Looking for beautiful quotes about Barcelona, Spain?
This gorgeous city inspires thousands of tourists every year (honestly, probably a few too many tourists), not to mention novelists, historians, and travel writers over the past centuries.
Whether you’re looking for Barcelona travel inspiration or Barcelona Instagram captions, here are my favorite Barcelona quotes.
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Quotes about Barcelona & Barcelona Travel Quotes
Even the moon was embarrassed by the beauty of Barcelona. -Andrew Barger
Barcelona is a very old city in which you can feel the weight of history; it is haunted by history. You cannot walk around it without perceiving it. -Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Barcelona, archives of courtesy, shelter of the foreigners, hospital of the poor, father-land of the brave, the vengeance of the offended and pleasant correspondence of firm friendship, and in site, and in beauty, unique. -Miguel de Cervantes
Above all, I want to be happy, and at Barcelona, I’m happy. -Neymar
The haunting of history is ever-present in Barcelona. I see cities as organisms, as living creatures.
To me, Madrid is a man and Barcelona is a woman. And it’s a woman who’s extremely vain. -Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Allow me to state here how much I love Barcelona, an admirable city, a city full of life, intense, a port open to the past and future. -Le Corbusier
Here in Barcelona, it’s the architects who built the buildings that made the city iconic who are the objects of admiration – not a bunch of half-witted monarchs. -Julie Burchill
Italy has great food and Barcelona has great energy. -Stefon Harris
Barcelona is my life, and I do not plan to leave. -Gerard Pique
I’d love to be popular in Barcelona. That sounds like a fun job. -Bobby Heenan
Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world. I love it there. -Meghan Markle
The Cemetery of Forgotten Books is like the greatest, most fantastic library you could ever imagine. It’s a labyrinth of books with tunnels, bridges, arches, secret sections – and it’s hidden inside an old palace in the old city of Barcelona. -Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I stopped because I went to Barcelona, where life was too exciting to write. -Colm Tóibín
Marseilles, Barcelona, Trieste, Istanbul – each romances the Mediterranean in its own fashion, mostly by embracing the sea in sweeping C-shaped bays that date back to antiquity. -Andre Aciman
Barcelona is Gaudí’s –
Silence—people are afraid of it—they feel the need to make small talk, anything, just to break the stillness.
I don’t feel any such need. To me, silence brings about peace and certitude. -Henry Martin
For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him.
Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted…Let him languish in pain, crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to this agony till he sings in dissolution…
Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his last punishment, let the flames of hell consume him forever. –Curse on book thieves, from the monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona, Spain
And Barcelona. You should see Barcelona…It is all still comic opera. First it was the paradise of the crackpots and the romantic revolutionists.
Now it is the paradise of the fake soldier. The soldiers who like to wear uniforms, who like to strut and swagger and wear red-and-black scarves.
Who like everything about war except to fight. Valencia makes you sick and Barcelona makes you laugh. -Ernest Hemingway
We crossed spacious streets, with building resembling palaces, in La Rambla promenade; the shops were well illuminated and there was movement and life…
I did not decide to go to sleep, even though I wished to, so I could rise early and contemplate, in daylight, this city, unknown to me: Barcelona, capital of Catalonia. -Hans Christian Andersen
The first time I saw her, fires were alight. It was a spicy night in Barcelona. The air was fragrant and free. -Roman Payne
It appeared that even in Barcelona there were hardly any bullfights nowadays; for some reason all the best matadors were Fascists. –
I don’t understand people who travel purely gastronomically, who book a Michelin-starred restaurant three months in advance and suddenly find themselves in Copenhagen or Barcelona with a zeitgeist plate of snail porridge. -Sue Perkins
After a while, dawn tinged the sky with amber, and Barcelona woke up. We heard the distant bells from the basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, just emerging from the mist on the other side of the harbour. -Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Quotes About Not Liking Barcelona
Every once in a while, you’ll come across a Barcelona quote about someone not liking the city, or finding a particular aspect of it tiring.
Here are a few examples of these kinds of quotes. While I don’t endorse the sentiments, I thought they were important to share.
I went to have a look at the cathedral, a modern cathedral, and one of the most hideous buildings in the world. -George Orwell
When I arrived at Barcelona, I was following a dream, but I now realize sometimes it’s better to be content with what you have rather than follow a dream which nearly k**ls you. -Zlatan Ibrahimovic
There is life beyond Barcelona. -Gerard Deulofeu
I do not envisage going to Barcelona. -Toni Kroos
Did I miss any of your favorite Barcelona quotes? If so, leave it in the comments, and I’ll add it to the list!
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5 Things to Pack for Your Trip to Spain
The Lonely Planet Spain guidebook or the Rick Steves Spain guidebook for your trip. It can be kind of a pain to find the major guidebooks once you arrive in Spain, or you’ll find them overpriced. I always like to pick mine up ahead of time.
An Unlocked Cell Phone so that you can use a Spanish sim card while here to help navigate the trains.
Backup Charging Bank for your cell phone since you’ll be using it as a camera, GPS system, and general travel genie.
A Great Day Bag so you can carry what you need with you (like your camera, snacks, water, sunscreen, cash, etc). My current favorite is the Pacsafe Citysafe, which is especially great for Spanish cities like Barcelona and Madrid because it has many anti-theft features.
More Spain Travel Resources
Headed to Spain? Check out this podcast episode about travel to Barcelona and this interview about Barcelona’s Groundbreaking Monument to Trans History.
If you’re looking for more Barcelona Instagram captions or other travel quotes and didn’t find what you’re looking for, you can also check out my massive 250+ Real & Inspirational Travel Quotes (with Images!).
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