On HomeAway, apartments in Sagrada Família offer homelike and stylish escapes in central Barcelona, right in the shadow of one of the city’s postcard modernist landmarks. Sagrada Família holiday homes are cosy, thoughtfully appointed and impeccably located, perfect whether you’re a couple on a city break or a family here to see the sights. A typical Sagrada Família apartment has all of the amenities you’d count on in your own home, including wireless Internet and the welcome benefit of air-con in summer. The area’s proximity to everything that makes Barcelona great means it’s a really flexible place to be, with all kinds of shopping, dining, evening entertainment, family attractions and culture at hand.
-Local sights. As you can tell by the name, Sagrada Família is home to the eponymous basilica, one of Barcelona’s iconic buildings and part of a UNESCO site. It’s a fantastical, otherworldly building, recognised by ornate towers and intricate design. If you have a taste for Gaudí then there are other wonders close by, like Casa Batllo and La Pedrera, both of which are open to the public.
-Other attractions. There are plenty of ways to spend your days in Barcelona, with prestigious museums, six of which can be visited with one “ArTicket”. These include galleries devoted to Picasso and Joan Miró. The latter is set in Montjuïc, also home to the famous Camp Nou stadium. In Barceloneta you can have a great family day out at the Aquarium Barcelona, the second-largest aquarium in Europe.
-Shopping Sagrada Família’s central location means a huge choice of shopping experiences is available. You could head into Gràcia for chic boutiques in a cosmopolitan setting, or explore the Ciutat Vella, home to both stylish independent stores and all of the big international brands. l’Eixample meanwhile has its own one-off shops, like the famous Xocoa chocolate maker, as well as two of the city’s best malls.
-Cuisine. Barcelona has a fabulous wealth of dining options, from tapas to the contemporary Catalan cuisine made famous by chefs like Ferran Adrià. Not to mention the many international cuisines that you can find in the city. You could sample some classic dishes, like cured sausage with white beans, or pa amb oli, a typical Catalan snack – bread rubbed with tomato and served with cold meats.
-Beaches. Barcelona’s beaches are well looked-after, long and sandy, running from the harbour all the way up to Sant Martí. Most convenient to Sagrada Família is La Nova Mar Bella, which has golden sand, calm sheltered waters, lifeguards, and a wide array of shops and restaurants on the waterfront. For a day-trip you could head to one of the many beach resorts just outside the city – try Blanes or Calafell.
If you head for a holiday home in Sagrada Família in the summer then warm, dry weather awaits you. This season is long, from May to October, with especially hot conditions in July and August. Wetter weather occurs towards the end of the season, often in the form of heavy downfalls and storms. Winters are rarely cold by northern European standards – daily highs get well into the teens, and at night frosts are very uncommon apart from in the hills just outside the city. The transitional months of April and November are unpredictable, with frequent rain, but occasional warm and clear days too.
You can travel to your holiday rental in Sagrada Família from the UK by flying via El Prat Airport (BCN), which is right on the edge of the city. It’s the second largest airport in the country and has a wealth of connections to the UK, mostly with budget carriers. This destination has good transport links to Barcelona – you can catch the R2 commuter train to Passeig de Gràcia, which is close to Sagrada Família, and just a couple of stops on the L5 metro line. There are also private and public bus connections from the airport to various locations in l’Eixample.