7 Must-Know Facts About Barcelona
When you’re staying in your luxury villa, Barcelona has plenty to offer in terms of fun and entertainment, but we bet it can surprise you too! Every city has its little mysteries, and these must-know facts about the city will give you food for thought. So before you leave your Sitges rental, give some thought to how these facts might shape what you want to do for the day and where you’d most like to go!
1. La Sagrada Familia is still a work in progress
La Sagrada Familia is the most visited monument in the whole of Spain, yet it is actually still being built. Designed by Antoni Gaudi in the 1800s, it has been under construction ever since. It’s complex structure and intricate design mean it’s no surprise that it hasn’t been a quick build but at around 200 years, its building time goes way beyond expectation!
2. The Flamenco is not the most popular dance
Contrary to popular belief, the traditional Spanish dance is not the most popular in the Catalonia and Barcelona region. The city’s dance of choice is, in fact, the Sardana, a simple dance that is often open to all to take part in, and popular throughout Barcelona’s many fiestas.
3. The Eiffel Tower was originally intended for Barcelona, not Paris
It seems hard to believe now, with the Eiffel Tower being such a famous French landmark, but its designer, Gustave Eiffel, actually intended for it to be built in Barcelona. Unfortunately for him – but luckily for Paris, as it turns out – it was considered too ugly for the Spanish city, and it had to be built elsewhere.
4. The beautiful beaches are brand new
Barcelona’s famous beaches are beautiful but they weren’t always so. Up until the early 1990s, the coastline was filled with industrial buildings, such as warehouses and factories. This all changed when the Summer Olympics were to be held there and the beaches were created and the coastal towns given a major makeover.
5. Castellers are human building bricks
Most often seen during Barcelona fiestas throughout the year, Castellers created human walls and structures using nothing but their own bodies. The contest is often to create the highest tower by climbing on each other’s shoulders, and the Castellers de Barcelona have received awards for their mastery of the unique sport.
6. Camp Nou is the largest football stadium in Europe
Barcelona Football Club’s home stadium, Camp Nou, is the biggest of its kind in Europe and second to only one football stadium in the world – North Korea’s Rungrado May Day Stadium. It has a capacity of almost 100,000 people and stretches to 55,000 square meters.
7. The city might just be older than Rome
Nobody seems to know for sure, but it’s rumoured that Barcelona was actually created by Hercules himself! And that would make it around 400 years older than the infamous Rome. Of course, until there’s some real evidence, we’ll never know for sure.