Barcelona , capital of Catalonia, is a cosmopolitan Mediterranean city that incorporates in its urban street pattern Roman remains, medieval districts and the most beautiful examples of Modernism and the avant-garde of the twentieth century .
Its history dates back to Roman origin , providing an incredible cultural development fostered newest artistic trends. In recent years, Barcelona has become one of the focus to be taken into account to capture new trends from anywhere in the world. Many artists involved in the design , the music , the fashion , the art and cinema choose this city to live and be inspired. Barcelona is a city with art and for art , the result of the artistic concerns that have always characterized the city.
Barcelona is in constant boiling. alternative art galleries, urban sport, festivals, fairs and exhibitions of all kinds fill the calendar with proposals that bring people to a culture always aware of trends not only of individuals, but also urban, artistic , mobility and even food. Today is one of the tourist capitals of the world for its intercultural character, lively and modern .
The city also has beautiful beaches, marinas and, not far away, saw the coastal mountain range and the Pyrenees.
Recently in the Travellers’ Choice Destinations 2013 Barcelona has placed fifth in the Top 25 World-Spanish is the only city on this list-, fourth in the European Top, and first in the ranking of Spain.
Climate and annual temperatures
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate that is pleasant most of the year, the best time being May to late July to September.
August will become quite hot during the day (easily reaching 34 ° C, 95F), it is advisable at this time of year to avoid long exposure to the sun, wear lightweight clothing and comfortable and constant hydration. From October the temperatures begin to drop, from 21 º / 69F to 15 º / 59F. And from November the temperatures are cooler, ranging between 12 º / 53F and 8 º / 49F, with mild winters with few temperature fluctuations. Rarely snows in Barcelona, although it has done in recent years. The temperature in the city is always a bit higher than in the suburbs and surrounding areas (1-5 º higher).
The gastronomy of Catalonia is based on the Mediterranean diet . Catalan cuisine has several dishes including fish stews such as stews or zarzuela , vegetables including escudella , garden products such as spring onions , sauces likesalvitxada or Aioli (in Catalan “all i oli” translates as “garlic and oil”) and desserts such as crème brûlée, caramel crisp.Catalonia is typical of pa amb tomàquet , which is just tomato slathered on bread (sometimes with garlic, a little oil and spices), widely used in sandwiches and as an accompaniment to dishes of sausage.
Catalonia also boasts a winemaking tradition. Areas like the Penedes, Allela, the Priory or the Segre are known for their excellent level in the grape growing and wine production. The best known and exported Penedes cava is being undisputed leaders enterprises like Freixenet or Codorniu.
Recently the Catalan restaurant El Celler de Can Roca , has received the award for Best Restaurant of the Planet .The restaurant, run by brothers Joan, Jordi and Josep Roca and had three Michelin stars since 2009, and for three consecutive years had succeeded in becoming the second best restaurant in the world.