Fantastic climate, rich culture, cosmopolitan living and property investment hotspot
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 in Barcelona and the surrounding areas.
Barcelona, capital of Catalunya in northern Spain and the second largest city in the country, is undoubtedly the most cosmopolitan and economically active city in Spain.
It is a vibrant, modern city, known worldwide for its fabulous Mediterranean climate, exquisite gastronomy, art, great nightlife, shopping and architecture, in particular the work of Antoni Gaudí. This combined with its wonderful beaches ensure that visitors return time after time for the perfect balance of culture and fun that Barcelona offers.
Barcelona is a coastal city 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 Spain is obligatory between 6 and16, but generally begins around 3. From 16-18 students can also study the Bachillerato, enabling them to enter University in Europe and the US.
Barcelona offers a 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, The Japanese School and the Deutsche Schule, among many others.
The public healthcare system 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. 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 in Barcelona, the main being the Vall D'Hebron, Hospital Clinic, Hospital de Sant Pau and Hospital del Mar.
As far as shopping is concerned, Barcelona is literally a shopper's paradise. For tourist souvenirs and a great day out, the famous Rambla is the place, while the classy Passeig de Gràcia offers a more upmarket shopping experience with names such as Versace, Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Cartier and Calvin Klein all on offer. The winding back streets of the old town will thrill those who prefer to spend hours looking around quirky, independent boutiques and the famous department store, El Corte Ingles, offers 7 floors of shopping options on Plaça Catalunya in the very centre of the city.
Barcelona city is literally brimming with fabulous restaurants, bars and shops and the port area is a wonderful place for an exquisite meal or to just sit, soaking up the sun and watching the world pass by, as is the beautifully maintained Ciudadella Park.
When you need to escape the sun, the Picasso Museum and Palau de La Musica music venue await you in all their architectural glory.
The coastal towns both to the north and south are ideal for a break from the city and a quieter spot on the beach. And, as if daily life were not exciting enough here, Barcelona 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 city's annual day of music with concerts taking place everywhere – and Carnaval in February with all of the usual colourful carnival festivities.
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.
Barcelona airport (El Prat) is situated some 13 kilometres south-west of the city 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.
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
Property for sale and rent in Barcelona Coast
Our Barcelona surroundings properties are set in the majestic mountain foothills, with easy access to the city and to airports, along coastal beachlands outside Barcelona and in the prize wine-growing region of the country.
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