We've been loving getting to know Sir Victor's city. Here are some of our favorite fun facts that we've picked up along the way.
THE FUN FACTS:
- All of Barcelona’s beaches are manmade with sand from Egypt, and they were built in 1992 for the Olympics. The city has a 4.5-kilometer coastline and 7 beaches.
- Sir Victor’s neighbor Casa Milà, Gaudí’s famous modernist building, got its nickname, La Pedrera (stone quarry), from disapproving locals when it was built in the early 1900s.
- When you’re out and about, ask for a bikini if you want to get a delicious hot ham-and-cheese sandwich.
- La Sagrada Familia will have 18 towers when it’s finished, and they represent the 12 apostles, 4 evangelists, the Virgin Mary and Jesus.
- There were actually three original Statue of Liberties, and Barcelona has one of them. It’s at the Arús Library.
- Barcelona is located between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, and locals incorporate that fact when giving directions, especially in our neighborhood, Eixample. For example, Sir Victor is located at Rosselló 265, mountain side.
- Suizo is Barcelona’s delicious hot chocolate with cream that you can find in traditional tea rooms called granja. The locals love to go there for classic merienda.
- Smoking marijuana is legal in Barcelona, but only privately in your own home or in one of the city’s many members-only cannabis clubs.
- Barcelona’s Parc de Collserola is the largest city park in the world. It’s 22 times bigger than New York City’s Central Park.
- The oldest house in Barcelona was built in the 12th century. It’s located at 6 Sant Domènec del Call Street.
- There are 9,000 versions of patatas bravas, the famous Spanish tapa.
- Expect a sunny day. Barcelona gets 310 per year.