BARCELONA

Why Barcelona?

The upbeat, exciting vibe in Barcelona spreads beyond its tourist spots and central locations. There are so many hidden bars and clubs as well as food markets to try all the delicious Spanish cuisine.

Highlights

"Barcelona is an incredible city and I loved living there. Even though I was working 10 – 6 every day, the pace of life feels so much more relaxed, and people really value time to unwind with family and friends."
Amy
Law Student

La Sagrada Familia

Gaudí's unparalleled, Unesco-listed La Sagrada Família inspires awe by its sheer verticality. Construction started in 1882 and is still ongoing! History.

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Parc Güell

Another incredible bit of architecture from Gaudi. It’s a fantastic place to get a view of the whole of Barcelona. The shapes, the colours… this park is great.

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Museum of Contemporary Art

Sit down for a drink at the MACBA, where a lot of skateboarders from all over the world gather to show off their skills in this very cool and underground atmosphere.

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Bunker Del Carmel

Barcelona’s Carmel Bunkers are a real hidden gem. Take a step away from the crowds of Park Guell and Sagrada Familia and venture up to the Bunkers del Carmel for views of Barcelona that will leave you speechless. Head up in time for sunset for your golden hour snaps.

Explore these unique experiences and amazing tours

Accommodation

Looking for long term stays? Read our guide below. 

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Transport

  • Bike
  • Public Transport
  • Taxis

Barcelona is mostly a fairly flat city, where it's always sunny, so getting around by bike is a very good option. Barcelona has its own version of Boris bikes called Bicing. Also apps like Yego where you can rent mopeds all over the city for around 20 cents a minute.

It is also a good option to buy a T-10 card. With this card you will have 10 trips on all public transport, otherwise it’s €2.20 per ride. The metro runs 5am to midnight Sunday to Thursday, till 2am on Friday and 24 hours on Saturday. 

Avoid Uber if you can. It’s a very small city, so its very easy to walk places. FreeNow is a reliable taxi service around the city.

Our Community

Talk to one of our ambassadors for bespoke advice or read our students blogs.​​

Nick

"Hi, I’m Nick and I lived and worked in Berlin and Barcelona on my year abroad in 2018/19. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about working in Germany or Spain, travel in Latin America, or keeping your languages up to speed!"

Amy Arnell

"Hi I’m Amy! I studied Spanish and French at the University of Cambridge, and graduated in 2020. I love languages and I love travelling – the Year Abroad was probably the best year of my life! I spent my YA in Barcelona and Buenos Aires. Happy to answer any questions.

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