|Global city category.:||Alpha- Global Cities|
|City population.:||1,607,104 (2013) Rank: #60|
|Metro population.:||2,208,652 (2001)|
Barcelona is a culturally vibrant Mediterranean city that has been so appreciated by tourists that it shot into the top-five most visited European destinations, competing head-to-head with the likes of Paris, London, and Rome despite being only a fraction of their size.
Somewhat counter-intuitively, Barcelona is one of the top destinations in the world for learning Spanish. The language, while officially playing second fiddle to Catalan, can be heard (and used) practically everywhere in the city, save for a few predominantly Catalan-speaking neighborhoods.
Julià de Jòdar i Muñoz , Núria Perpinyà , Roberto Bolaño , Caterina Albert i Paradís , Maruja Torres