02 Nov Sant Cugat: The New International Honey Pot
In recent years we have observed an increasingly large influx of people from across the world moving to the town of Sant Cugat; an idyllic spot 20km north of Barcelona whose proximity to the centre of the Catalonian capital has helped to transform it into one of the most affluent suburbs of the city. Alongside its ideal location, Sant Cugat is also home to beautiful, natural surroundings as well as an abundance of shops and boutiques and cultural destination points, all of which have combined to convert the town into an international honey pot.
Sant Cugat’s newfound popularity among expats may be attributed to the number of international schools to be found there, including the Agora and Europa International Schools. Of these two examples, Agora in particular was ranked by El Mundo as one of the top 100 international schools in Spain, and the second best to be found in Catalunya. For those more interested in educational opportunities in the heart of Barcelona itself, the area also provides parents and students alike with a school bus service, which transports children from Sant Cugat to the city centre, allowing for a hassle-free commute for parents. Furthermore, Sant Cugat is also home to the world-renowned Business and Law School, ESADE. In 2006 and 2007, ESADE was listed as the world’s best Business School by the Wall Street Journal, and in recent years has received a number of other prestigious accolades from publications such as the Financial Times and The Economist.
Sant Cugat’s popularity does not solely lie in its educational opportunities, however. On the contrary, the town has much to offer culturally, and hosts a monastery dating back to the 9th century, which is said to be the most important in the county of Barcelona. The architecture of this century-old Benedictine place of worship has long attracted tourists, and together with other medieval and Gothic landmarks such as the bridge of Can Vernet has maintained the town’s reputation as an area of interest for those seeking to profit from the history of Catalonia. For those who enjoy shopping, there is a wonderful Ramblas with your typical high street shops as well as some individual boutiques. Lastly, for the more outdoor types, there are two riding schools and two tennis clubs with long trails for walking.
Sant Cugat is ever growing in popularity, especially among the international community; in 2014, 11.4% of its inhabitants were foreigners. It isn’t hard to see why; with both the tranquillity of a suburb and proximity to the buzzing Barcelona, the historic has something for everyone. If you are interested in visiting some houses in Barcelona please do not hesitate to contact us on 933 04 15 32 or visit our website to see what we have available.
Written by Mathilda Bell