Three reasons why Barcelona is the city that stole my heart

3 Reasons Why Barcelona Stole My Heart

Accor Hotels is hosting a competition for bloggers and vloggers, called A Tale Of Three Cities. All you have to do is write a post around the theme “Three things I love the most about my favorite city” and you could win a trip of 9 nights for 2 people to London, Paris and Amsterdam, Β£1,000 spending money AND a GoPro camera to remember all the best moments. It sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

Anyone who found out a little about me (or follows me on Twitter), knows that I’ve left the biggest part of my heart in Barcelona, even though I haven’t written too much about it on this blog. It’s a city that always makes me smile when I think of it, a city I can’t get tired of, a city where I could easily see myself living. Here are three reasons why I love it so much.

The architecture

Three reasons why Barcelona is the city that stole my heart

Antoni Gaudi was a genius and his masterpieces are seen throughout the whole city. From buildings decorated with colored tiles in mosaic patterns, to a park with an amazing panorama, you can’t visit Barcelona without passing by at least one of his works. But he’s not the only one! Many other artists have left their marks over the city and walking on any given street can lead to a memory card filled with photographs. Or several memory cards, if you’re walking on Avinguda Diagonal, an avenue that cuts the city from west to east. πŸ˜‰

The diversity

Three reasons why Barcelona is the city that stole my heart

There’s an old saying: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford”. I feel like the same can be said about Barcelona. I find it hard to believe one could get bored here when everything is at your doorstep: a wonderful beach, mountains (Montserrat and Pyrenees) just hours away, a long list of interesting sights (from museums to cathedrals and parks), countless clubs for a vibrant night life, concerts all year long. Not to mention the food and the sangria. Ooooh, the sangria! No, I can’t imagine getting bored in Barcelona.

Okay, who am I kidding, the main reason for loving it so much is….

The way it made me feel

Three reasons why Barcelona is the city that stole my heart
Boom, clap

I was depressed the first two years of university. Feeling alone, a disappointment to everyone I loved and generally not having a purpose would often keep me in bed wishing I weren’t there. The weeks leading to the first trip to Barcelona were some of the worst, but I promised myself I would try to enjoy it and forget the world, no matter what. And this is exactly what happened. It was the first time I felt like myself in a long time, being actually happy. I revisited the city a couple of years later and I had the same joyful feeling, as if I were seeing it for the first time. I feel like a third trip is bound to happen soon.

I hope I didn’t bring you down. Here’s a gif of a kitten playing Jenga, to end on a positive note. πŸ˜€

Kitten playing Jenga gif

Also, what other city has such an epic song about them? πŸ˜‰

What about you? Has a city left such a mark on you?

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  • Very tempting competition! And of course nice post! πŸ™‚
    I’ve been waiting for the perfect low-priced tickets for a trip to Barcelona, so it’s still on the list. But hopefully not for long! I heard/read it is truly amazing πŸ˜‰

    • The first time I’ve visited I got a super awesome deal (40 euros return flights with luggage), I doubt I’ll ever pay this little for a flight again, haha. And you should totally join the competition! πŸ˜€

  • The architecture’s absolutely wonderful!!! I am the work of talented Gaudi!

    • I love it too! The Sagrada Familia is simply breathtaking! πŸ™‚

  • I did a Barcelona weekend for the Grand Prix years ago but it was just a quick visit so I have been meaning to get back and see it properly. Someone was talking about it just yesterday so it’s been put into my head now – maybe it’s a sign!

    • It’s definitely a sign, you should really go back! πŸ˜€

  • I really need to re-visit Barcelona, preferably for a much longer time. I seem to have missed so much despite seeing a lot (or so I thought). And just like you, I absolutely love the work of Gaudi. What a genius!

    Speaking of genius – Freddie. That song gives me goosebumps til today. Great post, as always, Vlad πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Kavitha! I need to revisit Barcelona too, although I’ve seen most of the important sights, I love the feeling I get whenever I’m in the city. πŸ™‚

  • galanda23

    I love Barcelona too, Vlad. I’ve been there several times and I’d still like to go back. Besides Gaudi’s unique architecture I enjoy their Sangria… I miss that a lot.

    • Are you going to visit Barcelona this year when you go to TBEX? By the way, I realized I can’t afford TBEX this year, as I’m saving up for the summer. Hopefully next year it will be in October again and I’ll definitely go.

      • galanda23

        Yea, your post about Lisbon made me aware of the beauty of this city. I’d like to go. Too bad you can’t make it to Spain this spring. Well, maybe next year.

      • galanda23

        It’s a pity, Vlad. You write so beautifully.

  • Such a great post! Made me smile thinking about my own trip to Barcelona (I need to back). We didn’t do nearly enough stuff, but I did love the Barcelona feeling!

    • Glad I could make you smile! πŸ˜€ I want to go back as well, fingers crossed I can squeeze in a trip this year.

  • I loved Barcelona but our stay there was so brief, definitely want to go back someday and for similar reasons you mentioned! Loved the architecture, the food and the vibrant energy of the place πŸ™‚

    Hope you win the competition, sounds really good too!

    • I was lucky I got to spend 10 days when I first visited and had enough time to take it all in and enjoy it. I definitely think it’s a city best enjoyed over the course of a few days. πŸ™‚ Thanks! πŸ˜€

  • i love the architecture of Barcelona too, but Vlad now it’s time to visit Madrid (as “madrileΓ±a” I cannot encourage anything else πŸ˜‰ )

    • Of course, I really want to visit Madrid! My brain is saying Madrid, but my heart is saying Barcelona, haha. πŸ™‚

  • No visit to Barcelona yet but it’s high on my Europe-list. The architecture especially stands out, as does the food πŸ™‚

    • The architecture in Spain is amazing, as well as the food. Hope you can go soon! πŸ˜€

  • I totally relate to your third point as I feel the same about Taiwan as well. The whole place makes me feel alive and I definitely have became a more confident, more open person since moving here!

    • I’m happy to hear someone can relate to that. I get so relaxed when I visit Barcelona, I should really go back.

  • Most recently it’s been Budapest, but in Spain I am forever a lover of Madrid over Barcelona – to me that city is so much more real and vibrant and alive. I know I am in the minority here, so I will take my beating now πŸ™‚

    • I’ve never been to Madrid, so I don’t have an opinion, but I’ll fall for a city the same way I did for Barcelona, especially because of #3 on this list πŸ™‚

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  • Yaaaaaay awesome πŸ˜€
    I loooove it!! Happy that you are now also taking part and that you made your mind πŸ˜€
    I totally understand and agree with all your reasons to love Barcelona!!

    • I was going to write the post like I’ve told you (3 things about 3 cities) but then I thought it wouldn’t be fair to Barcelona! πŸ˜‰

      • hahahaha sooooo cool!! I would never guess Barcelona was your favourite… but then I totally understand why πŸ˜€

  • You don’t really have to convince me about how Barcelona steals someone’s heart. I came here almost a decade ago for a year, and I am still living in this marvelous city, that just tells everything:) By the way, looked through your blog a little, I really like this oil-painting style plugin that you used on your photos! Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks! That’s so cool that you moved there, I wouldn’t say no if I had the opportunity either πŸ˜‰

  • This makes me want to visit Barcelona even more one day. The list just keeps growing. Amazing photos!

    • Thank you! Same here, I keep adding new places on my list every day, sigh.

  • It’s definitely on my ‘Must see’ list!

    • I’m hoping to go again this year! πŸ˜€

  • I love your pictures ! My computer is not powerful enough to make this oily effect πŸ™ but I’m a big fan !!! Barcelona looks gorgeous, I think I will try to visit this year, for a few days. The most difficult thing is to pick the right period. Several of my friends went there, and had rain and clouds, and I think it was in July. When did you go ?

    • Thank you! My computer hates me every time I use that effect, haha. Both times I’ve visited Barcelona it was at the end of September and the weather was perfect, I even got sunburned on the beach! We’ve only had one day of rain (and I mean serious rain, I had an umbrella and still got soaking wet), but the next day was sunny and warm. I hope you can go soon! πŸ™‚

      • I’m a bit sensite to hot temperatures, so September sounds delightful to me. Maybe next september, if you can manage to have some day off ! πŸ™‚

  • Wow..I’m so looking forward to visiting Barcelona this summer:) Great to come across your blog!

    • Thanks for commenting, hope you have a great time in Barcelona! I may go back this year as well. πŸ˜‰

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