Oh, Barcelona. I developed a sort of strange relationship with this city. It was addictive, and I was head over heels. I stayed in Europe for about twelve weeks, and I kept trying to find every excuse in the book to go back. Eventually, I ended up visiting the city three times, and with every visit, there was yet another thing that got me more and more infatuated! I even spent a good four hours researching “How to moveĀ to Spain.” (It’s still a life goal!)

Here are nine reasons why Barcelona blew my mind!

1. Architecture

Spaniards were blessed by the super talented architect Antonio Gaudi, who set the tone for the rest of Barcelona’s architecture. He’s the mastermind behind the Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlo & Park Guell – which are a definite must see! The overall feel is whimsical but yet still so artistic and poised. They all play a huge part in the city’s character.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Spain

Sagrada Familia

Casa Batllo, Barcelona Spain

Casa Battlo

2. Food

Spanish cuisine was by far my favorite cuisine during my time in Europe – which I’ll admit, took me aback. (Sorry Italy!) For one, Barcelona borders the Mediterranean sea, meaning FRESH SEAFOOD! And two, they’re all about rich, intense flavors- which I’m a huge sucker for. They also emphasize a lot on little bitings aka tapas, which you can find at every bar/restaurant at whatever time of day. If I had to pick my ultimate favorite dish was Seafood Paella. I mean, just look at it.

Seafood Paella, Barcelona

Seafood Paella

Shrimp Tapas

Tapas- Shrimp

3. Views & Sunsets

I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves. šŸ˜‰

4. Nightlife

Google “Best Nightlife in the World” and check out Barcelona at the top of the list. Along the coast, there’s a strip of beachfront clubs,Ā bars, and restaurants that stay lively until the sun comes up. Barcelona is also home to the first Ice Bar restaurant -that’s under -5 degrees!!! Talk about a cool experience! (dum dum tsk!) Check out a vlog of adventuresĀ here!

Ice Bar with friends, Barcelona, Spain

IceBar-celona

Shoko Club in Barcelona Spain

Shoko Club!

5. Shopping

Barcelonians are incredibly in tune with all the latest fashion trends! A famous street in Barcelona- La Rambla – is entirely dedicated to shopping. You can find thrift stores, novelty finds, food markets and restaurants. Not only that but Zara, being a local brand meant that everything was half the price- excluding sales!

6. Friendly locals

We met a ton of locals that were always willing to help. Even with the language barrier- they always seemed keen to communicate and show us a great time. We even met several restaurant staff that offered us drinks and tapas on the house!

Free Mojitos!

7. Beaches & Boats!

Barcelona city already had a personality of its own but adding on the coastal feel took it to a whole other level. The beaches are drop dead gorgeous, and during our visit, we celebrated my birthday by going on a boat cruise! We also got to live in one for a few days – which was incredible!

8. Budget friendly

One of the main reason that makes me think that Barcelona is so livable is how budget friendly it is. From transportation, food & shopping, it was so easy and inexpensive to get around!

9. Art…EVERYWHERE!

Gothic Quarter in Barcelona

Walls in Gothic Quarter

And this motivational quote!

Until next time, Barcelona!

& If you haven’t check out my Barcelona vlogs on my Youtube channel!

 

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