A trip to culture-rich Barcelona can be even more memorable when travellers choose a vacation home rental instead of a traditional hotel. Rentals are affordable, family-friendly accommodations that provide a home base from which to explore this vibrant city on Spain’s Mediterranean coast.
Many options are available, so choosing the perfect lodging requires some planning and research. Three things to keep in mind when booking a vacation rental in Barcelona are location, price and amenities.
1.Choose a Neighbourhood
Want to revel in the modernism for which Barcelona is famous? Look in Eixample. Two of Antonio Gaudí’s remarkable residences, the dragon-like Casa Batlló and the curvacious La Pedrera, lie along Passeig de Gràcia. Just to the north is Família Sagrada, Gaudí’s astounding cathedral that is a work-in-progress 90 years after the architect’s death.
A rental in La Barceloneta with its sandy beach and access to water sports such as parasailing, windsurfing and paddle boarding, is ideal for beach-lovers. Nine other beaches are within reach.
Up-and-coming El Raval is the coolest neighbourhood with trendy bars and shops that appeal to visitors seeking exciting nightlife and cutting-edge cuisine.
La Ribera/El Born is rich in tradition. Find tapas bars and Barcelona-style paella in the many restaurants. Fulfil your longing for the city’s famous chocolates and pastries at shops near your rental. This area is home to Museu Picasso. The museum houses one of the most comprehensive collections of works by the 20th-Century artist, who grew up in Barcelona.
For history enthusiasts, a spot in Barri Gotic lets you wander through narrow streets that look as they did in Mediaeval times.
Price is calculated per night and averages €164; much depends on the size of your group. Friends who divide the cost six or eight ways will enjoy a truly budget-conscious stay.
For about the price of a hotel room, families can rent a two-bedroom flat, a comfortable choice for adults with children. Fully-stocked kitchens provide relaxing in-home dining and there’s plenty of space for children’s quiet time between excursions.
While the number of beds is of first importance, also consider features that will personalise your vacation rental in Barcelona. A balcony or rooftop makes for memorable alfresco dining; features such as a hot tub or fireplace provide a touch of luxury.
More prosaically, consider your need for child-suitability, elder access or pet-friendly lodgings and search accordingly. Laundry facilities are common, but not universally included, as is true of air conditioning. Rentals will have all kitchen necessities, but if you require a microwave or other small appliance, be sure to check the listing details or inquire of the landlord.
An intriguing benefit of a rental is that your landlord will likely be a city resident who can steer you toward markets, cafes and points-of-interest that are local favourites rarely seen by visitors. A short term vacation rental can make the difference between an ordinary trip and one that sparks entertaining stories for years to come.