Welcome to Knight Frank’s Europa Cities Guide

This is our very first publication dedicated entirely to our fantastic European cities. Over the past tumultuous year, it is fair to say that many of our most iconic global cities have taken the hit, with much of what we love about them ceasing to operate – restaurants, bars and shops offering takeaway services only, and museums, galleries and entertainment facilities forced to close their doors. The newly found desire for space, both inside our homes and out, has led to a rise in people retreating to greener pastures. Of course, this begs the question, what is the future for our great European cities?

In this publication we look at why the city is far from over, with our experts instead anticipating a renewed desire for the excitement, culture, and life that our lively European cities provide, not to forget, of course, the fantastic investment opportunities available. In our Global Development Report 2020, the majority of developers surveyed are still looking to develop in cities exclusively, with the pandemic acting as a catalyst to expand on already emerging themes within the residential development sector, such as sustainability, wellness, green spaces and high-quality service.

Leading the way within the emerging cities of the future is Barcelona, a location that certainly has its eyes firmly on the sustainability prize. We speak to the developers of Antares, the city’s latest outstanding development that combines the very best of its coastal location with cosmopolitan living, as well as a chat with Knight Frank’s Alexander Lewis on exactly why Europe’s cities will be the place to live and invest in the post-Covid world. You can also learn more about our excellent international network, as well as a deep dive into 11 hotspots that offer prime investment opportunities.

I hope you enjoy this publication and find it insightful. It has, without doubt, been a tough year for our thriving, bustling European hubs, but as we all know – cities never sleep for long.

Mark Harvey

Partner, Head of International Department