Visited June 16-17, 2011. Barcelona is located in the Catalonia region of Spain.
- Plaça d’Espanya (June 16)
- El Museo de Picasso/Picasso Museum (June 16)
- La Rambla (June 16)
- La Boquería (June 16)
- La Església Catedral de la Santa Creu/Cathedral of the Holy Cross (June 17)
- La Sagrada Família (June 17)
- Park Güell (June 17)
- Santa Maria de Montserrat Monastery (June 17)
- Montjuïc (June 17)
- Olympic Port (June 17)
Barcelona’s origins are unclear, but it has enjoyed a rich 2,000 years of history. Under Roman rule, it was known as the city of Barcino, and then it passed into the hands of the Christians, Visigoths, Jewish, Muslims, and Counts of Barcelona. With the marriage of Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona; and Petronila of Aragon in 1137, Barcelona passed into hands of the Aragón monarchy. It was not until the marriage of Ferdinand II of Aragón and Isabella I of Castile in 1469 that united both kingdoms and created what would be modern Spain.
Barcelona, located in Catalonia, is renowned for its craftsmanship, creative arts, textiles, and other industries. The Catalan people speak both Catalan and Spanish. During our stay in Barcelona, a major cosmopolitan, we stayed at the Hotel Catalonia in the Plaça d’Espanya—a major plaza that includes the buildings used in world-wide exhibitions and is located nearby the Olympic Park, where the 1992 Olympic Games were hosted. We stayed in the family suite on the top floor of the hotel, which had a panoramic view of the plaza and nearby stadium-turned-shopping mall.