When we think about tourism, we always picture far away cities, landscapes and environment. But most of the times, we miss knowing better what is going around us at a local level.
We would like to introduce one of our best practices as a way to discover your city in a dynamic, inclusive and collective way.
‘Cromos dels Barris’ (Cards of the neighbourhoods) is a project that started in 2015 with two districts in the city of Barcelona. Today we are going to introduce the project in the neighbour of Poble-Sec, one of the oldest part of the city (during 2019 it celebrated its 150 years of existence!!), and also where the office of FCV is based.
So how does this game work? Raons Públiques (the promoter organizations) has created 10 cards together with the Historical Centre of Poble Sec, with old pictures and description of emblematic spots of the neighbourhood. Places like the Press House, or the first house that was built in the neighbourhood; are included in the cards, and in order to collect them all, you have to find them and answer one of the questions written in the cards. This way, you can get to have all of them.
In Barcelona each neighbourhood has a weekly celebration, where organizations, neighbours and in general everyone that lives or works there gets together to celebrate. The first round of cards was handed during the yearly celebration in 2019, and this way the search started. The first pack comes with two cards and a map, and when you reach the next place, you can get another set of cards. Later on, cards were handed in collaboration with schools of the Poble-Sec, as a group activity for classes in primary school.
This game has different aims. The first, of course, being getting to know better the neighbourhood and its history. The second, it wants to create an intergenerational activity, including everyone in families and friend groups. This way, older people can teach their knowledge, and the youngest can learn, discover and have fun.