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The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top International Schools And Private Schools in Barcelona

For anyone planning a move to or within Barcelona on the north eastern coast of Spain, we have collated information below about different places to live, international schools and private schools (including High schools), property and relocation agents and other information we think useful for relocating to Barcelona and the surround area.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Spain, Barcelona’s famous suburbs include Gràcia, Barri Gòtic, L’Eixample, Barceloneta, El Born and El Ravel. If you’d rather live slightly further out, the nearby towns to Barcelona include Girona, Tarragona and Lleida.

Barcelona has a great choice of high quality private international schools and high schools, beautiful countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from Spanish mansions and estates, villas and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Barcelona is a city with a wide range of original leisure options that draw people in time and time again. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and famous for Gaudí and other Art Nouveau architecture, Barcelona is one of Europe’s trendiest cities. It’s a hub of new trends in the world of culture, fashion and cuisine. It combines the creativity of its artists and designers with respect and care for local traditions. The charm and slower pace of the old town, the avant-garde vibe of more modern neighbourhoods, and it’s innovative business districts makes Barcelona one of the world's most exciting cities to live in"

Barcelona sits on the north eastern coast of Spain and is located in the centre of the Catalonia region. Neighbouring districts include Andorra to the north, Aragon to the west, Valencia to the south, the French district of Occitanie to the north and of course the beautiful Mediterranean Sea to the east.

Barcelona was voted the top beach city by National Geographic! Barcelona’s beautiful beach beat the likes of Nice and Sydney to gain top spot.

For more fun facts about Barcelona, scroll down to our Barcelona feature page!




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Looking for a prestigious International (private) school in Barcelona, Spain?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Barcelona (or you already live in Barcelona but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best International schools and private schools in Barcelona there is a big choice of high quality Barcelona schools, with a number of the Barcelona highest ranking International schools considered to be some of the best in Spain.

The private education sector in and around Barcelona features day and residential boarding schools, single sex and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and high schools.

Find Private International Schools In Barcelona, Spain (Or "International Schools And Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for International schools and private schools with a reputation for excellence in Barcelona and in the suburbs of Barcelona by using our International Schools Directory and International Schools Finder (powered by School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the International schools, private schools and colleges and High schools listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as International school and private school, day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>   You can also focus your search on just private junior schools or senior high schools or on all-through International schools, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at International schools and private schools around Spain and worldwide.




Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in Barcelona, one of the best being:


Barcelona High School

Barcelona High School, Carrer de Sant Agustí 3, 08012 Barcelona, Spain 08012
Tel: +34 618 270 232

Barcelona High School is a non-traditional, innovative, and truly one-of-a-kind international American School located in the centre of Barcelona city.

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 11 - 18 Years Day & Boarding (Full)

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Other Top International Schools And Private Schools & Colleges In Barcelona, Spain

Some of the best International schools and private schools and colleges in Barcelona, Spain providing a top-tier, world-class day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:




Where To Live In Barcelona, Spain

The most popular suburbs in Barcelona, Spain and the surrounding area include, with approximate population numbers:

>  Barcelona


>  Sarrià-Sant Gervasi


>  Les Courts


>  Sants-Montjuïc


>  Ciutat Vella


>  Eixample


>  Gràcia


>  Horta-Guinardó


>  Nou Barris


>  Sant Andreu


>  Sant Martí





Barcelona is a very popular place to live and many people move to Barcelona each year, or to near Barcelona and the surrounding area, from around Europe and the rest of the world.

Many of those moving to Barcelona are seeking a more urban lifestyle, deciding to relocate to the Barcelona for work and to enjoy the great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic bars, restaurants, sports and popular cultural events involving art and music available to families living in Barcelona and the surrounding area.

Ten Things To Know About Barcelona, Spain

> FACT 1: Barcelona is perhaps most famous for its unparalleled Architecture. Antoni Gaudí designed 7 breathtaking buildings for the city, all of which are known for their uniqueness and intricacy. However, one of his most famous works, Sagrada Família, has been under construction for almost 150 years, as Gaudí died before he could finish it.

> FACT 2: Barcelona inspired World Book Day! On the 23rd of April, citizens of Barcelona began to exchange books to celebrate Saint George’s day. However the day became so popular that UNESCO declared the 23rd of April to be World Book Day!

> FACT 3: Calling all foodies! Barcelona is home to 84 Michelin-star restaurants, making it a paradise for those with a keen eye to try new things. One of the most famous chefs, Jordi Cruz has created ‘The Pink Panther’, a twist on a traditional Spanish dessert of a cream filled biscuit with pink icing. Head to Abac restaurant to check it out!

> FACT 4: Barcelona is certainly famous for its football club, FC Barcelona is in fact the world’s third-richest! Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, makes an excellent weekend activity too!

> FACT 5: Barcelona has the World’s Greatest Architect Award, The Royal Institute of British Architects usually gives the Royal Gold Medal for architecture to individuals, however they broke this tradition in 1999 when they awarded it to the city of Barcelona.

> FACT 6: The Eiffel tower was meant to be in Barcelona! Gustave Eiffel pitched the idea to Spain, however the government declined at the time as they didn’t think it fit with the city’s modern aesthetic…

> FACT 7: Aerial views of Barcelona show it’s impressive urban planning, demonstrating how ahead of the curb the city was as even older areas such as the Gothic Quarter have maze-like designs. More modern planning has resulted in a grid pattern which cuts the top edges off tall buildings to encourage air circulation and soothe traffic.

> FACT 8: Barcelona has 12 ghost metro stations! They were originally closed for refurbishment, however work was halted shortly after 2011. You can now take a ghost tour around the stations… however many say that the Gausí station is the most haunted - so be prepared!

> FACT 9: Barcelona’s long stretch of white sand is actually artificial! Up until 1992 the coast was full of pebbles and was home to a handful of factories and fisheries. However, ahead of the 1992 Olympics, the government decided to import sand from Egypt in order to boost the desirability of Barcelona. Nowadays the two-mile strip of beach is booming! Featuring some of the most iconic bars and restaurants dotted along the strip.

> FACT 10: Head to Tibidabo to have a go on some of the oldest theme park rides in the world! Tibidabo has been open since 1899 and has an unmatched variety of rides to fill an afternoon with.

Where To Live In Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, villa, mansion or Spain estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central Barcelona living to rural, Spain or coast lifestyles, Barcelona and the surrounding area is full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming estates, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods, friendly residential communities and Spainside.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Gothic Quarter Barcelona, La Barceloneta Barcelona, Sant Antoni Barcelona, El Raval Barcelona, El Born Barcelona, La Ribera Barcelona, El Poblenou Barcelona, El Poble-Sec Barcelona, Sarrià Barcelona, Sants Barcelona, El Clot Barcelona, Pedralbes Barcelona, Dreta de L'Eixample Barcelona, Les Corts Barcelona, Les Tres Torres Barcelona, El Farró Barcelona

Commuting To And From Barcelona By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Barcelona is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to Madrid, Tarragona, Zaragoza, Valencia and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

Barcelona to Madrid: Madrid is about 623 km by road from Barcelona via the AP-2 and A-2 and driving to the centre of Madrid from Barcelona normally takes under 6 hours. There is a very regular train service to Madrid from Barcelona, with trains taking from 2 hours 30 minutes.

Barcelona To Tarragona: Tarragona is about 99 km by road from Barcelona via the C-32 and AP-7 and driving to the centre of Tarragona from Barcelona normally takes under 1 hour 15 minutes (and it’s along the coast!). There is a very regular train service to Tarragona from Barcelona, with trains taking from 1 hour 5 minutes.

Barcelona To Zaragoza: Zaragoza is about 300 km by road from Barcelona via the AP-2 and driving to the centre of Zaragoza from Barcelona normally takes under 3 hours 30 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Zaragoza from Barcelona, with trains taking around 1 hour 40 minutes.

Barcelona To Valencia: Valencia is about 351 km by road from Barcelona via the AP-7 and driving to the centre of Valencia from Barcelona normally takes under 4 hours. There is a very regular train service to Valencia from Barcelona, with trains taking from2 hours 50 minutes.



Nearest Airports To Barcelona, Spain

The nearest airport to Barcelona is Barcelona Airport (BCN) which is 12 km from Barcelona. Other nearby airports include Girona (GRO) (under 75 km), Reus (REU) (89 km) and Perpignan (PGF) (161 km)




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