Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

The capital of Spain's autonomous community of Catalonia,
Barcelona's earliest settlements are estimated to date back to 5,500 BC, but its founding remains the stuff of legend. Today the city is an explosion of styles from renown architects and artists to food and clothing. Pablo Picasso, Claes Oldenberg, Salvador Dali, and Roy Lichtenstein all hail from Barcelona with references to their art dotting the landscape.

The irregular building style of Antoni Gaudí provides endless wonder.

The Teleferico cable car opens the view from Miramar to the cityscape and Mediterranean coastline below. Quiet days in the Barrí Gotic neighborhood, wandering among new-label designers, antique shops, and trending passions and turn into busy nights spiced with tapas, pubs, and dance clubs. The stylish El Born neighborhood harbors trendsetting restaurants, avantgarde boutiques, and contemporary culture.