Planning a trip to Barcelona? You might be wondering exactly what’s happening in Barcelona as you continue to see the city popping up in the news.
Many of our guests have reached out to us with questions and concerns about traveling to Barcelona. We’re here to provide you with answers, clarity and a little peek into the city we live in (and love!) every single day.
What is happening in Barcelona right now?
To understand what’s happening right now, first let’s look at what’s happened in the past. Barcelona is the capital of a region called Catalonia, and Catalonia has a very long history. It has its own identity, culture, traditions and even language, which can be traced back more than 1,000 years. Although Catalonia has been part of Spain for hundreds of years, the Catalan people have kept and maintained their cultural identity over the centuries.
Over the last 10 to 15 years, there’s been a big debate about whether Catalonia should remain a part of Spain or become an independent republic, with lots of passionate people on both sides. This year, the Catalan government organized a vote and declared independence from Spain. The Spanish government does not recognize this vote or declaration, and considers them to be violations of the Spanish constitution. As of October 2017, it still remains to be seen exactly how it will all turn out. What we can say for sure is that this is a historical time to be in Barcelona!
Is it safe to travel to Barcelona right now?
Yes! Despite the political situation, life in Barcelona continues as normal for residents and visitors in the city. If you are planning on coming to Barcelona, follow the news updates and get in touch with us so you can make the most of your time here in this wonderful city!
I’m traveling to Barcelona soon—what should I expect?
Expect the usual: a cosmopolitan city full of friendly people, amazing architecture, great weather, even better food and lots of things to do! Restaurants and shops are open as normal, and visitors are able to enjoy everything Barcelona has to offer. Additionally, you might witness peaceful rallies where everyone from grandparents to small children will be singing and waving their favorite flag. These peaceful demonstrations are a clear representation of the essence of Barcelona!
Are your food tours still running?
Yes! We are continuously following the events, assessing the situation and making sure our tours and routes are safe for our guests, guides and vendors. Our number one concern will always be safety, and we make all of our decisions with that in mind. Our customer service team is in constant communication with our local team in Barcelona and our guests to ensure a great experience for everyone.
Does what’s happening in Barcelona affect our travels elsewhere in Spain?
Nope! You might see more Spanish flags hanging from balconies and small organized events here and there, but it’s business as usual across the country.
The bottom line is that Barcelona is as great as it’s always been, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you onto our delicious tours! If you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you! Email us at [email protected], or call our customer service team at +34 695 111 832.
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