News — January 01, 2000
Enjoy Barcelona: City of Contrasts
Photographer: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Cond? Nast Traveler In a privileged position on the northeastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain in both size and population. I
Photographer: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Cond? Nast Traveler In a privileged position on the northeastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain in both size and population. It is also the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community within Spain. There are two official languages spoken in Barcelona: Catalan, generally spoken in all of Catalonia, and Spanish. The city of Barcelona has a population of more than 1,500,000, but this number spirals to more than 4,000,000 if the outlying areas are included. The capital of Catalonia is unequivocally a Mediterranean city, not only because of its geographic location but also and above all because of its history, tradition and cultural influences. The documented history of the city dates back to the founding of a Roman colony on its soil in the second century B.C. Modern Barcelona experienced spectacular growth and economic revival at the onset of industrialization during the second half of the 19th century. The 1888 World’s Fair became a symbol of the capacity of hard work and the international outlook projected by the city. Culture and the arts flourished in Barcelona and in all of Catalonia. The splendor achieved by Catalonian modernism is one outstanding example. Barcelona is really a collection of multi-faceted and diverse cities. If you are unfamiliar with its history, you may be surprised that such a modern and enterprising city preserves its historic Gothic center almost intact. You will find a curious contrast between the maze of narrow streets and the grid-like layout of its urban planning project of the end of the 19th century. Beside a modern high-rise, you may see a quaint square where the most outstanding decorative element is a chimney, an echo of old factories that were installed there in the past. Although Barcelona is profoundly Catalonian, it is open to all the cultural influences flowing in from and beyond the Pyrenees. Its harbor and commerce have served to foster the city’s prosperity over hundreds of years, while its well-ordered and symmetrical grid has given it quarters of unrivaled beauty such as the gothic quarter. Site of the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona underwent a thorough facelift. Today it is an elegant and harmonious city waiting to be enjoyed to the fullest. Catalan Cuisine ************* Catalan Cuisine defies summarizing with a few typical dishes. Dishes vary from those with deep-rooted country origins to rich and varied seafood cuisine. An ample repertoire includes fowl and game, including rabbit with snails, Catalan-style partridge or boar, and numerous specialties, such as duck with pears, chicken with shrimp or lobster, and dishes using duck and goose as their main ingredients as well as snails and mushrooms. Catalonia is also a land of fine wine to be savored with your Catalan cuisine selections. Nightlife ******* Bars, caf?s, clubs and discotheques abound in Barcelona. The music beats are as diverse as the ambience and cater to all different tastes. Port Vell ******* Port Vell is a new entertainment complex in Barcelona. You can take a peaceful stroll while enjoying the magnificent view of the port. There are numerous restaurants offering a wide selection of Catalan cuisine and seafood dishes. Delicious food may be savored in any of the many restaurants while enjoying the pleasant sea breeze. At the aquarium, the largest in Europe, a fascinating underwater world can be discovered. The Maritime Museum and the Museum of History of Catalunya are cultural points of interests at Port Vell recreational complex. Contacts ******* Congress Director Josep Montanes Gassol Barcelona World Congress C/ Calabria, 147 08015 BARCELONA - Catalonia SPAIN Tel. Bus.: +34 (93) 483 8368 Fax Number: +34 (93) 483 8300 JCI P.O. Box 140577 Coral Gables, FL 33114-0577 U.S.A. Tel: 305-446-7608 Fax: 305-448-8705 Email: JCIMeetings@aol.com Register Today ************ Barcelona promises you an unforgettable meeting experience. Register today to attend this once-in-a-lifetime Junior Chamber event! Due to the global economic aftershocks of the attacks against America on September 11, JCI extended early registration (US$350) until October 25, 2001. Thereafter, the registration fee will be US$400. Since online registration is no longer available, please go to www.juniorchamber.org/register/barcelona and print a registration form. After completing the form, please fax it to 1-305-448-8705. The Congress web site is www.jovescambres.org/barcelona2001.? Its email address is Barcelona2001@juniorchamber.org?