Barcelona is stretched out on a plain next to the Mediterranean sea in the very north of the Spanish coast, bordering France, between two rivers and two mountains. The result is scenic surroundings. Barcelona is the most cosmopolitan and economically active city in Spain, and has always managed to stay ahead or abreast of the latest international trends. It is steeped in history, as witnessed by the grandeur of its architecture. The excellent public transportation system gives easy access to the entire city. Guided tours of the city and its sights are available with English speaking guides. A visitor might choose to stay in the old town, within walking distance of centuries old, architecturally splendid buildings, or the spacious Eixample district with its shopping and fine restaurants.
Barcelona has over 50 museums and galleries, many parks and a wide selection of waterfront attractions. Sports enthusiasts will find plenty of action. Soccer, the national sport, is almost a religion here. Gaudí's fairy tale-like buildings and the 200 foot statue of Christopher Columbus pointing out to sea are two examples of attractions in Barcelona. The tradition of dance halls also lives on in the beautiful city of Barcelona.