Meg has lived in and out of Barcelona since 2017. During her time in Catalonia, she’s worked as a journalist and lived on vineyards. A California native, Meg feels right at home in Barcelona, where sunshine, sea, and wine are aplenty.
Where I live:
Fort Pienc, a quiet neighborhood north of the Arc de Triomf within walking distance of the beach, Parc de la Ciutadella and Gràcia.
Best way to get around the city:
On foot, if you’re able. Walking from Montjuïc to the Sagrada Familia, two extremes of the city, takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Otherwise, catch the metro for intra-city trains and the regional trains — called Rodalies — for day trips outside Barcelona.
Don’t leave without having:
A panoramic view of the city. I love sitting under the pine trees around the Bunkers del Carmel, where you can see the Sagrada Familia jutting out of the sea of buildings and the Mediterranean glimmering in the distance.
But the local favorite is really:
Hanging around in plazas on Sunday afternoons. Find yourself a good plaza — in Poble Sec, Gràcia or Poblenou — and a bottle of beer or wine, plus snacks. Locals spend whole days sitting on benches, meeting with friends and catching up on the week’s gossip.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
The meals. On weekends, Catalans indulge in what’s called the sobremesa, long lunches that last late into the afternoon, fueled by sweet wine and espresso shots. I love listening to my friends tell stories over the table on weekend afternoons as the hours slip by.