The bustling Catalonian capital of Barcelona is quickly becoming one of the most popular cities for digital nomads. The city's vibrant international feel and its young and hip population attract freelancers from all over the world. The nomad community in Barcelona is expanding every day and hundreds of coworking and coliving spaces are opening up to meet the demand. With the low-cost of living and easy going way of life, it's no wonder the city's expats have ranked amongst the happiest in the world.
For those times away from the laptop, Barcelona has a lot to offer. The city is divided into distinct neighborhoods that each have its own characteristics. Intricate modernista buildings from the famous artist Gaudi line Passeig de Gràcia, alongside some of the flagship stores of the hottest names in high fashion. The traditional Gothic Quarter has managed to retain all of its medieval charms over the centuries. No matter where you choose to hang your hat in Barcelona, there are sure to be plenty of cafes and tapa bars where you can soak up the ever-present Spanish sun. Barcelona is pedestrian friendly, bike paths are plentiful and public transport is cheap and efficient. Between the friendly locals and the thriving expat community, it's very easy to meet like-minded people in Barcelona.
Facts about Barcelona
- Catalan is an official language alongside Spanish
- Architect Frank Gehry designed the Golden Fish Sculpture for the 1992 Olympics
- The city's beloved beaches were created as part of a construction project also for the 1992 Olympics
- The popular tourist stop Park Guell was intended to be a luxury gated community.
- The local soccer team, FC Barcelona plays in the largest stadium in Europe, Camp Nou
- The large stadium makes sense considering FC Barcelona's fan base, the FC Barcelona museum is the most visited in Barcelona, beating out Picasso and Dali!
- Barcelona is LGBTQ tolerant and the site of many large LGBTQ club festivals.
- The massive church that dominates the Playa Espana, The Sagrada Familia, will take 133 years to complete.
- The city of Barcelona has the special distinction of being recognized for its stunning architecture by Royal Institute of British Architects. Barcelona was awarded the prestigious Royal Gold Medal in 1999.