Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in La Ribera El Borne - The Essence of a Place
2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6
This stunning apartment is located in the beautiful El Born district of Barcelona’s Historic Centre known as Ciutat Vella.
It is on the doorstep of the Chocolate Museum, the City Park and the magnificent Picasso Museum. It is a 5-minute walk from the beautiful palm-fringed marina and the cathedral, a 10 minute walk from the Ramblas, and just 15 minutes on foot from the beaches that led to Barcelona being crowned Nº1 Beach City in the World 2013 - 2014 by National Geographic Magazine.
The apartment has a floor area of 90m2 and provides real home from home comfort and every luxury to make your holiday accommodation extra special with high speed fibre optic internet at 100mbps, duck down duvets in winter, a Nespresso coffee machine and a home cinema system.
It is spacious with open plan areas in the living room & kitchen/dining room. It has high vaulted ceilings with exposed wooden beams and French windows leading out onto little wrought iron balconies.
It has a telephone, an IPOD docking station, a breakfast bar, a split-level bathroom with glass wall partitions and a separate walk-in shower. It even has a secret door!
The apartment recently featured on Spanish TV. Scroll down to the end of the page to watch the full 6-minute report.
'We selected the apartment based on the description and reviews and everything exceeded expectation'. Lorraine R. 2013.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Kay Davidson
Hello there! The first thing I should probably tell you is that I came here on holiday for 2 weeks in 1988 and stayed! I guess the sun, the cuisine, the cultural variety and outdoor lifestyle all had something to do with it. The fact is I’ve never stopped savouring the things I love here. I moved from Valencia to Barcelona in 2000 and have worked throughout that time as a teacher and translator as well as a property manager now too of course! My life is busy and diverse and also involves making regular trips back to Scotland, where I was born. I think I’m really lucky to live between two such beautiful places and I guess I love the contrast and diversity of my lifestyle. Nevertheless, be warned! If my own experience is anything to go by and you do decide to come here on holiday, you may end up staying longer than you bargained for!!
Kay Davidson purchased this apartment in 2003
Why Kay Davidson chose La Ribera El Borne
Quite simply – it was love at first sight and the first and last apartment I looked at. I often walk through the gorgeous winding alleyways of the Born with their myriad boutiques and terrace cafés bathed in sunlight before heading back to the apartment and sitting in the peace and quiet of the living room, soaking up the beauty of it all and thinking, yes! This is the essence of what I love here! The Born has become even more charming and beautiful since I bought the apartment in 2003 and I think that if I could come back to Barcelona now and see it all again as if it were the first time, I think it's exactly this apartment in this part of town that I would hope to find. But that particular pleasure, if you decide to come, will be all yours!
What makes this apartment unique
Firstly I would say it's the location. It’s right in the middle of the most historic, beautiful and happening area of the city with the benefit of being nestled in a quiet pedestrian-only side street, which is a 15 minute walk from the beach. Then, the apartment itself has the perfect contrast that’s so distinctive to Barcelona of seamlessly blending the old with the new; design without compromising on comfort. Having the award-winning Hoffman bakery and café (best croissants I have ever tasted) just around the corner may also have something to do with it though! Or it might be the proximity to Cal Pep (delicious seafood) or Bar Pla (delicious everything)! Most likely though it's a combination of all of these things but the best thing of all is coming in through the front door after a day out, closing it behind you and experiencing the exquisite dichotomy of feeling at home in a foreign land.
Guestbook comments from the owner
'Thanks Kay. Had a great time! FAB apartment! Not enough time to do everything.'
Tony and Tracy. England, UK. 19th September 2006
We really enjoyed staying in this fantastic apartment. We loved the décor and found it a relaxing place to rest our tired feet at the end of the day. Barcelona is a vibrant, exciting city and this was a great area to explore it from with its wonderful restaurants and bars. Many thanks.’ Jack and Nicola. Penistone, Yorkshire, England, UK. 23rd August 2006
‘Just a quick note to thank you for the use of your wonderful flat - even more specious, lovely and well located than we imagined. Helen Raadelar. England, UK. 18th August 2006
‘We spent a wonderful week in vibrant Barcelona – discovering the tiny streets, shady boulevards, beautiful buildings, lovely restaurants …and a beach too! Kay, your apartment is lovely, so comfortable and beautifully decorated. We’ll be back without question.’ Helen and David. Toronto, Canada. 5th August 2006