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For a Writer / an Artist / a Musician

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 31 nights


About the property

Art Books and Inspiring Atmosphere Upstairs - The City of Barcelona Downstairs

Modernist neo-gothic building, at the corner of Pla del Palau and Plaça de les Olles.

Quiet, inspiring, elegant environment.

Stay at home for your writing / reading / studying / painting / composing

Go downstairs to meet the crowds / the people / leisure and cultural life

Pablo Picasso arrived here with his parents in 1895 and had his first atelier in front of our building. The Picasso Museum is two minutes from home. The new World Cultures Museum just opened nearby. The Mercat del Born also recently re-opened, showing archeological remains of Barcelona in the XVIIIth century.

The flat is all windows and little balconies.

Furnished like a yacht, in front of the Port Vell. 4th floor, no lift, rewarded with charming views of a lively little square.

Painted in green Picasso colour. High Philippe Starck table on wheels for your dining / writing / drawing / and gazing at the square below.

Spacious sofa under the Library with books about Picasso / Catalan Art / The History of Barcelona / General Art and Literature.

Master bedroom with king-size bed, fine bed-sheets and optical wi-fi.

Corner for personal computer and night writing.

Second bedroom with moveable sandwich beds, sliding table for writing and drawing.

Open kitchen with all the appliances for quality cooking and a teppan grill.

Bath-room in black marquina marble, hydro-massage, shower room.

All windows with double panes.

Independent heating / air-conditioning.

Reach Santa Maria del Mar (2 minutes), the oldest church of the city (read its story in "Catedral del Mar", by Ildefonso Falcones) and listen to the bells.

Walk on the Paseo del Borne (2 minutes), the promenade of XVIIth century Barcelona.

Discover the boutiques and quality shops.

Enjoy the Picasso Museum with special exhibitions and events (3 minutes).

Stroll in the Parc of the Ciudadela (5 minutes) and enjoy spontaneous ethnic music.

Cross Pla del Palau and enjoy watching the boats of the Port Vell, the Maremagnum, the Aquarium.

Walk along Paseo Colón, the old sea-shore, and reach the Ramblas (7 minutes).

Stroll / skate / bike along the beaches, from the Barceloneta (8 minutes) to the Port Olimpic and beyond.

Downstairs, we are very well connected with the Eixample and Barcelona's many other significant sights.

The Sagrada Familia is close by. The Paseo de Gracia and other famous modernist buildings are also near.

VERDE PICASSO sleeps 2 grandly. 2 + 2 very comfortably.

Our building is described as the only example of a Modernist building in Ciutat Vella, the Old City of Barcelona. The use of green graffiti on the façade is considered unusual and charged with spiritual value.

Why Green?

Green captures solar energy and turns it into vital energy.

Green is the symbol of spiritual regeneration.

It signals the end of winter and symbolizes hope. It's the colour of nature.

In Egypt, Green was an attribute of Phtah - the creator and the stabilizer through water - because in Egyptian cosmogony water was the primary agent of creation. It meant the foundation of time, the creation of the world; and it symbolized material and spiritual birth.

In Christianity Green meant regeneration through acts, through charity.

In China Green defines the East, dawn, spring, wood and, again, charity.

As an association of Yellow and Blue, Green possesses a yin-yang duality:

it signals moral degradation, madness, despair;

as also culture, wisdom, and renewal.

Profits from our rentals are invested in cultural and social projects in Communication for Peace.

Isabella S.C.


More Details

Property Manager
Isabella S. Castriota
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 December, 2017

About Isabella S. Castriota

Writer - Producer - Entrepreneur

Isabella S. Castriota purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Isabella S. Castriota chose Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera

We chose this property because we love the Barrio del Born - la Ribeira for its location, its history, its craftspeople.

Downstairs you'll be right at the heart of XVIII - century Barcelona, with its own pulse and style.

It is pedestrian and lively at all hours. Walk around the Passeig del Born, el Mercat del Born, la Catedral del Mar. Visit the Parc de la Ciudadela and enjoy the music at sunset. Walk to the Port Vell and watch the sailing boats arriving at sunset. Shop at the Maremagnum, reach the Barceloneta and the Ramblas.

El Barrio del Born has a unique liveliness and style.

What makes this apartment unique

I believe the benefits of choosing this flat are its location and its overall quality of life.

The flat offers the feeling of being nestled above the crowd, while writing, composing, singing, resting, dining, enjoying the view of a charming little square, browsing at the books in the library, taking a whirl bath, sleeping in high-quality linen.

And, when you are ready, go downstairs and explore the Barrio del Born, the city of Barcelona and its most important sights, easily mixing with the crowds again.

Verde Picasso and its cozy atmosphere awaits you when you come back.

Verde Picasso sleeps two adults grandly;

two + two children very comfortably;

two adults + one or two guests for short stays.

We are humanitarians and profits from these rentals are invested in Cultural and Social projects in Communication for Peace.




Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera in Ciutat Vella

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
  • The marquina marble bathroom features a double tub with whirl and hydro-massage + a separate shower-room. The lighting is adjustable. Quality cotton towels and bathrobes are available.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Our flat of Plaça de les Olles is suited for two people, grandly. For a family of two + two children very comfortably. It features a master bed-room with a 2x2 mt king-size bed. And a second bed-room with a sandwich bed for two children + a big table for writing and drawing.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Sailboat
  • Small Cooler
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Car Optional
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(30 traveller reviews)

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For a Writer / an Artist / a Musician
average rating of 4.3 based on 30 reviews

Great location and well appointed.

  • 3 of 5

We did have trouble getting in to the property. HomeAway was very helpful in communicating with the owner. She generously offered to pay for the dinner we had across from the apt while we were waiting to have the issue resolved. We have not seen the reimbursement as yet but am certain it is forthcoming. Stairs (78) are not for the faint of heart. Air conditioning and washing machine/dryer were appreciated as was the WI-FI. Never did figure out how to work the oven or TV. Great book collection helped us get better acquainted with Barcelona.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do our best to welcome our guests and offer the the best hospitality. We are thankful for the feedback and have already acted to fix the shortcomings and improve quality at our flat. Thank you
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In the heart of El Born, funky flat.

  • 4 of 5

The old quarter has so much charm and so did the flat. Fourth floor walk-up looking over small neighbourhood square, Placa de Los Olles. Stocked with art books and Barcelona literature. All amenities within flat... bed comfortable and large bathtub.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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As advertised

  • 4 of 5

Stayed for 2 months... things that i didn't like are that there's no elevator & the flat doesn't have enough lights

  • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Verde Picasso is a very comfortable and elegant flat in an excellent location. We provide 24/7 service for our guests and do our max to respond to queries. We ask our guests to write immediately, without hesitation, if something is not working properly we act immediately to provide the solution. We have had many international guests in the past and many return for the second and third time. Future guests, please write immediately if you need anything specific / extra. We will take care of your needs.
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Fabulous stay

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous stay it was! Atmospheric room with good selection of book and CD, excellent location, etc. I will come back again in the near future. Only one notice, there is no elevator in the apartment, so I don't recommend persons who have some difficulty walking up steps to stay here. Anyway, I enjoyed the stay to the full. Thanks.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your good review. You are welcome again at Verde Picasso, anytime, as a friend.
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Property as described and in an ideal position to explore Barcelona.

  • 5 of 5

A quirky property with plenty of character and in a good area. An impressive selection of reading material if you get time to read it with all there is to do and see in Barcelona. Booking was made easy and the hand over well organised. Would go again.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive, personal review. You are welcome again anytime, as a friend. #comm4Peace
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Great location

  • 3 of 5

Location is everything then this wins. Great apartment. The WiFi broke after a few days, I emailed and texted the owner but never heard a thing back. Isabella was great to deal with and always got back to me quickly, until we arrived, I'm hopeful that maybe Isabella was on holidays etc, at least I hope so. The 4 floors were manageable and as I do location is super. Good kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. 2 small stools on balcony would be good, that's what you will fit, that's not a complaint just fact. Would I go back, yep but I would want assurances about communication after I paid my money. Let's hope it was all an oversight. Building work in the apartment directly above wasn't ideal, a few yearly morning awakenings, went on for the 2 weeks, lots of dust but that's city and apartment life. Barcelona is a fantastic city, live like the locals and discover the real city not the tourist zones, much more to enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Kilometres
El Prat - 20 minuted from home by car / taxi
Nearest Barpub
5 Metres
Varios - for all tastes - Downstairs
Nearest Ferry
300 Metres
Drassanes - Aduanas - Cruise-lines
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
El Prat
Nearest Train
50 Metres
Estació de França - three minutes from home
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Kilometres
A7 - Litoral - Nord to Girona and the Costa Brava
Nearest Restaurant
5 Metres
For all tastes and pockets - Downstairs
Nearest Ski
202 Kilometres
Puigcerdá and Andorra - First-quality skiing
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
La Barceloneta - Port-Olímpic - Marbella
Car: not necessary

Ciutat Vella de Barcelona - Barrio del Born!

Charming Plaça de les Olles - next to Pla del Palau, el Passeig del Born, the Picasso Museum, el Port Vell, las Ramblas, Plaça Catalunya.

2 minutes' walk to Santa Maria del Mar, el Passeig del Born, the Picasso Museum;

5 minutes to the Parc de la Ciudadela;

5 minutes to the Port Vell, the Aquarium and the Maremagnum leisure centre;

5 minutes from the Estació de França, trains to other Spanish cities, the night train to Paris;

8 minutes to the Ramblas;

8 minutes to the docks: departure points for the 'golondrinas' (boats to cruise along the beaches) and the ferries to Mallorca, Ibiza and the other Balearic Islands;

8 minutes to the Mont Jüic funicular;

15 minutes to the Barceloneta, the beaches of barcelona, el Port Olímpic;

3 minutes to the closest metro station: Barceloneta;

5 minutes to the second closest metro station: Jaime I

1 minute to buses to the Sagrada Familia, the Eixample, the upper part of town, including la Pedrera, other modernist buildings, el Parc Güell;

1 minute (downstairs from us) to the double-deck tourist bus;

Famous restaurants, tapas bars and night-clubs: depending on you ! They are downstairs.

El Palau de la Música, famous art galleries, fine shops and craftsmen in our Barrio del Born.

Ask us and we'll tell you more...

Profits from our rental are invested in Cultural and Social Projects - Comm4Peace.



Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera, Barcelona

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Oct 2017 - 30 Nov 2018
31 night minimum stay
for 31 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Our apartment VERDE PICASSO is suited for TWO people, grandly.

It is also suited for a family of TWO + TWO children, very comfortably or for a group of friends: THREE or FOUR adults.

Rental rates for more than a week or more than a month are negotiable, depending on season and number of people.

We care about our guests. We offer hospitality and sustainable care.

Profits from our rentals are invested in cultural and social activities in Communication for Peace.


Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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