We think that Barcelona is the most dynamic, energetic, lively, and brilliant city in the universe. If you think we exaggerate, come and see for yourself!
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. Catalonia is one of the autonomous communities in Spain. It has its own culture, language, and history. Actually, the first nation to have a parliament was Catalonia, it was called Consell de Cent and this parliament made laws that even had to be followed by the king.
For many centuries, Barcelona was Spain’s most vibrant and modern city. It was the perfect setting for trade and many different people to exchange ideas, because of its commercial port and proximity with France.
In these times Barcelona developed a great culture, and due to its urban planning that was done for the Olympic Games in 1992, it is now known to be one of the most dynamic and modern cities in the world.
Barcelona is different than other cities because of its location on the Mediterranean coast, and 4 kilometres of beaches. The old district, Ciutat Vella, is renovated continuously, and it consists of four different districts. Every district has a different character, in which you can find the most peaceful, hidden little squares, but also modern and fashionable shops and restaurants. A great example of town planning is the Eixample quarter, this is also the place where you can find the most beautiful modernist buildings. The most famous of these are built by the amazing architect: Antonio Gaudí.
Considering the city’s social life, the population of Barcelona is quite homogeneous. But we must say that the population has changed significantly due to thousands of people that arrive from many different countries and that decide to stay; some stay because of the high quality of life that you can find in Barcelona, others stay because of the economic growth the city has been experiencing. Due to this arrival of many different cultures, Barcelona has really been transformed into a cosmopolitan and vibrant city.
Best of Barcelona
In the city you can find many examples of modernism… just keep your eyes open when you walk around the town, and bring your camera with an extra memory card! You definitely should not miss: La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and La Casa Battló.
A perfect place for getting lost during daytime and to enjoy the amazing nightlife of Barcelona is this neighbourhood. You will find medieval buildings, narrow streets, and the most fashionable shops.
This is the main avenue of Ciutat Vella. It is famous for its human statues, and the big mix of different people you will find there.
The impressive home of FC Barcelona and the biggest football stadium in the world.
At this typical market from the 20th century you will find any kind of food and you will not find it fresher anywhere else.
When you need a break from the city life, this is a perfect park to relax.
Santa Maria del Mar Church
If you are looking for “Catalan Gothic”, then this is the perfect example. The population of Barcelona built this church without the help of the noble people, neither the king. It is a wonder of elegance and charm.
La Barceloneta and the beach
The ancient atmosphere of this old fisherman’s quarter will never disappear, even though the neighbourhood is under transformation. For the 1992 Olympic Games the beaches were created and this is a perfect place to get a tan, to walk, be active, or have a drink or eat in one of the many bars and restaurants.
You will find out for yourself…