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Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city and the capital of Catalonia. The city has both long sandy beaches and green parks on the hills and is famous for a number of prominent buildings, many of which were designed by prominent architect Antoni Gaudí, including his Sagrada Familia. You can’t miss a visit to Parc Güell either! Founded more than 2000 years ago by the Romans, Barcelona is both historic and modern and constantly changing. Catalan is the official language here but Spanish is also widely used.  Pay a visit with your friends to Las Ramblas, a gorgeous tree-lined pedestrian walkway and the busiest and most lively street in the city. Barcelona hosts a number of annual fiestas, many of which are unique to Catalonia and offer an insight into its distinctive culture.

Image by Ken Cheung
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