Barcelona’s Culture: Food/Football/Dance
Here are five amazing things to do to discover the past & present Of Barcelona’s Culture
1.) Attend an FC Barcelona match
The FC Barcelona’s stadium itself is an attraction: it is the third biggest stadium in the world. By attending a match, you’ll be able to feel the spirit of communion of Catalans around their football team. If you can attend a match between Barça and Madrid, you will understand the huge rivalry between both cities. And remember…if you go to Camp Nou, you should shout two things: “Visca el Barça!” and “Visca Catalunya!”. This means, “Go Barça!” and “Go Catalunya!”.
2.) Have a Walking Tour in the city
Discover the city with a local guide, go on a walking tour and see it through the eyes of a born and raised inhabitant of Barcelona. Follow the Ramblas and Barri Gotic tour to have a unique glimpse on the monuments, but also the spirit of the town.
3.) Have a Walking Tour in the city
Diving into Barcelona’s culture from its beginning to nowadays? This is the purpose of the Museum of the History of Catalonia. Through an exhibition of thousand objects, and thanks to audio and video supports, you will be able to have an insight on the past and present of Catalonia. By the way, nowadays you’re are going to find in the Catalan balconies a lot of flags that are similar to the official Catalan flag but with a blue star. This is the independence flag. If you want to discover why this national feeling is growing you should also visit this museum.
4.) Enjoy a meal at Agut
If you want to taste Catalan Specialties, try to get a table at Agut, one of the best and most renowned restaurants of Barcelona. Here you can have a typical and affordable meal in a nice atmosphere. Try to book in advance, as this is a very popular restaurant for both locals and tourist alike. Closed on Sunday evenings and Monday. Open from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm and from 8:00 pm to midnight.
For paella and sea food – Spanish specialties – you should go to the Barceloneta neighborhood, the one of the sailors. There you’ll enjoy your meal looking to the sea for a reasonable price.
5.) See a Sardana Dance
The Sardana is the typical dance of Catalonia, and is one of Catalan’s prides. It is the symbol of the people’s cohesion, of its identity. You will sure find a great ambiance by attending one of them, at the Plaza Jaume on Sunday mornings or next to the Cathedral on Saturday nights. As this is a symbol of cohesion of different cultures don’t be afraid to join them in the circle, just try to follow them and normally they will teach you if they see your interested in learning!
Barcelona, although situated in Spain, has managed to preserve its own culture: its Catalan culture. That is why it is fascinating to dive into the particular atmosphere of this city. You will be able to experience this if you come with us to one of the matches of our football team, the Barça. Here you will definitely discover the Catalan attitude.”
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Why it’s worth visiting
- You will be able to experience a bit of the soul of Barcelona and its inhabitants. These activities are not only touristic; they are a real dive into the local way of living.
Facts about Barcelona’s Culture
Barcelona has a 2000-years-old history.
The capital of Catalonia has always been divided by its two identities: Catalan especially, but also Spanish.
Founded by the Romans, Barcelona became the capital city of the County of Barcelona. After having joined the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona turned to be one of the greatest and more powerful cities of the Crown of Aragon.
Nowadays, Barcelona is considered as a major cultural center, and is a very popular destination for tourists. Barcelona is now associated with names such as Antoni Gaudí and Luís Domènechi Montaner in architecture, because their constructions have been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Moreover, important events worldwide have taken place in the city, such as the Universal Exposition of 1888, the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, the 1992 Summer Olympics, the 2004 Universal Forum of Cultures, and the 2004 World Urban Forum.