Barcelona Travel Guide

Barcelona, a Mediterranean city in the north of Spain and capital of Catalonia, constantly changes to keep up with modern times.  It is a cosmopolitan city and the most economically active of Spanish cities.  Here cultures mingle and a love of life is evident to all who visit.

Barcelona is home to a mix of cultures. There is a large and economically active Chinese community, a thriving Arab community as well as Eastern European and African communities all living and working peaceably side by side with the tolerant and open-minded, non-conformist Barcelonans.  Together this grand mix creates the unique Barcelona energy and creativity experienced and loved by all her many international visitors.

Situated on Spain’s Costa Brava, Barcelona is one of the world’s major global cities and is a major cultural and economic centre of Southwestern Europe.  Its continued status as one of the world’s major global cities is supported by its ever-present influence in entertainment, fashion, and the arts as well as its continued commercial standing. Added to this Barcelona has become a well-regarded centre for world-class conferences and expositions as well as a great many international sporting events.

The architecture of Barcelona is a mix of cultures and eras, old gothic structures stand side by side with the modern structures of Antoni Gaudi and the astounding ultra-modernist Norman Foster’s Needle. Barcelona’s architecture together with its many museums and the Barcelonan love of art have made this gloriously enticing city a major tourist destination.

There is much to see and do in this polyglot Spanish city.  A walk along the Ramblas will thrill you with its many street musicians, or you can take a tram trip on the Tramvia Blau to the top of the Tibidabo and take in the magnificent view of the city.  You can shop in some of the most prestigious boutiques in the Passeig de Gracia, and for lunch, you can head off to the many tapas bars, and wine bars along the Barri Gotic.  You can enjoy a sunset drink at a Chiringuito bar on the beach and if you are a real Foodie head for the El Born area for the finest of new Catalan cuisine.

Surrounded by green and fertile countryside with the backdrop of the mighty Pyrenees Barcelona is the ideal starting point for hikers and in winter for those who love to ski.  No matter what your interest Barcelona with its history, and stimulating environs has much to offer the keen traveller.