Barcelona at a Glance
The second largest city in Spain, beneath the Pyrenees mountain range, Barcelona maintains a population with more than 1.5 million people. The warm Mediterranean climate, brilliant culture, and appetizing food make Barcelona one of the greater tourism hotspots in Europe. The wide range of diversity and historical sites draw travelers from the Americas as well as Asia to see and experience classical as well as modern Spain.
The nightlife is also an appeal to many tourists. With clubs that keep going well into the morning and a continual flow of people about town, there is almost always something to do.
There are two main languages spoken in Spain: Catalan and Spanish (Castillian). Culture and arts flourish here, particularly in mediterranean outerlying towns and in the heart of Barcelona itself.
To get around town, the Subway is the easiest and fastest mode of transportation. The Subway itself has five lines and the FCG has two lines in Barcelona and four going to nearby towns. The bus is also a great way to get around, but is slower and better for shorter distances.
Costa Brava stretches from Blanes to the French border and has spectacular sites along the route. Similarly, avant-garde places like Sitges attract a constant crowd of all ages, ethnicities and sexual orientation all looking for a good time.
The weather in Barcelona is pleasant almost year-round, thanks to the beaches which lie around it. Rainfall can be prevalent during some parts of the year, so be sure to be prepared.
Sagrada Familia Church
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