If you're looking for your retirement to have the feel of a trip of a lifetime that never ends, then moving to Barcelona might be a great option for you and your partner. Spain's second-largest city sits on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and is home to about 1.6 million people. Barcelona is bursting with art, restaurants, architecture, theaters, beaches, parks, plazas and countless shops. And despite all of these attractions, locals assure us that Barcelona won't leave you feeling busy and drained.
"Barcelona is a metropolis with the size of a village and a laid-back atmosphere; in other words, it has everything at hand," says Andre Arriaza, a travel expert and co-founder of the site, Barcelona Eat Local. "The Mediterranean climate is amazing with 300-plus days of sunlight per year and a stretch of beaches along the coastline."
Since Barcelona plays a significant role in the business world, there are also enough flights available that your kids and grandkids can still easily visit. Plus, U.S. News and World Report counts moving to Barcelona as a good financial decision for couples. "Considering the quality of life available, the cost of living qualifies as one of the world’s best bargains," the magazine reported. "A retired couple could live here on as little as $2,000 per month. And this city’s property market is a global buy."