An example of the complete bollocks with which travel sites think you’ll be satisfied is to be found on Travelcreek, which tells us that:
Gerona is the second largest city in the province of Catalunya after Barcelona and is dissected by the Onyar river.
Leaving aside the fact that Catalonia isn’t a province, Girona hasn’t been on the number two spot since before the industrial revolution. Here are the top 10s for 1900, 1975 and 2004, population-wise:
|1900||1975||2004 (position in spain)|
|2||Reus||26,681||l’Hospitalet de Llobregat||280,640||l’Hospitalet de Llobregat (16)||239,100|
|6||Sabadell||23,214||Sta Coloma de Gramenet||137,579||Sta Coloma de Gramenet (53)||109,600|
|10||Terrassa||15,956||Cornellà de Llobregat||91,110||Reus (59)||91,600|
Go on, be honest: how many of you have actually been to l’Hospitalet? Girona, with 79,900 inhabitants, is joint 11th with Cornellà this year (number 71 in Spain), the latter having lost more than 10,000 people in the last 30 years.
There has also been a shift of jobs and people away from Barcelona in the past couple of decades. The following chart–of negligible scientific value–compares the population of Barcelona with the sum total of Catalonia’s next nine cities for the dates above:
- “Catalan on the road to extinction”
More panic-mongering from the linguacrats: Carme Junyent, director of the low-activity Group for the Study of Threatened Languages at Barcelona University
- Spanish airport traffic trends
Variation in air traffic numbers throws interesting light on Spain’s problems as it plunges into recession.
- Rolling, rolling, rolling, down the Llobregat
Either the cat in Sant Climent de Llobregat has a very large mum or someone has driven a Seat 600 through
- Dr No
- Having your glass of water and drinking it
Coverage of the Barcelona water crisis in yesterday’s Vanguardia was a standard victimist litany: Our consumption per capita is low compared to