Somorrostro

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Somorrostro beach

Somorrostro Beach is one of the beaches in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is located between Hospital del Mar and Marina Street, in the far east area of the Barceloneta neighborhood, in the Ciutat Vella district. It is 522 m (length) and 89 m (width).[1] The Somorrostro name was forgotten and the beach became one of the most popular in the city. It was not until 2010 that Somorrostro beach got its original name back.[2]

History[edit]

During the nineteenth century and part of the twentieth, the beach, and much of the neighbouring beach areas, was occupied by a shanty town, inhabited by 15,000 people living in 2,000 slums. Famous Romani flamenco dancers Carmen Amaya and Antoñita Singla were born there. And Los Tarantos, an academy award nominated film about flamenco starring Amaya, was filmed there in 1963.[3] It was not until the 1966 visit of Spanish caudillo Francisco Franco that the slum completely disappeared.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Somorrostro Beach". Barcelona Tourism. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.lavanguardia.com/ciudadanos/noticias/20101109/54068304274/barcelona-recuperara-el-nombre-de-somorrostro-para-un-tramo-de-la-playa.html
  3. ^ "Somorrostro shanty town". IberiaNature. Retrieved 2014-09-18.
  4. ^ http://www.blog.oneholidayrentals.com/somorrostro-beach/

Coordinates: 41°23′02″N 2°11′46″E / 41.38392°N 2.19622°E / 41.38392; 2.19622