Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with a population of 1.6 million people. Once under the rule of the Roman Empire, known then as Barsino, Barcelona has had a long, rich and tumultuous history. Barcelona is the cultural hub of Northeastern Spain, also known as Catalonia. Spain has two official languages, Spanish and Catalan, but in Barcelona, Catalan dominates the locals’ tongues. Most tourists still communicate through Spanish and, or English, which is widely spoken, especially by staff in the tourism industry in shops and restaurants.
The city is located on the Mediterranean coast in northeastern Spain. The climate in the Mediterranean is arguably perfect, not too cold or too hot. In the winter (December-February), the temperature is regularly around 6-11 degrees Celsius and in the summer (July-September) it is around 20-25 degrees Celsius. The most popular time to visit is in March, April or May.
Barcelona is a beautiful city filled with many famous attractions. The transportation system here is very convenient and perfect for visitors. Almost every major tourist attraction can be easily accessed by public transportation. While Barcelona is famous for many reasons, at the heart of many of its most famous attractions is architecture. Even in the city’s central square, you can feel the influence of modern architecture, mixed with the traditional Spanish, Baroque and Gothic styles that date the city everywhere you look. The home of Antoni Guadi, Barcelona is filled with beautiful, inspiring, and outrageous buildings, parks, and homes designed and built by one of the most famous architects in the world. Guadi’s three most famous footprints on Barcelona would have to be Park Guell, Casa Batllo, and the Segrada Familia. Casa Batllo is a wonderful representation of Gaudi’s signature Neo-Gothic style. Every inch of the apartment building – turned museum, is covered with hand-tiled mosaics, intricate carvings and sculptures, and an incredibly imaginative use of space. Park Guell is probably the most famous park in Europe. At the top of a large hill, it offers a spectacular 360 view of Barcelona. Covering 37 acres, it was originally designed to be a living community for the elites, but in the end only two houses were built, one of which was for Guadi himself. Although Guadi left his mark on Barcelona in many ways, his most famous, and largest legacy is that of the incredible cathedral La Segrada Familia. The cathedral, whose construction began in 1882, is still being built, with a projected completion date in the year 2026. The immaculately detailed and modern style of architecture mixed with the massive scale is truly breath taking. It would be a shame to visit Barcelona and miss this spectacular site.
Barcelona is famous for many reasons, its beautiful landscapes and people, the world-class shopping, cultural dances like Flamenco and Salsa, the incredible cuisine and nightlight, and it’s global participation as the host of the Olympic Games in 1992. Both sides of Barcelona’s windy city streets are lined with tapas bars, bakeries, and 5-star restaurants. It’s no wonder people come flocking to its cobblestone streets.
Once you have strolled the streets and enjoyed a bit of the history that Barcelona has to offer, come by The Escape Hunt Experience Barcelona and spend the day having a blast with your friends and family. Our world class escape games will put your detective skills to the test and will keep you coming back time and time again. We look forward to seeing you!