Barcelona, in north-western Spain, is the country’s second largest city in terms of size as well as population. It is the capital of Catalonia, which is one of the Autonomous Communities of Spain. The main language spoken by most residents here is Catalan and Castilian Spanish. It boasts more than 2,000 years of history that dates back to its old Roman name, Barcino. Barcelona gained prominence during the latter part of the 19th century when the city experienced industrialization. Art and culture flourished and became part of modern Barcelona’s character. Barcelona is a beautiful city filled with typical European attractions, such as museums, restaurants, outdoor markets, and shops. This makes the city a joy to discover on foot. Match that with a reliable transport system and Barcelona’s visitors will find it easy to explore even the city’s far-flung areas. The perfect starting point for any holiday in Barcelona is at the Ciutat Vella, which is located at the very heart of the city. It’s a bonus that almost all public transport – bus, trains, and subway – leads to Ciutat Vella where many of Barcelona’s famed attractions are located. One such destination is the Palau de la Musica Catalana, a concert hall. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a modernist architectural masterpiece, which was designed by Lluis Domenech Muntaner. Here, tourists can marvel at the fine detailing of the stalls and the glass-stained skylight, which gives the concert hall an elegant, artsy vibe. Then there’s the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, one of the most illustrative Catalan-gothic structure which features a haunting yet beautiful interior. It was built in the 1300s and was used as the base of a Christian cult. Nearby, the Picasso Museum features the great master’s early works and very few of his more prominent art. Not to be missed is the La Sagrada Familia by the renowned Gaudi. Aside from these notable landmarks, Barcelona offers activities that make travelling to the city a joy. Food and shopping are a great part of Barcelona’s allure.