Pedralbes, Barcelona: The ‘Upper Class’ Neighborhood
Pedralbes in simple words is the definition of luxury in the Catalan capital. The richest neighborhood in Catalonia and also one of the richest in Spain. Located at the southwest entrance of the Catalan capital, it forms an area bounded by the Sarriá neighborhood, Avenida Diagonal, and part of the Collserola Nature Park.
Pedralbes is dominated by single-family homes and is the most sought-after area for wealthy families and foreigners who wish to live in Barcelona. It is one of the areas most frequented by French families.
If you are planning to buy a house in Pedralbes and share a neighborhood with Piqué and Shakira, keep reading this article. We tell you everything you need to know.
Pedralbes: the Best neighborhood for families
Pedralbes is the perfect neighborhood to live with your family in an environment full of facilities for children: parks, leisure areas, tennis courts, soccer fields, and other sports fields.
With its famous tennis tournament, the Conde de Godó Tournament (Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell) is the area of reference for lovers of this sport. For soccer fans, it is a key point because of its proximity to the Barça soccer stadium (Camp Nou). The field is located just 5 minutes from Avenida de Pedralbes next to the Diagonal.
Pedralbes, the place of international schools
The most prestigious schools are less than 2 km from Pedralbes and many of them are located within the same neighborhood. Schools such as the Lycée Français, Kensington School, St. Peter’s, St Paul’s are located within Pedralbes, and schools such as the American School, Highlands, Sagrado Corazón, Benjamin Franklin, St George’s, or John Talabot are just a few minutes away by car or public transport in the nearby neighborhoods of Sarrià, Bonanova and the town of Esplugues de Llobregat.
For young people, this district is home to the city’s two most renowned Business & Law Schools such as ESADE and IESE.
Also located in the neighborhood are hospitals and clinics of international prestige such as CIMA, Clinica Planas, or Hospital de Sant Joan de Deu. The services provide the best quality, the schools have the best professors, the universities compete with Harvard in international prestige.
Living in Pedralbes, Barcelona: The Advantages
Living in the best neighborhood of Barcelona will bring you a series of advantages that we detail below:
- The houses are of recent construction, since 60% of the buildings were built between 1960 and 1980.
- Pedralbes stands out in all social and economic indicators, not only in Barcelona, but throughout Spain.
- Living in Pedralbes means living better, but also living longer. Life expectancy in Pedralbes is six years higher than in El Raval.
- The European Environment Agency and the European Commission, which have developed a tool that measures pollution by neighborhood, conclude that pollution levels in Pedralbes are the lowest in the city.
- The neighborhood has the lowest statistical data in the city in terms of the number of crimes committed, making it the safest area of the city.
- If you invest in a house purchase in Pedralbes, it will be an act of sure revaluation. You will be betting on homes of exceptional quality and in the best neighborhood in the city.
- It has a very wide educational and training offer. You will find all kinds of schools, institutes, universities, and business schools of high prestige.
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Most known places in Pedralbes
Pedralbes belongs to the district of Les Corts and borders Hospitalet de Llobregat, Sant Just Desvern, Esplugues de Llobregat and the districts of Sants, Sant Gervasi and Eixample. It is the ideal neighborhood for you to forget the excessive noise of other areas and be able to rest in peace and quiet. But you can find places like:
Pedralbes Royal Palace
Pedralbes Palace is located within the Royal Palace Park, opposite the campus of the University of Barcelona. Gaudí was in charge of refurbishing the house, building the wall and the porter’s lodge pavilions, as well as the partial design of the gardens. Currently, the Palace holds the Museum of Ceramics and the Museum of Decorative Arts.
Jardins de Pedralbes, Barcelona
One of the most majestic gardens in Barcelona, both French and English styling, romantic and very bushy. The Garden of Pedralbes Palace is a perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Monastery of Pedralbes
The monastery is one of the best examples of Catalan Gothic, and its three-story cloister is the most splendid in the city. The site also holds the church of Pedralbes, a garden of medicinal plants, the tomb of Elisenda de Montcada and the nursing home, one of the best preserved examples of a Renaissance hospital building.
Pedralbes, Centre Shopping
Pedralbes Centre offers several activities for luxury shopping, as well as art exhibitions, children’s activities, fashion shows… and during the coldest months of the year, its square is transformed into an ice rink.
Festival Jardins de Pedralbes: The top-quality festival with the unique and elegant setting
The Barcelona Pedralbes Festival is an open-air summer music festival held in a unique location: the gardens of the Palau Reial de Pedralbes. The Pedralbes Festival always looks for international and national big names for its main stage and offers two previous concerts in the charming Village stage, where we can enjoy the music of emerging artists.
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