The perfect climate, a beach on your doorstep, and some of Europe's most unique and iconic architecture - Barcelona is the Spanish city with so much to give.
Barcelona 2016 key events
- Spanish Grand Prix (Formula 1)
- 13 May 2016 - 15 May 2016
- Annual Sonar Music Festival
- 16 June 2016 - 18 June 2016
- Corpus Christi
- Third week of June
- Grec - Barcelona Summer Festival
- 1 July 2016 - 31 July 2016
- La Mercè - Barcelona's Annual Festival
- September 24
Influences from history
Thanks to its location on the Iberian peninsula, Barcelona has always been somewhat of an important city throughout Spain and all of Europe. The area was first captured by the Romans in 19 BC, and became the route into the Spanish isle. Since the invasion, the city has seen numerous influxes of religions, races and tribes take the Romans' place, and has evolved and grown by the century.
Today, the city is the second largest in Spain and is primarily home to the autonomous community of Catalonia – the population that gives the city it's rebellious and free-thinking edge. The Catalonian population, which makes up two-thirds of Barcelona, has battled with the Government after their rituals and languages were banned and/or overlooked by new Spanish immigrants, who flocked to the city in the 1970s.
Quirky, artistic, bohemian – a collection of unique neighbourhoods
Some describe the city as bohemian, and that is certainly true, although it does still have some traditional Catalonian pockets, particularly outside the centre. With its rebellious neighbourhoods and offbeat past, Barcelona has a quirky, artistic feel to it that can be seen on its streets everyday. This might be partly due to the impact that Antoni Gaudi's distinctive architecture has on the city, such as the surreal Sagrada Familia. The city is also home to the world's most famous football team, Barcelona FC. Its enormous stadium is the heart of the club and its fans, and every visitor to the city needs to see this world within the city at least once during their trip to the Spanish city.
Packed in the summer
Summer is the time when the city truly comes into its own. The sandy beaches are lively and filled with sunbathers, while the clubs and bars and jam-packed, and the music and art festivals are in full swing. This relates to Barcelona life, which is all about being outside, with a light beer and some tapas on your glass. Every corner you turn you will discover a new “neighbourhood” - like square, park or plaza, despite being in the centre of a major city. This is what makes Barcelona so distinctive – you can ramble, drink, eat and meet with friends all on the streets of the city and rarely feel overwhelmed.
A low-rise city that makes you feel local
Unlike other major cities, the cityscape in Barcelona is generally quite low, with very few skyscrapers. This only adds to its town-like feeling, particularly when you head to one of the small, quaint bars in El Raval and stay there until at least 6am just chatting to locals. Barcelona really is a locals' city.
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