The economic and tourist capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a very popular European destination. Located along the Mediterranean, it complements its welcoming climate and exceptional setting with a rich architectural and cultural heritage. Barcelona is a melting pot of art and history with a number of true architectural gems worthy of praise and admiration, such as the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Casa Batllo, the Palace of Music, the National Art Museum of Catalonia or the famous Ramblas.
Barcelona is Spain's second largest city in terms of population and economic life and the eleventh most populous city in the European Union. It has more than 5 million people. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, it is crossed by two rivers and bordered by a mountain range to the west.
Barcelona, a mix of Catalan and Spanish cultures
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain after Madrid. Barcelona is above all the capital of Catalonia, a region in northern Spain with its own traditions and special cuisine, and a language that differs from the rest of the country. Moreover, the Catalans are proud of this heritage of the past and are doing a wonderful job of keeping it alive. This mix of cultures makes Barcelona a fascinating city. Barcelona succeeds in meeting the expectations of the modern world through the successful marriage of the new and the old. The beauty of the city centre has been studied to provide very good services to the public and to satisfy also the business world. Walking through the city's streets, one can see the evolution of the buildings and their perfect integration with historical architecture.
Strategic location of Barcelona
Barcelona is ideally located. Indeed, what other big city in Europe can boast of offering the advantages of a capital mixing culture and fine arts, with, cherry on the cake, more than 4 km of beach? This Spanish city is less than 2 hours by plane from most major European cities. If your trip continues, you can discover this enchanting city even more by staying in a luxury hotel in Barcelona, a hotel in Barcelona by the sea or a charming hotel in Barcelona. The border with the French Pyrenees is only two hours drive from the centre of Barcelona. For wine lovers, the vineyards are only an hour's drive from the city centre.
Hotels and gastronomy
There are many and varied accommodation options in Barcelona: luxury hotel in Barcelona, hotel in Barcelona on the seaside or charming hotel in Barcelona... All choices are possible for all expectations, needs and budgets.
As far as gastronomy is concerned, it should be stressed that Barcelona cuisine is quite similar to Mediterranean cuisine with the use of fish, meat and vegetables cooked with high quality olive oil. Moreover, the city of Barcelona being situated between the sea and the mountains, it is full of excellent fruits. Is it possible to go to Barcelona without eating a paella? Traditional dish par excellence, the recipe comes from Valencia. Its main ingredient is rice. There are several kinds of paellas: with chicken, rabbit, duck, rabbit, etc. Currently, there are more paellas mixed: by combining several meats or mixing fish and seafood.