The history of Barcelona is closely linked to that of the Catalan nation and the Catalan language. The language is an evolution of Latin, and is more similar to Provencal French than Castilian Spanish.
There are also very strong Catalan traditions, cultures and identity, making the people feel much more like Catalans than spanish.
In the 13th and 14th centuries there was a great Catalan expancion throughout the Mediterranean area. Today you can still see the traces of both Catalan commercial and military, in places like Sicily, Malta, Sardinia and even Athens.
FIESTA DE GRACIA
During the summer time from 15th to 21st of august, everybody are just waiting to celebrate the Gracia s Party called Fiesta major de Gracia.
Gracia is a area in barcelona, this area seems to be quiet with small streets, but you can find a lot of young people how are dring and enjoying in bar, mostly at the Plaza del Sol and the beautiful Plaza de la Virreina.
So during the gracia you will see the streets full of decoration and concerts where you can find every kind of music, rock, pop, african, brazilian, latino...., people are dancing, drinking , smoking, enjoying, a pure moment of happiness
The only problem is that around 4-5 am the cops are fired people, without comments.........
How to go there
Gràcia sont Joanic (L4), Alfons X (Metro L4), Fontana (L3) et Gracia (FGC).
C O L D
Don't forget to bring warm clothes if visiting from November to April as it CAN get very cold.... Most of the time the climate is pleasant though compared with the rest of Europe.
Average monthly temperatures at l'Observatori de Barcelona:
Sitges has been long...
Sitges has been long considered a watered down Ibiza City. However it has better beaches and won't find a crazier beach oriented nightlife than this on mainland Spain. This is a great day trip from Barcelona (40 minutes on the Cercanias Trains from Barcelona-Sants and M:Garcia every 15 minutes)
For All Your Barca Goodies!
Whether it's a Ronaldinho pencil case, a replica shirt, or a Camp Nou postcard, Barca's megastore has it all! Located within the stadium complex, the store covers two floors and you can easily immerse yourseld in there for hours. This is the place to go to get all your official merchandise!
The top floor hosts an array of Barca themed fashion wear, whilst the larger downstairs area has replica shirts, footwear, souvenirs, and even a pic 'n' mix sweet shop. There is also the opportunity to have your picture taken next to one of Barcelona's many superstars. Well not directly of course, but you can have it superimposed on there for a small fee. I saw one of these however, and it looked tacky and unrealistic, so I'd advise against getting one of these. But it is a bit of fun I guess. Depends on what your after, but if you intend to catch that evening's game, then get yourself a scarf, because you'll need to keep warm up there in the cheap seats.
The last time I went I bought myself a replica shirt with a name and number on the back (Puyol) and it looked the real deal. Sad I know, but the details are important. :) Being an official store, don't expect many bargains, most things are the regular price. However, there is usually a clearance area of old stock for you to trial.