Barcelona is a vibrant city on the Spanish Mediteranean coast, 120 km south of the Pyrenees and the border with France.
One of the attractions in the city centre is Las Ramblas, a 1.5km tree-lined walk through the old city to the port. Mont Juic, a hill overlooking the port, is where the 1992 Olympic Games were held.
The architect Antoni Gaudi gave the city some of its most famous buildings, including the Sagrada Familia temple (planned completion date 2050), the Palau de Güell (off the Ramblas) and Parc Güell (overlooking the city).
For views of the city and port, a 1.5 hour Golondrina boat trip (from near the Columbus monument) is particularly fun, as is the cable car ride over the harbour to Mont Juic. The hop-on-hop-off bus tours , though a little slow, are a relaxing way to see the city.
The 9th floor restaurant in the Corte Ingles department store on Placa de Catalunya is rather pleasant and has great views. The Sbarro restaurant on Placa Universitat, whilst perhaps not “authentic Spanish”, is also a good lunch-stop.
Warning: Barcelona has a problem with pick-pocketing, including the usual variants (from ketchup distractions, to “I’m a plain-clothes police officer!” to the simple ‘ how did they manage that?!’). A little care in tourist areas, including restaurants etc, is necessary (with local advice seeming to be not to wander too far into the narrow old city streets off the Ramblas); carry only what you need and keep a careful eye on what you do carry. The police are efficient at processing crime reports and will supply a list of telephone numbers for the major credit card companies etc. It can be very frustrating trying to cancel a credit card – keep details of the credit card account number and issuing bank in a separate safe place / with someone at home.
Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life. It has medieval roots, seen in the mazelike Gothic Quarter, but a modernist personality represented by architect Antoni Gaudí’s fantastical Sagrada Família church. Its restaurant scene, anchored by the central Boqueria market, ranges from fine dining to tiny tapas bars.
Barcelona Moving Guide
Many people want to move to this cosmopolitan city. Either for work or to start a family, Barcelona is a preferred living destination for many.
Spain have been hard hit by the global economic crisis, and unemployment is high. However with its situation as a port city, good infrastructure, the great lifestyle to attract multinationals and foreign businesses and of course the city’s huge tourism industry there are still plenty of opportunities for job searchers. Salaries in Barcelona are low by European standards while the cost of living continues to rise unabated.Technical people with good written and verbal skills in English seem to be getting jobs right and left because of the recent influx of tech companies that are trying to grow their staff. I think you’re in great shape if you have web development skills and speak English.
Use and to find a flat, or to find rooms for rent. If you are going to study in a public university tuition is very cheap. Most likely you would pay 1500 EUR a year. Most students live in the Gracia district or Eixample. A room in a shared apartment would cost around 300 a month.
Whilst your European Health Insurance Card will cover you in the short term, it is intended to be used for emergencies by those traveling, and not for those who are relocating to Spain. To access the same health privileges as native Spanish residents you need to register for your Tarjeta Sanitaria.