Nature and history have combined to make Vic the capital of Osona, a region -or comarca- of great geographical diversity. Vic's influence, however, extends beyond Osona itself. It owes its power of attraction to the fact that it is a cathedral city, a centre for trade and services, and a university city. Over the centuries Vic has lent cohesion to the surrounding area and has itself drawn strength from the region. Today it is one of the vibrant, medium-sized cities that form the backbone of Catalonia.