In terms of population, Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the second-largest city in Spain.
Located in the north-east of Spain, it is surrounded by the Serra de Collserola and two rivers (the Besòs and the Llobregat). It is less than 150km from the Pyrenees.
As a result of its location on the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona has a warm climate and enjoys pleasant temperatures all year round. One of its attractions is its beautiful beaches, where people can swim for most of the year as a result of its Mediterranean climate.
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan, dynamic, Mediterranean city.
Barcelona is a very important cultural, financial, commercial, and tourist centre. It is one of Europe’s most visited cities, both by tourists who come to spend their holidays here and by people attending trade fairs, congresses, and all types of exhibitions held here. A number of global events have been held in Barcelona, such as the 1992 Summer Olympic Games and the Universal Forum of Cultures in 2004.
Barcelona has a wide variety of cultural activities: it has a rich architectural and monumental heritage and interesting museums, such as the Picasso Museum and the Joan Miró Foundation. It has also been an important centre of modernism, in particular due to the numerous works of Antonio Gaudí.
Barcelona has one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean, with more cruise ship traffic than any other port in the region.
The official languages of Barcelona are Catalan and Spanish.
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