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Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city, and has a population of 1,605,602 (2006). Its location on the Mediterranean coast makes the city a beauty to behold. Spain’s capital as well as its most populous city, rests between the rivers Llobregat and Besòs. Only a few people are still unaware of the natural endowments that this attractive city possesses: from the city’s gorgeous turquoise sea to its exquisite selection of cuisines to its rich cultural heritage. Barcelona’s location on the Mediterranean coast enables it to enjoy a sizzling relationship with Spain’s economy, thereby serving as one of Europe’s major economic centres.  

The Barcelona International Airport is the second largest in Spain. As a major tourist destination, Barcelona, with its attractive features, attracts vacationers from all over the world. A visit to the city would be incomplete without a stop at its football club known as FC Barcelona. Vacationers who enjoy the entertainment derived from soccer competitions should thoroughly enjoy visiting this wonderful recreation spot. Barcelona is home to one of the best football clubs in the world today, a two-time UEFA Champions League winner. Renowned for its attractive playing style, FC Barcelona boasts of a large fan base than spans across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

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Why visit Barcelona ?

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A beauty to behold

The city’s gorgeous turquoise sea to its exquisite selection of cuisines to its rich cultural heritage

Barcelona pays tribute to sports and is known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. Barcelona, located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, enjoys favourable weather conditions due to the Mediterranean. This recreational city experiences cold in January and February with an average temperature of 10 °C (50 °F), and heat in July & August with average temperatures of 30 °C (86 °F); snowfalls are very rare. Generally the city of Barcelona experiences mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers, which is moderate for vacation seekers.  

There is never a dull moment during a visit to this fun spot as there are many places to visit, including parks; beaches, museums and shopping centres, etc. The city takes pride in accommodating 68 municipal parks that include 45 urban parks, 12 historic parks, 6 forest parks and 5 theme parks. These parks provide large recreational areas for unwinding. Barcelona’s largest park is Montjuïc, situated at Mount Montjuïc. Some other parks are Oreneta Castle Park, Poblenou Park and Guinardó Park. Those holiday- makers looking for sightseeing in Barcelona could stroll around the Plaça Catalunya, the city’s historical centre.  

Further up is Barcelona’s major commercial centre, housing several shopping complexes such as La Maquinista, L’Illa and Glòries etc. Among all of the things to do in Barcelona, you must visit the beach; the city is a proud owner of seven superb beaches. The oldest and most visited of all are the Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta beaches. Experience the city’s Nova Icària, Bogatell, Mar Bella, Nova Mar Bella and Llevant beaches that were built as part of the plans to host the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. These beaches are capable of providing you with lifelong experiences throughout the whole of your stay in Barcelona.

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