The history of Barcelona has two versions regarding its foundation. It just means that nobody knows who was exactly the real founder of Barcelona City. It sounds like a joke, but this is real history! One version states that the great hero Hercules, who came from Africa on an expedition with some idea of colonization in mind, arrived at its coasts and was the founder of Barcelona.
The other version, which you will possibly accept as more probable, states that the Carthaginian Hamilcar Barca, who was the father of Hannibal, had to rebuild the city in the third century BC and gave it the name of Barcino. This variant sounds more realistic than the first version.
Barcelona City Museum and Catalonia History Museum
If you are interested in getting an in-depth knowledge of the history of this region, besides doing city sightseeing in Barcelona, you may want to visit two major museums, one dedicated to the town of Barcelona and the other one to the region of Catalonia.
While you are enjoying your Barcelona holidays, we recommend visiting the Barcelona City Museum (Barcelona History Museum, or Museu d'Historia de Barcelona - MUHBA) and the Catalan History Museum (Museu d'Historia de Catalunya). You'll get a comprehensive insight of the past of this region.