That Barcelona is one of the cities with the most tourists in Spain is a fact that we had known for a long time, and that has many emblematic modernist buildings as well. It may seem that you already know everything about one of the most visited cities in the world, so in Aerobús we want to show you some curious and unknown facts about many of the Catalan capital. In addition, we give you the opportunity to move comfortably from the El Prat airport to the city center and vice versa and to buy your ticket online so that you forget to have to carry out any procedure.
Even the most well-known cities hide secrets that escape to neighbors and tourists. You can think that you know everything about them, but there is always some data that surprises and with which to leave the mouth open to anyone. The Ciudad Condal, with more than eight million tourists a year, is full of curious facts that you may not know. Did you know that there is a secret Dry Martini that can only be accessed with a password and that the Barça coat has a hole in the stained glass windows of the Sagrada Familia?
It might seem that the enthusiasm of the FC Barcelona fans is so strong that their shield shines even inside one of the most emblematic churches of the city, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. And there are many who take selfies there, what makes Barcelona the fourth city in the world and the first in Spain where the most selfies are made and shared on social networks. Topping the list would be London, New York and Amsterdam.
If it is time to eat and you do not have the site in mind, there is a clandestine restaurant where you need a password to enter. The Speakeasy was opened in 2002 by Javier de las Muelas, the owner of Dry Martini, and is housed in the warehouse of this famous cocktail bar.
Barcelona also has one of the three original statues of Liberty. Specifically, it is located in the Arús Library, near the Paseo de Sant Joan and the Arc de Triomf. The other two are in Paris and, of course, in New York. The latter, which just turned 130, was a gift from the French country to the United States on the occasion of the centenary of its independence.
Before Madrid, Barcelona was one of the first cities to pay homage to Christopher Columbus, but his statue does not point to America, but to Mallorca. This topic is always a source of debate, but the truth is that the American continent is in the opposite direction, and Columbus’ finger points to the sea. According to real calculations, to the island of Mallorca.
Did you know that the Olympic Games started with a montage? The Olympic arrow launched by Antonio Rebollo at the opening ceremony of the 1992 Olympic Games never entered the cauldron. It was an automatic spigot that avoided unnecessary risks and television created a wonderful montage.
In Barcelona you can also go up to one meter without a driver, since one of every four trains on line 9 of the Barcelona metro, or 25% of them, operates without a driver thanks to a centralized automatic control system. The new section, named L9 Sud, joins the University Zone and the El Prat airport.
We also know that there is a magic painting in the Holy Family whose numbers add up 33. When entering the basilica, on the left, you can see a square formed by 16 squares in which there is a number in each of them. All the combinations – vertical, horizontal and diagonal – add 33, the age at which Jesus Christ died on the cross.
And, if that were not enough, in the Catalan capital you will also find a Soviet bunker. It is in perfect conservation and was part of the old Soviet consulate of the city. This embassy of the USSR became an anti-aircraft shelter during the Spanish Civil War before the bombings that the Catalan capital suffered in 1937.
Barcelona and its 4,027 streets surprise the sights wherever you look. Of these, 450 begin with the letter C and only two with the letter Y. Some of the most famous are in the Eixample district, which occupies the central part of the city. It’s never too late to know the real corners of a city and Barcelona hides more secrets than you can imagine.
What are you waiting for to discover them?