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Barcelona



Over 2000 years of history
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a Mediterranean city through and through. The presence of the various cultures that made their home here – the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, the Jews… – have all left their mark on the city’s history.

The city’s present-day centre has borne faithful witness to its founding and subsequent growth, and its architecture is a perfect example of this. A visit to the streets of the ‘Gothic Quarter’ will allow you to discover the presence of the Mont Táber, the highest point in the Roman city, the remains of the city wall, the Cathedral blending different styles, the churches of Santa Maria del Mar and Sant Pau del Camp – the latter being a small gem of Romanesque art.
 
The work of Gaudí 
In addition to the trends represented by those architectural styles, the legacy of famous architects such as Gaudí is also to be highlighted: among his most emblematic buildings and projects are la Pedrera, la Casa Batlló, el Parque Güell, el Palau Güell, and la Sagrada Familia, some of which have received World Heritage status.

Ceaseless growth, incessant praise 
Even though Barcelona is hemmed in between the sea and the mountains of Montjuic and Collserola, the number of buildings it houses has grown over recent decades, and the city has emerged as an exemplar for contemporary architecture. On the Olympic Village, the Forum district, the headquarters of the gas company Gas Natural, and the Agbar Tower have all received praise from international experts.

A city for strolling around 
Despite Barcelona’s size, it is the central area that holds most of the attractions for visitors. A walk along the Ramblas is a unique experience. Flower shops adorn this long boulevard, which acts as the focal point for tourism, and it is worth taking a break in the Boqueria market to gaze at the array of colours emanating from its stalls. And along the side streets one can visit the Palau de la Generalitat, which is the seat of the regional government, and the City Hall building.

Museums to suit all tastes
The city’s vocation for museums is reflected in each and every one of the venues reserved for permanent and temporary exhibitions. The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) on Montjuic houses the world’s leading collection of Romanesque art, while the Picasso Museum allows visitors to see a very extensive range of works by that great artist. Moreover a visit to the City Museum is the best way to become acquainted with the Barcelona of Roman times, though if modern and contemporary art are more to your liking, the Caixa Fòrum and the Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MACBA) are the places for you, along with the must-visit Miró Foundation to which the versatile Barcelona-born artist left his works to.

Barcelona also has an Aquarium, a Zoo, and an innovative Science Museum – Cosmocaixa.

Gastronomy as a way of life
Barcelona has culinary offerings to suit all tastes and all pockets: bars for indulging in the traditional ‘tapas’, restaurants serving fresh-produce dishes, and a range of haute-cuisine options. The flagship restaurants serving up this new cuisine, all recognised by the prestigious Michelin guide, include El Racó d'En Freixa, Gaig, Jean Luc Figueras, Via Veneto, Neichel, L'Àbac, Caelis, Moo and Drolma.