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Top 8 Most Interesting Facts about the Catalan Capital Barcelona

The Holi Festival was also held in Barcelona
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The Holi Festival was also held in Barcelona

One can talk about Barcelona for hours, as this city has limitless attractions to offer. Every tourist will find a nice place, dish and view to their liking. Travel on Spot offers you 8 of the most interesting and unexpected facts about this wonderful Spanish city.

1. Barcelona is Europe’s 10th -largest city in terms of the number of inhabitants.

2. Drivers from the Catalan capital are considered to be some of the worst in the world – here, an accident happens every 19 seconds. At weekends, the accident rate reaches 10 per minute. These numbers are provided by the traffic police department, who offer only one solution to the problem – walk everywhere you can.

Barcelona Tram
Photo taken by Christian Liebscher - Wikimedia.org.  Barcelona Tram

3. Barcelona’s comedy theatre Teatreneu recently installed a new payment system – theatre-goers can pay with their laughter. Special tablets that recognize facial expressions are installed in the backs of seats. Every registered expression costs 30 cents, and the maximum ticket price is 24 Euros. Smile eighty times, and you won’t be charged a cent for the play. This system is popular with both theatre-goers and the administration alike, as it has increased the number of the former, as well as the profits of the latter.

4. The first beaches appeared in Barcelona only two decades ago! It is strange, but up to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics there were no beaches in the city. Nowadays, the total length of the sandy beaches in the city is around 4.5 kilometres.

A panoramic view of Barcelona. Mediterranean coast
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  A panoramic view of Barcelona. Mediterranean coast

5. Barcelona is home to Spain’s liveliest and most crowded street, Portal de l’Ángel. An estimated 3,500 people pass it every hour.

6. For many years, the most visited landmark in Barcelona wasn’t either one of Antonio Gaudi’s architectural marvels or the city’s museums, but the FC Barcelona stadium. Besides, it’s the biggest privately-owned stadium in the world, and can host as many as 100,000 people!

The Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe
Photo taken by Adrià García - Wikimedia.org.  The Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe

7. Barcelona has around 13,000 taxis, most of the whose licenses belong to private owners. It’s estimated that a similar number of drivers offer their services off-license.

8. The best way to bond with a local is asking their opinion about who the true founder of Barcelona was. People still argue over this issue. One of the legends claims that Barcelona was founded by Hercules 400 years before Rome was built. The second legend claims that the city was founded in 133 BC Eby Hamilcar Barca, father of the great warlord Hannibal.

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