Barcelona is a unique, cosmopolitan city. A privileged city, nestled between the sea and mountains, showcasing avant-garde and alive with culture. It captivates with its contrasts -tradition and design in equal parts-, its hidden corners and the friendliness of its residents. A unique, Mediterranean capital, which is difficult to describe, because Barcelona is a city to live in!
It always features in the ‘best city to live in’ rankings due to its climate, cuisine, history, infrastructure, health system and public transport. A very comfortable city to move around, and easy to navigate. Furthermore, there are no specific zones for leisure and business. Instead, each neighbourhood has its own charms.
Ciudad Diagonal is an exclusive residential zone located in the northern part of the Esplugues de Llobregat municipal district, at the foot of the Collserola national park. It’s a well-connected estate, where top sports stars and renowned business people reside. 10 minutes from the airport and only 5 minutes from the prestigious upmarket district in Barcelona: Pedralbes. In the district, 2 minutes away, important international education centres (German and American School) are located, and some impressive sports facilities. It also has 24h surveillance and spectacular views of the Barcelona skyline. The adjacent neighbourhoods of La Mallola and La Miranda are also exclusive regions.
Considered the heart of the city, this is Barcelona’s most historical district. It’s home to iconic places of interest, such as the beaches of Barcelona, the city’s cathedral, the Santa Maria del Mar church, the Liceo Theatre, Plaza Catalunya and the Portal de l'Àngel shopping street. From the sea to the heart of Barcelona, Ciutat Vella encompasses the coastal Barceloneta neighbourhood; the Gothic quarter, where Barcelona was born; Raval, one of Europe’s most culturally vibrant neighbourhoods; and the unique Born. The district is home to renovated mansions and palaces from the early XIX century, and impressive penthouses with sea views, to welcoming flats with original details from the period.
Barcelona’s newest neighbourhood. Its landscape is dominated by modern constructions and skyscrapers with excellent views of the coastline. A quiet residential neighbourhood, allowing residents to live near the sea and be close to the nerve centre of Barcelona. It also has a marina, excellent green areas and a shopping centre with a wide range of shops and leisure options.
Illa del Llac, Illa del Bosc, Illa de la Llum and Illa del Mar are the exclusive, luxury estates in the area. Skyscrapers with stunning communal areas with swimming pools, nice gardens, gyms, underground garages and 24-hour surveillance.
Eixample extends from Gran Via and Avinguda Diagonal, and hinges on Passeig de Gràcia, one of the world’s most important shopping streets and km 0 of the Modernist route. Among its wide streets, all taking the same octagonal island-like shape, internationally-renowned architectural works are found, such as the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. Eixample is a neighbourhood characterised by getting lost in its island-like parks and green areas full of magic. You can still find prestigious palaces, mansions and modernist buildings with spacious, airy apartments still preserving their original mosaic flooring and decorated high ceilings.
Just a short walk from Passeig de Gràcia, crossing Diagonal street, the unique neighbourhood of Gràcia can be found. Vila de Gràcia is like a town perfectly integrated as part of a large city. It is characterised by a Bohemian and cosmopolitan flavour. Therefore, the neighbourhood is so popular with journalists, intellectuals and artists. In amongst its numerous pedestrian streets, pretty squares such as Sol, Revolución, Diamant and Virreina are hidden.Gràcia also stands out due to its diversity. Everything from studios (around Gran de Gràcia) to single-family homes with swimming pools in the northern zone (Vallcarca and around Güell Park) can be found.
Located in the northern part of the city, Pedralbes neighbourhood is considered the most prestigious residential zone in the city, known for its luxury houses and green spaces, such as the Pedralbes Palace Gardens or Cervantes Park. The most exclusive homes and villas are found next to Avinguda Pearson, and around Avinguda Pedralbes, there are luxury apartments (from 150m2) with landscaped communal areas, most with pools and even tennis courts. It benefits from an exclusive, quiet environment, extending to one of the main streets in the city: Avinguda Diagonal, with direct access to ring roads and motorways. Pedralbes is home to many international, multi-lingual schools, which include the French Lycée, European School (Aula Europea), Saint Paul’s School, Saint Peter’s School or Kensington School, and the world class business schools, IESE and ESADE. It also has the elite private clubs: the Barcelona Royal Tennis Club and the Barcelona Royal Polo Club.
One of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Barcelona’s maritime area. Colloquially known as the Barcelona Silicon Valley, because it brings together the city’s main technology firms. It combines old industrial architecture with the New York-style skyscrapers of the 22@ enterprise zone. A unique mixture, and with its proximity to the sea, it is a unique place to live. Its broad, quiet streets hide some of the city’s most luxurious penthouses.
Sarrià - Tres Torres
One of Barcelona’s best neighbourhoods to live in. It is the old settlement of the Catalan bourgeoisie, and is strictly located in the upper area of the city, to the North, on the Collserola mountainside. Many residents use this proximity to nature to practice sports or walk along the Carretera de Les Aigües, a road with unbeatable views of Barcelona.
A luxurious residential district with a relaxed urban atmosphere, which also stands out because of its high concentration of schools, like the Teresian School, San Ignacio, and the international Oak House and Benjamin Franklin schools. These are mainly housed in old mansions or stately homes, and have magnificent installations with large, outdoor spaces. Like other neighbourhoods in the higher zones of Barcelona -Pedralbes and Sarriá-Sant Gervasi-, it has direct access to ring roads and motorways and is well-connected to other parts of the city due to the metro and bus network.
Sant Just Desvern
A highly residential town belonging to the metropolitan area of Barcelona. An enviable geographical location, just 10-15 minutes from the airport and Barcelona city centre. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the best the city has to offer, living in one of the quietest zones and with exclusive properties. The privileged residential area of Sant Just Desvern borders the luxury neighbourhoods of Ciutat Diagonal, La Mallola and La Miranda de Esplugues de Llobregat.
Sant Gervasi - Bonanova
One of the exclusive neighbourhoods located in the high part of Barcelona. A neighbourhood with a unique identity, well connected, calm and family-orientated. It still has a community spirit passed down from when it was just a small old town. Bonanova boasts the Quirón Teknon medical centre, one of the most prestigious private hospitals, and the city’s best known gyms and clubs, such as Arsenal Masculino, Metropolitan Iradier or Bonasport, perfect for practising sport as a family. It is also right next to the best local and international schools.
Behind the Plaza de la Bonanova and the Passeig de Bonanova, there are still luxury Modernist-style villas; while the carrer Mandri area, running from Passeig Bonanova to Ronda General Mitre, is home to the first buildings from the 60s and 70s.
The Galvany zone, which borders Diagonal, is also known as the “Barcelona Soho”. A maze of small streets housing an exclusive, unique commercial offer: from boutique clothes stores to designer restaurants, and exclusive gyms and delicatessen stores.
One of Barcelona’s most luxurious and sought-after zones. An oasis of calm, just above Avinguda Diagonal, close to Francesc Macià Square and next to the Galvany neighbourhood. Properties in this zone are built around one of Barcelona’s most iconic parks: Turó Park, a bucolic, welcoming refuge where you can enjoy nature in the heart of the city.
This residential area is perfect for families, due to its excellent public transport network and proximity to the top schools in Barcelona and leading international schools; and also for executives, due to its easy airport (15 minutes by car) or AVE station access. The surrounding area also hosts stylish designer stores and a wide culinary and leisure offer.
A unique neighbourhood bordering Barcelona, belonging to the Sarrià district, located on the Collserola mountain (the mountain that is also home to the Tibidabo theme park). An exclusive residential neighbourhood, with a wealth of quality constructions: from late-XIX century homes to more recent buildings. These properties have the advantage of being in the colloquially named “lung of Barcelona”, due to its pure air, privacy and natural environment.
THE BALEARIC ISLANDS
Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera form the Balearic Islands, the crown jewels of the Mediterranean. Its landscapes and, above all, its natural beauty, have made it a top destination. A true paradise for sun and sea lovers, it also has an eye-catching culinary and cultural offer. The Balearic Islands have it all, making it the perfect place to set up a second home and even live all year round, particularly Mallorca.
Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea. A true paradise to live in, and a centre of attraction for the international elite. A destination for a multitude of Spanish and foreign tourists throughout the year, due to its perfect climate -300 days of sun-, its cultural and artistic richness and, of course, its famous coves.
Palma de Mallorca, the capital, has a lot to offer. It is also considered one of the 50 best cities in the world to live in, according to the British newspaper, The Sunday Times. Sun, beach, mountain, good food and a pleasant urban centre are some of its highlights.
The Son Vida estate houses some of the most exclusive residences. Luxury, intimacy, impressive views and 3 golf courses. However, yacht owners will find an appropriate home in the elegant Puerto Portals.
Mallorca has its own airport, one of Spain’s busiest, just 8 km from the capital, and several ferries connecting Mallorca with other islands such as Menorca and Ibiza, or the mainland (Barcelona, Dènia and València).
After Mallorca, Menorca is the second largest Balearic Island and has been named a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. An incredibly beautiful island, which is growing in popularity and becoming a destination of choice among Spanish and foreign tourists. Furthermore, being well-connected, it has become an idyllic, dream-like place for a second residence. It has its own airport, with direct flights to the main European cities, and ferries connecting the island to the mainland through the ports of Barcelona, Dènia and València, or with Mallorca.
Its beautiful coves with fine sand and blue sea, compete in terms of charm with inland villages, which surprise due to their natural beauty. From Maó to Ciutadella, Menorca is a fascinating outdoor museum.
Those who have visited know islanders live a slow, quiet life. The island pace of Menorca is a unique way of life, which is seductive and infectious for those lucky enough to visit.
Ibiza, the Mediterranean’s White Island, is full of magic and contrasts. Declared Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO for its biodiversity and culture. Ibiza is also known the world over for its endless, fun-filled nights where the music plays until the following day, and its luxury. In recent years, the island has become a unique tourist destination where luxury is reflected in its diversity. The business world, politicians, elite sports people, models, etc. all fall for Ibiza’s charm - an island experience that never sleeps. However, despite its reduced size, the island is able to meet the most demanding visitors’ needs.
The most sought-after zones to live in, due to their diversification, are the Talamanca, Figueretas and d'en Bossa beaches. Sant Josep is another perfect place to live and walk amongst its exclusive residents.
Ibiza has its own airport, with a wide range of direct flights to the main European capitals, and ferries connecting the island to its neighbours Mallorca, Formentera and the mainland (Barcelona, Dènia and València).
The smallest -just 20 km end-to-end-, most virgin and purest of the Balearic Islands. A destination in high demand, but with a limited number of beds, due to its white sand beaches and turquoise waters, quiet coves, sophisticated beach bars and hippy-chic boutiques. This is perhaps why it’s one of most sighted islands from sea, and during the day draws luxury yachts that return to neighbouring Ibiza after the sunset.
Formentera provides a relaxing break in a natural environment, free from mass tourism. The perfect place for escaping stress and relaxing.
Formentera can only be accessed by sea. This restraint makes it more exclusive, in addition to its magical light. It is, without doubt, one of the world's last luxury paradises, where designer homes coexist with the island’s characteristic rustic buildings.
Costa Brava - Baix Empordà
Costa Brava was created at nature's whim. An exclusive part of the Catalan coastline, where some of Catalonia’s most charming towns are concentrated, mainly in the Baix Empordà zone. Without forgetting the picturesque Cadaqués, the town that gave birth to the “madman” Salvador Dalí, in Cap de Creus.
Its name speaks for itself: “wild” coast, sharp cliffs, wild vegetation that reaches the sea, endless beaches and hidden coves. It extends from Blanes to Portbou, with a mandatory stop in the towns surrounding Cap de Begur (Aiguablava, Tamariu, Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell), where we find the most expensive properties for sale along the Costa Brava.
The Baix Empordà zone is the Costa Brava in its purest form. It has several ports, golf courses, an aerodrome and a wide range of culinary and leisure options to satisfy the most demanding visitors. This region sees the medieval towns of Pals, Peratallada and Monells (the Golden Triangle) live in harmony with the most traditional fishing villages, such as Calella de Palafrugell, and the tourist towns of Palamós, S'Agaró, Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Platja d’Aro, which have luxury private estates such as La Gavina, Punta Brava and Mas Nou.
Mediterranean paradise par excellence, a privileged residential area next to Barcelona, combining the blue sea with the deep green of its natural parks. A zone popularly known for its quality of life, mild climate and for housing one of the world’s best restaurants, el Cellar de Can Roca, and other Michelin star restaurants, such as Sant Pau.
The towns of Maresme are charming, small villages, surrounded by estates. For example, Supermaresme is the area where the largest number of luxury homes are concentrated. An estate belonging to the town of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, which is the perfect spot to set up the first, or second, residence. It stands out due to its proximity to Barcelona, 35-40 minutes away, due to its excellent transport links (motorways, roads and rail). Also due to its coastal location, the marina, riding club, golf courses and commercial, health and school services of all kinds. In Maresme, other towns including Alella and Tiana also stand out, mainly due to their proximity to Barcelona (15 minutes).
Les Corts is a calm residential neighbourhood, where a curious combination of the past and present of the city of Barcelona can be found. From its past, it preserves still to this day medieval buildings, masias and Modernist buildings of high architectural value. The present of the neighbourhood is strongly influenced by its proximity to the Camp Nou Stadium; for this reason, it is excellently connected to the rest of the city. It also has a great commercial zone, with shopping malls such as l'Illa Diagonal, Pedralbes Centre and El Corte Inglés, as well as sport complexes like David Lloyd, Club Laietà and the Barcelona Royal Polo Club.
In its heterogeneity, Les Corts still conserves hidden parts with personality among the residential buildings. The plazas of Can Rosés, Comas and La Concòrdia are the heart of the old town, and the latter is the most charming zone of the whole neighbourhood, with Modernist buildings such as the Oller Antique Pharmacy, from the 19th century, the Boages bakery, the Fragments Cafè and the Déu i Mata family mansion from the 1897, currently a community center with activities for the neighbours.