Barcelona is a lively city with a history of independence and reinvention. The home of Miro, Gaudi and Picasso has inspired generations of creatives and the streets today are packed with magnificent architecture, outdoor markets and world-renowned museums. At night, residents gather in the ubiquitous tapas bars to reflect on the day's events and news.
Founded as a Roman outpost, Barcelona has overcome war and occupation by invaders to thrive as a great trading city.
- Barcelona and the Catalunya region has a long history of resistance to the kingdom of Spain.
- Today Catalunya is autonomous and most locals speak Catalan and Spanish.