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The Lucas Fox Barcelona office was established in 2005 when Lucas Fox was originally founded. The Barcelona real estate on offer is as diverse as the culture and cuisine, from traditional city apartments for sale and rent in Barcelona Old Town and sleek, modern beachfront apartments close to the sea, to detached houses with private gardens and swimming pools for sale and rent in the prestigious Zona Alta and designer villas in the surrounding areas.
As the capital city of Catalonia and cradled in between the hills of Montjuïc and the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona has become one of Europe's most exciting cities and an excellent place to buy property either as a second home, long-term rental investment or for permanent living. In few other parts of the world will you find such a laid-back, down-to-earth, welcoming atmosphere in a place of such beauty and cultural importance.
Lucas Fox offers a large and growing portfolio of Barcelona properties for sale and rent in the city neighbourhoods such as Eixample, Diagonal Mar, Gràcia, Sarrià and the Old Town, each with its own charm and personality, as well as in the surrounding areas of Sant Cugat, Valldoreix, Sant Just Desvern and Esplugues. Barcelona continues to attract buyers from all over the world and is increasingly appealing to growing numbers of lifestyle property investors, attracted by good long-term prospects and an unparalleled quality of life. Numerous New Development projects are beginning to emerge in the city, a sure sign that the property market recovery is well underway.
Barcelona 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, all of which are 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 to 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, the Benjamin Franklin International School, Kensington School, St Paul's School, St Peter's School, the French Lycée, the Deutsche Schule, the Escuela Suiza and 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 Vall d'Hebron, Hospital Clínic, 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 area has its own doctor's surgery, known locally as the "CAP".
As far as shopping is concerned, Barcelona is a shopper's paradise. The capital city 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.
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 cafés, 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 tend to be open from 10am until 10pm Monday to Saturday, many of the independent shops are closed every day from 1.30pm until 5.30pm for lunch.
Everybody has heard of Barcelona City with its fabulous restaurants, bars, shops and port area but there is so much more to the province of Barcelona than meets the fleeting tourist's eye.
The province of Barcelona has an active cultural events calendar, including internationally renowned music festivals Sónar and 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.
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, detached villas with private gardens and swimming pools.
Being a major tourist and business destination, the province of Barcelona 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 150km 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 13km south west of the capital and 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.
Lucas Fox offers an excellent selection of Barcelona City real estate for sale and rent, ranging from chic penthouses with sea views to large family homes with private gardens.
Lucas Fox offers an exclusive range of Sant Cugat and Valldoreix real estate for sale and rent, including modern designer villas and beautiful family homes.
Lucas Fox offers an excellent range of Sant Just Desvern and Esplugues real estate for sale and rent, including beautiful family homes with gardens and swimming pools.
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