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Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona Overview

Located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Barcelona is the ideal place for lazy beachgoers as well as the curious tourist looking to explore the rich history of this large cosmopolitan city. It is the second largest city in Spain, and boasts a population of well over 1.5 million people. Reaching this Spanish city by air is easy, as Barcelona International Airport is an ultra modern airport. Visit this magnificent coastal city and experience some real authentic Spanish culture.

Founding
This amazing city was not founded as a Spanish city but rather a Roman one. Barcelona is a city rich in history thus offering tourists a wide array of things to see on their visit. This is a city unlike any other, but at the same time has all the trademarks you'd expect of a modern major western European city.

During the middle ages, this city was also known as Barchinora, Barchenona, and Barchelona. Some historians even state that Hercules founded the city 400 years before Rome was built (but this claim remains unproven).


Pleasant Weather
You can expect to enjoy traditional Mediterranean weather in Barcelona. That means hot summers and reasonably mild winters. Since Barcelona is located on the eastern coast, it means that the west winds never reach Barcelona. Consequently, the winters are not very wet and thus Barcelona can be enjoyed as a low humidity city with virtually no rainfall. One tip however: the summers can be wet due to the fact that it’s relatively close to the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, Barcelona winters can be drier than its summers.

Beach Front Property
Located on prime Mediterranean coastal property, Barcelona has the distinct advantage of being situated along nearly 3 miles of coastline, with seven spectacular beaches. While visiting these must-see Mediterranean beaches, you’ll meet lots of locales sunning their well-kept Mediterranean bodies during the long summer months, as well as during other times of the year. The recently renovated seafront area is an added bonus when visiting the Barcelona shoreline. With its countless stores, restaurants, and movie theaters, it adds a final touch to this amazing seaside adventure.

Industry & Culture
Barcelona is known for having a well developed and sophisticated manufacturing industry. In fact, this industry has played a pivotal role in the history of the city. Expectedly, Barcelona is a major fashion center and even hosted the 2006 Bread & Butter fashion fair.

Barcelona boasts a long history of different influences and styles influenced by such greats as the world-renowned Spanish architect, Antoni Guadi. In addition, Barcelona houses a number of top world museums including the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, which features a famous collection of Romaneque art, and the Picasso Museum, where you can view some of Picasso’s greatest masterpieces.
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