Too many tourists? Bye bye Barcelona!

Too many tourists come to Barcelona? Tell us, in the comments…

Si sigues las noticias, habrás oído hablar de las protestas de los vecinos de la Barceloneta contra el turismo masificado.

¿Recibe Barcelona demasiado turismo? ¿Es el turismo un mal menor que aporta muchos beneficios a la ciudad? ¿Se debería encontrar un nuevo modelo de turismo y reducir su impacto? ¿Realmente la ciudad puede permitirse la cantidad de turistas que la visitan sin salir perjudicada? ¿Se está convirtiendo el centro de la ciudad en un parque temático?

Son cuestiones controvertidas, sin duda.

Si te interesa este asunto, te sugerimos que veas este documental (55 minutos) que trata de responder a algunas de estas preguntas.

En la web
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Un documental polémico: Mónica del Raval

They say the barrio of the Raval [map] get's worse and worse and they want to stamp out prostitution: the documentary (which you might find offensive) provides a little insight into a story that has filled Spanish media recently.

Un documental de actualidad y polémico: Mónica del Raval.

  • Director: Francesc Betriu.
  • De qué va: La biografía de Ramona Coronado o Mónica del Raval una prostituta del barrio chino de Barcelona.
  • Por qué la recomiendo: Estas semanas se ha hablado mucho de la situación del Raval y de la prostitución en la ciudad condal. La película permite, además de conocer esta historia de vida, acercarse a la realidad de este heterogéneo barrio barcelonés.
  • Nivel de dificultad: Nivel intermedio.

Atención: alguien puede sentirse molesto con el lenguaje y los comentarios que aparecen en el documental.

Nativity scene, Plaça Sant Jaume

Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona

Plaça Sant Jaume, Barcelona | Photo: Tom Walton

We don't go quite so over the top with our Christmas decorations in Barcelona as you do in other countries (I'm thinking particularly about Britain).

In the central Plaça Sant Jaume there's a Nativity scene every year — which people look forward to in part to see what on earth they'll think up this year (no one has ever forgiven them the cardboard cutout figures, or the Butano man, or the fact that there's no caganer, which is the traditional Catalan figure…). This year it's back to a very traditional scene (but still no caganer…).

If you're Christmas shopping, most of the Barcelona shops will be open over the weekend — despite the fact that both Saturday and Monday are officially holidays.

Don't miss the Fira de Santa Llúcia, in front of the cathedral, will you…?

Espanyol vs Barça: We was robbed!

Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!

Today's Barcelona papers: we'll still be arguing about this one next week | Photo: Tom Walton

We love a good argument in Barcelona (particularly those relating to football or politics) and the weekend's Espanyol-Barça derby provided us with fuel for lots.

First there was the ref (always good for a spot of polémica), who sent an Espanyol player off after a 50-50 challenge when he should either have ignored what happened or sent off a Barça player as well; booked Espanyol players left, right and centre but not those of Barça; and then awarded a very late penalty for a blatant dive, to hand Barça the game, 1-2. "We was robbed," said Espanyol president Daniel Sánchez Llibre, with some justification.

Then there were the flares fired at their rivals by the Barça "Boixos Nois" fans, despite a strict ban on bringing such things into football grounds. "It was Espanyol's fault," said the police; "It was the fault of the police," said Espanyol. "La sensación en Montjuïc fue que se rozó la tragedia por la pasividad policial," says El Mundo Deportivo, for once saying something sensible.

"The Boixos Nois", who are no longer welcome at the Nou Camp, "are nothing to do with us," said Barça president Joan Laporta, a message which didn't seem to have reached the Barça players, who celebrated joyously with them, which Espanyol now intend to report to Spanish football's Antiviolence Commission.

Mr Laporta didn't endear himself to anyone by wagging his finger accusingly at everyone sitting with him in the Espanyol president's box. "A los jugadores del Barça que ni me los toquen", he said, according to Sport.es, a newspaper recently aptly described by The Guardian as "a comic".

"Los 'boixos' siembran la alarma social," the Madrid-based As.com weighed in, perhaps secretly happy that such things happen in Barcelona (happily very rarely, it should be said).

It is only a game. Only, here in Barcelona, you wouldn't think so…

Hacer el pasillo: la polémica de esta semana

Everyone is talking about it, it's this week's hot controversy in Barcelona: should the Barça players applaud Real Madrid, who've just won the Spanish League?

El Real Madrid acaba de ganar la Liga y juegan esta noche contra el Barça en Madrid, en un partido que ahora tienen más morbo que interés deportivo. Si gana el Madrid su alegría será total, si gana el Barça habrá ganado algo esta temporada, que ha sido francamente nefasta…

El morbo está en si los jugadores del Barça deberían o no "hacer el pasillo": es decir, salir primero al campo y aplaudir a los jugadores del equipo campeón.

Si hacen el pasillo o no lo podrás comprobar en la tele: TeleCinco, a partir de las 21.30 esta noche.