Barcelona: Catalonia's beautiful capital

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May 2nd 2015
Published: May 2nd 2015
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Barcelona, Spain

The capital of Mediterranean, as Barcelona is sometimes called, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a place superior in many areas: its medieval old town is one of the largest, its beaches are among the longest, and the number of ‘modernist style’ buildings it possesses is among the highest. A lot of us would argue that its restaurants, bars and clubs are also amongst the best in the world. In any case, the abundance of things one can do or see in Barcelona cannot be ignored, even in peak season when the number of tourists can be annoying.


The urbanism of Barcelona is quite unique in two aspects: first it includes several old towns and cities, which are completely incorporated in the urban fabric, and secondly, its dominating urban grid consists of a large quantity of identical or almost identical city blocks with cut edges, that can’t be found elsewhere. The City center is represented by the Ciutat Vella or the Old town, which is divided between Raval, Gòtic and Born. The main square Plaça Catalunya is a point of connection between the old town and the modern Eixample. Main streets cross the whole city parallel or perpendicular to the sea and the mountain. Two of the most important ones are Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Passeig de Gràcia.

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