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Barcelona is one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, a refined amalgamation of rambling boulevards, elegant people, and world-class architecture. It’s the genius of Antoni Gaudí that puts Barcelona on most Spanish travel plans, but there’s so much more to the city than the fantastic Sagrada Família. Alleyways wind through the Old Town, hiding an abundance of culture and delight behind every turn. Fairytale façades are a constant feast for the eyes, while sprawling markets and delicious tapas and paella provide a feast for the soul. Hilltop parks treat romantic wanderers to scintillating views of the Mediterranean and warm waters and clean beaches provide a relaxing respite from the stresses of travel. Allot a few days for Barcelona, and let its magic captivate you.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, an oft persecuted corner of Iberia, and many of its residents will tell you that they are Catalonian first and Spanish second (or that they aren’t Spanish at all). It’s a city that has always had a pioneering spirit and a love affair with the modern world, but it’s also a city that refuses to forget its roots. Native sons like Gaudí, Miró, and Dalí are idolized with an almost religious fervor, and the rebellious spirit of those men is still embodied and emulated by the Catalonian people. Barcelonans young and old have clung to the Catalan language, despite a trying 20th century of oppression and a complete ban on the native tongue. Thankfully, that's all in the past, but the Catalan resolve and fighting spirit remain.