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.
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
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
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.