Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city with Roman remains, medieval quarters and the most beautiful examples of 20th century Modernism and avant-garde.
It is no surprise that emblematic constructions by the Catalan architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Doménech i Montaner have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
The city’s origins are Roman, and its long history and economic dynamism have made Barcelona a cultural city, which can be seen in the historic-artistic heritage and the promotion of the most innovative artistic trends.
A wide cultural programme will take visitors to museums, exhibitions, open-air sculptures… and many concerts, plays and dances.
Popular culture also has its manifestations in this city, which still conserves its most cherished traditions, like the fiestas of La Mercè or the festivities in the neighbourhoods of Gràcia, Sants and Poblenou.
These are all exceptional opportunities forgetting to know the city’s more festive side.
Tradition and modernity can also be seen in its innovative and imaginative gastronomy, based on fresh garden produce, fresh fish, a wide variety of sausages and olive oil.
Traditional handmade cakes and pastries and sparkling wines are some of the other highlights in this brief overview of Barcelona’s gastronomic culture.
Strolling around the streets of Barcelona will bring surprises at every turn. Pedestrian streets in the old quarter, green spaces, and a splendid seafront with a range of modern facilities are a reflection of its multi-faceted character.
Barcelona has cleverly succeeded in embracing its past without forgetting its commitment to the future.
The city is endowed with some exceptional infrastructures which are in demand as venues for seminars, symposia and international events.
Its exceptional transport connections, the Mediterranean climate and the multitude of attractions for visitors make Barcelona one of the world’s leading business cities.
Business parks and exhibition and conference centres host a wide range of initiatives.
Visitors coming to Barcelona for pleasure or on business can also enjoy the city’s Mediterranean character, which can so clearly be seen on the Barc elona coast.
The city also has lovely urban beaches, marine resorts, and golf courses on the seashore. Nature lovers will not have to go far to explore the mountains in the Cordillera Litoral range and the Catalan Pyrenees.
The Cathedral is built on the site of an early Christian basilica.
Work began on the building during the Romanesque period, but it is mainly in the Gothic style.
It has a sober exterior, the only decoration being its vertical buttresses.
The San Ivo entrance is a perfect example of the Catalan Gothic style.
The interior naves are practically all of the same height, which gives the visitor the impression of being in a single space.
The side chapels have an upper gallery, which affords the whole building a greater sense of brightness and space.
The interior of the lantern is faced with wood coffering. The main façade was built much later (late 19th-early 20th century) but is based on a project from 1408.
The doorway from the cloister to the cathedral is particularly worth noting, as is the chapel of Santa Lucía.