Barcelona is the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. It is located on the Mediterranean coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs and is bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge. Barcelona is recognized as a global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts and international trade.
|Geographic Coordination||:||41°23′N 2°11′E|
Climate and Geography
Hot summers and cool winters
Metro, subway, buses, taxis are the forms of local transportation in Barcelona. Overall, Barcelona offers an excellent transportation system and is easy to use. The key to the excellent transportation is the Barcelona underground (also called metro or subway system in some countries) and it serves the city of Barcelona well. The bus services in general are also good as are the taxis.
Shopping and Entetainment
Shopping areas in Barcelona are spread across the whole city and differ considerably. The world famous Las Ramblas start at Plaça Catalunya and end at Barcelona’s harbor. Even though known as a famous shopping street, Las Ramblas is only interesting if you are eager to buy tourist souvenirs of Barcelona or watch the artists otherwise there are definitely more exciting areas to shop in the city. To find famous brands like Chanel, Armani, Cartier, Miró, Mont Blanc or Zara, visit Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia or Diagonal. Shopping alternatives to the big brands are the narrow streets of El Born. The Barrí Gotic (Gothic Area) invites you to combine shopping and culture. The Roman centre of Barcelona accommodates numerous bizarre antique shops, small bookstores and young fashion designers. Last but not least visit El Raval if you are looking for music stores, second hand shops, or alternative clothing.
- Museums & Galleries Art lovers should head straight towards MNAC (Catalonia's National Art Museum) exhibiting Catalan Romanesque art and MACBA (Barcelona's Museum of Contemporary Art). Nearby, you'll find galleries devoted to individual artists, including Museu Picasso, Fundació Miró and Antoni Tàpies.
- Architecture To see the best examples of Catalonia's unique Gothic architecture, you should must visit Basílica de Santa María del Mar and Basílica de Santa María del Pi. For the best modernist architecture, head for Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Sagrada Familia, and Parc Güell.
- Nightlife The most popular nightclubs are within walking distance of each other in Port Olímpic and Maremàgnum. You'll find places playing techno, salsa, rock, Spanish pop music and more. Karma is a popular club in this area.
- Live Music L'Eixample district has many live music venues, including the famous Luz de Gas. Bikini, a popular nightclub, also hosts concerts during the evenings. To enjoy, alternative and Spanish local bands, head to Razzmatazz, Sidecar or BeCool. You'll also find live shows in the Gòtic district.
- Discos & Clubs
In the Maremàgnum and Port Olímpic you'll find a number of discos with different kinds of music. These two districts have a very cosmopolitan feel, since they are mostly frequented by tourists from all over the world.