The best storage rooms in Barcelona

You move to another country, city, house and you need all your things and furniture yes or yes, but there is a space problem and you do not know how to solve it.

For this, there are storage rooms and in Barcelona you have several options to choose the one that best suits your preferences. In this post we bring you all the necessary information so that you can relax knowing that your things are in the right place.

At The Onsider we have a storage room within the same building but if you need even more space, do not hesitate to consult this information.There are important factors that influence the final value of the rental storage room:

  • The geographical location: the value of renting a storage room in the center of Barcelona is not the same as having one in areas further away from the big cities. In any case, it is important to take into account the distance that remains from our apartment along with other aspects such as security, 24-hour access or surveillance system.
  • The dimensions: this factor is obvious to take into account, but before deciding on one type of furniture storage or another, estimate the square meters really necessary.
  • Time needed: do you need to rent a storage room only for a few days or for months? Time is, along with space, another priority factor when choosing a storage room. There is the option to rent by the day.
  • Additional services: such as 24-hour access, rest areas, parking or surveillance system every day of the week.
  • Bluespace has 24 storage centers in Barcelona.
  • Access 365 days a year.
  • Facilities equipped with video surveillance.
  • Spaces from 1m2 to 200m2 for all needs. For more information on the measurements of the storage rooms, you can consult the measurement guide.
  • Free parking with loading and unloading areas and internal transport elements to facilitate the transfer.
  • Price: from € 1 / first month.
  • Homebox has 8 large centers in Barcelona between the center, Gavá, Mataró and El Prat.
  • Facilities equipped with alarm and video surveillance cameras.
  • Access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Storage rooms for rent from 1 to 40m2.
  • Free Wi-Fi, parking, sale of cardboard boxes for packing, forklifts and pallet trucks and vehicle rental.
  • Virtual visits and online budgets.
  • Mister traster has 5 major centers in Barcelona.
  • 24/7 access.
  • 100% security, you have a personal access code to enter, CCTV, alarm and individual lock.
  • They have free moving service included.
  • In the center of La Maquinista they have a coworking space.
  • Storage rooms from 1 to more than 8m2.
  • Budgets by whatsapp and online.
  • OhMyBox! It has 4 centers in Barcelona.
  • 24 hour access.
  • Security with video surveillance cameras and private access PIN.
  • Storage rooms from 1 to 12m2.
  • They have trolleys and pallet trucks available for free.
  • The first month is paid in advance and the minimum stay is 15 days.
  • First month free for a minimum stay of 2 months.
  • Pribox Trasters Urbans has 3 centers in Barcelona.
  • Bright spaces arranged on one floor and with direct access from the parking lot.
  • 24 hour access.
  • Practical, modern and cheap storage rooms from 1m2.
  • 24h CCTV cameras and alarm system.
  • Free parking and van.
  • First month free for new users + 2 hours of free transportation to move your things.
  • Trasteros Fabregada has 1 center in Barcelona.
  • Bright spaces arranged on one floor and with direct access from the parking lot.
  • Access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Storage rooms from 1 to 25m2.
  • 24 hour surveillance.
  • Concierge.
  • Parking and vending service.
  • Price: from € 30 / month.

Barcelona Parks

With the arrival of spring and with the longer days, you want to enjoy the outdoors, take long walks, have picnics or simply see nature in its greatest splendor. And what better way than visiting the parks that we have in Barcelona? Today, we present you 6 options that you will love.

PARQUE GÜELL

If you haven’t visited Park Güell yet, what are you waiting for? This famous park is one of the symbols of Barcelona; a jewel of Gaudí, the greatest exponent of Catalan modernism, which fuses monumental architecture and nature in a single and indivisible element.

The central point of the park is a large plaza in which there is a huge 110-meter-long bench, with the appearance of a snake covered by small pieces of ceramic. In the park grounds there is the Gaudí House Museum, with a collection of works by the architect and the Casa del Guarda, which houses audiovisual exhibitions on the park’s past.

Location: Carrer d’Olot, 3

Admission: € 10, except residents of the adjacent neighborhoods (El Coll, Vallcarca-Penitents, La Salut, El Carmel, Can Baró and Baix Guinardó).

JARDINES DE PEDRALBES 

It is one of the most stately and extensive gardens in Barcelona, both French and English style, the truth is that entering them transports us to a time when serenity and majesty were determining elements of the landscape.

When we walk through the magnificent wrought iron entrance gate, we are greeted by a large 7.28 hectare area (equivalent to 8 football fields). Once inside, the protagonists are the trees, paths and the large areas of grass and shade. Inside we can enjoy the majestic Royal Palace of Pedralbes, and also the sculptures and historical architecture. The Fountain of Hercules, by Gaudí, stands out.

It is a perfect place to go as a couple or spend a relaxed afternoon with friends, this quiet park will transport you to another era, being a perfect place to disconnect from the outside noise outside its walls.

Location: Av Diagonal, 686

PARQUE DEL LABERINTO DE HORTA

The Horta Labyrinth Park includes the oldest preserved garden in the city and is a romantic space, a harmonious walk full of architecture and nature.

Its name comes from the labyrinth of cut cypress trees that we can visit and explore in the lower part of the garden, as well as ponds, fountains, pavilions and sculptures. But the Horta Labyrinth park is much more than a huge labyrinth. Along the tour of the enclosure, you will find all kinds of flora, such as the Himalayan cedar, a linden, a Jupiter tree or a huge plantation of camellias.

It is a place that could well be considered a garden-museum, since you will find a route between neoclassical and romantic buildings, and gardens of all kinds. It is especially interesting to see how architecture and nature integrate and achieve perfect harmony with each other.

We recommend that you visit it on Sundays since admission is free on those days.

Location: Passeig dels Castanyers, 1

JARDÍN BOTÁNICO

Located in the Montjuïc Park, the Barcelona Botanical Garden offers visitors an enchanted walk through the vegetation of the five regions of the world with a Mediterranean climate. The function of the Garden is to preserve and make known collections of Mediterranean plants from around the world.

You will be able to enter the whimsical network of paths and discover the most characteristic plants of the main Mediterranean plant landscapes. Starting with the vegetation of the Canary Islands located at the entrance and going up to the western Mediterranean. In the Northern Hemisphere, the area with the greatest representation is the Mediterranean Basin, following the visit route you can access the Mediterranean-climate coasts of California. Then there are the Mediterranean areas of the southern hemisphere where you visit the Mediterranean region of Chile, southern Africa, and the two Mediterranean regions of southern Australia.

In addition, you will see most of the flowering Mediterranean plants. The Garden then becomes a spectacle of colors that also invites the animals to get closer to the plants and pollinate them.

Location: Carrer Doctor Font I Quer, 2

PARQUE DE CERVANTES

We can say that the Cervantes park is one of the largest as it has an area of 87 665 m². You will find it located in the Pedralbes neighborhood, inaugurated in 1965.

It should be noted that every year a contest for new roses is held in this park, which are baptized with different names by their creators. In addition to the rose bushes, in the park there are several grassy areas and small groves, ideal for jogging, cycling, gymnastics or the simple art of contemplating in the heart of the Pedralbes neighborhood. There is also a children’s play area, table tennis tables and a picnic area.

Location: Avenida Diagonal, 706

PARQUE DE DIAGONAL MAR 

Diagonal Mar park is the third largest park in Barcelona and the most modern, in which its metallic structures stand out. It is an immense and sunny space with exuberant vegetation.

The park is divided into three areas, two smaller ones next to the littoral zone, both with a small pond, and a larger one that houses a larger lake, populated by ducks, geese and aquatic birds. A wooden bridge connects the two shores of the lake.

Diagonal Mar Park is home to a children’s play area, a petanque court, ping-pong tables, basketball and soccer courts, a sports area, an amphitheater and the star attraction: “The Magic Mountain” that welcomes different giant slides where the kids will have a lot of fun.

Location: Carrer de Llull, 350

What to visit in easter in Catalunya

With the arrival of Easter, we want to recommend you some of the most beautiful towns in Catalonia, which, to this day, are still frozen in medieval times, still preserving their cobbled streets, their arches, the stone balconies or towers . All of them are towns full of charming corners that take us back several centuries

MONTBLANC

Montblanc is a town located in the province of Tarragona, whose origins date back to the year 1080 and which, today, preserves the largest walled enclosure in Catalonia and a walk through its streets will take you back to the Middle Ages.

You can visit its stately towers, gates, sharp walls and a Romanesque bridge that make Montblanc an epic town with a 100% medieval atmosphere, as well as visit the monasteries of Poblet, Vallbona de les Monges and Santes Creus.

The Tourist Office conducts guided tours to discover the medieval history of this town. We highlight the Montblanc Medieval Week (coinciding with Sant Jordi, at the end of April). There is a cavalry school, exhibitions of medieval trades and a fabulous representation of the legend of Sant Jordi, among other activities. In addition, there are curious museums, such as the Nativity Scene Museum, the Wine Museum or the Rock Art Interpretation Center.

BESALÚ

If you want to discover the architectural heritage of Girona (just 30km from Girona), we recommend visiting the famous town of Besalú. The monumental importance of this is fundamentally given by its great value as a whole, by its unity, which determines it as one of the most important and unique samples of the medieval ensembles of Catalonia.

The historical origin of Besalú is a fortress that already existed in the 10th century, and today you will find corners that will remind you of the typical medieval town in which, in addition, there was a Jewish quarter.

Without any doubt, you should visit the medieval bridge of Besalú, as it is the most emblematic monument of the site with almost 150 meters in length. It was built in the 12th century. In addition, we recommend visiting the Jewish baths, the church of the monastery of San Pedro de Besalú and San Julián, a former pilgrim hospital, the Cornellá house, the church of San Vicente and the Gothic room of the Royal Curia Palace.

The beauty of its streets have turned Besalú into a film set. It hosted the filming of the third season of the HBO series Westworld, in addition to being chosen as a location for Game of Thrones or the movie Perfume.

PERATALLADA

Peratallada is one of the towns on the Girona coast that has a special charm, since all its corners are beautiful and authentic. It was declared a Historic-Artistic Site for being one of the most important and best-preserved medieval architecture center in Catalonia.

Among the most important elements, the fortress castle stands out, formed by the fortified nucleus and the keep, as well as the palace and the walls. The castle dates from the 11th and 12th centuries, although it has undergone subsequent reforms. The walls are from the 12th and 13th centuries. The great moat that surrounds the town, dug into the living rock, is surprising, since Peratallada sits on stoneware rock.

The two main squares of the town are Les Voltes, a beautiful arcaded square, and Castell, in front of the castle and the palace. Both are surrounded by narrow streets and stone houses that are very well preserved and decorated with flowers.

Outside the walled enclosure, we recommend a visit to the Romanesque-style parish church of San Esteban, which contains a Gothic tomb from 1348 inside.

As an interesting fact, there is a curious ice cream shop, Gelat Artesà de Peratallada, where they make totally artisan ice cream and it is famous for its quality and for the originality of its flavors, such as Roquefort or L’Escala anchovies.

CAMPODRON

Camprodon is located in Girona and the Pyrenean landscape of this town has great appeal for hikers and is ideal for skiing in winter. The town still preserves old castles and fortifications as part of its heritage.

It has its origin in the monastery of San Pere and in an old market granted in 1118 by Ramón Berenguer III known as the Great, and who was a nobleman of the time.

One of the greatest charms in Camprodon is its old town and its streets, many of them still with traces of the old stones, present both in the houses and on the ground. Even so, it is also interesting to visit El Puente Nuevo de Camprodon, which is undoubtedly the best-known architectural element in the entire town. Built in the 12th century, it is 66 meters long. Another very interesting place to visit is the Monastery of San Pedro (10th century) and the Church of Santa María.

The town of Camprodon stands out for its specialties in pork sausages, such as bull, sausage, ham, etc. Likewise, their cookies and marzipans are known. The biscuits manufactured by the Birba company are the best known outside the municipality.

TALAMANCA

Talamanca is a charming and very beautiful town to visit from Barcelona (60km away).

Although remains of Iberian deposits have been found, the first news of their existence dates from the year 960 when Salla, the founder of the monastery of San Benito de Bages, made a donation of land at the end of the Castle of Talamanca. Between 878 and 897, peasants from the north settled near castles and churches and repopulated the area. At that time the Castle of Talamanca and the Church of Santa María de Talamanca were founded, which gave rise to the current town of Talamanca.

This town is characterized above all by being a destination for tourism on weekends and holidays. It is a small town, but you can visit the ruins of the castle and the church of Santa María, as well as the vineyards and the natural park of Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac.

TAVERTET

Tavertet is a small town of just over 150 inhabitants but with a notable prehistoric activity, since vestiges of the Neolithic era, the megalithic tomb, the field of funeral urns and the Iberian wall were found. The Tavertet cliff offers a breathtaking panorama, which can be seen from the town’s viewpoint and represents one of the most emblematic and beautiful images of the territory.

The main architectural attraction to see in Tavertet is the Church of Sant Cristófol de Tavertet, which is part of the Romanesque routes of Osona. The original building dates from the 11th century and the current bell tower was built during the first renovations in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Another great attraction of this town are its 50 houses and the stone walkways built between the 17th and 19th centuries, which have made the urban nucleus declared an Asset of Cultural Interest by the Generalitat of Catalonia.

Tavaret has El Mirador del Pla del Castell, which is a mandatory stop, since it offers us spectacular views of Las Guilleries, Montseny and the Sau reservoir.

Living in Sant Gervasi

The Onsider is located in the prestigious Sant Gervasi neighborhood and, without a doubt, this is one of the best areas in Barcelona. In this post we show you some of the many reasons that make it the most prestigious, safe and coveted place to live.

IT IS A NEIGHBORHOOD WITH HISTORY

The Sant Gervasi-Galvany neighborhood occupies the lower part of the old town of Sant Gervasi, between Diagonal and Ronda del Mig. The name Galvany became popular when the municipal market in the area adopted it, recovering that of the former owner of the surrounding land, Josep Castelló i Galvany. The Camp d’en Galvany development began in 1866.

The first thing that was built was the market, in whose surroundings houses were built. The arrival of the Sarrià train, which crossed the neighborhood, ended up driving the urbanization process. Influential families had their Modernist palaces and mansions built between the late 19th and late 20th centuries. Today, it is considered the “chic” neighborhood of Barcelona, although it still retains its village appearance, due to its large number of narrow streets, local places and its small squares.

GREEN ZONES

In addition to its historical wealth, our neighborhood is one of the best places to live for all nature lovers, especially because of its proximity to the Collserola mountain. There you can find large green areas such as the Jardin del Turó de Putxet, the Parque de La Oroneta or, a few kilometers away, the famous Carretera de las Aigües, highly recommended for sports fans who seek to isolate themselves from the noise of the city. We recommend you visit the Turó Park, just 8 minutes from The Onsider. It is a secluded and elegant place that has century-old trees and one of the most impressive spaces in the park is the pond, surrounded by trees and covered with water lilies that bloom in spring. However, if there is one space that stands out above the rest, it is the Tibidabo mountain, one of the main attractions of the neighborhood. It can be reached through different options, both by public transport and by car.

GREAT ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE

Sant Gervasi has a very rich architectural heritage that ranges from the stately homes to the mixture of styles of Santa Maria de la Bonanova or the Valldonzella convent. Two examples of its architecture are the Sagnier House and the Ramonet House, a magnificent garden tower that currently houses a public library. Some buildings from the rural past of the neighborhood still remain, such as the old Can Casals farmhouse or Can Pomaret. Buildings such as Casa Roviralta on Avenida Tibidabo or the La Rotonda building, recently restored on Passeig Sant Gervasi, are also particularly relevant. The Mercat Galvany is one of the most emblematic markets in Barcelona and has a great gastronomic offer and services. It was inaugurated in 1927 and its iron structure and large glass windows make it an artistic monument of the city. If you stay at The Onsider, you will have it just 5 minutes away on foot.

GOOD EDUCATIONAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

In terms of health, Sant Gervasi has 29 hospital care centers and 5 primary care centers. In addition, in this area you can find up to 180 private medical centers, 100 pharmacies and five urban spas. As for the educational part of the district, it is made up of 42 primary, 36 secondary and 32 university education centers (we highlight the Abat Oliba and Ramon Llull universities), in addition to a boarding school and five international schools.

GOOD CONNECTION WITH THE HOLE CITY

It has a good combination of public transport with the Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat (FGC) that connect directly with Plaza Catalunya, it also has different Barcelona subway lines (L9, L6 and L7) and several bus lines that cover the area. Its proximity to the Vallvidrera tunnels makes access to the Vallès region very easy. The Blue Tram is still an option to get around and in turn is another way to discover the history of the neighborhood. It dates from 1901 and makes a 1,276-meter ascent route towards the foot of the Tibidabo funicular. It goes up surrounded by modernist and noucentista buildings that give way to nature and magnificent views of the city. It is an alternative way to access the CosmoCaixa (Science Museum), the Tibidabo amusement park, the Sagrado Corazón temple, the Collserola communications tower and the Fabra Observatory.

BICYCLE ROUTES IN CATALUNYA

If you are passionate about bicycles, you are in the right place, since today we present you the best routes to do by bike in Catalonia. In this post you will find different alternatives that are adapted to all levels and ages, traveling through the wide network of bike lanes that Catalonia offers, as well as the greenways that connect towns, enjoying privileged natural environments and good gastronomy. So grab your bike and get ready to tour Catalonia on wheels!

MACIZO DEL MONTSENY

For the more experienced cyclists, we highlight the route that runs through Montseny, a massif that is located between the regions of Vallés Oriental, La Selva and Osona. This mountainous area stands out for hosting one of the southernmost fir forests in Europe. It was for this reason that in 1978 it was declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco. If you are a cyclist who is used to difficult routes, we recommend you climb the Turó de l’Home, the highest peak in Montseny. In the last six kilometers of ascent, some sections reach a 13% gradient.

GAVARRA MARÍTIMA

It is a route of 62 kilometers in which to enjoy both the sea and the mountains. Starting in Playa de Aro and ending in Calella de Palafrugell, the Les Gavarres massif will accompany us all the way. When we return, we will follow a section of the Ronda road. It is an easy route, which offers magnificent views of the Costa Brava, especially its coves with crystal clear water. We invite you to take a dip along the way!

PARQUE DEL MONTENEGRE I EL CORREDOR

Very close to Barcelona, specifically in the Montnegre i el Corredor Park, one of the protected natural areas of the Litoral Catalana mountain range, there is an 80km circular route. To be able to contemplate all the beauty of the place, we recommend that you follow the route on a mountain bike, starting the journey at the Roca del Valles and lasting approximately 3 and a half hours. Very close to the top (633.5 m) of the Sierra del Corredor, you will find the sanctuary built at the end of the 16th century, as well as a restaurant with typical Catalan cuisine, where you can take a break.

FOLGUEROLES Y PANTANO DE SAU

The following suggested route, Folgueroles – Pantano de Sau, is aimed at those expert cyclists who like tough challenges, as it is a route of a very demanding level through the Pantano de Sau, for which you must have a physical preparation and quite high technique. The route begins at the Folgueroles car park, it is signposted as route 11 of the Vall de Sau-Collsacabra BTT center. This 32 km route (approximately 4 hours) is known especially for the beauty of the landscapes, where you can enjoy the viewpoints of La Plana de Vic, Les Guilleries, the Sau reservoir and the Collsacabra. You will also discover the Iberian and medieval town of Savassona.

PALAFRUGELL – PALAMÓS

If you prefer to spend the day as a family with the little ones, we recommend the Petit Train Greenway, which connects the towns of Palamós and Palafrugell and takes about 2 hours. This route runs over the old railway lines that communicated Palamós with Gerona. The entire greenway is made of cement and the journey can be done easily. It also has no unevenness and is very well signposted and equipped.

Along the route we will find several sections protected by wooden fences, we will pass two bridges over the Aubi stream. The most pleasant thing about this route is that along it, you can appreciate the beautiful landscapes and the Begur Mountains in the background.

THE BEST FITNESS CENTERS IN BARCELONA

Daily routine, studies or very marked schedules can be incompatible with the fact of leading a healthy life or playing sports, but luckily, in Barcelona we have a wide variety of gyms that adapt to the most specific needs. Here is a list of the top of the city:

It is one of the best known and most exclusive gyms in Barcelona; the Arsenal Masculino. The center is located in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district and has several swimming pools, solarium and jacuzzis, you can also practice golf, paddle tennis and take directed classes. The club is exclusively for men, but also has a center for women, located just 5 minutes from The Onsider. It has 12,000m2 distributed over six floors entirely dedicated to sports, health and leisure. We highlight its unique thermal area in Barcelona, ​​as well as its infinities of directed classes and spa, massage and hairdressing services.

Address: C/ Pomaret, 49 (Arsenal Masculino) – C/ Amigó, 72 (Arsenal Femenino)

The Metropolitan gym chain is one of the most prestigious in the national arena. In Barcelona you will find 6 gyms of the group, but the one in Balmes street is just 5 minutes from The Onsider.

You can enjoy a complete Fitness Room and a spectacular Spa where you can relax. Its spacious changing rooms and its large Terrace – Solarium have the characteristic Metropolitan seal and all the services for your comfort, such as the Restaurant – Cafeteria. In addition, they offer all kinds of activities focused on sports and health (Body-Pump, Body-Balance, Pilates, Yoga, Stretching, Gap, Zumba, Body-combat, etc.).

Address: C/ Balmes, 215

Holmesplace has different exclusive centers throughout Spain; in the city of Barcelona it has a boutique club, very close to our apartments.

This has been designed to offer the essential elements for well-being, including innovative classes led by exceptional trainers, and a fully equipped area with pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and Spa area to relax. In addition, you can opt for nutritional advice or personal training service, in order to enjoy your experience and motivate yourself day after day.

Address: C/ Balmes, 44-46

DiR is a chain of gyms in Barcelona with 37 years of experience in promoting sports and a healthy lifestyle, offering the latest innovations in fitness, wellness and health. It currently has 20 clubs: 19 in the city of Barcelona and 1 in Sant Cugat del Vallès.

DiR’s mission is to improve the quality of life of people by offering innovative and quality services that revert to the integral well-being of people in the best conditions, it is for them that they offer multiple directed classes (Zumba, Aerobics, Step, Cardio Express, among others.). We would like to highlight the extra services that can be found such as personal trainer, aesthetic services, sessions with physiotherapists or osteopaths, nutritionists and restaurants. Just a few steps from our apartments, you can find your DiR center.

Address: C/ Aribau, 230-240

Near Plaza Fransesc Macià we can find Reburn Studio, a 400m2 boutique gym. It has a training room equipped with two areas (a treadmill area and a functional training area) and claims to have been the first gym to offer HIIT training with treadmills in Spain.

His training method is based on 45-minute sessions that combine strength, cardiovascular and mobility training in a precise way for the maximum performance of the time you spend training. They combine motivation and fun in a group with specific training tailored to each participant.

Address: C/ Amigó, 14-16

WINTER ESCAPES NEAR BARCELONA

If you are planning a visit nearby Barcelona this winter, you will love our selection of two of the most beautiful places to spend a weekend: Andorra and Val d’Aran, located 3-4 hours by car from our luxury residences.

On this post we will recommend you what to do and what to see during the snowing season mostly, on these amazing destinations.

Andorra (officially, the Principality of Andorra) is a small state nestled in the Pyrenees mountains. With less than 500 square kilometers, Andorra is one of the smallest countries in the world, but it does not lack tourist attractions. Its charming villas are scattered throughout the Andorran valleys, which during winter are covered with snow and skiers. Its capital, Andorra la Vieja is also a popular shopping destination due to the country’s low tax level, and there are several spas to enjoy and relax.

Below, we propose different places where you can enjoy Andorra.

Andorra is the country with the highest concentration of Romanesque churches per square meter. Fifty of these are in excellent condition and some of them with remnants of original paintings. Sant Joan de Caselles has one of his most precious jewels of the 11th-12th centuries.

SNOW

Andorra is known for its mountainous landscape and its great ski offer, which lasts from the beginning of December until the month of April. Its excellent location in the middle of the Pyrenees and its excellent weather conditions place the Andorran stations among the most valued by winter sports lovers. Grandvalira and Vallnord are the busiest ski resorts. They also have a wide range of possibilities for all those who do not wish to ski; such as mushing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling routes, etc.

NATURE

The magnificent glacial circus of Pessons is the largest in Andorra located in the Pyrenees. A mixture of magnificent landscapes and spectacular lakes of crystal clear water in the high mountains. During the summer hiking trails in this area are common.

SPA & RELAX

At 1.100 meters of altitude, is the famous Caldea spa, which is a mandatory stop. It is an authentic oasis of relaxation, with an extensive menu of massages and hydrothermal treatments. It has hot tubs, lagoons and baths that make it the largest thermal center in southern Europe.

It is also common for many 4 and 5 star hotels in Andorra to have their own hot spring space.

NATURLANDIA PARK

Naturlandia Park is located in the Rabassa forest, in Sant Julià de Lòria, and is the first animal park in Andorra. It welcomes native species of the Pyrenees and also an interactive children’s space with farm animals, where the little ones can participate. In addition, there is a large area dedicated to observing animals in their natural habitat.

SHOPPING

We cannot forget that Andorra is the shopping paradise and in Andorra la Vella you will find all kinds of small and large shops for all tastes. Andorra is considered a good place where prices are much more affordable than in other countries. What is most recommended to buy is technology.

The shopping centers are grouped in the two main streets of Andorra la Vella, Avenida Meritxell and Avenida Carlemany. Illa Carlemany and the Pyrenees of Andorra are the two best-known and most visited luxury shopping centers in Andorra.

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BEST PLACES TO EAT IN BARCELONA

Today we put the focus on the most top restaurants in Barcelona and that is why we present below our selection of the 10 restaurants that have a unique and excellent cuisine, with an amazing atmosphere where you can enjoy an unforgettable foodie experience.

Isabella’s is located in the neighborhood of Sant Gervasi and is a charming, close and familiar place, with a careful decoration to create a distinguished environment where customers can enjoy a gastronomic experience as if they were in Italy itself.

They have their own chef and an extensive network of local suppliers to offer the highest quality. The result is a Mediterranean gastronomic proposal based on seasonal products, made simply for lovers of authentic Italian food.

In The Onsider we highlight the Burrata with basil oil, tomato confit and fossil salt, all its pizzas and how not the Veal Tagliatta with Parmesan. In addition, it has a small terrace to enjoy a beautiful evening, and all that just 5 minutes walk from our apartments.

He specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and fusion with certain Asian touches. In addition, it has an extensive and varied menu, where you will find authentic delicacies such as “Ceviche” of sea bass with tiger milk, seafood rice with crayfish and clams, beef tenderloin with foie, port and seasonal mushrooms, among many others .

Cecconi’s is a modern and classic Italian restaurant with a wide variety of dishes; Handmade pasta, seafood and dishes from northern Italy using the best ingredients, and we cannot forget their delicious cocktails made to enjoy the evening in good company. The Onsider recommends Bloody Mary. It’s delicious!

It is located on the ground floor of Soho House (Gothic Quarter of Barcelona), a private club founded in London in 1995, but characterized by its modern and minimalist design.

The Green Spot restaurant specializes in vegan food, and obviously, salads and vegetables play an important role in the menu of this cozy restaurant that is located in the Port Vell of Barcelona.

You will find dishes as different as: Green spelled burger with fries, Chili without meat, Cereal spaghetti with pumpkin, leek and truffle, Charcoal vegetable rice, among many others. You can also enjoy a pleasant evening with Sunday brunch, live music and exotic cocktails.

Its friendly atmosphere and relaxed interior are the setting for moments that you never want to end.

If you are looking for a terrace with magnificent visits, Blue Spot is the ideal place! It is the terrace located on the roof of the Ocean Building (8th floor), which has spectacular 360º views over Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea.

The kitchen is visible from all tables as it is located in the center of the restaurant, giving the widest views to all its tables. It leaves dishes with Lebanese flavors, combined with other more local like grilled fish and rice. We recommend you go on Friday nights as they prepare cocktails and live DJs.

It is a modern, charming restaurant that is a safe bet to enjoy in good company.

If you want to live a gastronomic experience, you cannot miss the Mazah restaurant, as it is the largest Lebanese themed restaurant in Barcelona, which is characterized by its traditional Lebanese cuisine combined with the abundance of fresh vegetables and fruits, with a base of cereals and legumes , which complement with their meat and fish. Sojoh, Reyah or Othmaleya are some of the dishes you will find in their extensive menu, and it has 96 dishes! You can place the order with the traditional menu or through a Tablet, looking through the photos of their dishes.

You can find it right in the center of Barcelona, in Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes.

The restaurant Alkimia by chef Jordi Vilà (awarded with a Michelin star) is one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona, and is that he was awarded the international award for the best SBID design restaurant 2017, since the interior of the restaurant is unique, located Inside a modernist building. In Alkimia they not only take care of the gastronomic experience, but they also seek to surprise you with their avant-garde aesthetics, with winks to the marine world.

When it comes to gastronomy, we can say that the secret of this restaurant is to create with imagination new dishes from traditional Catalan cuisine, with local ingredients. We highlight the sea ox coca with zucchini in bloom and oxtail and blackberry gelée or the tartare of crayfish, prawns and fish.

SUMMER ESCAPES : PORT AVENTURA

If your idea is to stay for at least a month in Barcelona, The Onsider Extended Stay Luxury Residences is the best option for a long stay apartment rental.

In summer you can find many leisure activities to do in the city and nearby, and today we recommend you Port Aventura,  the greatest place to enjoy with family and friends.

Located just 2km from the center of Salou in Tarragona, this is one of the largest and most successful amusement parks in Europe.

From Barcelona you can access easily by car (1hr) or by train from Sants Station, where you can take a regional express train of 1: 54hr.

The park is divided into 5 thematic zones that represent the 5 great civilizations of the planet:

  • Mediterranean: themed as if it were a typical Catalan coastal town.
  • China: the most impressive with 2 of the biggest and most exciting attractions in the whole park, Shambhala and Dragon Khan.
  • Far West: the recreation of a town in the Far West of the United States.
  • Mexico: cantinas, mariachis and the great Mayan Pyramid as visible icons of this area.
  • Aloha Polynesia: where the water attractions and the most exotic shows stand out.

In 2011, Sesame Adventure was added as an area designed exclusively for the little ones. It is themed with the best-known characters from Sesame Street.

MOST IMPORTANT ATTRACTIONS

Shambhala

It is the second highest roller coaster in Europe. With its 76m high and the longest fall of the park, it reaches a speed of 130km / h where adults and children can live an unimaginable adrenaline.

Dragon Khan

It is the second most visited attraction after Shambhala. On a 1,285m route it starts with a great descent followed by eight laps in just over a minute, reaching a speed of 110km / h.

Furius Baco

This incredible shuttle passes from 0 to 135 km / h in just 3 seconds. In its vertiginous route, it slides almost flush with the ground, crosses ditches, tunnels and even rubs the water of the lake of Mediterrània. It is one of the attractions where more adrenaline is released. It has 850 meters of travel.

Hurakan Condor

It is the second highest free fall tower in Spain. It goes up to 100m with views of the entire park and surroundings. For 86m and in about 3 seconds it accelerates up to 115km / h. Set in the ruins of an ancient Aztec tower full of hieroglyphs, this attraction represents the ritual of sacrifice in honor of God Hurakan.

Stampida

It is a roller coaster that simulates a race of wagons of the old west. Represents families who were constantly beating for getting new land with a blue and a red wheelbarrow. The climb reaches 25m high while traveling at 70km/h.

Tutuki Splash

It is the most famous water attraction in the park ideal for hot days. Several boats take a tour of submerged rails and along the way there are two descents, one small and one that descends from a volcano that is much larger.

TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS

LOCKERS: the park has lockers at the entrance and distributed within it to leave things of value. They cost € 6 for all day.

FOOD: each theme area has its own theme restaurant where you can also enjoy dance and musical shows also typical of the area.

EXPRESS or FAST PASS BRACELETS: during the days of maximum influx (high season and special occasions such as: Halloween or Christmas) it is advisable to purchase the bracelets that allow access to major attractions with waiting times less than normal.

OPENING HOURS: The park opens from March to November from 10 am to midnight during the summer, and from 10 am to 7 pm in winter.

PRICES: There are different rates depending on the type of visitor and there are also several family packs and for days that also allow combined access with Ferrari Land (opened in 2017, it is the only park in Europe dedicated to the Ferrari team) and Caribe Aquatic Park .

HOTELS: If you decide to spend a full weekend in Port Aventura, the park has 4 and 5 star hotels within it to stay.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN BARCELONA

Most of our residents are families with kids. Thanks to our convenient location in proximity to the international schools, it makes The Onsider Extended-Stay Luxury Residences an ideal choice for your arrival in Barcelona.

The Onsider Extended-Stay Luxury Residences is well connected to the best international schools, some of which are located in the same neighbourhood (Sarrià-Sant Gervasi). Depending on the education you want to choose, below you will find a summary of each school.

Location: Sant Gervasi.

The system of education: English system of education with the possibility to obtain the international Bachelor’s diploma in the English language.

Number of students: around 700 students of 50 nationalities.

Students’ age: 3-18 years.

Cost of education: 9.000 – 14.000€ per year, depending on the student’s age. One pays separately the school admission fee of around 5.000€, the “matricula,” or registration, fee of 1.000€ per year, meals that cost around 140€ per month, and bus, uniform, extra-curricular activities, and other small expenses.

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Location: Sant Gervasi.

The system of education: English system of education in the primary school; the secondary and senior schools use trilingual programs based on the Spanish system of education. Students have the possibility to obtain the international Bachelor’s diploma in the English language.

Number of students: around 1000 students.

Students’ age: 3-18 years.

Cost of education: 8.500 – 10.000€ per year, depending on the student’s age. One pays separately the school admission fee of 600 – 3.000€, meals, bus, uniform, extra-curricular activities, and other small expenses.

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Location: Pedralbes.

The system of education:English system of education.

Number of students: around 300 students.

Students’ age: 3-18 years old.

Cost of studying: around 10,000 euros per year, depending on the student’s age. One pays separately the admission fee of 3.000 – 4.500€ per year, depending on the age of the student. Meals cost about 400€ per trimester, and fees for the bus, uniform, extra-curriculum activities, and other small expenses are extra.

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Location: Esplugues Llobregat, 7 km away from Barcelona.

The system of education: American system of education, including the possibility to obtain the international Bachelor’s diploma in the English language.

Number of students: around 900 students of 51 nationalities.

Students’ age: 3-18 years.

Cost of education: 10.000 – 20.000€ per year, depending on the student’s age. One pays separately the school admission fee of 5.000€, the “matricula,” or registration, fee of 1.000€ per year, meals that cost about 1.650€ per year, and bus, uniform, extra-curricular activities, and other small expenses.

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Location: Pedralbes.

The system of education: Spanish system of education, with teaching in Spanish, English, and Catalan, and programs for the study of other foreign languages. The school has a special program of preparation courses designed for students entering the schools of Great Britain at the advanced level.

Number of students: around 630 students of 30 nationalities. The seats for the international students are limited by a quota that depends upon the country of origin.

Students’ age: 12 months -18 years.

Cost of education: 10.000 – 16.000€ per year, depending on the student’s age. One pays separately for the “matricula,” or registration, starting at 1.300 – 3.000€ (the fee depends on the student’s age), meals, bus, uniform, extra-curricular activities, and other small expenses.

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Location: Pedralbes.

The system of education: French. This lycée offers the french curriculum for the children of 3 to 18 years old. The classes are taught in French with Spanish, Catalan and English. Pupils pass the French academic exams and the “Selectividad”.

Number of students: 2800 students.

Student’s age: from 3 (maternelle) to 18 years.

Matriculation Fee: 420€ – 1000€.

Tuition (paid annually): 4569€ – 5601€.

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Location: One branch is located in Castelldefels, near the coast and 20 km away from Barcelona. The second branch, consisting of children’s and primary schools only, is situated in Sitges, 35 km away from Barcelona. Upon graduating from primary school, the students from Sitges are transferred to the branch of the school located in Castelldefels.

System of education: English system of education.

Number of the students: over 1,000 of students.

Students’ age: 3-18 years.

Cost of education: 1 0.000 – 13.000€ per year, depending on the student’s age. The registration fee, or matricula, is 3.000€ and is charged separately, in one payment made during the admission process; meals cost around 180€ per month, and bus, uniform, extra-curricular activities, and other small expenses are extra.

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Location: Sant Cugat del Vallès.

The system of education: Spanish, American and British curricula and participation in a large number of academic and international sporting events. The school is a member of the ECIS (European Council of International Schools), CIE (Cambridge International Exam) and EDEXCEL (IGCSE Exams and International Advanced Levels). Featured projects: Program for Gifted Students, High Performance Program (for professional athletes), EAL (English as Additional Language), MUN (United Nations Model).

Number of students: around 1400 students of 30 nationalities.

Student’s age: From 0 to 18 years of age, the project begins in the Infant School and is consolidated in the Baccalaureate.

Cost of education: 3.000 – 8.000€ per year, depending on the student’s age. One pays separately for “matricula,” or registration, meals, bus, uniform, extra-curricular activities, and other small expenses

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Location: Pedralbes.

The system of education: The development of the student’s personality, since emotional well-being facilitates learning.

In 2012 the Philia Project (Aula’s own project) was launched, which aims to promote the full development of the student’s personality by working on 5 key emotional intelligence skills:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social skills

Number of students: around 630 students of 30 nationalities. The seats for the international students are limited by a quota that depends upon the country of origin.

Students’ age: 3 -18 years.

Cost of education: 1000€ per month.

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Location: Sant Gervasi.

The system of education: Swiss curriculum. The classes are taught in German but also the students receive classes in Spanish, Catalan, English and French. Students leave the school with a double Swiss and Spanish diploma.

In addition to the academic program that focuses on balanced intellectual, emotional, social and physical development, the school is well known for its personal approach to students and their families. The highly qualified and experienced staff keeps the children motivated and eager to learn.

Number of students: 640 students.

Student’s age: from 3 to 18 years.

Cost of education: 5.700€ to 8.400€.

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Location: Santa Coloma de Cervelló.

The system of education: Montessori. They are an accredited and trilingual school, with personalized education, named Pedagogy of Talent, offering the stages of Pre school and Primary Education with a forecast of starting Secondary Education in the  2020-2021 school year and High School with the organic growth of the school. They share the vision of neuroscience and multiple intelligences, where all are unique and intelligent, with different forms and learning processes, hence personalized education.

Number of students: 90 students.

Student’s age: from 3 to 14 years.

Cost of education: 850€ per month.

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In case that you still need more information, visiting this website will help you to decide the best option.