Barcelona is a popular year round destination for holidaymakers, travelers and weekend-breakers alike. Blessed with both beach and mountains, amazing Modernist architecture and some delicious Catalan delicacies, it’s no wonder Tripadvisor recently rated it as the 3rd destination in the world for ‘Overall Traveller Experience’.
The best way to enjoy all that this magnificent city has to offer is to live like a local, and you can certainly do this by renting a holiday apartment.
Step right out onto a historic and winding street of the Gothic Quarter, sip your morning coffee overlooking the majestic Sagrada Familia, delight your senses while buying some fresh ingredients at the Boqueria Market and whip up a Mediterranean feast later on.
When renting an apartment, you have the freedom to do all this and much more! You will be able to truly soak up the essence and tremendous energy of the Catalan capital.
Something for Everyone
Barcelona apartments come in all shapes, sizes and price range, from stylish studios (perfect for a romantic breaks), to five bedroom lofts (ideal for family get together) or weekend getaways with friends.
With apartments in the heart of the city, right on the beach or in the foothills of the Collserola Mountains, there really is an apartment for everyone. What’s more, each apartment has its own character: colourful or plain, ornate or minimalist.
Don’t break the bank
Travelling abroad is exciting, but quite often the one thing that can cause the most stress when planning a trip is the ‘M’ word.
Barcelona apartments is a much more affordable option than hotels, especially when it comes to sharing space with others. Perfect for large groups of friends and family, you can stay all together under one roof. Plus, you can cook your favorite meals or try something new, which allows you to save lots of money on dining out.
The Euros you keep can go towards sightseeing, a few drinks at a local bar, a boat trip, a Flamenco show or go to a soccer game at Camp Nou.
A home away from home
Holiday apartments in Barcelona come fully furnished and equipped with everything you need to make you feel comfortable and at home during your trip.
- Kitchen: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – there’s nothing like a home-cooked meal. Practice your acquired Spanish culinary skills or entertain friends in your own kitchen.
- Entertainment: Many apartments come with a TV in multiple languages and a DVD player, perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing. Just having your own living area is bliss after walking around town all day.
- Bedrooms: There is no better way to recharge batteries than getting a good night’ sleep. Beautifully decorated bedrooms, quality linen, and most importantly, comfortable beds will help you feel cared for and looked after.
- Internet: Free Wi-Fi is usually provided which allows you to stay in touch with friends or family members back home.
- Privacy: You’re free to come and go as you please without staff knocking on your door at inconvenient times.
For quality, value and, above all, that local feel, the best option by far is to rent an apartment. You’ll be glad you got to experience Barcelona to the fullest and will want to go back as soon as possible!
Hollie Morton is a British expat and traveler. She is currently writing for Apartment Barcelona, an online rental agency with over 900 apartments for long and short-term stays.
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18 thoughts on “Living like a local in Barcelona: Why rent a holiday apartment?”
Barcelona has been on my wishlist forever! Thanks for sharing this informative post 🙂
You will LOVE Barcelona. It gets under your skin 😉
We loved Barcelona!! We did exactly what you suggested, rented an apartment for 11 days instead of staying in a hotel a few years back. It was a great experience and it saved us lot of money. We got to experience it like the local do. Great post…
That’s great to hear that you loved Barcelona (who wouldn’t?) and that you rented an apartment 😉
Whereabouts was it?
It sure is a great alternative to hotels and saves you money indeed.
I stayed with friends (who are like family) and lived in their apartment for about 2 weeks.
Though I really need to go back and live it up. I can’t say this enough but Barcelona is a pretty sensational city.
If I could I’d definitely live there. It’s one of those places in the world where you feel & know that you are at home 😉
Thank you for stopping by!
I don’t remember what street. It was only two blocks walking distance from La Rambla. Close enough to all the restaurants and shops and yet far enough from all the noise.
Wow, that was a fab location then!
Yes being a bit of way from the noise is great, especially to recharge batteries.
I was near Marina station and walked everywhere. I even got lost on purpose but it was awesome. Loved it!
Now I can’t wait to return 😉
These apartments look so plush and well equipped!
They sure do!
I can’t wait to go back to Barcelona and stay at an apartment & live like a Catalan 🙂
Renting an apartment is an AWESOME way to really experience the city like a local. Definitely agreed with all of the above!
Happy to read that 😉
Just went to Barcelona last month and didn’t even think of renting an apt. Good idea for longer stays.
I didn’t think of it either and I stayed there 2 weeks!
I’ll stay in an apartment next time too 😉
This apartment is definitely better than the one I lived in Barcelona in my twenties, which was a basement with ceilings so low that if I spiked my hair it touched the ceiling. Ah, memories.
Sounds like it was an unforgettable experience!
I hope next time you will enjoy your stay in a modern, comfy & just fab place 😉
Wow, it looks beautiful!
It sure is beautiful! There’s just no other place like it 😉
Barcelona is just magnificent! It’s the most beautiful city I’ve been in, and believe me I have been in lots of places. I had the best time of my life and for sure I’m going back there! It was three years, though and I hope the city hasn’t changed.
I totally agree with you. It is absolutely one of a kind!
I’ve not been there in a while and can’t wait to return 🙂
Thank you for visiting!