Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, and is close enough to the Costa Brava and Pyrenees Mountains for easy travel. As a historic city founded in 203 BC, Barcelona has survived two dictators and has continued to preserve authentic Catalan culture. Combined with ancient and modern-day attractions, you can view architecture from the 13th century to modern neighborhoods such as l’Eixample. With plenty of theaters, concerts, museums and festivals to attend, Barcelona visitors and residents have plenty to do in this exciting European city.
- Many famous artists, such as Picasso and Salvador Dali, lived in Barcelona. You can learn about them in local museums.
- The Catholic Kings of Barcelona welcomed Columbus after he returned from his 1492 trip to America.
- Barcelona established itself as a leader in the trading and shipping industry and later became the capital of Catalonia in 1801.
- The 1992 Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona, and the city redeveloped its beaches, recreational activities and buildings to accommodate the event.