Barcelona is the birthplace and spring of Catalan modernism from the late-19th and early-20th-century, and modernist architecture can be seen all over the city: its leading exponent was Antoni Gaudí. The good thing about this upwardly rising city is that the neighborhoods in the northern part of the town offer several locations to take in breathtaking views. Strolling around the old city, and especially the Gothic quarter – next to the famous La Rambla, is a great way to be taken up by the energy Barcelona. In every corner you'll find ancient history to be disclosed and, from the old Jewish quarter, El Call, to the secluded medieval alleyways that define the neighborhood, you’ll find charming little squares, streets or patios in many buildings that are open to the public. The packed beaches of Barcelona can be anything but relaxing in the summer months, hence the locals’ preference for quieter nearby seaside resorts like Sitges or, to the north, the spectacular Costa Brava. However, the city’s beaches are great for a quick, refreshing swim. The popular Barceloneta and Sant Sebastià beaches have a curious mix of locals and tourists, and both are next to the old fisherman’s quarter, definitely worth exploring.
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Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural center and a major tourist destination, with numerous recreational areas, one of the best beaches in the world, mild and warm climate, historical monuments, including eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, among which are particularly renowned architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Barcelona is one of the world's leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centers, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.