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Barcelona

Barcelona is Spain's second largest city, with a population of nearly one and half million people (nearly five million in the metropolitan area) and the capital and largest city of Catalonia. This city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history dating back at least 2,000 years when it gained prominence as a Roman town under its old name, Barcino.

In 1992, Barcelona gained View of La Rambla, Barcelonainternational 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 neighbourhoods renovated (and in some cases levelled) 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 center 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.

Districts

  Ciutat Vella 
Barcelona's old town, including the pseudo-medieval Barri Gotic, The Rambles, Raval, and El Born (also known as La Ribera)
  Eixample 
Modernist quarter, noted for its art nouveau buildings
  Grācia 
Formerly an independent town, it joined the city in the 20th century. Narrow streets and a cosmopolitan and young atmosphere with not too many tourists
  Sants-Montjuīc 
Around the Plaza of Spain there are always great fairs and exhibitions. In 1929 Universal Exhibition was held. Of great interest to tourists, which brings together museums, monuments and festivals.
  Sant Martí
  Inland Suburbs

 

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