Home to 1.6 million people, Barcelona is one of the most visited and vibrant cities in Europe as well as in the world. Every year, about 6 million tourists from all over the world come to visit this amazing Spanish city. The first associations that usually come to people´s mind when you ask them about Barcelona are the famous soccer club that resides in the city and the iconic landmark Sagrada Familia. Nevertheless, there are hundreds – if not thousands – of other great things that make “Barca” a truly unique and special place to visit and live. The proud capital city of the autonomous Spanish community of Catalonia, Barcelona is one of the world’s leading centers in a number of industries including economy, trade fairs, commerce, tourism, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, sports, architecture, culture, arts and so much more. For today´s post, we did a bit of research about this wonderful city and compiled a list with 10 Reasons Why Barcelona Is A Great Place To Live. Warning: After reading this post, you might start to feel an urgent need to move to Barcelona…don’t say we didn’t warn you.


10. Climate
Let us start out with one of the most important reasons why living in Barcelona is such a pleasure: The great Mediterranean climate. With warm temperatures nearly all year round, clear sky and almost 2,600 hours of sunshine annually, Barcelona usually makes its residents happy just with its beautiful weather.
9. Food
It is no secret that Barcelona is gastronomes´ paradise. With thousands of excellent restaurants to be found in the city, Barcelona particularly stands out when it comes to seafood. Based on the Mediterranean diet, the Catalan cuisine is delicious and healthy at the same time.
8. Public transport
If you are not a fan of cycling, you can use local public transport to discover the city. Barcelona has very reliable and comprehensive public transport with metro, buses, trams, trains and cable cars covering almost every corner of the city. Just the renowned Barcelona Metro itself comprises of 11 different lines that will get you pretty much everywhere.
7. Architecture
Barcelona is a real heaven for all architecture fans. Combining breathtaking gothic structures with magnificent modern buildings, the city is known to be the hometown of Antoni Gaudí, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century. Gaudí´s fascinating architectural wonders can be admired almost all over the city.


6. FC Barcelona
Apart from Sagrada Familia, there is one more thing that has made Barcelona famous all over the world. It is the local soccer (football) club FC Barcelona. The club is one of the most supported, successful, valuable and richest sport teams in the world. 23-time Spanish champions, “Barca” just keep millions of their fans all over the world happy. Visca el Barca!
5. Wine
Catalonia is blessed with diverse, fertile soils and a warm climate; perfect conditions for wine-making. It is therefore not surprising that Barcelona hosts a variety of delicious wines and hundreds of little, family-run wineries.
4. Parks
Barcelona boasts of 68 enormous municipal parks, of which 12 are historic parks, 5 are thematic (botanical) parks, 45 are urban parks and 6 are forest parks. Barcelona´s most famous park is the Park Güell, a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements. Designed by Gaudí, the park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
3. Street art
In Barcelona, street art can be seen literally in every corner and it is much more than just painted walls. In some areas, even the store shutters and other suitable objects are transformed into colorful and vibrant art pieces. It is in Raval and Gotico where the most elaborate and impressive graffiti and urban paintings can be found.


2. Museums
Barcelona has a great number of museums, which cover different areas and eras. From the National Museum of Art of Catalonia and Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art to the Barcelona Maritime Museum, the Erotic Museum and even the FC Barcelona Museum, the city has a museum for everybody.
1. Costa Brava
If you get tired of all the parties, festivals and city bustle, hop in a car a head north-east. In less than an hour, you will be at Costa Brava, one of Spain´s best seaside areas, famous for its excellent beaches and breathtaking landscapes. A stone´s throw away, just across the Spain-France borders, you will also find the renowned French Riviera.

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