##The City of Barcelona
Barcelona is situated on the North Eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula and the shores of the Mediterranean. Barcelona is unmistakably a Mediterranean city, not only because of its geographic location but also because of its history, tradition and cultural influences. It is today an important cultural center and a major tourist destination with a rich cultural heritage. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudi and Lluís Domènech i Montaner that have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as the art of Miró and Picasso. Barcelona is a city where you can stroll through a wide variety of public parks and gardens. If time allows, visit the Parc de Collserola, a protected natural site covering a surface area of some 8,000 hectares, and the Parc de Montjuïc.
Fabulous architecture, brilliant Spanish cuisine, flamboyant culture and wonderful weather combine to make Barcelona a truly magnificent city. For details on Barcelona, we recommend you visit the official tourism website: www.barcelonaturisme.com
##Travelling to Barcelona
Barcelona Airport is located south-west of the city of Barcelona. It is just 3 km from the Port of Barcelona, one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean for container traffic and the leader in the cruise market. Barcelona airport operates over 1000 flights every day and receives 33 million passengers a year. Barcelona Airport is located at 12 Km (20/30 minutes) from the city and connected to by train and bus.
Barcelona is also an important railway link, connected favorably with the rest of Spain and with Europe which constitutes an advantageous link in the intermodal transport chain with regard to obtaining the greatest efficiency at a low cost. Barcelona connects daily with trains to and from the most important Spanish cities. The TALGO train and Hotel train service connect with many European cities.
The city has a convenient and efficient public transport network. Six metro lines cover the majority of the city. The Barcelona Metropolitan Transport operates a fleet of over 1.000 buses, 70% of which are adapted for people with reduced mobility. Barcelona’s tramway system, known as the Tram, was relaunched in 2004. This means of transport is now an accessible, environmentally friendly, fast and comfortable system. In addition there is an extensive network of commuter trains, operated by the Spanish National Railway Company, which depart from main stations every few minutes.