With Barcelona being one of the most-visited cities in Europe you might think there is not much to explore anymore. These 7 facts will proof you that there are still well-hidden secrets about the Catalan capital you didn’t know.
Read further, if you want to get to know Barcelona from a different side! We promise, you won’t find a list like this in any city guide!
1. No tip rules
It’s not necessary to tip in Barcelona. In many European cities it’s rude to leave a bar, restaurant or even hairdresser without leaving a tip. Not so in Spain. If you liked the service, go for it, but no one will blame you if you don’t. Very cheap!
2. Cannabis tourism
Barcelona is one of the major cities in the world where smoking cannabis is legal. Though, you have to visit certain clubs for that and can’t smoke in public. It’s aloud to cultivate and consume in your own four walls. There are also special associations, where you can become a member and smoke in company. In order to avoid “cannabis tourism”, people who get a membership are not allowed to buy any cannabis from the club for at least 15 days.
3. Red light district without glamour
There is a street called Calle Robadors in the Raval district between the famous Las Ramblas and the Rambla de Raval, where you shouldn’t be surprised when you hear “Vamos?”. Street prostitution is very common here during the night as well as during the day. Every Wednesday at 7pm, dozens of them get together for a “cacerolada” – a way to protest against their invisibility and treatment in the society.
4. FC Barcelona – More than just a club
During every match of the famous FC Barcelona in its stadium Camp Nou the fans start singing “Independecia” at minute 17 and 14 seconds. This number symbolizes the War of Spanish Succession on the 11th of September and is today celebrated as the National Day of Catalonia.
Check out this video and the change of atmosphere starting at minute 00:21!
6. A past that will give you the chills
Have you ever heard of the “Vampire of Barcelona”? In the beginning of 1900 the inhabitants of the city, especially in the district of Raval, used to live in fear of a vampire kidnapping and killing children for more than 10 years. Enriqueta Martí got arrested in 1912.
7. Places with caracter
The popular bar and club Sidecar at Plaça Reial had many different usages before it became one of the trendiest places in Barcelona. It was used as offices of the newspaper La Vanguadia and before it was the place where American marines would find female company. It’s said that prostitution is the reason how mass tourism started in Barcelona.
Ever heard any of these secrets? Is there something we should add? Leave us a comment with things you learned about Barcelona and found ridiculously curious!