Located in the heart of Barcelona, Ciutat Vella is a lively area with medieval and Gothic influences. Former representative of the entire city of Barcelona, hence its name "Ciutat Vella" (old town), it is divided into four distinct districts. "The Gothic", which is the oldest urban center of the city, "Le Born", which is the medieval quarter, "Le Raval" which is the newest and most popular neighbourhood and "La Barceloneta" which is the maritime district of Barcelona. The neighbourhood is home to many real estate properties, most of the buildings have been renovated and have become popular with tourists and young professionals who came to settle. However, there are also properties that are highly prized by buyers all over the world, including terraces with a sea view and prices of several million euros.
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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.
Religious building lovers or not, you will undeniably seduced by the symbol of Barcelona, which is the cathedral of the Sagrada Familia. Internationally renowned for its originality, its animal statues which decorate the facades and for its massive size, the Sagrada Familia is the most visited monument in Spain. Its construction started in 1882 and it is not finished yet, which led to a variation of styles and also in the building materials used. This giant basilica has been designed by Antoni Gaudi, who dedicated more than 16 years of his life to the construction. The Sagrada Familia was classed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2005. Barcelona can't be visited without discovering this stunning venue.
La Rambla is a major street in Central Barcelona and is considered as the Barcelona's "Champs Elysées". It stretches for 1.2 kilometers from the Catalunya Square to the Christopher Colombus statue on the seaside. Popular with tourists and locals alike, La Rambla is a tree-lined pedestrian mall full of trendy bars, upscale restaurants, shops of all kind and various artists. There is also the renowned market of the Boqueria which offers all the region's specialties, from jam to fish by ways of local fruits and vegetables. Both day and night times, the famous avenue is packed with tourists as this is a place which is worth visiting.
Aquarium Barcelona is an aquarium situated in Port Vell, the main harbour in Barcelona. Even if there are several aquariums on the coast, this one is worth visiting. Aquatic environment lovers will be seduced by the countless species one will admire. A large pool is home to several sharks, beautiful rays and other fishes of all varieties. One will explore the marine environment thanks to a tunnel which crosses the pool. Both fun for kids and enriching for adults, the aquarium will seduce any member of the family.
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 ...