Yes, Barcelona is in Spain, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be seeing Spanish everywhere on your Barcelona vacation. That’s because Barcelona is a polyglot city—fluent in both Spanish and Catalan, a language that is infuriatingly similar to Spanish, but not quite the same—and teeming with Basque influence. Around 5 million people live in Barcelona proper, and another 5 million visit each year, making it the 4th most visited city in Europe. But judging by Barcelonians laid back style, you’d never know their city was teeming with visitors.
1 If you're still feeling the Gaudi vibe, make the hike to Park Güell, also designed by the city’s most well-known architect. Do as the locals do—snack, people watch or take a pleasant nap under the sun.