Barcelona is one of the top destinations in the world for city breaks, it´s fantastic architecture, museums, historic buildings, gourmet restaurants, traditional tapas bars and beaches too. It has everything to offer a visitor with its excellent tourism infrastructure. As well as the city of Barcelona there are several coastal towns that make perfect holiday destinations. Sitges is one such town, an upmarket resort that is around 25 minutes drive from Barcelona airport. Whether you are looking for a city break to Barcelona, or a longer holiday taking in all the sites of the region, there is a huge selection of holiday rental properties on offer from studio apartments to luxury villas.
Barcelona being a major employment hub and commercial centre there are an abundance of properties to rent long term. Like all major cities the prices are quite high, but nowhere near as much as Paris or London. The Barcelona province has a very high population and many live in the towns and cities that are the suburbs of Barcelona. Areas that offer value for money and are commuter areas with easy access to central Barcelona. As well as the city there are various towns and villages along the coast of Barcelona where you can visit beaches as well the excitement of a major city.
Barcelona offers many apartments to rent on monthly basis, it is possible to rent from one month and more. The weather is not quite as warm as the southern Costas for winter sun but is still warmer than Northern Europe. Visiting this area isn´t really about the weather though. Its to submerge yourself in the Spanish culture and spending a few months during the winter gives you time to enjoy everything the Barcelona province has to offer. The options for monthly rentals in Barcelona are great from studio apartments, to luxury penthouses as well whole houses. Like any major city the prices can be quite high.
One of the worlds leading cities and 2nd biggest in Spain only after the capital Madrid, Barcelona is a city visited by millions and a major economic hub for finance, fashion, arts, media, science and education.
With its full name of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, L'Hospitalet is the second largest Catalonian city, but is known more for a suburb of Barcelona. It is close to Barcelona airport and offers good accommodation if travelling through.
Originally founded by the Romans in the 3rd century, Badalona was given city status in 1897 and by its population is now the third largest city n Catalonia. A suburb of Barcelona on the Besos river and Mediterranean sea.
Famous in Spain’s industrial revolution Sabadell is famed for it´s textile mills and is nicknamed the “Catalan Manchester”. Many of its old mill buildings can still be seen which have been reformed to become residential or modern day commercial buildings.
Located at the foot of the Prelitoral mountain range, Terrassa is 277 meters above sea level. It´s the 3rd largest city in Catalonia and 20km from Barcelona. The towns Jazz festival is the most prestigious in all of Catalonia.
The town of Mataró is in the Costa de Maresme, having an important marina which attracts many visitors to the area with its numerous bars, restaurants and shops. Modernist architecture can be found around the city and it was the birthplace of the famous architect Josep Puig.
8km from the centre of Barcelona Santa Coloma de Gramenet is a busy suburb with its central street La Rambleta offering many tapas bar and restaurants. The main tourist attraction and free to visit is the Puig Castellar.
A suburb of Barcelona city, Cornellà de Llobregat is home to one of the three Barcelona La Liga football teams RCD Espanyol. The city name is from Roman origins and there is evidence of Visigoth traits in the architecture.
Located in the geographical centre of Catalonia, Manresa is the capital of Comarca of Bages. The city is an industrial area with metal, glass and textile industries. The basilica of Santa María de la Seo, is a just one of the fantastic historical buildings in the city.
Located on the Llobregat river, Sant Boi de Llobregat has over 82,000 residents. The town has history back to Roman times with a notable Roman bath. The town is 30 minutes drive from the centre of Barcelona.
An affluent suburb of Barcelona, Sant Cugat is only 20 kilometres from the city. It´s beautiful natural surroundings as well as amenities such as a pedestrian shopping area, restaurants, a concert venue, two cinemas, and one large shopping centre, make its sought after are to live.
A beach suburb of Barcelona, Castelldefels offers fantastic family friendly holidays to Spanish and tourists alike. It´s 5km of sandy beach is only 15 minutes from Barcelona centre and provides all the amenities of hotels and restaurants.
The location of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Vallès is 30 minutes from Barcelona centre. The town has grown rapidly over the last 50 years and most of it´s architecture is modern buildings.
Forty minutes from Barcelona, Granollers has a thriving business centre grown from the textile industry in the 19th century. There is also a more agricultural area called Palou that retains some history of the past.
Situated in the valley of the Besòs river, Mollet del Vallès is a suburb and a major communications hub for Barcelona. Just 17km from the centre of Barcelona and 10km from Granollers, another major business hub, it´s a popular commuters town.
The location of Barcelona´s airport El Prat airport, El Prat de Llobregat offers international flights to all over the world. It is a short journey in to Barcelona city or to coastal towns.
At just 15km from the centre of Barcelona, Rubi is a growing town as it´s offers its residents easy access to the city, but lower housing costs. It has excellent rail and bus routes in to the city.
A large town on the outskirts of Barcelona, Viladecans is mainly a service town that has a hospital serving it and other smaller towns. It is on the coast and has an unspoilt natural beach.
A pretty coastal town Vilanova I la Geltrú has some wonderful architecture, Spanish culture with many fiestas and fantastic beaches. A great place to visit close to Barcelona.
Just 17km inland from the centre of Barcelona Barberà del Vallès is a suburb of the city. It has a population of over 32,000 residents and has a wonderful food festival in October.
A municipality of Barcelona Metropolitan area Esplugues de Llobregat is known for historic and attractive old quarter. Initially an industrial city it is now a modern city keeping its cultural identity.
There are two neighbourhoods of Gavà the city centre and Gavà Mar the coastal neighbourhood. South of Barcelona city and just a 10 minute drive from the airport.
In an area renown for agriculture and wine producing Igualada is made up of an old town and a a surrounding new part with large houses. It also host one of the biggest hot air balloon festivals in Europe.
Home to the headquarters of the famous Spanish car manufacturer SEAT, Martorell is also know for it´s ancient devils bridge “Pont del Diable” which crosses the river Llobregat.
Molins de Rei, is a significant industrial area with history of great entrepreneurship and was once famed for its royal windmills.
A beach resort that is one hours drive north of Barcelona, Pineda de Mar offers its visitors a golden sandy beach, plenty of hotels and culinary experiences. As well as its famous waterpark!
Thirty minutes north of Barcelona Premià de Mar is a tourist town. Like all Spanish resorts the visitor is well catered for with a sandy beach, marina, hotels and restaurants.
An upmarket resort Sitges has a long beach and promenade. It is known for it´s tolerance and open mindedness and enjoys a colourful mix of all residents and visitors no matter what race, religion or sexual orientation they are.
The city of Vic is between Barcelona and Girona and offers the visitor a good mix of history and modernity. It has many historical places of interest as well fantastic culinary delights.
Known locally as Vilafranca the city is the centre for the famous Penedès wine industry. The royal palace is now home to a museum including many artefact as well as a museum dedicated to wine.