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Living in the Centre of Barcelona without too Much Stress

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Written by Daniella

People living in the centre of the Catalan capital live there to enjoy the best services right on their doorstep and to really feel the city’s vibe. Barcelona’s centre has lots of different types of shops, unique and historical monuments, ideal meeting points, a variety of culinary and leisure options and many exciting cultural activities.

If you want to have everything nearby and don’t want to have to move around in the city too much, then the centre of Barcelona could be just the right neighbourhood for you. Just remember that, like any city centre, there is a downside: it’s busy with people and traffic, and then there’s the noise…

If you want to live peacefully in Barcelona, and you prefer to do so in its centre, don’t miss the tips in this article by ShBarcelona.

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Living a relaxed life in the centre of Barcelona

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City centres are always busy, whether it’s because people are living there, working there or moving from one part of the city to the other.

Shops are busy, bars and restaurants are full and public transport is also crowded. And it doesn’t even matter if it’s day or night, so it can sometimes be hard to get a break from it all.

That being said, if you truly want to enjoy everything the city has to offer, then living in the centre is one of your best options. And don’t start to worry now about getting enough sleep, just follow these simple tips when looking for an apartment, and they will make your stay in the city centre less stressful and more enjoyable.

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Tips on how to reduce elements of stress while living in Barcelona’s city centre

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    First things first: The apartment you will be living in will be the key factor to your peace of mind. Choose and apartment on a higher level, and if you can have the top floor and not have any neighbours above you, then that would be perfect. Also pay attention to the insulation of doors and windows.

  • Check out who your new neighbours will be. Are there only young people or students in the building? Are there families with small children or people with pets? Or what about apartments for tourists? All this information can give you an indication of the noise level in your apartment.
  • It would be ideal if you can find an apartment in a pedestrian zone (like in Ciutat Vella), as you will be able to avoid traffic and everything that naturally comes with it (traffic jams, noise, fumes).
  • If possible, do not rent or buy property in a street with lots of entertainment venues, restaurants and/or bars. The sounds produced by these businesses can be very annoying, and its loud visitors can have a negative influence on the tranquillity inside your home.
  • When you go home or leave the house, choose less crowded routes.
  • If you can create your own schedule, then it’s wise to go shopping in a neighbourhood or at a time that is more quiet. For example, shop on weekdays just after 10 a.m. or first thing in the morning when the shops open. You won’t always be able to avoid tourists, but you will definitely meet less residents, as they will be at work at that time of the day.

Do you have other advice on how to live in the city centre with less stress?

About the author


Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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