International and global

From Southern Europe, Catalonia connects you to the world.


Barcelona Airport. Photo:AGANEA

Catalonia is a coastal Mediterranean location in Southern Europe. With excellent transportation systems, it is the ideal crossroads between Europe, Latin America, North Africa, Asia and The Middle East. Its capital, Barcelona, is one of the few cities in Southern Europe with full-modal transport integration (sea, airport, motorways, railways) within a 12-kilometre radius, each with global connectivity.   

A privileged coastline means great ports

The Port of Barcelona is a leading European port in terms of vehicle traffic and specialises in handling high added value goods. More than 100 regular shipping lines connect Barcelona with 200 ports around the world. With some of the world’s most modern and automated container terminals, the Port of Barcelona holds the largest offer of logistics and transport services in Spain and Southern Europe and moves 46m metric tons a year.

More than 2.4 million passengers make the Port of Barcelona the Mediterranean's number one cruise liner destination and the fourth in the world.

Tarragona is the largest port in Southern Europe for chemical products, accounting for 60% of total cargo traffic. It has an advanced internal rail connection meaning that it connects seamlessly with both national and international railway networks, while it also has its own access to the national highway system.

Airports connecting passengers and cargo worldwide

Barcelona's new airport handled 39.7 million passengers in 2015 (+5.7% annual growth) with flights to 138 destinations around the world. It was ranked Best Airport in Southern Europe at the 2011, 2012 and 2014 World Airport Awards and named Best European cargo airport in 2011. In 2015, it handled 288,878 flight operations and 117,000 tonnes of cargo.

Excellent communications, both internal and external, with full-modal integration transport systems

Land transport in Catalonia includes a fast highway and motorway network seamlessly connecting the area to both internal markets and markets throughout Europe, and also an extensive railway system, with a high speed connection between Girona and Barcelona which also means a faster connection with the French train system.

Mobile World Capital

From 2012 to 2023 Barcelona will be the Mobile World Capital. This means that not only the international flagship mobile event will be held yearly here, the GSMA Mobile World Conference, but a whole range of activities and programmes all year around will create a dynamic professional ecosystem for the mobile and its satellite industries.