Getting from the Airport to Central Barcelona
Transport from the airport is extremely easy on the Aerobus. It costs 5.90 for a ticket and there are guys there to help you who speak perfect English. They will tell you where you need to get off for your destination and give you a Barcelona map. You can also have a return ticket which works out a little cheaper and must be used within 15 Days. Children under 4 go free! If you want to, you can book your Aerobus ticket in advance here.
We got off at Universitat and walked up career d’Aribea to find our apartment. I’m thrilled with the location – it is right by Barcelona University with shops, bars and metro all just a few minutes away. It’s a trendy and upmarket central area.
My Sweet Home Abroad
I’ve always stayed in hotels and hostels during my travels, so I was eager to try a holiday let apartment. This place is awesome!
We arrived a little earlier than our pre-arranged 2pm check-in, so went to get some Chorizo and a drink. At 2pm, John arrived to greet us with our keys. He was a Jolly Scottish Expat who now lives about 50km outside of Barcelona. John is now loving the Spanish way of life. He gave us the grand tour of our beautiful apartment and showed us everything that we needed including how to use the appliances.
My Barcelona Apartment is a 1 bedroomed apartment with a beautiful and modern open plan lounge and kitchen. It has all the mod cons including washing machine, dishwasher, microwave and WIFI. There is extra bedding and a hair dryer to hand, as well as plenty of hanging space for clothes. You can control the temperature with remote control air conditioning, so that you will always be comfortable. Oh, and the Samsung wall mounted TV is in Spanish and English!
The apartment is light and airy with a balcony for hanging washing. It has been furnished with a neutral colour scheme and has been tastefully decorated.
What are the advantages of Renting an Apartment?
You will certainly save money on food, because you can have breakfast at home and cook for lunch or dinner. We only plan on eating out a couple of times during our stay here, because we have all the utensils and appliances that we need to prepare our own food. But don’t worry, we won’t be missing the Tapas!
Our tourist apartment definitely feels more chilled out than a hotel – you can really make yourself at home. It’s much more spacious than a hotel, because of the separate rooms, rather than having a single room for everything.
Vacation rentals are perfect for digital nomads, because you can separate the place where you eat and work from the place where you sleep. I have an amazing desk set up here, which means that I can be extremely productive in my work.
A vacation rental in Barcelona is cost effective – it can work out cheaper than a hotel if more than one person is staying, because you pay for the apartment per night, rather than per person per night. Our apartment is just €100 per night, and that is for 2 people, so only €50 each per night.
This is well worth it, and works out cheaper than most hotels, plus what you are saving on food, makes it is an extremely cost effective option.
Will I Stay in a Sweet Home Abroad again in Future?
Absolutely! I can’t believe that I have only been staying in hostels and hotels for all these years of travelling! The luxury of having your own stylish kitchen, compared to a small and dirty one in a hostel is well worth the money.
You know what I mean – when you stay in a hostel and can’t even find room in the fridge for a piece of cheese! Or, when you are in a hotel, but have to go out every night to find food. I love cooking and relaxing here in my sweet home abroad, and will find it difficult to return to hostel or hotel life.
Now that I am a digital nomad an apartment style home abroad seems to work much better for me. I don’t just want to drop in for three days, see the sights and leave. I want to take time to get to know a place. I want shop in the local supermarket and wash my clothes, so that I can spend longer in one destination to absorb the culture!
From this perspective, an apartment is much more suitable. I would definitely recommend Sweet Home Abroad to digital nomads. Also, it would be good for students who would rather cook than eat out. It would be perfect for families too, because there is more space than in a hotel room.
How to Book a Sweet Home Abroad
You can book your home abroad in Barcelona through Katya’s website www.sweethomeabroad.com. The great news is that it’s not just Barcelona that they do – you can rent a home abroad in many worldwide cities including Prague, Tel Aviv and Paris. I will definitely be checking this out for future European city breaks.
*This post is sponsored by Sweet Home Abroad, I always declare when I receive a discount or free stuff, and my opinions are always honest and my own. In this case, I would like to thank Katya from Sweet Home Abroad for her generosity in offering me 3 free nights in this fabulous Barcelona apartment.