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9 Fun Facts about Barcelona, Spain

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and is located on the Mediterranean coast.

The city’s name has become all the more famous recently ever since the football team FC Barcelona won the Champion’s League trophy in May 2009 defeating the very highly regarded Manchester United.

1. FC Barcelona

Did you know that the player to whom the fans gave all the credit for the win was Lionel Messi and he is from Argentina?

The nickname of the team is” blaugrana’, based on the blue and maroon colors that the football team wears for all its games. The same colors are worn by all the teams that represent FC Barcelona in other games like basketball, handball and hockey.

2. Traffic in Barcelona.

Drivers in Barcelona are considered among the worst in the world, with accidents occurring in the city every nineteen seconds! This can go up to ten accidents every second on weekends, which makes it safer to walk than to drive.

A majority of Barcelonans therefore prefer to be pedestrians and at any given time most roads are thronged with people on foot. Barcelona is said to have large portions of the city devoted exclusively to pedestrians, the total area of 130 hectares which is equivalent to about 260 football fields. So if you are in Barcelona you might want to start loving to walk!

3. Gaudi

Antoni Gaudi is considered one of the great architects who vastly influenced buildings in the city. His La Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic Church was begun in 1882 and is still under construction many years after his death.

He chose to take the donkey of a woman selling sand as a model for the main entrance to this church.

4. Beaches in Barcelona

The sea side in Barcelona was completely run over by industries and there existed no beach for the use of the city’s populace. This was changed in 1992 when the city was chosen to host the Olympic Games. The authorities shifted the industries and converted the sea side area into one for leisure, with lots of hotels, restaurants, bars and of course, new beaches!

5. The founding of Barcelona

There is a dispute about the founding of Barcelona. There is one camp which claims that Hercules founded the city about 400 years before the building of Rome. The other side believes that Barcelona was built by Hamilcar Barca, the father of Hannibal. The name Barcelona comes from the Barca family of Carthage who ruled the area in the 3rd century before Christ.

6. St Georges Day

Saint Georges Day is the national feast day in the region and on this day it is a tradition to present your near and dear ones with roses and books. This was the inspiration for the UNESCO to declare April 23rd as the International Day of Books.

7. Barcelona’s Ramblas

Las Ramblas is a 2 kilometer long boulevard where it is customary to walk and take in the sights of the street artists, enjoy a cup of coffee or buy flowers. This street is busy throughout the day and night and is a famous meeting point for tourists.

8. The Barri Gotic

The Barri Gotic is the centre of old Barcelona and some of the buildings go back even to the Roman era. Medieval architecture is quite common here and the attraction of these buildings brings in over a million tourists to Barcelona every week.

9. The Most Walked Street in Spain

Walk down the Portal de l’Àngel if you want to walk down the most walked down street in Spain and you will be one among approximately 3500 others who throng the street every hour!

So that is a quick glimpse at breathtaking Barcelona. Definitely worth visiting and discovering even more secrets for yourself!

Top rated hotels in Barcelona Ramblas area:

Photo of FC Barcelona jersey by Pietroizzo


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Venere Travel Blog writer grace a.

Grace lives in India. She loves to travel, not as a tourist, but to soak in the secrets of the nooks and crannies of this amazing planet. She also loves words, expressed through the medium of writing. She firmly believes that a well crafted piece of writing can accomplish ANYTHING!

13 responses to “9 Fun Facts about Barcelona, Spain”

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  1. Joan says:
    July 20th, 2009 at 13:34

    Barcelona is not a great city to drive, ok.

    From here to say is among the worst cities to drive is too much!!!

    Worst experiences i had are in ALL Italy, some capital of France and many others from East, Orient and Africa.

    And the 2 in the order in the post i thin is not correct, too! MAny other things are more important than traffic for travellers.

  2. Mireia Cortada says:
    August 25th, 2009 at 15:48

    I completely agree with Joan. Barcelona cannot definitely be considered amongst the worst cities to drive in. I currently live in Rome and I can affirm is much much worse to drive in Rome. I have also “tried” to drive in Cairo but forget about it… :) So at this point, I think I could say Barcelona is one of the best places I’ve tried to drive in.

  3. wade spaulding says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 04:30

    dat bitch be hot wanna have sex? call me at (260) 223-9322 my name is wade spaulding

  4. Barcelona Traveler says:
    February 25th, 2011 at 18:08

    Thanks, great information! I love Barcelona and can’t wait to go back! I really enjoy Antonio Gaudi’s work, which can be found all over Barcelona; every single one is a masterpiece. The Temple de la Sagrada Familia is so intricite; it is the most beautiful and artisitc temple I have ever seen.

  5. owusu says:
    March 3rd, 2011 at 16:38

    luv the team.

  6. shannoncrich says:
    November 10th, 2011 at 11:38

    hi people

  7. josh hawkeye says:
    April 23rd, 2012 at 12:49

    wooooooo i love barcaaaaaaaaa

  8. Adebayo femi says:
    April 26th, 2012 at 08:07

    I will always continue to be barcelona fans

  9. seyi says:
    May 26th, 2012 at 18:49

    I love Barcelona fc,am proud of d team

  10. shaneka carter says:
    August 14th, 2012 at 21:30

    i cant wait to visit barcelona !! everything just seem beautiful.

  11. an excited future traveler says:
    September 5th, 2012 at 04:53

    thanx 4 the 9 facts. now im realy xited!

  12. Rick says:
    June 13th, 2013 at 18:54

    I want to come back Barcelona! Stay in the beach all day long and chill ! :D.

    I miss spanish food! oooh I was in Trobador restaurant last time and was amazing!!

  13. Sandy says:
    November 18th, 2013 at 19:54

    Really a good post about the best and wonderful things in barcelona.

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