October 21st, 2010
Iphone apps are increasingly becoming essential gear for travellers. Here is a list of some the best apps I’ve come across for Barcelona.
Lonely Planet Barcelona City Guide
Very well researched app with stacks of independent info on Barcelona. Their resident author recommends the best the city has to offer in tapas bars, clubs, hotels, markets and museums Read up on the city, see the sights and things to do. with the help of handy offline maps and pay no data roaming fees. More here
The most visually attractive is probably the well-designed Top 10 Barcelona by Dorling Kindersley which includes hundreds of recommendations and photos with information on the city’s buildings, parks, churches, Gaudi and Picasso, restaurants and tapas bars, things to do with the kids and hotels. It features 3 large scale maps of central Barcelona, the old town and the metro, with pinpointers, and also includes search navigation, bookmarks and links to websites.
If you just want a map, check out the useful Barcelona Street Map
I would also recommend the complete wikipedia Encyclopedia app (no photos) which is my all-time favourite mobile application. Although it doesn’t have photos and is a bit clunky, it includes loads of information on Barcelona and Catalonia , along with thousands of articles on Spanish culture, history and politics – and on the rest of the world. Warning takes some time to download, but it’s worth it. Millions of articles from around the world without worrying about data roaming fees. I find it incredibly useful when queuing or sitting on the bus, or for resolving discussions in bars
October 20th, 2010
Lucy has written this excellent summary
of the news of Collserola’s protection.
October 19th, 2010
I thought this was interesting. Only 27 percent of people who applied for residence in Barcelona in 2009 are from outside Spain. From Barcelona Metropilitan here
According to the Statistic department of the Ayuntamiento, 40,000 people, newly recorded in the 2009 municipal census, came from other municipalities in Catalunya, whilst only 17,000 came from other regions in Spain. The department have released a study that shows the city demographic during the last twenty years, which reveals that during 2009, 89,594 people arrived in Barcelona whilst only 59,570 people left. Over 40 percent of immigrants who arrived in Barcelona in 2009, came from the rest of Catalunya, more than 12,000 joined the municipal census of Barcelona after leaving other cities in the Barcelona region – ie. l’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Badalona, Santa Coloma and Sant Adrià. The flow of residents is particularly strong between l’Hospitalet settled in Barcelona and vice versa. The second largest exchange is between Barcelona and Badalona. The report also reveals moreover that the greatest migratory movements from or to the municipality of Barcelona are with young people. More than half of the 90,000 people who came to the city were between 20 and 35 years old.