Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is the largest metropolitan city on the Mediterranean coast and is the second largest city in Spain after Madrid. It's a city of 1.6 million residents.
The first human settlements in Barcelona date back to Neolithic times. The city itself was founded by the Romans who set up a colony called Barcino at the end of the 1st century BC. The colony had some thousand inhabitants and was bounded by a defensive wall, the remains of which can still be seen in the old town.
For over 200 years, Barcelona was under Muslim rule, and, following the Christian reconquest, it became a county of the Carolingian Empire and one of the main residences of the court of the Crown of Aragon. The fruitful medieval period established Barcelona's position as the economic and political centre of the Western Mediterranean. The city's Gothic Quarter bears witness to the splendour enjoyed by the city from the 13th to the 15th centuries.
Estació de França is the second main railway station of Barcelona and it was first built in the 19th century. The mix of classical and modern styles makes it totally worth seeing. If you visit it, you will understand why its elegance has often been compared to the old Gare d’Orsay in Paris!