Known as the “Ciudad Condal”, Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, an open, modern and welcoming city. So much so that, according to the city council census data recorded in January 2023, there are currently 1,660,435 inhabitants in the city from 117 different nationalities, apart from Spanish.
In Barcelona, as in the rest of Catalonia, two official languages are spoken, catalan, the language of the Catalans, and spanish, the language of the Spanish state.
Barcelona is well known for its modernist legacy, including the works of the architect Antoni Gaudí, such as Casa Milà (popularly known as La Pedrera), Casa Batlló, Park Güell and Sagrada Família. However, strolling through its neighbourhoods you will also find architectural gems from other periods and styles, such as the Barcelona Cathedral or the medieval streets of the El Born or Barri Gòtic neighbourhoods, Plaza España and its famous fountains with staircases, or the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, built in 1929 for the International Exhibition and later remodelled to host the emblematic Barcelona’92 Olympic Games.