A few decades ago, tourism in Barcelona was not very impressive, however after some extensive redevelopment; it was selected for the Olympic Games in 1992, which lay the stepping stones in completely changing the attitudes of tourists to the city.

Located by the coast of Eastern Spain, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with a population of 1.6 million. It is the capital of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia. Barcelona is a speedily advancing city, at the forefront of art, cuisine and fashion in Europe. Its vibrant, energetic atmosphere is unmatched, full of clubs, pubs, cafes and restaurants; meaning there is never a dull moment. It is easily the most stylish of Mediterranean cities.

Check out Barcelona hotels in Spain. Barcelona is without a doubt the honeycomb of multiculturalism. Masses of people from all over the world can be found, however it is important to note that there are two official languages present – Spanish and Catalan. Barcelona has often been said to have a higher level of style than other parts of Spain, possibly due to influences from bordering France. Whatever the case may be, the stereotypical views of Spain, such as bullfights and flamenco dancers, are less likely to be found in Barcelona, but more in southern Spain. The city is grouped into just over a dozen neighbourhoods (or Barrios as they are called in Spanish), grouped partially on architectural design.

For example the beautifully preserved Gothic Quarter contains buildings from medieval times, whereas the Eixample (meaning ‘extension’ in Catalan) district was built during the 19th and 20th centuries and therefore has a much more modernistic style of architecture.

It has a Mediterranean climate, the winters are usually mild and the summers are warm and dry, temperatures usually peak around 30 centigrade in summer, and hover in the high single figures in winter. There are two football teams in Barcelona: Espanol de Barcelona and FC Barcelona, both being great teams to watch. However, if sport isn’t your thing, then the numerous museums, theatres and galleries may be to your liking. The number one tourist attraction is the Sagrada Familia by architect Antonio Gaudi. It is a huge temple, which started construction in 1882 and is still not finished; estimates suggest another 50 years will pass before it is finally completed!  Whatever it is that tickles your fancy, Barcelona can probably cater for it and much more!

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