Take a stroll through the streets of Barcelona and you will immediately notice one thing: inspiration is all around you. From the dizzying spires of the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral, right down to the exquisitely-designed paving stones under your feet, beauty and creativity are everywhere you look. Famed for its stunning architecture, and in particular the distinctive works of Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona is a city which constantly reminds us that our potential to create something extraordinary is limited only by our imagination.
One of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city, and the capital of the region of Catalonia. It is a city with an incredibly rich and diverse culture, and there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. Whether it’s admiring the charming and wondrous structures in the Park Güell, checking out the street performers around La Rambla, or even taking in a football match at the Camp Nou (home to the local heroes FC Barcelona, and Europe’s largest stadium), there is plenty to see and do.
Barcelona is a city with a pronounced artistic streak. Not only can this be seen in the city’s eye-catching buildings and monuments such as the spectacular Gothic Cathedral or the towering Columbus Monument, but also in the myriad of museums and galleries that grace the city. It is also known as one of Europe’s fashion capitals, and was recently rated ahead of Milan in the global rankings.
Of course, the Mediterranean flair which permeates the city also extends to the local cuisine. Barcelona is well known for its gastronomic delights, and with good reason. It is the only city outside of France to have been awarded the coveted title of “Gourmande City”. From humble tapas, to traditional Catalan dishes and contemporary international cuisine, Barcelona is a food-lover’s paradise. The city also boasts a large number of Michelin-starred restaurants, making it arguably Spain’s culinary capital.
If you find that sampling all of the various delectable treats, stunning sights, and lively entertainment on offer leaves you somewhat overwhelmed, then have no fear: Barcelona is also the perfect location to unwind. Should you wish for an alternative to the bustling streets and marketplaces, a leisurely stroll along the city’s beachfront (with a total of seven beaches) is a great way to take some time out. The city is also home to many delightful parks where you can unwind and soak up the surroundings.
With so much on offer to enliven and inspire you, it is appropriate that ACN will host its 2013 International Training Event in beautiful Barcelona. There is no better place to learn from top ACN leaders and guest-speakers, receive first-rate training, and learn how to shape your future! So do not hesitate: pre-register now for the 2013 ACN International Training Event in Barcelona as soon as possible.