The Spanish region located on the border with France, rich in history, art and nature it is the ideal destination for those looking for a holiday that can combine relaxation with the discovery of wonderful landscapes and historical monuments of great importance, we are talking about Catalonia. A few days are not enough to get to know the artistic beauties that dot the capital, Barcelona, the city that Gaudi made famous all over the world with its eclectic buildings, and a tour in the region can also offer excursions and walks on the high peaks of the Pyrenees, between mountains, extinct volcanoes, streams, lakes, waterfalls and beautiful villages located there, at dizzying heights. And then there are the long beaches, where in summer you can party all day and all night and where between a dip and a dive, you can go to the discovery of underwater Catalonia.
In short, the Spanish region satisfies the tastes of every traveler, here are some tips on what to see in Catalonia: cities and attractions not to be missed!
- Sagrada Familia and the works of Gaudi in Barcelona
- La Boqueria
- Costa Brava
- PortAdventura World
- Aigüestortes National Park
- Garrotxa Volcanic Zone National Park
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1 - Sagrada Familia and the works of Gaudi in Barcelona
The capital of Catalonia is the city of Gaudi, the wonderful Barcelona. It is a city that is like an open-air museum, thanks to the amazing works of the modernist master.
Starting from the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (ticket cost € 18,00), the huge basilica that has become symbol of the city, you must also visit Parc Güell (ticket cost € 8,00), the large public garden of 18 hectares overlooking Barcelona, Casa Batllò (ticket cost € 25,00), one of the artist's most emblematic works, and La Pedrera (ticket cost € 22,00), the building that houses numerous works of art.
2 - La Boqueria
Among the oldest markets in Spain, the Boqueria of Barcelona was founded in the th century and is currently located near the lively avenue of the Rambla. It is one of the most eclectic, busiest and busiest places on the Iberian Peninsula.
The market extends for more than 2.500 square meters and inside there are hundreds of stalls, where you can buy everything: from exotic fruits to meat, fresh fish, typical sweets.
They are also present several refreshment points, ideal places for breakfast or dinner, immersed in a characteristic, colorful and authentically Catalan environment (open from Mon to Sat 8: 00-20: 30).
3 - Montjuïc
Montjuïc is a promontory located 173 meters above the sea level, located south of Barcelona. This mountain over time has become a perfect place for those who want to get lost in nature, for those who love art and culture and for those who are curious about observe the panorama over the city from a privileged position.
On Montjuïc, in fact, you will find beautiful gardens, each with its own characteristic vegetation, flowers and colors, but also Poble Espanyol (€ 5,00), the reconstruction of a small town with buildings representing the various architectural styles of Spanish cities. The visit to the Montjuïc Castle (€ 5,00), the fortress dating back to 1600 where important historical events took place, and then you cannot miss the museums: the Mirò Foundation (€ 13,00), the National Art Museum of Catalonia (€ 12,00, 5,00) and the Barcelona Pavilion (€ ). For raggiungere Montjuïc you need to take bus 150 (ticket cost € 2,40) from the city center, or take a nice trip aboard the cable car (suspended in the air) or by funicular (underground train).
4 - Costa Brava
The coastal region of the Costa Brava is world famous. It extends from Blanes to the French border and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The name was given to her because of the its wild nature, with high and unpredictable coasts.
Here you are numerous seaside resorts and tourist villages for all tastes! For those who love chaos and looking for a lively holiday, they can go to Lloret de Mar, a place that guarantees entertainment and music 24 hours a day, but also long clean beaches and clear sea. Blanes, on the other hand, is a quieter and less hectic resort, but well equipped to welcome tourists, located south of the Costa Brava, while art and nature meet in Cadaquès, the village with white houses and red roofs. For those who want to snokerling, the ideal is to go to the village of Estartit, from where to discover the Medas Islands, the wonderful archipelago of the Costa Brava (excursions and snokerling from € 24).
5 - Tarragona
Located 100 km south of Barcelona, in the beautiful Costa Dorata, Tarragona is the Catalan city where discover the charm of history. The archaeological sites of Tarragona, in fact, are part of the Unesco World Heritage Sites and visiting them will be like taking a dip in the past.
Among Roman ruins the Roman Colosseum stands out, preserved in excellent condition, the amphitheater near the sea and built in the nd century, but also the Cathedral of Tarragona, dating back to the th century, a beautiful Gothic-style church with Romanesque details. In the city it is also possible to take a bath in one of the most beautiful coastal points and, if you happen to be during the period of the Santa Tecla Festival, you will be involved in traditional Catalan songs and dances around the city.
6 - Lleida
A city located in the Catalan hinterland, Lleida is not far from the Aragon region. It's about a ideal destination for those who want tranquility and authenticity, discovering a place far from the tourist chaos that characterizes other Spanish destinations.
One of the most symbolic attractions of Lleida is the Seu Vella, or the Cathedral in Romanesque and Gothic style dating back to the thirteenth century. La Seu Vella is located on a hill overlooking the city, and over time it was transformed into a fortress, known as the King's Castle (ticket cost € 6,00).
Very interesting is also the Parc dels Camps Elisis, where the beautiful fountain of the siren rises and where to get lost in elegant English gardens. Finally, one walk along the Segre river running through the city is a great way to fall in love with the historical slowness that gives the atmosphere of Lleida.
7 - PortAdventura World
In the province of Tarragona, 100 km from Barcelona, there is one of the most important amusement parks in Europe and the most visited in Spain: PortAventura World. In the surroundings of the park it is also possible to visit the Costa Dorada and the beautiful towns of Salou and Reus.
It is a complex that extends for 1,19 km² and consists of different thematic areas: Portventura Park is inspired by the exotic world with adventure trails and attractions; the PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park is Caribbean-themed, it hosts swimming pools of all kinds, with artificial waves and paths, as well as the highest slide in Europe; the Ferrari Park is the area dedicated to the Ferrari car manufacturer, with high and frightening roller coasters and high-speed circuits (different types of tickets, based on the days and the choice of the park, consult info and prices). Furthermore, within the complex there are different hotel (4 to 5 star) accommodation, a train station, beaches, swimming pools and a golf course.
8 - Girona
Located on the border with France, Girona is the city where you can rediscover the authentic Catalan soul. Its center preserves archaeological sites and monuments dating back to the ancient Romans, who founded the city (according to legend it was a three-headed monster that gave life to Girona).
Through the so-called "archelogical walk" it is possible to walk along the walls that surround Girona and which offer a spectacular view of the historic buildings dating back to different eras: it is impossible not to be fascinated by the pastel-colored houses overlooking the Onyar river, the course of water flowing through the city. One of the most beautiful buildings to visit in these parts is undoubtedly the Cathedral of Girona, located on the highest point of the city, built where a Roman temple once stood, followed by a mosque later on. The huge cathedral is the second largest after St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
9 - Aigüestortes National Park
The Aigüestortes National Park of Catalonia is located on the highest peaks of the Pyrenees. The peculiarity of this vast natural area lies in the presence of large and numerous lakes, waterfalls and rivers that are the masters and that offer spectacular views to be admired during excursions and walks along wild paths.
In winter it is possible to enjoy snowy landscapes and frozen streams, while in the rest of the year you can relax in the shade of tall pines, firs, birches, beeches, and then rest near a stream or a magnificent waterfall. Once you have left your car, you need to reach the park via the two possible entrances: Espot (Pallars Soberà) and Boi (Alta Ribagorça) within an hour.
10 - National Park of the volcanic area of the Garrotxa
To complete the variety of landscapes of Catalonia, we finish the list with the National Park of the volcanic zone of the Garrotxa, a large area extending over the Pyrenees, near the town of Olot.
In the park it is possible to admire forms of mountains and promontories sculpted by the activity of volcanoes who were active in these areas, and which have left real "natural sculptures" as a legacy. To visit the crater of the extinct volcano Santa Margherita, a very special experience; here you will also notice the presence of an ancient hermitage in a truly suggestive position. The peculiarity of this natural area lies in the possibility of getting lost in nature by making stops in the beautiful hamlets and villages that pop up on the mountains, with their Romanesque, Medieval and Gothic buildings. This is the case of the villages of Castellfollit de la Roca, Besalù and Santa Pau.
Travel informed: useful information and necessary documents
- Inhabitants: 7,566 million
- Capital: Barcelona
- Languages: Catalan and Spanish
- Local currency: euro (€)
- Weather: Alpine climate in the mountains, Mediterranean along the coasts. Average temperature in winter 8 °, while in summer the average temperature is 22 °
- Travel / health insurance: recommended.
Where it is
Catalonia is there Spanish region located north-east of the Iberian Peninsula. It borders France and Andorra to the north, the Aragon region to the west, the Valencian Community to the south and the Mediterranean Sea to the east.
Tours and excursions in Catalonia