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Barcelona is a city in Spain. It is the capital city of Catalonia, which is a section of Spain. Barcelona is on the Mediterranean coast. The city is between the rivers of Llobregat and Besòs, and south of the Pyrenees mountains. In 1992 Barcelona organised the Summer Olympic Games. It was a great opportunity to improve the city. This event is considered to have been one of the most important ever for the city of Barcelona. Many new parks were opened and other significant changes to the city were made. One example is opening the new beaches in the Poble Nou area.

In 2007, about 1.6 million people lived in Barcelona. Around 3.1 million people live in the Metropolitan Area and 4.9 million people live in the Urban Region. Barcelona is the second most populated city in Spain, and the tenth in the European Union.

Barcelona is home to one of the best football teams in the world F.C. Barcelona.


Barcelona is one of the most important tourist destinations in Europe, with millions of people visiting every year. The city is famous for its 19th century modernist architecture. The best known of those buildings was designed by Antonio Gaudi. It is the unfinished church Sagrada Familia, which is the symbol of Barcelona.

It is known for its tapas food, a delicious meze.


Sagrada Familia
Milà House

Sister cities

Barcelona has sister relationships with many places worldwide:

 Scotland Glasgow, Scotland
 Belgium Antwerp, Belgium
 United States Boston, Massachusetts, USA
 South Korea Busan, South Korea
 Spain Monzón, Spain
 Germany Cologne, Germany
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Dublin, Ireland
 Palestinian territories Gaza, Palestinian National Authority
 Poland Gdańsk, Poland
 Turkey Istanbul, Turkey
 Japan Kobe, Japan
 Uruguay Montevideo, Uruguay
 France Montpellier, France
 France Perpignan, France
 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 Brazil São Paulo, Brazil
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Flag of Israel.svg Tel Aviv, Israel

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