Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a creative, modern, cosmopolitan city with a long industrial and commercial tradition.
It is one of Mediterranean Europe's major urban, economic and business centres, actively engaged in the European community, Latin America and the Middle and Far East.
Due to its privileged location, key for communications between Spain and France- and its economic, social, tourist and cultural dynamism, its influence extends over a wide area of southern Europe. Since 2008, it has been the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean.
The Catalan capital has made innovation, technological and scientific development, digital and quality services basic elements of its identity, while preserving an important historical, cultural, architectural and monumental legacy.
Major events, such as the Universal Exhibition of 1888, the International Exhibition of 1929, the 1992 Olympic Games and the 2004 Forum of Cultures contributed to the development and modernisation of the city and its widespread surroundings.
Barcelona, already regarded as a global city, is associated with a powerful brand that is recognised and admired worldwide.
Looking for a hotel?
Barcelona has a modern hotel infrastructure with over 300 establishments of varying categories and types (classic, modern, boutique, designer, spa...), as well a large number of tourist apartments.
All working with the aim of making the traveller's stay comfortable and pleasant.
Interested in football?
The city is famous for its sports tradition and not only for the 1992 Olympics. Don't miss out on the chance to see a live football match -FC Barcelona, RCD Espanyol ...- or attend other sports events (basketball, handball, athletics, motor racing...).
International firms, modern designer shops and classic establishments form part of Barcelona's rich shopping options. You can shop in department stores and shopping centres and discover municipal markets, antique shops and art galleries.
Interested in cultural activities?
Museums dedicated to Picasso, Joan Miró and Antoni Tàpies, the best collection of romantic art in the world, contemporary art exhibitions Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, the Liceu -a major international opera venue-... Barcelona's cultural proposals are diverse and fascinating.
Where to eat?
The variety and quality of Catalan, Mediterranean and market cuisine and the new creative proposals of internationally renowned chefs make gastronomy one of Barcelona's big attractions.
People with food allergies and intolerances will find many restaurants throughout the city ready to accommodate their needs.
Where to have fun?
Fun is a sure thing for everyone. Discovering the city by day is a big adventure and living it at night is an exciting experience, thanks to the wide range of bars and venues offering electronic music, jazz, rock and other rhythms.
Barcelona is one of the top cities for doing business, ranked fourth after London, Paris, Frankfurt and Brussels, and is highly rated for its quality of life. It is also regarded as one of the cities with the greatest future, coming in third after Paris and London.
Barcelona is the centre of a metropolitan area of over 5 million people, the European Union's fifth city. It boasts large infrastructures, such as the port, the airport and the high-speed train, as well as an important network of universities, innovation and research centres and technological parks.