Architecture: Most famously the works of Gaudi can be seen all over Barcelona but there is more to the city than just Gaudi, in 1999 Barcelona won the 1999 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for architecture which is the first and only time the winner has been a city and not a person.
Beaches: Barcelona beach has been listed as number one in the top ten city beaches by National Geographic and Discovery Channel. There are 7 beaches in total , stretching along 4.5 kilometres of coastline, including Sant Sebastià, Barceloneta and Somorrostro beaches which are the largest and most frequently populated in Barcelona.
Climate: Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate averaging 20°C, see “Weather in Barcelona” for more details.
Districts: Barcelona is divided into 10 districts each with its own council. The city centre districts are Ciutat Vella and Eixample and the beach district is Sant Marti. Football fans will be most interested in the Les Corts district where you will find FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou.
Economy: Barcelona is one of the richest regions in Europe. It is the 14th most livable city in the world, according to Monocle magazine and it occupies 13th place in the Innovation Cities Index.
Gaudi: He is one of the outstanding figures of Catalan culture, not only an architect but he also designed furniture and worked in town planning and landscaping.
History: Barcelona has a rich cultural history, read more about it HERE.
Intercambios: The absolute best way to learn a new language is to speak to the locals. Intercambio or language exchange groups provide a mutually beneficial way to learn and it is also a great way to integrate in a new country and cullture.
Jazz: The Barcelona jazz festival is an annual event and in held from October to December.
Kynoto Sushi Bar: Man cannot live on tapas alone, this place is a must try for Japanese food lovers.
Language: Catalan is a language spoken by about 12 million people. It is the official language of Andorra and an official language, along with Spanish, in Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands.
Mediterranean: Catalonia is on the Mediterranean coast and includes the Costa Brava and the Costa Dorada which attract many thousands of tourists each year. The climate, the food and the lifestyle are amongst the healthiest ways to live in the world.
Nightlife: The nightlife in Barcelona is amazing and varied from bars and restaurants to night clubs and dance clubs plus there is always a party going on somewhere! See “Cultural Events in Barcelona“.
Observatory: The Fabra Observatory in Barcelona is where the comet 32P/Comas Solà was discovered by Josep Comas Solà
Parks: Barcelona contains sixty-eight municipal parks,of which twelve are historic parks, five are thematic (botanical) parks, forty-five are urban parks and six are forest parks. The most famous being Park Guell designed by Gaudi.
Quality of life: Barcelona is the European city with the best quality of life for its workers. A city that, as well as a pleasant climate with sun and sand all year round, has a wonderful rich culture, a modern health care system accessible by all, safe and efficient public transport, a Mediterranean lifestyle and an urban environment with its own special character.
Ramblas (Las): Las Ramblas is a street in Barcelona and is approximately 1.2 kilometres long with Port Vell at the Southern most end and Plaça Catalunya at the northern most end. It is primarily pedestrianised with only two narrow one-way traffic roads which run on either side of the central Ramblas Boulevard.
Sagrada Familia: The Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, is one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions. Construction on this church will continue for at least another decade, but it has already become Barcelona’s most important landmark in the opinion of some.
Tourism: Barcelona has more than 10 million visitors a year, attracted by the cities culture and the proximity to the beach, Barcelona really does have it all.
University: The university of Barcelona was founded in 1450, it was the only university in Catalonia until 1971 when the university of Catalonia was founded. See “Schools in Barcelona” for more education options.
Vicens (Casa): Is a family residence in Barcelona designed by Antoni Gaudí and built for industrialist Manuel Vicens. It was Gaudí’s first important work. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Works of Antoni Gaudí” in 2005.
World Heritage sites: The designated World Heritage Site consists of the following works by Gaudí:
- Parque Güell
- Palacio Güell
- Casa Mila
- Casa Vicens
- Nativity Façade and Crypt of the Sagrada Familia
- Casa Batlló
- Crypt at the Colònia Güell
Youth Acadamy: La Masia is the youth academy training building for FC Barcelona, something to work towards for those budding footballers in the family.
Zoo: A must see in Barcelona for children and adults alike.
For other events see our “Cultural Events in Barcelona” page.