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Guide to Barcelona. It Rains in Spain.

Barcelona City Guide

Introduction      What to See and Do in Barcelona      Recommended Hotels Barcelona

 

Introduction to Barcelona

Parked between the glistening Mediterranean sea and lush woodland, Barcelona is a dazzling, dizzying montage of a city. With a population of close to 2 million, and a vibe to turn other cities green with envy, Barcelona is a must-see on any trip to Spain. Much as with Catalonia on the whole, Barcelona exudes both the cosmopolitan and the Catalan, the outward looking modernista and the nationalist agitator.

The city is dense, as is the myriad of attractions on offer to the visitor, from the touristy buzz around Las Ramblas and the Barrí Gotic, to the edgy and hip El Raval district. From the studenty art-house Gracia to the noble bourgieous gridded streets of L’eixample, Barcelona is not only a feast for the senses, but a fizzing microcosm of both Catalonian ethic and Mediterranean style. The cuisine is simply wonderful, the architecture wild and unfettered and the inhabitants chic and stylish – Barcelona, put simply, enraptures the visitor.

Barcelona has always been a working city, sure of itself and boisterous in it’s beliefs. With that work ethic came both wealth and immigration- Barcelona has historically attracted the Spanish poor in search of the greater employment opportunities, and even to this day the Andaluz community in Barcelona is large, proud and boisterous. Franco’s surpression of Catalan language and identity only served to heighten patriotism in the long run, and once again, calls for independence ring loud in the streets of the Catalan capital.

Barcelona oozes chic and attracts fashionistas from all over Europe and the wider world, enthralled by it’s wild Gaudi/Modernisme architecture, cutting edge cool and sizzling Mediterranean location. But local Barcelona still exists in abundance, in it’s densely packed working-class neighbourhoods one can find a sense of real identity, and with a bit of effort you’ll find both the new and the traditional. If you’re to get a real feel for the place, you need at least a couple of days and even then, you won’t want to leave.