Things Catalan, Barcelona
Probably the catalan tradition with more success and recognized internationally. Build human towers is based on three
principles: force, balance and common sense. It's very exciting to see this one spectacle in the squares.
If you have never seen the astonishing castells, there is a chance to see them live during all the year in many places of Catalunya.
The season begins in February and finishes in November. The most important shows are in Vilafranca del Penedès (august), Tarragona and Barcelona (september), Valls (october) and Terrassa (november).
If you have any doubt about the way they are made, please don’t be affread to ask anyone in the square. Please, keep your glass off if it happens that you are invited to place yourself on the basis to give a hand.
for some bizarre reason, barcelona, one of the coolest cities in the world always finds itself looking to london for approval. as a result people speaking english are very well treated in barcelona, by the young at any rate. people will give you a chance and listen to when you speak english, even if they're trying to chuck you out!
barcelonans are catalan people not spanish, remember that, not that they'll let u forget!
Photo: Catalonian's Region Flag 'La senyera'. There are many differences between the regions in Spain. In Catalonia, there are two official languages: Spanish and Catalonian. Catalonian is spoken by more than 7 million people (more than Danish, Norwish Finish...!), and is a very beautiful language. People in Barcelona and in the rest of catalonia is nice and open-minded and will help you if you have any problem, so don't worry! ;·)
When you come to Barcelona, you should know it's the chapital of Catalonia, a sort of little country inside of Spain. We don't dance flamenco or see bullfighting every sunday as some people could think. There is a specific catalan culture that you can enjoy here.
For example, don't forget dancing a sardana in front of the cathedral. Or if you are lucky, and there is some festival in the city, you will see the castellers (something like a human tower), really unforgetable.
Catalan is the natural language in Catalonia, but everybody can speak spanish here, so no problem for tourists.
Barcelona is located in the province of Cataluña/Catalunya and both Spanish and Catalan are spoken. People generally feel Catalan not Spanish (during Barcelona - Real Madrid in 2002 there was a giant banner in the stadium that read: Cataluña is not Spain) and a lot of things tend to be written in Catalan: menus and information signs for example. Both usually there is a Spanish version too. It is often appreciated if you say ´Adeu´ (a-DE-u) when you leave (instead of ´Adios´).
The Catalan language was more similar to me to French and Latin than to Spanish. You can often identify it by endings like -tat, -its, -oa and -ou.
Another very 'Catalan' thing is the 'Gegants' (Giants): Great figures representing most of the time kings & queens. They are also present in major Catalan town local parties. Barcelona's Giants are called Jaume (like me !) and Violant. Giants come out on local patron parties to dance and walking around the streets.
11th September is Catalonia's National Day.
From the following link from the Wikipedia you can get information about it
Apart from institutional acts and demonstrations there are also concerts.
It will be a good opportunity to know where you are, as many tourists who visit Barcelona are absolutely unaware of the fact that they are in Catalonia and how different it is from the rest of Spain.
People in Barcelona are proud Catalans. Don't call them spanish. No one will beat you for doing so, but they be much more friendly if you recognize their cultural identity. Pick up a few catalan phrases and things will be much nicer.
you need money or just need a BANK....
In every country these Public Services have different colours, now you know that like a bull you have to go for red.......hahaha