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Barcelona - atmosphere - r.p. photo

,, For me, Barcelona is one of those rare cities where I could happily spend the rest of my life. It’s a city that fizzes with energy, with a huge number of sights, great people, sandy beaches, a thousand parties and many outstanding daytrips on offer.

Reaching the city center, you’re struck by that typical Catalan atmosphere – here there’s no stress, everything’s fine, and the air feels thick with happiness hormones. The city is best encapsulated in the – too often emulated – style of Gaudi, which I find enormously life-affirming and positive. He imbued his architecture with a real piquancy, and I think it has no equal in the world. In contrast to Rome, for example, where everyone is amazed by the remnants of the distant past, here it’s the atmosphere of embracing the present and looking towards the future which captivates.

In this enormous city we come across some color, some little instant of pleasure, at every street corner – whether it’s gorgeous architecture or a creative piece of wall art. Every district is characterized by a unique atmosphere, there are no boring parts of town, and everywhere we found something unbelievably unique or charming." (me, 2019)


Practicals

Transport

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Barcelona - tourist bus - a.h. photo

Barcelona - public bus (TMB) - a.h. photo

Barcelona - multicolor - ata photo

Food

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Barcelona - serrano ham -v.j.

Barcelona - snacks - ata photo

Barcelona - La Boqueria Market - e.p. photo

Barcelona - La Maroteca seafood restaurant (La Maroteca Pescado Salvaje Aribau) - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Fun

Best nightclubs:

Cocoa, even if it is far away from the center (1 hour and 15 minutes) is worth it.
Razzmatazz, a classic, the best club with five rooms like Hip-hop, Pop, Techno, Reggeaton, etc.)
La Barceloneta is in front of the beach, and you have three leading clubs: Pacha, Opium & Shoko. Made for tourists, and you got to like Reggeaton/Pop/Techno music.
Otto Zutz, is the club if you want Rap and Trap music
Monday nights, go to “la Sala Appolo” for the Nasty Mondays, two rooms: Techno and Rock, it’s incredible.

Barcelona - drummers - i.v. photo

Public safety

“My only bad experience in Barcelona: an attempted robbery! I was walking up a set of steps with my mom, and we were very close to the entrance to the Teleféric. Unfortunately there was nobody behind us on the steps, just two men coming down them towards us. When they were close to us, one of them asked us in Spanish what the time was. We kept walking and didn’t answer, but one of them grabbed my mom by the arm and tried to take her phone. It’s strange, but they didn’t try to rob me. I was in shock, and for about five seconds it rushed through my head what a disaster it would be if they took my bag, since it had all our money and documents in it.

Fortunately in the end they didn’t manage to steal anything, and apart from the fright it gave us we were both fine. There were a few people at the top of the steps, and when they heard that something was happening they rushed over, but we told them that nothing had been stolen.

Before our trip I’d already read in many places that Barcelona is a pickpocket’s paradise, but I didn’t think it would happen to us. All I can say is, keep an eye on your valuables if you’re going to Barcelona! (Agnes, 2020)

Others

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Barcelona - Arco de Triunfo (from 1888) - Elter photo

Background

Barcelona -v.j. photo

Destination in brief

Population (2020): 1.5 million

8.1 million tourists visited Barcelona in 2019.

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 1450 Euro (while in Madrid:
1650 Euro)



Barcelona - Old Town

History

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Nowadays

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Barcelona - African street vendors downtime - ata photo

Attractions

Sagrada Familia

Barcelona - Sagrada Familia - eternal construction - Elter photo

Barcelona - Sagrada Familia - interior - Elter photo

Barri Gòtic

Barcelona - Plaça Reial, a square in the Barri Gòtic - i.v. photo

Casa Batlló - Casa MilaGüell Palace - works of Gaudi

Barcelona - Casa Batlló - a work of Gaudi - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Barcelona - Casa Mila - a work of Gaudi - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Barcelona - Güell Palace - a work by Gaudi - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Columbus Monument

Barcelona - Columbus Monument - Elter photo

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau & Palau de la Música Catalana

Barcelona - Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau - a former hospital - (Together with Palau de la Música Catalana, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Barcelona - Palau de la Música Catalana, a concert hall - Viktor Ohotin's photo

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