In 1992, the capital of Catalonia hosted the Olympics and it is one of the largest cities on the western Mediterranean. Barcelona is steeped in artistic history, especially Gothic and Modernist architecture. It has interesting museums and sights. Barcelona has a lot to offer: urban parkland and ample opportunity for leisure, long promenade and wide expanses of beach, select shops, well-established tradition of music and theatre. Barcelona is also an important centre for sporting and touristic activities and offers wonderful cuisine.
Thus, in the late 20th century, Barcelona became one of the best-known cities in Europe, whose energy and beauty appeal to its residents as well as visitors from all over the world, who are drawn by its architecture, cultural events, beaches, and, of course, its people.