Why should you experience the REAL Barcelona?
What is it about this city that captures peoples’ hearts
and captivates their imaginations, leaving everybody wanting more
Barcelona natives are convinced they live in the world’s
most alluring city. This attitude may seem arrogant, but as foreigners
continue to flock to Barcelona in boatloads, finding it increasingly
difficult to leave, and always desperate to return, you are forced
to wonder whether its locals aren’t so much cocky as they
Barcelona represents an intriguing blend of Spanish spirit and tradition
with the class of Paris and the personality and politics of San Francisco,
imbedded in a historical context similar to that of Rome. Barcelona is
as colorful as Amsterdam, with the nightlife of Buenos Aires, the diversity
and artistic flare of New York City, and the bohemianism of California’s
Venice Beach. Add a creative industry rivaling Scandinavia in design and
Milan in fashion, and finally, bless it with a Mediterranean climate and
cuisine, beautiful beaches and mountains, and an unparalleled architectural
legacy, and… This is Barcelona…
Many call it “enchanting” and “magical.” All would
agree it’s unique. The curious collisions between old and new, Spanish
and European, traditional and avant-garde, conservative and liberal, busy
and relaxed, all help in proving Barcelona’s case. Even its native
language, Catalán, is distinctive.
As you ramble down the streets of Barcelona, the faces around you seem
surprisingly familiar; this city of close to two million inhabitants somehow
feels intimate, like a tiny village. Regardless of your hair color, style,
or sexual persuasion, you will likely pass unnoticed amidst the eclectic
patchwork that is so celebrated and appreciated in this city.
While Barcelona boasts thousand-year-old ruins, Europe’s oldest
parliament, Spain’s wealthiest citizens, and the world’s most
celebrated edifices, such claims have not deterred infinite protestors
and activists, skateboarders, and street and graffiti artists from performing
their usual activities in its public parks and ‘plazas.’ In
Barcelona, you can stroll past Gothic cathedrals and Michelin-star restaurants,
naked, without breaking any laws! And, you might find yourself dodging
drug dealers, pickpockets, prostitutes, and puddles (of pee), en route
to visiting some of the world’s most magnificent monuments.
Barcelona’s ritziest boulevard is most known for a cluster of buildings
whose designs are more similar to what you’d expect from a Dr. Seuss
story (or an LSD trip) than what you’d normally find in such swanky
surroundings. World-renown artists and architects who’ve made names
for themselves in Barcelona have done so coining revolutionary techniques
and styles, riddled with elements of surrealism and fantasy.
It’s no wonder that Barcelona is selected, year after year, to host
countless corporate conferences and conventions, sporting competitions,
trade fairs, festivals, study abroad programs, and other large-scale international
events. Everyone is looking for an excuse to visit this vibrant and tempting
Barcelona is many things: passionate, proud, creative, conceited, contradictory,
entertaining, enlightened, hip, high-class, clashing, fashionable, tacky,
active, lazy, sleazy, stubborn, secular, in style, in shape, inspiring,
intellectual, innovative, inefficient, invigorating, worldly, progressive,
pristine, patriotic, nationalistic, majestic, dreamy, diverse, and dirty.
Above all, Barcelona is fascinating. No city is quite like it.
Come and try it… Just be prepared to spend the rest of your lifetime
yearning for that “fix.”