“The Barri Gotic”

One of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is on the northeastern coast of Spain between the mouths of the Llobregat and Besos Rivers, just east of the Serra de Collserota mountain range. See Program Highlights for additional details.

Barcelona is known for its architecture, some of which dates to when the Romans settled in the area, as well as from medieval times. The Barri Gotic (which means Gothic Center in Catalan) is in the center of the old city. Barcelona also exhibits many examples of the modernista or Art Nouveau architecture developed between 1885 and 1950 with many building designated as World Heritage Sites. Also prominent throughout the city are the designs of architect Antoni Gaudi whose unfinished church the Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026.