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Barcelona

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"Barcelona: The Paris of Spain"

Barcelona Tourism

Hans Christian Anderson described Barcelona as the "Paris of Spain" because of its resemblance with the French atmosphere. The city has a beautiful charm and a rich cultural significance. It is the capital city of autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain and the second largest city in Spain.

With a population of over two million people, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. Located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, Barcelona has a rich history and a wide range of attractions for the tourists from across the globe. The city is filled with galleries, museums, medieval monuments and many other special attractions. it is also a major commercial and industrial centre. It is situated along the Mediterranean coast and the towering mountains provide the perfect backdrop for the city. The city is the capital of Barcelona province, as well as, of the autonomous region Catalunya. It is a gateway to few of the best tourists spots in the entire world like Costa Brava, Tarragona and Costa Dorada. Barcelona is also the chocolate producing centre for Spain. This city has everything that a European city is famous for- markets, restaurants, museums, churches and shops. The centre of the town provides life and enjoyment, whereas, the beaches near the city are the place for complete relaxation.¾

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Barcelona Customs

People should dress decently while travelling. One must be well mannered with the guides and shopkeepers and maintain proper relationship with them. One generally does not need to pay a tip as that is included within the bill. However, if the restaurant is not taking extra charges, you must not ignore the tipping. There is a legend in the city that if you drink the water from fountains on las Ramblas, you may come back to Barcelona one day.¾

Language of Barcelona

Barcelona has two official languages, Catalan and Spanish. Some of the basic phrases used are Hola (Hello), Adios(Goodbye), Gracias (Thanks) and Perdone (Sorry).

History of Barcelona

The exact foundation of the city is not known, but the remains of the settlement suggest that thousands of years ago humans inhabited here. The legend says that Hannibal's father founded Barcelona in the 3rd century BC, but it has no clear evidence. The Romans established their military camp of Faventia around 15 BC and even now, there are places in Barcelona that hint towards its Roman Past. During the 5th century, Barcelona was captured by the Visigoths and it was then made the capital of Gothic Spain. By the 8th century, the city was invaded by the Islamic people, but the French wrested it into Christian hands in 801. The city remained the hot spot of insurgency for a long time. During the Spanish Civil war in 1930s, Barcelona stood by Republicanism, but then it was overrun by the communists and anarchists. In the recent decades, it has gained importance as an economic centre and one of the busiest ports in Europe.¾

Nightlife in Barcelona

Barcelona offers a wide range of nightlife activities and there are numerous terraces, nightclubs and halls where you can enjoy. The city has an old heritage of local beers and wines and you can find them in the various bars of Barcelona. Some of the best places to grab a drink are La Vinya Del Senyor, Lo Pinyol, Espit Chupitos and Raimon Social Club. There are also different tapas bars and pubs in Barcelona. The best areas for enjoying nightlife are Gracia, Eixample, Poble Nou and the port.¾

Shopping in Barcelona

Barcelona has over 35000 shops and is considered to be the shopping capital of Spain. There is a shopping line that stretches along the Las Ramblas pedestrian pathway and that place has very little traffic. If you are in Barcelona, do not forget to pick up excellent antiques from Passeig de Gracia or Carrrer del Consell de Cent. You must also check out the two flea markets, one held at the Colum and the other in the square outside Barcelona Cathedral. La Boqueira is a huge public market at Ciutat Vella that can be visited for produce and goods.¾

Currency in Barcelona

Being a part of the European Union and the Euro Zone, the currency used in Spain is Euro. People from any of the countries under European Union could travel to Spain without worrying about exchanging currency. Notes with denominations of five ten, twenty, hundred, two hundred and five hundred are made available. The coins start with a one cent piece and ends with a two euro one.¾

Exchanging Money in Barcelona

The rate of exchange of currency keeps varying from time to time. Travellers are advised to bring traveller cheques, credit cards and about 2 days worth of Euros. There are Spanish auto banks where anyone with a visa based card can withdraw cash in Euro. One may also withdraw cashing using switch cards. The credit cards are acceptable in most shops and restaurants.¾

Daily Budget for Barcelona

The daily budget in Barcelona ranges from EUR 60-80. Apart from the accommodation charges, money is spent mostly on food and travel costs. A set lunch meal costs around EUR 10. Most people hire bicycles for getting around and those cost around EUR 5 per hour.¾

Religion of Barcelona

Barcelona is mostly Catholic. Islam is the second largest religion after Christianity.

Restaurants and Local Food in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city that has more than 20 Michelin star restaurants. However, the cuisine of Barcelona is pretty inconsistent, but you can still get good food at reasonable prices. You can get food from all over the world in Barcelona, but make sure to try some Catalan Food. One can get some amazing seafood here. Waffles are generally sold in street stands and they are really very tempting. The Catalans generally eat three course meals and you must surely try out those. You can check out these for some amazing food: Barceloneta, Barri Gotic, Eixample Esquerra, El Born and Carrer de Blai.¾
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