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The Lucas Fox Barcelona office was established in 2005 when Lucas Fox was originally founded. The range of property on offer in Barcelona is as diverse as the culture and cuisine, from traditional city apartments for sale in the old town and sleek, modern beachfront apartments and penthouses close to the sea, to houses and building plots throughout the entire province.
Barcelona is one of the four provinces that make up Catalonia. Famed for the vibrancy of its capital city, beautiful Mediterranean beaches, 4 natural parks and the charm of its many mountain villages, it attracts an endless stream of visitors every year.
Located in the centre of Catalonia, the province of Barcelona enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate. Stretching out between the sea and the Pyrenees, Barcelona embraces the Garraf and Maresme coasts and is widely recognized as being the most economically successful province in northern Spain. Barcelona's affluence is greatly due to its reputation as a major tourist destination and as a gastronomy hot spot in more recent years, thanks to local names such as Ferràn Adrià and Santi Santamaría making the headlines. Furthermore, Barcelona is home to a major commercial port and many highly industrialized areas with high employment rates.
From a cultural point of view, Barcelona is rich and varied. Locals speak Catalan and Spanish (Castilian) as co-official languages. Many works of art by the likes of Miro and Picasso were inspired by the beauty of Barcelona and the achitecture reflects local history, from its Roman origins to the flare of the modernist epoch, effortlessly mixing styles with a charming and completely unique result.
Barcelona is a province that is regularly voted one of the most desirable locations in the world and is therefore a superb place to buy property either as a second home, rental project or for permanent living - an excellent long-term property investment.
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Free schooling in Catalonia is obligatory between 6 and 16, but generally begins around 3. From 16-18 students can also study the Batxillerat, enabling them to enter University in Europe and the US.
Being such a popular place for relocation among the international community, the province of Barcelona caters well for its international families. There is a wide choice of private and state schools, as well as local and international schools, including The American School of Barcelona, Benjamin Franklin School, The British School of Barcelona, French Lycée, Hamelin, SEK, The Japanese School, the Deutsche Schule, the International School of Barcelona in Sitges and many, many more.
The public healthcare system in Barcelona has a very good reputation and compares well to other international systems. Free access is available with a "Tarjeta Sanitaria Individual". To qualify for a TSI a Social Security number is required, as given to those who have an employment contract or are self employed and paying autónomo social security contributions. Around 25% of people have private health insurance as this generally means faster access to a greater choice of specialists. Spanish companies offering private health insurance include Mapfre, Asisia and Sanitas.
There are several public hospitals throughout the province of Barcelona, the main being the Vall D'Hebron, Hospital Clinic, Hospital de Sant Pau and Hospital del Mar within Barcelona City itself and Hospital General de Catalunya in Sant Cugat and Hospital Universitario de Bellvitge in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. Every town has its own doctor's surgery, known locally as "El C.A.P", and the larger towns all have private healthcare clinics.
As far as shopping is concerned, Barcelona is literally a shopper's paradise. The capital city obviously offers endless shopping options from the 7 floors of the Corte Inglés shopping centre to the classy Passeig de Gràcia with names such as Versace, Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Cartier and Calvin Klein all on offer.
Many of the large coastal towns such as Mataró and Sitges offer a labyrinth of winding back streets that will thrill those who prefer to spend hours looking around quirky, independent boutiques than to head for the mall.
For a spot of chic outlet shopping, the Roca Village in La Roca del Vallés is a wonderful open air shopping centre with restaurants and cafes, where you can while away the day looking for upmarket brand names at discounted prices.
The local timetable is something to be aware of when heading for the shops in Barcelona. While most shopping centres and major stores in cities tend to be open from 10am until 10 pm Monday to Saturday, many of the independent shops in smaller towns are closed on Sundays and Monday mornings and every day from 1.30 until 5.30 for lunch.
Everybody has heard of Barcelona city with its fabulous restaurants, bars, shops and port area and the coastal town of Sitges with its lively nightlife and annual film festival, but there is so much more to the province of Barcelona than meets the fleeting tourist's eye.
Barcelona Province has an active cultural events calendar, peppered with internationally renowned music festivals such as the Sonar, Primavera Sound and local traditions such as Sant Joan – an explosion of fireworks and cava to mark the summer solstice – La Mercé – the capital city's annual day of music with concerts taking place everywhere – and Carnival in February with all of the usual colourful carnival festivities taking place in each and every town.
The coastal towns, both to the north on the Maresme Coast or to the south in El Garraf, are ideal for a quieter alternative to the Catalan capital as well as cleaner, safer beaches. For an authentic Barcelona experience, head to one of the small towns set in the hills behind the coastline and enjoy the fabulous local cuisine and colourful popular traditions.
Stretching along the Mediterranean Coast and backed by various small mountain ranges, the province of Barcelona offers a fabulous lifestyle of nautical activities, gastronomy, golf, history, culture and sunshine with an enormous variety of property types on offer ranging from small beachfront apartments to large country estates with private vineyards.
Being a major tourist and business destination, Barcelona Province benefits from a complete transport network of rail, road, sea and air routes connecting with other provinces and countries daily.
Public transport in Barcelona is generally very efficient and reliable. TMB run Barcelona's metropolitan transport system with trams, buses, trains and metros connecting every corner of the city. Sarfa and Casas are two other important bus companies operating within the province of Barcelona and the train company, Renfe, has an extensive network of train lines from local ones connecting the city to the suburbs and coastal towns, to the high-speed AVE train connecting Barcelona to Madrid in just two and a half hours.
The principal motorways from Barcelona are the AP-7 and C-32 and you can enter the city via the ring roads. If you are driving to or from France, the AP-7 in the north connects with the French motorway 150 kilometres away at La Jonquera, the French border.
All Mediterranean ports connect with the Port of Barcelona, making it one of the busiest ports in Europe.
The province of Barcelona is served by Barcelona airport (El Prat), situated some 13 kilometres south-west of the capital of the province and is easily reached by road, rail or shuttle bus from the city centre. It has two large terminals serving both national and international flights daily. It is Spain's second busiest airport. The province of Barcelona also benefits from the proximity of the Girona-Costa Brava and Reus airports.
One of Europe’s most famous and exciting cities and an excellent place to buy property either as a second home, rental investment or for permanent living
Sant Cugat is an attractive, affluent town which enjoys a great location, situated just 20 km to the north of Barcelona and with spectacular countryside close by.
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