Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city that has established itself as a cultural, tourist, financial and technological hub. These characteristics are shared by many great European capitals, but if there is something that differentiates Barcelona and makes it stand out, it is being situated near the Mediterranean Sea. If you are thinking of renting an apartment in Barcelona, and you like the beach and the sea, do not hesitate and focus on Barcelona’s coastal areas. The pleasant weather allows you to enjoy the beach practically every day of the year. From late spring to early autumn the water of the Mediterranean has the perfect temperature for taking a swim. This is also the time that the beach is more crowded, because both locals and tourists take advantage of the closeness of the beach. But living near it will allow you to enjoy the beach during its calmer times, and this way you can avoid the crowds. The beaches of Barcelona are, however, not only frequently visited during summertime. Yes, although some people do take their daily swim during the winter months, you can also go running, exercizing, walking, or you can just go out and have a drink with friends at some of the beach bars that are open all year.
The neighbourhoods close to the sea and the entire Paseo Marítimo de Barcelona, are the busiest and most crowded areas of the city. There are always people walking, enjoying the sun and practicing all kinds of sports, from skating or playing beach volleyball, to groups doing yoga or meditation. The neighbourhoods that are literally bordered by the sea are: Barceloneta, Vila Olímpica, Poblenou and Diagonal Mar. Each of the areas has its own character, and their rental homes are highly in demand, both by tourists and by people who want to settle in the city. La Barceloneta is an old fishing district with narrow streets and small apartments, but it still retains the decadent charm of its past. You will find local restaurants that serve the best fish and rice dishes in the city in those idyllic streets of La Barceloneta. Poblenou is the newest popular district of the Catalan capital. It is an old industrial district that has become a technological hotspot, and new businesses establish there every day. It is an area with a vibrant atmosphere, but luckily it has not lost its essence. It is also easy for new tenants to live with the locals here. The area of Poblenou is larger than Barceloneta, and it offers various types of rental apartments. There are older and smaller apartments, but also apartments that are more spacious, which is ideal for young families. The Olympic Village has originally been built to accommodate athletes during the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. These buildings now have apartments of many different sizes, and most of them are surrounded by private gardens. It is one of the more recent districts in the city, along with the area of Diagonal Mar. The closest areas to the beach, Diagonal Mar or the Front Marítim del Poblenou, have a series of buildings with luxury apartments with spectacular views of the sea. Barcelona has everything you could possibly want in any big city, and besides that, it also allows you to enjoy the beach nearly all year round. Without a doubt, this already feels like a tremendous luxury.