Barcelona, more than just a single city, is really a collection of multi–faceted and diverse cities. For centuries, the town and its important port have been a gateway to the peninsula through which European influences have entered. All of this means that Barcelona today is a modern cosmopolitan city, always attentive to the latest cultural ad artistic trends.
The Gothic Quarter is the nerve center of the Catalonian capital. Besides having a typical Barcelona ambience, it is the home of some of the most important buildings of the city. The Cathedral is a magnificent example of Levant Gothic.
Next to the Cathedral The Casa de l’Ardiaca, rebuilt in the 15th century on the remains of the old Roman wall, is one of the best examples of the flamboyant Gothic. The Plaza de Sant Jaume, flanked by the City Hall and the Palau de la Generalitat, seat of the Catalonian autonomous government, built in Gothic style in the 15th century.
Las Ramblas, a popular, vibrant avenue with kiosks and flower shops scattered along its length, goes from the Plaza de Catalunya to the Colombus monument. The Gran Teatre del Liceu inaugurated in 1848 and reconstructed in the last decade of the 20th century, hosts to an important part of the musical season of the city.
The rich legacy left by Antonio Gaudí, as well as that of other early 20th-century architects, constitutes a fundamental part of Barcelona's identity. Works by Gaudí, such as Park Güell, the Palau Güell, and Casa Milà “La Pedrera”, as well as Doménech i Montaner's Palau de la Música Catalana, and the Sant Pau Hospital have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The temple of the Sagrada Familia (the Holy Family), and houses such as Casa Lleó Morera, Casa Amatller, and Casa Batlló are just a few of the many gems of the modernism treasured by the city.
Barcelona's culture is not only evident in its buildings, parks and outdoor sculptures, but also in its countless museum collections. Artists of the stature of Picasso, Miró, Tàpies or Gaudí, have museums entirely devoted to collect their works.
Barcelona overlooks the sea. The Olympic Village and the Port Olímpicwith beaches, piers and an impressive array of museums and leisure centres (such as the Aquarium, the 3D IMAX Theatre, the Colon viewing point, etc.) make Barcelona's seaport a cosmopolitan place, full of life.The city offers first-class infrastructures for holding trade fairs, symposiums and international conferences. Many of the city's most emblematic buildings are equipped with auditoriums and conference rooms ideal for holding business meetings and all kinds of exhibitions. The Palau de Sant Jordi, built at Montjuïc by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, is one of the most surprising of them all.The visitor, whether on business or pleasure, will enjoy Barcelona's beautiful urban beaches, marinas, and seafront golf courses.