Discover Barcelona’s Kissing Street on International Kissing Day

Discover the Curious Story behind one of the Most Charming Streets in the City

 

To celebrate International Kissing Day this Saturday, April 13th, we delve into the enchanting Calle de los Besos in Barcelona. Strolling down Carrer del Comer莽 in the Born district, one can’t miss the captivating Kissing Street. With its charm and mystery, this street boasts a captivating history that has fascinated both locals and visitors.

 

Kissing Street: Unravelling the Name’s Origins

The name Kissing Street carries a romantic allure and stems from several theories. Prevailing one suggests it served as the farewell spot for the loved ones of those sentenced to death in the Ciutadella esplanade before their execution. The truth is that this dead-end street marks the starting point of the esplanade, often the site of executions. Another theory proposes that the street’s narrowness and discreet ambiance, characterized by buildings with small windows, provided couples with privacy to indulge in their passions.

 

 

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However, the Barcelona City Council highlights that the true story behind the street’s name originates from Joan Potons, a local resident born in the 17th century. He resided on the very street bearing his surname Potons, and it’s possible that, owing to the neighbours, the street’s name evolved into Petons (kisses in Catalan).

 

The World’s Longest Kiss

World Kiss Day emerged from a competition held in Thailand in 2011, where a Thai couple established a world record for the longest kiss, lasting 46 hours, 24 minutes, and 9 seconds. In 2013, the same couple surpassed their own record with a kiss lasting 58 hours, 35 minutes, and 58 seconds.

 

Intriguing Facts about Kisses You Might be Unaware of

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  • A passionate kiss burns between 6 and 100 calories per minute and strengthens the immune system, improving blood circulation and boosting self-esteem.
  • France banned kisses at train stations in 1910, as they caused delays.
  • People who kiss frequently tend to live longer and suffer from fewer illnesses.
  • In 2025, the iconic kiss captured by Alfred Eisenstaedt in Times Square, immortalizing the embrace between a sailor and a nurse at the end of World War II, known as “The Kiss,” will celebrate its 80th anniversary.

Immerse Yourself in the Fascinating Stories of Barcelona

On International Kissing Day, seize the chance to explore romantic nooks like Barcelona’s Kissing Street. Revel in the love and passion of this enchanting city, uncovering its hidden charm at every turn. With over 75 years of expertise in Barcelona province and two city offices, Amat Immobiliaris is dedicated to uncovering and sharing the captivating stories of this vibrant city and its streets.

 

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