When you move abroad, after the initial thrill wears off it can be easy to fall into the same old routines of going to work, hitting the gym and heading home, especially in the darker winter months. So if the thrill of living in beautiful Barcelona has worn off, then this blogpost is for you! Read on for ten Barcelona resolutions for the new year to get you out, about and living your best Barcelona life.
Hit the beach
Yeah, we know it’s January, but it’s still beautiful! The winter beach is empty of tourists and beer sellers, so grab the opportunity to enjoy beach while it’s calm and quiet. Ditch the treadmill and go for a run along the shore instead, or get wrapped up and have a Saturday winter picnic on the sand. If you’re really brave you could even go for an invigorating dip – the water temperature hovers around 14 degrees in January and February.
Go for a weekly menu del día
There are so many great restaurants in Barcelona and a menu del día is the perfect way to sample some of them! Take full advantage of the fact that you’re not tied to the 9am to 5pm lifestyle and treat yourself to a three course, sit down lunch at some of the city’s best restaurants. Usually priced between 10€ and 15€, a menu del dia is a great way to explore the city’s restaurant scene. Check out this Culture Trip blogpost for some suggestions.
Buy something from La Boqueria that you have no idea how to cook
There are so many weird and wonderful stalls in La Boqueria selling everything from goose barnacles to pigs heads to whole crabs. With such a wealth of gastronomic riches on your doorstep, set yourself a cooking challenge and pick up something you don’t know how to cook. You can always ask the stallholder for advice and there are recipes for almost everything online. It’s a great opportunity to practise your Spanish too – but doublecheck any words you’re not sure of in case you perpetrate a poisoning!
Learn some Catalan
Yes, Spanish is more widely spoken globally, and yes, it seems easier because it’s more familiar. But if you’ve got a good handle on Spanish, why not move on to learning una miqueta of Catalan? The Adjuntament offers a free 45 hour beginner course, and there’s also a free online course through parla.cat. You’ll be more able to understand official paperwork and adverts, and of course you’ll earn major brownie points with your Catalan friends and neighbours!
Visit a local vineyard
Learn more about the history and production of wine by visiting a local vineyard. Cellar Pardas, in the nearby wine-growing region of Penedes, is an enviromentally friendly vineyard where the vines are grown in accordance with their low-interventionist approach and the grapes are all carefully picked by hand. A wine tasting is part of the tour, giving you the chance to sample a range of excellent wines, one of which features on the wine list at Can Roca in Girona. You can book a tour here.
What are your Barcelona resolutions for 2018?