que a llarg termini comporta alguns inconvenients.manteniment però al cap dels anys la propietat es degradarà per manca d’ús i manteniment.

TANCAR LA PROPIETAT

PROS

CONTRES

  • No has de preocupar-te de manteniment però torna al cap dels anys i tampoc si han pagat els inquilins. Per manca dus es degraden.
  • El primer “pro” esmentat, també té el seu contra. No hauràs de preocupar-te pel manteniment però al cap dels anys la propietat es degradarà per manca d’ús i manteniment.
  • Hauràs de pagar impostos, ibis, comunitat de veïns, recollida d’escombraries, taxes municipals, etc.
  • No tindràs un rendiment econòmic de la teva propietat.
  • LLOGAR LA PROPIETAT DE FORMA TRADICIONAL

Durant els darrers anys a causa de l’economia i la dificultat d’accés al crèdit, el lloguer s’ha consolidat com l’alternativa a la compra d’habitatge, per tant el lloguer també es una bona opció donada la poca oferta de lloguer i alta demanda a la capital Catalana. La següent fórmula, t’ajudarà a solucionar molts contres de l’apartat anterior.

LLOGAR LA PROPIETAT DE FORMA TRADICIONAL
                PROS              CONTRES
  • Obtindràs rendiment econòmic de la teva propietat
  • Risc de que un llogater no pagui. A aquest fet, se li haurà de sumar tot el llarg procediment   i sovint costós dels tràmits legals per dur a terme desnonaments.(Actualment a Espanya no hi ha un bon sistema de valoració del risc de solvència o crèdit per saber si l’inquilí farà els seus pagaments correctament).
  • Hi haurà un manteniment mínim que evitarà la degradació de les instal.lacions. O bé els llogaters s’encarregaran de fer el manteniment o bé el propietari, però en ambdós casos, el pis es mantindrà millor que si és tancat.
  • Risc de que el llogater no cuidi el pis i l’entregui en mal estat. Aquest és un risc de probabilitat baixa però d’un cost elevat.
  • Impossibilitat de gaudir de la propietat durant un llarg període ja que el contracte pot durar de 3 a 5 anys i com a propietari tens unes opcions limitades per escurçar el període.
  • LLOGUER DE CURT TERMINI

Aquest tipus de lloguer és el que més ingressos generarà. Existeixen dues tipologies de lloguer de curt termini: El lloguer mensual en el qual el contracta ha de ser superior a 30 dies, i el lloguer d’habitatge d’us turístic (HUT) per contractes de menys de 30 dies. Més endavant tractarem aquest tema en un article especial per informar-te dels permisos, obligacions, on analitzarem granularment les diferencies entre el lloguer turístic i mensual.

LLOGUER DE CURT TERMINI
                        PROS                   CONTRES
  • Tindràs la possibilitat d’assolir ingressos superiors al lloguer tradicional.
  • Els ingressos de un mes a un altre varien en funció de l’ocupació o de la temporada.
  • La constant cerca de nous clients.
  • Possibilitat de disposar de l’habitatge per a us propi o familiar. Al tractar-se d’un ús discontinu per curt termini, si en algun moment en vols gaudir, ho pots fer.
  • El propietari ha d’estar molt pendent del manteniment del pis.
  • Inversió de temps per estar disponible pels clients i les seves sol·licituds i demandes durant el servei.
  • Donat que es fa un ús intensiu dels pisos, això comporta unes exigències de cura i manteniment molt elevades, per tant els pisos es mantenen en perfectes condicions.
  • Cal proveir al pis amb mobles, electrodomèstics, equipament, coberts, llençols, etc, en resum , tot el que necessita el client per poder entrar a viure-hi només portant el raspall de dents.
  • Càrrega burocràtica important tant pels HUTS com pels lloguers mensuals. Tot i que la càrrega serà major en els HUTS que en lloguers mensual.

Amb aquest article, esperem haver-te proveït d’un aclaridor apropament a l’escenari del que disposes.

En cas de tenir dubtes sobre quines possibilitats tens per la teva propietat, posa’t en contacte amb nosaltres al +34 936 394 343  o escriu-nos a info@bizflats.com

En breu seguirem informant sobre les possibilitats que tens per treure rendiment la teva propietat. Segueix-nos!

 

Best area to stay in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city-break hotspot for tourists. Not only is it manageably sized, but it is brilliantly connected by a network of buses, trams and the metro. Much of the city can be covered on foot, but do you know which is the best area to stay in Barcelona? We recommend that you choose accommodation close to a metro stop for ease when getting around. Once on the metro, it is only a couple of minutes to travel between each station, although interchanges can add a few extra minutes to your journey.

With each of Barcelona´s neighbourhoods distinct in style, tourists can pick an area to suit their needs. Here is a summary of what you can expect in some of the city´s best spots to stay.

Best area to stay in Barcelona

  • Eixample

Visitors wishing to take advantage of the city´s many shops may wish to seek accommodation in the vibrant, upmarket area of the Eixample. Passeig de Gracia and Rambla de Catalunya are lined with stores as well as bars which provide excellent pitstops between shops. Unlike the narrow winding streets of the older parts of the city, the Eixample is characterised by long, wide avenues as well as an array of impressive modernist buildings.It is also considered one of the safest areas to stay in Barcelona.

We have several apartments in Eixample. For example, Neo, a charming apartment next to Sagrada Familia. where-to-stay-in-barcelona

  • Barri Gòtic

Tourists wanting to base themselves in the heart of the city should look for accommodation near Plaça Catalunya, La Rambla, Gothic Quarter or El Born. Here you´ll find enchanting streets, and some examples of Barcelona’s oldest architecture. This area is a hub for public transport and a great starting point for exploring the centre on foot.

Our apartments Rambla Exec 2 and Bella II are located in La Rambla, nexto to el Mercat de la Boqueria. barri-gotic

  • Barceloneta

Once an old fishing quarter, Barceloneta is a lively neighbourhood of bars and cafes and, located within minutes of the city´s beach, it it is a popular place to stay for young visitors and families alike.barceloneta

  •  Gràcia

Gràcia provides the ideal setting for visitors wishing to sample some of the city’s bars. This neighbourhood has several beautiful squares which are perfect for soaking up the atmosphere and is also well connected by public transport.

If you have any doubt about the best area to stay in Barcelona, don’t hesitate to ask us commenting this post or calling us. We will be happy to help you!

Have a nice stay in Barcelona!

 

5 must haves for a monthly rental apartment in Barcelona

Looking for a monthly rental apartment in Barcelona can be a daunting prospect. It is not an easy task and can take up to three to four weeks of looking before you find your dream pad, so patience is a must!
The demand for apartments outweighs the properties available to rent and landlords usually give preference to tenants in search of long-term contracts. Thus competition for short-term rentals is fierce and securing a flat in Barcelona can be both time-consuming and overwhelming.
When flat hunting in Barcelona, it is worth bearing several factors in mind. We have compiled a list of 5 must-haves for a monthly rental apartment in Barcelona:

  1. Modern apartment
    When looking for properties, you will soon notice that Barcelona has plenty of flats in need of refurbishment. If possible, avoid these apartments as maintaining them is likely to cost you both time and money.Modern Monthly rental Apartment in Barcelona
  2. Fully equipped and furnished apartment
    If you secure a flat which is fully-furnished, you will be up and running from day one without the need to buy furniture and electrical appliances and subsequently having to sell them on once you leave the city. If you come to Barcelona for Masters/Post-graduate studies, you can also look out for apartments with business amenities such as workspaces and free Wi-Fi.Fully Equipped monthly rental apartment in barcelona
  3. Centrally-located
    Aim to find an apartment which is centrally located and well-connected to public transport and your workplace or university to ensure that your daily commute is stress-free. Particularly good areas for this include Gràcia, Eixample Dreta, Eixample Esquerre, Les Corts, Ciutat Vella, and El Born. It is also worth bearing in mind the need to have a Supermarket, bakery, and greengrocers in close proximity.barcelona-neighbourhoods-map
  4. Without Bureaucracy
    There are several documents you will need to have if you are looking to rent for more than a year. This includes your NIE number, Social Security number and a bank account. You will also need to have registered in the city hall (empadronamiento). Fortunately, with a monthly rental you can avoid this bureaucracy.
  5. Contracts with a reliable company
    Be careful with apartments you find on the internet as there has been a recent increase in fraud with online rental companies. In such cases, individuals posing as landlords ask you for money in advance, and often offer a substantial discount if you pay everything upfront. So, be sure to go with a reputable company.
    If you are in search of a flat for your stay in Barcelona, even if it is just for the initial settling in period, we would be happy to help. Our apartments can be found at www.bizflats.com
    Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about housing and remember, the place you stay contributes to 70% of your Barcelona experience, so whatever happens make sure it is the right apartment for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona in a Nutshell

Getting Oriented in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress

Yes, craziness has begun! Last Friday, Mobile World Congress has opened doors for badge collection and “la Fira” is beginning to become live. The city is full of visitors who conveniently planned their trip to enjoy Barcelona before the congress.
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If you are part of this selected travelers group and this is your first time in the city, don’t worry. We will help you getting oriented.

It’s really easy:

  • Plaza Catalunya is the central point of the city, to the south of which you can find the old town and most of the museums and other places of historical interest. The famous Las Ramblas stretches from Plaza Catalunya to Columbus Monument. Once here, you will have Passeig Marítim on the seafront to the east. Then Port Vell to the colorful Barceloneta beach and Port Olímpic.

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  • To the west, following Avinguda Paral-lel you will get to Plaza Espanya at the foot of Montjuic hill with its impressive Magic Fountaine and Fira Montjuïc Congress Center. You might keep in mind that this year the MWC will have two halls here.
  • The northern limit, Tibidabo hills, is a must. You will enjoy spectacular views over the city and the night skyline will leave you wordless.

And if you get lost, don’t worry, you have a mobile! 😉

Enjoy your congress and welcome to Barcelona!