Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona are the four provinces that make up Catalonia.
The largest city, Barcelona, is the capital which is the second largest city in Spain and the centre of one of Europe’s largest metropolitan areas.
There is a lot to see here on your next trip to Spain.
From the Pyrenees Mountains rising up 3000m to its coastline with spectacular sandy beaches and intimate clear water coves on the Costa Brava, and not forgetting the Dali museum that has to be seen to be believed.
Catalonia has cities, towns and medieval villages that will take your breath away. There are cathedrals, churches and monasteries dating back hundreds of years that can still be visited today.
The food will impress you and the Cava is just as good as any French Champagne.
Catalonia's rich culture can be savored in its food, architecture and geography, so take a trip to some of its best tourist attractions while you are in Barcelona and soak it all up, you will not be disappointed.
Montserrat is a beautiful spired mountain that rises sharply above the surrounding plains. This is a great place to do some hiking and a visit to the Benedictine monastery is a must.
The Dali Museum is in the town of Dali’s birth, Figueres. It pays tribute to this eccentric artist and is one of Spain’s most visited museums.
The Costa Bravastarts in Blanes, about 60 km northeast of Barcelona, and stretches all the way to the French border. The clear water coves and pretty villages like Begur and Tossa del Mar are beautiful places to visit. If you are looking for nightlife don’t miss Lloret de Mar.
In winter the Val De Nuria is a ski resort and in summer a great place to hiking. If you don’t want to walk up, the cog railway is a fun and effortless way to get to the top.
Sitges is the best village to visit on the Costa Duarada. It is chic and cosmopolitan and is a very popular gay resort.
Montblanc is only one hour from Barcelona. They say that this is where St Jordi (St George) killed the dragon. The walls of the old town are impressive and this medieval village is well worth a visit.
The Penedes is famous for its Cava (Spanish Champaign) and is gaining a great reputation for its red and white wines as well. Visiting the wineries is possible and one of the best is the Cordoníu bodega, it has an amazing 26 km of cellars on five different floors, but one of my favorites is the more intimit Cavas Oriol Rosell.
Tarragona was the capital of Catalonis in Roman times and a lot of the Roman buildings can still be seen. It also has some great beaches with sparkling clean water.
The Delta de l’Ebre is where Spain grows its rice. It is a nature reserve and has many bird-watching stations so that bird lovers can watch the migratory birds. There are also many museums in the surrounding villages dedicated to the Battle of the Ebro, the longest and bloodiest battle of the Spanish Civil war.
Port Aventurais a theme park and resort just to the south of Barcelona, in Salou, on the Costa Daurada. Come and ride some of the biggest roller coasters in Europe. Their newest addition being Shambhala. This ride drops 76m and reaches speeds of 134 km/h and is 1,650 m long.
Catalonia has almost everything you could want in a tourist destination which makes it the most visited region in Spain, so make sure you get out and see as much of it as possible.