Population: 1,615,448 (2011)
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Barcelona has a temperate climate with hot, dry summers. Summer in Barcelona lasts from May to October, with the warmest days in July and August and temperatures averaging around 28 °C (82°F), with extra humidity. October brings cooler weather, and temperatures in winter (November to February) average around 12°C (53°F).
- Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid.
- Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia was begun in 1882 and is still under construction many years after his death. When quizzed about the length of time the church was taking to construct, Gaudi apparently answered, “My client is not in a hurry.”
- Pablo Picasso specifically asked for the gallery displaying his work to be changed to Barcelona instead of his birthplace, Geneva, because of his strong love and affinity for the city.
- There were no usable beaches in Barcelona until the city was chosen to host the Olympic Games in 1992, when the industrial area was relocated to convert the seaside into a place for leisure.
- The name Barcelona comes from the Barca family of Carthage who ruled the area in the 3rd century before Christ.