Introduction to Barcelona
Hola Barcelona! One of the most vibrant and exciting destinations in Europe, Spain’s second-largest city of Barcelona is a popular travel hotspot on the Mediterranean coastline with cultural sights, a sunny climate and a renowned party scene. The capital of the autonomous region of Catalonia in the north-eastern part of Spain, in Barcelona, locals are Catalan first and Spanish second. Visitors will notice official signs in Catalan – a language more akin to French - rather than Spanish (Castellano). This historic and cultural heritage can be seen in the city’s unique festivals, cuisine and art.
With a population of over 1.6 million (and up to 5 million in the metro area), Barcelona came into prominence from the early 20th century and onwards when it hosted the 1929 International Exposition and then the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. Former independent towns like Gracià and Sarrià became part of the burgeoning cityscape yet still retain their distinct appeal and identity. Barcelona’s mix of the old and new through architecture, narrow alleyways and wide boulevards, and varied cultural spaces make the city an appealing and Instagram-ready holiday destination.
To do Barcelona like a local, know that lunch is from 2pm to 4pm and dinner doesn’t start until after 9pm. And don’t bother heading out until after 2am – most nightclubs don’t get busy ‘til 3am. Another tip is to leave the shorts at home to avoid looking like a tourist. Like most European cities, Barcelona locals are a stylish lot and wouldn’t be seen dead in ultra-casual gear favouring fitted clothing and coordinated styles instead.
With a heady mix of culture, sun and unique sights and a distinctly unique lifestyle all of its own, Barcelona is a must-visit city - what are you waiting for?