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ENJOY BARCELONA ─ THE CITY WHERE ALL DREAMS COME TRUE

Welcome to Barcelona! ─ a city with a long history of more than a thousand years and with its owns culture and language that defines and determines its individuality.

Barcelona is known on an international level as a remarkable city, one of the centers of tourism in the world. It's the second biggest city on the Iberian Peninsula, located in the north-east of Spain, the capital of the autonomous province of Catalonia.

Diverse traditions, superb local cuisine, active and cognitive rest, magnificent sunny beaches, all this in combination with the geographical proximity, makes Barcelona a popular place for tourists from around the world and an ideal place for those who want to live and learn here, in turn having an unforgettable experience.

POPULATION

Barcelona is one of the most populated cities on the Mediterranean coast with more than one and a half million inhabitants. Many international celebrities like to spend a significant part of their time in Barcelona, or even choose it as their habitual place of residence. Thanks to the friendliness, hospitality and openness of the Catalan people, the city unconditionally deserves the right to be considered one of the most cosmopolitan centers of Europe.

GEOGRAPHY

Barcelona is positioned on the coastal plateau, an area which constitutes more than one hundred and seventy square kilometers. The city itself occupies around 100 kilometers of that area. The south-west of Barcelona is surrounded by mountains, the Collserola, as well as the river Llobregat, and from the north flows the river Besos. The highest point of the city is a small mountain, Tibidabo, with a height of 512 meters. The city is surrounded by mountains creating a distinct microclimate and a charming beautiful landscape

In Catalonia, there are wonderful mountain natural parks, such as Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici; bizarre geological formations (Montserrat), former volcanic zones (La Garrotxa), and coastal parks (Cap de Creus, Ayguamolls de L 'Alt Emporda and Delta de L 'Ebre).

The length of the coast, which is about 580 km, determines the seaside character of Catalan geography. Coastal landscapes vary dramatically from small intimate coves in Costa Brava in the north to wide sandy beaches of the Costa Daurada in the south.

TRADITIONS

Traditional festivals and holidays specific to the zone are one of the most undeniable elements of the uniqueness of Catalonia. In the city, there is an endless array of interesting events.

In anticipation of the Catholic Epiphany, a procession of the three wise men marches through the city's central streets – "tsars from the East" – Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. Following them is an entourage of assistants and VIPs who throw sweets into a crowd of spectators. The procession is accompanied by music, dance and colorful fireworks.

In summer, each city celebrates its own local festive holiday, the day of its own patron saint. This is one of the most lively and preferred holidays. It lasts for several days, during which diverse competitions are held, rides for children and craft fairs are set up, and open-air concerts and performances are staged. Traditionally, during these local festive holidays, it is possible to see human towers (Castells).

The national day of Catalonia is celebrated annually on September 11th in memory of the anniversary of the end of the siege of Barcelona in 1714. On this day, a wide range of festivities, concerts, protests and political demonstrations traditionally take place. Many citizens wear national symbols and hang Catalan flags from their balconies.

ECONOMY

Catalonia belongs to one of the most developed regions of Spain. 16% of Spain’s population lives in Catalonia producing 23% of Spain’s GDP. The main resources are industry, which employs 25% of the working population, and the services sector employing 64%.

Catalonia has a strong industry, which is based on the recycling industry. Initially, however, it was the textile industry. With time, other industries such as automobile and spare parts production, the chemical industry, food production, shipbuilding, furniture production, etc., have developed.

Thanks to its unique geographical position and superb transport system (seaport, airports, freeways, railroads, etc.), Barcelona occupies the sixth place among European cities for being the most attractive for doing business.