What a headache to find an apartment rental in Barcelona for my young teen daughter and myself (a slight 54-year-old woman with a prosthetic hip). We're excited about being in Barcelona for a week in January, but I'm not so excited about venturing down the alleys, especially after dark. I'm just a tad concerned about our possible vulnerability, but I can't overspend on lodging. I do want an apartment, both to be able to spread out a bit and to be able to wash our clothes.
The strategy I've finally settled on is to find an apartment right on a major thoroughfare but not slam in the middle of the touristy areas. Oh, and very close to a Metro station.
Do you think my approach makes sense? Right now, I'm looking hard at the Priority Fira Apartments (http://www.priorityapartments.com/rentals/apartment-barcelona-barcelona-fira-principal-173913.html). They're on Av. del Paral.lel and only 300 meters from the Poble Sec station. I appreciate any and all insights.