Barcelona has a privileged
situation on the northeastern coast of the Iberian peninsula
and the shores of the Mediterranean, it is the second largest
city in Spain in size and population. Barcelona is also
the capital of Catalonia, 1 of the 17 Autonomous Communities
that form Spain.
The capital of Catalonia, more than just a single city, is really a collection of multi-faceted and diverse cities. The visitor might be surprised that such a modern and enterprising city preserves its historic Gothic center almost intact, or by the curious contrast between the maze of narrow streets and the grid-like layout of the Eixample.