2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6
- English, Spanish
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 enjoying 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 Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera
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 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.
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 it's a combination of all of these things and coming in through the front door after a day out, sitting down, kicking off my shoes and relishing the strange sensation of feeling at home in a foreign land.
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Perfect apartment in El Born
We loved Kay’s apartment. It was the perfect location in Barcelona. The El Born neighborhood was our favorite. We walked everywhere; all of the sights, beach and bars. There are lots of bars and restaurants just steps away from the apartment. Check in was simple. We were greeted with a welcome basket with treats for the kids. The apartment was clean and had everything we needed. Kay sent us recommendations. The apartment is better in person than the pictures in the listing. We loved our time at Kay’s apartment and would stay again!
Barcelona Picasso area
Great location, easy access to train , shopping and restaurants. We appreciated all the amenities in our flat as well as the quick response to any questions.
Homey and right in the heart of wonderful neighborhood.
Great Place in a Great Location
If you are lucky enough to book this apartment in the El Born area of Barcelona, you will not be disappointed. It has a fabulous owner (Kay) who helps in every way to make your stay as wonderful as possible. The apartment is very comfortable and has all the kitchen appliances you need. We really appreciated the Welcome Basket with snacks and wine! The apartment is supplied with paper, bathroom, dishwashing and clothes washing products. There are grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and anything you might want within a block. We would definitely book this apartment again the next time we are in Barcelona.
Great location, clean and comfortable
Nice welcome from Jasse (local rep) with some snacks. The apartment is well equipped and the beds were very comfortable. We appreciated the coffee machine and coffee. While it is a function of the great location Friday night was a bit too noisy after midnight. Earplugs helped. We would recommend.
Great Barcelona Pad!!
This spacious, well-appointed apartment is a lovely and comfortable choice. It's fantastic to be in this beautiful old section of the city. There are lots of lively spots nearby, and the pleasure of returning to a serene home at the end of the day. Definitely check out the newly opened Ethiopian tapas place next door. The welcome is exceptionally warm and there is wonderful live music Friday and Saturday nights.
The entire area surrounding the apartment building is encased in enchanting medieval streets and alleyways. Bustling with life, these little streets house cafés, speciality food shops, small commercial and public galleries, design boutiques and a wide selection of excellent restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets.
Buy your fresh food at the Santa Catarina food market with its famous undulating multi-coloured roof designed by the Catalan architect Enric Miralles. A 2-minute walk away. Open Mon - Sat from 8.00am to 15.00pm.
Wander down to the marina and enjoy a cool drink in the sun as you watch the sail boats come and go. A 5-minute walk away.
The front door of the Picasso Museum is less than a minute's walk away. Go early to avoid the long queues but without having to get up early!
Walk round to the Chocolate Museum to watch the confectioners at work, see the chocolate sculptures and have 'merienda' of sponge fingers (melindros) dipped in hot chocolate in the museum café. A 2-minute walk away.
A 30-second walk down Calle Flassaders will take you to the Hoffman Café which is located in what was built as the City Mint in medieval times. Breakfast outside listening to gentle jazz.
Have a wander through the Ciutadella park - it's just a few minutes walk away or hire one of their canopied cycles for families, or a paddle boat or visit the city zoo which is accessed through the park.
The City Aquarium is a 5-minute walk away and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon - not that we get many of these.
Just beyond the Aquarium you can take a cable car ride across the marinas and up to the top of the Montjuic Hill where you can enjoy panoramic views over the city. Before you come back down you might like to visit the Joan Miró Museum or the Pueblo Español.
A 15-minute walk will take you to Barcelona's award-winning beaches. You might want to hire a beach recliner for the day, enjoy the 5 kilometre-long beachfront promenade - perfect for cycling, jogging, rollerblading, skateboarding or just about anything else on wheels (!) - or sit in one of the 'chiringuitos' (open beach café bars) down on the sands and watch the people go by.
While you're at the beach, you might like to have paella for lunch in Pez Vela. Why? Well, because it's excellent! The restaurant is open to the beach so I suggest you book a table out on the decked terrace where you can gaze up the beaches and wonder whether this was the view that made National Geographic Magazine vote Barcelona 'Best Beach City in the World' in 2013.
Sign up to use the private Nova Icària Sports Club during your stay. Gym, Swimming Pool etc.
Don't miss the Santa Catarina Church - 50 meters from your front door. It's considered to be the best example of Gothic Architecture in Catalonia.
Take a leisurely 10-minute stroll along Carrer Jaume I, past the seat of the Catalan government (the Palau de la Generalitat) in San Jaume Square to the famous Ramblas and the Boqueria Food Market - the largest food market in Europe.
Have a good old rake around the Vila Viniteca - a specialist wine shop a couple of minutes' walk from the apartment - where you can find all the best Riojas, Ribera del Dueros as well as Priorat and Montsant wines (great value for money). Their sister shop next door has a wonderful selection of cheeses and they supply many of Barcelona's best restaurants. Don't miss La Botifarra on your way there or back - the sausage specialist's.
Book a tour of Barcelona's Modernist Palau de la Música - the most beautiful music hall I have ever seen. Even better - go to a concert. A 15 minute walk away.
You can walk to most of the sights but public transport is excellent and the San Jaume and Barceloneta metro stops are about 300 metres away. It's also well connected to the city bus network.
Step back in time by taking the lift down through the ages at the MUHBA Museum in the Plaza del Rei to visit the streets and alleyways of Roman times hidden away beneath the existing city. A fascinating visit for anyone interested in history and learning about life in Roman times. About a 5 minute walk from the apartment.
Visit the recently completed 'Born Cultural Centre' which tells the more recent historical event of how Catalonia was defeated by the Spanish army in 1714. A story sensitively told just a minute's walk away.
There are bicycles for hire in the area, Segway tours of the Historic Centre, walking tours or you can hire go-cars.
Sign up for a cookery course. Go shopping to the Santa Catarina food market with your guide and then go back to the kitchen to cook some Spanish food before sitting down to enjoy your efforts. Less than a minute's walk from the apartment.
Don't miss the Arabian Baths in the Paseo Picasso - a minute's walk away. You can have a massage here too.
Oh - or the Mammoth Museum!
Many scenes from Woody Allen's film 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' were filmed in the streets around the apartment.