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Why you should move to Barcelona after you retire

Written by Paula

Barcelona is a gorgeous city that has been fascinating young and old people alike for many, many years. The truth is that this eclectic European city has so much to offer people in all stages of their lives, that many of those who come for a visit end up falling in love with it and deciding to stay for good.

Here are some of the reasons why you should move to Barcelona after you retire.

Related article: Visiting Barcelona for seniors

The sea and the beaches

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Some people love lying down to catch a tan on the beach while others can’t stand to remain still bearing the heat for too long. No matter what type of person you are, you can still enjoy the many beaches Barcelona has to offer, either for a nice swim, for a leisurely stroll, or to exercise using some of the outdoors equipment available next to a number of beaches. There are even sections with ping pong tables available for anyone who brings their own paddle and ball!

The weather

This is possibly one of the most compelling reason for retirees to move to Barcelona. The city enjoys an extremely pleasant Mediterranean weather which offers a lot of sunny days and not that much rain. Granted, winters are still cold in Barcelona, but contrary to many European countries, it does not snow and the abundance of sunshine allows for a lot of activities outdoors.

Related article: Barcelona nightlife for seniors

The art and the culture

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If you appreciate art and cultureBarcelona won’t disappoint. The city is home to a large number of gorgeous monuments, such as Casa Batlló, La Sagrada Família, and Sant Pau Recinte Modernista, some of which have been declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. On top of that, the city has hundreds of museums, many of which offer free entrance on Sundays and all of which offer discounted prices for retirees. And as if all of that wasn’t enough, there are an abundance of art galleries spread across the city, showcasing work by new and established artists, which can be appreciated for free, or for a certain price, if you decide that a particular piece needs to be hanging on your wall instead of at the gallery.

The food

Chances are you have had to cook for yourself during a great part of your life, so now it has come the time to treat yourself with meals cooked by someone else. Barcelona has thousands of restaurants ready to offer you excellent food from all corners of the world. Thai, French, Peruvian, Brazilian, American, Argentinean, you will be able to try them all and more in the capital of Catalonia.

What do you think? Did we give you enough reasons to move to Barcelona after your retire or do you still need more?

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About the author


Paula is an experienced content writer, translator and editor.


  • Hi Paula; never been to Barcelona or, for that matter Spain. I’m a retired Detective from NY. I was born in Uruguay so I speak Spanish. I love soccer and I love the beach. In addition I want a place where I could walk and take public transportation. I feel I should give Barcelona a try & visit. Are you’re able to recommend places to stay, or an etenirary on how to learn the most on my visit. I was thinking staying 10 to 14 days.

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