Capital of Catalonia
One of Spain's most popular resorts, Barcelona is high up on the destination list for many holidaymakers, and is a truly magnificent and vibrant city which simply has it all. Barcelona is known for its world renowned architecture and its quaint village charm all wrapped into one. There are many attractions to be explored including the Parc Güell, which features work by the world-famous Antoni Gaudi, and Las Ramblas, Spain's most famous street lined with trees, shops and cafes. For those looking for a touch of retail therapy, shopping is a must in Barcelona, with everything from top designer outlets to markets, which are equally impressive. For sports fans, Camp Nou, the home of Barcelona’s football club, is a mecca for any football fan, with the city boasting the biggest stadium in Europe and the seventh largest in the world. For those who just want to relax, there are plenty of open sandy beaches to choose from, with those of San Sebastiàn and Barceloneta being the most visited. The city is well connected for those wishing to move on to other destinations on the Iberian Peninsula or to other cities in Europe, thanks to the good air and rail links. Barcelona is without a doubt, a major-league cultural and historic city and definitely worth a visit, whatever the time of year. It is a gem of Spain which cannot be left off of any itinerary.