Catalonia – Barcelona is much more. A destination with quality and character.

Catalonia - Barcelona is much more. A destination with quality and character.

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Catalonia – Barcelona is much more. Fall in love with our land, gastronomy, Mediterranean culture, and rich heritage.

Besalú – Medieval village in Costa Brava
Image: Besalú – Medieval village in Costa Brava

Catalonia is a Mediterranean destination with a millenary history, its own culture and language, wealthy historical and natural heritage. With a population of over 7.5 million, the region covers 32,107 km2 and enjoys a temperate and mild Mediterranean climate, characterised by dry, warm summers and moderately cool winters. It is home to many significant metropolises, from its capital, Barcelona, to the provincial cities of Girona, Tarragona and Lleida and smaller towns filled with remarkable heritage and majestic monuments.

Barcelona, the gateway and capital city of Catalonia is the perfect start to the region with its incredible vision of architect and designer Gaudí. As you take a stroll around the city, you will be awestruck by the whimsical Catalan Modernism epitomized in the Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and Park Güell and the newly opened Casa Vicens.

Unha - snowcapped village in Val d’Aran
Image: Unha – snowcapped village in Val d’Aran

If you fancy a change of scenery, you do not have to travel far. The beauty of Catalonia is that a diverse array of landscapes can be found within a compact area highly connected by high speed trains and highways. Visit the mountains of Montserrat, go wine-tasting at iconic wineries like Bodegas Torres, discover the home-towns of Salvador Dalí, Picasso and explore the 36 UNESCO World Heritage treasures and taste the gastronomic highlights of Catalonia.

Tarragona Amphitheatre - UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tarragona
Image: Tarragona Amphitheatre – UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tarragona

The Catalan landscape is varied; with the rugged Pyrenees, with several peaks well over 2,000 metres, inland mountain ranges, charming villages, seaside towns, 600 km of Mediterranean Sea and also one of the largest deltas in Europe, the Ebro Delta. In addition to its landscape, the region boast incredibly colourful and tasty produce. It is no surprise that the small region has 65 Michelin stars and 11 Designations of Origin for wine and cava (Catalan champagne).

Camp Nou – FC Barcelona home stadium, Barcelona
Image: Camp Nou – FC Barcelona home stadium, Barcelona

When it comes to sporting credentials, Catalonia is unsurpassed. Boasting one of the most famous football teams in the world, FC Barcelona, the region also hosts Formula One and has one of the finest golf courses on the continent. Today, over 300 sports are played in Catalonia. From swimming to sailing, deep-sea diving, skiing, mountain-biking and road cycling, there is something to cater to every sports lover.

All this and much more make Catalonia a destination that attracts more than thirteen million foreign visitors every year.

Whether you are looking for a luxury break, an adrenaline-packed adventure, a beautiful honeymoon, MICE destination with a difference, or an exciting gastronomic journey, Catalonia is truly the place to experience the good life.

We invite you to see it with your own eyes.  Visit www.catalunya.com for more information!

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