Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. It is located in the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, on the Mediterranean coast.
Founded as a Roman city, Barcelona became the capital of the Counts of Barcelona. It is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination and has a rich cultural heritage. Particularly renowned are architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner that have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city is well known in recent times for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Barcelona won the 1999 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for its architecture, the first (and as of 2009, only) time that the winner has been a city, and not an individual architect.
Also, Barcelona is today one of Europe's principal Mediterranean ports, as well as a international airport.
The Barri Gòtic is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona.
The Catalan modernisme architecture (often known as Art Nouveau), developed between 1885 and 1950 and left an important legacy in Barcelona. A great number of these buildings are World Heritage Sites. Especially remarkable is the work of architect Antoni Gaudí, which can be seen throughout the city. His best known work is the immense but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Família, which has been under construction since 1882, and completion is planned for 2026.
Celebrations in honor of Sant Jordi (St. George), April 23rd, patron saint of Catalonia. It coincides with the rose and book festivals.
Sonar Festival, usually starting on a Thursday in the third week of June.
A Book Fair is held in the Passeig de Gracia in June.
The Corpus Christi celebrations, in June, with the typical processions of "giants" and "cabezudos".
Celebrations in honor of Sant Joan (St. John), June 24th.
"El Grec" festival, from the end of June. Cultural events in the Greek Theatre in Montjuic.
Festivity of La Merce, Sep 24th, the patron saint of Barcelona, there are typical dances such as "sardanas".
• Sagrada Família
• Güell Park
• La Rambla
• La Barceloneta
• Gothic Quarter
• Passeig de Gracia
• Casa Milà
• Casa Amatller
• Casa Batlló
• Casa Lleó Morera
• Casa Calvet
• Nou Camp Stadium
• Magic Fountain
• Poble Espanyol
• Picasso Museum
• Joan Miró Foundation
• Palau de la Música
• Hospital de Sant Pau
• Casa Martí
• Casa Vicens
• Palau Güell
• Casa de les Punxes
• Castell dels Tres Dragon
• Casa Estapé