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Overview Barcelona is the capital and the most populous city of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. Today, it is one of the world's leading tourist, economic, trade fair/exhibitions and cultural-sports centres. Its influences in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts are all contributory to its status as one of the world's major global cities. It is the locale of major economic centre and a growing financial centre (Diagonal Mar area and Gran Via). It maintains one of Europe's principal Mediterranean ports and its international airport handles about 30 million passengers per year. It also boosts an extensive motorway network and is a hub of high-speed rail, particularly that which will link France with Spain. Barcelona is the 16th-most-visited city in the world and 4th most visited in Europe after Paris, London, and Rome, with several million tourists every year
Population 1,621,537
Airport Barcelona is served by Barcelona El Prat Airport which is the second-largest airport in Spain, and the largest on the Mediterranean coast. The airport mainly serves domestic and European destinations. A new terminal (T1) has been built, and entered service on 17 June 2009. Sabadell Airport is a smaller airport in the nearby town of Sabadell, devoted to pilot training, aerotaxi and private flights. Some low-cost airlines prefer to use Girona-Costa Brava Airport, situated about 90 km (56 mi) to the north of Barcelona and the Reus Airport, situated 77 km (48 mi) to the south.
Climate Köppen climate classification classified Barcelona as Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. The coldest months are December, January and February while the warmest month is August. Summer's / holiday season lasts about six months, from May to October. Sunshine duration is 2,524 hours per year, from 138 (average 4.5 hours of sunshine at day) in December to 310 (average 10 hours of sunshine at day) in July.
Best Season The best time to visit is fall (mid-September to mid-November), when the city is relatively free of crowds. Winter time, especially between January and March, is low season due to colder days; but even then, you can still get lucky and experience some alfresco fun
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To avoid Avoid coming to the city during summer which is peak season as this is the hot and humid period especially August, when tourists storm the city,
Pros Barcelona a the major centre for the production of textiles and machinery.[ Since then, manufacturing has played a large role in its history. The traditional importance in textiles is reflected in Barcelona's repeated attempts to become a major fashion centre. However the manufacturing has long since been overtaken by the services sector, though it remains very important. The region's leading industries today are textiles, chemical, pharmaceutical, motor, electronic, printing, logistics, publishing, telecommunications and information technology services. Drawing upon its tradition of creative art and craftsmanship, Barcelona is nowadays also known for its award-winning industrial design. It also has several congress halls, notably Fira de Barcelona (Trade Fair) - second largest trade fair and exhibition centres in Europe,] that host a quickly growing number of national and international events each year, which had also meant the opening of new hotels each year.
Cons Pick pocketing and bag snatching are problems Air and road traffic congestions Cost of living is high due to worldwide recession Urban and air pollution
Tips Solve your travel budget by looking for cheap Barcelona apartments, hotels and hostels. Whether you are in Barcelona for business or pleasure, you have the widest option to find the ideal accommodation so you can concentrate on getting the most out of your stay in this Iberian city.
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