Barcelona is Spain’s second largest metropolis and one of its major travel destinations; the city of Gaudi and Catalonia’s capital; a cultural hub, a culinary heaven, and – almost certainly – the finest beach city in Europe.

Blessed with a privileged location between the vibrant shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the spectacular Collserola mountain range, the sprawling metropolis features 10 main districts, each of them with its own particular feel and priceless architectural wonders. The most rousing of all, Ciutat Vella (Old Town) is the beating heart of Barcelona. Equally charming, L’Eixample and Gracia balance the medieval allure of the historic center with their contemporary layout, wide avenues, and precious, awe-inspiring Modernista architecture.

Each district features a cluster of interesting neighborhoods, making Barcelona an incredibly varied, dynamic city with numerous faces and personalities. From the narrow winding streets and quintessential cafes of Barri Gotic to the trendy vibe of El Raval, and from the charismatic Barceloneta with its chiringuito-lined sandy beach to the cultural delights of Montjuic, the Catalan capital has it all.

Here, the architecture never ceases to evolve, the streets never stop buzzing, and the cultural scene gets brighter and brighter every day. The local gastronomy is a delicious fusion of internationally inspired dishes, Mediterranean flavors, and revolutionary Catalan techniques.

As cosmopolitan as the city itself, Barcelona’s nightlife ranges from sassy late dinners under the stars to spectacular clubbing, making it everyone’s favorite after-dark paradise.