Welcome to Spree vs Steal! This time, join us in Eixample, Barcelona for a city-beach break in two beautiful rentals with two totally different price tags.
The spicy Spanish city of Barcelona brings together the best of city break and beach escape.
A spellbinding blend of old and new, Barcelona’s historic sights meld seamlessly with the modern city which has grown up around them. Its rich cultural scene provide days of sights to satisfy the most energetic explorers. And when the sun goes down, the lively sounds of chatter and clinking glasses pour out of the many clubs, bars and restaurants into the warm, Mediterranean night.
A quaint church spire, set against a stripe of white sand and sea-blue hues, is just a taste of the city’s unique appeal.
The bustling Las Ramblas, an avenue lined with trees, shops and tempting tapas bars, is a favourite with tourists and locals alike. Both of our featured apartments are perfectly positioned to experience it, located just streets away. The famous curves of Gaudi’s masterpiece La Pedrera are nearby, too, in the free-spirited area of Gràcia.
Museums, public parks, street art and artists, monuments, cathedrals, architectural wonders, long stretches of golden beach… Barcelona is one of the most visually enticing and exciting cities in Europe, if not the world. Pay a visit and trust us: you won’t be disappointed.
“Modern and spacious – it was perfect for us.” (Review, May 2016)
If your budget will stretch to a little luxury, this modern loft apartment with a private roof terrace is the perfect choice. With a view over the Gothic Quarter, you can see the city come to life in the evening while enjoying pre-dinner apéritifs. Don’t forget the rooftop swimming pool:
Such a wonderful spot for a relaxing, sun-kissed siesta in the afternoon (and essential preparation for a late night sampling the sangria of the many surrounding bars).
Light interiors throughout make the loft feel incredibly spacious and quirky touches (did you spot the wall-mounted motorcycle?) give it plenty of personality. It’s a perfect match for the Eixample Barrio’s buzzing boutique and restaurant scene.
“The best choice possible.” (Review, November 2o14)
If you have a little less cash to splash, try this modern apartment. Just as centrally located as the first, it radiates the intoxicating brand of urban cool that makes central Barcelona such a magnet for holidaymakers.
The nightlife on offer in Eixample will certainly keep you busy. But when you do return (possibly in the early hours), this tranquil bedroom will be waiting for you. What’s more, the decorative touches dotted around the apartment give it that comfortable, home-from-home feel.
The terrace is perhaps more a functional feature than serene suntrap, but it still provides an inspiring vantage point to enjoy breakfast, people-watch and soak up the city’s atmosphere.
So which is your favourite? Will it be the spacious loft or the slightly smaller but still super stylish apartment? You decide!