A mediterranean city
The city of Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain,
capital of Catalonia, with a population of 1.7 million inhabitants and 4
million in the metropolitan area. Its cultural richness, vibrant life,
and splendid location have made it one of the most visited cities in the
world, with over 4 million visitors per year. There are two official
languages spoken in Barcelona: Catalan, generally spoken in all of
Catalonia, and Castillian Spanish.
Barcelona is unequivocally a Mediterranean city
, not only because of its
geographic location but also and above all because of its history,
tradition and cultural influences. The old city (Ciutat Vella) offers
the visitor a wide range of routes to follow and reconstruct the history
of Barcelona by starting at the Roman walls, moving to the medieval
streets of the Gothic Quarter and the Ribera. The grid-like city
expansion (Eixample), formed at the end of the 19th century, bears
witness to the wealth brought about by the economic growth of the
period. There's nothing quite like a walk down Paseo de Gracia or the
Ramblas - this stretch must be one of the most unique in the world.
|The city's magnificent climate means that its streets, squares and parks
are full of people enjoying the outdoor atmosphere and hospitality that
the city is so famous for.|
Barcelona offers a wide range of
cultural attractions from the Picasso and Miró Museums to the Gaudí
buildings, the cathedral, the Gothic Quarter etc. Not only does culture
stand out in Barcelona but you will also find an exciting nightlife with
bars and restaurants on every corner: the atmosphere is friendly,
laid-back and stylish.
|Getting around Barcelona
Travelling around Barcelona is cheap and easy. The Lewis School CELTA venue is in the heart of the city and so is on most major bus and metro routes.
If you like cycling, Barcelona has an excellent network of safe bicycle lanes.
This is an excellent way to get about and enjoy our sunny Mediterranean climate.
There are many well-worth-a-visit places near Barcelona and which are within easy reach. We recommend the sandy beaches and rocky coves of the Costa Brava, the nearby beach town of Sitges, the Dalí museum in Figueras and the Monastery of Monserrat. An easy day trip can also be made to the impressive Montserrat Monastery and mountain.
Barcelona is a generally safe city, visited every year by millions of tourists. However, pick pocketing and bag snatching are one of the most common problems that visitors encounter while in the city. Pick pocketing and bag snatching is most common on La Rambla area, at rail stations, on the beaches, and in the metro (subway).
In order to avoid them it is sufficient to observe the following common-sense precautions:
At La Rambla and other crowded areas, carry your backpack on your chest rather than on your back, and your wallet on your front rather than your back pocket.
- Keep always an eye on your belongings, never leave them unattended.
- Pay special attention in crowds, restaurants, and public transport, where thieves are most active.
- Try to check maps in advance and look confident of where you are going.
By observing these simple precautions you will be able to enjoy the city without problems.
- If you have more than one credit card do not carry all of them with you.
- Have your credit card numbers, and contact phone numbers, written down in your hotel.
- Avoid walking in dark isolated back streets, especially if going alone.
|CELTA Catalunya - part of Exams Catalunya
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