The Queen enjoyed all the new foods when vacationing in Barcelona!
History of Barcelona
Barcelona is said to have been founded by either the Phoenicians or the Carthaginians, who had trading posts nearby. Once a part of the Roman Empire, it was later occupied by Goths, Moors, and Franks. The city became a great port in the Middle Ages, serving the trade between North Africa and Europe. Its cathedral and other buildings of the Gothic quarter date from that period. After 1500, when Spain's trade shifted from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, Barcelona declined until the Industrial Revolution. In the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, the city was a Republican stronghold until it fell to Gen. Francisco Franco's Nationalist forces in 1939.
Barcelona was the site of the summer Olympic Games in 1992. A stadium originally built for the 1936 Summer Olympics (which took place in Berlin, Germany, instead that year) was refurbished for the 1992 games. Population (2011 census), 1,611,013; urban area, 6,574,000.