Barcelona is the largest and the most populous city of the Autonomous Community
of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, with a population of 1,615,908
in 2008. It is the 11th-most populous municipality in the European Union and sixth-most
populous urban area in the European Union.
Barcelona is located on the Mediterranean coast between the rivers of Llobregat
and Besòs and is bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge (512 m/1,680
Barcelona is recognised as a global city because of its importance in finance, commerce,
media, entertainment, arts and international trade.
Barcelona is a major economic centre with one of Europe's principal Mediterranean
ports, and Barcelona International Airport is the second largest in Spain after
the Madrid-Barajas Airport.