Barcelona is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, and the National Geographic magazine described it as being one of the top ten cities in the world which has to be visited during your lifetime. The city provides a unique experience to the visitor and Barcelona has: a vibrant cultural scene, fine shopping, rich gastronomy and in itself is a two-thousand-year-old city. Located in the Mediterranean, its setting offers a perfect mix between leisure, culture and nature.
Barcelona has a wide variety of cultural attractions and a wide offer of Catalan Art Nouveau (modernisme). It has brought the world some of the finest architects of all time, including Puig i Cadafalch– who designed buildings as the Casa Amatller and Casa de les Punxes –and Domènech i Montaner– such as Sant Pau Recinte Modernista and the Palau de la Música Catalana. Nevertheless, the person who has earned the city the greatest international fame and renown is Antoni Gaudí, the creator of some of its major landmark buildings which are known around the world, such as Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and Sagrada Família. Barcelona is also a reference for music events, with a wide offer of classical music concerts, theatre performances and festivals. Among the best music venues, stand out the Liceu Opera, one of the best opera houses in Europe, the modernista Palau de la Música Catalana and L'Auditori, which together offer a world-class music agenda.