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Catalunya (Catalonia)

Barcelona and Girona belong to Catalunya. The locals speak catalan which is very close to spanish. Catalan in all its variants is spoken over an area with a population of 10 million people.
Catalunya has its own flag called Senyera. It shows four red bars alternating with five yellow ones, all of the same width.
Since 1980 september 11th is declared as the Catalan national holiday.

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Jun 28, 2003

Catalan culture

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.

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Apr 16, 2003

Catalan customs!

Take a look to the local customs in my Catalonia page. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. You can have an idea about different local customs as the 'human- towers' , national celebrations...

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Apr 01, 2003


Catalunya is the state Barcelona is in. Despite the repression during the 36-year Franco regime of all local dialects and cultures, Catalán as a language made a come back on the dictator's timely death and the Catalán flags started flying again.

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Mar 02, 2003
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Newspapers and Media

The main newspaper in Barcelona are La Vanguardia, El Pais and El Periodico in Spanish. They are also Catalan newspaper, such as Avui and the Catalan version of el Periodico. The newspaper costs around 1 Euro, but on Sundays and when there is a special supplement the price can rise to 2 Euro or more. You can find daily newspapers from around the world at most centrally located newspaper kiosks.

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Jan 18, 2003

for some bizarre reason,...

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!

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Sep 07, 2002


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.

Sep 05, 2002

Photo: Catalonian's Region...

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! ;·)

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Aug 26, 2002

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"Barcelona,one of the most beautiful Spanish cities"
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People in Barcelona are proud...

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.

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Aug 26, 2002

Another very 'Catalan' thing...

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.

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Aug 24, 2002

You have to Know that...

You have to Know that Barcelona isn't Spain. It's Catalonia and we don't speak spanish, we speak catalan, we make things
different of spain.. if you find Toros and Sevillanas Barcelona isn't your city! But you can find Castellers(human towers), good gastronomy and other culturals topics

Aug 24, 2002


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

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Apr 04, 2011

Things To Do Near Barcelona

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Parc de la Ciutadella

This building, located in the middle of the park near the boating lake, is the Catalan parliament. Also in the park are a few museums and the Barcelona zoo - once home to Barcelona's unofficial...
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Museu Picasso - Picasso Museum

This collection of works by Picasso is housed in 5 medieval houses all joined seemlessly together after many years of renovations. Although not born in Barcelona, Picasso spent some years in the city...
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Museu d'Historia de Catalunya - Catalan History Museum

This museum opened during 1943 and one of its major attractions is to take a walk underground and view the streets of the Roman and medieval city. We were on a tour and did not have time to enter the...
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Museu de la Xocolata - Chocolate Museum

This is a museum about chocolate. I love chocolate and found the visit interesting. The exhibition starts with cacao and how it was used in America. And then how it came to Europe and later with the...
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Barcelona Walking Tours Gotic

This Great tour, organized by Turisme de Barcelona, offers you the possibility to walk by the Gothic Quarter, with an experimented guide that will explain you the history of all the hidden corners of...
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Santa Caterina Market - Mercat de Santa Caterina

In Bari Gotic neat the Santa Caterina church is the food market Mercat de Santa Caterina. Much smaller the Boqueria, it still has those wonderful smells and lots of vendors selling all sorts of...
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