If  you are young, single and live in Barcelona, you probably share an apartment with someone else. If your family or friends live far away and want to come to visit you, and you live in an apartment of 65 square meters which you probably share with two others, usually you find yourself in the dilemma: where I can accommodate my family in Barcelona? When someone comes to visit you for the first time and you want them to be as comfortable as possible and located so that they can access any of the many tourist attractions in Barcelona.

When my parents visit me in Barcelona, they usually stay in an apartment in Las Ramblas, on Carrer del Carme, right in front of the Church of Bethlehem. The apartment is a tiny studio, and has about 25 or 30 square meters. Like most buildings in the area, this property has no elevator and you have to climb a narrow stairway with the luggage, but that poses no human effort, especially because the flat is on the second floor.

The place is a single room with two sofa beds, so you can open one to use as a bed, and leave the other one closed to sit and watch TV. It has a small balcony overlooking Carrer del Carme, but luckily the flat is not very loud, even on weekends when there are many people walking on the street all night. The apartment also has a fairly large bathroom and a kitchen, very small too, but with enough equipment to prepare a meal at home. In fact, my family does not use the kitchen much, only the fridge, for always having a snack or for making breakfast. In the area there are many recommended places to eat and go out for a drink, a favorite of my parents is the Bar Lobo, where the midday menu is very good and very affordable. The last time they came, I paid them a dinner in the restaurant Attic, which has a beautiful view over Las Ramblas.

Luckily for my parent, the apartment is located right in front of a supermarket, although the area is actually full of grocery stores. The easiest option is going to the market of La Boqueria, the most famous market in Barcelona, which lies just to the side. The most practical advantage of staying in this area is that you can move anywhere else in the city in few minutes, and the advantage of being in the center of the city is not having to walk far to find anything interesting to do, especially if you want to go shopping in Barcelona.

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  1. Ed says:

    Hello and thank you for your kind comment. We do not know of other blogs about Barcelona, but you might want to check our Paris and Madrid blogs. For forums, you might want to check Tripadvisor’s or Frommers’, which are really good. Good luck, and thank you for reading!

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