Barcelona is a modern and cosmopolitan city. The documented history of the city dates back to the founding of a Roman colony. Modern Barcelona experienced spectacular growth and economic revival at the onset of industrialization during the second half of the 19th century and today is an important cultural centre.
Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers. It is a coastal city and has over four kilometers of urban beaches and large areas of nearby forest. Although it is a large city, it is easy to get around on public transport and on foot.
The city has an enormous number of sites and tourist attractions worth visiting. The old city (Ciutat Vella) offers the visitor a wide range of routes to follow and reconstruct the history of Barcelona by starting at the Roman walls, moving to the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter and going to the popular promenade know as La Rambla. Barcelona is best known for its architectural treasures, featuring many unique buildings from the "Modernist" period, seven of which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
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