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Barcelona, City Overview
Barcelona is now one of the most visited cities in all Europe and home to thousands
of X-pats from all over the world but it wasen't always so why less than two decades
ago Barcelona was condidered a nothing, very few visitors ever ventured up to the
this northern Spanish city as the city was concidered a rundown industrial city with
nothing to offer any tourists but this all changed in 1982 when Barcelona won the
right to host the 1992 Olympic Games.
From the winning of the Games in 1982 the transformation began and the world suddenly
discovered "Barcelona"., It was not just an old industrial town, Barcelona had so
much to offer everyone, tourists and locals alike and then the games arrived and
the whole world saw Barclelona and the world fell in love with it and since then
visitors, artists, architects and tourists arrive in there thousands by the day,
every day all year round.
The rest is history. Barcelona is now one of the most visited cities in all Europe
Hosting the Games in Barcelona cost so much that the city has just finished off paying
for them (Late 2006) fifteen years after hosting them and twenty five years after
getting the nod to host them.
No one with deny it was this event which completely transformed the entire city of
Barcelona because not only did the city aquire a string of purpose built sporting
developments but it also
brought in a huge amount of investment which rejoveneted the entire city and mading
the population take pride in their city as well as the games brought many people
to the city many of which fell in love with the place and just never left. Barcelona
can have that effect on people
Barcelona is know the world over by architects and has become a mecca as they arrive
in droves to dream about possible designs that might conjure up in their heads as
they walk around the buildings built by the father of all architects Antoni Gaudi,
Barcelona’s most famous son
Barcelona with clever design has managed a thing few cities have managed , it's a
city where a contemporary glass and steel tower can sit nicely within striking distance
of a gothic masterpiece, a city where they manged to transform their old disused
port without losing any of its old charm.
Catalunya, Barcelona being the capital has grown into a major regional economic power,
tucked, as it is, strategically close to the French border and with a wide Mediterranean
coastline. It still has a large manufacture base unlike most of the other rich European
counties as wages in Spain are considerbly less that that of England, Germany or
even Ireland as are the prices
Barcleona's economy has grown year opon year since the end of the games and now contributes
eifght percent of the countries GDP while having just four percent of the population
of the country of Spain it's no wonder the population desire an independent Catalan
state as Barcelona as it's capital.
Best time to Visit
Anytime is a good time to visit beautiful Barcelona because the weather all year
round is good,
not too steamily hot in summer and with few genuinely cold days in winter . The summer
months can be very hot but with everywhere with air-co you can always pop in for
a cool down drink.
Barcelona faces the Mediterranean Sea, and is located on the Iberian Peninsula’s
northeast coast. Tibidabo at 512m is the highest point of the mountain range of Collserola
and is the backdrop to the city.
Two thousand five hundred years of history, Barcelona has a rich history, it's first
were Carthaginians as well as Phoenicians. the first century BC saw the Romans invade
and conqcour who were themselves defeated by the Visigothsin around 415 AD.
The city became know as city of Barcino as Barcinona.
Manufacturing and Textiles have always played a large part in the ecomeny of Barcleona
and still do today but tourism and the service industries have seen huge growth over
the last ten years.