Barcelona, with its Catalan language and distinct architecture, is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. From the narrow, Gothic streets of the old town to the modern Eixample district, the city offers something for everyone. For art lovers, the Picasso Museum houses the most extensive collection in the country and one of the most notable in the world. If you are keen on architecture, the works of Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Domenech i Montaner are major draw cards. Gaudi’s unfinished church of the Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and is a must-visit. Besides the city’s myriad cultural (and foodie) attractions, Barcelona’s beaches are sandy and welcoming. A short trip down to the coast between the Llobregat and Besos river mouths is the little town of Sitges, where you can enjoy a typical Spanish beachfront experience.


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