There are many interesting facts about Barcelona you might not know. Today we have selected some of the thing that will surprise you most about our beloved city. Remember: this blog category is about the real Barcelona, not the touristic one! Here’s our list of fun facts about Barcelona:

  • Portal de l’Àngel, the main shopping street in Barcelona, is the most crowded street in Spain, with more than 3.000 pedestrians every hour. Read our post for more information on Shopping in Barcelona.
  • There are 12 abandoned underground stations in Barcelona. Some of them can be visited every now and then (in special events, such as scary nights). They have also been used as movie sets.
  • Barcelona’s harbour is the biggest and most important one in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • FC Barcelona’s Museum is the most visited museum in Catalonia, with more than 1.5 million visitors every year. That’s right, Barça is famous all around the world. Read our post on Barça city to learn more about football tradition in Barcelona.
  • La Rambla, the most touristic avenue in Barcelona, is actually 5 streets put together, with different names: Canaletes, Estudis, Sant Josep (also named Flowers rambla), Caputxins and Santa Mònica.
  • Barcelona’s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí (the man who designed Sagrada Família, Pedrera and many other famous buldings) died because a streetcar ran over him.
  • You can still see some remainders of Spain Civil War (1936-39) in many places all over Barcelona. For example, in Sant Felip Neri Square, the façade of the church is full of little holes caused by gunshots. Hundreds of people were killed there, including children that studied in Sant Felip Neri school, right next to that church.

Remainders of the Civil War in Sant Felip Neri Square

  • The Lovers’ Day in Barcelona (and Catalonia) is not saint Valentine’s, but Sant Jordi (Saint George). Lovers give each other roses and books to celebrate their love. Read our post on Things to do in Barcelona in Sant Jordi for more information.
  • Barcelona was widely transformed around 1992 due to the Olympic Games. Many roads and infrastructures were built for the event and still remain. And a surprising fact about Barcelona beaches: they were not used for leisure until the late 80s! Before that, they were destined to industrial matters.
  • The singular design of Barcelona taxis (yellow and black) was standardised in 1934 in order to gather all taxi drivers under the same conditions.

Do you know any more fun facts about Barcelona? Tell us!