"Barcelona - capital city with attitude" Barcelona by aaaarrgh

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Homage to Catalonia

Barcelona is the Capital of Catalunya and you can often hear Catalan being spoken. Barcelona is proud of its independence from Madrid.

Whenever I visit Barcelona I think of George Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia". Barcelona was draped with the red and black anarchist flags as they fought the fascists of General Franco in the 1936 Civil War.

Since the 1992 Olympics Bracelona has reinvented itself. There are new art galleries, new public squares and much public art.

A walk down La Ramblas is a must! It is awash with newspaper, flower, souvenir and animal stalls. All trendy cities (Cardiff for example) say how they would like to have their own Ramblas tree-lined shopping street.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Vibrant capital city with a new sense of pride.
  • Cons:can still be rough and smelly in places
  • In a nutshell:See Pro's above!
  • Last visit to Barcelona: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2006 at 1:43 PM

    Thanks for the artists on VT plug - I just saw it for the first time! Good, down-to-earth information.

  • Belsaita's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2006 at 4:38 AM

    So we have a least one thing in common... we both like street art!! I'm collecting pics of graffitis, there are so many good ones. Saludos desde Barcelona.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2005 at 9:23 AM

    Loved the ramble down La Ramblas Nice page

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2005 at 4:39 PM

    Great page you have made here! Very helpful tips and information. Would love to visit here some day, thank you :o)


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