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A cosmopolitan, dynamic, Mediterranean city. Get to know it from the sea, by bus, on public transport, on foot or from high up, while you enjoy taking a close look at its architecture and soaking up the atmosphere of its streets and squares.

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Withover 4 million people, Barcelona has one of the largest metropolitan areasamongMediterraneancities. Recentdevelopmentssuchas thenewhighspeedtrainlinktoMadridandeventuallytoFrance, or the expansion of the port and the new airport runway and terminals will allow Barcelona to grow even further.

ThenameofCarthaginianrulerAmilcar Barca is often referred to as the origin of the name Barcino, later used by the Romans. The Carthaginians were replaced by the Romans in the 1st century B. Barcelona has several surviving monuments from this period, concentrated around the Plaza Sant Jaume and the gothic quarter. During the third centuryADBarcinoreplacedTarracoinimportanceandbecame the major Roman outpost in the area of Hispania Citerior; the Roman walls, still visible as part of later buildings in the Gothic quarter, were reinforced in this period to repel the Frankish and German invasions.

With the disintegration of the Roman Empire came the invasion of the Visigoths who occupied Barcino in A. Threehundredyearslateratthebeginningof the8thcenturythemoorsconqueredBarcelonaduringtheirdrive from northern Africa to the south of France. Only one hundred yearslater,theFranksledbyLouisthePiousoccupiedBarcelona andestablishedastrongmilitarypresenceinwhatbecameknown as the Spanish Mark, the front line of a constant battle between theChristiankingdomsoftheNorthwiththeArabs.

The Carolingian Empire established a number of Counties and the most important of these was that of Barcelona. The origins oftheCatalannationaretobefoundin WilfredtheHairy,Count cel. Intheyear CountBorrellIIachievedindependencefromtheCarolingian kingsfortheCountyofBarcelonaandbecamethedominantpolitical and military force in the region later known as Catalonia. The 11thand12thcenturiesconsolidatedBarcelonaasanimportant Mediterranean city. Theinternationalizationoftradeby wayofmaritimetransportationwasfundamentalinthedevelopment of 12th century Barcelona, and soon the city became as influential as Genoa or Venice.

The growth of the city then and laterwastobedirectlyrelatedtotheincreasingimportanceofits port. There are still some buildings from this prosperous period, such as the romanesque style church of Sant Pau del Camp or the chapel of Santa Llucia in the Cathedral.

The Cathedral ofBarcelonawasbeguninthe13thcenturyandshowsjusthow prosperousthecityhadbecome. Itwasthepreambletothebuildingboomofthe14thcenturywhenBarcelonawasreachingout and conquering foreign ports under Jaume II.

The chapel of St. The foundations of the church of Sta. Maria del Mar was bano TheplaguedecimatedthepopulationofBarcelona and at one point half the councillors and 4 of 5 magistrates had died. But the building boom continued unabated until llarde end of the century. Under Pere III the city was particularly embellished with civil buildings.


Therepresentativeparliamentary assembly Les Corts could limit central control over Barcelona. In the early 17th century, with the Spanish monarchy teetering due to excessive growth and economic mismanagement, the Catalansbegantoworryaboutlosingtheirimmunityfromtaxation.

Theelevatedcostofthe30yearswarand the hostilities with France starting in brought the Spanish need for men and money to Catalonia. In a revolt against SpainbeganinBarcelonaandspreadtotherestofCatalonia. Theconqueringgeneralwasagenerouswinnerand a remarkable rebuilding of the city followed, only to be llladre with the and wars against France. The war of Spanish Succession marked the end of Catalan privileges. Relations with the bourbon king Philip V were bad from the start due to his totalitarian political ideas.

The llavre viceroy llarre Barcelona repeatedly infringed the Catalan constitutions. As a result of all this turmoil, on June 20th, Catalonia signed a treaty with England and Genoa and sparked a war with the Spain of Philip V.

Philip V abolished the traditional Catalan dek the permanent presence of an occupying army in what is today the Ciutadella Park. Theeconomicindicatorsat the end of the 18th century skyrocketed dsl set the stage for a splendidperiodofeconomicexpansionandcommercialgrowth. Bytherecoverywas complete and Barcelona was back on track developing different industries. AftertheSpanishrevolutionofwhichremovedtheBourbons from power in Spain, Barcelona and Madrid came to a relatively peaceful coexistence.

In Barcelona the political tendency of Catalanism started gaining ground and there was a resurgence ofinterestinCatalaninstitutions,traditionsandculture. Theprosperity of the age was reflected in the World Exhibition and Barcelonabecameacityofcafesandterraceswithaflamboyant bourgeoisie.

The early years of the 20th century saw social unrest as the tension increased between the rich industrial barons and the working class. The ideas of social anarchists such as Kropotkin and Bakunin had become well established in Barcelona during the 19th century, but a different breed of violent anarchists from France came to Barcelona and gained a strong following.

Sadly Barcelona became known as the city of terrorist bombs. There were general strikes in andand in Barcelona laldre therazingof70buildingsbelongingtoreligiousordersthatwere systematically burned.

These events were known as the Tragic Week and the actual reason for the explosion of cel anger was the military draft that took soldiers to Morocco. But not all was strife and conflict. These were also the years of Modernism and very strong cultural currents were at work in Barcelona. This was the beginningofthesecondrepublicanditallowedforgreatstridesin Catalanaspirations. Thesevenbanknotes are all the same on both sides in all the euro countries, whiletheeightcoinshaveacommonEuropeanUnion sideandanationalsidewithadifferentdesignforeach country.

The banknotes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50,and euros. Coins have a value of 1, 2, llader, 10, 20 and 50 cents, as well as 1 and 2 euros; each euro is divided into cents. The symbol for the newcurrencyis: Ifyouhappentohaveleftoversofthe old currency, the Spanish peseta, banks will no longer change them for euros.

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Since June loadre, you are requiredtoexchangethemattheBankofSpainoffices. Theyhaveveryflexibleopening hours and offer a variety of additional services such as Western Union money transfers, travel arrangements, and some even internet access. You can find daily newspapers from around the world at most centrallylocatednewspaperkiosksaswellasaselection of American and British and other magazines.

Tips are readily accepted in Barcelona. Whenitisnotincludeditshould be clearly marked. As in most of western Europe, in Barcelona V 50hz is the standard power supply.

For those of you coming from North America with v 60hz appliances be sure to use an appropriate transformer. You can find these easily in hotel shops and electrical supply stores. General business hours in Barcelona are from 9 am to 1: Lladre establishments have different hours,suchasbanksorgovernmentofficesandservices post office which usually close kladre the day at 1: Large department stores and shopping mallsstayopenatlunchtime.


As of January 1, national anti-smoking lawswereimplemented,basicallybanningsmokingin the workplace. Restaurants and bars have also been included and are now smoke free. Travellers from EC countries can receive medical treatment in Spain because of the reciprocal EC agreements.

For other travellers, emergency treatment will be given, but it is a good idea to have some kind of medical insurancethatcoversfurthertreatmenthere. Following is a table with important phone numbers: Pharmacies are identified by the large green cross displayed outside the premises.

You will find an ample selection of overthe-counter medication for the usual variety of colds, headaches,digestivediscomfort,etc.

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If you need a doctor and he prescribes medication be sure to keep the receipts to claim from your insurance company when you lladfe back home. Manybarsandrestaurantsclose onpublicholidays,asdomostshopstheonlyexemptions from the law being in tourist areas.

Recently a law was passed that allows shops to open on some holidays; when they do the crowds flock out. The public holidays observed in Barcelona are: Labour Day; Whitsun; June Saint John; Dle All Saints; Dec 6: Constitution Day; Dec 8: Immaculate Conception; Dec Sant Esteve Boxing Day.

However, as in any large city, that attracts large numbers of tourists, some basic precautions should be taken to avoid uncomfortable situations. U S E F U L I N F O R M A T I O N – if you are offered flowers on the street and they get very close to you – if someone gets very close to you to tell you that you have a stain on your clothing – if you are driving and while stopped at a red light someone tells you that you have a flat tire or a burning tire.

If you wish you can ask your hotel to safeguard your identity documents passport, etc.


If youdothisyoumustaskyourhoteltostampaphotocopy which you should always carry with you. How to make a police report The National Police and Local Police patrols, as well as the police stations located in areas that attract tourists, have available police reports for those tourists that may needit.

English, French, German and Italian. When you make an official report you will receive a copy with anordernumbertohelpyouwithanyfurtherpaperwork i.

CatalanandSpanish Castilian arethetwo main languages spoken in Barcelona.

Although nearly halfofthepopulationofBarcelonaisnotofCatalanorigin most can understand and speak Catalan. Lpadre is not as widespread as you would expect given llasre dozens of language schools operating in Barcelona, but if you make a little effort at speaking Catalan or Spanish you willfindthatgoodwillandgestureshelpthelocalEnglish language skills.

If you want to learn Spanish during your stayyoushouldgotoaqualifiedlanguageschoolofwhich there are many. Reina Elisenda, 23 93 Panoramic views, 60 metres above the ground, from the mountains to the sea. Information and sales Tel.