Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a mediterranean and cosmopolitan city that incorporates in its urban layout Roman remains, Medieval quarters and the most beautiful examples of modernism and 20th century avant-garde art. Not for nothing were the emblematic buildings of Catalonian architects Antoni Gaudí and Luis Doménech i Montaner declared to be World Heritage Sites by UNESCO .
Of Roman origin, Barcelona's long History and economic dynamism have provided it with an impressive cultural heritage, present in the conservation of its rich historic and artistic patrimony, and in the encouragement of the newest artistic trends. Its vast cultural agenda will lead the visitor through museums, exhibitions, outdoor sculptures... and an extensive calendar of music, theatre, and dance.
Popular culture also has a presence in this city, which does not forget deeply-rooted traditions such as the Fiestas de la Mercč, or the holiday celebrations in the districts of Grŕcia, Sants, or Poblenou, all excellent opportunities to get to know the more festive side of Barcelona.
Tradition and modernity are also responsible for shaping its innovative and imaginative cuisine, which is based on organically grown produce, fresh fish, sausages and olive oil. Home-made pastries, and sparkling wines will round off a merely superficial approach to Barcelona's food culture.
To take a stroll through the streets of Barcelona is to be surprised at every step. Pedestrian streets in the old districts, green spaces, and a splendid waterfront filled with modern structures are all a reflection the city's aim at integration. Barcelona has managed to exalt its past without forgetting its commitment to the future.The city has some extraordinary infrastructures dedicated to hosting seminars, symposiums and international competitions.Its exceptional communications network, its Mediterranean climate, and its great number of tourist attractions make of Barcelona an important business city. Business facilities, as well as conference and exhibition centres, will accommodate the most diverse initiatives.
The visitor, whether on business or pleasure, will enjoy Barcelona's Mediterranean character, which can be clearly felt in Costa del Garraf as well as in the coast of Maresme.In addition, the city has beautiful urban beaches, marinas, and seafront golf courses. Nature lovers will not need to travel far to be able to hike through the hills that are part of the Coastal Mountain Range and the Catalonian Pyrenees.