City of Barcelona
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Mediterranean Metropolis

Barcelona was founded over two thousand years ago on the Mediterranean coast in the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, between two rivers, at a short distance from France (140 Km). Since then, it has been the traditional gateway to Spain. Through it entered Romans, Arabs and Christians, as well as the many diverse cultures, which came to enrich its heritage. The traces of this history and diversity can be followed as you walk through the city; through its Gothic Quarter, built on the Roman ruins; through its art-nouveau Eixample district, presided over by Gaudí’s exuberant architecture, which at the same time reveals an ordered and rational urban layout.

This diversity and harmony are also apparent in the character of the people of Barcelona, who are enterprising and hard-working, enjoy life and, in particular, have great civic pride and are lovers of culture.

In just over two decades, Barcelona has completely transformed its range of facilities and attractions. It has done so by displaying a dynamic character and pioneering spirit, which are perfectly visible in its new urban and architectural layout. The city continues to enjoy spring-like climatic conditions, and offers the visitor its own unique lifestyle, which is particularly evocative and appealing. It perfectly combines the gentleness of the Mediterranean coast with the thrust and capacity for innovation of a young society. It is a unique combination on the European continent; a privileged geographical enclave whose inquiring yet serene population is already enjoying the Mediterranean metropolis of the 21st century.



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Barcelona Important Points:

Welcome
Barcelona is a compact city, neither too small nor too big, which makes it very welcoming and gives it a cosy atmosphere. As well, it boasts significant cultural, social and commercial diversity.

Mediterranean
Barcelona displays the characteristics of Mediterranean cities: it is dynamic and open, inviting for leisure activities, walking through and enjoying. It is the only large city in Europe that boasts 5 kilometres of beaches in the city itself.

Well connected
Barcelona has an excellent network of flights specially to Spanish and European cities. Its international airport, located only 15 minutes from the city is currently undergoing full expansion works.

  • By Air

Barcelona Airport is located south-west of the city of Barcelona. It is just 3 km from the Port of Barcelona, one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean for container traffic and the leader in the cruise market.

The new Terminal 1 is operating since 17th June 2009, doubling its total capacity. The Corporate Terminal opened in 2008 has capacity for 26 private jets.


The Barcelona Airport is located at 12 Km (20/30 minutes) from the city and connected by train and bus.

The opening of the new terminal will enable Barcelona airport to adapt to successive increases in traffic, with the aim of consolidating its position in Europe's Top 10, an exemplary hub airport in the south of the continent for the traffic of passengers and goods, with a large, wide-ranging network of services, and the capacity to house the main air alliances.

  • By Train

Barcelona is also an important railway link, connected favourably with the rest of Spain and with Europe which constitutes an advantageous link in the intermodal transport chain with regard to obtaining the greatest efficiency at a low cost.

Barcelona can be also reached by car or bus or even... by boat!


Climate
Barcelona enjoys a very agreeable and mild climate all yearlong, which makes it possible to organise outdoor events in spring, summer and autumn.

The average monthly temperatures are as follows:

Centigrade

Fahrenheit

January

7.2ºC

45.0ºF

February

8.7ºC   

47.7ºF

March

11.2ºC

52.2ºF

April

13.1ºC

55.6ºF

May

18.8ºC

65.8ºC

June

23.0ºC

73.4ºF

July

24.4ºC

75.9ºF

August

26.3ºC

79.3ºF

September

21.5ºC

70.7ºF

October

17.9ºC

64.2ºF

November

13.5ºC

56.3ºF

December

9.0ºC

48.2ºF


History
Barcelona has over 2000 years of history and conserves important testimonies of its past.

Culture
Barcelona offers a very intense cultural life all yearlong: Opera, Ballet, Concert, Theatres, festivals, expositions, museums...

Gourmet City
Barcelona has developed a cuisine style based on creativity and this made in the top “gourmet” city outside France, according to the magazine Gourmet.
Furthermore, Mediterranean cuisine, considered by many as the healthiest in the world, is used even in the simplest restaurants.

Avant Guarde
Catalonia has always been played host to famous people in the avant-guard movements in Europe: Picasso, Miró, Dali, Gaudi are just some of the many examples of the constant desire for renovation and creation, a true quality that is also present in today’s Catalan  artists like its architects or designers.