Every country on the planet has its own capital, but some stand out more than others. Barcelona is not the capital of Spain, but for millions of tourists every year its an attractive alternative to the capital Madrid.
While the likes of London, New York and Paris attract a lot of tourists, there are others which are definitely worth visiting. One of them is Barcelona in Spain, Europe. Due to its location, it is an easy city to get to when flying in as it is serviced by most of the world’s main airlines. Also, being a European hub, it means that airline prices are very competitive.
There is a history of people having lived in this area over 7,000 years ago, however, it was not until around 15BC that the city we know today came into being when the Romans set up a military camp in the area. Since then, it has grown exponentially into the second largest city in Spain with a population of over 1.6 million. If you include the surrounding urban areas, then that jumps to 4.5 million. The city is located in the north eastern area known as Catalonia.
The climate ranges from around 14C (56F) in the winter month of January, to the hot summer in July and August where temperatures can reach 28C (83F). Unlike tropical countries, unless it rains during the summer, then humidity never becomes a problem. It can rain every month, with October being the height of the rainy season. However, on average, the weather is good, which is one of the reasons that tourists flock to the area. Overall, the best months to visit are during July and August, although these tend to be the most expensive months for airline travel.
When it comes to what to visit once you arrive, then this city offers so much to the traveler. One of the places where many people head towards is the La Sagrada Familia. This church is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is easily recognizable when looking at the skyline. It was actually consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI back in 2010, which draws in many of the world’s Catholics who wish to see it. Building work still continues to this day, but it is still possible to get good photographs of it to take home and show the family. The interior is what truly amazes most people.
Even though the city itself is full of wonderful buildings spanning many centuries, Barcelona is also well known for its beaches. Somorrostro, Sant Sebastià, Barceloneta and a number of others attract a lot of locals and tourists. The beaches are wide with golden brown sand. The waters are those of the Mediterranean. Those who like some activity on a vacation can hire a boat to go diving or fishing. There are also plenty of activities to participate in on or around the beach areas. This city has something for everyone, from young to old, and with the great weather, it should be a location on everyones to-visit list.