Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain's second largest city, with a population of over one and half million people (over five million in the whole province).
This city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history, having been under Roman, then Frank law before declaring its independence.
In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic Games which brought a massive upturn in its tourism industry.
This had the effect of changing the city in ways that are still felt today with neighborhoods renovated (and in some cases leveled) and the intense focus of modern design permeating all aspects of life in Barcelona from public buildings to something as simple as a park bench or an event poster.
For visitors, this has translated into the very modern, yet incredibly old city you see now in the 21st century, where the new elements work to both preserve and celebrate the ancient.
This beautiful city is full of what European cities are known for (outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums and churches) and is fantastic for walking with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core centre of town, focused around the Ciutat Vella ("Old City") provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather.
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Barcelona's most famous tourist attraction - the unfinished church of La Sagrada Familia designed by Antoni Gaudi - and gets over 3 million visitors a year, so expect some queues to see the interior. This unfinished basilica is one of the most famous buildings in the world and a definite must-see in Barcelona. It was designed by famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi over 100 years ago.
Don’t arrive with too much of an agenda; if you love art you’ll want to check out the Picasso Museum and maybe the MACBA, but the real pleasure of Barcelona is in the wandering about, so allow plenty of time for simply mooching.
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Palau de la MÃºsica Catalana
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Magic Fountain of MontjuÃ¯c
Barcelona also has seven beaches, which according to the National Geographic and Discover Channel are number one in the top ten city beaches in the world. Come tan in the warm summer sun of Spain, enjoying the most of Barcelona’s beautiful, clean beaches.
The amazing museums and world heritage sites will leave you stunned in awe of their immense beauty. Explore the gothic quarter; take a look at the amazing cathedrals and historic monuments. Dreams are born in Barcelona.
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