I've lived in the Catalan city of Barcelona for three years now, and I love it. When I decided to move here, I picked Barcelona for no better reason than having a friend here. She, however, promptly got a job elsewhere. It was still a great choice on my part, though, as I adore the city for so many reasons. Here are some of them.
1 The Climate
They have summer here. Coming from the UK, this is a major advantage. Barcelona has months of unbroken sunshine, without the fierce heat of the south. Being able to see that blue sky is a real boost to the spirits, compared to the grey skies of the UK.
I just can’t see the point of the stuff, since I don’t like skiing, and snow is almost unknown in Barcelona. Except on March 8th this year, when I was stuck in the house for, ooh, hours, as the city experienced its first snow on the ground in nearly 50 years.
Just ambling around the city is a pleasure, with so many stunning buildings, interesting shops and varied neighborhoods. As a resident, you find out about the many other things going on. Some museums are free at certain times, but there are also free films in libraries, concerts, festivals and much more.
Just 30 minutes from the center of town are several hidden gems (and I’m not going to reveal where they are). It’s so easy to get away from the city and escape to quiet areas known only to savvy locals and the local birds. You can enjoy natural surroundings and not have to share them with more than the occasional passer-by.