Catalonia

Spain
Catalonia
From lively coastal cities to fertile valleys and Pyrenean peaks that hide ancient monasteries, this distinctive Spanish region rewards unhurried travelers.

Explore the varied provinces of Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain that prides itself on its unique character and breathtaking scenery. Catalonia marks the point where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean Sea, and features architectural wonders and Roman ruins. It’s the birthplace of surrealist master, Salvador Dalí.

Barcelona is the perfect introduction to this vivid region. Sitting in the foothills of the Serra de Collserola and reaching out to the Mediterranean, Barcelona is Spain’s second-largest city and its streets showcase Gothic relics alongside modernist monuments.

Wander along the leafy boulevard of Las Ramblas or find out what’s happening at the central Plaça de Catalunya. The city’s architecture spans the solemn grandeur of the Gothic Quarter to the intricate sandcastle-like spires of the Sagrada Familia. La Boqueria Market is a fantastic place to go shopping and people-watch, while the beaches on the fringes of the city are filled with great spots to chill out with a drink.

Other beautiful beaches can be found in Costa Brava, a long coastline dotted with secret bays and busy beaches. Check out the busy resort towns of Pineda or Tossa del Mar. After a day of swimming, diving and sailing, head to one of the beachside bars to enjoy a local beer and Catalan paella.

Discover Catalonia’s medieval architecture and Jewish heritage in Besalú or Girona.

Make your way to Figueres to see Catalonian native Salvador Dalí’s theater museum. The surrealist artist’s former home can be seen in Cadaqués.

Experience Catalonia’s natural beauty when you explore the northern Pyrenees, where rugged valleys shelter ancient churches and monasteries. Trek the trails in the Cap de Creus Natural Park or go skiing in the majestic Girona Pyrenees. The Delta de l'Ebre wetlands provide a picturesque habitat for flocks of flamingos.

Reach Catalonia by flying into the region’s international airports in Barcelona and Girona. Bus and rail connect much of the province, but some more remote areas are best explored by rental car.

While Catalonia is a year-round destination, its beautiful beaches and lively atmosphere are best enjoyed in the warmer months.

Popular cities in Catalonia

Barcelona
Barcelona
Known for Shopping, Cathedrals and Museums
Modernist art and Gothic architecture create a stunning backdrop in the Catalan capital, where sublime food and a sophisticated nightlife scene await.

Reasons to visit

  • Palau de la Música Catalana
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Arc de Triomf
Tarragona Cathedral featuring heritage architecture and a garden as well as a large group of people
Tarragona
Known for Historical, Ruins and Sightseeing
Explore this Catalonian beach city for the relics and antiques left by the Romans: museums, old city walls and an amphitheater.

Reasons to visit

  • Tarragona Port
  • Tarragona Amphitheatre