Barcelona Tourism & Golf Barcelona and the region of Catalunya has, in recent years become one of the most popular and desired destinations in Europe. Current day Barcelona is a thriving city for tourism, exhibitions, sports and culture. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, with a population of 1,620,943. Due to its perfect location on the Mediterranean Sea, it’s fascinating Gaud i architecture, as well as Dali’s eccentric presence to the north on the Costa Brava, its superb cuisine, the huge variety of leisure activities or simply the football team. Barcelona has become extremely popular for golf over the last few years, as private clubs have slowely opened their doors for green fee business. Golfers can now enjoy superb golf courses like St. Cugat, Vilalba, Vallromanes, Saint Vincenc de Montalt, Caldes, and Llavaneres. Sitges Terramar is a beautiful course on the shores of the Mediterranean. After recent renovation works, more and more visitors are choosing this seaside course as one of their stops while in Barcelona. Golfers can also play courses like Club de Golf de Barcelona, formally known as Masia Bach Golf Course. Designed by Jose Maria Olazabal and founded in 1990, this very demanding and tight course has hosted numerous professional tournaments including the 2007 Catalonia Ladies Masters, part of the Ladies European Tour. But the most well know course in Barcelona must be Real Club de Golf el Prat – host venue to eight Spanish Open – part of the European Tour. It’s 45 holes and designed by Greg Norman are set in beautiful rolling countryside on the outskirts of Barcelona.