Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid.
It is located on the Mediterranean coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs.
Besieged several times during its history, Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Barcelona is today one of the world's leading tourist, economic, trade fair/exhibitions and cultural-sports centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.
Besides his Mediterranean climater makes of Barcelona a wonderful place to learn Spanish.