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The capital city of Catalonia (an autonomous region in Spain), Barcelona remains one of the most highly populated areas in all of Europe, comparable in size to Paris, London, Milan, and Madrid. The city center is home to 1.6 million people, with millions more living along the Mediterranean coast.

Dubbed a global metropolis, the City of Counts is a major economic and tourist spot in Spain. In terms of GDP, Barcelona ranked one of the most successful city brands on the planet. A strong spot for business, the city has witnessed rapid growth, and in no small way is this attributed to tourist dollars!

Flights to Barcelona

Barcelona-El Prat Airport is located a few miles southwest of the capital, and second only to Madrid Barajas for flight traffic in the country. Vueling, Iberia Regional, Ryanair, and Air Europa all use the airport as a hub zone, as did Spanair until it stopped service in early 2012. Over 35 million domestic and international passengers flew through the city in 2013; with an average annual traffic increase of 18%, Barcelona-El Prat is easily one of the busiest in Europe.

It is also the only airport in Spain to receive daily flights from the Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Direct flights from the United States can be booked through American Airlines, Delta, United, and US Airways. The international market is dominated by British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, Aeroflot, SAS, and Air Europa.

What to Do in Barcelona

Barcelona is full of modernist architectural wonders, the most notable of which are structures that were built by the famous Antoni Gaudi. Famous buildings to explore include Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Park Guell, with additional sights being Casa Vicens, Colonia Guell, and Casa Batllo. Fans of live music are encouraged to buy a ticket to the Razzmatazz, Apolo, and L’Auditori. The latter features a massive, 2,400-seat capacity and routinely hosts global performances. Barcelona also runs a number of notable, annual festivals such as Primavera Sound and Sonar.

What you need to know when traveling to Barcelona

Travel to the city in the off-season (the weather in January and February is mild) to take advantage of low hotel accommodations and discounted meals. The Barcelona Bus Turistic and metro rail are the cheapest ways to get around the city. Tourists can save big on local travel and attractions costs by purchasing a Barcelona Card and ComboPass upon their arrival.

Spanish and Catalan are the primary spoken languages. However, since Barcelona is a major, European tourist spot, English is spoken by nearly all store and shop owners. Spain, like most countries in the region, uses the Euro for its official currency.

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