Barcelona is surrounded on one side by mountains and the other side is the sea. If you can’t find something to do here, then you can’t be looking that hard!
I came to Barcelona almost 10 years ago, single, no kids and with absolutely no idea that they spoke 2 languages here…not quite sure how I missed the whole Catalán memo, but I was young and excited to move. I had never visited Barcelona before but knew that I wanted to live somewhere in Spain and based on where this city is located (sea, close to France and access to flights anywhere in the world) I decided that this was the place to be! I was working in international events at the time and came over for a week long stretch of interviews. I was offered a few jobs and by the end of the week had accepted one and booked my flight to come back a month later…reality hit…I was moving to Barcelona!
A month later I landed in Reus airport, having spent less than 9.99€ on my flight – those were the days! Took a bus to the centre and jumped in a taxi to get to the hostel I had booked. It was before the days of Facebook pages and groups which everyone posts on now to find flatmates. I was using loquo.com but had to be in the city to visit the flat and meet my new roomie before I could move in. I got tons of odd stares when I walked in to the hostel dragging my 2 massive suitcases and 1 carry on behind me. Granted, most people staying there were younger than me, on gap years and getting ready to go out. But I was only 25, so I didn’t think I was that out of place. Turns out that it’s not very normal to see people rock up to a hostel with suitcases! Everyone there had packed light, with just a back pack to their name, and here I was asking if there was any hanging space.
Within two days I had made some great friends at the hostel. We went to some really cool festivals and events. Barcelona hasn’t changed one bit in this respect, except to say that there’s even more going on. If you want to make friends here, all you have to do is post on a forum or Facebook page and you will have tons of people wanting to meet up, grab a drink or go to a festival together.
Jump almost 10 years forward and I am now married to Alberto and we have two gorgeous little boys. That Catalán language which I was completely oblivious to is now a very real thing in my life and I am proud to say that my eldest is trilingual! If I were to write bullet points of exactly why you should move to Barcelona then I wouldn’t do this city justice. There are so many reasons to live here which are just based on a feeling that you get from being in the city. If you like being outdoors, then this is certainly the place for you. In March we went on a day trip to the ski slopes and then spent the next day in the sun on the beach. I’m not sure I can think of too many places where you can do that! There are great little hiking trails in the mountains with lovely masia’s where you can stop and get a bite to eat and either heat up next to the fire or sit outside and catch some rays in the sunshine (or hide in the shade if you want to seem like more of a local 😉 )
There are music festivals in Montjuïc, Volleyball and chiringuitos on the beach, hiking group meet ups on Tibidabo, Water parks in Vilassar de Dalt, street parties in every barrio of the city throughout the whole summer…the list of things to do whether single, partnered up or with kids is endless. Barcelona is so diverse that you will always find a little part of it which suits you and yours perfectly!
My somewhat under researched and fairly hasty move to Barcelona, turned out to be one of the greatest plans I’ve ever had! I’m of the “never say never” thinking, but at this moment in time I honestly can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be.
Get in touch and I will help you find your little part of Barcelona and then it’s time for you to make your own fabulous memories!