To find the best location to stay in Barcelona requires much more than quickly researching one area or another online. The best location in this buzzing metropolis and cultural hub often depends on you and what you are looking for because, in case you didn’t know, Barcelona has it all!
For this reason we’ve created this guide to the best location to stay in Barcelona, covering all the needs and wishes you may have when you’re here.
From family-friendly spots and the best tourist sights to areas buzzing with nightlife or luxury shopping streets, we recommend only the best location to stay in Barcelona in our flexible long-term and short-term rentals that are sure to become your home away from home.
Best location to stay in Barcelona: Eixample
Barcelona would not be Barcelona without its sprawling Eixample district.
Think wide avenues, stunning architecture and large, light-filled apartments. What’s more, it’s close to the city centre (10–20 minute walk depending on where you are) and well connected by bus, train and the yellow, green and red metro lines.
The Eixample district is often referred to as two different districts: Esquerra (left) de l’Eixample and Dreta (right) that, as their names indicate, are to the left and right of Passeig de Gràcia respectively.
Esquerra de l’Eixample, the lesser-known Eixample district boasts a huge selection of Catalan, Spanish and international restaurants, an array of LGBTQ+ friendly clubs and bars, and a good dose of community spirit. For this reason it was voted the coolest neighbourhood on earth in 2020 by Time Out.
The opulent and elegant Dreta de l’Eixample is simply overflowing with museums, architecture and things to do: from Gaudí’s spectacular Sagrada Familia, Passeig de Gràcia with La Pedrera and Casa Batlló, plus its array of luxury and designer shopping options, the Egyptian museum, the Casa de les Punxes, the stunning Passeig de Sant Joan, and much more.
Where to stay in Eixample, Barcelona:
Ideal for business trips, our Livingstone apartment with ethnic décor is located close to the Sant Antoni market. Our Modernist Dandi apartment in Barcelona with a good dose of charisma and charm boasts a privileged location only one block away from Passeig de Gràcia.
In another best location to stay in Barcelona in l’Eixample Esquerre is the romantic KissMe flat with a balcony that’s perfect for coffee and people watching. Not forgetting our luxury LaMimosa flat, again right by Passeig de Gràcia, with beautiful art pieces and three bedrooms.
Best location to stay in Barcelona: Gothic Quarter/La Rambla
Another best location to stay in Barcelona is the city’s Gothic Quarter and the area of La Rambla. This is the true heart of the city: imagine narrow winding streets, tiny bars, quaint restaurants and independent boutiques. One of the most beautiful areas in Barcelona, it was bound to make our list!
This area of Barcelona really does have it all. Discover its past by visiting the stunning, neogothic cathedral, the Jewish quarter and the Frederic Marés Museum, wander the squares of Plaça Sant Jaume and Plaça Reial, and if you get the chance why not head to La Rambla to catch an opera at the Royal Liceu Opera House or marvel at the colours of the Boqueria market?
Where to stay in Gothic Quarter/La Rambla, Barcelona:
A stone’s throw away from the main attractions of this area you’ll find our contemporary three-bedroom MACCA apartment in an area steeped in history. Or discover our spacious Parsifal apartment where vintage meets modernity, located literally on the same block as the Liceu.
Found the best location to stay in Barcelona is our quaint and exquisite Colonial apartment. This romantic space is right by Passeig Colom. Finally, our Catedral apartment with a private courtyard could not be more perfect for your stay in the Gothic quarter.
Best location to stay in Barcelona: Les Corts
This well-connected and often overlooked neighbourhood makes our list of the best location to stay in Barcelona given that it still preserves its authentic essence. Boasting large avenues and a short walk away from the shopping centre L’Illa and the city’s famous Diagonal Avenue, we are here to sing its praises!
Head to the Pedralbes Palace Gardens and take a stroll – here in the summer many an open-air concert are held, visit la Fundació Suñol and its fascinating art exhibitions or enjoy a coffee in the stunning Plaça de la Concòrdia. What’s more, Les Corts is a short metro ride or a 30-minute walk from the heart of Barcelona. What more could you ask for?
Where to stay in Les Corts
Our Jollie penthouse is a spacious one-bedroom apartment with a gorgeous sun-drenched terrace that is perfect for catching some rays or outdoor dining. Additionally, discover our luxury Dandelion apartment – as delicate as the flower it is named after – which also boasts a spacious terrace.
Finally, why not check out our elegant Gatsby apartment? Its exquisite details, ensuite bathroom with a bathtub and terrace with breath-taking city views make it perfect for your stay in Les Corts. We hope you’ve found our guide to the best location to stay in Barcelona useful for your next trip. We can’t wait to have you with us!