Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the capital of Catalonia. Barcelona was founded as a roman city and as such it has a rich cultural heritage. There are several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. Today, Barcelona is a major cultural and economic centre and it is influential in the fields of tourism, science, fashion, arts and sports. The city's Gothic Quarter is full of interesting architecture and the Picasso Museum boasts a large collection of the artist's works. Barcelona is also home to several highly-rated beaches, some of which are artificially replenished with sand to combat storm related erosion.
Barcelona is a popular tourist destination and there are hotels to suit most budgets. Luxury hotels near the coast tend to be fairly expensive, however there are many affordable apartments and self-catering hotels further inland. If you are looking for a city break, rather than a beach holiday, you may enjoy a visit to one of the boutique hotels in the Gothic quarter. Prices tend to be higher during the month of September, because of the popularity of the La Merce festival.
Barcelona El Prat Airport is served by several major airlines and the Estacio Sants train station offers easy links to Paris, Milan, Zurich, Geneva and other major European cities. Once you are in Barcelona, it is easy to get around via metro, bus, taxi and FGC (trains offering links from suburban areas to main city hubs). Barcelona taxis are coloured black or yellow and use the green light on the roof to indicate when the vehicle is available.