About Barcelona

There’s so much you can learn about Barcelona in a single trip. From its architectural beauty and historical landmarks to the country’s mouth-watering cuisine and colourful annual carnivals. A visit to this incredible city will not only open up your eyes to a 101 things to do, but also allow you to learn about a city packed full with history and stories to tell. Life in Barcelona City is fun, educational and exciting with so much to offer visitors.

Barcelona sits perfectly nestled between the sea and the mountains. It’s the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia and is the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid. Barcelona has the reputation of being the most cosmopolitan, modern and avant-garde city in Spain. Visitors say there is something quite special about Barcelona and we couldn’t agree more. Locals speak a mix of Catalan, Spanish and English. If your Spanish is not up to scratch don’t worry. English is widely spoken throughout the city and most signs are also in English.

Brief History

Barcelona is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea and the fourth economically powerful city by GDP in the European Union. This city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history. It was once under Roman and then Frank law before declaring its independence. In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic Games which brought a massive upturn in its tourism industry.

For visitors, this has translated into the very modern, yet incredibly old city you see now in the 21st century. A perfect balance between new and old has been achieved, whilst preserving and celebrating its history. This beautiful city offers what many European cities are known for; outdoor markets, restaurants and shops, as well as museums, churches and historical buildings.

Culture & Things To Do

Barcelona is a fantastic place to enjoy outdoor living, especially during the summer months. There are picturesque walks and beaches to explore locally. To explore beyond the city simply use the Metro system which is both extensive and reliable.

Ciutat Vella (“Old City”) is at the heart of the town centre, which provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience what life in Barcelona is really like. During the warmer months, the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation for those who enjoy a slower pace of life.

Wonderful architecture is prevalent across Barcelona. One architects work in particular, Antoni Gaudi, is of great importance to Barcelona. Gaudí’s work is admired by architects around the World. He has one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has influenced the face of Barcelona architecture and you will see stunning examples of Gaudí’s work all around the city centre. Gaudi’s combination of original design, interesting shaped stonework and vibrant colours give the viewer a truly breathtaking visual experience.