"Barcelona - The city Madrid should have been" Barcelona by easyoar

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I guess if you are Spanish and not from Catalunya, you will probably find that heading controversial. But from a tourist viewpoint, who wants to see 'must-see' sites and isn't interested too much in art galleries or fountains in the middle of roundabouts, I feel Madrid doesn't have a lot to offer tourists other than a lot of nightlife.

Barcelona on the other hand has much more to offer and has much more ambience (especially in the centre around the Ramblas) than Madrid has. Barcelona also had a resident architect for many years, who is internationally famous - Gaudi. He has been responsible for the building of many many things in and around Barcelona, and most of them are spectacular!

The reason non-Catalan Spanish will find some of my views controversial is that there is huge rivalry between the Spanish and the Catalans, and I am not trying to explain this or to take sides. I just find Barcelona to be much nicer to visit.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely city with lots to see
  • Cons:Awful traffic congestion and terrible to navigate a car through
  • In a nutshell:If you aren't in a car, it is great!
  • Last visit to Barcelona: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Nov 27, 2004
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  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    You have made some really nice tips on barcelona thanks for sharing - greetings from london

  • leecouk12324's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Nice Parc Guell pic

  • Jun 28, 2007 at 5:09 AM

    THE END OF THE RAMBLAS WHEN TWO TEENAGERS APPROACHED ME AND STARTED BUMPING INTO US PRETENDING THERE WAS A BALL ETC THEN SUDDENLY WALKED OFF IT TOOK ME AWILE TO REALISE MY WALLET HAD GONE

  • goga4444's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2006 at 9:49 AM

    Monk parakeet, I have thatkind of parrot :)) (I have his pic on my homepage T log) I hope I ll meet some wild cousin of his. Thanks for great tips.

  • Jan 13, 2006 at 2:27 PM

    "Camp Nou" or "Nou Camp" is a Catalan name, not Spanish. Its translation into Spanish is "Campo Nuevo", and into English "New Stadium"

  • McCoq's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2005 at 3:39 PM

    Hehe Hello;). Nice page of Barcelona. Ah, the name in spanish of this "Boules" is Petanca;), and you explained it very well. It's so typical to play this game here

  • globerover's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2005 at 1:04 PM

    Gaudi everywhere, street artists without heads, cathedrals being built without plan, and strange bowling-games where you are NOT supposed to knock down all skittles ... a rather strange city indeed .....

  • spgood301's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2005 at 5:21 PM

    Great page on one of my favorite cities

  • jenniferchin's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2005 at 1:32 AM

    Heheheh *grin* Funny you ....

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2005 at 6:30 AM

    Very good page on a city I want to revisit again and again. Maybe to see Barca in action next time... Great pictures and very good and detailed info.

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