There are 17 regions in Spain. Catalonia is one of them and Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia. It is situated on the Mediterranean Sea and was founded by the Carthaginians. The city prospered under the Romans and Visigoths.
Barcelona Spain has a long mercantile tradition. It gained momentum in terms of industrialization in the mid of 19th century. It has also remained as the major textile centre which has been reflected in its significance as the major fashion centre. The logistics, publishing, telecommunications and computer sectors are the most important service sector of Barcelona.
Barcelona is also known for its world class research and higher education system. The city offers fantastic opportunity for entertainment. There are several venues for live music and theatre like Gran Teatre del Liceu opera theatre, the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, the Teatre Lliure and the Palau de la Música Catalana concert hall. Museums in Barcelona like the national museum of art of Catalonia exhibits a well known collection of Romanesque art while the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art focuses on post 1945 Catalan and Spanish art.
Two major daily newspapers of Barcelona are La Vanguardia and El Periódico de Catalunya. Similarly, two major sports daily newspapers are Sport and El Mundo Deportivo. Catalunya Ràdio, RAC 1, RAC 105 and Cadena SER are major FM stations while BTV and 8TV are major TV stations. Barcelona is very famous for its sporting tradition. The football team of FC Barcelona sports club is one of the biggest one in Europe. ATP Tour International Series Gold tennis tournament has constantly maintained its reputation in world tennis from last 50 years. Montmeló near Barcelona has world famous racetrack which hosts Formula One Spanish Grand Prix and the Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix.