8 Facts of Barcelona You Wouldn’t Mind to Know

A journey through Spain would be incomplete without this amazing city. Find out what unique experience you can get in Barcelona!
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8 Facts of Barcelona You Wouldn’t Mind to Know

🍫 Museum of Chocolate

If you got the taste not only for exquisite architecture but for sweet treats as well, the Museu de la Xocolata (Museum of Chocolate) is an obligatory stop on your itinerary. There you can enjoy chocolate sculptures depicting many iconic landmarks including the famous cathedral of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family). Visitors aren’t allowed to take a bite out of history, though.

Museu de la Xocolata or Chocolate Museum located in the Born district in Barcelona
Museu de la Xocolata or Chocolate Museum located in the Born district in Barcelona (image via shutterstock.com)



💪 Giants and Acrobats

Fiestas de la Merced is one of the most memorable carnivals you could visit in Spain. Giant papier-mâché figures of gigantes y cabezudos (giants and big-heads) march on the streets, while groups of performers called castellers build human towers (castell, or “castle”) with their own bodies. The highest tower was built in 2012: it reached a height of 40 feet and consisted of 8 levels of human blocks.

A castell in the process of construction.
Castellers build a human tower during the local Festivities of La Mercè in Barcelona. Fiestas de la Merced is a typical Catalan tradition and UNESCO heritage (image via shutterstock.com)

🧊 Ice Barcelona

Even the soft Mediterranean climate may be tiresome, so you may try the ice bar Icebarcelona located on Somorrostro beach. As the name suggests, the bar’s interior is made completely out of ice and creates a pretty chill atmosphere.

IceBarcelona, the world's first Ice bar at the beach; it is completely made of ice (walls, furnishing, bar) and kept at a temperature of -5°C
IceBarcelona, the world's first Ice bar at the beach; it is completely made of ice (walls, furnishing, bar) and kept at a temperature of -5°C (image via shutterstock.com)



🌹 Spanish Valentine’s Day

Barcelona, of course, has its own version of Valentine ’s Day. On 23 April the locals celebrate Día de San Jorge (Saint George’s Day), also known as Día de la Rosa (Day of the Rose) and Día del Libro (Day of the Book). On this day couples exchange gifts, mostly roses, and books, as symbols of never-ending love and faithfulness.

Saint George's Day (La Diada de Sant Jordi in Catalan) is traditionally celebrated in several regions of Spain
Saint George's Day (La Diada de Sant Jordi in Catalan) is traditionally celebrated in several regions of Spain (image via shutterstock.com)

🏠 House of Imagination

Antoni Gaudí’s work is basically everywhere in the city. Numerous buildings bear the mark of the architect’s wild imagination, but it is his Casa Milà (Milà’s house) that offers the most unforgettable experience. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that the house lacks any load-bearing walls; its humongous weight is supported only by the façade. This explains why the interior of Casa Milà is so different from floor to floor.

Street view of Casa Milà
Casa Mila of Antoni Gaudi is one of the most important tourist attractions in Barcelona (image via shutterstock.com)



🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️City of Walking

Barcelona is a paradise for fans of walking, jogging, strolling, and other healthy means of transportation since the city has lots of pedestrian streets including the 0.75-mile-long La Rambla running through the city center. The main purpose of pedestrian zones is to combat exceptionally high rates of driving accidents on the city roads, so be careful when crossing the road.

La Rambla is a pedestrian street in central Barcelona, between El Raval and Barri Gotic districts
La Rambla is a pedestrian street in central Barcelona, between El Raval and Barri Gotic districts (image via shutterstock.com)

🕸️ Gothic Quarter

Admirers of macabre Gothic architecture should appreciate the ancient Barrio Gótico (Gothic Quarter). It dates back to the Roman times, and over centuries the quarter became a shadowy labyrinth of paved streets and imposing medieval buildings, which make a great contrast with the cheerful mood of Barcelona.

Covered bridge between two buildings in the Gothic Quarter.

🏖️ New Purpose

Beaches of Barcelona are generally renowned as the most comfortable on the Mediterranean coast which hadn’t been the case until the 1992 Summer Olympics. Previously, the city coast was quite an unpleasant dump of industrial waste and was gentrified only during the preparation for the Games. Don’t let your freshly acquired knowledge spoil your summer vacation, though. Or learn about other beach vacation destinations Spain is offering: Mallorca and Ibiza.

Barcelona city beach, 400 meters long, is one of the best 10 urban beaches of the world
Barcelona city beach, 400 meters long, is one of the best 10 urban beaches of the world (image via shutterstock.com)

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