ejaycat Posted September 23, 2016 Report Share Posted September 23, 2016 It's funny to me that people think it was the Olympics that totally remade Barcelona. It was already on its way to becoming what it is now; the Olympics were just the icing on the cake. Barcelona wasn't the dismal place everyone makes it out to be pre-Olympics. It suffered during the Franco era mainly because the Catalans were suppressed culturally and linguistically by Franco and his convoluted Spanish nationalism. But it was still the 2nd largest city in Spain, and attracted poor people from rural areas. If you look at any guidebook to Spain from the Franco era, many of them say to skip boring Madrid and instead go to Barcelona. So the tourism to Barcelona goes way back well before the 1992 Olympics. Even now, I think Barcelona is a much more interesting city than Madrid, certainly architecturally so, and Catalan culture is very different from Castilian culture. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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