Catalonia’s capital city Barcelona is characterized by contrasts. Laying right beside the Mediterranean Sea and at the same time kissing the first hills of the Serra de Collserola, Barcelona combines history and modernity. The historic city with its huge cathedral, the Gothic Quarter and many museums is found in direct neighborhood to the vivid city life on the strolling promenade of Las Ramblas where acrobates show their arts. Markets, wide streets with boutiques, narrow alleys, cafés and bars convey the Spanish sense of life. An other popular landmark of Barcelona is the Sagrada Família, a basilica built on a design of Antonio Gaudí, which is still unfinished but already impressive.