Environment and quality of life
The metropolitan area of Barcelona is a privileged place and this is how many of the inhabitants of any of its 36 municipalities feel it, in particular, most of the 20 million people who visited last year, for leisure or business, Barcelona and its metropolitan area.
The metropolitan area is also a unique setting: a place full of history, a crossing place, and thus a location with strong tradition of cultural and trade exchange.
It is a strategic territory: in front of the sea, facing the sun, with over 30 km of beaches, over 2,600 hours of sunshine per year and more than 25,000 hectares of natural areas with three mountain ranges with features typical from the Mediterranean landscape, such as Collserola, Garraf massif and Marina mountain range, and 34 urban parks full of services.
It is a unique place, reference of the western Mediterranean for research and innovation, with some of the most important new technologies or biomedical centres from southern Europe.
The metropolitan area of Barcelona is a privileged place to study, research, work, innovate, do business, etc., but above all, to live.
Quality of life
There are many aspects that make the metropolitan area a great place to live; from the quality of the education and health systems to a privileged weather and an extensive cultural offer.
- Health system
The metropolitan area has internationally recognised hospitals, as Vall d'Hebron, Sant Pau, Hospital Clínic and Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital. The extensive network of primary care centres ensures close attention to the entire population. Catalan health system Guide of public centres
- Education system
Weather in the metropolitan area of Barcelona is Mediterranean, with many sunny days, warm temperatures in summer and mild in winter. The average annual temperature is 20.9 ºC in summer and 15 ºC in winter. Catalonia's Meteorological Service
- Metropolitan beaches
The metropolitan area of Barcelona has 32 km of beaches where people can enjoy the sea and water sports practically throughout the year. Environmental quality and of the facilities of Barcelona beaches has been recognised with the award of Blue Flags of the European Union. Metropolitan beaches
- Network of metropolitan parks
The AMB network of metropolitan parks currently manages 34 parks spread across 35 municipalities, with a total area of 193.5 ha. It includes places of great value for their natural, environmental and landscape values, as well as the important social function they develop. Metropolitan parks
- Transport network
The metropolitan area has an extensive transports network, with nine metro lines, railways, trams, city and intercity buses and, in Barcelona, bike rental (Bicing). AMB Mobility TMB Bicing
- Cultural and leisure offer
The metropolitan area of Barcelona, with an area of 636 km2 and more than 3.2 million people, is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe and has an important weight in the Mediterranean area.