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Facts, tips and advice on Barcelona – Part 1

The people; known for being hard working and polite but a fierce rivalry exists between Barcelona and Madrid.

The Language; For over 1000 years, Catalan, a combination of Spanish, Latin and medievil French, has been spoken in Catalunya.

The Religion; Roman catholicism is the most dominant faith in Spain.

The Food; influnced from all over the world, particuarly mediterainian and french cuisine.

Etiquette; Topless sunbathing is accepted on the beaches but more modesty is appropriate inland.

What to pack; If you plan to take advantage of Barcelona’s nightlife, high fashion is essential! Otherwise dressing casual is fine in the day with smart wear for the evenings.

Emergency numbers;

Polocia Nacional (national police) – 091

Policia Municipail – 092

Emergency medical service – 061

Football Club Barcelona FCB

Barcelona’s football club is one of the most famous in the world and Catalan’s sports window. This club founded in 1899 had become a Catalan institution and its motto is “Més que un club”, which means “more than a club”. This motto is true for millions of fans who come every year to the Camp Nou stadium to support their favourite team.

Visit the Nou Camp and its museum will give you an unforgettable experience and impression. Located in the north of the city, it is easily reachable by metro (L3, stop Zona Universitaria) or even take the Touristic Bus which stops right in front of the Camp Nou. With 100 000 places, Camp Nou is Europe’s biggest stadium. Museum’s visit is a really popular attraction, with over one million visitors every year. The visit includes the changing room as well as the director’s box. Finally, a football museum will close the visit.

A notable fact: during the 2006-2007 season, FC Barcelona was the second richest club in the world with an estimated revenue of 290€ million. This allowed the club to buy famous and talented players such as Eto’o, Thuram, Ronaldinho, Messi or Zambrotta.

In order to get more information about the current season, here is the link towards the official webpage: http://www.fc-barcelone.com/calendrier0405.htm.

There is a strong rivalry between Spain’s two most successful teams: FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. This competition began dozens of years ago and has as much political reasons as pure sport reasons. Under Franco’s dictatorship the FC Barcelona was a way for Catalans to express their forbidden freedom and identity. Nowadays this rivalry is nothing but over : as Spain’s two most successful clubs, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid challenge each other yearly for the league championship.

The last notable fact about FC Barcelona concerns heir particular sponsorship relation with the UNICEF. Since 2006 the club has signed an exclusive agreement with the UNICEF to only wear shirts with the UNICEF logo on it. This has been done to support international cooperation programmes for development and humanitarian aids programmes.

Barcelona offers lots of different accommodations, from pensions to five-star hotels. We recommend you to stay in Bcn Loft for apartments located in the very centre of Barcelona: www.bcnloft.com.

Cheap Flights to Spain From UK

Air Berlin

Based in Germany, it is the third biggest low cost airline in Europe, and offers cheap flights from London Stansted to Barcelona, Palma, Ibiza and Malaga.

bmi baby

A British low-cost airline and a subsidiary of British Midland, it flies from its main bases at East Midlands, Manchester, Cardiff, and Birmingham International to numbers of destinations in Spain – cheap flights Alicante, Barcelona, Ibiza, Malaga, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca.


Europe’s second largest low cost airline operates routes to Spain from all regions of the UK. EasyJet is one of the cheapest ways to fly from almost any UK airport to Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante, Almeria, Malaga, Bilbao, Murcia and many more.

Excel Airways

It is one of the UK’s largest charter airlines and connects Cardiff in Wales, Glasgow in Scotland and seven cities in England to Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Murcia on the south coast of Spain.


The leading Scottish low cost airline flies from Glasgow and Edinburgh to the most popular tourist destinations in Spain including Alicante, Barcelona, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Menorca, cheap flights Malaga, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, and Tenerife.


This UK low cost airline offers budget flights to Barcelona, Valencia and other coastal destinations in Spain from Leeds Bradford, Manchester, and Belfast International in Northern Ireland.


The airline connects six aiports in England and Scotland to the south coast of Spain. Unlike most of the UK low cost carriers, Monarch flies to Granada and Gibraltar. The airline also offers cheap flights Tenerife, Gran Canaria, and Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and to Mallorca and Menorca in the Balearics.


The largest low cost airline in Europe serves a huge amount of routes to Spain from UK, mainly operating from London Stansted and Dublin International, flying to Barcelona, Alicante, Malaga, Tenerife, Palma de Mallorca, Fuerteventura, Seville, Valencia, and many more.