Barcelona is a hub of new trends in the world of culture, fashion, and cuisine. It combines the creativity of its artists and designers with respect and care for local traditions. The charm and slower pace of the old town, the avant-garde vibe of more modern neighborhoods, and the fast pace of one of the world’s most visited cities coexist in Barcelona.

Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural center and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once called La Rambla “the only street in the world which I wish would never end”. Splitting Barcelona’s old town, this charismatic, kilometer-long boulevard — actually five consecutive boulevards, containing a central pathway below plane trees and sometimes collectively called Las Ramblas — offers up everything from living statues and markets to kaleidoscopic flower stalls.

Long-standing tapas dens or beachside chiringuitos (snack bars) emphasize simple but zesty fare, while masters of molecular gastronomy — Albert Adrià and the like — serve up remarkable delicacies in a sort of culinary channeling of Gaudí. In between, you’ll find Galician seafood taverns, vanguard Japanese joints, “vegan junk-food” cafés, and beautiful chocolate shops.

The most prevalent dish is a tapa called bombas. Supposedly inspired by Spanish Civil War bombs, it consists of potato and meat croquettes drizzled with spicy tomato aioli.

Barcelona beach was listed as number one in a list of the top ten city beaches in the world according to National Geographic and Discovery Channel. Barcelona contains seven beaches, totaling 4.5 kilometers of coastline. Sant Sebastià, Barceloneta, and Somorrostro beaches, both 1,100 m in length, are the largest, oldest, and most-frequented beaches in Barcelona.

Influenced by the Mediterranean climate, the weather in Barcelona is warm and sunny all year round, while the winter in Europe is covered in cold, in Barcelona, there are still sunny and warm days. You can visit Barcelona any season of the year, but the most suitable time is from April to November.

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