When we hear the word Barcelona, images of smoky seed shops and cannabis smoke infiltrating Barceloneta beach come to mind. The Catalonian capital is a major hub of youth culture and the fashion industry. It’s also home to many museums and some very famous Picasso paintings.
It’s not hard to see why the city attracts so many people from all over the world. Its beautiful beaches and awe-inspiring promenade are among the most popular tourist attractions in Spain. Its residents are equally enthusiastic about fashion and music, with regular concerts and festivals being held in the city.
Despite being at the same latitude as New York, Madrid and Paris, the weather in Barcelona is very different from that of those cities, due to the Gulf Stream, which brings warm water closer to the European coast. This is why some areas of Western Europe have milder winters than Northern America at the same latitude, even though they are further from the equator.
This map from r/MapMania transposes major world cities of the same latitude on to the opposite continent, revealing some interesting comparisons. For example, Boston is placed in the same spot on the map as Reykjavik, while Reykjavik is actually further north than Los Angeles.
It's a fun way to see how different countries have very distinct climates, and how far south or north you need to travel to find similar conditions. It's also a reminder of how vast the continent of North America is when it comes to comparison with Europe.