Guide to the Municipalities
With its Catalan Art Nouveau heritage, crowned by works of Antoni Gaudí (including the Sagrada Família, Park Güell and La Pedrera) that are today points of world reference, and the spectacular seafront that opens the city to the Mediterranean, a benchmark for leisure and fine cuisine, Catalonia's capital enchants all those who visit its squares and streets, who stroll and stare along the Ramblas and Passeig de Gràcia or who climb Montjuïc to gain a bird's-eye view of a city that lives by day and remains awake by night.

The essentials

- Take a stroll through the Rambles and visit the mercat de la Boqueria, Reial square and the Teatre del Liceu.

- Walk along the city's seafront and, if the weather is nice, have a swim at one of the beaches.

- Visit Montjuïc mountain, the city's main leisure area, where we can find, among other things, the Poble Espanyol museum, the fountains of Montjuïc, the Joan Miró Foundation, the Botanical Gardens, the Olympic Ring, the CaixaForum cultural centre and the Pavelló Mies van der Rohe.

- Go up to a tower of the Sagrada Família for a good view of the unfinished work by Antoni Gaudí, and take a stroll through Park Güell.

- Go inside the church of Santa Maria del Mar, a gem of Barcelona's Gothic architecture.

- Visit the cathedral and discover the alleyways and small squares that make up the Gothic quarter.

- Access the remains of the old Barcino from the City History Museum, in el Rei square.

- Walk through the stately streets of Rambla de Catalunya and paseo de Gràcia and find important Modernista buildings such as casa Milà (la Pedrera) and casa Batlló, both by Antoni Gaudí, and many of the city's most important shops.

- Discover the city centre's largest green area, Parc de la Ciutadella, where we can find the Zoo.

- Visit the Reials Drassanes, a unique example of Gothic civil architecture, where the Maritime Museum is housed.

- Walk along Montcada street, with its Medieval palaces, and visit the Picasso Museum.


  • Region: Barcelonès
  • Province: Barcelona
  • Location: Barcelona
  • Size: 100
  • Inhabitants: 1620943
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Economic activity

As the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is known for its services sector (financial, commercial, tourism, etc). Although very low, industrial activity still has a place in the city and its entire metropolitan area, with the primary focus being metal, chemicals, paper and graphic arts, food, textiles and leather. The city is one of the larger financial centres of Spain and Europe, with expansive office districts. With a high level of commercial traffic, the Port of Barcelona plays an important role in the socioeconomic development of the city and country. Likewise, tourist cruises boost the services sector, which experienced strong development after the industry’s relocation outside of the city. Retail trade, which is typical of Barcelona, has had to cope with the competition of the large shopping centres. Tourism is a large part of Barcelona’s revenue; there is a wide variety of entertainment, culture and accommodation options. Construction and housing, which complement the economic activities, focus primarily on the expansion of the port and the northern Barcelona coast.

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