Decoration shops in Barcelona

Are you moving and don’t know where to start choosing the dream decoration for your home? Here you will find a list of the TOP concept stores in Barcelona! They all have a team of professionals ready to help you and recommend the best options adapted to the project you choose.

In an old 800m2 parking, you will find what is considered one of the first Luxury Concept Store in Barcelona by Maximiliano and María José, their creative souls. If what you are looking for are vintage, unique, original, exuberant and above all designer pieces, this is your place. You will find a team of professionals willing to offer solutions at all levels according to the individual needs of each client or company. And also, just 5 minutes from The Onsider, you can enjoy Iluzione, its Italian gastrobar that maintains the same essence as the Concept Store and that avoids the more conventional cuisine.

Ferran Agulló, 16.

Sarrià – Sant Gervasi.

93 209 41 23

Pursuing serenity, well-being and authenticity, we find through Matèria the natural, the simple and the timeless for a comfortable and durable space.
Simplicity is the main characteristic of this space created by Beatrice Askanazy, where she also devises luxury interior design projects.
Materia’s services include the direct sale of decoration items for the home, and is complemented by advisory services and the realization of decoration projects that manage to transmit its philosophy to the client’s spaces.

Rector Ubach, 43.

Sarrià – Sant Gervasi.

93 200 35 54

This project was born in 2007 when her alma mater, Estela, while designing her house in Formentera, discovered the need for a store on the island that included furniture, fabrics, lighting and accessories based on the island’s relaxed Mediterranean style.
Catalina House seeks to create bright, welcoming and fresh environments where calm, joy and a Mediterranean flavor reign. Each fabric, each piece of furniture and each object are created with the aim of enjoying the home and feeling at ease with the magic of simplicity.

Amigó, 47.

Sarrià – Sant Gervasi.

93 140 96 39

At the head of this reference store for decoration and interior design in Barcelona, is its creator Toni Espuch, who defines his business  Azul Tierra as a “laboratory of decoration proposals”.
The wide range of services offered is what most attracts its customers: from furniture, textiles, lighting, accessories, tableware, glassware to Dyptique Paris perfumes.

Còrsega, 276-282.


93 217 83 56

They have been in a unique space dedicated to contemporary design for more than 18 years where they offer a great selection of top brands of furniture, lighting, kitchens and bathrooms that stand out for their formal and aesthetic quality. In the 2000m2 showroom of Minim you will find an expert team of professionals specialized in carrying out comprehensive projects who will advise you to help you make your custom project come true.

Via Augusta, 185.

Sarrià – Sant Gervasi.

93 272 24 25

Top moving companies

We know that moving is a long and tedious process, and that is why there are specialized companies that offer you different solutions to forget about the headaches involved in moving. Today, we want to show you some of what we believe may be the best moving companies in Barcelona.

With a history of more than 35 years, Flippers offers all kinds of tailor-made transfers with the highest degree of professionalism and specialization. These are: international removals to any part of the globe and national removals or local removals based in Madrid or Barcelona.
They have services such as:

Own storage: fully equipped maximum security warehouses, equipped with a fire retardant system and temperature and humidity control. Storage in metal containers.

Vehicle transport: your vehicle can accompany the rest of the international move. They can also be transferred independently:

Motorcycles, cars, boats

Groupage for small shipments: both air and sea shipments, in the event that the volume does not justify the use of a container or exclusive vehicle in any of the international removals.

They offer a budget online, by phone or in person.

900 330 000

Servieco is a moving company in Barcelona with more than 20 years of experience. They carry out transfers and removals in Barcelona, but also nationally and internationally.

It also has conditioned spaces to be used as storage rooms and furniture storage for short or long stays. It is a closed area equipped with different security systems such as surveillance cameras, volumetric and temperature alarms, as well as fire-fighting systems and a 24-hour security guard.

Other additional services that are available: furniture assembly, packing and packaging, furniture recycling, floor emptying, among many others.

They are characterized by providing personalized customer service from the first minute and offer a budget both online, by mail or telephone.

933 717 858

Corase is a company specialized in national and international removals. It is perfect for those looking to make a transfer or even looking for a place to store their furniture, as it has safe spaces to store all the belongings of its clients. These are individual containers with anti-humidity systems and 24-hour security.
They also specialize in office and business transfers.

They transport computer equipment, technical material, industrial machinery, documentation, etc.
They offer a budget without any kind of commitment through their website, telephone or mail.

932 472 022

Mudanzas López is a company with a long history, since it was founded in 1930 and since then it continues to offer removal services. Among the services they offer, there is a furniture storage service that allows you to have the furniture safely, together with one of packaging and organization of the transfer, which greatly facilitates the organization of the move.

It should be noted that they have added additional services such as removals of offices and warehouses (with the possibility of managing the destruction of documents and computer media), transfer of clinical samples with temperature control, and both national and international removals, with the possibility of grouping goods. In addition, they have a special transport service for works of art, safes, laboratory products or medical devices.

932 840 936

Mudanzas Control started its activity as a moving and furniture storage company in Catalonia 35 years ago, today they have 3 industrial buildings, adding a total of more than 24,000m3 of capacity and also a fleet of 18 vehicles.

They offer moving services organized in detail and without worries for the client, taking care of all processes: personalized estimates, personal advisor throughout the process, custom-made covers to protect furniture and delicate furniture, packaging materials, lifting platforms, permits for parking, etc. They ship both in Spain and in Europe.

They also have other additional services such as furniture storage, office and company transfer, laboratory and works of art.

933 340 100

Mudanzas Laser is a moving company located in Barcelona, with more than 35 years offering both local, national and international transfers, and furniture transport.

They have specialized trucks and operators to perform the service with the highest quality guarantee (from vans to trucks for large-capacity transfers). Some of the services to be highlighted are: elevator mounts furniture for large furniture removals reducing the time and cost of this, packaging and boxes so that the transfer can be carried out in complete safety and spaces to store the furniture with complete peace of mind and during the desired time of each client.

933 345 858

Bicycle routes in catalonia

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!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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)

Monthly rate: from 160€

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

Monthly rate: from 54€

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

Monthly rate: from 70€

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

Monthly rate: from 45€

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

Monthly rate: from 49€

Summer escapes: Costa Brava

Costa Brava is the name assigned to the Spanish coastal zone that begins in Blanes and ends at the French border in Portbou. Located in the province of Girona, it has an area of 214km and is comprised of the Catalan regions of Alt Empordá, Baix Empordá and La Selva.

Here you will find our selection of the most beautiful places that are a must to visit and enjoy every summer.


Tossa is an old fishing village that has now become a popular tourist destination. The walled area of Vila Vella is the emblem of the municipality and was declared a national historical-artistic monument in 1931. At the highest point of the site there had been a castle, which consisted of a watchtower and a rectangular room. . Currently it does not exist, since the current lighthouse of Tossa de Mar was built in its place.

Tossa de Mar gives off sun, beach and lots of relaxation, its best-known beach is Playa Gran, right in the center of the town and among the most famous coves are: Cala Pola, Cala Giverola and Cala Llevadó.


Sant Feliu de Guíxols has a multitude of coves and beaches with exceptional characteristics, among which the Bay of Sant Feliu and the Playa de Sant Pol stand out, with their characteristic bathhouses.

They are beaches where apart from enjoying the bath and the sun, you can practice many nautical activities to discover the seabed or enjoy the charm of the small coves, doing scuba diving, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, paddle surfing, snorkeling.

The architectural ensemble of the Benedictine monastery is the greatest heritage exponent of the population. It preserves elements as important as its oldest part, the Romanesque Porta Ferrada (10th century), which has also become a symbol for the music festival that is held every year “International Festival of Porta Ferrada” that combines music, theater and dance.

It is located very close to S’Agaró where it can be reached by crossing the famous coastal path: a historical path that was created with the basic functionalities of communicating the different towns, beaches and coves of the coast, at the same time guaranteeing fishermen and Cabotage sailors return to the ports of origin in the event that their boat was shipwrecked against the coastal rocks, but above all it was used to control smuggling and the black market or maritime market by the state authorities.


Palamós responds to all imaginable ways of considering vacations or the weekend. Those who think of a peaceful vacation here will find them: beaches of fine white sand and idyllic secluded coves with crystal clear waters await them. Those looking for adventure have the opportunity to discover part of the municipal heritage by walking the coastal path or exploring the Bell-lloc valley.

For lovers of the sea, Palamós allows you to get to know the marine world in depth by walking through its port, visiting its facilities and participating in activities organized by the Fishing Museum and the Espai del Peix.

All the beaches in the municipality are easily accessible on foot or by car and you can choose between different varieties: sandy beaches such as the Grande de Palamós beach, La Fosca or the Castell beach, or rocky beaches, such as Cala Margarida or S’Alguer cove. There are even mixed beaches, with sand and rock, such as Cala Estreta.

The round path that runs along the coast of Palamós connects all these beaches and coves, and allows you to enjoy a unique landscape, among pine trees, at the foot of the sea.

Gastronomically, Palamós stands out for the famous prawn, a product par excellence in the area and which has become the star dish due to its quality, flavor and freshness.


Calella de Palafrugell is an ancient fishing village, made up of several coves, which still retains its charm, it is one of the few towns on the Costa Brava where that atmosphere that was breathed in the towns of the area still remains, with narrow streets , houses with a sloping tile roof and some traditional two-story fishermen’s houses.
It is located on a rocky coast, formed by small coves, to the north of the natural area of ​​Castell – Cap Roig, ideal for walks or bicycle excursions, and to the south of the coastal and tourist center of Llafranc.
In summer, the Cap Roig Music Festival is held in the Botanical Garden of Cap Roig.

The bay of Llafranc, its promenade, the port and the Cape of Sant Sebastià make this small town one of the most prestigious on the coast. Llafranc travels between tradition and modernity. Popular and prestigious destination for more than 50 years. The bay of fine sand, bordered by a pleasant promenade that reaches the nautical port, is framed by the church of Santa Rosa de Lima, with a Roman wine press next to it, and the Cape of Sant Sebastià to the north.

The beaches of: La Platgeta, Golfet, Port Bo, Sant Roc stand out and following the coastal path you can reach Tamariu where we find the coves of Aigua Xelida, Pedrosa and Aiguadolça, natural charms that offer the best landscapes on the Costa Brava.

Above the San Sebastiá lighthouse we recommend visiting the Nomo restaurant with incredible views and quality Japanese cuisine in a unique setting.


Located in the heart of Empordà, the town of Begur and its beaches make up one of the most wonderful places on the Costa Brava. Its municipal term is formed by a set of hills called Macizo de Begur, and an extensive coastline, bathed by the Mediterranean Sea. Begur has eight coves and beaches, arranged in the north, east and south of the town, with completely varied characteristics and beauty:

  • Aiguablava: The sand that forms it gives rise to a turquoise color to the water that makes it unmistakable and at the same time very pleasant, in addition to its scenic environment that makes it unique.
  • Sa Tuna: Small cove that preserves its old fishermen’s houses, it has a small cove on the right side which can be accessed by the round path called S’Eixugador, which is a wild place and a beautiful stillness.
    Fornells: include the marina and the house that Bonaventura Sabater, known as Xiquet, had built on the port of Ses Orats; called El Paraíso and which, according to tradition, was the place from where this coastline was baptized with the well-known name of Costa Brava.
  • Aiguafreda: Small cove sheltered by the Puig Rodó that has a small dock for boats.
  • Platja Fonda: You have to go down a long staircase before discovering this hidden and wild place. This natural hiding place has allowed the cove to remain virgin with thick, dark sand, thanks to the difficult access. This is one of the calmest coves on the entire coastline.
  • Sa Riera: It is the largest cove in the municipality of Begur, its name comes from a stream that divides it into two halves, currently preserving the old fishermen’s houses. This cove also has two neighboring coves that are Port des Pi on your right and Cala del Rey on your left.
  • Illa Roja: It is characterized by being chaired by a reddish rocky islet from which its name comes.
  • Platja del Racó: It is located next to the municipality of Pals and is connected by the coastal path with the coves of Isla Roja and Sa Riera.

We highlight Pals, which is one of the best known and most visited municipalities in the region, for the beauty of its landscape and the richness of its historical and heritage legacy. Located on top of a hill, it was built inside a fortress and has maintained its medieval essence so well that a visit to Pals is like traveling back in time and its old town was declared a Site of Historic Interest in 1973.


The history of Cadaqués dates back centuries and has been influenced by various peoples such as Greece and Rome. Maritime contacts and commercial exchanges with these and other cultures favored the economic development of the municipality, based essentially on fishing and agriculture. Undoubtedly, the geographical situation of Cadaqués, facing the sea and isolated from the rest of Alto Ampurdán by the Pení mountain, contributed to forging the character and spirit of this fishing town that for centuries had to face pirate attacks and corsairs.

In this cosmopolitan corner of the Costa Brava, some of the most important avant-garde artistic movements of the 20th century coexisted, such as Surrealism. Some of the most famous artists who have been to Cadaqués are: Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Ángel Planells, Paul Eluard, Federico García Lorca, Luís Buñuel, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Magritte, André Dérain, Richard Hamilton, Antonio Pitxot, Josep Pla and Eugeni d’Ors, among others.

The geological beauty of Cap de Creus fascinates by the singularity of forms that we can observe both in the rocks and in the plants. Therefore, it is not surprising that the whimsical and curious rocks of this place have been baptized by the inhabitants of the town with names as disparate as the rock of the Camel, the Eagle or the Turtle.

Along the bay of Cadaqués and the Cabo de Creus natural park there are a series of coves and beaches that maintain their authenticity and wild character, some of them being practically virgin, a fact that is observed in the purity and quality of their waters .

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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


This region of the Central Pyrenees is the last of the Pyrenees of Catalonia before entering the Aragonese Pyrenees. Located in the northwest corner of Catalonia, along the border with Aragon and France. The Val d’Aran belongs to the province of Lleida in Catalonia and its capital is Vielha e Mitjaran, also known as Viella or Vielha. They have a very differentiated language, Aranés, which is a variant of Occitan, the Romance language of Europe, which has been spoken since the 11th century.

Next, our selection of towns and attractions to see.


This town retains all the beauty of its old town and its incredible Romanesque Church of the Assumption of Mary of the 12th century.


Small fairytale town, Magical Pyrenees recommends visiting along with the Carlac Forest.


Last town before entering France. Famous for its hot springs and its Caviar Nacarii fish farm.


Because Salardú was the entrance to the valley through the Port de la Bonaigua, the city was fortified in medieval times to protect itself. The old castle was located in the place where the church is currently, but you can still see some remains of the fortification.
Salardú offers a lot of services, has a library, shops, sports center, outdoor and heated pool, a golf course and is very close to the ski slopes of Baqueira Beret.


It is one of the 15 National Parks of Spain. It is located in the central area of ​​the Pyrenees of Catalonia, in the province of Lleida, and covers four regions: Alta Ribagorza, Pallars Sobirà, Pallars Jussà and Val d’Aran.
Its landscape is an excellent representation of the Catalan high mountain ecosystem. The best known lake of all is that of Sant Maurici, which gives its name to the park. It is more than 1,000 meters long and one of its main attractions are the two peaks that stand out on its banks called Els Encantats.


It is the capital of Pallars Sobirà (Lleida), the region of Catalonia with the most protected territory, distributed between the National Park d’Aigüestortes, and the Natural Park of l’Alt Pirineu, the largest in Catalonia.
The range of nature and adventure activities is very wide. You can enjoy adventures for all ages, from rafting to excursions, also multi-adventure circuits, mountain biking trails, horseback riding, bungee jumping, quad biking, hydrospeed, canyoning, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, bungee jumping, mountaineering, etc.


The winter season of Baqueira, declared a National Tourist Interest Center, is possibly the best in all of Spain. It has more than 150 km of skiable mountains that exceed 2,500 m at some point. But in Baqueira it is not all skiing, in winter apart from practicing this sport you can go hiking and snowshoeing, since from the Pla de Beret, the second important nucleus of the station, it is possible to make several routes. From the station you can admire mountain peaks that exceed 3,000 meters high, such as Maladeta and Aneto.

Bast 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.

Maná 75 it is a restaurant located just a few steps from the beach and distinguished by its open kitchen of more than 20 meters, where the mimcook paelleras are arranged, thus being able to see the work of the chefs.   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 .

Xavier Pellicer is the chef’s personal project and his new home. It has a very careful image and a total capacity for 66 people in the restaurant and 20 people in El Menjador.

His bet is to offer the diner “Healthy Kitchen”, a combination of organic, local and healthy products and he does it through 3 Tasting Menu options: a vegan, a vegetarian and an omnivorous. These proposals are offered in 9 steps collecting seasonal products in creations inspired by the natural world. The menus are prepared based on fresh and seasonal products.

El Nacional is the first restaurant in Barcelona that has 4 spaces where you can enjoy traditional recipes from the Peninsula.

It has 4 spaces each dedicated to a meat restaurant, a fish restaurant, a tapas and rice restaurant and a fast deli restaurant. They are complemented with 4 bars specialized in: beer, wine, cava and cocktails, which make El Nacional a trendy restaurant in the city.

Located on the Paseo de Gracia, and with capacity for more than 700 people, they make the National one become an emblematic place full of history (built in 1889). The restaurant is characterized by its large windows and metal pillars that give the place a unique charm, which you will have to go see in person.

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.

Zero Patatero is a restaurant located in the emblematic Born district of Barcelona, in which they bet on a Km 0 quality raw material, with star dishes such as avocado tartare, mushroom, apple, grapefruit and smoked eel with a lime sorbet and Basil or mussels casserole in its juice with ginger.   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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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€.


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: 10.000 – 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.


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


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.


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€.


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.


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

Neighborhoods in Barcelona to live

Are you thinking of moving to Barcelona? In this article we will explain what are the most popular and safe neighborhoods so you do not make mistakes when choosing your next home.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and 120 km south of the Pyrenees. Its international airport is only 15 minutes from downtown. It is the second most important city in Spain and stands out among the most cosmopolitan and avant-garde cities in Europe given its cultural, artistic, financial, commercial and tourist influence.

Barcelona has a total of 73 neighborhoods grouped into 10 administrative districts, in this article we will detail information on the 6 most important.


It consists of six neighborhoods:

  • Dreta de l’Eixample (Right of the expansion)
  • Antiga esquerra de l’Eixample (Old left of the expansion)
  • Nova esquerra de l’Eixample (New left of the expansion)
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Sant Antoni
  • El Fort Pienc

Eixample is famous for being one of the most dynamic districts of Barcelona. Three of the most important roads in Barcelona pass through it: Paseo de Gràcia, Gran Vía and Avenida Diagonal. In addition, it hosts many of the most important attractions of the city such as the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló or La Pedrera. On the other hand, thanks to its configuration, it is possible to find restaurants, bars, supermarkets or any type of trade in the same block. In addition, it is an ideal area for shopping, either in the elegant Paseo de Gràcia or along the Diagonal. In this area we can find our new The Passage apartments, located in the center of Eixample.


The district of Ciutat Vella is delimited by the perimeter of the wall of the old city and corresponds geographically with the historic center of Barcelona.

Ciutat Vella is the first district of Barcelona, the embryo of the city. Therefore, talking about Ciutat Vella is talking about the history of the city since its inception. The district limits to the west with L’Eixample, to the east with the Mediterranean Sea, to the north with Sant Martí and to the south with Sants-Montjuïc. Ciutat Vella is formed by four neighborhoods, each with its own uniqueness. In the south we find Barceloneta; in the west, the Raval; in the center, the Gòtic; and in the east, Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera, commonly known as “El Born“.

Ciutat Vella is a district that offers everything: culture, heritage, history, neighborhood and entertainment.


It is one of the greenest districts of the city and is the entrance to the Collserola park. Sarrià-Sant Gervasi is a nucleus with a town center, composed of the districts of Sarrià, Tres Torres, Sant Gervasi-la Bonanova, Sant Gervasi-Galvany, Vallvidrera, Tibidabo i les Planes and Putxet i el Farró.

It could be said that until this area of Barcelona the wide streets and the high-rise buildings did not arrive. The district was chosen as a place of residence by the Catalan bourgeoisie of the 19th century. Most of its imposing modernist houses, palaces and gardens have remained intact to this day.

Here are most of the schools in the city, is an ideal district for families with children and that is why most of our residents choose to land in Barcelona when they come with their family.


The upper area of Barcelona has traditionally been a distinguished area reserved for the upper classes of the city. In fact, for many centuries it was a territory without a municipality and directly dependent on royalty. At the moment Les Corts continues being a district with elegant airs but the urban growth of the zone has propitiated its adaptation to the middle classes. It is a district full of parks, gardens and green areas.

Currently, the district of Les Corts is formed by three neighborhoods: Les Corts, Pedralbes and La Maternitat i Sant Ramon.


From the sea and towards the mountain lies one of the districts with more cultural and sports offer of the city. Factories converted into museums, nightlife areas, popular markets and, of course, the sports facilities in which the emblematic 1992 Olympics were held.

The district of Sants-Montjuïc is the largest in Barcelona, with an area of 2,090 hectares, which represents almost a quarter of the municipal district of Barcelona.


The Gràcia neighborhood is just one stop from the beginning of Passeig de Gràcia but it seems a completely different world. Gràcia was an independent town until the end of the 19th century and even today its community is small and closed. The locals are very proud of their roots; they do not say “I’m from Barcelona”, they say “I’m from Gràcia”.

The area is populated by bohemian artists and crowds. It has a wide diversity of races and has a large concentration of international restaurants. Plaça de Sol is the best known place in this neighborhood. It is full of cafés-terraces and at night it is the place that people choose to go for a drink, however, despite its modern nature, Gràcia is at the same time a very traditional neighborhood with a large population of elderly people. This creates a strange and fun mix that makes it a special place to sit and enjoy watching people go by.