Barcelona: 7 Reasons to Linger a Little Longer in this Great City

Barcelona may be Spain’s second city, but don’t say that it to the Catalonian people that call this their home. Their pride in Barcelona’s reputation as a first-class European city is all but solidified. Though the inhabitants speak Spanish, you’ll find that that their dialect, Catalan, is different from anything else you’ll hear in other regions, making this coastal city even more charming.

Here, magnificent architecture, art, food and nightlife come together in a perfect climate. In the winter months, Barcelona still gets 10 hours of sunshine per day (compare to London’s 8 hours). Even in the coldest month of the year, January, the average nightly temperature is still just 52 degrees at night. All in all, summer or winter, Barcelona’s climate will allow for an excellent visit.

Here are your top reasons to visit Barcelona

  • Sunshine. The city’s weather makes it one of the sunniest cities in Europe.
  • Food. Tapas. Enjoy endless streams of light finger foods. They are delicious and allow you to try lots of different things you wouldn’t otherwise get to try. Plus, eating Tapas at dinner time keeps costs down.
  • Museums. The Museu Picasso is an EF College Break favorite. See some of Picasso’s early realist works and you’ll realize his inherent artistic genius. Picasso painted like an adult as a kid and then painted like a kid as an adult. This Barcelona museum will let you appreciate his full genius.
  • Shopping. From stylish fashions to unique treats and gifts, Barcelona is fast becoming a premier destination for shoppers. Check out Barri Gotic and Passeig de Gracia for some of the best, high-end clothing stores or if you’re looking for an open market, take a walk through La Boqueria for a selection of food, flowers, and souvenirs.
  • Architecture. See a wide range of styles here – from Roman to Medieval to Gothic and Moderniste – this city will delight. Much of the city is covered in colorful mosaic tiles and wavy lines, characteristic of artist and architect Antonio Gaudi.
  • Gaudi. Speaking of whom, Gaudi’s greatest work in progress is The Sagrada Familia, an epic church of stunning proportions. Started in 1882, it still isn’t complete. You’ll also enjoy his playful Park Guell.
  • Beaches. Sun-worshipers have it all in Barcelona. Endless summer days (15 hours of sunny daylight) and long, sandy beaches lined with cafes, bike and pedestrian paths and surf shops.

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