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Best areas to live near Barcelona

Best areas to live near Barcelona
Written by Paula

Living outside Barcelona can present some advantages. The properties are cheaper, there are beautiful landscapes, and you can find the peace and quiet that cannot be found in the center.

Here are some of the best places to live near Barcelona:

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live near barcelonaBadalona is a peaceful seaside town with beautiful beaches and a historical city center. The city has a pleasant residential area and a number of boutiques, chain stores and entertainment establishments.

Badalona has a good public transportation system, being directly connected to Barcelona by subway, bus and train. The city is located about 35 minutes from Barcelona.

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L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

L’Hospitalet de Llobregat is a popular area for those who are looking for an apartment on a tight budget. At L’Hospitalet you can find two-bedroom apartments for the same price as one room in a nice apartment in the center of Barcelona. L’Hospitalet is an area with various parks, good transportation and a vibrant nightlife.

L’Hospitalet is located 40 minutes away from Barcelona.


Tarragona is a famous university town where various international students come to learn. The city has great restaurants, beautiful parks, and a variety of stores with products for every age. Tarragona is an extremely affordable city, with apartments that can cost as low as 250€ per month.

Tarragona is a historical town located about an hour away from Barcelona.


Mataró is a pleasant coastal town perfect for those who like to stay active. Swimming, running, rock climbing, football and tennis are only some of the many sports practiced by Mataró inhabitants.

Located 45 minutes away from Barcelona, Mataró offers moderate housing prices.


Collserola is a smart choice for those who prefer to be closer to nature than to the city.  This gorgeous mountain range offers an endless number of open spaces and even a national park. Collserola is also an excellent area for outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking and swimming. This is not an area for shopping, since the offer is very limited.

Living in Collserola you will need a vehicle to move between the residential area and the city center, which is located about 30 minutes away by car.

live near barcelonaSitges

Sitges is a lively, bohemian city, one of the most popular coastal cities. Housing prices are not necessarily cheap, but what the city offers in beaches, culture and restaurants make up for the steeper prices.

Sitges is located about 50 minutes away from Barcelona.

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Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.

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