The Catalan capital has journeyed through the worst recession in Spain’s modern history with a grace and charm that seems cemented into the very pavements. Lying between the glittering Mediterranean to the east and the Collserola Mountains to the west, residents in cosmopolitan Barcelona enjoy the city’s spectacular cuisine, inimitable style and contemporary culture year round.
Barcelona is the soul of Catalonia and a modern, world-class destination. Its grand 19th-century boulevards studded with Art Nouveau buildings, including Antoni Gaudi’s La Pedrera, run straight as arrows, pointing to the heart of the Ciutat Vella (Old Town) and the narrow, tangled streets of the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter), which hides dusty plazas and Moorish eight-pointed fountains. The city has successfully preserved its historic buildings and streets, bolstered its cultural institutions such as thePicasso Museum and MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art), developed a comprehensive public transportation system and transformed its waterfront.
Located at the Mediterranean Sea in the very north of the Spanish coast, it is certainly the most cosmopolitan, progressive and modern city of Spain linked to the rest of Europe for its inspiration and its innovations.
Each year Barcelona enjoys more and more popularity among Spaniards, foreign visitors and new international residents alike. The town started growing and booming after the Olympics in 1996 had put it on the global map and bestowed much international attention upon it. Since then a steady stream of tourists has visited the city in the heart of Catalunya, in Northeastern Spain. It offers easy access to the seaside and close by mountains as well as proximity to the Costa Brava, the wild and rugged Coastline along the Mediterranean