The Catalan capital is located in the north of our country, in an excellent location. Whether you wish to enjoy the mountains or whether you prefer the beach, Barcelona is a city that offers both options. It is the most populated city in Spain after Madrid, and has two official languages: Castilian Spanish and Catalan.
Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is a lively and multicultural city. It has a wide range of culture and leisure related activities that leave visitors impressed.
Places of interest
The Sagrada Familia. The brand identity of the city of Barcelona and one of the most famous monuments in the world, this iconic Gaudí temple is the most visited attraction of the city. Its construction began in 1882 and continues to this day. With its distinctive modern style, the Sagrada Familia is one of the most popular points of interest in Europe. It's the second most-visited church after the Vatican.
Las Ramblas. The promenade of the city of Barcelona that connects the centre with the old port. One of the most famous streets in the city, here you can enjoy different kiosks, newsagents, florists, cafés, restaurants and people at any hour of the day.
Güell Park. A beautiful park located in the mountain section of Barcelona. From this park you can enjoy jaw-dropping views of the city. Full of trees and wide spaces, this park also boasts astonishing architectural elements full of colour, for example the stairway with the famous salamander and the coloured and abundant columns.
Casa Milà. A modern-style building designed by architect Antoni Gaudí, built from the years 1906 to 1910 in the Ensanche district of Barcelona. Approximately one million people visit each year and it is one of the ten most visited attractions of the city. Whether you are an architecture lover or expert or not, this building will leave you unable to contemplate its ingenious shapes and corners.
In a multicultural city such as this, you can find a wide variety of restaurants and corners where you can discover delicious local and international food.
One of the most typical Catalan dishes is the Pan Tumaca, a piece of bread with natural tomato spread, olive oil and salt.
Romesco. In this home-made food restaurant you can enjoy some of the best flavours of the city from normal dishes to tapas, located on Correr de Sant Pau.
Sensi. Stone walls, wooden beams and designer lamps. This restaurant, located on Calle Ample, offers Asian tapas as well as Spanish.
El Quim de la Boquería. Located in a typically Spanish spot, in the Boquería market. Here you can enjoy specialist tapas and a great cuisine within the bustling Boquería market of Barcelona.
Language. One of the important parts of Catalan culture is the fact that there are two official languages. Catalan, a Romance language spoken by 59.8% of the population, is the language used in many aspects of daily life in Barcelona.
Museums. As indicated before, this city offers a lot when it comes to culture for all tastes. The city of Barcelona abounds with artwork and architecture at almost every corner. Some of the most famous museums are the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Fundación Joan Miró, among many others. To avoid queues and unnecessary delays, check if there is the option to buy tickets online.
Music. Being the second most populated city in Spain, Barcelona has an extensive musical offering. Many artists make a stop on their tours in this city. Just some examples of the artists who have added Barcelona to their tour include: Madonna, Beyoncé, Shakira and Alejandro Sanz, among many others.
One of the most internationally recognised football clubs is found in this city: Barcelona Football Club. With fans all over the word, Barça is one of the most famous football teams in Spain. When they play against the other most famous team in the country, Real Madrid, the game is knows as "El Clásico". If you're in Barcelona when there's a game on, we recommend that you go and visit the enormous Camp Nou stadium and feel for yourself the excitement of a Spanish football match.
In Barcelona there are many sporting events throughout the year. Perhaps this is because, in 1992, the city was the host of the Olympic Games.
Barcelona is a complete city. You can get away from it all and go walking in the Montjuic mountains or take a dip on the fine sand and Mediterranean sea beaches the city has to offer. The most well-known beach in Barcelona is the Barceloneta.
Barcelona is a city that never sleeps. Try losing yourself in the Gothic Quarter, the bars and restaurants of El Ensanche, or in the clubs and discos of the Gràcia district.