Barcelona

Since hosting the Olympic Games in 1992, Barcelona has boomed. The city's urban development has gone hand in hand with a clean-up of the more colourful parts of the old town and Barcelona is now a lively, cosmopolitan city with a population of just under 2 million. Set between the mountains and the...

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New Gaudí house museum in Barcelona

Gaudí's Casa Vicens opens as new public museum in Barcelona.Casa Vicens, the first home designed and built by Modernist Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926)  has opened as a museum in Barcelona...
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Barcelona clamps down on informal holiday rentals

City council says 7,000 unlicensed holiday rentals in Barcelona. Barcelona has launched a crackdown on illegal, unlicensed apartments used for holiday rentals, increasing the city's number of inspe...
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Spain's top court overturns Catalonia bullfighting ban

Barcelona mayor vows to resist contentious court decision. Spain’s top court has overturned a ban on bullfighting in the Catalonia region, almost five years after it was introduced, declaring it "u...
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Barcelona registers Europe's first Zika microcephaly birth

Baby with microcephaly born in Barcelona hospital. A woman in Barcelona has given birth to a baby with the congenital brain condition microcephaly, in what is the first recorded case of its kind in...
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Digital currency proposed for Barcelona

New Barcelona currency to help local trade. Barcelona city council is pushing ahead with its controversial plan to launch its own digital currency in the first half of next year, according to repor...
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Catalonians vote for independence

The Catalonians who went to the polls on 9 November voted overwhelmingly in favour of the formation of a state independent from Spain. About 2.2 million people, out of an eligible electorate of 5.4 mi...
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Catalonian vote battles legalities

Consultation on more independence still set for 9 November According to a poll at the end of October most Catalonians would like more independence from Spain, but just less than 50 per cent would w...
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Catalonians still want November independence vote

Over 70 per cent of Catalonians still want to hold a referendum on 9 November on independence from Spain, even though the popular vote was suspended by a ruling of the country's constitutional court o...
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Late openings for Barcelona museums

Many of Barcelona's museums have late openings and special evening events in August. The Caixaforum stays open on Wednesdays until midnight with performances and concerts at 20.00 and 22.00. The...
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Sunday opening for Barcelona shops

Shops in some Barcelona areas in the city centre will be allowed to open on Sundays throughout the summer. The ruling applies to Ciutat Vella and L’Eixample as well as parts of Gràcia, Sa...
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Barcelona metro to link El Prat airport in 2016

The Barcelona metro will link up to El Prat airport in 2016 according to the president of Catalonia Artur Mas. When the extension is finished there will be 15 stations (three less than originally p...
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Barcelona best airport in southern Europe

Barcelona's El Prat airport has been classified as the best airport in southern Europe for the third year running according the Skytrax survey of 13 million passengers in 120 countries. The survey tak...
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Admission fee to Montjuïc

Visitors to Montjuïc castle can no longer see the fortress for free but have to pay a €5 entrance fee, as from 1 March. The castle, which was handed over to the city by the Spanish minist...
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Barcelona Mobile World Congress

Barcelona is hosting the Mobile World Congress for the ninth year running. Considered the largest congress in the mobile phone industry it hosts 1,800 companies and about 77,000 visitors during the fo...
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Barcelona parking spaces too narrow

Barcelona has the narrowest parking places in Europe according to research by EuroTest, a group of 18 automobile clubs in 17 European countries. Barcelona parking spaces are only 2.2 m wide and 4.5...
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Barcelona to Paris via TGV

Travel by train between Barcelona and Paris has now become 30 minutes faster and without any changes. The time between the two cites in the new TGV launched on 15 December now takes 6 hours 25 minutes...
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Greenpeace activists scale the Sagrada Familia in protest

10 Greenpeace activists have scaled the Sagrada Familia cathedral demanding the release of the 30 activists who were arrested by the Russians on a Gazprom oil rig in mid-September. Greenpeace suppo...
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Mobility week in Barcelona

Barcelona is promoting various forms of alternative transport during Mobility Week from 22-29 September. These include car sharing, cultural tours by bike, a photo competition and the Barcelona City C...
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Barcelona rolls out parking apps

Barcelona has launched a new parking app apparkB to make parking easier and more user friendly in the city's blue and green areas. The app means that users can pay online and pay only for the exact...
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Barcelona to remodernise central fish market

Barcelona and its fish wholesalers have come to an agreement to renovate the city's seafood market. The project will bring the Mercat Central del Peix in line with Spanish and EU health and enviro...