Barcelona

Cities Talking Barcelona for locals and tourists alike!

With a population of 1.6 million, Barcelona is the capital of the autonomous comity of Catalonia in Spain. Barcelona is a major global city, and one of the world’s leaders in the fields of tourism, commerce, education, media, fashion and science. It is also the leader in Spain in terms of employment rate and GDP, and has been consistently ranked amongst the top most successful cities in Europe. Barcelona is also home to masters of gastronomy, and limitless possibilities for nightlife.

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History

Founded by the Phoenician and the Carthaginians, Barcelona was originally named Barcino. The Romans invaded in the 1st century BC, and they were followed by the Visigoths, who changed the city’s name to Barcinona, in the 5th century AD. During the 13th and 14th century the Catalonian empire was a great power in the Mediterranean area and Barcelonans dominated sea trade, however Barcelona really began to gain importance during the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, when it hosted the World’s Fair in 1888. The Fair attracted more than 2 million visitors, and the city continued to grow. In 1992, Barcelona hosted the Olympic Games, cementing the city’s status as a cosmopolitan metropolis

Climate

The hottest month in Barcelona is August, with an average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius, while the coldest temperatures are experience during January, when the average falls to 10 degrees. The most daily sunshine (9.5 hours per day) takes place in June, and the highest rainfall is usually in October.

Things to do

citiestalking Barcelona Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

This minor basilica is a large Roman Catholic church, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, despite being incomplete. The building now houses an exhibition, which along with the beautiful architecture make it well worth a visit

citiestalking Barcelona La Rambla

La Rambla

A central street in Barcelona, La Rambla – or Las Ramblas – is popular with both tourists and locals alike, for its charming sidewalk cafes and souvenir shops.

citiestalking Barcelona Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

One of the world’s most perfect examples of Gothic style architecture, the basilica was built in the Middle Ages, and remains the only surviving church in pure Catalan Gothic style..

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Gothic Quarter

The former Roman neighbourhood still retains some vestiges of the times gone by, and offers a beautiful mix of old and new buildings up and down its narrow, winding streets.

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Camp Nou

No trip to Barcelona would be complete without a visit to their football team’s home stadium. Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe, and the 4th largest association football stadium in the world in terms of capacity.

Yearly Events

JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUNE
  • Hogmanay
  • International Jazz Festival
  • Setmana Santa
  • Fiesta de San Jordi
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
  • Festa Major de Gracia

Barcelona: A Charming Catalan Capital

Barcelona is a bewitching city. You might know it as Spain’s second city, but don’t say that to a local. Barcelona is actually the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous region within Spain. Starting at the adeptly named Catalunya Square, we will guide you down the famous La Rambla were you might see street performers or artists entertaining the crowds. La Rambla stretches for approximately 1.2km and the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said that La Rambla was “the only street in the world which I wish would never end”. As you make your way around this walk you will learn about the Civil War which took place from 1936 to 1939 with Barcelona became something of an anarchist stronghold. Barcelona is famous for attracting many artists and during this walk you will have the opportunity to marvel at Gaudi, Miro and Dali. You will also see many other famous people who have made an impression on this beautiful city – including Columbus and Orwell – and how they have been remembered.

Walk highlights include:

  • Catalunya Square
  • La Rambla
  • Palace Of The Vicereine
  • Saint Joseph Market
  • Ceramic of Joan Miró
  • Plaça Reial
  • Güell Palace
  • Wax Museum
  • Royal Shipyards
  • Columbus Monument
  • George Orwell Square
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Museo Dalí Escultor
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