Explore and thrive in this eclectic city. Barcelona offers something for everyone – enjoy a Flamenco performance, tour Gaudi architectural masterpieces, or delight in a gastronomic adventure at La Boqueria, and much more!
Latest Posts from Barcelona
- How to End a Semester in Barcelona RightIn this week's post, Amaia Rioseco takes us along for the CAPA Barcelona farewell dinner. Going out with a bang, she and the rest of the CAPA crew enjoy some signature Spanish dishes and a Flamenco show! read more
- 10 Resources for Foodies: Barcelona EditionWhether you're studying abroad in Barcelona now, making your bucket list and traveling there soon, or just back in the United States and reminiscing about the food in Spain, here are 10 resources you'll appreciate. read more
- 5 Study Abroad Preparation Tips from a CAPA Barcelona StudentThinking about how location, money, and the best study abroad program for you? With a semester in Barcelona almost wrapped up, Maya shares 5 important tips on how to prepare ahead for an exciting experience! read more
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A Brief History:
Barcelona was founded around 15 B.C., as the Roman colony Barcino. The city was then passed between the Visigoths, the Moors and the Franks where the region was divided into counties. Eventually the counties unified and became Catalonia. During the 17th century, with the help of France, Catalonia declared its independence and went to war with Spain. Some regions of Catalonia were successful in their quest for independence. Alliances changed during the era of Napoleon when French troops invaded. These territories were then given back to Spain after the fall of the French Empire. Barcelona emerged once again in the 19th century due to the Industrial Revolution. After establishing itself as an influential city once again, Barcelona and Catalonia pushed for more independence and proudly displayed the Catalonian culture.
Barcelona hosted the 1992 Olympic Games, once again putting the city and region on the map. Barcelona has become one of the most popular cities to visit. The city is still extremely proud of its Catalonian heritage, still pushing for independence from Spain.
- Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with 1.7 million people
- It is the capital of Catalonia
- 95 percent of people in Barcelona understand the Catalan language, whether they can speak it, write it, or read it.
- In offices and schools, Catalan is the dominant language. Similarly, many lectures at the University are hold in Catalan.
- Barcelona is also a leading cultural, sports, economic, tourism, arts, science, fashion and commerce center.
- It is the fourth most economically powerful city in the European Union and one of the most successful city brands.
- Majority of Barcelona considered themselves Roman Catholic, followed by Islam as the second most popular religion.
- Barcelona is home to the largest population of Jewish people in Spain, at 3500 people.
People from Around the World
- 62 percent of people living in Barcelona were born in Catalonia, while 24 percent were born in other areas of Spain
- The remaining 14 percent primarily hail from Ecuador, Peru, Morocco, Colombia, Argentina, Pakistan, and China
Spanish and American customs surrounding food are very different. Lunch is the largest meal of the day, including multiple courses and wine. Food in Spain is savored and lunch can last for over an hour. The siesta is not a myth! After enjoying a large midday meal, a short nap is taken before getting back to work. Dinner in Spain is much smaller and eaten much later than in the U.S. It is very common for dinner to be eaten between 9 p.m. and midnight!
Besides traditional Catalonian dishes such as Tapas, Paela, Allioli, and Escalivada; Japanese, Peruvian and Middle Eastern food is everywhere in Barcelona. Traditional Japanese cuisine such as ramen and shoyu are popping up across the city. Peruvian and Arabian spices are blending with traditional Catalonian dishes, creating a whole new flavor palate!
Festivals & Celebrations
With a rich history is Catholicism and religion, it’s no surprise Barcelona celebrates many Saints. Some of these festivals include Festival de Sant Medir de Gràcia, Easter week for Semana Santa, Sant Jordi and La Mercè. Barcelonans celebrate their Catalonian pride each year on September 11, Catalan National Day.
Barcelona is home to many famous artists and architects and their works. The works of Gaudi, Picasso, Dalí and Miró can be found across the city. Gaudi’s mosaic-filled Park Güell and forever unfinished La Sagrada Familia are visited by millions each year. The Museu Picasso in Barcelona is home to the most extensive collection of his works in the world. Barcelona is also home to a Picasso fresco – his only open air work, found outside the restaurant he frequented Two of the most defining surrealist painters, Dalí and Miró also once called Catalan home.
At CAPA we appreciate the diverse backgrounds and interests of our students! We have compiled a list of resources to help you feel more at home in your new city. Included you’ll find information regarding major news sources and things to do in Barcelona. You’ll also find resources for students going abroad as an LGBTQ student, students with a disability, students who have dietary restrictions, and students who are wondering how their racial and ethnic identity may be impacted in their new city.
This is only a brief introduction to your city and all it has to offer so please reach out to your program manager with any specific questions or concerns. At CAPA we pride ourselves on our ability to meet individual student needs and go above and beyond to ensure we offer the best student experience abroad possible!
- https://elpais.com/elpais/portada_america.html ( El Pais)
- http://www.elmundo.es/ ( El Mundo)
- http://www.abc.es/ (ABC)
- http://www.lavanguardia.com/ ( Lavanguardia)
- https://www.thelocal.es/ ( The Local)
Barcelona specific ” things to do”
- https://www.withlocals.com/experiences/spain/barcelona/ ( 7 fun things to do in Barca)
- http://www.barcelona-life.com/barcelona/things-to-do ( Barcelona-Life)
- https://www.timeout.com/barcelona/features/35/20-great-things-to-do-in-barcelona ( Great things to do in Barcelona)
Religious Resources in Barcelona
- http://www.travelandleisure.com/local-experts/barcelona/top-religious-sites-in-barcelona ( Top Religious Sites in Barcelona)
- http://lameva.barcelona.cat/bcnmetropolis/en/dossier/mes-enlla-del-catolicisme-diversitat-religiosa/ ( (Religious Diversity)
- http://ajuntament.barcelona.cat/oficina-afers-religiosos/en/about-us ( Office of Religious Affairs)
- https://www.facebook.com/Comunidad.Israelita.de.Barcelona/ (Community Israelita de Barcelona)
- https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/faq/general/jewish-synagogue-in-barcelona-centre.html ( Jewish Synagogue in Barcelona Centre)
- http://www.jewishbarcelona.org/ ( Jewish Europe)
LGTBQ Community Resources
- http://meet.barcelona.cat/en/discover-barcelona/live-barcelona/lgbt ( Barcelona.cat)
- https://www.angloinfo.com/how-to/spain/family/lgbt ( Angloinfo)
- http://ask.metafilter.com/245648/LGBTQ-activismvolunteering-while-studying-abroad-in-Barcelona ( Activism While Studying Abroad)
- http://www.rainbowsig.org/ ( Rainbow SIG)
- http://www.pridebarcelona.org/en/ (Pride Barcelona)
Race and Ethnicity in Barcelona
- https://shesgotthemic.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/traveling-while-black-barcelona/ ( She’s Got the Mic)
- https://uncw.edu/international/documents/DiversityResourcesEthnicity.pdf (Diversity Resources)
- https://www.goabroad.com/downloads/meaningful-travel-tips-tales-african-american-perspectives-GoAbroad.com.pdf ( Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales – AA Perspectives)
- http://jetsettimes.com/2014/03/15/what-it-means-to-be-an-asian-american-in-europe/ ( What it Means to be an Asian- American in Europe)
- https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/trip-planning/travelers-of-color-in-europe ( (Travelers of Color in Europe)
- https://www.diversityabroad.com/guides/diversity-and-inclusion-abroad-guide/racial-ethnic-minority-students-abroad ( Diversity Abroad)
Disabilities in Barcelona
- https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/transport/disabled/access-barcelona-disabled.html ( Access for Disabled in Barcelona)
- http://www.sagetraveling.com/barcelona-wheelchair-accessible-travel-tips ( Sage Traveling)
- http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/wv3/en/page/47/accessible-barcelona.html ( Barcelona Accessible)
- http://www.uab.cat/web/disability-1287729459241.html (UAB)
Food Restrictions Abroad
- http://www.studyabroadmap.com/how-to-study-abroad-with-dietary-restrictions/ ( How to Study Abroad With Dietary Restrictions)
- https://www.isepstudyabroad.org/guides-and-tips/before-you-go/study-abroad-checklist/dietary-restrictions-amp-expectations (ISEP)
- https://www.diversityabroad.com/study-abroad/articles/6-tips-managing-dietary-restrictions-abroad ( 6 Tips on Managing Restrictions)
- https://www.iesabroad.org/study-abroad/news/9-tips-studying-abroad-and-traveling-food-allergy#sthash.7eTaOdfE.dpbs ( Studying Abroad with a Food Allergy)
- https://sundevilsabroad.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/dietary-restrictions-abroad-tips-from-a-gluten-free-globetrotter/ ( Gluten Free)
- https://www.gooverseas.com/articles/eating-vegetarian-while-traveling ( Vegetarian Traveler)
- https://www.goabroad.com/articles/study-abroad/survival-kit-studying-abroad-with-a-food-allergy ( Food Allergy Survival Kit)