Barcelona Facts & Figures

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean sea. It is the capital of the autonomous community Catalonia, and has approximately 1.7 million inhabitants in the city, and 5 million in the Barcelona province.

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Geography

The city and province of Barcelona are located in the Catalonia (cat: Catalunya, es: Cataluña) Autonomous Community, in North-Eastern Spain. The city is bordered by the Mediterranean sea to the South-east and the Collserola range to the Northwest. The rivers Besós and Llobregat flank the city on the north and south respectively.

People

Face of Barcelona sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein
Face of Barcelona sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein

Population

1,604,555 in the city (5,375,774 in the metropolitan area.)

Denomination

Barcelonian, Barcelonan / barceloní-ina (cat) / barcelonés-esa (es)

Religion

Most of the inhabitants state they are Roman Catholic (208 churches).

In a 2011 survey conducted by InfoCatólica, 49.5% of Barcelona residents of all ages identified themselves as Catholic. This was the first time that more than half of respondents did not identify themselves as Catholic. The numbers reflect a broader trend in Spain whereby the numbers of self-identified Catholics have declined.

The province has the largest Muslim community in Spain, 322,698 people in Barcelona province are of Muslim faith. The city also has the largest Jewish community in Spain, with an estimated 3,500 Jews living in the city.

Art & Culture

Juan Miro Mosaic at La Rambla Barcelona
Mosaic by Joan Miro at La Rambla street

Barcelona is one of Europe’s most artistic cities and one of the top incubators of modern art and culture. It was home to some of the most famous artists of the 20th century, and their legacy is still visible in the city. Picasso, Miró, Dalí, Gaudí and Calatrava, and many others before and after them got inspired in Barcelona, and in turn left their own art as inspiration to others.

Best time to visit Barcelona

The best time to visit Barcelona is April – June and September – October. In July and August the city can get very hot and overcrowded by tourists from the neighbouring sea resorts.

Short History

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The city’s rich history dates to pre-Roman times, though the data from this period is very scarce. During the Roman era, the city was named Barcino and it was an important port at the Iberian peninsula.

During medieval times, Barcelona was a significant port city in the Kingdom of Aragon. A significant legacy from the medieval and renaissance period can be observed at the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) in the heart of Barcelona.

In the early 18th century, the city started rapidly spreading outside of the medieval walls, and new neighbourhoods like Barceloneta were born.

Language

The official and most commonly spoken language in Barcelona is Castellano (Spanish) , followed by Catalan which is also official. English is commonly spoken, especially in the touristy areas and among younger population.

Weather & climate

Barcelona average temperatures and precipitation
Barcelona average temperatures and precipitation, via Wikipedia

Barcelona has a subtropical climate bordering a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. Thanks to its location on the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Atlantic west winds often arrive in Barcelona with low humidity, producing no rain. The proximity of the Atlantic, its latitude, and the relief, are the reasons why the summers are not as dry as in most other Mediterranean Basin locations.

Weather report for the next couple of days

Partly Cloudy
Today
09/20
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 22C. Winds SE at 10 to 15 km/h.
High 21° / Low 15°
Overcast
Tomorrow
09/21
Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High around 25C. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
High 24° / Low 17°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Friday
09/22
Partly to mostly cloudy. High 23C. NNE winds shifting to SE at 15 to 25 km/h.
High 23° / Low 17°
Chance of Rain
Saturday
09/23
Sun and a few passing clouds. High 24C. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 km/h.
High 23° / Low 16°

More weather info here.

Top festivities & events

Barcelona districts

Since 1987, the city has been divided into 10 administrative districts (districtes in Catalan, distritos in Spanish):

The districts are based mostly on historical divisions, and several are former towns annexed by the city of Barcelona in the 18th and 19th centuries that still maintain their own distinct character. Each district has its own council led by a city councillor.

Fun facts

Part of Fun facts from: Traveling with the Jones