Barcelona

This city of Roman origin is a cultural metropolis with Mediterranean flair which particularly excels in terms of architectural features. Many artists and architects, headed by Antonio Gaudi, have immortalised themselves in Spain’s second-largest city. Barcelona’s trademark is Gaudi's famous “Sagrada Familia” basilica. The hosting of the Olympic Games in 1992 in particular gave the city a developmental impetus as the port area was renovated and rebuilt. The modern, pulsing Barcelona that strives to compete with urban centres such as Paris and London has nonetheless been able to maintain its original appeal which can be found in the medieval barrios of the old town.

Visitors can take advantage of outstanding restaurants and hotels. Whether strolling down the 2 km long "Las Ramblas" boulevard or visiting the most popular market hall, the "Mercado de La Boquería", the opportunity to enjoy a couple of tasty tapas is never far away. You can admire top designers' window displays on the elegant "Passeig de Gracia" boulevard, or sip a coffee under palm trees and arcades in the Plaça Reial.

Barcelona's great nightlife is difficult to beat. People of all ages rub shoulders in the cafés and squares. The options are boundless, from classic bars and traditional restaurants to extravagant dining rooms, from port taverns to fashionable clubs.