What to See in Barcelona

This thriving city is a haven for lovers of the arts and the outdoors.

Courtesy Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
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Barcelona is first and foremost a port city with beautiful beaches and a revitalized waterfront, but with a population of over 1.6 million, it is also a vibrant and historic metropolis with world famous architecture and some of the best museums in Europe. Because of the topography—the city is surrounded by hills including Montjuïc, where the majority of the Olympic Games were held in 1992—and the temperate climate, it's a great place to be outside, whether you choose to bike through the city or get out on the water. Visitors could theoretically swim in the Mediterranean in the morning and tour some of the most famous modernist buildings in the afternoon, not something most of the world’s most popular destinations can claim.

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