About the Barcelona Province
The province of Barcelona is the second most affluent region of Spain. It is home of Spains second largest city – Barcelona. In fact, this provinces economy rivals that of many of the smaller countries in Europe including the UK!.
Barcelona is in the North East of Spain. It is in the Catalonia region and shares borders with Tarragona, Lleida, and Girona. Barcelona extends from the foothills of the Pyrenees in the north down to the beautiful golden beaches of the Costa Maresme and the Costa Dorada in the south.
Barcelona is a vibrant and busy province with a diverse range of industries that make it second only to Madrid in every league table. The city of Barcelona dominates the province as the centre for tourism and commerce with many outlying modern towns serving as commuter towns or industrial centres. Once you journey further out this hub, you find that you are in virtually unspoilt terrain with towns and villages that have remained unchanged for centuries. The strength of the economy and rich cultural heritage of the area make property prices in this region some of the most expensive in Spain.
The main cities in the province are Barcelona, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Badalona, Terrassa, Sabadell, Mataró, Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Cornella de Llobregat, San Baudilio de Llobregat, San Cugat del Vallés, Manresa, Ruby, Villanueva y Geltrú, El Prat de Llobregat, Vilamoura, Castelldefels, Granollers, Sardañola del Vallés and Mollet del Vallès.
Barcelona’s economy is strong in terms of many of the traditional sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, motor, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, chemical, textile, banking and tourism.
Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate although somewhat cooler and wetter than many locations in the Mediterranean. Rainfall averages at about 1000mm per year across the region. The temperature is fairly even across the seasons with wet and mild winters followed by warm dry summers.
By Car - Barcelona is easily accessible by car and is connected via motorway to all the major routes across Europe.
By Rail - A high-speed rail network connects Barcelona with the all the major cities in Spain which will be extended to include France by 2012.
By Bus - Euroline and Alsa both service the Barcelona region from many destinations right across Europe and the rest of Spain.
By Ferry - Although Barcelona has an extensive port, it is mainly for cargo. The only destinations available by ferry are the Balearic Islands.
By Air - Barcelona has an airport that serve destinations right across the world including domestic, European, Latin American, Asian and North American.
|Population: approx. 5,507,813||Capital: Barcelona|
|Spanish Residents: 86%||Area: 7,733 km2|
|Climate: Mediterranean||Languages: Spanish; Catalan|