Open toward the Mediterranean Sea, 150 km south of Perpignan (180Km away from Céret), Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia. Spain’s second largest city, after its rival, Madrid, it has a population of 4.5 million.
Because of its mild and temperate climate, typically Mediterranean, Barcelona can be visited all year long.
Departing from Perpignan, by Eurolines bus or by train, Barcelona is just 2 hours away. Its International Airport permits to reach directly and easily all the European and North African capitals.
This is the second city of Spain and provides any kinds of Hotels, pension or Youth hostels open throughout the year.
Spanish cuisine uses only sea or land products generously sprinkled with the ever popular olive oil. You should try the famous paellas, tortillas, « Iberico » ham and tapas, small individual portions consumed as appetizers.
Not many other Mediterranean big cities loaded with history, are as modern as Barcelona. You will discover the treasures of this city and savor its sweet life by way of its promenades and its many cafés, typical tapas bars and restaurants. You will be able to stop in the greenery of the immense wooden houses of the Ciutadella Park sheltering the zoo of the city, before visiting “La Sagrada Famillia”, Antonio Gaudi’s masterpiece, Europe’s unconventional church. It has become the symbol of the city.
In the old city, one has to stroll and see the ancient houses of the 16th and 17th century of the « Barrio Gotico », as the one housing the Picasso Museum, and continue the visit with the MOCBA, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, built by the American Richard Meyer, as well as the very colorful Joan Miro Foundation.
Shopping enthusiasts will find their true happiness on the Passeo de Gracia, Barcelona’s Champs Elysées, a true temple of fashion and architecture (numerous exceptional facades absolutely not to miss), whereas gourmands will salivate at the Ramblas, at the lively and colorful Boqueria market.
Sportsmen will be able to book a seat at the famous Nou Camp stadium, in order to attend a football game of FC Barcelona, or they can go for a walk to Montjuic, the hill that was provided with superb sports facilities for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Finally, for night hawks, don’t forget that Barcelona is renowned for the quality and diversity of its night life ; it’s paradise at night, as the night never ends.
As you can imagine, discovering Barcelona means living passionately day and night.