Located on the Mediterranean shoreline of north-eastern Spain, Barcelona is the economic, cultural and administrative capital of Catalonia. It is a city that is steeped in historical and cultural significance and is the home to a variety of artistic and architectural treasures. Many of the famous works by the great names in modern art and architecture such as Dali, Gaudi, Miro and Picasso are to be found there in abundance, making Barcelona one of the world’s most culturally significant cities.
The city is very cosmopolitan and dynamic, and a cultural hotspot, hence the cost of living in Barcelona is higher than other parts of Spain. As the capital of Catalonia, you will find that most road signs, metro instructions and other public notices are written in Catalan and not Spanish. Being a port city, the economy of Barcelona is stable and supports a large modern transport infrastructure. Barcelona’s prosperous lifestyle attracts many multinational companies and foreign businesses along with the city's huge tourism industry. The Banking and logistics sectors are particularly big in Barcelona, and the city is undertaking the regeneration of the Poblenou district into an IT and technology hub, in the style of Silicon Valley, as Barcelona plans for future economic growth.
With a population of around 1.6 million, Barcelona benefits from a stable Mediterranean climate, temperatures are warm in summer (between 25 ºC and 35 ºC) and mild during winter (rarely below 0 °C).
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