Barcelona is a city and municipality of Spain, capital of the homonymous province and of the autonomous community of Catalonia.
With a population of 1.609.000 inhabitants in 2016 it is the second most populated city in Spain after Madrid, and the eleventh in the European Union. The metropolitan area of Barcelona, included in the urban region, has approximately 5,029 inhabitants, making it the sixth largest city in the European Union.
It is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, about 120 km south of the Pyrenees mountain range and the border with France, on a small coastal plain bounded by the sea to the east, the Collserola mountain range to the west, the Llobregat river to the south and the Besós river to the north. Because it has been the capital of the county of Barcelona, it is often referred to as the antonomastic denomination of Ciudad Condal.
Barcelona has been the scene of several international events that have helped to consolidate and develop it and give it worldwide exposure. The most relevant have been the Universal Exposition of 1888, the International Exhibition of 1929, the 1992 Olympic Games and the Universal Forum of Cultures 2004. It is also the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean.
At present, Barcelona is recognized as a global city due to its cultural, financial, commercial and tourist importance. It has one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean and is also an important point of communication between Spain and France, due to the connections by highway and high speed rail. The Barcelona-El Prat airport, located 15 km from the city center, was used by more than 37.5 million passengers in 2014.
The hotel is located in Calella, Barcelona.
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