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Barcelona is a magical city in Spain that has been awarded a Royal Gold Medal for architecture by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Barcelona is a beach city whose architecture has been influenced by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. The most famous street in Barcelona is La Rambla.

Do you consider yourself a vibrant personality who loves to absorb the culture and music and folk things of a country or community? Do you know that Spain is famous for its food, feasts, and cultural customs? Of course, you all must have heard about its famous bullfighting, civil war, beaches, football and a lot of other things. In this article, we will inform you about some of the wonderful facts about Spain and Barcelona that will make you want to travel to this awesome country.

Barcelona, Spain is one of the most popular beach cities in the world, where Christopher Columbus announced the discovery of America. After reading such interesting Barcelona facts, also check El Salvador facts and Barbados facts.

The Founding Of Barcelona

Barcelona is a city in Spain that is currently known for its famous football club and second most populous municipality. To tell you about the facts of Barcelona, Spain, today, we will take you back to the past to tell you some history of Barcelona.

There are a lot of sources saying a lot of theories for how Barcelona got its name. But two of the major theories are that it is named from the term 'Iberian Baŕkenoinscribed in a coin from ancient Greek. Another theory suggests that it is from 'Hamilcar Barca', the Carthaginian general, who is also famous as the founder of this city in the third century BC.

In prehistoric literature, there are no hard facts about the first settlement in Barcelona but ruins of settlements like tombs and dwellings are dated back to 5000 BC. There are different theories in its founding too. In one, Barcelona has been directly connected to the mythological Greek God Hercules. In another, it is related to the Hannibal Carthaginian general 'Hamilcar Barca' as naming the city Barcelona in the third century BC.

After its founding, Romans colonized this city in 15 BC and made it their military camp, which is called Castrum in their terms. Under Romans, this colony was named under the surname of Faventia, Colonia Julia Augusta Faventia Paterna Barcino. Gradually, this city prospered in wealth and became a beautiful one. It forged its own coins and enjoyed power. Some of the roman things are still displayed in the City Barcelona History Museum. Especially if you are a goth fan, then visiting the gothic quarter called Barri Gotic of this museum is a must.

In the fifth century, Barcelona was conquered by Germanic people called Visigoths and became the capital of Hispanics. Then in the eighth century, it was conquered by the Arabs, and again by the Carolingian people in the siege of 801, which is also known as the siege of Barcelona. The Count of Barcelona ruled the Buffer zone of Barcelona. This buffer zone later came to be known as the crown of Aragon. It grew rich as the major slave-trading city in the 15th century. Drawing slaves from other slave stocks and slave pools.

In the 15th century, Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon got married in 1469. Madrid became the capital. Barcelona became the major focus of Catalan separatism under the Spanish Monarchy. Most of the population of Barcelona was finished in the Plague of 1650-1654 then a lot of the rest was destroyed in the Napoleonic wars. Then came the era of industrialization and began some improvements in the city.

During the Spanish civil wartime, the Catalonia region especially became republican. The institutes of Catalonia were abolished, the freedom to speak the language was suppressed. But, even after all the civil war, Barcelona still stood as the second largest city of Spain. This resulted in the mass urbanization of people from other cities to this place.

Then in 1975, the death of franco caused democratization in this city and further preparations for more development began like road buildings. Its development was basically dependent upon two things, which includes the Spanish accession and the summer Olympics game of 1992. Ever since Barcelona has been prospering on tourism and other businesses as well. A lot of developments have been done. Though there were some harsh incidents in Barcelona like the ETA car bombing in Hipercor and others, people have been living in harmony and moving forward with their lives in harmony.

Beaches In Barcelona

If you are a tan lover and love to play beach sports on long sunny summer days then let us tell you here that Barcelona beaches can be on your bucket list of destinations to visit.

Barcelona is famous for its beautiful beaches. It is also known as the beach city. Barcelona is located facing the Mediterranean sea which gives it a Mediterranean coastline. Barcelona beaches have been ranked as number one beaches by National Geographic and D discovery Channel. Barcelona has a total of seven beaches with two of them being the oldest. Its total coastline of 2.8 mi (4.5 km) is perfect for you to roam around during this vacation time. With a total of more than 300 sunny days, these beaches will just take your heart away. Several people from various countries visit Barcelona beaches every year to tan and relax in the sunshine of this city.

Some of the oldest and largest beaches of Barcelona are Barceloneta, Somorrostro beaches, and Sant Sebastià. The city beaches are Bogatell, Mar Bella, Nova Icària, Nova Mar Bella and Llevant. Two Barcelona facts here are that these city beaches were built to host the Summer Olympics of 1992 and most of the material erodes away in the storms so they keep replenishing it with artificial stuff. Sant Sebastia beach is the oldest, the largest, and with the most crowd and fun. So if you like to party or connect with several people then this beach can be your first place to visit. Llevant beaches is the newest beach hence having the fewest and newest facilities that will give you a comfortable and less crowded experience. Nova Mar Bella Beach is the most friendly beach and most liked by women and young people. A lot of women like to visit this beautiful beach as it has sand between two beaches. A pro tip here is that you need to take care of your belongings on this beach with special care. Because as much as people like to visit this beach, chances of stealing are equally possible.

Architecture In Barcelona

Several Barcelona architectures were built in medieval time, by the Roman people or Catalan architecture which are now a legacy in this city. Many of the architecture today are world heritage sites and gaining the attention of several visitors.

It is most beautiful and a must-see place to visit is the Barri Gotic, which is the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona located in the old city’s center.

The most famous place is the work of Antoni Gaudi which has been under a building since 1882 and is still under construction, with the help of private donations that has a target to be built by 2026. Gaudi’s best work is this striking, unfinished church of Sagrada Familia which can be seen from every corner of Barcelona.

The next monument is the 1999 RIBA gold medal winner Barcelona Pavilion. This was built as a modern symbolization of architecture. Barcelona Pavilion was constructed in 1929, as an expedition to Germany as a temporary resort. Soon it was demolished but then its recreation is still standing in Barcelona, Spain.

Varied, unique, and harmonious are the words that come to our mind when we think of Barcelona’s Architecture but its architecture does not only start and end at Antonio Gaudi’s Church. It includes other breathtaking beautiful buildings and monuments for you to have a proper photoshoot. Jean Nouvel’s agbar tower is one of them. It's a tower built up from three different materials, one from glass, corrugated iron, and the last of colorful windows.

The other awesome thing for your wanderlust is Frank Gehry’s Fish in Barcelona called 'the folly'. This is neither a fish nor has a purpose. This was made to twinkle and shine in the night from distant places, which it does and is visible from far away places. Several other places include Norman Fischer's Telecommunications Tower, Santa Caterina Market, Santiago Olympic flame, and many more.

Some UNESCO heritage sites of Barcelona include Casa Batllo, La Sangla familia, Park Guell palace, Casa Mila. The most famous street is La Rambla and it is the most walked street in Barcelona. It is located in central Barcelona. It has several markets and roads linked to each other, making it a crowded place to travel. But La Rambla is worth all the rush. It has several small streets joining this big La Rambla big street and as described by Federico García Lorca, a Spanish poet ' the only street in the world which I wish would never end.'

People sometimes only come to Barcelona to visit its Picasso museum, enriched with the paintings of Pablo Picasso this museum is the strongest desire of your artistic side. It is located in the Catalonia region with the finest work collection of the great painter Pablo Picasso. Park Güell is another incredible creation of Gaudi in Southern Europe along the Barcelona harbor on the Mediterranean coast. A lot of renovation projects were undertaken in the Catalan capital prior to the 1992 Barcelona Olympic games.

Never let the child inside you die. The best place to treat the child in you is the chocolate museum of Barcelona. Museo del Chocolate or Museu de la Xocolata. It is a fun little private museum. If you want to travel to a place for just an hour and do not want it to consume all your day then this museum can be a great thing to visit in the Catalan capital.

Barcelona facts help you understand more about Spanish culture.

Restaurants In Barcelona

Some of the Barcelona facts include where to eat, its chocolate museum, what to eat and how to have the best Catalan cuisine in Barcelona. This section will tell you all about the restaurants in Barcelona.

As the pandemic season has ended and travelers are visiting Barcelona from different corners of the world. The cooks from the famous restaurants in Barcelona are also coming up to provide you with the best facility. One of the most famous restaurants is Salvaje Barcelona. It already has its other franchises in places like Madrid, Panama, and Miami. This will give you a variety of Japanese food. If you want to indulge in the flavors of kimchi, king crab, and umeboshi then this place is the perfect fit for you.

One of the finest Catalan cuisine providers of Barcelona is the Restaurant 7 Portes. This restaurant is open from 1:00 pm to 1:00 am to provide you with the best experience in food with non-stop food service. Its undeniable food variety and decorations on your table will give you not only a belly full but a heart full experience of joy, food, and Catalan culture. It is very famous dishes are Rossini, Cannelloni, and many more, that are on the proud dining tables of the Catalan community from the nineteenth century. It is located in Sant Pere, of Barcelona with an easy-to-find destination. A tip here is to just ask google and let it navigate you to your destination place.

The best thing to eat in Barcelona is 'Escalivada', a Catalan dish. This is a dish mainly made of peppers, eggplant, onions, and some olive oil, and the smoking flavor of garlic. This is the best dish for vegetarians to try out if they happen to be in Barcelona. You can find this awesome recommendation at any Catalan restaurant but again the best recommendation is to have this mouth-watering dish at the Restaurant 7 Portes.

The next perfect restaurant to have a meal in Barcelona is Fismuler Barcelona. This is a joint accomplishment of three great chefs together. This is a stylish restaurant that started in 2002. If you want to try out new dishes like semi cord dorado or ortiguillas omelet then Fismuler can be the best option for you.

If you are crazy about bars and their snacks then the perfect recommendation for you is Bar La Plata. This is a small bar-restaurant in the corner of old port Barcelona. This is a busy, heavily crowded place where often people eat standing at the bar or even on the seat. That pretty much described the whole deliciousness of the food served in that place. It has been recovered from the sources that this restaurant sells over 40 kg of fish per week.

If you like coffee more and want to try it from almost every corner of the world. Then Coffee Nomad and Labs is the best place for you to catch the first cup of freshly brewed espresso. The best suggestion is that if you want to take part in the coffee tastings of this Lab then don't forget to visit it every Friday at 4 p.m.

Physical And Human Geography

Barcelona is located in the northeastern part of Spain. It is a vibrant city of Spain and a capital city of Catalonia. It has a population of 1.6 million people and tourists come to visit this place here and there.

As Barcelona is located at the front of the Mediterranean sea it experiences warm summers of almost more than 300 days. Very few winters and mild to hot summers. It has medium rainfalls and generally a sunny sky. The summer season here is from May to October as it lasts for about six months and winters are usually coldest in January and February.

The safest place to stay in Barcelona is Gracia and the most unsafe place is the Gothic quarter. Not in any case, they both just have different ambiances and nightlife. You probably should stay in the center of Barcelona because then every place to visit will be at an equal distance from you or if you like to morning jog at a beach then probably you should check in at a beach view hotel.

The people of Barcelona speak many languages, the majority of them are Spanish or Catalan. Most of the people in Barcelona are roman catholic and the next two vast majorities are comprised of Muslims and Jewish. This is a city known for its art and architecture. Just like everywhere, people here are too in both behaviors. You can find friendly ones and you can find cons too. Just be vigilant from pickpockets and stealing because you never know who is acting friendly but wants to con you. Overall Barcelona is not just a place of its football club but a very colorful and beautiful city which you must visit. It's not even too costly, you can easily manage your two weeks budget.

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Hemant Oswal
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Hemant Oswal

<p>With global experience in marketing and business development, Hemant is a seasoned professional with a unique perspective. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi and a Master's degree in Marketing from The University of Adelaide in Australia. Hemant's work in China, Hong Kong, and Dubai has honed his skills and provided valuable experience. He broadens his understanding of the world through reading non-fiction books and watching documentaries.</p>

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