You don't have to choose a single destination for where to launch your new life in retirement in a new country. You can create a kind of cocktail of destinations, choosing to spend your time in not one place but a number of different places where you'd enjoy different weather, different lifestyles, different costs of living, different neighbors and different ways to spend your time.
The first thing that strikes many about Barcelona is how quickly and easily you can explore the city, Spain's second-biggest, thanks to its compact, well-laid-out design. And, indeed, there is so much to explore, including fantastic art and architecture from pre-Roman to Modernista, plus galleries, monuments, theaters, restaurants, and shopping. In addition, you have easy access to the beautiful Costa Brava to the north and the Costa Dorada to the south.