Barcelona is a very old city in which you can feel the weight of history; it is haunted by history. You cannot walk around it without perceiving it.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Barcelona is the capital and the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea.
Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination.
Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Barcelona is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.
In 2009 the city was ranked Europe’s third and one of the world’s most successful as a city brand.