Destination Barcelona

Many Catalans bristle at the idea of being lumped together with ‘ordinary’ Spaniards, maintaining that their corner of the universe is a little closer to heaven. With its soaring peaks, tranquil coastal resorts, sleepy small towns and exuberant capital. Catalunya may well lay claim to being its own world.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid, with a population of 1,621,537 within its administrative limits on a land area of 101.4 km2 (39 sq mi). The urban area of Barcelona extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of between 4,200,000 million people living in the Barcelona metropolitan area. It is also the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. It is located on the Mediterranean coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs and is bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge (512 m/1,680 ft).

Why Barcelona?

Mountains, white sandy beaches, a vibrant music scene, delicious Spanish food, and world-renowned architecture - Barcelona is undoubtedly one of Europe’s must-see cities. Over the years, many influential people have called Barcelona home, from artists Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso to chef Ferran Adria of elBulli fame and possibly Barcelona's most famous resident – modernist architect, Antoni Gaudi.

Home to just over 1.6 million people, according to UK-based market-intelligence firm Euromonitor International Ltd., Barcelona is the fourth most visited city in Europe, with almost five million tourists passing through the city, after Paris, London, and Rome, with several million tourists every year.

Barcelona is blessed with the Mediterranean climate of mild winters and warm, dry summers. There is an endless list of things to do in Barcelona. Our citytravelreview project members will be able to spend lazy days at the beach, soaking in the sunbathers and kite surfers, while enjoying an ice-cold Estrella, or meandering through the busy streets of El Born, stopping to look in a jewellery boutique or eat a light lunch of tapas and drink a sangria.

Interesting Barcelona Facts

  • Antoni Gaudi is considered one of the great architects who vastly influenced buildings in the city. His La Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic Church was begun in 1882 and is still under construction many years after his death.
  • Walk down the Portal de l’Àngel if you want to walk down the most walked down street in Spain and you will be one among approximately 3500 others who throng the street every hour!

So that is a quick glimpse at breathtaking Barcelona. Definitely worth visiting and discovering even more secrets for yourself!

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