Lorette is one of Spotahome’s Runners, or Homecheckers, and we absolutely adore her. She has been living in Barcelona for a year and today, she will share her thoughts on The City of Gaudi and give us some local tips on how to get the most out of this beautiful city, whether you are looking to move there or just stopping by for a visit.
What do you like the most about living in Barcelona?
I like living in Poblenou, which is a long area near the beach. There is always something to do in Barcelona – from parks, flea markets, bars, to music festivals. You can never get bored here and the atmosphere is always amazing and friendly. No matter what you’re into, you will be able to find something to do and a community with the same interests.
Lorette’s 5 favorite places in Barcelona:
- Camp Nou: A paradise for all football fans – watching a match here is an amazing experience!
- Marbella skate park: A spot for skateboard lovers and a perfect place to show off your skills.
- Encants: Barcelona’s flea market! You will find anything you need here and you can browse the stalls for hours and hours.
- Palo Alto market: Monthly market, full of amazing food and an amazing atmosphere. It also has a good selection of beers.
- Parc del Forum: It’s located next to the beach, perfect for a peaceful walk to clear your head.
Marbella skate park. Photo source: barcelonaskatepark
Which areas of the city are your favorite and why?
- El Born is full of exciting bars and restaurants with a big variety of food from all areas of the world.
- Poblenou hosts many markets – it is also a perfect area for when you need to relax and enjoy a peaceful stroll along the beach, go for a swim or play some sports!
What are some secrets of the city that not many people know about?
Parc del Guinardo. Image source: Everplaces
- Antic Teatre in El Born: This is Barcelona’s hidden garden bar, perfect for a relaxing drink and a catchup with a friend.
- Parc del Guinardo: One of the most beautiful spots in Barcelona, often overlooked by tourists. It’s just a short, 20 minute walk away from Sagrada Familia and it offers some of the most spectacular views of Barcelona. It’s even better during a sunrise or a sunset.
- Sant Pol de Mar: If you need a one day getaway from Barcelona, check out this local beach town, just an hour train ride from the city. Amazing food and relaxing sights! Perfect if you are coming to Barcelona during the summer.
Sant Pol de Mar. Image source: saposyprincesas
Lorette’s top tips for visiting Barcelona
Take a walk along the beach, all the way to the Forum or even further – the sights are fantastic and the atmosphere is very relaxing. Don’ forget to check out the dates for the neighborhood festivals – it’s a great way to meet people and to get a feel of what it’s like to be a local in this amazing city.
Lorette’s favorite Spotahome property is…
These beautiful rooms for rent in a fantastic apartment for students and professionals in El Born – everything about it is just beautiful and it’s located close to practically everything.
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