Barcelona, Spain / Catalonia, is a fun city with mild weather throughout the year. My family and friends enjoyed a brief visit last September, and we hope to go back when we can spend more time there.
Barcelona is the capital of the state of Catalonia, which has voted to become an independent nation separate from Spain. The official language is Catalan, which (in written form) is very similar to Spanish. If you can read Spanish, you can read Catalan.
Here is a very good blog post with suggestions of what to see and do in “Barcy.”
One special treat is sitting down for a large beer at a cafe on La Rambla. Contrary to the experiences of many, we did not have our pockets picked.
One site the blog post doesn’t mention is the Corte Ingles department store. If you go to the very top floor you will find a cafeteria with some nice views of the city.