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.
Two of the Mediterranean's major ports
The Port of Barcelona is a leading European port in terms of vehicle traffic and specialises in handling high added value goods. With some of the world’s most modern and automated container terminals, it is among the best ports in Europe in terms of port infrastructure quality.
More than 100 regular shipping lines connect Barcelona with 200 ports around the world. The Port of Barcelona also holds the largest offer of logistics and transport services in Spain and Southern Europe and moves 48.6m metric tons a year.
More than 4.6 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.
Connecting passengers and cargo worldwide
Barcelona's airport closed 2019 with a new record of more than 52 million passengers with a 5% growth from 2018. The growth was higher on international flights (5.4%) than national flights (4.2%). In 2019, it handled 177,000 tonnes of cargo (+2.5% compared to 2018).
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.