Barcelona: The Jewel of the Iberian Peninsula

For centuries, Spain’s enchanting seaside city has held tourists and residents in its spell.

And it’s no wonder...

From its sun-kissed beaches, turquoise waves and stunning architecture, to its rich cultural history, inviting atmosphere and extraordinary food…

Barcelona is truly a magical destination with something for everyone.

Which is why 4.8 million people call Barcelona and its surrounding countryside home. And every year, tens of millions of visitors from all over the world come to enjoy the city’s mild weather and endless wonders.

Most people know Barcelona is part of Spain. But not many people outside of Europe know Barcelona is also the capital of an autonomous community called Catalonia.

And many first-time visitors are shocked to see Barcelona’s street signs and restaurant menus not in Spanish… but in our native tongue Catalan.

Catalan is a musical mixture of Spanish, French, and Italian. And it sounds distinctly different from traditional Spanish.

However, that’s not the only language you’ll hear as you make your way through the city:

Barcelona is one of Europe’s cultural hubs. And it's also one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. So you’ll also hear dozens of languages spoken by people from countries around the world.

Around every corner, in every square, along Barcelelona’s famous open-air markets...

Music, laughter and the intoxicating aromas of deliciós Spanish food fill the air.

Incredible buildings line the streets.

And the friendly people and relaxed culture offer endless opportunities for fun and adventure.

Barcelona is also the home of celebrated artists Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and, of course, architect Antoni Gaudí.

Gaudí came to attend Barcelona Higher School of Architecture and never left. The beautiful countryside and temperate climate afforded Gaudi ample opportunities to walk and enjoy nature –– his muse.

And over his more than 50 year career, Gaudí blessed the city with astonishing works of structural art, including:

Park Güell, Güell Estate church, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, The Bellesguard Tower, the restored Mallorca Cathedral and, of course, La Sagrada Família Basilica.

His works are so deeply part of Catalonian cultural heritage, they’ve become some of the main attractions for worldwide visitors. And the city has often been called “Gaudí’s Barcelona”.

If you ever get a chance to visit, you may never want to leave.

But until then, we’re honored to share the exuberant spirit of the city and Gaudi’s genius with you – reflected in every piece of handcrafted glass art we produce here at Cornet Barcelona.