Barcelona is known for its art and architecture, especially the magnificent La Sagrada Familia church and other modernist landmarks throughout the city designed by the famous Catalonia artist, Antoni Gaudi.
Fresh seafood, Catalan paella, and Spanish ham (Jamón Ibérico) are the culinary highlights of the region, with a wide range of dining options from Michelin star restaurants to the always-busy tapas bars in La Boqueria market.
Barcelona's medieval roots can be found in the narrow alleyways of Gothic Quarter. The bustling central promenade, La Rambla, is lined with cafes and street vendors. And for vibrant nightlife, check out these two neighborhoods - El Born and Eixample.
Barcelona is the city of the football club FC Barcelona. This city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history, having been under Roman, then Frank law before declaring its independence. (Barcelona Wikitravel)