I live in Berlin and love it, but sometimes you just think what if?! I moved here about 7 months ago after living in Bangkok and even though I hate the cold in Berlin and miss the warm temperatures in Bangkok I am really happy having this as a home base.
A few months ago, when Berlin was already pretty cold, I booked flights to Barcelona for me and friends; the Capital of Cataluña, the heart of Spanish football (IMHO, Real Madrid is full of Girl) and one of the most vibrant cities in Europe.
While the rest of Europe was already hiding away in their apartments to escape the cold and ready to hibernate, Barcelona just went into the summer extension and celebrated even more and crazier parties.
City Beach Life: The Perfect Lifestyle
Where else in Europe do you live in a big city full of stylish and international people, nice bars, daily concerts and can still be at the beach within a few minutes?
I loved going out for late dinners until midnight with friends and party all night in one of the many great clubs of the city just to find myself the next day relaxing at the beach in the sun and enjoying life.
How Spanish is Barcelona?
Barcelona is really different from other Spanish cities. Many foreigners go to learn Spanish over the summer just to find themselves in a foreign city with a different language within Spain. The main language of Barcelona and Cataluña is Catalan and its very different from Spanish. In fact it is one of four recognized languages in Spain. Some supermarkets have their product descriptions in four languages: Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Basque.
You’ll find a lot of similarities to other Spanish cities like the delicious food like tapas, paella and other things but also local products like the delicious cava you will find in the many champagnerias in Barcelona make this city special.
Beach, City… What about the country?
Barcelona has great surroundings. With the high speed train you are in Gerona within a bit more than an hour and also in the surroundings you will find beautiful mountains for hiking, cycling or just enjoying the views over the country. In Penedès they have more than 300 wineries with delicious wine. You would need a driver if you want to try them all. If you go a little bit further out to Lleida you find a beautiful old city that invited you for hour long walks. When done, visit one of the restaurants and try the delicious cooked snails (it sounds awful, but they are so good.)
Barcelona is definitely one of the best cities in Europe. If I wouldn’t live in Berlin, I would be living in Barcelona!
Have you ever been to Barcelona? What do you think of the city? Looking forward to your opinion in the comments below!
Disclaimer: I paid everything for myself on this trip. Expedia just asked to check their service though. You might find a cheap flight to Barcelona for yourself.