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Moving to Barcelona area in August/September
Posted June 12th, 2012 - 9:15 am by from Phoenix, United States (Permalink)
Hello to all. My husband and I are planning another move to the glorious city of Barcelona. We visited there a few months ago and decided that it is the type of place that we have been wanting to live. The architecture, the climate and the attitude of the people gave us the desire to experience life in that place.

Right now, we are preparing for our second child to be born but in September or even at the end of August we would like to move down to the Barcelona area. For the first few months we would like to stay somewhere where it would be easy enough to explore the city and also the surrounding towns so we can decide where is best for our family. If anyone could offer us any help or a place to stay for even a few weeks that would be amazing. It would be my husband and I and our two small children. We understand that many people do not have enough space for this so if not we would be so happy even to gain some advice about what places are good for young families and information about starting out in the area.

Any comments/advice would be appreciated. We are so excited about making this move as a family and getting to explore and meet new people in such a beautiful place.

Ruth Warren

Posted June 27th, 2012 - 6:12 pm by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
Hello Ruth,
I can't host you, but I can give you some advice. I'm born in Barcelona, I've lived in different neighborhoods, and I know the surroundings. I have the experience of choosing a place in the city to start our family (our second daugther was born two weeks ago), and we're planning our next step, that would be to live in a town in the surroundings (a quiet place, where children can ride their bicycles without danger)
Take in account that Barcelona city it's dense and busy, without many green areas or open spaces, maybe not the best place for kids? Many families move to suburban locations, where they can have a house with a garden, but isn't a cool place as the city itself. Many others choose to raise their families in the city, and of course they grow up as "normal" kids :) Each one decides what they like!
Do you know the city? The places where we searched when we're expecting our first girl , our "favourite" places , were
1) Poble Nou, it's and old industrial area that has been reconverted along the last 20 years, and it's a mix of traditional "barrio" , new blocs, office buildings and old industries. The best point is that they have the beach! and also some parks. Many young families have moved there.
2) Eixample esquerre, near Sant Antoni. It's close to the center, and also close to the parks like Montjuic mountain. There's a lot of "barrio" atmosphere, many families live there.
3) Sant Cugat. It's a small city at the other side of Tibidabo mountain. It's expensive, but it's green , clean, safe and very well comunicated to the city center with a eficient train system. Many families escaped from the Barcelona and went there in the past 20 years.
There are many other areas that are cool, like Gracia (it's too dense!!!), but aren't my favourites. I don't recomend the old city for a family (touristy, unsafe, busy, noisy) , but also don't go too far from it if you want to live a Barcelona experience.
A fourth favourite choice would be Sitges, it's far to the south, and expensive, but it's very beatiful place and many foreigners live there.
I hope you have enough information to start. If you have any questions I can help you, just ask!

Posted July 18th, 2012 - 1:35 pm by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
I agree with Carles. Barcelona is a wonderful city but not for living with children. What you need is a village close enough to Barcelona for going out or visiting during the weekend if you want, but quite and safe for living with children. If you like the beach Sitges is a good option but really expensive.
I can recommend you the village where I live now, Gelida. It's 40 km from Barcelona but the train gets the city centre in 40 minutes. We have many playground areas for children, the village is surrounded by forest with a castle. It's very quite and colder than Barcelona and that's good during the summer. I have a one-year baby and I'm very happy here.
If you finally decide to move to Barcelona and need help don't hesitate to contact me even for a language exchange.

Posted July 18th, 2012 - 2:18 pm by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
Hi all,

I didn't experienced life outside of Barcelona, and I wanted to share my experience inside the city.
I arrived 7 years ago with my first son and had a daughter once here.
First we lived in the Eixample, which is quite a very noisy and busy area, NOT very children friendly, although I have to say Barcelona has a lot of Playgrounds everywhere and the sea is never to far away.
But definitively now that I have been living in Guinardo for 3 years, I couldn't come back in the center.
Guinardo is 15 min in metro from Plaza Catalunya, 25 minutes from Barceloneta, and it has 2 big parks, 3 if you count the parque Guell, which is quite near.
Life is similar to a village here. People is friendly. Everybody knowes each other. There are a lot of schools.

I think this kind of area is quite good if you don't want to be isolated in a smaller city and want to profit from the city 100%, at least the first 2-3 years.
Similar are areas like Poble Sec, Vallcarca, Sant Gervasi.

After, I have friends who moved to citys like Castelldefells or Premia de Mar on the sea and are quite happy.

Good luck!

Posted July 19th, 2012 - 9:28 am by from Phoenix, United States (Permalink)
Thanks to all of you for your advice. The more that we have thought about it, it is true that we don't wish to be in the central area as it would be too much for a young family. Most important is that we still have access to the city and don't feel too isolated where we live. Here in Ireland, we have found that it is too easy to become isolated and so it is really important to us to find a place where people are friendly and where there is life and energy around us.

We are going to do some traveling before coming to Spain but I hope that when we are there we will find the right type of environment for our family.

Thanks again.