Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region in Spain and has become one of the most attractive city destinations worldwide. The 1992 Olympic Games were a turning point for the city, which had to undergo a profound transformation in order to hold the world’s most important sporting event. Almost three decades later, the effort still pays off: in 2020, Barcelona was among the leading travel destinations in Europe based on the number of overnights despite the impact of COVID-19 and the strict mobility restrictions imposed by the Spanish government that year. In 2019, the city had even made it to the top seven.
Barcelona might have the Olympic Games to thank for its current international recognition. However, its beautiful architecture and its cultural offer are the aspects that have consolidated the city as an attractive tourist destination. Antoni Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces and museums such as those devoted to Pablo Picasso and Barcelona’s history museum are only a few examples from a very long list of unmissable places and monuments in this Mediterranean city. Gaudi’s Sagrada Família – still under construction – and Park Güell received roughly 764 thousand and 589 thousand visitors in 2020, respectively, maintaining their top places in the ranking of Barcelona’s most visited attractions during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. And with approximately 359 thousand visitors that year, the CosmoCaixa Museum overtook FC Barcelona Museum's third place.
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