Then there’s Barcelona. Most familiar for the Catalonian Modernista architecture of Antoni Gaudí, it has a wealth of other architectural styles. The Barri Gòtic (Catalan for Gothic Quarter) is the centre of the old city, many buildings date from medieval times with some as far back as the original Roman settlement of the area (one myth has Barcelona founded by Hercules). Barcelona’s architectural legacy is no myth, however, in 1999 it won the RIBA Royal Gold Medal – the first, and as of 2012, only time a city has been the winner and not an individual architect. But if you’re more in a sunbathing state-of-mind, often overlooked are the Barcelona beaches: Barcelona beach was listed as number one in a list of the top ten city beaches in the world according to National Geographic and The Discovery Channel.