- Published: Wednesday, 30 September 2015 11:30
- Written by Leah Swofford
Beautiful Barcelona—Spain’s second most populated city and the capital of the country’s autonomous community Catalonia. Barcelona’s prime location on the Mediterranean coast has made it a sought-after spot over the last 2,000 years, notably by the Romans, whose grid plan remains today in the city’s historical center, the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter). The area was then conquered by the Visigoths, the Arabs, and Charlemagne’s son Louis the Pious in quick succession, before a marriage merged the County of Barcelona with Aragon.