Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city which features Roman ruins, medieval boroughs, and the most beautiful examples of Modernism and 20th century avant-garde. It is not in vain that UNESCO has declared the emblematic work of Catalan architects Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Doménech i Montaner to be World Heritage sites. From its Roman origin, Barcelona's long history and economic dynamism have given the city an impressive cultural heritage, which is evidenced in the conservation of said historical and artistic heritage, and in the promotion of the latest artistic trends. An extensive cultural repertoire leads visitors to museums, expositions, open-air sculptures, etc., as well as a varied program in music, theatre, and dance.
Popular culture also has a presence in this city, whilst remembering deeply-rooted traditions such as Fiestas de la Mercè, Gràcia, Sants, or Poblenou, perfect opportunities to get to know the more festive side of the city. Tradition and modernity also combine to create an innovative and imaginative gastronomy based on garden produce, fresh fish, sausages, and olive oil. Artisan confectionery and sparkling wine round up a brief encounter with Barcelona's food culture.
Walking through the streets of Barcelona always throws up many surprises. Pedestrian streets through old parts of the city, green spaces, and a magnificent maritime façade with modern installations, reflecting the city's spirit of integration. Barcelona has known how to magnify its past without forgetting its future aspirations. The city boasts extraordinary infrastructures dedicated to holding seminars, symposiums, and international pageants. Its exceptional communication networks, Mediterranean climate, and abundance of tourist attractions, make Barcelona an important business city. Business parks and exhibition and congress centres are venues to some of the most varied initiatives. Visitors, whether for business or pleasure, will be able to enjoy the Mediterranean side of Barcelona, most evident along the coast. In addition, the city has beautiful urban beaches, marinas, and golf courses by the seaside. Lovers of nature won't have to travel far to see the mountain ranges of the coast and the Catalan Pyrenees.