I've chosen Barcelona as my very first travel post. Traveling is something I'm very passionate about and Barcelona is the city that made that passion come alive. I caught the #travelbug in Barcelona.
At the bottom of this article, you'll find a link to download my list of suggested things to do in Barcelona. The beautiful city has a very special place in my heart since I lived and studied there my junior year of undergrad at UCSB. I may be a bit biased due the that, but I truly think Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world, and here are some reasons why:
The Mediterranean climate; it's mild all year round. Barcelona's location has a similar latitude to that of San Francisco, and the difference is that it's warmer. Also, since it's not on the bay, its much warmer in the summertime and not windy (we're talking 80s to 90s) and even sunny in January/February. Think Santa Barbara weather.
The neighborhoods are like old villages; each district, like San Francisco, has it's own character and charm, yet they are much older. The city's architecture is truly gorgeous. Barrio Gotico (the gothic district, pictured above) is my absolute favorite. I would have some of the best days ever wandering through the gothic district getting lost in the tiny alleyways.