Hugging Spain's Mediterranean coast and bordered by the soaring Pyrenees Mountains, the region of Catalonia is crowned by capital city, Barcelona, famed for the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and modernist mansions by architect Antoni Gaudí. Girona, a medieval stunner with riverside houses in sunset hues and an enchanting historic centre with labyrinthine streets and a breathtaking cathedral, is well-worth a visit, especially in May for its flower festival when the streets and balconies are bedecked in blooms. To the south, the coastal city of Tarragona impresses with its Roman amphitheatre overlooking the sea and wide, sandy beaches. A favourite holiday spot is the Costa Brava, which boasts impeccable beaches with crystal clear water and artist enclaves, like Cadaqués, where Salvador Dalí once lived in the neighbouring Port Lligat. With boundless options of places to visit and sights to see, we have the perfect hotels in Catalonia to ensure you have an unforgettable holiday.
Food & Drink:
Featuring Spain's most prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants, you can dine on molecular gastronomy or chow down on traditional Catalan comfort food. These include the ubiquitous pa amb tomàquet, toasted bread rubbed with tomato then drizzled in olive oil and salt, arròs negre, a seafood dish similar to paella but tinted black with savoury squid ink, and butifarra amb mongetes i allioli, Catalan sausage served with white beans and garlic mayonnaise. For dessert, crema catalana is always a favourite, a sweet custard which is torched to create a caramelised sugar crust. Drink-wise you'll have to order a vermut, a unique aperitif which can be red or white and is usually accompanied by olives.
Off the Beaten Track:
The landlocked province of Lleida is a delightful hidden gem for nature lovers. Head to the Parc Nacional de Aigüestortes where you can go on spectacular hikes through the mountains and around the park's pristine lakes.
With this wealth of wonders to behold, all that's left to do is choose your hotels in Catalonia for your trip and get packing!