Living in Barcelona city center guarantees a stay full of experiences and impressions. Barcelona city center is a fantastic mix of old and new, modern and traditional, artistic and experimental. Barcelona city is the architectural capital of Europe, mostly visualized by the countless of impressive modernista buildings designed by the great Gaudí and other masters. Barcelona city center revolves around the large and historic square of Plaça Catalunya, filled with beautiful statues and waterfalls, surrounded by the famous El Corte Inglés shopping mall, the old Banco de España building, the Banco Español de Credito headquarters, Apple’s impressive flagship showroom, The Hard Rock Café and many other stores, café’s, bars and restaurants. From Plaça Catalunya a number of large streets spring out cutting into the different neighborhoods of the city, most notably the famous La Rambla with all its street artist, bars and restaurants, which cuts the Ciutat Vella (old city) part of Barcelona in half, all the way from Plaça Catalunya to the Port Vell Marina. Ciutat Vella concists of the 3 neighborhoods Barri Gotic, Barri Raval and Barri Born/La Ribera, all famous for their architecture, charm and history. These three neighborhoods are perhaps the most famous and emblematic of the entire city, and being the where the initial city of Barcino was founded more than 2000 years ago, it is still possible to find ruins and even buildings of many different past decades, painting the image of a city which has played a historic part all through history. On the opposite corner of Plaça Catalunya the large shopping boulevard of Passeig de Gracia starts, cutting the beautiful Eixample neighborhood in two all the way up to the charming Gracía area. The Eixample area is famous for its city planning, which forms a perfect “net” seen from above, cut though a few diagonal streets creating a beautiful pattern and makes it very functional for traffic, despite being planes decades ago. Furthermore, Eixample is the absolute hub of the famous Catalan Modernista architecture laying ground to most of the biggest works, including the two Gaudí designed buildings Casa Milá and Casa Battló. Another great benefit of living in the center of Barcelona is that the fantastically efficient public transport the city offers enables you to access any part of the city within minutes.