Situated on the Mediterranean coast with an excellent harbor, Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city. It has a rich history and a panache that is all its own which embodies the Catalan character. This city has always had a taste for the sublime and the surreal – inspiring such artists as Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and architect Antoni Gaudi, whose work still endows the place with a fairy-tale enchantment.
Barcelona is very modern but also embraces its past. Landmark Gothic buildings and world-class museums fill the city center, and the whimsical creations of the modernism movement and cutting-edge contemporary architecture line the wide boulevards of the newer city. Much of its appeal stems from a respect for its heritage that gives it the best preserved medieval quarter in Europe. And yet here, a Pop art sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein resides in harmony alongside a somber neoclassical arcade.