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Basic Information about Barcelona

Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, is popular for artistic monuments like the Sagrada Familia along with 20 other monuments designed by Antonio Gaudi. 

The glistening city is known for nighttime adventures which included Sunset in Tibidabo, a light show at Montjuic Fountain, open-air cinema and shows.

This article covers all the basic information about Barcelona city.

History

The richness of the history of Barcelona is derived from the ancient Romans who settled in the city around the 1st century.

Barcelona has seen ages of the destruction of monuments but it still managed to preserve a good number of historical monuments.

The most prominent of all are Casa Mila, La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Palau Guell and the Cathedral of Barcelona. 

Famous monumentsYear of construction
Cathedral of Barcelona1298 to 1448
Reial Major Palaca1359 to 1362
Saint James Square1369
La Sagrada Familia1888

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Cultural festivals

Barcelona is known for its year-round cultural festivals which especially include music. 

Barcelona’s culture has unique celebrations like human dancing giants, human pyramids and dancing sardanas. 

The music culture is now modernized and the city offers music festivals like Electric Sonar, Barcelona Jazz Festival and Primavera sound.  

This ancient city is flooded with street sculptures, graffiti and mosaics at every corner, a perfect cause for street tours.

Languages

Barcelona’s citizens are majorly bilingual and easily switch between Spanish and Catalan. 

Barcelona’s language, Catalan has a close resemblance to Italian. 

Galician (gallego) and Basque (Vasco) are the other two languages that are used the most in the city. 

Geography

Barcelona’s climate is known for beautiful beaches and sunsets with a 600-meter-long shoreline with the Mediterranean sea. 

Bogatell Beach is especially crowded with tourists sunbathing, windsurfing, kite surfing and kayaking.

Close to the fishing village, La Barceloneta and Sant Sebastia Beach are crowded with locals with a variety of seafood cuisine and tapas venues.

The weather in the city is mostly mild with close to zero natural catastrophes.

Such pleasant weather calls for festivals like Sala Montjuic outdoor film festival to best enjoy the weather and Holi for the hot summers.

Currency

Currency
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Spain being a member of the European Union, Barcelona has used the Euro as its official currency since 1977. 

Before using Euro, the Barcelona currency used to be Peseta along with French Franc till 2002. 

Time Zone

Barcelona belongs to the time zone of Central European (GMT+01:00). 

The city comes under the same time zone as Paris, Berlin and Rome. 

For summer, the time zone changes to Central European Summer Time (GMT+02:00) between March and October.

Local Laws

Barcelona has some of the most shocking local laws such as drinking in the street is considered illegal. 

Bikinis or topless outfits are exclusively for the beaches and not for streetwear.  

Skating on the streets is reserved exclusively for skating parks. 

Legal age

Even as a tourist, you must know some legal information about Barcelona. 

The drinking age is 16 years old but the bars are restricted to 18 years old and above.

To buy cigarettes, the buyer should be at least 18 years old. 

The driving age is 16 years old, but a 14-year-old can drive a moped.

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