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Information and background about Barcelona

Here you will find interesting and useful facts and background information about Barcelona. What typical celebrations, festivals and events are celebrated in Barcelona, which languages are spoken by the locals? We tell the story of the city of Barcelona, of Barcelona FC and why modernism is so widespread in Barcelona.
Barcelona has produced many famous personalities. Here you can get to know some of them.

Districts of Barcelona

Districts of Barcelona

Each neighbourhood in Barcelona has its own identity and characteristics. All have their very peculiar road layout, appearance of houses and life on the streets.

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Map of Barcelona - the sights on the map

City map of Barcelona

Here you will find the sights of Barcelona on a city map for quick orientation. Just click the corresponding logo on the map to receive more information.

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Travel season and climate

Climate and travel periods

The Barcelona climate is fairly temperate due to its location on the Mediterranean. Winter and summer in Barcelona each have their own appeal.

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Current events in Barcelona

Barcelona currently

In our section "Barcelona currently" we describe traditional and modern events that are important in Barcelona, their backgrounds and their charm. Each year thousands of visitors come to Barcelona to experience these events.

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Useful information for your Barcelona trip

Useful holiday information A-Z

Here you will find the information you need for your trip to Barcelona, for example how to find a doctor,the use of public transport, parking in Barcelona, emergency numbers and questions of costumes/duty requirements.

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Some advice for disabled people

Some advice for disabled people

Barcelona is well prepared for the special needs of people with disabilities. Public transportation is generally accessible for both mobility-impaired and visually impaired people. Furthermore there are many places of interest that are equipped for wheelchair users. Also the majority of hotels have rooms that are established for people with special needs.

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Catalan recipes and tapas recipes

Catalonian recipes

Enjoy a taste of Barcelona and the Mediterranean with our typical Catalan and Spanish delicacies, which you can make at home. With our delicious tapas recipes, you can also experience the Spanish-Catalan lifestyle at home.

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Barcelona's history from the Roman period to date

Barcelona`s history

The settlement history of Barcelona began in the second Century BC with Barcino, the largest known Roman settlement outside of Rome. But the Gothic and modernist eras have also left visible traces. Fortunately the legacies of the dismal period of Franco's dictatorship have been eliminated.
The history of Barcelona has also been shaped by the quest for independence and preservation of its own cultural identity.

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Modernism - Catalan art nouveau

Modernisme - Barcelona formative period of art

There is almost no other architectural style - apart from Gothic - that has influenced the face of Barcelona as much as the Modernisme - the Catalan art nouveau. The epoch of Modernisme left the city with a unique cultural heritage. This is proven by the fact that no other city has as many buildings on the UNESCO World Heritage List as Barcelona. The list for Barcelona contains nine entries, and all of them are works from the Modernisme.

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Famous personalities in the history of Barcelona

Famous personalities

Barcelona has produced many world famous personalities. In particular, artists and architects such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dali, Antoni Tàpies, Lluis Domènech i Montaner and the towering Anoni Gaudí.

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Barcelona's languages

Barcelona's languages

In Catalonia, two official languages are spoken: Spanish and Catalan. Both are Roman languages. Catalan predominates in official areas such as universities and public authorities. In museums comments are always provided in two languages - in addition, of course, translations are also given in the languages of the guests. You can also download our phrasebook.

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Tourist information in Barcelona

Tourist information centres

In the tourist information you can buy books, postcards, souvenirs, information on events and museums. Even here, you receive free maps. These are usually quite sufficient to navigate in Barcelona.

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Our attractions for families to the sights of Barcelona and surrounding area

Attractions for families

Barcelona offers many places that families with children will enjoy. Whether sights, guided tours, cycle trips which children and parents will have fun on, or a visit to the amusement park. There's something for everyone.

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Luggage Storage in Barcelona

Luggage Storage / Lockers in Barcelona

In Barcelona you can safely store your luggage at several places. This is ideal if you arrive by boat, for example, and have some time before flying back. So you can relax and enjoy your time.

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Driving car in Barcelona

Driving and Parking in Barcelona

Generally, we don't advise driving by car in Barcelona. It is chaotic and difficult for Non-Spanish people standard and parking spaces are rare and expensive. Alternatively, you have a very well-developed public transport with buses and subways which easily take you to all places of interest.

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Matching offers in our shop
Barcelona Card

Save a lot of money: enjoy reduced and free admission and use the public transport for free.

ab 43,70 €

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Hop on hop off bus

Discorver Barcelona with the double decker bus and get on and off wherever you want.

ab 28,50 €

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Casa Batlló without standing in line

Book tickets for the Casa Batlló, one of the most beautiful buildings in Barcelona. No standing in line.

ab 21,50 €

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Flamenco and dinner

Experience authentic and first class flamenco in Barcelona, as well as a delicate dinner with andalusian specialities.

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GoCars tours with GPS

A lot of fun - the audio guide with GPS will lead you through the city.

ab 30,00 €

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Coastal tour

Book a special view over the city: a coastal tour with the Golondrinas.

ab 14,90 €

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Tickets Camp Nou Tour:

New: Tickets directly by e-mail!
Book here tickets for the Camp Nou Tour.
Take a look behind the scenes of Europe's largest football stadium.