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From the last refuges of the dinosaurs to avant-garde architecture, Catalonia has written many pages of history. It was where the Iberians settled and, from Empúries, it opened the door of the peninsula to Greek and Roman culture. Their footprints, still intact, merge with the Middle Ages and the vestiges of monasteries and castles. Discovering the entire history of Catalonia in one go can be too much: you have to do it page by page. Various historical routes make this easy for you.

The memory of the War of Succession of 1714 is still alive with spaces such as the recovered archaeological site of El Born. The region offers routes that allow you to discover the rich legacy left by the architecture of the Middle Ages in Catalonia in the form of castles, as well as the Cistercian heritage, and the routes through the Catalan Pyrenees that the exiles of the Civil War used to flee from Franco.

The history of Catalonia fills pages and pages, meaning that there are kilometres and kilometres of routes. You choose where you want to start.
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From the last refuges of the dinosaurs to avant-garde architecture, Catalonia has written many pages of history.

Outstanding historical routes
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Reproduction of a cave painting in the Rock Art Interpretation Centre (CIAR)  (© Miguel Raurich)
Ruta de l'Art Rupestre
Descubre los yacimientos de los Abrics de l'Ermita en Ulldecona, las grutas de les Montañas de Prades en Montblanc y la Roca dels Moros en El Cogul.
Anfiteatro romano de Tarragona     (© Barcelona Holiday)
Tarraco. Journey into the Roman world
The remains of the city of Tarraco, named a Unesco World  Heritage designation, are the typical example of a city which  flourished between the 3rd and 5th century, and became  the capital of the Hispania Citerior province, almost half of the  Iberian Peninsula.       
Church of Sant Climent de Taüll  (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Vall de Boí. Romanesque Treasure
La Vall de Boí has a series of  Romanesque churches declared as World Heritage, which can be discovered on short walks or long excursions.
Cyclists near the Sant Pere de Rodes monastery in the Cap de Creus Natural Park  (© José Luis Rodríguez)
The Pyrenean Counties. Land of medieval estates
The route of the Pirineu Comtal allows you to visit castles, monasteries, villages and cathedrals that explain the history of Catalonia. 
Cardona Castle. (© Lluís Carro)
Ruta dels Castells de Frontera
El rico legado que la arquitectura de la Edad Media dejó para el patrimonio cultural es uno de los reclamos más importantes que posee el turismo en Cataluña. Se conserva un importante número de castillos y fortificaciones  de esta época, alrededor de 600 repartidos por todo el país.
Cal Riera textile colony.  (© Turismo Verde S.L.)
The footprints of industrialisation. A job, a life
From the countryside to the factory. Each job denotes a different life, a unique memory, a past no longer present, but one worth visiting. On this route, we'll discover the lives of those who made cloths, oil, wine, agricultural machinery and so on. Fancy coming with us? 
The Queralt sanctuary is often referred to as the "Balcó de Catalunya" (Catalonia's balcony) due to its view  (© Sergi Boixader)
Camí dels Bons Homes. In the footsteps of the Cathari
This route immerses the hiker in medieval history whilst admiring a landscape of stunning beauty. 
Patio de entrada al Museo de Historia de los Judíos de Girona, con la estrella de David en el suelo.     (© Òscar Vall)
The Jewish quarters. The Hebrew Inheritance
El Call Jueu in Barcelona and in Girona represent the greatest legacy of the Jewish community before their expulsion in 1492.
Gaudí Center and town hall in the Plaça del Mercadal.  (© Miguel Raurich)
Antoni Gaudí. The genius in Catalonia
People tend to associate the brilliant architect with Barcelona, but his artistic trail covers many other territories in Catalonia.
Old village ruins destroyed during the Battle of the Ebro  (© Miguel Raurich)
Art and war. Following the tracks of Picasso and the Civil War
Les Terres de l'Ebre has seen humanity at its best and worst. Art in its most revolutionary form, but also bombs dropped, trenches, shelters and so on. Relive the remains that have shaped the authentic character of these lands. 
The Queralt sanctuary is often referred to as the "Balcó de Catalunya" (Catalonia's balcony) due to its view  (© Sergi Boixader)
Camí dels Bons Homes. In the footsteps of the Cathari
This route immerses the hiker in medieval history whilst admiring a landscape of stunning beauty. 
Cyclists near the Sant Pere de Rodes monastery in the Cap de Creus Natural Park  (© José Luis Rodríguez)
The Pyrenean Counties. Land of medieval estates
The route of the Pirineu Comtal allows you to visit castles, monasteries, villages and cathedrals that explain the history of Catalonia. 
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Camino Ignaciano. The footsteps of San Ignacio Camino Ignaciano. The footsteps of San Ignacio
Camino Ignaciano. The footsteps of San Ignacio
Igualada, Manresa, Monistrol de Montserrat, Alcarràs, Bellpuig, Cervera, Lleida, Palau d'Anglesola, el, Tàrrega, Verdú / Terres de Lleida
Ignacio de Loyola undertook a voyage in 1522 that would change his life. His travel through Catalan territory was decisive in his path to spirituality.  
Camí de Sant JaumeCamí de Sant Jaume
Camí de Sant Jaume
Artés, Bruc, el, Calders, Castellgalí, Castellolí, Estany, l', Igualada, Jorba, Manresa, Masies de Roda, les, Monistrol de Montserrat, Montmaneu, Roda de Ter, Sant Fruitós de Bages, Esquirol, l', Veciana, Vic, Amer, Bàscara, Borrassà, Cervià de Ter, Figueres, Girona, Jonquera, la, Olot, Peralada, Port de la Selva, el, Salt, Sant Feliu de Pallerols, Santa Llogaia d'Àlguema, Cellera de Ter, la, Vall d'en Bas, la, Vilabertran, Vilajuïga, Alcarràs, Anglesola, Bell-lloc d'Urgell, Castellnou de Seana, Cervera, Ivars d'Urgell, Lleida, Mollerussa, Palau d'Anglesola, el, Tàrrega, Vilagrassa, Vila-sana, Ribera d'Ondara / Terres de Lleida
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El tramo catalán del Camino de Santiago empieza en el Cabo de Creus (Costa Brava) i finaliza en Alcarràs (Terres de Lleida), entrando después en tierras aragonesas. Algunos de los puntos de interés que se pueden ver durante el recorrido son el Monasterio de San Pedro de Rodes o Montserrat.
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La Ruta del Cister
Montblanc / Costa Daurada
The Cistercian Route is a long-distance trail, the GR175, which connects the three Cistercian monasteries in the area: Santes Creus, Vallbona de les Monges and Poblet.
The Paths of the Bishop and Abbot OlibaThe Paths of the Bishop and Abbot Oliba
The Paths of the Bishop and Abbot Oliba
Artés, Calldetenes, Estany, l', Folgueroles, Manresa, Monistrol de Montserrat, Monistrol de Calders, Muntanyola, Montesquiu, Navarcles, Sant Julià de Vilatorta, Sant Pere de Torelló, Santa Eulàlia de Riuprimer, Santa Maria de Besora, Esquirol, l', Sant Vicenç de Torelló, Tavèrnoles, Tavertet, Vic, Vilanova de Sau, Rupit i Pruit, Camprodon, Molló, Ripoll, Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Vallfogona de Ripollès, Vidrà / Paisatges Barcelona
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The paths of the Bishop and Abbot Oliba is a route through the Romanesque art which links up the counties of Bages, Osona and Ripollès using the Bishop and abbot Oliba as the common linking connection.
100% natural. Adventure amongst mountains and volcanoes 100% natural. Adventure amongst mountains and volcanoes
100% natural. Adventure amongst mountains and volcanoes
Esquirol, l', Vilanova de Sau, Banyoles, Girona, Gombrèn, Olot / Costa Brava
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Do something out of the ordinary - go kayaking or swimming in the lake of Banyoles, go trekking in the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone, or pedal your way through the Carrilet 'Greenway'. In the Eastern Pyrenees, you simply can't get bored! 
A journey through time. From the Romanesque to Modernism A journey through time. From the Romanesque to Modernism
A journey through time. From the Romanesque to Modernism
Capellades, Collbató, Cubelles, Gavà, Monistrol de Montserrat, Olèrdola, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Sitges, Terrassa, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Vendrell, el / Paisatges Barcelona
Archaeological sites, great painters, Renaissance and Modernism houses, as well as Industrial Revolution museums. The west of Barcelona is home to some of the region's finest historical and artistic memories.
A sea of culture. Art and history on the shores of the Mediterranean A sea of culture. Art and history on the shores of the Mediterranean
A sea of culture. Art and history on the shores of the Mediterranean
Girona, Palafrugell, Pera, la, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Tossa de Mar, Ullastret, Forallac / Costa Brava
Everlasting love at the Púbol castle. Hollywood love affairs that teetered in Tossa. With fiction as our guide, stories old and new will transport us to medieval times and Iberian villages. Three days to see it all.  
Art and war. Following the tracks of Picasso and the Civil War Art and war. Following the tracks of Picasso and the Civil War
Art and war. Following the tracks of Picasso and the Civil War
Sénia, la, Fatarella, la, Flix, Horta de Sant Joan, Ulldecona / Terres de l'Ebre
Les Terres de l'Ebre has seen humanity at its best and worst. Art in its most revolutionary form, but also bombs dropped, trenches, shelters and so on. Relive the remains that have shaped the authentic character of these lands. 
Barcelona: A modernist jewel. Nature and architecture living in harmony Barcelona: A modernist jewel. Nature and architecture living in harmony
Barcelona: A modernist jewel. Nature and architecture living in harmony
Barcelona / Barcelona
Stay in Barcelona and fall madly in love with Catalan modernism by visiting the structures created by the architect Antoni Gaudí in the early 20th century, structures that initiated Catalonia's cultural revival. Then journey though the city at night to discover it under the moonlight. 
Camino de Santiago para todosCamino de Santiago para todos
Camino de Santiago para todos
Monistrol de Montserrat, Port de la Selva, el, Alcarràs, Lleida / Terres de Lleida
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Propuesta de la Agència Catalana de Turisme para recorrer el Camino de Santiago desde el Cabo de Creus hasta Aragón. La ruta está concebida para que la pueda seguir todo el mundo, independientemente de su condición física.
Camí dels Bons Homes. In the footsteps of the Cathari Camí dels Bons Homes. In the footsteps of the Cathari
Camí dels Bons Homes. In the footsteps of the Cathari
Bagà, Berga, Saldes, Bellver de Cerdanya, Gósol, Montferrer i Castellbò, Odèn, Prullans, Seu d'Urgell, la / Pyrenees
This route immerses the hiker in medieval history whilst admiring a landscape of stunning beauty. 
Camí dels MonjosCamí dels Monjos
Camí dels Monjos
Sant Cugat del Vallès / Costa Barcelona
Sigue el camino que la leyenda dice que hicieron los monjes de Sant Llorenç del Munt para llegar a Sant Cugat en la búsqueda de unas tierras más productivas y menos aisladas.
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Catalunya Romana
Barcelona, Garriga, la, Escala, l', Roses, Vall de Bianya, la, Guissona, Tarragona / Barcelona
Tarragona centra gran parte de los restos de construcciones romanas que hay en Cataluña, pero  también se pueden encontrar en el resto del territorio.
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De Sant Pau de Segúries a Lladó
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La ruta de cuatro etapas que aquí se propone utiliza la red de caminos Itinerànnia entre las comarcas del Ripollès, la Garrotxa y el Alt Empordà. Ofrece un elevado interés natural y cultural.
El Camp de Tarragona and El Priorat. Culture, good food and adventure, right by the Costa Daurada El Camp de Tarragona and El Priorat. Culture, good food and adventure, right by the Costa Daurada
El Camp de Tarragona and El Priorat. Culture, good food and adventure, right by the Costa Daurada
Vallbona de les Monges, Vilosell, el, Aiguamúrcia, Albinyana, Bellmunt del Priorat, Calafell, Cambrils, Capafonts, Cornudella de Montsant, Espluga de Francolí, l', Falset, Gratallops, Guiamets, els, Montblanc, Montbrió del Camp, Mont-roig del Camp, Porrera, Reus, Tarragona, Valls, Vendrell, el, Vimbodí i Poblet, Salou / Costa Daurada
Beyond the splendid beaches we can enjoy Roman Tarragona and the incredible Cistercian monasteries. Or the rich gastronomy of a land full of vines and olive trees. And there's no shortage of experiences for sport and adventure enthusiasts. Ready to go?