Barcelona Travel Facts

Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Quick Facts:

Population: 1.6 million
Language: Spanish
Currency: The Euro 1€ = 100 Cents
Time Zone: GMT +1

Popular Sights:

Museu Picasso - The museum has the most important works by the young Pablo Picasso, focusing on the years that he lived in Barcelona.
La Sagrada Familia - Still unfinished, this Cathedral is the work of Barcelona’s design genius Antoni Gaudi.
Barri Gótic - The center of old Barcelona, this district is filled with cafés, bars and medieval buildings from the 14th and 15th centuries. You’ll also find the Barri Gótic Cathedral – one of Spain’s greatest Gothic buildings.
La Pederra - Designed by Gaudi this apartment block is one of the world’s architectural wonders with its uneven stone design and wave effect. Visitors can tour the building and from the roof enjoy spectacular views over the city. There is also a museum dedicated to Gaudi’s work located in the building.
La Rambla - This boulevard is for pedestrians only and is filled with performers, street sellers, a bird market, the Mercat de la Boqueria (Europe’s best produce market) as well as an opera house.

Shopping:

Barcelona is rated among Europe's cities of style and is a meeting place for the fashion-conscious. You’ll find everything from books to jewels to haute couture and designer furniture – generally at a lower price than in cities like London and Paris. Several flea markets can also be found in squares around the town center. Gifts ideas available throughout the city are fans, shawls and castanets.

Food:

Barcelona enjoys a variety of high-quality seafood, meat, poultry, game, fruit and vegetables. The combinations of produce are unusual and good dishes to look out for include oca (goose) and canalons (Catalan cannelloni). Desserts include crema catalana (custard with a carmel crust) and mel i mató (cottage cheese and honey). Catalonia has many great wines particularly from Penedès, Costers del Segre, Alella and Perelada. Sangria, a wine and fruit punch sometimes laced with brandy, is a popular drink with locals.

 

Barcelona, Spain Average Temperatures
Month Average
High °(F)
Average
Low °(F)
Average
Rainfall (inches)
January 57.2 41.5 1.9
February 58.6 42.8 0.9
March 61.9 46.2 2.2
April 65.1 49.5 1.7
May 71.1 56.1 1.9
June 77.5 63.0 1.1
July 82.6 67.8 1.0
August 84.0 69.1 2.6
September 78.4 63.3 3.1
October 71.8 56.8 3.3
November 63.3 47.8 2.3
December 57.9 43.0 1.8
 

 

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