Barcelona is the capital and most populous city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. Barcelona 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 headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean are located in Barcelona. As the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona houses the seat of the Catalan government, known as the Generalitat de Catalunya; of particular note are the executive branch, the parliament, and the Supreme Court of Catalonia.
Barcelona is a city that is inconceivable until you get there, unbelievable while you walk its streets and unforgettable after you’ve gone – if you ever manage to tear yourself away. His enviable position between the mountains and the sea ensures year-round outdoor fun.
The city has transformed itself from smug backwater into one of the most dynamic and stylish capitals in the world. Summer is serious party time, with week-long fiesta fun. But year-round the city sizzles, it’s always on the biting edge of architecture, food, fashion, style, music and good times. The art, with significant collections by Picasso and Miró, will make you clammy all over. The people, with their exuberance, their duende, their persistent egalitarianism, will fascinate you. The buildings, many the work of the eccentric genius Gaudí, will blow you away.
From the city you have the possibility to do many bike tours in Barcelona surroundings and less than 1h by car you can visit Girona region, a paradise for the bike lovers.