IntroductionBarcelona is framed by the Mediterranean to its east, situated in Catalunya (Catalonia) in Northeast Spain. Blessed with a pleasant climate all year round, in recent years it has emerged as a top European short break destination. One of the main reasons for this is its spectacular architecture, a perfect example for this being the eccentric work of Antoni Gaudi, which can be enjoyed throughout the city. As well as countless other Gothic and Art Noveau buildings there are some excellent museums.
Yet Barcelona also has much more to offer. It is a considerable regional economic power, strategically close to the French border and with a far stretching Mediterranean coastline the Port de Barcelona is Spain’s most prosperous port and a major Mediterranean maritime destination. The epicenter of this flourishing city is at Placa de Catalunya from where you can walk along La Rambla southeast towards the port.
Barcelona is made up of three districts namely Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter), the Ribera and the Raval district. This city has the unique advantage of being able to effortlessly combine its rich and ancient past as can be witnessed at the History Museum in Placa del Rei, with an array of avant-gard glass and steel buildings, an example being the World Trade Center. Last but not least the city houses the Camp Nou home to Barcelona FC, one of Europe’s greatest football teams!