The Spanish city of Barcelona is one of the prettiest in the world, and there are several options for getting there, including an hour-long train ride to the airport, or flying out of Barcelona.
However, it also has one of its highest murder rates, so it’s always a good idea to bring your camera.
Here’s how to capture some of Barcelona’s most memorable moments.1.
The Big Parade.
In the winter of 2016, thousands of Catalans took to the streets in a celebration of a city that’s famous for its vibrant cultural scene.
But there was no parade that night.
Instead, a group of protesters had gathered in front of the town hall and, during the procession, set up an outdoor plaza where the public could take photos.2.
The Ballad of Joan of Arc.
In 1791, the Spanish royalist Joan of Aragon assassinated the King of France.
The assassination of the King set off an uprising that was ultimately crushed by the French.
The next year, in the wake of the French Revolution, a young artist named Henri Matisse created a painting called Joan of the Rose that would become a worldwide sensation.3.
The Festa de la Conquista, or The Celebration of the Sacred.
In 1804, a celebration for the new year began in Barcelona and was held to commemorate the first anniversary of the city’s independence from Spain.
During the day, thousands dressed in colorful costumes, danced, and threw colorful bouquets of flowers into the streets.
At night, many people gathered in a plaza to watch fireworks, and the streets of Barcelona filled with revelers.4.
The Car Wash.
In 2014, a man named Diego García Martínez was found dead at a trash dump in Barcelona, and authorities initially thought he was killed by a prostitute.
But then, a DNA test confirmed that the murder was actually committed by a friend of García.5.
The “Sugar Triangle” in Barcelona.
In 1992, a gang of Spanish-Moroccan teenagers broke into a home and raped the woman, leaving her dead.
She had a heart attack the next morning, and after a ransom was paid, the men fled the scene.6.
The Barcelona Miracle.
In 2009, a bus carrying passengers from London to Barcelona was stopped at a traffic light and had to make an emergency stop because of a broken windshield.
The driver managed to drive the bus safely to the nearest bus stop, but when he tried to open the passenger door to help, he inadvertently left the driver’s seat open.
He died the next day from cardiac arrest.7.
The Catalonian Rebellion.
In 2012, a mob of Catalonian youth took over a government building in Barcelona that had been used as a government office.
They burned it down, and over the next several years, thousands were arrested.8.
The Riot of the Bicentennial.
In 1998, a large crowd gathered outside a museum in Barcelona to protest against the construction of a stadium for the Champions League soccer tournament.
The stadium was built on a site that had previously been occupied by a former prison.
The police were called in, and as the police moved in, the crowd began to break into the building and throw bricks at them.
The riot was eventually quelled, but many Catalan citizens still remember the riot.9.
The Festival of the Flowers.
In 2002, hundreds of thousands of people attended a “festivus” event in Barcelona for a holiday festival called La Découverte.
The festival took place over the course of two days, with fireworks and carnival rides, and in the end, over 6,000 people were arrested in the streets for breaking the law.10.
The Battle of the Algarve.
In 1995, the first world war ended, and thousands of soldiers from the British Army were sent to Catalonia to fight in the war.
During this time, a small group of Catalonians were captured and taken to a military camp in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains.
The camp was nicknamed the “Algarve,” after the Spanish word for the Spanish islands.
At the camp, prisoners were forced to eat and sleep in a makeshift camp, where they were often kept in overcrowded conditions.11.
The opera singer Elisa Valdez was found guilty of murdering her lover, a Spanish diplomat.
Valdez, who was originally from Madrid, had been trying to flee to Spain when she was captured in the Pyrenes Mountains by soldiers from France and the United Kingdom.
She was sentenced to death in absentia.12.
The Siege of Barcelona in 1916.
On July 12, 1916, more than 1,000 soldiers of the British Royal Navy stormed the Catalan city and took control of the streets and buildings.
In a press conference broadcast live on national television, Spanish President Francisco Franco declared that Spain was at war.
He then called on the entire Spanish population to go to the front lines and fight for the