8 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona and Can Now Impress Your Friends With
You’ve been living in Barcelona for a few months or even years and you think you know everything about Barcelona? Stop being so cocky and check out the 8 things you didn’t know about Barcelona:
#1 Why did Gaudi only work for private clients?
As a matter of fact, he did not only work for private clients. He first worked for the City Council and was asked to create a special street lamp in Plaza Reial. But when the masterpiece was finished, the City Council finally paid only the half of the original price to Gaudi. From that moment, Gaudi swear to not work for the public sector again. And he kept his word. Read more about Gaudi’s Life or about our special 1 day Gaudi tour.
#2 More than a street
One of the most famous streets in Barcelona, if not the most famous one, Las Ramblas, is actually as its plural form suggests, composed of many streets, 5 to be precise:- Rambla de Canaletes- Rambla dels estudis- Rambla de Sant Josep- Rambla dels Caputxins- Rambla del Mar.
#3 An Eiffel Tower in Barcelona?
All of you know the famous metallic tower in Paris that attracts millions of people every year. Well actually, this very tower was proposed by Gustave Eiffel during the Universal Exposition of 1888 that took place in Barcelona. However the Catalan Government of that time was not interested in this weird and expensive architecture and refused to have it in Barcelona. And, you know, it was only supposed to be erected for the period of a year and then dismantled. Well, that was quite a mistake, wasn’t it?
#4 Portal de l’Àngel Avenue: Busiest Street in Spain
This famous shopping street of Barcelona, that hosts about 3500 passers by per hour, is the busiest street in all Spain. Quite impressive, isn’t it?
#5 Barcelona Beach is a Baby
Everybody loves to go to the beautiful beach of Barcelona but did you know it only appeared about 20 years ago? Indeed, before that, the seaside was “invaded” by industries. But when Barcelona was chosen to host the Olympic Games of 1992, they created these awesome beaches and from now on it is one of the places to be for all the tourists and locals all year long. Take a look at our Barcelona Beaches Free Ebook.
#6 Blind Restaurant
If you think it is out of fashion to see what you eat in a restaurant, then “Dans le noir” is gonna become your headquarters. One of the few Blind Restaurants in the world, you’ll experience eating without seeing anything which will enable you to enhance 2 of your other senses that are the taste and the smell. Blind guides help you to completely enjoy this unique experience. Check out our Dans le Noir blog here for more info.
For more information just check out Dans Le Noir Website!
#7 The mysterious origins of Barcelona
Nobody really knows, that’s the reality. But some say the city was founded 400 years before Rome by Hercules and other say that it was founded by the father of the famous Carthagenian General Hannibal, Hamilcar Barca, who named the city Barcino. All that we know is that the Romans founded a city next to the mount Taber in 100 BC and we found wall ruins in the current Barrio Gotico. Read about how Barcelona got it’s name here.
#8 Fancy a Mammoth?
Do you like mammoths as much as we do? Have you always wanted to meet Manny from the Ice Age? Then check out the Mammoth Museum in Barcelona, a museum as rare as its subject! You’ll find real mammoth skeletons but also a life-sized reconstructions that you can touch, photograph and even hug. Everything short of bringing one home for your kid(s). I know, some kids (even big ones) are gonna cry here.
That’s all for now, and this is more than enough!