Due to its location outside of the city and in the foothills of the Collserola mountains that border Barcelona, the area adjacent to Sant Gervasi, was known as "La Bonanova" or "Good News". Bonanova was a privileged place for foreign investors who wished to build their second homes. The two districts were then joined to the city and united at the administrative level as "Sant Gervasi - La Bonanova". Considered as the "twin neighborhood' of Sant Gervasi, Bonanova is characterized by exclusive houses, high-class buildings and luxury constructions where the high society lives.
Barcelona is one of the most expensive cities in Spain ahead of Madrid and San Sebastian, with around 4,093 euros per square meter. In 2016, prices have rose to 7% compared to the previous year. Besides, the number of properties sold has also increased by 27% between 2015 and 2016. Therefore, the 2016 year has been a prosperous period for the housing sector in Barcelona and experts foresee that 2017 will be better than the previous year. All in all, the real-estate market is very active and bullish in the Barcelona area, thanks to various elements such as a great growth in Spain, all-time low interest rates and low prices in Barcelona compared to other European big cities.
Regarding the property purchasing process, the promise of sale is signed between a buyer and a vendor. an itemized list is attached to the promise of sale. This is a document of related transaction costs such as legal fee, property transfer tax, registration duty, notary fee and real estate agent's fee. Then, the buyer usually places a deposit of 10% of the property price on Notary account in order to guaranty the buyer's commitment. For the following step, the Notary must collect various documents such as the entitlement of the parties, the mortgage situation and even the property verification. He will draw up the deeds, the tax due and the registration of the names of the new owners in the Spanish property register and tax register. On completion of the sale of the real estate, the title deeds are registered with local land registry enabling the title to transfer to the new owner.
Before any purchase, it is encouraged to contact a professional of the real-estate market in the area to know the different steps of the buying process.
The period from December to March is the coolest season in the Barcelona area. Temperatures remain constant, but do not promise great heat. It is possible to benefit from preferential rates for this season. However it will be difficult to swim in the Mediterranean sea.
The ideal season to come and enjoy Barcelona is from April to November. The temperatures are around 30 degrees, the sun is shining, the sea is good and the activities are numerous. Throughout the summer, Barcelona sees parades of tourists from all over the world, who come to enjoy the warm Catalan life.The months of September and October are also considered the "Best months", because the tourist influx is less important, and house prices are slightly lower compared to the middle of the summer.
The peak season is illustrated by the months of July and August. They are the hottest months of the year, and correspond to the period of the year when prices climb to the highest, and when the number of tourists is the most important. These three elements make the July and August very mixed months for traveling to Spain.
Close to the Güell Park, the Creuata del Coll is a lovely park made of numerous trails to discover. This is the perfect place for families with kids to picnic and bathe in the large swimming pool. This nice venue is the best one to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life as well as hordes of tourists as they are all in the Güell Park. The buildings are designed with an original architecture, in order to make them fade in nature thanks to mosaic facades. The park is an unmissable place which offers panoramic views of Barcelona, facing the sea.
Thanks to the funicular, you can reach various parks and gardens situated on the Montjuic hill, which are enjoyable places to relax during sunny days. The area offers a magnificent panoramic view on the city of Barcelona. The hill is home to a botanical garden, the museum of Olympism and sport as well as the Montjuic Castle which is situated at the top. It hosts a military museum and proposes stunning views on the surroundings. There is even a cable car which goes over the city to link the seaside to the top of the hill.
Few people know this historical garden which is the oldest in Barcelona as it was built at the end of the 18th century by the Italian gardener Domenico Bagutti. Located above the town, this beautiful naze is a natural and artistic heritage on its own in Barcelona. The cypress maze is the main attraction of the park and became an emblematic place thanks to the famous Eros statue. Considered as a garden-museum, the labyrinth park is home to several Neo-classic and Romantic elements, which is an original mix that will seduce any visitor, from little temples to mythological sculptures, lovely fountains, symmetrical gardens and even a fall.
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the capital of the region of Catalonia. It is also recognized around the world thanks to its importance in the fields of finance, the arts, publishing, and to its international trade. Moreover, the Mediterranean brings it the city a climate with pleasant temperatures all year long, which allows to enjoy the sun and the beach almost during the entire year. Barcelona is one of the most important cultural destinations of the Southern Europe.The city has a history, but also an urban attraction out of the common. Discover its buildings such as the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sagrada Familia, its numerous walks such as Las Ramble, historic walkway lined with tapas ...