By Mary-Ann Gallagher
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5 30 0 0 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Barcelona experiences modest rainfall year round – just sufficient to maintain the city’s green spaces. However, rain tends to fall in sudden, but short-lived, torrential downpours and heavy thunder storms are a feature of the summer months. Grey, drizzly weather lasting for days on end is very rare. AUTUMN The grape harvest (verema) is a highlight of the autumn, just before the vines turn red and gold. It is the season for seeking out mushrooms which swell the market stalls.
Tel 93 256 21 00. Jaume I. # Apr–Sep: 10am– 8pm Tue–Sun; Oct–Mar: 10am–2pm, 4–7pm Tue–Sat, 10am–8pm Sun. ¢ 1 Jan, 1 May, 24 Jun, 25 Dec. & free 1st Sat afternoon of the month. 8 by appt. es Decorated marble mailbox, Casa de l’Ardiaca Casa de l’Ardiaca 1 The Royal Palace was the residence of the count-kings of Barcelona from its foundation in the 13th century. The complex includes the 14thcentury Gothic Saló del Tinell, a vast room with arches spanning 17 m (56 ft). This is where Isabel and Fernando (see p44) received Columbus after his triumphal return from America.
Since they were united under the House of Barcelona, their nationhood has been threatened by marriages, alliances and conflicts with Madrid, and the road to their present status as a semi-autonomous region within Spain has been marked by times of power and wealth and troughs of weakness and despair. Barcelona was not a natural site for In reprisal, the Romans arrived at human settlement. Its port was neg- Empúries and began the subjugation ligible and its heights, Montjuïc, had of the whole Iberian peninsula.