If you’re looking for a rental in a well-connected and authentic neighbourhood in Barcelona, then look no further than HomeAway’s list of apartments in Sant Antoni. Sitting between the Ciutat Vella and the museums of Montjuïc, it’s a desirable area known for its large covered food market. On Sundays you could step out of your holiday home in Sant Antoni to browse bookstalls and pick up freshly baked bread or croissants. And it’s all just a brief hop from modernist wonders, city beaches and a whole heap of shopping destinations. Air-conditioned and wireless-connected, Sant Antoni apartments are in all sizes, formats and styles, from palatial to compact and functional.
-Local attractions. Sant Antoni is situated on the edge of the historic quarter, but also close to the museums of the Sants-Montjuïc area, as well as the quirky modernist architecture of l’Eixample. If you’re a sports fanatic then you can visit the Camp Nou home of FC Barcelona, and if modern art is your thing then you shouldn’t miss the museums for Picasso and Joan Miró.
-Famous sights. If you head into l’Eixample you’ll discover some masterpieces of Catalan Modernist architecture, which form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most magnificent example can be admired at Sagrada Familía, a spectacular basilica designed by Antoni Gaudí, but there are plenty of other stunning buildings that are open attractions, like Casa Amatller by Puig i Cadafalch.
-Beaches. Barcelona has superb city beaches, which run unbroken from just next to the harbour along the waterfront. The closest to Sant Antoni is San Sebastià, which like the rest has golden sand and all the facilities you could need. Here, at Barceloneta you could hire a bike to set off to explore the coastline that stretches up to Sant Martí.
-Cusine. Barcelona has a cuisine that reflects its cosmopolitan nature – you’ll find flavours from all corners of the globe here. Catalonia has its own distinct dishes, which can be sampled at restaurants like El Glop, which has a number of locations across the city. Seafood is also of the highest quality in this city – you could make for Barceloneta on the waterfront for seafood paella.
-Shopping. Sant Antoni’s fabulous location means that world-famous shopping hotspots like La Boqueria market are just a couple of stops on the Metro. You can browse the stylish independent shops of the Ciutat Vella, clustered mostly around the Born at Jaume 1 Metro, or head down to the harbour, where you’ll find all the big brands at the Maremagnum shopping centre.
The climate in Barcelona is Mediterranean, with moderate winters and long, warm summers. It gets a little more rainfall than the Mediterranean average, which means the vegetation here remains green all year round. Barcelona is still a dry place by UK standards, and much brighter too, with around twice as many hours of sunshine. Arrive at a Sant Antoni holiday home any time between May and October and you’ll get warm weather, with temperatures hitting the high-20s or more in July and August. Winters are temperate, with highs of 14 degrees on an average December day.
The best way to reach Barcelona from the UK is to fly to El Prat Airport (BCN), which is just a few kilometres outside the city. It’s one of the busiest airports in Europe, and there’s a large number of routes between this airport on the UK, many of which are with budget airlines. The airport also has good public transport links to the city. You can catch the R2 commuter train to Barcelona Sants before switching to the Metro. There are local stops for Sant Antoni holiday rentals, at Poble Sec on the L3, Sant Antoni on the L2 or Rocafort and Urgell on the L1.