The five words I would use [to describe Barcelona] are beautiful, artistic, historical, convenient, and fun.
I would definitely describe Barcelona as beautiful. Since the city is located between the mountains and the sea, you have the option of going and having an amazing beach day or also climbing up the mountains and going to see Barcelona from above. Wherever you go, there are amazing views around the city. It’s just so beautiful!
I would describe Barcelona as convenient. It really easy to get around the city. Whether you take the metro, the railway, or the buses, it’s very simple and they’re always on time and very convenient. It will take you wherever you need to go in the city.
I would describe Barcelona as historical. All throughout the city, you can visit various different museums or you can learn more about the story of Barcelona about their colonization and also about how they sent [Christopher] Columbus to America.
I would definitely describe Barcelona as artistic. Not only are there a ton of art museums you can visit, such as the Pablo Picasso Museum, but the architecture throughout the whole city is amazing. You can find several of Gaudí’s famous projects such as the Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell.
Lastly, Barcelona is a very fun city. There is always something to do — whether you want to go to the beach, you want to hike up to Tibidabo — which is a park right on the top of the mountain — or if you want to enjoy their nightlife, there’s always something to do. It’s a very fun setting to study abroad in o visit with your friends.
This content was contributed by Laura Viarengo, who spent her fall semester studying abroad with AIFS in Barcelona, Spain.