Fun Facts about Barcelona, Spain

Having lived in Barcelona for 6 months, I not only learned how to L.O.V.E. this city but also some random facts I would like to share with you now.

Fun Facts about Barcelona

#1 The most famous avenue with the name Las Ramblas is not only one long street but 5 in total.

#2 There are two kind of Valentines Days celebrated in Barcelona (Catalunya). The common one in February which most of us know plus another one in April which is called Sant Jordis. On that day the men give the women a rose and the women have to give them a book in return. It is based on a legend where St. Jordi kills a dragon to save the princess. The blood of the dragon converts into a rose which he gives to the princess and receives a book in return from her. In order to not forget about the legend this day is celebrated on the 23rd of April.

Fun Facts about Barcelona: Red Rose at Sant Jordi in Barcelona 2010
Red Rose at Sant Jordi in Barcelona 2010: Photo on Flickr by Francesc González / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

#3 Did you know that Barcelona did not have beaches until 1992 and that their beaches are artificial? It was all industrial before.

Fun Facts about Barcelona: Beaches
Barcelona’s Beaches

#4 Building and finishing up La Sagrada Familia took longer than the pyramids in Egypt.

#5 Gaudí was not the master architect of Sagrada Familia but Francisco de Paula del Villar was the initial one to come up with the design of the church.

Fun Facts about Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia

#6 Camp Nou stadium is the 3rd largest in the world with placing almost 100,000 people inside.

#7 Football fans of the FC Barcelona are also referred to as “culés”, the Catalan word for ‘asses’. This is due to the fact that in the older, smaller stadium the fans had to sit on the edges, so that people passing by only saw their butts.

Fun Facts about Barcelona: Camp Nou Stadium
Camp Nou Stadium

#8 The worst drivers in the world are said to be drivers from Barcelona. Apparently accidents happen every 19 seconds there. Not sure if this is really true. I was always very safe there.

Too much traffic in Barcelona
Too much traffic in Barcelona: Photo on Flickr by Markus / CC BY-ND 2.0

#9 The Eiffel Tower was first intended for Barcelona, but the project was rejected.

#10 Did you ever wonder why the corners of many buildings in the city center are cut off? I never did until I found out that it was on purpose because there should have been trams driving through the streets which needed that space in order to cope with their turning radius. However, those trams never came to use. Oh well, at least it still looks cool though.

#11 There are 12 metro stations in Barcelona which are not in use anymore but instead used for scary nights. It is even said that they are haunted by ghosts.

About Sixtina

Website: http://nixtie.org/category/blog/

Me. Sixtina. (yes that’s my real name!) World traveler, who long-term lived in many different countries and therefore has many homes and friends around the globe. Be it Germany, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, USA or Ireland.The diversity of those countries, is exactly what my personality is like today. Growing up in Germany, spending one year in an American High School as a teenager, studying 4 years in The Netherlands, going 6 months abroad to Mexico and doing an internship in Spain…all have developed and contributed to the person I am today. Speaking several languages (more to come), being open-minded and patient, funny and entertaining as well as spontaneous are just a few traits of mine.Of course I love traveling as a tourist as well, since I won’t be alive long enough to actually have lived in each country on this planet. My personal goal is to visit one new country each year. On my blog I want to share my experiences, to make it easy for other people, who still want or currently are already discovering the world.

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