About the city

There hasn’t been a single report about “Top City Destinations” published in the travel press in the last decade that doesn’t have Barcelona anywhere near the top – and it’s not hard to see why.

Thanks to the winding and picturesque narrow streets of its Gothic Quarter, the stunning modernist architecture of Gaudì and friends, and its enviable position between the forested mountains and the sweeping expanse of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The Olympic Games of 1922 also helped realize a sparkling, refurbished marina and a glut of artificial beaches and street scrolls.

General information about the city

With 1.6 million inhabitants, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the tenth in the entire European Union.

If we take into account the population living in the whole metropolitan area of Barcelona, formed by Barcelona city and its adjacent populations, we obtain a total of 3.18 million people over 636 km2.

Located in north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, about 120 kilometers from the French border, is also bordering the Mediterranean Sea to the East side.

His most prominent geographical features are the Collserola’s and Montjuïc Hills.

Capital of Catalonia

Barcelona is the capital of the Spanish region located north-east of the country, the Catalonia.

The region of Catalonia has a historical, cultural and popular past that makes it unique. You can discover the most significant Customs and Traditions of Catalonia, as well as their meaning in our dedicated section.

Getting around in Barcelona

In Barcelona you will find an extensive network of public transports: the huge network of bus, metro, cable car and much more will allow you to move anywhere saving time and money. In this section … Continue reading

Public Transport in Barcelona

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Where to buy Travel Cards & Tickets In this section you’ll find information about the type of tickets, prices and fares, and sale points.

History and Tradition of Barcelona

The region of Catalonia, and Barcelonain particular, have a very rich historical, cultural and popular past that makes it unique. In this section will discover the most significant historical … Continue reading

Catalan traditions

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Many historical events influenced the history of Spain and Catalonia but also customs and tradition always played an important role.


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There are many different festivals and celebrations in the region of Catalonia.

History of Barcelona

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The history of Barcelona goes back more than 4,000 years, from the end of the Neolithic and the first Iberian settlements.

Useful information

In this section you will find everything you need to know before visiting Barcelona. Find all useful information, tips and tricks for preparing your trip and enjoy the city. Continue reading

Opening hours in Barcelona

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Barcelona, as all other Spanish cities has a very special way of life, which can be sometimes completely different to some other European countries habits.