The Barcelona of the 21st century is a city shaped by
the '92 Olympics, a city transformed for and by the
need to do justice to that great international event,
with the effort involved in carrying through this transformation
allowing the city to overcome a series of historic disadvantages
and make major quantitative and qualitative advances
in its services and its physical fabric.
The Barcelona we see around us now, the Barcelona we
enjoy today, is a new Barcelona, Mediterranean in keeping
with its traditions, with its face to the sea and its
arms open to other cultures and peoples, giving and
receiving, happy to make and to share its riches.
At the same time the Barcelona of the 21st century,
for all its transformations, has not severed its ties
with a proud history in which so many generations of
cultural diversities have built the firm foundations
on which the innovations of modern times have constructed
an utterly unique city with a personality that is all
The Barcelona of the 21st century is a European capital
of astonishing cultural energy and a passion for progress,
a city whose day-to-day life brings together every imaginable
facet of the most diverse activities: these are the
potential that has fashioned the city's present and
give it the impetus to move forward into the future.