Welcome to Barcelona

The origins of the city of Barcelona, which have been defined thanks to archaeological remains and literary and cartographic sources, date from the 1st century A.D., when the Romans established a small colony around the Taber mount. Its whole past is projected into its present.

The Barcelona of the 21st century is a city shaped by the '92 Olympics, a city transformed for and by the need to do justice to that great international event. The Barcelona we see around us now, the Barcelona we enjoy today, is a new Barcelona, Mediterranean in keeping with its traditions, with its face to the sea and its arms open to other cultures and peoples, giving and receiving, happy to make and to share its riches.

The Barcelona of the 21st century is an European capital of astonishing cultural energy and a passion for progress, a city whose day-to-day life brings together every imaginable facet of the most diverse activities: these are the potential that has fashioned the city's present and give it the impetus to move forward into the future.

What to do in Barcelona

There's plenty to do in Barcelona for all ages and to suit all tastes. Some of the most visited places are:

* Gaudi's buildings: Sagrada Familia, Pedrera, Park G├╝ell. You can visit some of the amazing buildings by this genius architect.
* The sea: go up the Columbus monument for incredible views, take a walk in the beach and the neighborhood. You can do all this and more in the Barcelona coastline.
* The Tibidabo: the mountain overlooking Barcelona which includes an amusement park.
* Parks: Ciutadella, Laberint, Cervantes... plenty of very varied parks to walk and relax.
* The Zoo and the Aquarium: specially fun for families.
* Markets: Santa Caterina, Boqueria, Ninot,... take a walk through some markets, where you'll enjoy not only the varied food but also the architecture.