The busy port of Barcelona, is located in the heart of the Catalonia region (Catalunya) and one of the most elegant and strikingly beautiful cities in all of Europe. Nestled on the northeast coast facing the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city with a metropolitan population of 4.5 million. Catalonia has two official languages: Catalan and Spanish, reflecting the diversity of cultural identities and history of this fascinating place; making it a charismatic and provocative location for study abroad.
- Barcelona is proud of its artistic heritage and celebrates the resonating presence of such artists as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí, among others. The city continues to be a haven of inspiration for visual artists and designers.
- Home to the modernist movement in the early part of the 20th century, many of Barcelona’s buildings are dressed in façades of vibrant colors, shapes and patterns. Antonio Gaudí’s world famous Sagrada Familia, Casa Milá (la Pedrera), and Parque Güell are just a few of the architectural treasures and World Heritage Sites that decorate the city.
- Alongside such masterpieces are cafés, theaters, musical venues, art galleries and nightclubs that offer endless cultural and social opportunities. You’ll find that Barcelona has an irresistible energy all its own.