Capital of Catalonia is the world famous city of Barcelona, which is undoubtedly one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Here you will find a mixture of ancient and modern culture, with excellent tourist attractions and an impressive infrastructure. Barcelona is not in vain rank position 1 among the world's congress cities. Since the Olympic Games in 1992, the city has developed into one of the most interesting cities in Europe and ranks among the top five most visited European destinations too.
Stroll through the bustling Ramblas, which connects the city with the sea, get to know the medieval streets of the old city with its many tiny, typical tapas bars and restaurants. The famous Gothic Quarter is one of the most harmonious city centres in Europe with the wonderful gothic cathedral, the remains of the Roman city wall and the Jewish Town.
Worth a trip alone are the Art Nuveau buildings of the architect Gaudi, Sagrada Familia, or as his second masterpiece, La Pedrera, which is listed on the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage.
Travelling to Barcelona also means meeting the traditional Catalonian Mediterranean culture. A definitive must is a trip to the local tapas bars, a stop at one of the many city squares and contemplate the human towers and its multiple storey construction of the Castellers, and to watch or to simply be in when it plays at the FC Barcelona's legendary Camp Nou.
Barcelona is the Mediterranean and the third world's main destination for cruise ships. The Port of Barcelona serves each year over 1 million cruise passengers, and during high season even up to 12 cruise ships a day berth in the harbour.
From the port you have very good connections to Barcelona airport and to the train stations with direct connections to Spain and France, as well as the underground stations. In addition, the port is situated in the Old Town area, so you can easily walk to the Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter.
All major cruise lines have here a stopover and more and more shipping companies choose Barcelona as the starting point for their cruises. You will find the world famous shipping companies, such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, MSC Italian Cruises to name just a few.
Barcelona is not just well connected with the world though its harbour. The airport serves more than 24 million passengers annually. Here land scheduled, charter and low cost flights from Europe and around the world.
Barcelona is not just among the top destinations in the tourism business per se. The city has a complete range of accommodation with approximately 23,400 rooms, 180 four and five star hotels and modern conference and exhibition centres. Several conference centres offer all the necessary amenities to events of all sizes, from small meetings and up to international events such as Forum 2004, Barcelona World Race 2010, GSM Mobile World Congress or Formula 1 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo.