Barcelona is cradled in the North-Eastern Mediterranean coast of mainland Spain, about 2 hours drive South from the French Pyrenees. It’s the capital of Catalunya, a region of Northern Spain that has its own unique culture, traditions and personality.
Few European cities can offer the wide diversity of cultural experience that can be found in Barcelona. Coupled with the luxury of 4.2 km of beach only a short walk from the city centre and warm sunshine most of the year, it is no wonder that Barcelona is one of the most attractive places to visit worldwide.
Many great painters and artists have worked in this magic city at some point in time and their influence is still evident throughout. Two of them are Picasso and Miró, with museums dedicated to their life’s work and doings. Dozens of other museums and art galleries are dotted all around the city so there is always plenty to see. Should you ever find yourself suffering from art and culture overload, the rest of the day can be spent recovering on one of Barcelona’s sandy beaches only a short stroll from the city centre. Order a sangria at one of the bars and kick off your shoes, sit back and soak up the sun, sea and the view.
While on the beach, you can try some of the best seafood the Mediterranean has to offer, or if you prefer, there are plenty of excellent restaurants and bars that offer tapas. Tapas are a wide variety of appetisers, or snacks, from the Spanish cuisine and they may be cold (such as mixed olives and cheese) or hot (such as chopitos, which are battered, fried baby squids).
Barcelona is home to masterpieces of many great architects. The most famous of which is Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí’s work is admired by architects around the World as being one of the most unique and distinctive styles in modern architecture. His most famous work, La Sagrada Familia, is a giant basilica that stands as an ornament in the centre of Barcelona, as one of the most recognisable sights that mark the beauty of this amazing city.
The even better part of the whole story is that, starting from September, I might as well move there, to Barcelona. I was sent an admission offer from one of the best schools worldwide, and it is my plan to accept it.
What would you do?