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If you have decided to visit Barcelona, you definitely made the right decision! Barcelona is a very elegant city with a lot of art. This city is famous for its impressive history, culture, monuments, fantastic architecture, museums, galleries and interesting people. 

You can say a lot about this city, so below we summarized most of it for you into 10 interesting fun facts about Barcelona!

Saint George's Day is the Catalan Valentines Day

Saint George DaySaint George Day ( Día de Sant Jordi ), also known as el Dia de la Rosa ( The Day of the Rose) or el Dia del Libro ( The Day of the Book ) is a national Catalan holiday. Sant Jordi is more or less Barcelona's version of Valentine's Day. 

The story tells that Saint George slayed the dragon of Montblanc before it ate the beautiful princess. Due to this romantic act Sant Jordi day is celebrated as a romantic occasion.

The tradition is to exchange gifts between sweethearts, loved ones and friends. The man gives a rose to a woman as a sign of love, and the women gives a book, as a sign for eternal love in return. 

Barceloneta beaches are artificial

Barceloneta BeachThere were no beaches in Barcelona until 1992. The seaside of Barcelona was full of local industries, but it changed when Barcelona was hosting the Olympic Games. 

Now there are several beaches. Barcelona beach was listed as number one in a list of the top ten beach cities in the world according to National Geographic and Discovery Channel. Barcelona contains seven beaches with a 4.5 km coastline.  You can find the greatest bars, restaurants and hotels near the shore.

Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. July and August are the warmest months in Barcelona with temperatures from 25 to 31° which are ideal for beach holidays! 

The Sagrada Familia has taken longer to build than the Great Pyramids.

By comparison, the great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt only took 20 years to build, with ancient tools. So far this basilica has taken around 200 hundred years to be constructed.

The main feature of this building is its height , which equals 984 meters. Gaudí believed that the highest point in the city should be a natural god made structure, he was referring to the mountain of Montjuic, which is 984 feet above sea level.

What's the real story behind the Columbus monument?

ColumbusWhile not reaching the height of other prominent buildings, the Columbus Monument is essential and indispensable in the Barcelona skyline. The approximately 60 meter high elevator ride to the platform of the monument gives you a great view of the Ramblas, the yachting port of Barcelona in Port Vell and the shopping center Maremagnum.

The Columbus Monument was built in 1888 for the World Exposition. After reconstruction works, the monument was reopened in June 2013. It unites two of the most important roads of Barcelona: the traditional Ramblas and Passeig de Colon, right in front of the port of Barcelona. 

There are many interpretations about the location Columbus is pointing. A commonly mistaken idea is that he is pointing towards America, but America is in the opposite direction. Some believe the creator decided to create the statue pointing his hand out to sea, illustrating his achievements. 

Other opinions say that he points towards India, the destination he was originally trying to reach via a new route when he bumped into America. Finally, another school of thought believes that the statue points out the route to Genoa, which many say is his hometown.

The FC Barcelona Museum is the most visited museum of Barcelona 

Camp NouIn 2011, the FC Barcelona museum at Camp Nou was the most visited museum in Barcelona, and the third most visited museum in the whole of Spain, with 1,629,990 visitors.

Every year, the Barcelona Football Club attracts a lot of football fans worldwide. FC Barcelona, also known as Barça, is the most famous sport club in Barcelona. It was founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, British, Spanish and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper. In 2009, FC Barcelona established a unique achievement, becoming the only European club to win every possible major tournament in one year. Today FC Barcelona is the world's second-richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual turnover of $ 613 million and the third most valuable, worth $ 2.6 billion.

The club's home stadium, the Camp Nou, is the biggest stadium in Europe with capacity for 100,000 people. 

Las Ramblas is actually 5 different avenues

Barcelona is very well known for it 's wonderful 2 kilometer long boulevard "Las Ramblas ". Las Ramblas is the heart of Barcelona, which is located in the old quarter called - "Gothic Quarter". La Rambla street is busy throughout the day and night, and is a famous meeting point for tourists. There are many restaurants with Spanish food and shops with souvenirs. Every day there are more than 150,000 people taking a walk along this street. The main feature of the Rambla Street is that it's divided into five separate avenues flowing smoothly into each other. 

  • Rambla de Canaletes - the site of the Font de Canaletes fountain
  • Rambla dels Estudis - the site of an open-air market for caged birds and other small pets, which no longer exists
  • Rambla de Sant Josep - the site of an open-air flower market
  • Rambla dels Caputxins - Liceu opera-house
  • Rambla de Santa Mònica - arts center

Eixample street corners are cut off to allow a turning radius for trams.

Barcelona streetsArchitects from around the world come to Barcelona to see examples of modern architecture. Many of them come here to get inspiration for their new ideas. On arrival here, a lot of people were delighted with the unusual architecture around the streets, specially the buildings in Eixample, which are laid out in a grid system. They were designed by urban planner Ildefons Cerdà in the middle of the 19th century. Almost all the blocks have their corners cut off, this was originally planned to accommodate a system of Steam Trams, which have a large turning radius. However, the trams never became a reality. Each block was supposed to be a self-contained community, with a green space in the center, but this idea was also largely ignored when it came to building the district.

Barcelona has 12 abandoned metro stations – and they are haunted!

metroArchitecture and good climate attracts many tourists to Barcelona, however recently mysticism has become somewhat of a tourist draw. And what could be more mysterious than a haunted metro station. Today in Barcelona, there are 12 abandoned stations between subway and commuter trains. However, more and more fans of adventure and mystery come to Barcelona to visit some of the Ghost Metro stations. In 2011, a special scary metro tour started that went through the Lau Pau and Sagrada Familia Line. What was unique about this tour was that it ventured through the abandoned "Gaudi" station, where people swore they saw shadows and shapes of ghosts. If you are brave enough, you can enjoy this amazing scary tour!!! Check out Mysteries and legends in Barcelona Metro.

Gaudi's Alive House

Casa MilaCasa Milà is another of Gaudi's masterpiece and it was built in the early 20th century. The second name of this unique structure is "La Pedrera". After passing the ticket booth you will immediately find yourself in an ordinary modern elevator that leads you to the spiral staircase and takes you up to the roof. On the roof, you can see some famous sculptural figures, at the same time acting as ventilation shafts. Casa Milà was called alive house, because its appearance and architecture is all meanders, bends and swims, which makes it look exactly like a living organism.

Barcelona the only city that receives Royal Gold Medal

Barcelona is the first and only city that received a Royal Gold Medal for architecture in 1999. This honor for architecture is awarded annually since 1848, by the Royal Institute of British Architects on behalf of the British monarch, in recognition of an individual’s or group’s substantial contribution to international architecture. The city's architecture has had a huge influence on many contemporary architects around the world.


  • Comment Link jordan Friday, 02 August 2013 17:03 posted by jordan

    pretty cool i think Barcelona is the place to live

  • Comment Link Connor Hagen Saturday, 18 May 2013 19:09 posted by Connor Hagen

    This'll definitely help for my Spanish 2 project!

  • Comment Link laura gimenez Monday, 13 May 2013 18:28 posted by laura gimenez

    that are good facts about Spain.

  • Comment Link Ben Evans Wednesday, 17 April 2013 19:42 posted by Ben Evans

    Thanks, didn't know Barcelona was the fourth most visited city in Europe! Barcelona is better than Paris and Rome for photographers wanting creative pictures IMO. The Parisian photographers have an amazing legacy, bu Barcelona is a very exciting place at the moment for photography!

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