Best location to stay in Barcelona? A Complete Overview (with insider knowledge)

Where to Stay in Barcelona for a FIRST time visit? Full Map with handpicked Hotels 2021

What is the best location to stay in Barcelona? This is a question we always receive. Therefore, we created this guide on where to stay in Barcelona. It includes the best areas for the first time visitor, families and couples.

We even included a big map with all neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for couples, families and friends.

(This guide is always up to date, the last updated June 2021.)

But, first things first:

Question: Where to stay in Barcelona for a first-time visit?

Answer: stay central!

What does that mean? We highlight the recommended areas in the map below.

The very city center includes

  • Gothic Quarter (old town with the famous Las Ramblas)
  • El Born (old town)
  • Eixample around Passeig de Gracia

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

Why do I recommend these areas?

Those are the most convenient areas to stay and are the safety! They have direct access to the airport, public transport and many of the major sights nearby.

Please note: those are not the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

We know it is hard to understand the district name when you have never been there. So we handcrafted several maps to help you. They are all in this guide. In fact, you won’t find any better and more detailed guide than this one. When reading this guide, you will stay at a great place in a safe neighborhood!

Do you prefer staying close to the beach? Then check our simple guide to best beach hotels in Barcelona. The website LesBoutiqueHotels collects also the finest boutique hotels in Barcelona.

In this guide we cover:

  1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for …
    1. Families
    2. Couples
    3. Luxury Traveler
    4. Design Traveler
    5. Groups
    6. Solo-Traveler
    7. Nightlife-seeking traveler
    8. Budget Traveler
    9. Beach hotels in Barcelona
  2. Top 10 Sights
    1. sights
    2. tickets you have to pre-book
  3. Neighborhoods and its differences
  4. safest area to stay in Barcelona
  5. FAQ

Read: is the Barcelona transport Card worth it?

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for …

As mentioned, the city center of Barcelona is the perfect place for the first-time visitor.

I also understand that different travel styles match different needs. I created an overview of this. You will notice some areas are excluded or added to the previous recommendation.

Also, I would like to include an amazing discount on your stay. In case you prefer AirBnB, here you have a 35€ discount for your AirBnB stay.

Read43 alternatives to Airbnb – that might be even more interesting

This videos gives you a good insight on the neighborhoods in Barcelona. So if you’ve been wondering what neighbourhood to stay in Barcelona, this is your video to look at.

We go into detail of each district here.

1.1 Families

Let’s face it. Kids and adults have different priorities while traveling.

Kids love to play, parents want to do some sightseeing and experience the culture, the food… so there must be a commitment.

That is why, for families, I recommend to stay in the following districts:

  • Eixample
  • El Born (old town)
  • Gothic Quarter (old town)
  • Poble Nou and Vila Olimpica, near the Beach

This map shows you the areas, recommended for families:

Handpicked accommodations for families

Flexibility is a must while traveling with a family group, that is why the best option would be to look for an apartment centrally located or nearby the beach, depending on the family purposes.

Also, check if you need self-catering facilities, such as a kitchen. For me, this is always useful to have.

Durlet Beach Apartments

Located just 200 meters from the Beach, Durlet Beach Apartments is a great option while traveling with the family.

Spacious, with modern decor facilities, air-conditioned rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a swimming pool on the rooftop terrace.

The apartment is located in the Poble Nou area, one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in Barcelona, surrounded by many bars, restaurants, and pedestrian streets.

Metro stop is just 10 minutes by walk.

This apartment is my #1 recommendation for families!

Check prices at Durlet Apartment here

Durlet Beach Apartments

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