“Allow me to state here how much I love Barcelona, an admirable city, a city full of life, intense, a port open to the past and future”. Le Corbusier
Once called the Paris of Spain, Barcelona is in the midst of a revival. After decades of repression by the Franco dictatorship, Catalonian culture has resurged, revealing the region’s capital as a place with unique history and culture: urban, Catalan, Spanish, European. Stunning modernist buildings reflect the city’s role as an artistic hub, once home to Picasso, Dalí, and Gaudí. But nestled between Mediterranean sea and mountains, the city can also boast natural beauty.
The Barcelonan resurgence is best summed up in El Raval, one of the city’s up-and-coming neighbourhoods. A centre for the “new Catalan” cuisine, it also has numerous art galleries, design shops, and museum-shaped nods to the city’s longer history. Looking further afield, you can’t miss the Picasso Museum, or the grand Olympic Park.
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