|General||Barcelona is the capital and with 1,621,537 people it is the most populated city of Catalonia and the second biggest city in Spain. The greater urban area of Barcelona is the sixth most populated urban area in the European Union. Around give million people live in the greater Barcelona area. Barcelona is also the biggest metropolis in Europe located along the Mediterranean coast.
Barcelona is one of the biggest economic, cultural-sports and tourist capitals in the world. Barcelona?s influence in entertainment, education, commerce media science, the arts and fashion all help make it one of the world?s most important global cities. Barcelona has one of Europe?s major Mediterranean ports and the Barcelona International Airport has around 30 million passengers every year. As a major tourist city Barcelona is the fourth most visited city in Europe and the sixteenth most visited city in the world. According to Monocle magazine Barcelona is the sixteenth most ?livable city? in the world. In the fashion world Barcelona is considered the ninth most important city. Barcelona is the fourth best business city in Europe as well as the quickest improving city in Europe with an improvement rate of 17% every year.
Barcelona has beautiful architecture all around the city. The Gothic Quarter in Catalan is located in the old city of Barcelona. While walking around the Gothic Quarter you can see buildings that date back to medieval times and even some buildings that go as far back as when the Romans settled Barcelona.
Another important influence in Barcelona?s architecture is Antoni Gaud?,. Gaud??s presence can be felt all over the city. His most famous works are the Sagrada Familia, a church that remains unfinished to this day, Casa Batll?, La Pedrera and of course Park G?ell.
National Geographic has named Barcelona the number one Beach City in the world. There are seven beaches in Barcelona equaling 2.8 miles of coastline. Five of the beaches were opened specifically for the 1992 Summer Olympics hosted by Barcelona. |
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