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1960s Barcelona: Stunning Vintage Photos Show Street Scenes and Everyday Life

Barcelona thrived in the 1960s leaving behind the austerity endured in the 1950s. People enjoyed their evenings in the cheapest bars and restaurants. The city was beautiful with a maze of narrow streets to the wide straight boulevards in total contrast. The population also grew rapidly as a large influx of people from different parts of the country migrated to Barcelona. Here below are some stunning vintage photos that will take you back to 1960s Barcelona.

#1 Tram Number 36, 1965

Tram Number 36, 1965

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  1. Spent a significant amount of time in Barcelona in 1965 and 1966 as an American GI on leave from my Infantry unit in Germany. Great memories of the nightlife and days spent at the beaches.
    Stayed at the American Hotel which I’m sure no longer exists. Amazingly liberal practices back then considering Franco was still “the man.”

#2 Balmes Street, Diagonal District, Barcelona, 1960s.

Balmes Street, Diagonal District, Barcelona, 1960s.

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#3 Uphill train at Tibidabo amusement park, Barcelona 1961

Uphill train at Tibidabo amusement park, Barcelona 1961

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#4 The proprietor of Los Caracoles, a restaurant in Barcelona, 1963.

The proprietor of Los Caracoles, a restaurant in Barcelona, 1963.

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#5 Carrer Escudellers Street 1962

Carrer Escudellers Street 1962

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#6 El Born District, Barcelona 1962

El Born District, Barcelona 1962

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#7 Immigrants near the French station 1962

Immigrants near the French station 1962

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#8 The Compliment on Via Laietana Street, Barcelona 1962

The Compliment on Via Laietana Street, Barcelona 1962

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#9 Flower sellers in Barcelona, 1960s

Flower sellers in Barcelona, 1960s

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#10 The first bullfights of the Spanish bullfighter Manuel Benitez ‘El Cordobes’ in the bullring ‘La Monumental’, Barcelona. 5th March 1961

The first bullfights of the Spanish bullfighter Manuel Benitez ‘El Cordobes' in the bullring ‘La Monumental’, Barcelona. 5th March 1961

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#11 Commissionaire reading a newspaper in Barcelona, 1961.

Commissionaire reading a newspaper in Barcelona, 1961.

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#12 Family with corn crop at house door, Barcelona 1961

Family with corn crop at house door, Barcelona 1961

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#13 Poble Espanyol. Barcelona, 1961.

Poble Espanyol. Barcelona, 1961.

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#14 Narrow street at old town of Barcelona 1961

Narrow street at old town of Barcelona 1961

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#15 Venetianische Türme bei Plaza de España, Barcelona 1961

Venetianische Türme bei Plaza de España, Barcelona 1961

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#16 The german actress Elke Sommer during a photo shoot for the press, Barcelona, 1962.

The german actress Elke Sommer during a photo shoot for the press, Barcelona, 1962.

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#17 A street where the tram lines run in Barcelona lined with Palm trees, August 1962.

A street where the tram lines run in Barcelona lined with Palm trees, August 1962.

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#18 The aftermath of severe flooding in Barcelona, 26th September 1962.

The aftermath of severe flooding in Barcelona, 26th September 1962.

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#19 Barcelona Street, 1966.

Barcelona Street, 1966.

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#20 A street of Barcelona in 1968

A street of Barcelona in 1968

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#21 A street decorated with Christmas lights in Barcelona, circa 1960.

A street decorated with Christmas lights in Barcelona, circa 1960.

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#22 The singer and actress Rocio Durcal in Barcelona, 1961.

The singer and actress Rocio Durcal in Barcelona, 1961.

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#23 The Spanish actress and singers Recio Durcal (R) and Concha Velasco walking in Barcelona, 1961,

The Spanish actress and singers Recio Durcal (R) and Concha Velasco walking in Barcelona, 1961,

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#24 Gabriel García Márquez, 1969

Gabriel García Márquez, 1969

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#25 The Spanish Actor Vicente Parra with the Argentina actress Analia Gade in Barcelona, 1962.

The Spanish Actor Vicente Parra with the Argentina actress Analia Gade in Barcelona, 1962.

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#26 A saleswoman in Barcelona, 1962.

A saleswoman in Barcelona, 1962.

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#27 Damages after floods in the suburb of Barcelona, 1962.

Damages after floods in the suburb of Barcelona, 1962.

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#28 View of a street scene with florist stalls and a street artist in Barcelona, 1966.

View of a street scene with florist stalls and a street artist in Barcelona, 1966.

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#29 The Chupa Chups company in Barcelona, 1960s.

The Chupa Chups company in Barcelona, 1960s.

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#30 Rafael Martin fighting with the Capa (the wide red cloak), Barcelona, 1960s.

Rafael Martin fighting with the Capa (the wide red cloak), Barcelona, 1960s.

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#31 Photographers at work, Barcelona, 1960s.

Photographers at work, Barcelona, 1960s.

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#32 Winner Luigi Taveri, GP of Barcelona 1960

Winner Luigi Taveri, GP of Barcelona 1960

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#33 The Duchess of Alba in the “Gala of the Silk” in Barcelona, 1960.

The Duchess of Alba in the "Gala of the Silk" in Barcelona, 1960.

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#34 The Latin Cinema and The Office of Football, Las Ramblas Street, Barcelona 1962

The Latin Cinema and The Office of Football, Las Ramblas Street, Barcelona 1962

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#35 A woman hanging laundry, 1964.

A woman hanging laundry, 1964.

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#36 Children playing wiht toys, Barcelona, 1965.

Children playing wiht toys, Barcelona, 1965.

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#37 Maria del Mar Bonet, 1960s

Maria del Mar Bonet, 1960s

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#38 Bocaccio, Barcelona, 1967

Bocaccio, Barcelona, 1967

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#39 Antonio Gades and Cristina Hoyos, 1969

Antonio Gades and Cristina Hoyos, 1969

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#40 Montjuic, 1963

Montjuic, 1963

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#41 Gabriel García Márquez, 1969

Gabriel García Márquez, 1969

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#42 Members of touring Theater Guild American Repertory Co. boarding plane for engagement in Barcelona, 1960.

Members of touring Theater Guild American Repertory Co. boarding plane for engagement in Barcelona, 1960.

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#43 Poble Espanyol, Barcelona 1961

Poble Espanyol, Barcelona 1961

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#44 Portal of bullfight arena La Monumental, Barcelona 1961

Portal of bullfight arena La Monumental, Barcelona 1961

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#45 Bullfight arena Plaza de Toros “La Monumental”, Barcelona 1961

Bullfight arena Plaza de Toros "La Monumental", Barcelona 1961

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#46 Montjuic palace, Barcelona 1961

Montjuic palace, Barcelona 1961

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#47 Tourists in the Plaza de España, Barcelona 1961

Tourists in the Plaza de España, Barcelona 1961

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#48 Bullfight in the Barcelona arena in 1961

Bullfight in the Barcelona arena in 1961

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#49 People in queue, Barcelona 1961

People in queue, Barcelona 1961

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#50 Passengers in double deck bus, Barcelona 1961

Passengers in double deck bus, Barcelona 1961

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#51 Clerics and soldiers in front of the cathedral Santa Eularia, Barcelona 1962.

Clerics and soldiers in front of the cathedral Santa Eularia, Barcelona 1962.

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#52 View of the entrance to The Picasso Museum in Barcelona. March 12, 1963

View of the entrance to The Picasso Museum in Barcelona. March 12, 1963

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#53 The Italian singer Gigliola Cinquetti in Barcelona, 25th February 1964

The Italian singer Gigliola Cinquetti in Barcelona, 25th February 1964

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#54 The Harkness Ballet performing in Barcelona, Spain in May 1966.

The Harkness Ballet performing in Barcelona, Spain in May 1966.

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#55 A policewoman from Hong Kong shakes hands with a Spanish policeman at the International Samples Fair in Barcelona, 1966.

A policewoman from Hong Kong shakes hands with a Spanish policeman at the International Samples Fair in Barcelona, 1966.

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#56 The Cobla Popular band playing on the steps of the cathedral in Barcelona, October 1966.

The Cobla Popular band playing on the steps of the cathedral in Barcelona, October 1966.

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#57 Rocio Durcal in Barcelona, 1967.

Rocio Durcal in Barcelona, 1967.

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#58 A priest on a donkey with children in Barcelona, 1969

A priest on a donkey with children in Barcelona, 1969

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#59 A view of the roof of the Gaudi Apartment building in Barcelona, 1969.

A view of the roof of the Gaudi Apartment building in Barcelona, 1969.

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#60 Carlist Demonstration in Barcelona, 1969

Carlist Demonstration in Barcelona, 1969

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#61 Two Ladies on the Plaza Real Square, Barcelona 1962

Two Ladies on the Plaza Real Square, Barcelona 1962

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#63 Don Juan (R) and his wife Dona Maria Mercedes playing with his West Highland White terrier.

Don Juan (R) and his wife Dona Maria Mercedes playing with his West Highland White terrier.

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#64 A street view in Barcelona, Spain. Circa 1960.

A street view in Barcelona, Spain. Circa 1960.

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#65 Passeig de Gracia Avenue , Barcelona 1962

Passeig de Gracia Avenue , Barcelona 1962

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#66 Barcelona, 1969

Barcelona, 1969

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#67 Elsa Peretti and Camilla, 1968

Elsa Peretti and Camilla, 1968

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#68 Lluís Llach, 1976

Lluís Llach, 1976

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#69 General Franco cheered by the crowd, circa 1960 in Barcelona, Spain.

General Franco cheered by the crowd, circa 1960 in Barcelona, Spain.

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