It’s hard to shortlist the pros of living in Barcelona as there are many but here I will tell you what I missed and like the most that the Catalan capital has to offer.
Bakeries. Independent bakeries in Barcelona are a big thing. Despite being a multicultural modern city, luckily, independent shops are still appreciated.
In my own street there are five bakeries, and they are all family-run. On a Saturday morning, we love getting a ‘bocadillo de jamón’ on our way to the beach. I miss that now that we are in ‘lockdown’.
Cycle paths. Barcelona is made for being outdoors and cycling.
With Bicing, Donkey Republic and Yego, to name a few, you’re never too far from a bicycle, and the weather is always great for it, even at night, you’re never really cold.
Beer. I love small cold beer bottles, ‘quintos’. Barcelonians know how to drink their beer when it’s hot.
Balconies. Very underrated in my opinion. Almost every flat will have a balcony, or a rooftop, perfect to soak in some sunshine rays while sipping your morning coffee.
Veg & Fruit shops. Like bakeries, they are everywhere. I’m always impressed about how lovely the displays look like.
It’s cheaper than at the supermarket and I always find new veggies, like round courgettes or even blue tomatoes! Love it!
Menu del día. I love these. You can have a complete meal including wine, coffee and dessert, for a tenner. And I’m talking about proper nice fish dishes and all.
Big avenues. I love walking down Passeig de Gracia or Diagonal. You can walks for miles and it’s so pretty.
The weather. Barcelona has perfect weather. It’s very sunny all year long except maybe March and April were you also get quite a lot of rain.
January is normally my favourite month as you get blue skies and an average of 14+ degrees. Who needs summer?
Architecture. Mainly gothic and modernist. Barcelona is a stunning city, it’s an open museum that never stops to wow me.
Whether you live here or are visiting, make sure you check out my recommendations for best eats in Barcelona here: