Barcelona is in the Spanish state of Catalonia, which has a very vibrant and growing independence movement. The Catalonia flag has red and yellow stripes on it, while the Catalonia independence movement has the same red and yellow stripes, but also with a blue triangle and a white star (see pics below).

While I was in Catalonia, I saw countless flags flying from people’s balconies. Among them were the flag of Catalonia, Barcelona (the blue and yellow flags pictures below), Greece, and even Palestine. However, there was one flag that dominated the rest in sheer numbers: the Catalonian independence flag.

Many Catalonians are fed up with corruption and stagnation from Madrid, the capital of Spain, as well as feeling under represented. They feel that Catalonia has the strongest economy in Spain and that the rest of the country is simply siphoning their prosperity.

For more information about the independence movement in Spain, check out these two news stories:

Catalonia election: Separatists win majority

‘Free Catalonia’: Small town secedes from Spanish government

I took this pic while I was hiking up Monserrat. Somebody had tied a Catalonian independence flag to the railing. It had a bunch of autographs on it, probably from random hikers. This clever, fellow American tourist removed it, tied it to her neck like a superhero cape, and we took pics of her. Even on an uninhabited mountain, the Catalonian independence movement is strong.