Barcelona has something to offer everyone, which is why it’s now one of the top tourist destinations in Europe. The narrow, Gothic streets of the old town offer mystique and history, while the modern Eixample district, is full of the latest shops and businesses. In the past three decades the city has gone from strength-to-strength and developed a unique identity within Spain. The Catalan language differentiates the spoken word and the architecture sets the city apart as well.

    Did you know?

    Until 2005, only world champions had ever won at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The man to break the pattern was Finland's Kimi Raikkonen.

    Useful tips

    F1-mania has hit Spain with local heroes Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz, with the result that the track will be packed this year. However, to meet demand, the organisers have increased grandstand capacity.

    For food lovers, no stay in Catalunya is complete until you’ve tried ‘Crema Catalana’, the region’s famous egg-based dessert.

    Where to go?

    The Picasso Museum is one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. Its collection of the Spanish artist’s work houses is the most extensive in the country and one of the most notable in the world.

    The city boasts many other museums - the Nou Camp's Football Museum is a must for soccer fans - and for the best sights, start in the ninth century Old Town and walk, looking out for Gaudi’s architecture, the Gothic Monastery in Pedralbes, the Placa de Catalunya, the Olympic Port and Las Ramblas.