Experience the unique contrast of medieval and modern as more than just a tourist in this international yet truly European city. Get swept away by the uniquely inspiring and artistic essence of Barcelona while you participate in a career related internship or meaningful volunteer position.
Barcelona volunteers and interns will experience all of the excitement and culture Barcelona has to offer while gaining hands-on, real world experience in a truly inspiring international city.
Population: 1.6 million (44.7 million in Spain)
Climate: Mild Mediterranean
Languages: The two official languages in Catalonia are Castilian Spanish and Catalan.
Religions: Roman Catholic 99%
Country Capital: Madrid
Time Zone: GMT + 1 hour
Fun Fact: FC Barcelona is a world famous soccer club. With seating capacity for 100,000 people, Nou Camp is the largest privately owned stadium in the world and it is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Barcelona. The nickname of the team is “blaugrana”, based on the blue and maroon colors that the football team wears for all its games.
Barcelona has always been the stronghold of Catalan separatism within Spain and Catalans are known for being extremely proud of their regional identity, culture and language. Though Barcelona was founded as a Roman city, the economy, as well as culture and the arts flourished in the late 19th century. This also coincides with the start of Catalan Modernism, an art movement evidenced all over the city. Catalonia briefly gained autonomy before the Spanish Civil War but during Franco’s dictatorship, Catalan language was banned and the regional government was abolished, among other forms of censorship.
The post-Franco period brought democracy to Spain and returned autonomy to Catalonia. The hosting of the 1992 Olympic Games which completely transformed 20th-century Barcelona into a versatile, global city and developed into a major art and cultural centre. Downtown, art and culture lovers have the opportunity to see the works of Picasso and Miró, visit the architectural works of the "modernist masters", the highlight of which is Gaudi’s impressive Sagrada Familia church, as well as wander through the Barrio Gótico, full of history within its old walls, beautiful monuments, and winding pedestrian streets.
Visit one of the most important marine leisure and education centers of the world that even offers diving with sharks!
Spend a sunny day at Barceloneta Beach, known for being the best urban beach in the world.
The Casa Milà, or La Pedrera (Catalan for 'The Quarry'), is another Gaudí masterpiece and one of the most imaginative buildings you'll ever see!
Check out the greatest creation of the world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí that became the most visited attraction in Barcelona!
This remarkable Gaudi masterpiece, also known as the "House of Bones" was orginially designed as a middle class family's residence.
Learn more about the Catalan artistic legacy preserved throughout the centuries by the nuns from the Order of Saint Clare.
Check out one of the most popular restaurants in Barcelona for traditional Spanish cuisine.
Explore this main avenue of Barcelona full of shops, restaurants and many of Gaudí’s masterpieces.
Located in the heart of the Gothic District, this stunning gothic cathedral was named after Barcelona's patron, Saint Eulalia.
Explore the oldest historical gardens of Barcelona featuring neoclassical and romantic gardens.
Visiting Montjuïc? Check out the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc, built in 1927 and renovated in 1989 to be the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Feel the wonderful atmosphere while taking a walk and relaxing, discovering the beautiful architecture or trying some local delicacies.
Looking for a city break? Climb up this 1,460-foot hill for an absolutely breathtaking view of Barcelona!
With the most complete collection of Joan Miró‘s work, this is the perfect place to experience surrealism in all its expressions.
Experience the beauty and passion of Andalusian music with this amazing Flamenco show and dinner.
Enjoy an amazing display of music, color, motion, water acrobatics and pure magic with the Font Màgica!
Visit one of the city’s most important squares and a major transport hub for the Metropolitan Area.
With over 3800 Picasso works, this museum invites you to explore one of the best painters of all time's talent and legacy.
Get ready to enjoy traditional tapas and other typical dishes! Don’t miss the set menus like the ‘Super Festival’
Amazing panoramic views, colourful mosaics, bird nests and even a tiled dragon fountain are only some of this garden complex features designed by Gaudí, who else!
Enjoy a beautiful view as well as entertainment at this harbor that features a mall, restaurants, a movie theater and even an aquarium!
This futuristic design, used as a TV and radio transmitter, is the highest viewpoint of the city and offer a view that is simply breathtaking.
Check out this stunning arch, built in 1888, that serves as the main entrance of the Parc de la Ciutadella.
Barri de Gràcia is known for its beautiful architecture and festival, where neighbors compete against each other with colorful and original street decoration!
Discover an amazing variety of goods at this typical public market that opened back in 1840.
Don’t miss the Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe and home to the FC Barcelona, considered by many the best football team in the world!
Spend a day exploring the beautiful Ciutadella Park featuring a lake, museums, the Parliament of Catalonia and even a zoo.
Once the Flower Market of the city, today the Mercat promotes cultural events offering a great variety of dance performances.
Visit this modernist concert hall, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritag site, and enjoy diverse musical performances from symphonic to jazz.
Head over to La Rambla to buy a book or rose for your sweetheart in honor of St. George's Day each year on April 23rd.
Completely made of ice, this lounge is the perfect spot for a different really "cool" night!
In this world-famous and notoriously fun hole-in-the-wall bar, the only cocktail you can order is una botella de cava - a bottle of pink champagne.
Inagurated in 1961, the museum explores the evolution of perfume through history. Find containers from ancient cultures, catalogues, labels and much more.
Love chocolate? This is the place for you! Learn all about its European history and production, and don't forget to stop by the gift shop!
Visit the stunning Palau Nacional, house of the National Art Museum of Catalonia, to explore over 1000 Years of Catalan Art!
Get ready to step back in time with its narrows alleys, cobbled streets and old buildings, right in the heart of Barcelona's old town.