Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain after Madrid, and the capital of Catalonia, with a population of 1,621,537. It is Europe's largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast, located between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besos and is bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge. It is an ideal place to obtain your 4 week certificate, as there are plenty of opportunities to remain in the city and teach after graduation.
Founded as a Roman city, Barcelona became the capital of the Counts of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona became one of the most important cities of the Crown of Aragon. Besieged several times during its history, Barcelona is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination and has a rich cultural heritage. Particularly renowned are architectural works of Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Domenech i Montaner that have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city is well known in recent times for the 1992 Summer Olympics. The headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean is located in Barcelona.
Barcelona is today one of the world's leading tourist, economic, trade fair/exhibitions and cultural-sports centres, and its influences in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities. Indeed, it is a major economic centre and a growing financial centre. Barcelona is the 16th-most-visited city in the world and 4th most visited in Europe after Paris, London, and Rome, with several million tourists every year. Barcelona is the 16th most "livable city" in the world according to lifestyle magazine Monocle. Also, the city is Europe's 4th best business city and fastest improving European city, with growing improved by 17% per year.