As a university assignment, I have to write about Catalonia. I am stuck in some sentences because I am not sure if they are grammatically right and if they would sound natural to a native English speaker. Could anybody help me here? Thanks!
This region is located in the North East of Spain and has the second biggest city in Spain, Barcelona, which competes successfully against the Spanish capital in many aspects.
Missing a stroll along the Ramblas would be unforgivable. It is one of the main pedestrian areas and ends up at the seafront.
It is also worth it to take the trouble to visit the Gracia district
Among the most visited buildings in the city there are the Palau Episcopal and Palau de la Generalitat, being this last one the seat of the King and Catalonia.
But if there is anything unique in Barcelona, these are Gaudiís architectonical works.
second biggest city
We talk about 'big city life' and in such ways as, "Wow, I didn't realize is was such a big city." However, when we compare cities and countries, we usually say 'largest...". That's my suggestion.
ends up on the seafront.
'ends up' has rather a 'cheap', and 'ugly' sense and sound to it, and is too much of an understatement when you are talking about the Ramblas - it gives a note of insignificance, as if in 'it starts out great and ends up at the (ghetto end of town). I'd suggest: "and leads to the seafront." It makes it sound more attractive : 'Oh, nice, it runs right down to the beach area and the sea.'
I wouldn't use a semicolon here, just a comma.
the last one being...
Another possibility is just, 'the latter being..'