Top 8 Safe Neighborhoods In Barcelona, Spain - Updated 2023

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Barcelona is a cosmopolitan and bustling city and is the capital of the Catalonia region of Spain. The multicultural city is well known for its history, fascinating architecture and beautiful art, including the work of architect Antoni Gaudi and painters Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, and more. The city also has a number of interesting museums to explore. The city’s best attractions are dotted around in various neighborhoods of Barcelona, with Gaudi’s Casa Mila and Casa Battlo located in L‘Eixample and Park Güell is set on Carmel Hill. Travelers get to stay in luxury villas and incredible vacation rentals as they explore the best tourist spots in the city. However, the quieter residential areas are still within easy reach. Like all cities, crime does happen in Barcelona and you have to watch out for pickpockets. When planning a visit, check out some of the top safe neighborhoods in Barcelona, Spain by scrolling below.

1. Gracia (from USD 84)

Plaça de Trilla - Gràcia - Barcelona
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Vibrant Gracia is a residential area of Barcelona with very few hotels or major shopping outlets and is off the tourist bus route. For this reason, it is considered a safe area to visit or stay in. Gracia offers a bohemian flavor, with leafy public squares and narrow, pretty streets, giving it a feel of a village. In fact, it was previously an independent village until the 1800s, when it got swallowed up by the surrounding city. This area of the city offers a selection of alternative shops and independent boutiques, as well as hip bars. Gracia is perfectly placed for a convenient visit to nearby L'Eixample, with its wonderful examples of the work of Antoni Gaudi in Casa Mila, Casa Battlo, and more. Among the local population here are young families, elderly folk, and bohemian hipster types. This is an ideal place to visit where you can enjoy a quiet, friendly stay.

2. Les Corts (from USD 226)

Les Corts, Barcelona, Spain - panoramio
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Les Corts offers a mix of quiet, charming streets, and public squares, along with busier modern office blocks and shopping malls. The historic side of Les Corts surrounds Plaça de la Concòrdia, home to the beautiful Modernist building, Can Deu. All in all, the area is safe, while also offering great public transport options into the city center and airport. Even the popular hop-on, hop-off tourist bus travels here. For sport lovers, Les Corts is also close to Camp Nou Barcelona stadium, while for students, the universities are close by.

NH Barcelona Les Corts

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Address: Carrer de Nicaragua, 146

Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24 -hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Breakfast in the room Ironing service

3. Sant Antoni (from USD 267)

Sant Antoni stores
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This safe neighborhood is perfect for those who enjoy the attractions of L’Eixample with its Modernist buildings - Poble Sec, Montjuïc and El Raval - all of which are close by. Sant Antoni is considered to be a trendy neighborhood, offering a number of excellent tapas bars and cafés. A good spot to enjoy brunch is Parlament Street, including the popular Federal Café. The Sant Antoni market is worthwhile visiting during a stay here with its fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, and fish on sale.

Hostal Balkonis

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Address: Urgell 18

Parking Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Internet services Lift Express check-in/check-out Tour desk

4. Sants (from USD 43)

40 Jardins de la Rambla de Sants (Barcelona), vora el c. Sant Jordi
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Sants is a safe area, offering a friendly community feel, with its public squares where children can be seen playing and having fun, while the elderly relax in the sun or enjoy a game of boules. A good selection of shops is available in Carretera de Sants, including fashion and food options. Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish are also readily available at Mercat Nou in the area. For evening fun, head to Plaça d’Osca with its trendy eateries and craft beer bars.

Onefam Sants

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Address: Casteràs, 9

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5. El Born (from USD 225)

Passeig del Born Barcelona Catalonia
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El Born forms part of Ciutat Vella, the older part of Barcelona, and gives a true taste of the atmosphere city. It is also one of the best neighborhoods to stay in. The neighborhood tends to be busy in the summer months, as it offers plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops. The narrow streets are ideal for wandering and exploring, with their many tiny shops and coffee bars. While El Born is generally safe, visitors should always be aware of pickpockets in the busier months, who may want to take advantage of the crowds. While El Born is busy, many apartments are available in quieter areas of the neighborhood, with less noise.

K+K Hotel Picasso El Born

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Address: Passeig de Picasso, 26-30

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24 -hour front desk Terrace Non-smoking rooms Dry cleaning Family rooms

6. Poble Sec (from USD 67)

Terraces Poble Sec
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Poble Sec is a barrio in the Montjuïc district of Barcelona. The area is primarily residential and is considered safe, although there is plenty of entertainment close by, including theater, rooftop bars, and clubs, while supermarkets and pharmacies are also conveniently close. This is a good place to stay, mostly quiet, but within easy reach of the attractions of Montjuïc and Plaça España. On top of this, the Poble Sec metro stop is just one or two stops away from the popular Las Ramblas.

AG Apartments

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Address: Blasco de Garay, 7

Room service Terrace Laundry Family rooms Internet services Lift Solarium Heating

7. Sarria (from USD 53)

Sarrià street
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Like Gracia, Sarria used to be an independent village, but was swallowed up by Barcelona back in 1927 during the city’s expansion. Located at the edge of Barcelona, Sarria still has much of the village feel, with its narrow, winding streets and pretty squares. The area is considered one of the most affluent in the city and is a popular neighborhood for young families, with its excellent local schools. While the neighborhood is mainly quiet and safe, its main street, Carrer Major, is known for its cozy wine bars, plenty of cafés, including the well-known Bar Tomas, which reportedly serves the best patatas bravas in the city, as well as excellent shopping.

8. Sant Gervasi - Galvany

Barcelona - Barrio de Sant Gervasi-Galvany
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Sant Gervasi – Galvany is another affluent Barcelona neighborhood, located close to Avenida Diagonal. Here many modern apartment blocks can be seen, along with excellent shopping spots. The residents are said to enjoy the highest number of green areas in Barcelona with its six pretty parks. While in many ways a typical residential neighborhood, Sant Gervasi – Galvany also boasts a number of nightclubs, such as the famous Luz de Gas and cocktail bars, perfect for experiencing the bustling nightlife of the city like a local.

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Enjoy a safe stay in Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona offers many quiet and safe areas, away from the exciting buzz of the city, while still within relatively easy reach. This gives the chance to stay like a resident of Barcelona, shopping and living like a local while exploring the city’s many attractions. Before planning your vacation in the city, check out these top safe and quieter neighborhoods in Barcelona, Spain.

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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