Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a bustling Mediterranean port and the economical center of Spain. Its history dates back to the times of the Romans and the city does a lot to display this with pride. Thanks to the 1992 Summer Olympics, a lot of effort went into modernizing the city while keeping its ancient charm. The city center and the main square, Plaça de Catalunya, show this unique blend of new and old.
Barcelona is also a center of culture and modern architecture. Antoni Gaudí is the creative mastermind behind many of the buildings here, such as Güell Palace or the Sagrada Família church. Museum-goers will be overjoyed in this city, since there are many exquisite artworks to be seen. And do not forget that
Barcelona is right by the sea – after you are finished with the cultural sights, head over to the beach to soak up the Mediterranean sun or enjoy a drink at one of the beach bars.
Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations on earth.
In terms of pickpocketing, Barcelona unfortunately takes the lead in Europe. Take extra precautions not to fall prey to pickpockets. Be always alert especially in the touristy areas and on the metro. If you can leave anything of value in the hotel safe, do it. Don't leave your wallet or other valuables in your back pocket and always hold on to your bag or purse. Be mindful also when withdrawing money from ATMs. Use common sense and keep your eyes open.
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