BARCELONA, AN OPEN, COSMOPOLITAN CITY :
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, Spain's second city and the sixth largest city in Europe with a population of five million.
On the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city and a benchmark for culture, commerce, finance and tourism.
It is one of the 10 most visited capitals in the world.
ECONOMY: THE POLE OF ATTRACTION IN SOUTHERN EUROPE :
Spain's leading industrial region, Catalonia is also the country's richest region.
The Barcelona commercial port is the largest in southern Europe and the Mediterranean. It is Europe's leading cruise port and the fourth-biggest in the world.
Barcelona is one of Spain's economic lungs, home to major industry, a strong financial sector and a market much appreciated by entrepreneurs.
TOURISM: A HIGHLY PRIZED DESTINATION :
Tourism has become a key sector of the economy in the Catalan capital, especially since the transformation achieved for the Olympic Games in 1992. It now accounts for 12% of the region's GDP.
Hotel occupancy and visits to cultural sites broke historic records in 2012. This dynamic sector is helping Barcelona overcome the Spanish crisis.
CULTURE: AN EFFERVESCENT CAPITAL :
Architecture, museums, arts events… culture is one of Barcelona's greatest strengths.
It justifies its position as a tourist destination.
This capital of culture has the highest concentration of buildings on the UNESCO World Heritage list – a total of nine buildings.
CLIMATE: A METROPOLIS ON THE BEACH :
Lying on the coast, Barcelona is the only great European city that combines the dynamism of a large city with the relaxed atmosphere and well-being of the beach.
A quality of life that is rare in Europe and much appreciated by northern Europeans.
BARCELONA, CONNECTED AND EASY TO ACCESS :
Barcelona now has a direct high-speed train link to Paris, launched in late 2013, and the journey takes only 6 hours and 25 minutes.
Other high-speed trains link Barcelona to Marseille, Toulouse and Lyon.
Barcelona airport was the fourth most used for inbound and outbound flights in Europe in 2012.