Barcelona (bath e lona) is the Catalan capital and second largest city in Spain. Over 4.5 million inhabitants and probably about a million tourists there for my 2 days.
Very busy, busier than Paris it seems and lots of tourists. My main aim was the Sagrada Familia (my previous post) and then some walking the streets sightseeing the rest of the time.
Barcelona is very walkable, there is also hop on hop off tour buses to get to the outer reaches also.
I walked from my Airbnb in the outer suburbs through to the Gothic Quarter (so called for the gothic style buildings) down to the water front and back taking in the sights and sounds.
I like Barcelona, very similar to Paris, scooters everywhere (and man they fly) cafes, little village squares within the metropolis that is Barcelona and the coffee is better than France (sorry France)!
I'd easily fit into Barcelona, the people there are generally of a larger stature, not like the trim French. The Catalonians love their pastries by the looks of it!
It's also very arty, I visited the Picasso Museum (no photos sorry, cameras not allowed) and it was amazing to see his beginnings in art. He was classically trained, he could actually paint awesome real life masterpieces before he found his cubist styling. Although you can see he was headed that way early on in his sketches and drafts.
Anyway if you get the chance to visit Barcelona, do it. I could have spent days there, just like Paris plenty to see and do. Need to win lotto!