Spain is the leading country in Europe for Venezuelan immigration because of the language and ancestral connections. Despite the unemployment issue which has led to a drastic decline in working permits for Venezuelans trying to get away from the economic and political disaster at home, a Venezuelan base has recently emerged Barcelona. Here are a few things to know about the community.
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Venezuelan meeting places in Barcelona
The most popular way of meeting other natives in a city is through social media networking and online sites like Expat and InterNations. There is no one single place, but many places where Venezuelans meet and greet. In Barcelona, there are an estimated 150,000 residents from Venezuela in the city, either as citizens or on a working visa. There is a Venezuelan Consulate-General in Barcelona at Plaza Urquinaona, Nº 6, Piso 6, Oficina 6A 08010. This is one of four Consulates in Spain plus their official embassy in Madrid.
Barcelona is home to several popular Venezuelan restaurants. One of the best is La Taguara Areperia where they’re proud to serve traditional arepas, a typical Venezuelan flatbread made out of ground corn and flour and stuffed with various types of meats, cheeses, fish, beans, or veggies. In addition, they have their own natural juices and smoothies at low cost. Another great Venezuelan option, El Rincón de la Abuela Venezolana has a mouth-watering menu that includes fried banana with cheese, arepas, and black beans with steak, chicken, or pork. They even have delicious desserts to top it off. Finally, La Taberna De L’EIXAMPLE Venezolanos has been paying tribute to its Venezuelan heritage for the past ten years. They even have fusion dishes that incorporate the gastronomy Venezuela’s neighboring regions, particularly the Caribbean and Mexico.
Besides the traditional foods, you can also find Venezuelan brands such as Empresas Polar. Polar first started in beer production of Solera, Polar Pilsen, and Polar Light. They also make a well-known malt called Maltin Polar, which has zero alcohol but is made from barley, hops, and caramel. Multiple companies that produce beer have gotten into malt (like this brand in the photo), but the best-produced malt comes from the Caribbean nations like Venezuela. There is also MiGurt yogurt, P.A.N., white corn flour, Yukery juice, and Rikesa cheese spread. They all can be found in Barcelona’s Latin supermarkets.
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Barcelona is proud to host multiple nations and cultures in a city accepting of all nationalities. Because the situation in Venezuela is beyond rough right now, there are thousands of expats living and looking for work in Spain. They continue to show their pride in restaurants, typical foods, goods, and get-togethers. In Barcelona, the strong communities of Venezuelans are happy and proud to share their culture, even if they may be thousands of miles away from their homeland.
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