The Tourist Destination— Barcelona
Found as a Roman City, the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. It is the most cosmopolitan city of Europe on Mediterranean Sea. Today it is counted as one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade exhibitions and cultural sports centers. Through its influence in education, entertainment, science, fashion and arts, it is considered to be one of the world’s major global cities.
Barcelona is the 16th most visited city in the world and 4th in Europe, which attracts millions of tourists every year. Its climate can be classified under Mediterranean climate with mild humid winters and warm dry summers. For tourists, the city offers dozens of beautiful monuments, authentic museums, municipal parks and refreshing beaches. Sagrada Família is counted as the international symbol of Barcelona and a must-visit for everyone.
Other great monuments are the Palau de la Música Cataluña, The Cathedral of St. Eulalia, Gothic Church of Santa Maria del Pi, The Columbus Monument and The Arc de Triomf. There are several museums for art-lovers like National Museum of Art of Catalonia which possess a fascinating collection of Roman art or Museum of Contemporary Art representing the Catalan and Spanish art.
The Erotic Museum of Barcelona is quite attractive. Barcelona consists of twelve historic parks, five thematic parks, six forest parks and forty five urban parks. Nature lovers will find the quiet soothing and refreshing. The Barcelona beach is among the top beaches of the world. It consist of 7 beaches running along the total coastline of 4.5 km. The beautiful beaches are capable of providing you rejuvenation and relaxation with a lot of fun, definitely a main attraction for people living on dry lands.
Barcelona offers many venues for live music and theatre and Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house, the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, the Teatre Lliure and the Palau de la Música Catalana concert hall are world renowned. Two major pop music festivals take place in the city on a yearly basis, namely the Sónar Festival and the Primavera Sound Festival. Thus, the music lovers can adjust their visits accordingly.
For transport, Barcelona is served by Barcelona El Prat Airport for airways and the Port of Barcelona for seaways. For public/local transport it offers a rich network of metro, bus network, modern trams, funiculars and even aerial cars. It also has a metered taxi fleet composed of over 10,000 cars.
Cerveseria Catalana and La Bodegueta Provença are the hits for the foodies, which offer a variety of delicious and mouth-watering food. Couples would like to try Alba Granados for a romantic lunch or dinner. W Barcelona and Hotel Neri are one of the most exotic hotels to stay. Where W Barcelona is a beachfront hotel, Hotel Neri will offer you a medieval feeling with a beautifully adapted, centuries old building. The city has an exhilarating night life for those interested in clubs, pubs and bars.
Barcelona is therefore renowned internationally as a tourist destination. For counting the facts, it is visited by 3 times more tourist than the residents.