MUST-DOs WHEN YOU LIVE IN BARCELONA
Before I start I want to make the clarification that the must-do´s are something quite subjective and the list is far away from covering everything. I am sure each one of you will have something to add to the list.
I will stop on my personal must-do´s from my 3+ years’ experience of living in Barcelona.
Watch a FC Barça game in a bar: I start with this one, because as you probably have noticed the most searched thing on Google about Barcelona is FC Barcelona. Plus this experience allows you to sponge off a lot from the Catalan culture, see the spirit of the Catalans and sink into the atmosphere. Of course, going to the stadium and watching it live is a much more intense experience, however, I will say that watching a game in a pub has a lot to offer. Definitely a must-do, even if you are not a football fan or FC Barca fan. I remember the first time I saw a game – it was quite impressive for somebody who has just arrived in Barcelona. The bar was very full, everybody was getting excited from the smallest touch of the ball, (of course screaming to the screen and commenting with the rest), it was quite late and still the kids were there with their parents. Probably I have to mention that is was Barcelona vs. Real Madrid game, which added more emotion to the whole experience.
Pub crawling (going from one pub to another): I am sure I don´t have to convince you why this is a must-do. I will just quickly stop on why I included it. Firstly, if you are newly arrived it gives you a very good base for socializing. Additionally you see a lot of the charm of the city, no matter if you decide to wander the streets and plazas of Raval, Gotico, Born or Gracia. No need to mention that as you will visit quite a few bars you probably have to be careful with the alcohol amounts – in the end you want to have memories from the night.
Bonus: One or two cocktails have a great benefit for your Spanish language skills. Tried and tested.
Picnic on the beach: Living in a city close to the sea definitely makes a difference. Well, at least for me. Apart from the typical advantages, the beach is a great place to go for picnic at the late afternoon/evening. The activity is suitable both for romantic and social situations. You can always bring some homemade snacks and a bottle of cava or wine and have an amazing evening. The other plus is that at night the beach is not as full of people and you can find some peace there. I don’t know about you but the sea always calms me down.
What are your must-do´s when you live in Barcelona?