Barcelona: From the Catalan Manchester With Love

Barcelona-Manchester common things.


6a00d8341bfb1653ef01a5109f1c4c970c-550wi Tucked away in a quietly fashionable part of Barcelona, there is a part of the Catalan capital that will remain forever Lancashire: unknown to many, the city’s  Poblenou district has worn the title of the “ Catalan Manchester ” since the 19 th  Century thanks to its history of textile manufacture and industry.

Having lived for three happy, if rainy, years in Manchester and two years in a slightly sunnier Barcelona I was charmed to discover the historical link between the two cities, not the least because I had already decided that Barcelona and Manchester had a lot in common.

Of course, both cities’ textile industries have now largely departed and there’s not a great deal of likeness to be found in weather, geography or architecture. But there remains much to bind the two cities in Trans-European fraternity.

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