Seven must-see things in Catalonia

Like all the Spanish regions, Catalonia hides many spots of great natural beauty, culinary specialties you must try, popular celebrations that you shouldn’t miss and villages and beaches to visit. We give you 7 suggestions of things to do in Catalonia in order to get the flavour of the area and enjoy its diversity.

Gastronomy

The Mediterranean diet is the basis of the Catalan gastronomy. The mountains and sea complement each other in producing some of the best recipes of Spanish gastronomy. Of particular note are the traditional specialties such as Lleida’s olive oil, or the pork meat products such as fuet (dry, cured sausage) that is produced in the town of Vic or the famous butifarra (sausage).

In terms of wine, in Catalonia there are various designations of origin. The wines are produced mainly in the Penedés area (where cava is produced), Segre, Priorat and Alella.

Cadaqués: a village of fishermen and painters

Cadaqués is a fishing village located in the most eastern corner of Spain. If Picasso, Miró and Dalí spent long periods in Cadaqués, there must be a reason for it. Perhaps because it is a spot that was very isolated for a long time, its picturesque streets, the boats on the beach… Whatever the reason, it is well worth wandering through the streets of this beautiful village of whitewashed houses, visiting Salvador Dalí’s House-Museum or hiking in the Cap de Creus Natural Park.

Popular celebrations

In Catalonia, as in other regions, there are various festivals which are held throughout the year. There are three occasions that are celebrated in Catalonia with great anticipation every year. St. George’s Day (23 April), the patron saint of Catalonia. On this day it is traditional to give a rose and a book so towns and cities are full of stalls selling these items. St. John’s Night is celebrated on 24 June, coinciding with the summer solstice. Bonfires are lit right across the region to celebrate the shortest night of the year. La Diada, the regional holiday and celebration, commemorates the loss of the Catalan institutions in 1714 when Philip V’s armies arrived and celebrates the restoration of all rights in 1980.

The public holidays in the region are celebrated with traditions such as the famous human castles (castellers), or giants and figures with large heads.

National Park

Catalonia’s only national park and a spot that shouldn’t be missed is the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici Park. It is located in the central part of the Pyrenees and has an area of almost 41 hectares at over a thousand metres altitude. You can visit valleys with meadows, go hiking, see lakes and ramble through its protected forests.

Barcelona

Barcelona a big city by the sea that you cannot miss. It is located on the Mediterranean coast of the autonomous region of Catalonia.

In Barcelona there are a number of must-see places to visit if you want to get to know the city: the Sagrada Familia Church, which is the most important work of Antonio Gaudí, Güell Park, also designed by Gaudí, the Gothic Quarter, one of the oldest areas of Barcelona, the Ramblas with its flowers, music, shows, mime and terraces, Montjüic with its museums and various attractions made for the Universal Exhibition of 1929 and the Olympic Games of 1992 and of course the Olympic Port, one of the most attractive and lively areas. Barcelona invites you to wander and to enjoy its smells, colours and flavours.

The Costa Brava

This is the stretch of coast in Catalonia that finishes at the French border. You can find beautiful scenery, charming villages full of history (Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar, Platja D'Aro, Palamós, Calella de Palafrugell, L'Escala, Roses), and beaches with crystal-clear water.

The Ebro Delta

The sediment carried by one of the most plentiful rivers of the Iberian Peninsula is deposited in this beautiful place, one of the most important wetland areas in Western Europe. It is a unique place for walking, cycling and bird-watching from the many hides.

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