5 curiosities about Barcelona in 2020 that you probably don't know about
Andrea Alés - January, 26, 2021

Barcelona is, without a single doubt, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. And there is nothing that can be missed: Barcelona is an admirable city for being able to bring together sea, mountains, good weather, exquisite gastronomy and its own traditions and culture.

Beloved by locals, future residents and tourists, today we take a look at the curiosities that made the Catalan capital a memorable and unique city during 2020.

Barcelona is the fourth most Instagram-able city in the world

Barcelona holds the record for the most selfies taken in Spain, but what you might not know is that it is the fourth most "Instagrammable" city in the world, with the highest number of photos posted on social networks. Topping the world list are London, New York and Amsterdam.

Within the city itself, Parc Güell is the place with the most photos online (a total of 168,068 photos in 2020), followed by Camp Nou and the Sagrada Familia. Don't forget to pack your camera if you're thinking of visiting us!

The best neighbourhood to live in 2020 is in L'Esquerra del l'Eixample

Everyone wants to live in the best neighbourhood in the world, but only a few can do it. Fortunately for those who visit Barcelona, they can find among its streets the coolest neighbourhood in the world, L'Esquerra del l'Eixample. Located in the heart of the city, it has been chosen among more than 38,000 people from all over the world by TimeOut magazine.

Regardless of its gastronomy, culture and perfect weather, the neighbourhood has been placed at the top of the ranking due to its great spirit of neighbourhood togetherness during the quarantine, with numerous initiatives that supported its communities and local businesses.

You can taste the best Bravas in Spain at Bar Tomás

According to ICON magazine, Barcelona will be the "mecca" of patatas bravas in 2020, with a more sophisticated, different and cosmopolitan recipe than the traditional one in Madrid. Today, there is a fierce competition between the two capitals to find the perfect bravas recipe: with double boiling of the potato, a light spicy touch and mild olive oil.

With more than 100 years behind it, in Barcelona we can find Bar Tomás, chosen by many as the bar with the best Bravas in Spain. Surrounded by a purely local clientele and that traditional tavern atmosphere that we adore, their potatoes perfectly balance all the elements that make them unique: aioli to the point, a soft touch of cayenne, lightly candied and soft inside and out. One of bravas, please!

The Sagrada Familia is the most visited monument in Spain

There is nothing better than having a well-filled stomach to start a sightseeing session to the most visited monument in the country, the Sagrada Familia. According to data from the Ministry of Tourism, it was the most visited monument in Spain with a total of 4.5 million visits last year. Gaudí's "masterpiece", whose construction began in 1882 and is still unfinished, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005, a distinction which also includes its crypt.

The transition towards a new mobility in the city centre

In the last year, Barcelona has already begun its definitive plans to become an unprecedented sustainable city. After the drop in public transport use in 2020 to half the numbers of the previous year, and always bearing in mind the situation with regard to climate change, Barcelona wants to become an example to follow and has begun an extensive urban mobility plan to reduce CO2 emissions and increase sustainable travel by 82% by 2024.

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