Barcelona needs no introduction. The capital of Catalonia, is a popular tourist destination. As well as being a vibrant, contemporary city, it boasts a long history. You will find Roman remains, medieval quarters and Modernist monuments in Barcelona. Architectural works by both Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Doménech i Montaner greatly contributed to the reputation of this Unesco listed city. Barcelona's cultural identity is tied up with its long history and its wealth of culture.
The doors are open in Barcelona.
At the end of October, the city of Barcelona is opening the doors to many of its monuments, making them free access to the public. This will make more than one hundred buildings accessible for free guided tours.
It's an ideal opportunity to explore the highly original architecture of the Catalan city, dominated by the influence of the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.
This concept of the "48-hour open house" has been growing internationally. It began in 1992 in London and is now established in several major world cities.
Barcelona celebrates Catalan culture.
The feast day of Saint Mercè, the patron saint of Barcelona, is celebrated every year around September 24th. More commonly known as Mercè festival, it is attended by over two million people. Positioned at the crossroads of culture and the arts, it is brimming with creativity and good humour.
The Catalan capital hosts a total of 600 dance shows, circus acts, street theatre performances, fireworks displays and brass bands, with more than 2000 artists from 200 companies taking to the streets from 11am to 4am.
With over 200 years of history, the famous Mercè festival celebrates Catalan folklore with a cavalcade of giants, Sardana dances, castells and falcons (human pyramids). Each year the chosen city features as a special guest, setting the tone for the party.
A popular rally with drivers.
Founded in 1906, this famous car race in the region of Barcelona in Spain, the Catalonia Car Rally became a stage of the World Rally Championship in 1987.
Known for being entirely contested on asphalt, this rally is very popular with drivers. The Frenchman Sebastien Loeb has won seven times and Gilles Panizzi and Didier Auriol have both won twice.
The most influential event in southern Europe in the world of minerals, fossils and jewels, the ExpoMiner fair invites you to discover its geological treasures, amongst stands offering direct sales opportunities. Among the events taking place, mineralogical routes, geological photography competitions and experimental workshops with minerals will be on the agenda.